Former Mayor Dora Sullivan sent an email to Town Council, which she wanted to be read into the public record. Below is the text:
Good evening Honorable Mayor and Council persons. I have lived here for the past 25 years.
I have witnessed it all. From the pain and loss of dear friends and loved ones to a community that rallied together when someone could not afford to cover the expense of a funeral for someone they loved. Many things have changed in our small community which of course is understandable. What I have never witnessed was bullying. Someone so angry that they believe they can be the police. What would make someone chase after someone yelling and screaming about what the rules are. You are not the police. If there is a problem, then report it. I would hate to think that after all the many years of Cape Charles being a lovely welcoming place to visit and live that we would be thought of a town where if you do something wrong you become publicly humiliated and bullied. What purpose does that serve? What taste does that leave? We are better than that!
Councilwoman O’Brien agreed. She stated during Town Council comments that Council needed to pay attention to what Sullivan was saying, “We’ve had some outrageous behavior from citizens when enforcing the Town’s rules. We should ask the public to contact the police or staff at Town Hall if they saw anything that needed attention. It should never be incumbent on a citizen to enforce the rules of the Town and this issue needed to be addressed so Cape Charles did not become a Town of angry people”.
The total lack of self-awareness on display here should not come as a surprise to anyone. Did either of these two stop and reflect on why citizens might be just a little pissed off? Why do you think they might be pushed to the limit of patience? What would drive a local to confront someone? What could possibly be fomenting this anger? Which way did he go?
This is the Cape Cape Charles modus operandi. Rather than addressing the problems their lunatic policies have created, they instead try and deflect, and throw it back in your face, “Our low-bandwidth, poorly designed, ill thought out policies are not the problem…it’s YOU!”
Summer used to be our best season, but instead, we can’t wait for it to be over so that the town is not such a cesspool of humanity. By September, the last nerve has been worked over pretty well.
I meet a lot of tourists and really like most of them, but it only takes a few to ruin everything. Some of the stuff I see on golf carts is mind-boggling. It seems every day, I see people holding babies leaving the CC Brewery, driving carts right down Stone Road, ignoring the cart path and forcing traffic to weave around them, or even coming to a stop until they can pass them. The other day, I saw a golf cart so far up the road, I swear they were coming back from Food Lion.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.
If you do feel the need to confront someone over their moronic behavior, try and make the encounter constructive–try to be nice.
Example: “Hey dude, speeding through the park on your golf cart, and doing donuts in the soft areas is fun, I get that. I’m most totally with you, but, if the cops see you, you will definitely get a ticket.”
But that’s me, you do you.
Despite the inner joy and peace, that we all seek, it seems pretty natural to throw an insult or two at these people. In some cases, it may be quite necessary. What is wrong with pointing out that what someone is doing is dangerous and idiotic? It’s not like the town is doing anything about it.
If you see somebody doing something stupid, what are you supposed to do–get out a pad and take their names down like a pathetic dweeb? Being a snitch may come naturally to folks like Sullivan and O’Brien, but it’s abhorrent to most of us.
What if it’s at night and you see something completely obnoxious and illegal, then what? Call the police, really?
Citizens have had it and are finally standing up for themselves, and the town has the nerve to tell them to sit down and shut up, that they have no rights. Former town officials stupidly chide, “We are better than that!”
Lady, put a cork in it.
The people in charge, the ones that are supposed to be answering to YOU, have forsaken you. This disregard and vulgarity began years ago (not mentioning any names). They just want you to sit there and take it while they destroy your lifestyle–all while making it more and more expensive, more and more unbearable to live here. The smart ones have left and moved to Florida.
Reminder for the remaining inmates: The election is this fall. It’s your prison, build wisely.