As a member of the Hayes Community, I believe an expansion of walking/biking paths at the Point will not only be beneficial to the surrounding business, but the health of its people. There is a beautiful beach front and growing shops (Marker 9/Twisters) that the residents should be able to safely access via paths. There are many grants available out there to help communities like ours live a healthy life style. For example, Richmond, VA recently had a $100,000 grant from a helmet company to help revive the bike/walking trails for it's people. If the county does not have any one available to write up grant proposals, please reach out to me via email and I will be excited to help!
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Let's DON'T expand and invite even more outside STATES to dump in Gloucester at the Waste Management location. It already stinks from Methane gas and the height is already above the trees. It's over a major aquafer as well... the most beautiful area of Gloucester is being destroyed Why would be continue to have or consider expanding Waste Management to make millions while our north end is decimated. Property values and water quality is being irreparably destroyed.
Middle school hours require children get up at 6:00 am. Most young people in this age range participate in after school activities and have more challenging homework. Families and children would be better served with a later start to their school day.
I live in the single family home neighborhood off Ware House Road. I love to walk into town (To patronize the local businesses, go to the library, etc), however, crossing the street near the light at Main Street and 14 is very dangerous. My husband and I are now expecting our first child this summer, and I'd love to be able to walk with her in a stroller into town. There are also lots of other families with small children in our neighborhood, and I'm sure they would love the added safety of a crosswalk.
If there was a crosswalk and signal at that light, it'd be easier for people to get to the businesses on Main Street, and it'd be easier for people up on Main Street to get to the movie theater and bowling alley. I'm sure all the businesses in town would be excited at the prospect of making it easier for locals to access their services.
Walking is great for your health and I think Gloucester could be much more walking-friendly!
Highway 606 (farys mill road) is very highly travelled and is in a sad state of disrepair. The road needs to be entirely replaced.
I am a resident of Gloucester county, with this being said I believe the recent development of different variety of stores will take away from the authenticity of the area. Gloucester has been known for it's small businesses and antique stores, owned by locals, with the new developing stores, this will only take away those businesses. With the new developing stores, also comes new housing developments, which take away land and brings in more people, which in turns could possible bring in violence and overcrowded streets. I would just hate for this town to be the next Newport news/Williamsburg, as these cities/towns had both development as this town is now. I love this area, and don't want to lose the authenticity, as should every resident. As a resident bringing new business does not necessary mean better job opportunities it means low paying jobs and poverty to those hardworking small business owns that have been loyal tax paying citizen of this county. So please don't be blinded by the fake promises for a better Gloucester with more opportunities its the beginning of the polite country lifestyle.
Personally I think this is great for people who love living in this county and want to keep being apart of it as it grows. Something like this means they can get jobs that make them able to afford to live here and it creates more revenue for the county and lessens the financial burden on property owners.
Everyone agrees that going green is very important for our ecology and our planet. Solar power is clean, quiet, doesn't smell, and doesn't pollute. However, it takes a lot of land to generate a small amount of electricity given the level of technology that we have today. It's very land intrusive.
Gloucester is primarily a bedroom community where people live here and work somewhere else. Gloucester’s economy is based on tourism and history and the second home industry. I believe that putting an industrial-sized power plant on pristine farmland of this size is not the smart thing to do ---- and would adversely affect the surrounding property values (including Mathews as this project is on a main access artery) and the economy of Gloucester. This project has no tax advantage for Gloucester whatsoever and helps no one ---- except that it makes Gloucester “more ugly”. I started this this social media comment thread to get feedback from other people and their thoughts about this project pro and con.
Here's a question ask your wife or spouse ---- Ask them if they would take three or four hundred thousand of their hard earned money and buy land “directly overlooking and across the street” from 200 acres of solid solar panels? I bet they would tell you no! Then tell them that they would have to spend 30 years paying a mortgage on that money. They wouldn’t do it and now you understand what this project will do to the adjacent property owners and to Gloucester.
We need several solar projects that are less intrusive and smaller. Lots of little projects that are home-based for example like solar water heaters or solar panels installed in the home. How about a 40 acres solar project in Ware Neck where thousands of people can’t see it , and a 40 acres project in Guinea and a 40 acre project in the north of the county? We need to put these projects where people cannot see them. The beauty of Solar is they can be located anywhere.
Lastly, we need to discuss the Tax disadvantages for the county, proper site buffering so it cannot be seen, and who’s going to pay to remove this industrial equipment in 15 to 20 years.
Now let's have your comments please based on facts or a point of view.
We have no idea how the information will be presented in this television interview but it is sure to focus a lot of attention on our beloved county and get the talking heads screaming insults from both sides. We offered this kid every available option other then the very one they wanted and they refused to budge. It will only get worse from here folks, regardless of your position on this we are bound to get a lot of negative attention do to it even after the case is finally over.
I only see a literal few posting, voting and commenting here. Do we not feel it worthy to dedicate a simple amount of tax dollars to broaden this audience? My mailbox gets solicited by Best Buy and some pathetic and harmful car and payday loan companies located here in the County and using some quite thick paper. If terrible ventures can solicit my box and still afford to stay in business then our simple little County should be able to do the same. Please don't tell me a dollar from each of us including yourselves on an annual basis is not worth the voices we could be hearing and the votes these ideas are needing to make you realize it's time to work. Not many know about Speak up and a lot that do may simply have forgotten. Annual reminders are needed.