An event as rare as a Sasquatch siting on Cobb Island took place this Tuesday at the Cape Charles Civic Center—the Northampton Board of Supervisors traveled to meet face to face with the Cape Charles Town Council. While Education and Medical care was on the agenda, the protecting the Town’s economic interests dominated the discussion.
The town edge district, especially the intersection of Route 13 and 184 was, and still is a bone of contention. “We want that entrance…to be an inviting entrance to town…to invite people to come in and spend money,” Mayor Proto said. Chris Bannon chastised the Board, warning that he would like to see any new development have the look and feel of the historic district, that the architecture of any new commercial development should be sympathetic to Cape Charles’ architecture.
“We don’t want it to look like Chincoteague,” Andy Buchholz said.
“We’d like 184 to look like our commercial district,” Proto said. “We want to meet the joint needs of the county and the town, but we’re not Exmore.”
“We are sensitive to the entrance at 184, but we can’t control what goes out there(zoning)…if someone wants to build an Olive Garden, that will happen…I want the town and business to prosper, I love the Shanty and Kelly’s and all of Cape Charles…I guess the approach we’d like to have is, in terms of zoning, something more simple, cleaner and with less onerous regulations,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Spencer Murray said.