Target: Burlington Mayor James Fazzone
Goal: Clean up and restore access to Burlington Island
Burlington Island, located in the Delaware River between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is a scenic landmark incorporated into the city of Burlington itself. At one time, it was home to a vast and exciting amusement park which covered much of the island. However, this changed when an enormous fire destroyed much of the island in 1928.
Since that time, the island evolved into a popular destination for those seeking to escape to a natural site that was excellent for kayaking, hiking, bird-watching, and fishing. Sadly, a recent decision has now threatened the island’s status as a recreational haven. After a developer began drawing up plans to clean up Burlington Island, in order to make the former amusement park site into a historical landmark, a city edict was drawn to block all access to the property.
Citing safety concerns for those accessing the island, the city is ironically blocking the very plans to remove the refuse which makes the island such a danger. This stubborn refusal to allow any access for even a cleanup effort is preventing a plan that would offer, not only immediate revenue from the construction jobs required to begin development, but also long-term gains from the thousands of visitors that would make use of the island once it was developed.
This is not only of benefit to the city of Burlington, but to the surrounding Delaware River shoreline as well. The degree of refuse which makes Burlington Island such a dangerous fire hazard also holds the potential to spread a fire beyond the island to either nearby shore. As it will benefit the surrounding area in safety and revenue, there can be only one recourse. Burlington Island must be cleaned up and reopened to the public.
Dear Mayor Fazzone,
Burlington Island was once a bustling amusement park, serving essentially as New Jersey’s own Coney Island. Unfortunately Burlington Island met the same fate as Coney Island; its amusement park burned to the ground in 1928. Since then the island has evolved into a popular destination for those seeking to escape to a natural site that is excellent for kayaking, hiking, bird-watching, and fishing.
This has been entirely curtailed by a city edict drawn to block all access to the island. Ironically, this edict came shortly after a developer began drawing up plans to clean up Burlington Island and restore portions of it to make the former amusement park site into a historical landmark. These plans would have included the removal of much of the refuse currently festooning the island, which serves as the primary safety hazard.
Opening up the island would serve to allow Karen Robbins’ Woolman Community Development Corp. to clean up the island and make it safe for visitors once more. This is not only of benefit to the city of Burlington, but to the surrounding Delaware River shoreline as well. It would make the island itself safe for visitors, as well as serve to help protect the surrounding ecosystem.
Beyond that added safety factor, the increase in tourist revenue would also serve as a boon to the city of Burlington as well. Because of this I strongly urge you to allow access to Burlington Island so that the Woolman Community Development Corp. can develop the island into a safe and attractive New Jersey landmark.
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