On June 26 the Sandwich Zoning Board of Appeals set the following precedent from this day forward: If a big business enterprise has two acres of land within the Old Kings Highway Historic District from Sandwich to Orleans, on an R1 residential lot or lots, and given the following guidelines, they may build and operate an outdoor recreational facility.
It must be equal to or smaller than Shawme Crowell State Park of 275 acres and 312 camp sites. Customers may come no further away than the United States of America. The park may service no more than 30,000 customers a summer season. No concession stands, no after-dark operations, no music, no lights. Attractions allowed by state definition are Ferris wheel, roller coaster, challenge course, or similar rides but limited to 34 such amusement devices per park.
The Adventure Park at Heritage has 14 amusement features, occupies 5 acres of residential lots, is in a history rich area of the Sandwich and Old Kings Highway Historic District, attracts 30,000 customers from the United States, and has primarily only one small country approach road. Imagine such parks spread down 6A.
Big Business and a good lawyer will achieve any other minor restrictions just as was done with Heritage. “Oh lord, what have we done—GULP!”
Carlo M. DiPersio