Battle In Bath

A proposal to expand a marina in North Carolina's oldest town has stirred up a decades-long debate about whether there should be growth there.

The Daily Reflector of Greenville reports the latest controversy in the town of Bath stems from a developer's plan to widen a boardwalk, add a stairway to the roof and extend three piers at the Quarterdeck Marina.

Opponents say the proposal would create congestion and pollution.

Others say the expansion is necessary to improve safety.

Both sides agree that the plan is the latest issue in a struggle between those who want growth and those who worry about altering the town's image and appeal.

Bath, created in 1705, is approximately 140 miles east of Raleigh.

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  • by bath-ibx Location: bath on Aug 30, 2009 at 06:46 PM
    The Baldwins have an agenda & don't hide it. In a Raleigh interview (Triangle Business) Mr. Baldwin said the town's people do not know the value of their own property (not all of us think value is only about $$ Mr. Baldwin) and he also said we had bought into the notion of historic integrity (um...we are the state's oldest town...and what's so wrong w/ integrity anyway?). And Mrs. Baldwin said in the Daily Reflector she wants us to become the size of Edenton with 5,000 residents. Folks go back to overconjested, over taxed Raleigh...and please take the hippopotamus statue with you...guess us locals don't know how to properly value such a fine work of yard art! At least Charles has quit sending curse word filled letters to all town residents for now. Wish the WDN would publish those letters so people knew how nasty and unneighborly these people are. God bless Bath. There's a reason why people find this place magical...the challenge is to balance past, present and future.
  • by To Dave Location: I LIVE HERE on Aug 28, 2009 at 11:47 AM
    Why don't you worry about the old high school and what that is doing to the investment you bought then a bunch of kids playing ball.
  • by David New Yorker to Bath on Aug 26, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    To Butch and those that think as he does. I do have a voice in the community, your neighbors saw to that when I bought a $333,000 investrment. I understand that you don't even live in Bath. So you have no say so at all in the situation. I, in turn am trying to protect my investment.
  • by jr Location: bath on Aug 25, 2009 at 04:10 AM
    i have lived around bath most of my life. i have seen changes. some changes came from laws and regulations... like cama or the brown v. board of education ruling. some from the influence if tv and other media. some from the influx of people who chose to live or retire here. there is nothing more constant than change. those who choose to live here bring with them ideas different than what we are accustomed. those ideas are evident in the church, in the schools, and in the town hall. i can tell you that most of these ideas have created changes that have benefited bath. i do not know of a single 'yankee' living in beaufort county that i would want to leave. ok, maybe one or two, and they can take one or two of the locals with them.
  • by S Location: ENC on Aug 24, 2009 at 06:27 PM
    Being a former native of Bath, and having stopped at the Quarterdeck recently & talked to one of the owners, I honestly believe he is doing a service to the community....He's not asking for much, just to improve the piers & the building...personally, I think he's got it looking better than it has it years...I agree that it galls many southerners to see Yankees come in & try to change everything, but not all changes are paraphrase a famous saying, "Can't we all just get along?"
  • by Eastern NC on Aug 24, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    To Damn Yankee If you don't like it here leave. The same road that brought you will take your --- out of here. As for Bath let the man do what he wants. If you would take the time and look he is not going to put a trailer park up, he is just going to fix and improve what he has. How would you people feel if someone would tell you what to do with ytour property? You are the type of people that voted for Obama. So keep your mouth shut and stay up NORTH>
  • by old saying on Aug 24, 2009 at 04:38 PM
    The rich and money get what they what.
  • by Bathman Location: bath on Aug 24, 2009 at 02:46 PM
    If would be developers were always forthright regarding their intentions, the citizens of Bath would have no reason to be defensive. Having been burned a time or two, the town is wary, perhaps overly so, of change. Our world and our town, while far from perfect, is the only home we have and we must find middle ground. If no town or CAMA rules prohibit the pier improvements then let them happen. The stairs to the top of the facility may be a bit much, visually.
  • by Woolard Location: Washington on Aug 24, 2009 at 01:45 PM
    Get rid of that eye-sore school.
  • by Bocephus Location: bath on Aug 24, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    I do live here. Have for 20 years. I think it is so cute how pretentious people in Bath are. You guys think someone that wouldn't amount to a hill of beans anywhere else is "rich and powerful". It is also cute how jealous the people in Choco, Belhaven, Aurora have Bath-envy. Let the man alone to fix up the place, it is not bothering you. He has a definite need to upgrade facilities. Who knows, the little mayor boy might be in charge when we join the 20th century. Bunch of in-breds.

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