LEWES - Concerned residents from Lewes he ld a rally this morning to voice opposition to the proposed Love Creek RV Resort and Campground. The event, at the Briarwood Estates Club House, is being organized by residents of five communities: Briarwood Estates, the Retreat at Love Creek, Hart’s Landing, Sandy Brae and Webb’s Landing.
After gathering at the Briarwood Estates Club House, residents will walk a quarter-mile to a location along Love Creek where they can view first-hand how the proposed development would threaten environmentally sensitive wetlands.
More than 600 concerned citizens have signed petitions, in addition to those who have written Sussex County Councilmembers and Planning and Zoning Commissioners, and distributed flyers in opposition to the zoning and land use changes that must be approved before the development can move forward.
At a Planning and Zoning Commission hearing Jan. 24, when Chairman Robert Wheatley requested a show of hands from the audience regarding the project, 110 people expressed disapproval; no one came forward in favor of the project.
Local residents are also voicing their opposition on area radio stations and newspapers, and many plan to attend the Feb. 19 Sussex County Council meeting, when council lmembers are scheduled to consider the requested zoning changes.
Opposition to the project has been mounting since developer Jack Lingo Asset Management unveiled the massive undertaking in December. Planned for 162 acres along Love Creek near Cedar Grove and Ward Roads, the project calls for developing 628 lots to accommodate 516 RVs, 82 rental cabins and 30 tents.
In addition, the developer plans to build a number of amenities that current residents fear will create a noisy, theme park atmosphere: an amphitheater, dock and dockside bar, multiple swimming pools, ball fields and paddleboat launches.
Local residents have expressed concern that the development will attract between 2,500 and 3,000 people to the area from April through October—the intended months of operation—and create unprecedented traffic congestion, overwhelm local infrastructure and destroy the area’s environment.