Town Council Overturns Historic District Review Board


February 21, 2013

Cape Charles Town Council voted 4-0 tonight to approve the design of Hotel Cape Charles. (See earlier story.)

Town Council exercised its authority to overrule the Historic District Review Board, which had twice refused to issue a Certificate of Appropriateness required to obtain a permanent Certificate of Occupancy.

Hotel Cape Charles now will be allowed to reopen March 1.

The Wave will publish a full report of the meeting next week.



Town Council Overturns Historic District Review Board

  1. Dana Lascu on February 22nd, 2013 7:29 am

    I am so very grateful to Town Council for making a wise and difficult decision, leaving this beautiful building to continue its reign – with its contemporary flair unaltered – over our charming Mason Avenue.

  2. David Gay on February 22nd, 2013 7:44 am

    I am glad the Town and Mr. Gammino have resolved this issue. Now lets get to work on fixing up the rest of Mason Avenue. We have a new tourist season coming and we should work together as a community to make it the best ever! Crabs at the Shanty, brewski’s at Kelley’s and a good cup of Joe at the Coffee House to sober up. Man this is a “Piece of Eden”.

  3. Nancy Garrett on February 22nd, 2013 7:46 am

    I am delighted with the decision of the Council. Common sense has prevailed.

  4. Bruce Lindeman on February 22nd, 2013 8:12 am

    Good stuff. Can’t wait for Spring to get here and for folks out leisurely walking the sidewalks, kids riding their bicycles, families enjoying the beach, the hotel, the B&B’s, and shops and restaurants all enjoying the recovering economy in Cape Charles. Oh, and for the Brown Dog to open its doors again!

  5. Melba Whitaker on February 22nd, 2013 8:21 am

    This is a great decision – it is a shame it got to this level. It is a beautiful building and a great asset to CC.

  6. Craig Zuidema on February 22nd, 2013 3:27 pm

    Good decision by the town council. The only other solution was a lose lose proposition.

  7. Gordon Campbell on February 22nd, 2013 3:36 pm

    A historic town only remains significant if it is prosperous. Common sense has prevailed.

  8. Roger L. Munz on February 22nd, 2013 9:16 pm

    The Town board has acted, now let’s hope this action will not have a negative impact on town operations in the future. The DOOR HAS BEEN OPENED, lets see over time
    who and what walks through.

  9. Dan Breeze on February 25th, 2013 12:16 pm

    Wow, that didn’t take long and a 4-0 vote. I hope this is the start of some new thinking and possibly some new opportunities in Cape Charles. I for one would like to see the town grow.

  10. Deborah Bender on February 26th, 2013 4:51 pm

    I always knew that the Town Council would override the HRB! No wonder most of the HRB quit. The hotel would look nice in Ocean City, Rehoboth, or Virginia Beach. Not on Mason Avenue, and I am not the only person in this town that feels this way. It does not blend with the rest of the street in any way, shape or form.

  11. Ron Wrucke on February 26th, 2013 8:28 pm

    D. Bender said, “It does not blend with the rest of the street in any way, shape or form.”

    That’s because it is now an active/open establishment. Much preferred to a derelict (but “historic”) storefront!

  12. Patricia Lilliston on February 27th, 2013 2:07 pm

    Shame on city slicker Mr Cape Charles Hotel Gammino for getting over on a small town that couldn’t recognize a bad actor. The hotel is beautiful on the inside, but the outside glass balconies look as cheap as he told us they were when he put them up. Mr Gammino could have played by the rules and done the right thing in the first place, but he didn’t. He knew he’d beat a small town at his silly game, and he did.