Old School Cape Charles Questions Developer Moonlighting


Cape Charles Wave

October 9, 2012

The fight in Cape Charles over the old school, basketball court, and playground parking has spilled over into Hanover County.

Hanover County, 12 miles north of Richmond, is perhaps best known as the home of King’s Dominion theme park. The county has a population of 100,000 and a full-time director of economic development: Edwin Gaskin.

Gaskin is also president of Echelon Resources, Inc., the development firm set to receive from the Town of Cape Charles the old school, park property, and $41,000 in insurance proceeds. According to a contract signed by Mayor Dora Sullivan, Echelon gets the property and the insurance money for the nominal sum of $10.

The local group Old School Cape Charles, LLC, is working every angle to try to stop the deal from going through. They have filed two lawsuits in Northampton Circuit Court against the Town and Echelon. And now they are taking their case to Hanover County.

In an October 4 letter to Hanover County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ed Via, the community relations spokesperson for Old School Cape Charles, Deborah Bender, requests copies of telephone logs and emails “to establish how much time Mr. Gaskin devoted to his development project in Cape Charles while employed by Hanover County.”

The request was made under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, which allows public access to most state and local government records. [Read more…]

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