Letter: Route 17 beautification and safety
It is always a pleasure to congratulate a business in concert with the county that landscapes and beautifies its property, including egress off of Route 17. Auto Max of Gloucester has done exactly this and cleaned up and beautified the Ordinary Post Office for the first time in its existence. Congratulations for a job well done.
By the same token, a large dump truck with a sign "You were almost in (name of subdivision)—It’s a Wonderful Life" on both sides is parked at the entrance to a subdivision each weekend and is most unattractive and unsightly and is not a credit to the good judgment of the county administrator and board of supervisors. I realize that we have not had the gumption to clean up the sign ordinance, but this is unbecoming both to the developer and builders on this property, in addition to the Gloucester County administration. The violation of good taste at worst and skirting the law at best should not be tolerated.
Looking down Route 17 to the shopping area with the York River Crossing Shopping Center as the centerpiece, coupled with some of our major businesses and taxpayers, this median should be kept in immaculate condition. The intersection of Guinea Road is terribly littered with cigarette butts and trash. The effort to clean up and make esthetically acceptable is a small cost compared to the contribution that this business and professional community makes to the County of Gloucester, similar to what Phillips Energy and others have underwritten just north of that point.
We don’t often think of how this affects our Court House area as well. We can do all the advertising of the Court House, but if the approach either way is unsightly, it is not inviting for people to take the time to pull off and enjoy the assets and attractiveness of the Court House.
David L. Peebles