February 27th’s Colonial Beach Town Council work session lasted for three and ½ hours with little to show for it. Discussion again returned to the parking lots located next to the town boardwalk, the boardwalk vendor program and the future of Eleanor Park and property adjacent to the boardwalk.
As has been the case since the town council removed all renters from Eleanor Park, the future of the park’s land was argued at length. Council members Jim Chiarello, Wanda Goforth and Linda Brubaker voted against working on the possible sale of Eleanor Park with Pete Bone, Tommy Edwards and Mayor Mike Ham voting for it. Gary Seeber was absent from the meeting.
Eleanor Park was deeded to the town many years ago and was originally set to remain a park open for citizen use. Over time, it became a mobile home park prior to the town removing all mobile homes from the park in order to sell the land. The homes were removed at the time the country’s economy plummeted, leaving the land unused and very often left with the grass not mowed.
Chiarello said that due to the original purpose of the land, he could not, morally, vote to approve the sale of the land. The town has a legal opinion that states they can sell the property, but many town citizens disagree.