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Originally published: 2013-06-07 09:26:20
Last modified: 2013-06-07 09:27:04

Leave some greenspace green

Regarding the Watauga County commissioners' thoughts about destroying one of the most beautiful spots left in Watauga County to turn it into a business park (we do already have one, you know).

Many of you may be familiar with the Greene farm on N.C. 194 in the Meat Camp area. It will take your breath away. But soon, if the country has its way, it too, like so much of Boone and the surrounding county, will be a thing of the past.

Why this site? It apparently doesn't matter a whit that the parcel is 4.5 miles outside of town on a two-lane, twisty mountain road, sometimes impassible due to snow and/or flooding.

Plus, the infrastructure is simply not there -- such as water and sewer and natural gas, to name only a few of the needs of a business park. These needs could only be made available by destroying the site.

Why on earth are you people in such a hurry to destroy one of the few natural spots of beauty left in the county? Please leave us a few spots of paradise without paving over it with brick and mortar and a parking lot as we've done to so much of what was once a beautiful, peaceful setting -- Watauga County -- but will soon just be another Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg (heaven forbid).  Flatten all the mountains and we can all just pretend we've moved to Florida (heaven forbid). Pretty soon people will visit and say, "This is where the mountains used to be, it was beautiful -- wish you could have seen it." Whatever amount of money -- Did I hear $52,000. -- you're paying an engineer to do a feasibility study, my opinion is just drive out and look at it -- save the county some money.

Donald and Kaye Barley

Watauga County