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Development With No Control As Planned by Mark Baker

Rt. 1, Lewes, Delaware   circa 2021

Sussex County is at a crossroads…  The difference between Joan Deaver and Mark Baker is as stark as the difference between good and evil….  Slowing development is good..  Getting Community input before a development goes in is good…  Development doesn’t stop if Joan wins on November 4th…  It simply continues under your control…

If Mark Baker wins, development flourishes no matter what you want… This scenario is plausible… You wake up one wintry morning and find your next door property was sold and in comes an apartment complex, or a mall, or a gravel pit, with heavy machinery working twenty four/seven.  “There not going to do that you say in anger!….”  Oops… Too late…. you voted for Mark Baker… There is nothing you can do…

If Mark Baker wins, there will be no oversight in the Third District.  But if Joan Deaver wins…. little by little each person gets their county back… If a development goes in… someone will have to knock on your door first, to tell you about it…. If a development is planned, a meeting in your neighborhood is called and you can look at the plans and argue among yourselves whether or not, you want it to go forward….  If a development is planned you do not have to worry about sitting in your driveway twenty minutes to find a space even long enough in which to pull out…(True story in New Castle County)….  If a development is planned you can relax; you will not have to worry whether your school which last year had 600 elementary students, this year is carrying 1200 elementary students… Mark Baker has only lived in a rural environment… to him… it’s “what’s the big deal?”… But to anyone who has lived in another spot, and sees where Sussex County is rapidly going, and understands that staying rural is an ideal that must be protected at all costs, and knows that the quality of life we have here is what makes living near the ocean in Delaware so special,… understands that turning Route 1 into a Route 40 in Bear Delaware…. IS a big deal…

Your home value will drop a further 25%.

And under Mark Baker your taxes will rise… Maybe not even during his term, but because of uncontrolled development, more services are required, and more money per person is required to perform them….  That is why real estate taxes are extremely high in developed areas… you need more schools per square mile than you do in Sussex County.. You need more sewers per square mile, more tarmac per square mile, more police per square mile, more firetrucks and ambulance services per square mile.  That is why New York has very high real estate taxes, as well as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland…. That is why property taxes in New Castle County are higher than those in Kent or Sussex County…The denser people are packed, the more each person has to pay….

Your taxes will rise if development proceeds under the plans laid out by developers….  They will rise slower if you ask with each development… how much will this cost per person, and can we afford it…

Joan Deaver on County Council will provide a balance to the developing interests that have their eye one Sussex County…  Developers aren’t bad…  They just need some supervision….  Some control…. just like your car…

You wouldn’t buy a brand new truck, with a good engine and no brakes…. for once you got going….. how would you ever stop?  The first cars actually didn’t have brakes… because their inventors were used to horses.  The idea of how to stop once running actually didn’t occur to them until the middle of their test drive… After several crashes, brakes were added… and improved, and improved again… Today we wouldn’t think of buying a car without brakes…

Mark Baker on County Council is just that…. a forward force for developers without brakes…… With him on County Council even for just one term… the scenario mentioned above where you wake up to your neighbors plot belonging to something you don’t want…. is a avid reality…..

Joan Deaver is like putting brakes on the process.. If  things are going smoothly, no force is applied and progress continues forward and great strides are made….  But when a obstacle falls in front of us across the road of your future development, and disaster appears inevitable, she can and will apply the brakes to keep the County from being ruined by overdevelopment.

That is why anyone who is not a personal friend of Mark Baker, needs to give Joan Deaver their vote on November 4th… If Sussex County is to become a viable place to live and work, and keep the specialness that it has today…. and not turn into what the picture at the top of this post portrays…. then brakes need added to the Sussex County Council…  The one carrying the brakes for the Third District…. is Joan Deaver…

Mark Baker is all gas.

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This one is so easy, it was silly to wait… The only other race, pitting good versus evil in such stark contrast, would be the Lieutenant Governor’s race.

The Third District of Sussex County needs to go to Joan Deaver.

I can’t think of any better way to say it… I can think of quite a few worse ways… but no better ones… so I will not continue.

I see no way Sussex County will still be an enjoyable place to live twenty five years from now, if her opponent wins this election.