Nearly 40 people piled into Springport, N.Y.’s town hall Monday evening (Sept. 10) to voice opinions and raise questions regarding the proposed expansion of Twin Oaks Campground & Marina.
At the public hearing, Springport residents had an opportunity to submit oral comments regarding a February request from the campground’s co-owners — brothers Karl Rindfleisch Jr., town justice, and Andy Rindfleisch, a town council member — to add 125 campsites and 25 boat hoists to Twin Oaks, the Auburn Citizen reported.
Attendees remained cordial as speakers commented both for and against granting the Rindfleisch brothers’ request for a development district.
And while some attendees declared support for Twin Oaks’ expansion, citing a desire to protect landowner rights and give the town’s economy a positive boost, others worried the proposal — if allowed — would negatively impact the environment and make lakeside property in Springport less attractive to potential buyers.
Pointing out that Springport’s visionary committee previously designated the land in question — off of Fire Lane 14 — an environmentally sensitive area, Bernie Stopper said he didn’t like turning an environmentally sensitive area into a commercial area.
“It didn’t quite make sense to me,” Stopper, president of Springport’s Grandview Beach Cooperative, said. “Do we really want to commercially develop environment corridors?”
Kristine Hoffmeister, of Springport, said she and her husband scoured Cayuga Lake four years ago to find the perfect place for a lakeside home. Although Hoffmeister said her family was happy with their home, she the plethora of campgrounds was a concern to potential property owners.
“They see all these campgrounds, why would they want to move here and invest in this town?” she said.
Mark Casper spoke in favor of Twin Oaks’ expansion, explaining how the campgrounds’ owners threw a benefit for his son this summer after the young soldier was recently wounded in Iraq.
“It was a huge emotional boost for my son,” he said. “I hope that help is there for other people that we received.”
Following the public comment period, David Schenck, Springport’s supervisor, said the environmental review would remain open for 60 days while the town board considered the expansion.
“We’re going slow, we’re going methodical,” Schenck said. “We’re trying to do it right.”