Seek political help in removing the toll from the George P. Coleman bridge.
They should not remove the toll, the should restructure the tool charges. A commuter is considered 3 times in a 90 day period. Why not increase the infrequent user rate (all the people who travel down from Maryland) and then use that to offset a restructured commuter rate, such as basing it off of significant usage (15 times in a month) vs. the 3 times in a 90 day period. I am a firm believer that the toll acts as a firewall to keep some of the rift raft out of the county.
The toll does restrict growth.
Who is any person to judge another person as "rift raft". We The People have the right to live wherever we choose. Want a gated community? Move to one................the toll needs to go. In fact, it should never have been imposed.
That "restriction on growth" is a benefit, not a detriment. I've no desire to see Gloucester becoming just a part of the expanded Hampton, Newport News mini-megalopolis with all of the bureaucratic and cultural change that will entail. Let's beware lest we bring upon ourselves, along with unfettered "growth" the unanticipated collateral damage of creating an environment where some "regional" or Federal entity (via AFFH, for instance) changes things so that "We the People" who currently live here can no longer retain any semblance of the lifestyle we have and want but are subsumed into that which we sought to escape when we came here.
hmm, Rift Raft - Un-savory people in our society. People you do not want to be associated with. Take to point the young man who shoots a gun, out of a moving car, twice and then shoots three others in the car. Those are the type of people I don't want to associate with, nor do I think MOST of Gloucester would want to be associated with. If they did (or you do), then why have a judge and jury system? BTW - I moved to a gated community .. compliments of the Coleman Bridge.
Believe the term is riff raff. It is, however, more associated with "street people", deadbeats, and casual public drunks that the criminals you describe. We're not a gated community nor do most of us want the homeowner restrictions which usually apply in such. Noone wants drive by shootings or more crime (violent or otherwise in the county either. However, but maintenance of and control over our local community, our local zoning, lifestyle and taxes without the interference of the Washington bureaucracy is, I'd suggest, a more realistic concern at the moment.