Just say no to eminent domain

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By Mary Kapellas, Alexandria
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To the editor:

Over the last few months, I have read several articles on eminent domain concerning the city’s seizure of the Old Dominion Boat Club’s property. People have recommended that the ugly weed-infested chain link fence be replaced with a wooden fence or that the boat club volunteer to relocate.

A few believe private property has no place on the waterfront.

But it’s eminent domain that has no place in Alexandria. How is removing the parking lot or boat club going to improve the community? It was the city that erected the awful fence and took over the grassy area by the boat club, which is weed-infested and looks horrible.

I in no way support eminent domain. The boat club has been a vital part of Old Town since 1880. It helps a lot of people in our community through efforts like Toys for Tots, Salvation Army bell ringers, the Wounded Warrior Project and scholarships for special-needs children.

It’s sad that such fine people — the members of the boat club — are being singled out. If it happens to one person or organization under this mayor and city council, it can happen to any of us. Stop eminent domain.