Sussex County Delaware

Softball World
Still on Hold

Sussex County Council ...

No Action Taken After
4-Hour Public Hearing

GEORGETOWN -- Sussex County Council has decided to delay a vote on the controversial Softball World complex until it receives a recommendation from the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission.

Council held a four-hour public hearing on the proposed conditional use for an 85-acre softball camp at Routes 5 and 48 near Harbeson on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000 but decided not to vote until planning and zoning makes its recommendation.

The commission has deferred a recommendation twice but must make a recommendation to council by Oct. 10.

The project's developer, Wallace Townsend, made the same presentation to council that he made to the commission but addressed a concern about his history of financial troubles. Townsend acknowledged a gambling problem but said he would not be handling money in his new venture.

Among the opponents of the proposal is the Nanticoke Indian Tribe, whose Indian Mission Church is across the road from the proposed site. Other opponents cited increased traffic and noise and the possibility of vandalism as their reasons for opposing the project.

Supporters said the facility would not only benefit softball players from around the country who attend camps there but would also benefit local softball teams.

Townsend said local Little Leagues and other organizations would be able to use the complex for free during the off-season and that local players would be able to enter the complex during the tournament season at a reduced fee.

The complex would include softball diamonds and dormitory style housing for campers.

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