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Oyster cage appeal

Frances and Joe Atherton of Grimstead, above, are among the nearly three dozen individuals and entities who have appealed last July’s decision by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission to grant a permit for the installation of 700 floating oyster cages in Milford Haven off the shores of Gwynn’s Island. Damfino LLC, the company that was granted the permit after it was established last year by Susan Wade of Deltaville and others in the wake of the death of Wade’s husband, Kevin, began installing the cages on 5.5 acres of subaqueous bottom in Milford Haven after Christmas. As of two weeks ago, approximately 40 cages, visible as a line in the background, had been installed. According to Joe Atherton, the remaining cages will be installed closer and closer to their shoreline, creating what nearby property owners feel will be an eyesore and a hazard to vessels navigating Milford Haven. The appeal will be heard in Mathews Circuit Court at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25. Below, the first lin...

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