A majority of Ossipee voters favored the town’s plan to purchase Camp Sokokis for recreation. But the vote failed to muster the required two-thirds majority.
Proponents and opponents square off in the final week. In public letters, Select Board members call opponents “cowardly” and “arrogant,” and signal that non-resident taxpayers won’t be permitted to speak at the town meeting. Members of Broad-Leavitt Bay Association question its chairman’s endorsement of the purchase.
Almost a decade after it was created, the management plan for Ossipee Lake Natural Area is paying off, with damaged plant communities on the rebound, and boaters largely staying away from posted areas. New maps at the reconstructed Route 25 public boat ramp are in the works for 2018.
In a public letter, the Executive Committee of Broad-Leavitt Bay Association, one of the lake’s largest such organizations, calls Ossipee’s proposed purchase of Camp Sokokis “an excellent asset acquisition” and a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for a town beach. Ossipee Lake Alliance came out in favor of the plan on November 7. Voters will have the final say on Tuesday, November 28.
It’s up to Ossipee voters to determine whether buying Camp Sokokis is the right financial decision. But from an environmental perspective, we like the plan and support it.