DNREC extends survey deadline on state park improvements

Delaware State Park Ranger Steven Savage looks on during the Oct. 2 open house on an offshore wind farm and proposed upgrades to Fenwick Island State Park. (Delaware State News/Glenn Rolfe)

FENWICK ISLAND — DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has extended the Fenwick Island State Park Proposed Improvements Survey deadline to Jan. 15, 2020, upgrades linked to a Danish company’s offshore wind farm proposal.

DNREC’s extension from the original Dec. 2 deadline is to allow further input regarding proposed improvements to the park that are under consideration.

The estimated $18 million in proposed improvements address ways to improve traffic flow, upgrade infrastructure and add new recreational amenities.

Ørsted, an international offshore wind developer, has proposed funding these projects as part of a public-private partnership for the proposed Maryland Skipjack Wind Farm project.

The wind farm proposal has generated noticeable opposition, some of which was voiced at a Nov. 19 public informational meeting hosted by state Sen. Gerald Hocker and state Rep. Ron Gray at Indian River High School.

The funding for the state park amenities under consideration could be done sooner if the state allows the Skipjack Wind Farm project proposed in federal waters to connect to the electrical grid under Fenwick Island State Park.

The Fenwick Island State Park Proposed Improvements Survey and its comment section are specific to the park and its amenities. For questions or to complete the survey, visit www.destateparks.com/FenwickImprovements.

Comments on the wind farm should be directed to United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Office of Public Affairs at BOEMPublicAffairs@boem.gov, 202-208-6474 or 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.

For more information about the Skipjack Wind Farm, visit https://skipjackwindfarm.com.

For additional information on the federal approval process through BOEM, visit www.boem.gov/renewable-energy/state-activities/maryland-activities

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