To The Daily Sun,
As I reflected on the June 1 article reporting the latest developments regarding the dispute between Timber Hill/Beans & Greens owners Andrew and Martina Howe and their besieged abutters, I came closer to fully understanding the real meaning of an empty and meaningless gesture.
It would seem that, upset over the fact that their abutters on Gunstock Hill Road are causing them serious headaches, the Howes, through their attorney, have served their neighbors with a no-trespass notice.
"That's the spirit," I thought. You destroy someone's property values and quality of life, in an otherwise quiet rural residential area, with an amplified, rowdy commercial wedding reception venue, which by all accounts is illegal in its zoning and should have never been allowed under the terms-of-easement with the conservation trust in the first place, and then turn around and tell them that they can no longer buy their corn at your farm stand. Ouch ... that must really hurt. I'm sure by now, Timber Hill's abutters are really regretting they ever said anything.
Where exactly the Howes' lawyer found the sub-clause/loop-hole in the conservation trust easement agreement that states: "you may give access to the public — on all, none, or partially — of your property under easement, with the exception of those individuals you dislike," is beyond me. Either it's open to the public, or it isn't. What nonsense is this?
It's only my opinion, but it would seem, in law school, their lawyers must have slept through the class entitled, "How to prevent your clients from looking downright foolish."
But since, for the time being anyway, if the Howes' neighbors cannot set foot on the Timber Hill/Beans & Greens properties, then neither will I. Nor would I suggest that anyone who even marginally cares about the rights inherent in zoning ordinances, designed to protect us all, set foot on their properties either. And I would suggest to the Howes that instead of throwing more lawyers at the problem, that they might consider a negotiated compromise with their neighbors and steer clear of more absurdities such as this one.
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