Call­ing on Clarke’s Beach res­i­dents to unite

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION -

Dear edi­tor,

Why do we feel like troops in a trench with no am­mu­ni­tion? Some­one has to call the shots! The coun­cil has the am­mu­ni­tion and no one to dis­charge them! A lit­tle off the wall … eh?

As one of the res­i­dents on Park Av­enue in Clarke’s Beach, it be­comes VERY frus­trat­ing! I am hop­ing with the join­ing of hands that we can put an end to this battle.

For the past 15 years I have been a res­i­dent and paid my taxes, never once to ques­tion where my tax dol­lars were go­ing? Af­ter lis­ten­ing to some peo­ple tell me where they are go­ing, I thought it was time to get in­volved and get things straight from the horse’s mouth.

What bet­ter way then to go straight to the barn. Not only to find out where our tax dol­lars are go­ing, but to learn a lot more about our coun­cil mem­bers. Other then a friendly knock at the door when elec­tion time comes around, it’s the best way to find out who has their head on straight and which direc­tion other heads are point­ing.

It’s of­ten been said you can­not judge a book by its cover. No truer words have ever been spo­ken.

Af­ter at­tend­ing just four coun­cil meet­ings, I am ashamed to say there’s a lot more to a book then it’s cover. There aren’t enough hours for me to write in here what in­for­ma­tion is con­tained be­tween the two cov­ers.

Back to the battle of the camp­ground. As stated in the lat­est is­sue of The Com­pass, MountainView Park has bro­ken no laws. I guess it de­pends how you de­fine “ laws.”

If we are told to wear seat­belts by law and we don’t, is that break­ing the law? Try it! Get stopped by a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer and tell him you’re not break­ing any laws.

A stop-work or­der was vi­o­lated on June 9, but was dis­missed when the mayor gave MountainView Park per­mis­sion to re­move “ boughs” and to close in an elec­tri­cal build­ing for “safety rea­sons.”

Mean­while, camp sites in the new ex­ten­sion of the park are al­ready oc­cu­pied. Where is safety now? Too late to lock the sta­ble door when the horse has al­ready been stolen.

Park Av­enue is a very nar­row road which makes two cars al­most im­pass­able, let alone heavy equip­ment and dump trucks. As of to­day ( June 16), the en­trance to MountainView Park, which is to be used as an emer­gency exit only, still al­lows dump trucks and park campers to use this en­trance. Where is the safety in this?

How many of you res­i­dents run to coun­cil to get work per­mits to up­grade your prop­erty? Why? We have campers who con­struct sheds and build on decks and they have no per­mits. How do I know? Be­cause the mayor said so. I heard it with my own ears.

There’s a lot more, but I think I’ve said enough. I’ll leave the rest up to you, the res­i­dents of Clarke’s Beach, to get out and get in­volved! We have to work to­gether. So, lets all join hands with Mil­dred Snow and form a cir­cle that can­not be bro­ken. Dionne Pen­ney Clarke’s Beach

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