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Council reactionary on wind turbines

Readers' Forum
Aug 31, 2017

 

 

printed 09/01/2017

 

Editor,

Just following up regarding the on-going discussion about the wind farms.  Rehoboth has a positive rather than negative outlook. Why the difference vs Ocean City?

It seems to me that that the Ocean City, Maryland mayor and council are being reactionary rather than pragmatic with regard to the proposed offshore wind project, which would be 17 miles off shore.

Despite the economic benefits included in the study recently completed by the Sage Group, the mayor and council insist that any view of the wind farm could harm tourism by detracting from the view of the ocean. They dismissed the study out of hand saying that it didn’t apply to Ocean City because it was based on other locations. I believe the mayor said something like there is no place like Ocean City.

I’m fairly certain that we could all agree, that Rehoboth, 27 miles north of Ocean City is just as dependent on tourism.  Rehoboth however, is taking a much more pragmatic and optimistic approach.

In an Aug. 25, 2017 article from Delawareonline by Scott Goss the following was written:

Rehoboth Beach Mayor-elect Paul Kuhns, who will be sworn in on Sept. 15, said he personally supports the state’s exploration of wind power just outside the popular resort town.

“Unless it’s right off the beach, I don’t see it as hurting tourism,” he said. “I could see charter boats taking people for a closer look. And I just think renewable energy is the right way to go.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if Maryland were “open for business” as our state slogan says?

Paige Davey

Hunt Valley, Maryland

 

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