To The Daily Sun,
Are we loving Newfound Lake to death?
Newfound's natural state is a peaceful one. Carving up its beautiful wilderness surrounding it's shoreline is not the answer. Keeping it enjoyable for everyone is. Isn't the goal of the New Hampshire Tourism Board to promote our lakes, mountains and seashore? In essence — the entire state. So far it's been working, however, we are now learning that enjoyment has a different meaning for different people.
For instance, when I visit Newfound Lake, I truly enjoy the scenery from the water, from the trails and from our home. As much as I love it myself, I see others loving it for themselves. And they come back ... year after year for more of the same. It's not a bad thing. However, the problem is "our wilderness" is about to shrink. You see, the additional development of industrial wind turbine plants will lead to more restricted areas, more scenic concerns and more annoyances that vacationers typically try to avoid.
Newfound Lake is small and quaint. On a quiet day, you can almost hear someone across the lake. While we don't quite see the level of vacationers as Lake Winnipesaukee does, our waters are cleaner, our views are equal and our community is like family. Everyone knows everyone. And yes, our views are more than worth it.
So, what should our state do about our industrial wind development issue? Are we to become New Hampshire's renewable energy destination? Will new businesses form? Allowing wind turbine tours or rides? Will their grounds become zoo's, parks or destinations for buses to drive though? Is this what the "different people" want?
This is what I do know: both tourism groups and businesses alike are spending their advertising dollars to get people to visit, to have a good time and to return. This business model has been working for many years.
Residents understand and they've all officially voted against industrial wind development in the Newfound/Cardigan region! Every town opposes industrial wind development in their town. Remember, they promised they would go away if the community didn't want them. Yet they won't leave...
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