June 1, 2019 at 3:40 pm #2516Sara MilesParticipant
The linked photo is a depiction provided by the developer of the industrial windmill development. Note that the developer’s public filing states that the towers will be visible even from 17 miles out, as they will each be 60 stories above sea-level, not “6”. Although the developer has proposed to initially build fifteen windmills, the photo shows the developer’s plans to build almost 100 of these off our shore.
As many are aware, the current administration is also proposing to allow oil and gas exploration off of Delaware’s coasts. Our shores and coast are a precious, invaluable resource. We should protect them from all energy development.
June 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm #2521Dan CohenKeymaster
From the Tower Shores Communications Committee: We are unable to upload images to the Forum section of the web site, however we have posted the image that was to attach to this forum post under “Tower Shores News” – Windmills. You’ll find it under the “Homeowners” menu.
June 1, 2019 at 6:37 pm #2523Mary (Toni) SchrockParticipant
I really appreciate you bringing up this topic. I am a resident of Sussex County and a real estate agent and I knew nothing about this. No one is talking about it. Unfortunately I had to leave the meeting early and I missed the discussion on the windmills. I am a bit disappointed that this was not talked about earlier in the meeting, this is a VERY BIG deal!!! I have been doing tons of research, now that I know about it and we do not want this!!! Not to mention it will ruin our view, but it will lower our property values too!
Everything I read is that the reason they have moved the idea to Delaware is because no one is complaining about it in Delaware.
I did read one article that said,”Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Gordon also said he hasn’t seen a lot of opposition among locals to the offshore wind farms. But some people aren’t fully aware of the projects since the completion dates are still several years away, he said.” source: Delmarva Now.
Well ladies and gents the word is out, we need to ban together and make sure this does not happen off of our shoreline.
The Governor of Delaware is pushing for it:
Gov. John Carney says he will sign an executive order Monday to create a “working group” tasked with studying the issue and recommending steps the First State can take to get an offshore wind project underway.
Carney spokesman Jonathan Starkey said the governor wants to examine the potential economic benefits of such a development in general and has no specific project in mind.
“Governor Carney has long supported offshore wind and investments in clean energy to create jobs, reduce the impact of climate change and protect our environment,” he said. “The working group will help Delaware explore the potential environmental and economic benefits of offshore wind development.” Source Delaware Online, part of the USA Today Network August 2017
The way local government officials have been handling the offshore wind energy issue has been largely influenced by state government decisions.
Delaware Gov. Carney is currently assessing the next steps for the state after receiving a report from the offshore wind energy working group he commissioned.
Carney said in a statement that the working group’s report will help state officials continue to explore potential economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind for Delaware.
Source Delmarva Now Sara Swann, Salisbury Times
October 25th, 2018
This has been in the works along time, we are getting started very late in the game! Folks we need to be united on this, and stand strong. Does anyone have any ideas how we can stop it, where to start?
The day of the meeting, when I had to leave early, this was talked about, one of the owners told me about it, so I started asking other owners what they knew, I was told I was starting rumors and need to stop it, this is no rumor, this is happening and if we don’t do something about it now, it will happen!!! They want to start:
The two offshore wind projects near the Delmarva coast are being developed by U.S. Wind and Deepwater Wind, which anticipate their wind farms to be functional by 2021 and 2022, respectively. source: Delmarva Now online
I will continue to research and read, but we need to do something, is there anyone who would be interested in working together on a committee to figure this all out? I will do what I can, since I am local, I will hear what is happening.
I look forward to hearing back thoughts and comments on what we should do. I am sure we don’t all feel the same, some folks might like the idea. I respectfully ask that we do not attack one another over this, please be kind to each other, we are all neighbors and have the same interest at heart.
June 2, 2019 at 12:33 pm #2527Christine StangParticipant
I think it is a great idea to form an informed committee. I would volunteer to be on the committee.
June 2, 2019 at 6:51 pm #2535Tom ValuckParticipant
I agree that this is a very important issue. It’s good to see the community engagement on this forum.
I need to understand whether having more man made structures, like the Fire Control Towers that our neighborhood is named for, or the Indian River bridge, or the ships that sail by on the horizon, is a bad thing or just another thing that we all will come to expect on the skyline to remind us that oil rigs, strip mines, and solar panels aren’t the only energy sources that power our lives. Will it really affect the birds or the property values, or just the view, and to what extent? Will we receive any direct or indirect benefits?
I would be happy to serve on a team to receive and evaluate all of the evidence in a group setting and form a strong consensus response to the perceived threat.
Atlantic Watergate Board Member
29111 Ocean Road, Unit 1
June 5, 2019 at 1:19 pm #2539Mary (Toni) SchrockParticipant
That’s great, thank you!
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