June 1, 2019 at 12:45 pm #2515
In follow up to the annual meeting discussion regarding Wind Farms off the coast of Delaware, and a suggestion that we as a community protest it, I did some research to answer some of the questions raised and not answered. I believe this is a vital discussion as a coastal community we share an obligation to care for our environment. I am sure most of us believe it is a very serious issue, and one in which we should be well informed before taking a stance.
At the meeting a question was asked of how many miles off shore the Wind Farm is proposed to be was not answered, but, it was described to look like a city of six story office buildings off our coast and in our view.
Please read the following link to learn more about the actual proposed distance.
The closest offshore wind farm project to Rehoboth Beach will be about 19 miles away from the coast. I do not see the resemblance to an office building.
There was a person who expressed concern for birds, referred to “bird carnage” on our beach. So I consulted with the Audibon Society. Please read the following position statement to be informed if you are concerned about the birds, as I am.
There were comments made about “Lower Slower Delaware” not being responsive or aware. On the contrary, we citizens of Lower Slower Delaware are quite engaged in environmental issues and are taking many initiatives to educate our communities and do research to determine the best and safest alternatives to fossil fuels to save our precious coastal ecosystem. There is much research to be done and discussion to be had, as our response to Climate change is critical. A well informed decision is best. Thanks for your interest!
June 1, 2019 at 6:42 pm #2524
I agree that we need to do much research and have open discussions about this topic.
Thank you for your research and thoughts,
June 2, 2019 at 12:14 pm #2526Jean KrafftParticipant
Thank you for getting this information, Christine. I am the person who mentioned the birds at the meeting! I was interested in reading the Audubon position statement, and indeed hope that the site is placed where the impact on migratory birds is minimized. But we shall see. I know that we need alternative energy sources, and that it is a very complicated issue. Are you planning to contact Audubon to see if they have studied the migratory path in this area? If you are not, I will plan to do so.
June 2, 2019 at 1:23 pm #2528Brad MandelParticipant
Thank you for taking the time to research and report your findings. While I understand the need for alternative energy I would like to find a way to communicate to the powers that be to push the project north over that 7 mile stretch between Dewey and the Indian River inlet bridge where it would not disturb ANY residents views. Thoughts?
June 2, 2019 at 4:25 pm #2529
Would you be interested in joining together to figure this thing out?
June 2, 2019 at 4:26 pm #2530
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 4:41 pm #2531Dan CohenParticipant
I am delighted by the conversation this issue has triggered. This is complicated, and for some, emotional both pro and con. And we all know that when passion one way or the other is involved, people can interpret statements, facts, analysis etc. through the prism of their emotions.
That is why I agree, we must all be very careful here to understand the facts. I have many questions from how far off shore, and if they will or will not be visible. To the impact on the environment, to the benefits the windmills may provide.
Our world is changing, our environment is changing, and our climate is definitely changing. Witness the last three storm seasons, wild fires in the west, and the wild swing in weather patterns. So in some small way can this project be a tiny piece of the puzzle in the big picture of things? Or does it amount to “I recognize the challenge, but please, not in my back yard.”
I look forward to learning more. Perhaps a good start might be to invite someone from DNREC to attend a Tower Shores board meeting (via the conference call the 2nd Monday evening of each month). And let the community listen to the facts and ask questions.
June 2, 2019 at 6:41 pm #2534Tom 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 3, 2019 at 12:38 pm #2536Canio CaputoParticipant
I can’t believe it’s 2019 and there is discussion regarding if we should or shouldn’t do this. We live on a strip of land that is what 6 or 7 feet above sea level? The research from our own NOAA shows the Salt Works Marsh, the Seashore State Park will literally be under water in 20 years with a 1 foot sea level rise. When, not if, it rises 2 feet then the highway is in jeopardy.
We should have moved on by now from Wind Mills and started talking about other ways to mitigate what’s coming. We don’t have time to research this, we need to be voting on what we are going to do in 2020.
June 4, 2019 at 1:42 am #2537Marta KeaneParticipant
They are installing Wind Turbines at the Hamptons – it isn’t driving their property values down. We all want air conditioning. We want to keep adding properties to this small coastal area but we don’t seem to be adding renewable energy sources. Sea level rise is already impacting the East Coast. Instead of fear mongering about lower property values from a 17 mile away wind farm you should be worried about losing the property altogether. What is being done to install solar? What about using the power of the wave to turn turbines under the sea? It is easy to complain about a proposed change addressing a problem but not so easy to provide alternative solutions.
June 6, 2019 at 1:07 am #2545
July 3, 2019 at 6:32 pm #2643Kathleen & John McCoyParticipant
I first came to Tower Shore in 1970, when Bay Road was half empty and Matt’s Fish Camp was a local diner owned by Mrs Swadley. To say that today’s TS experience, including views from the beach, has changed drastically is an understatement.
As an academic, I was instrumental in introducing an Honors Tract for college students entitled “Energy and the Environment,” in the late 1980’s. The goal of the Tract was to bring to the students attention the challenge their and future generations will face in meeting an ever increasing energy demand while maintaining the health of the planet. The Tract was taught jointly by faculty of Engineering, Economics, Politics, and Theology; it continues to this day.
I have little confidence that my recently born first great-grandchild will have the opportunity to experience Tower Shore. But, if it turns out he might and the price I have to pay is a wind farm 17 miles offshore, I happily accept.
July 7, 2019 at 8:26 pm #2676
Thank you John. I believe your insight is invaluable!
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