2012-12-20 / Letters to the Editor

Town shouldn’t treat RV campers as trash

What a beautiful place to visit. What an awesome town. I have had the privilege of camping at Fort Getty for 16 years and have met some of the nicest people both at the campground and in town.

But I must say the articles I have read from some of the residents and the Town Council has made me feel like they think the people at the campground are trash. We are all good hard-working people just trying to enjoy our summers like you all do. I cannot believe that the educated people of the island could not try to be a little more compassionate than they are, and try to use a little more finesse in the way they are handling the future of the campground.

I understand there are some of you who want Fort Getty all to yourselves and I can’t blame you. After all, it is beautiful and does belong to the town and its people. But you can’t be greedy and have it all. It appears you all want the money but you don’t want to see the campers. It’s too bad we can’t all have it the way we want it.

From the looks of it, the Town Council will end up getting its way anyway because they are going to price themselves right out of campers. In the 16 years I have been camping there, I have never seen the town put much money back into the campground because they always used the money to beautify other parts of the island. It’s to the point now that it is not worth it any longer.

You all seem to lose site of the fact that the 108 campers through the summer spend their money at Cumberland Farms for food and gas, the liquor stores, McQuade’s, the Mobil gas station, and most of all the restaurants in town. Not to mention those of us who go to yard sales on the island. It saddens my heart how this debate over the campground has come to this.

I am just glad I was able to take my sick husband there for his final years. The campground and his friends were all he looked forward to each and every year we went.

Claire Farrell
Bellingham, Mass.

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