Next week, the Cape Charles Town Council will take up the application for funds. The funding will hopefully provide some relief to our businesses that have been effected by the Covid-19.
It is a critical time, and many are on the verge of closing their doors.
At this serious time, as businesses are struggling, this is when the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Nature Conservancy, and Northampton Government chose to attack a blue-chip operation (Kelly’s Gingernut Pub), and send a message to everyone else: get woke, or get closed.
Jay Ford, a spokesman for CBF, organized the attack to shut down Kelly’s, and he was quickly and adamantly joined by Margaret Van Cleaf (Nature Conservancy) and Janet Sturgis (Northampton County Planning Commission).
As a note, Ford despite his actions has been rewarded by Gov. Northam by being added to his administration, appointed to the Soil and Water Board (not sure what the qualifications are).
Sturgis and Van Clief are still in the room, so it is assumed that Northampton and the Nature Conservancy approve of trying to shut down rural, coastal businesses.
For its part, Northampton Count has always been anti-growth, anti-business, and hostile towards Cape Charles’ pro-business model (every member of the Cape Charles Town Council except Steve Bennett is some form of business owner). If you recall the battle over the 2015 zoning changes, the Board of Supervisors quiet approval and applauding of Janet Sturgis’ attempt to put a Cape Charles entity out of business makes more sense.
In 2015, the county was in an uproar over changes to the zoning ordinance that would make the county a tad more business-friendly. The opposition’s argument was couched in the usual rhetoric, “protect Bay Act”, “Don’t turn the Shore into Ocean City or VA Beach”. There were many good folks that had their hearts in the right place, but at its core, the anti-2015 zoning was really about the Wellington Neck crowd keeping people out, the “I got mine, now close the door behind me” syndrome. This led to the ouster of Board Member Hubbard, and the installation of a more amiable Spencer Murray, whose first order of business was to overturn the 2015 ordinance and replace it with most of what had been the more business restrictive 2009 ordinance.
The County’s tacit support for running Kelly’s out of business falls in line with what we have witnessed historically. To say there is some distrust and animosity between Cape Charles and Northampton is an obvious understatement. This goes all the way back to the 90s and the County’s attempt to thwart Cape Charles annexing the land that is now Bay Creek. Relative to Cape Charles, the County tends to behave like the Mexican Cartels–they like the money the town brings in, but they also feel the need to slap them down as a way to reestablish the pecking order. Current BoS Chairman Bennett has complained in the past that tourism (Cape Charles) only benefits a few. Cape Charles gets the cake, but the County only gets to lick the bowl.
If this can happen to Kelly’s, it can happen to any other Cape Charles business.
A local citizen sent the following to the CBF:
Below please find an article that has appeared in one of our local online news/opinion sites, The Cape Charles Mirror. It is one of many that has been written in response to the behavior of one of your employees, Mr. Jay C. Ford. Although your response to another local citizen’s concern about his attack on a Cape Charles man and his business leaves no question as to where your organization stands on this issue, I believe you and the CBF need to be aware of the continued anger that Mr. Ford has caused on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. I personally made phone calls to your Richmond office to express my outrage, but my messages went unanswered. I now see why. However, as a ‘non profit’ entity, I would think that the CBF would be more mindful to the aggressive and controversial behavior of its local representative. I believe many would be donors will think twice in light of this; in fact, I have spoken to many who have contributed financially in the past, but are now withdrawing their support due to this situation, and your organization’s stance. The CBF needs to stick with its environmental role and stay out of the ‘social justice’ business. It appears to be counterproductive to your so-called ‘mission.’Good Day.
Here is the response from CBF:
As you can see, Mr. Baker put a lot of time and thought into his “heartfelt” response. The sarcasm and disdain for us “rural racists” is palpable. In a previous response where he praised Ford’s attack, he stated that “Clean Air, Clean Water are rights we all share.”
What does that even mean? As far as we know, we all share the same sources of air and water, anyone can swim, fish, or boat in the Bay, regardless of skin color. So, what is the real agenda of these people? Do they actually think it’s okay to loot, burn, and beat people for the cause of Social Justice? To destroy lives and livelihoods is okay because the ends justify the means?
This is where we are. We’ve confused actors with heroes, currency with wealth, diplomas with intelligence, propaganda with news, indoctrination with education, demands with rights, tyrants with leaders, conformity with diversity, and slander with debate. It’s all fake.
The ‘Progressive’ politics of these people is based on the idea that if you personally believe something to be so it becomes a binding reality for everyone else. These so-called liberals are vicious and ruthless toward anyone who disagrees with them.
On the surface, maybe it doesn’t seem like much, yet, a its core, the actions of these people is chilling and insidious.
Despite the influx of transplants, the Shore is still a working-class community. As a working-class man, you need to understand that these people (Woke, Social Justice Warriors, Progressive Leftists) hate your guts. They hate your patriotism, your masculinity, and your anti-elitist instincts. They hate your guns. They of course, still want your money, but after they get it, they want you to shut up and die quickly.
The fact that Ford, Van Clief, and Sturgis went after the Kelly’s should not be surprising. They understand that their beliefs cannot be implemented without the aid of coercion.
“Study history. Nothing ever lasts, and what comes after you may be far worse than what you’re trying to reform right now” – Camille Paglia