Letter: We need to take care of what we have first
I retired and moved to Mathews County four and a half years ago to live in paradise on Davis Creek—"Low Country" as they call it in South Carolina. Just before moving here from Richmond, a friend and I bought a small marina on Davis Creek, primarily to clean up a much-neglected waterfront and as a land investment.
Fast forward to today. I find myself running a nice little marina. It truly has been a wonderful experience and a big eye-opener when it comes to dealing with Corps of Engineers and state and local politicians with regard to getting the Davis Creek channel maintenance dredged. The last time it was done was in 1972.
They say funds are not available and there is not enough commercial use to warrant maintaining of the channel. That is in part because the deep-draft boats can no longer get in and out of the channel. I have boaters along the coast call all the time about stopping in for fuel and an overnight stay, but the first thing I have to ask is how much water do they draw and check the tide clock to see if it will be accessible for them.
Folks, I have to ask the question: Why does the county talk about water projects all the time, but does nothing to take care of policing and beautifying its numerous public docks throughout the county that taxpayers already own? Folks, I say we should take care of and want what we already have. Buying a few good meals in the Court House area does not justify dredging into town when you have other locations that are in need of maintenance.
Davis Creek has fuel, a pump-out and a large public dock. Boaters who visit and want to get to town would only have to ask, as neighbors on this creek would gladly provide the transport. Folks, the last thing we need in Mathews is another waterfront property to maintain, knowing what we know about not taking care of the gems that this county already has.
R. Craig Mulligan