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Campground Vote Expected Before End of the Year

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - The votes on a pair of controversial proposals to build new campgrounds have been on hold for more than a year, and now some county leaders are saying the "waiting game" is unfair to those involved.

The first campground proposal would be located in Lewes, and is tentatively called "Love Creek RV Resort and Campground" according to Planning and Zoning documents. The application was made by Jack Lingo Asset Management, which made their final presentation in a public hearing on February 19, 2013.

The second campground, "Castaways Massey's Landing," would be located in the Long Neck area by Massey's Landing. The coalition of developers, Facett Heirs, LLC, Massey's Landing Park, and Ida C. Faucett made their final presentation at a council public hearing on June 18, 2013.

In response to the 17 and 21-month wait, some neighbors, developers, and even some public officials tell WBOC that they want action. Chairman of the Planning and Zoning Commission, Bob Wheatley said he is concerned by the delays.

"It's politics as usual," he said. "It's business as usual."

Wheatley, who ran for Sussex County Council this election season and lost to Republican Rob Arlett, said Planning and Zoning has 45 days to make its decisions. However, he said county council has no deadline to take action.

After 45 days past a public hearing, only the president can place the vote back on the agenda. Currently the Sessex County Council president is Michael Vincent. Wheatley blames the delays on politics, saying the council members were waiting until the election was over to cast a vote.

"Status quo is whenever we get something controversial we avoid acting on it for as long as we possibly can," he said. "Because we don't want the voters upset with us. Because we want to be re-elected. That's what they're doing."

Vincent wasn't available for a comment, but county government spokesman Chip Guy said this wait has nothing do with politics.

"Mr. Vincent stated," Guy said. "In order to give both applications due consideration, and because the record for both applications is substantial, additional time was needed."

Guy also said Vincent was hoping to get the vote on the agenda by the end of the year. There is a rush to do so because starting in January newcomer Rob Arlett will be taking over for incumbent Vance Phillips who was defeated this year's election. That means that Arlett would not be able to vote on this ordinance, since he was not in office for the public hearing.

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