Letter: Dave and Gail Groy, Leesburg

Editor: The issue with White’s Ferry seems to be coming to a head with a push to condemn land through eminent domain.  Apparently, a private citizen is requesting to use our taxpayer money, not to build a new road or a new bridge, but to re-open an already functional ferry.  

We ask the question, is 50 cents a car out of a $5 fee, fair compensation for the use of someone’s private land?  If it were your land, what would you think?

This seems pretty simple.When it comes to the common good, do the citizens of Loudoun County have to assume the financial burden of condemnation because someone thinks 50 cents is too much?

Dave and Gail Groy, Leesburg

5 thoughts on “Letter: Dave and Gail Groy, Leesburg

  • 2021-04-19 at 2:08 pm

    “Half-a-buck Chuck” apparently thinks campaign contributions result in using the government to further enrich himself when he says “jump.” His purchase of the ferry means he needs to take care of the expenses that go along with it, not look to the public purse.

    • 2021-04-20 at 8:50 am

      The landing was condemned already by Loudoun County and the Rust Family was already fairly compensated..in 1871. You should be more outraged that the Brown/Devlin Family are double-dipping into our tax money! It seems unfair that Loudoun County can’t take care of their own land records and we have to pay the price in both tax payments to private companies and a loss of a reliable commute!

      Also, a bridge at that location is impossible. The flood plain extends approximately 3/4 of a mile inland, farmland and US Park service land would need to be condemned to build a very tall, very extended bridge there (which is apparently the concern here: Ok for MD, but not Ok for VA, got it.)

      • 2021-04-23 at 4:18 am

        The ferry owner lost in court, in part, because there was inadequate “proof” where a supposed condemnation occurred along the Potomac (and they were trespassing and destroyed the shoreline to which they needed to pay so it can be restored). There were numerous ferries and this ferry was just one. Sorry, but the judge was correct. There was/is no credible evidence of such a “fact.” Moreover, the ferry is hardly used as a transportation necessity. When can the public (and the IRS) see the records to support such a claim?

  • 2021-04-24 at 7:12 pm

    The government needs to condemn the MD side and allow Rockland Farm to operate a ferry servic. They can’t condemn the VA side and give a cash-strong business opportunity to Mr. Kuhn regardless of his political connections. Why not let Rockland Farm run a ferry?

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