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Del. mayors: Wind farm won't hurt resort tourism

Cooper, who said he has only been keeping up with the wind farm proposal through the news, said his concerns lay with the farm's aesthetics. "I think a pristine skyline would be better than one with windmills in it," Cooper said. He did say he understands the wind farm would be far enough off the coast so as it would not be clearly visible. Bluewater Wind had completed a photo realization tour down the coast, where they exhibited rendered photographs of actual, local beach views of the ocean -- with the windmills digitally rendered on the horizon. Based on those photo realizations, the wind farm would be barely visible on clear days, and completely out of sight on hazy ones.


REHOBOTH BEACH -- Three out of three mayors agree: a proposed offshore wind farm for Delaware coastal resort area will not have a negative impact on tourism.

Mayors Sam Cooper of Rehoboth Beach, Jim Ford of Lewes and Dell Tush of Dewey Beach all said they do not think the sight of windmills on the horizon will cause people to discontinue trips to their beaches.

With Delmarva Power being ordered last month by Delaware officials to enter into negotiations with New Jersey-based Bluewater Wind LLC for an offshore wind farm, the proposal has moved another step toward becoming a reality.

"I'm supportive of that position the state took," Ford said.

The wind farm proposal came about through a state legislative order requiring Delmarva Power to look into supplying additional power to Delaware.

Bluewater Wind's is one of three bids. The other two are a natural gas facility from Conectiv and a cleaner-coal facility from NRG.

The state agencies reviewing the bids voted together that Delmarva Power must enter contract negotiations with Bluewater Wind for a primary supply deal. Delmarva is also being required to negotiate with the other two companies for a back-up generation... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  


REHOBOTH BEACH -- Three out of three mayors agree: a proposed offshore wind farm for Delaware coastal resort area will not have a negative impact on tourism.

Mayors Sam Cooper of Rehoboth Beach, Jim Ford of Lewes and Dell Tush of Dewey Beach all said they do not think the sight of windmills on the horizon will cause people to discontinue trips to their beaches.

With Delmarva Power being ordered last month by Delaware officials to enter into negotiations with New Jersey-based Bluewater Wind LLC for an offshore wind farm, the proposal has moved another step toward becoming a reality.

"I'm supportive of that position the state took," Ford said.

The wind farm proposal came about through a state legislative order requiring Delmarva Power to look into supplying additional power to Delaware.

Bluewater Wind's is one of three bids. The other two are a natural gas facility from Conectiv and a cleaner-coal facility from NRG.

The state agencies reviewing the bids voted together that Delmarva Power must enter contract negotiations with Bluewater Wind for a primary supply deal. Delmarva is also being required to negotiate with the other two companies for a back-up generation contract.

Bluewater Wind's bid has sparked a lot of interest and public support in the coastal resort area -- as its proposal would generate clean and efficient energy using a renewable resource.

The offshore wind farm is planned to be at least six miles out in the ocean with as many as 200 wind turbines possibly running from Lewes to Fenwick Island -- though the full scope has yet to be decided.

"It's going to be pretty awesome to see," Tush said of wind farm.

Cooper, who said he has only been keeping up with the wind farm proposal through the news, said his concerns lay with the farm's aesthetics.

"I think a pristine skyline would be better than one with windmills in it," Cooper said.

He did say he understands the wind farm would be far enough off the coast so as it would not be clearly visible.

Bluewater Wind had completed a photo realization tour down the coast, where they exhibited rendered photographs of actual, local beach views of the ocean -- with the windmills digitally rendered on the horizon.

Based on those photo realizations, the wind farm would be barely visible on clear days, and completely out of sight on hazy ones.

"It would be better if Bethany had them," Cooper quipped.

He said he does not believe the wind farm would not have any affect on tourism.

Tush said she was for the wind farm for environmental reasons. She said the evidence is too strong that global warming is happening.

"If we don't take charge and try to do something about it, it's not going to get any better," Tush said.

Boat captain Ted Moulinier of Angler's Fishing Center in Lewes said he does not think the wind farm will affect tourism at all.

Moulinier, who formerly resided in southern California, said greenhouse gas reduction is very important.

"That's a step in the right direction there," Moulinier said of the wind farm's environmentally friendly operation.

While the mayors and Moulinier said they do not think the wind farm will affect tourism, some of them said it could improve one tourist activity and create another.

Moulinier said the wind farm should definitely help local fishing, through its creation of an artificial reef.

"It will provide structure for the fish to live around, you know," Moulinier said.

Head of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Carol Everhart said she was shown a video by Bluewater representatives in which tour boats were taking people out to see a wind farm off the coast of Denmark.

"I can see where there would be people interested in that," Everhart said of possible wind farm tours for this area.

According to Everhart, Bluewater Wind recently joined the local chamber of commerce.

 



Source: http://www.delmarvanow.com/...

JUN 18 2007
http://www.windaction.org/posts/9533-del-mayors-wind-farm-won-t-hurt-resort-tourism
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