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Castlewood Park closed until further notice

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The public safety committee meeting drew the largest crowd during yesterday’s meetings.

The Public Safety portion of the July 30, 2009 committee meetings drew a large crowd of residents waiting to hear what the Colonial Beach Town Council planned to do in response to complaints of overcrowding in Castlewood Park and the surrounding area at the end of the Point in Colonial Beach.  

As the summer has progressed the problem in Castlewood Park has grown to epic proportions. Residents have witnessed large groups of people monopolizing the Park and surrounding areas at the end of the Point, pitching tents overnight, cooking meals and fishing.

The problem according to Council member Stephen Kennedy is that even though these are families using the park, it is not big enough to support so large a group of people. The bathroom facilities are not sufficient to support the groups and the trash receptacles are filling up too fast.

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When is a push an assault? Can't we all be friends again?

Editor's Note: For some time The Journal refrained from reporting on the alleged assault of Police Chief Christopher Hawkins by Colonial Beach Vice Mayor Trish King, as a result of interviews held shortly after the incident. Having been informed by authorities that the matter did not rise to level of a story, but was more a matter between two councilpersons in the privacy of a back room, The Journal let the matter stay between the two persons involved. When the issue developed into a full-bloom investigation by a Commonwealth's Attorney, The Journal took another look. As far as the paper is concerned, the matter should have stayed between the two persons involved in the privacy of a back room. Since that was not to be, here are the facts.

Recent reports in local papers have facilitated the need to clear up some misinformation. Confusion and speculation was spawned from articles that make unnecessary inferences as to what took place regarding actions of officials who are obligated to look into the matter for the purpose of following procedures.

Read more: When is a push an assault? Can't we all be friends again?

“High Tides” wash away boat and real estate tax increase

Boat and marina owners packed the Pete Bone Meeting room Wednesday to voice their divergence with the Colonial Beach Town Council’s proposal to raise real estate and boat tax for the next fiscal year.
The council was considering a .03 cent real estate tax increase and a raise on boat tax from .01 to $1.50 per $100 of assessed value to help bridge a $245,834 budget deficit.
The council applied $150,000 from the sale of the boardwalk property to Brian and Vicki Coffman, owners of High Tides Restaurant, to next year’s revenues. Members also removed $50,000 dollars that had been budgeted for paving roads in Riverside Meadows for next year, and all members of council gave up their pay of $150 per month to put $15,000 into the general fund. The resulting budget went from a deficit of nearly $250,000 to $30,834 short, without raising either tax.

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Mayor Rummage: Maybe it’s time to jerk the Charter

The June 11 council meeting resulted in a number of resolutions passed and a few heated debates.
Resolutions passed included the reappointment of Barbara S. Cooper to the Colonial Beach Tourism Advisory Council, the appointment of Gerrald E. Higgs to the Memorials Commission, Amendment of the Contract to renovate the tourism building, approval of the update and maintenance of the 9-11 maps and approval of lease between the town and Hurst Harvey Oil, Inc. to house the police station.
David Coombes’ reappointment to the Planning Commission was met with some opposition from an unnamed citizen. The argument was presented by Mayor Rummage.

Read more: Mayor Rummage: Maybe it’s time to jerk the Charter

Boaters threaten to jump ship if boat tax re-instated

Last week the Town Council held a special meeting before its regular meeting to hear arguments from Marina owners and boat owners, opposing a tax hike on personal property tax for boats. At present the personal property tax in Colonial Beach for boats is 1 cent, allowing the tax to remain on the books but keeping the town from collecting. Council members are wrestling with the idea of re-instating the boat tax at a rate of $2.99 per every hundred dollars of value.

Carey Geddes president of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce spoke first, saying, “Several events in the recent past have presented a challenge to Marina owners; the Marina fire, Hurricane Isabel and Ernesto.  Boat owners have concerns with rising fuel costs, maintenance and other expenses concerning boat ownership. They have their eyes and ears pointed towards their overall cost of operating their boats.

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