This email was sent to the Cape Charles Mirror regarding the $1.4 million the town is proposing to spend on a wave attenuator that will supposedly make the harbor safer and calmer.
|I read in the Mirror that the town administration is thinking about putting in a wave attenuator at the harbor, and the cost is over a million dollars, and this is because they think there is too much wave action in the harbor. I keep my boat there and I can tell you there is little or no wave action. Cape Charles is one of the calmest harbors I have ever been in. Did anyone bother to ask the slip holders?
The harbor does not have a wave action problem but has a wake problem from boats entering and leaving too fast. You can see as they make the corner near Bayshore and the wake is already too big, not to mention waterman that go to fast leaving at 5 in the morning. I don’t know who came with this idea but they are probably not boaters and don’t keep a boat in the town harbor. They should use the money for upkeep and much needed upgrades, like better wifi, because it sucks now.
The Mirror should look into what the real reason behind all this is. It seems the harbor is always spending money on the wrong things. How much have the breakwaters cost, and they don’t do anything?
Note: This writer also used to keep a boat in the harbor, and I agree with this email. I never noticed any abnormal amount of wave action. Another boater, who now keeps his boat in Kings Creek Marina, also agreed, and remarked that the town harbor was very calm and protected, and wave action in no way affected his decision to leave there, “If they think the harbor is too rough, maybe it’s time to sell the boat and buy an RV.”