It has been quite the weekend. About 200 survey responses (even though Polldaddy was supposed to shut it down at 100). Town year-round residents as well as the seasonal tenants of the cottage colonies and RV parks all are very supportive of our taking a step back in time and re-thinking these seasonal resorts. The outpouring of comments, from town historic preservationists to people with no ties what-so-ever will be used to shape what-ever we do in this area.
I will tabulate the survey results tomorrow and post the results.
I know this is a very personal issue to many. Family ties to these areas run deep. Given current zoning does less to protect this area than even what the Economic Development Committee was contemplating, we will need to work on zoning that protects what people have stated they like about this area. The Board of Health will need to be engaged by the residents and owners to address DEP’s issues. We will need to identify strategies to protect/restore the dune system south of Old Wharf Road. We will need to develop standards that will allow/promote reinvestment in these structures.
Everyone needs to be aware that Camper’s Haven and Chase’s Ocean Grove lie in an area that FEMA considers at risk. While it has not expanded the flood zone, yet, they believe it is inevitable that changes will occur that will affect this area in the future.
This planning effort has led to many personal attacks. A really shoot the messenger weekend. I am sure we can all press ahead and develop a seasonal “olde Cape Cod” resort district we can all be proud of.
I will raise this issue Monday night with the Planning Board and on th 19th at the Economic Development Committee.