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Letter: The economics of marking channels

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The “Danger ahead” (Aug. 10 editorial) is less about unmarked channels in area waters and more so about a lost commercial fishing industry and “no longer money to dredge.” The correlation must be clearly understood prior to the political voyage involving taxes.

Does it not represent goodness for marinas to lose income IF this income is a function of geometric Congressional appropriation—for pleasure craft?

That “ripple effect” is more accurately described by the tidal charts: the ebb and flow is the opposite of a ripple. Congressional appropriations offer a parallel example.

To clearly understand why Mathews County and environs no longer have a robust commercial fishing industry will allow for the next step in developing economic activity.

A clue might be found in the now-petrified Parham Landing Barge Study in our New Kent County neighbor.

Waterfront property with marked channels can be found in other areas, just...

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