Letter: A little neighborly advice: Listen
Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson.
We, like you, are recent (in the scale of Mathews families’ horizons) residents of Moon and additionally have established primary residence here.
I had a brush with Mathews waters growing up and, after decades, succeeded in coming here to stay. We wake up every morning feeling remarkably fortunate to live here. One of our great pleasures is our neighbors, who look out for us and for whom we attempt to reciprocate. We have learned a great deal from these friends: How to see the water differently, connections between land and water, seasonal habit of crabs and fish, gardening tips, etc.
Not long after we purchased our property, I had a squabble with a neighbor who placed a septic system near the property line to which I responded with a barbed wire topped fence just like my cousin’s in Tennessee. Later, I learned that not so long ago Mathews residents could ride their horses across the fields and beaches of the county. After this gently delivered perspective, I did not like my fence so much. It is no longer possible to ride unimpeded through the county. I suspect that folks interested in kayaking and sailing and maritime history—as many of our friends are—do not have much trouble with water access. That’s not to say a well-thought-out park in an appropriate location would not be a welcome addition, particularly if addressed to children.
A little fact-checking: Your donor’s family held the now Heritage Park property for a few decades and then allowed it to fall into disrepair when they moved away. The donation (and presumably attractive accompanying tax write-off) was preceded by an unsuccessful attempt to subdivide and sell off the parcel. Attitudes to access changed when your group attempted to force a change in usage, including a parking lot and retail operations. The neighbors you are vilifying actually have held the land adjacent to your parcel in trust since the 17th century. They have been living there all that time.
Your intemperate, hectoring rant at your neighbors and the board of supervisors is an easy target for ridicule. I will forego that opportunity to provide a little advice: Listen.