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Letter to the editor
Shooting park a success in Dawson
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Forsyth County News
I read the story this week on the Eagles Beak property and our county commissioners’ vote, and have a few questions.

The story stated  ...”Other neighbors expressed concerns over noise, safety and the environment, since the property is bordered by the Etowah River...It was that same concern, however, that blocked the facility from building in Dawson County, where the company is in litigation with the county...”

You might have be shocked to find that the Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Park offers a thriving business and additional revenue to Dawson County and was not blocked from building in Dawson. Perhaps you can stop by and see the beautiful wood and stone pavillion that was actually built there. Visit and you can read up on the facility.

Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Park sits in Dawson County on property just above Rock Creek Park, a recreational facility which consists of baseball/softball/t-ball fields, tennis courts, gymnasiums, indoor meeting rooms, and outdoor covered pavilions for children and adults.

Did any of those “neighbors” express noise and safety concerns with those that currently fly model airplanes at Eagles Beak?

Why didn’t anyone take the time to visit the Etowah Valley Sporting Clays Park before writing this story and see what that facility offered?

You noted that Eagles Beak is bordered by the Etowah River. How much of the Eagles Beak land plat is in “flood plain?”

What is the proximity of the Eagles Beak site to the county dump?

What is the proximity to the Eagles Beak site of the existing River Bend Gun Club?

Why weren’t our residents provided this information in the story?

I’m all for greenspace and walking trails. However, with the poor financial times we are in, it baffles me why we would turn down this type of revenue producer for Forsyth County.

Joe Schuster