The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

Letters to the Editor

April 8, 2009

Response to Gov. Perdue

Tuesday, April 7, 2009 — Dear Governor Perdue:

This letter is to express our concerns in connection with the delay of the approval of the application of Alcoa Power Generating, Inc. pending before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Although you have been made aware of the issues being raised by those communities who are in favor of a delay and intervention by the state of NC, we feel you should also be aware of the seriously negative economic effect the delay is having on the Davidson County side of High Rock Lake.

As you are certainly well-aware, over the past few years, Davidson County has suffered extreme economic decline due to the offshore outsourcing of both the textile and furniture industries, formerly our lifeline. Without these industries, what will be our highest source of revenue in the future?

We contend it is tourism and leisure.

People are drawn here because of the NC Barbecue Festival, Bob Timberlake Gallery and Industries, Childress Vineyards, more than 50 additional vineyards in the Yadkin Valley, and High Rock Lake. Of these attractions, High Rock Lake stands to be the one that will bring more “permanent” money to our county as the snowbirds continue to move south and those in neighboring counties are investing in “stay-cation” second homes.

Under the new rules laid out in the Relicensing Settlement Agreement, formerly “un-sellable” property becomes viable.

For example, current rules mandate 200 feet of shoreline and an 8 foot water depth to construct a private pier.

Under the new rules, if a 50 foot lot was platted before 1987 and has a water depth of at least 6 feet, a private pier will be allowed.

Also, the proposed draw-down schedule and equalization of water levels among reservoirs means High Rock will no longer be “Dry Rock” and the levels will extend our leisure season.

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