Let’s get the BAD NEWS out of the way first.
According to recent review of home prices in the Philly Metro market, WD has seen a 23% decline from 2015-2016 , whereas Gloucester County has seen a 17% decline in the last ten years.
The report did not specify the cause of decline in WD.
Increase in distressed properties?
Local tax increase of over 10% for the last 2 years (2015-2016)?
On to the GOOD NEWS….THE EAGLES HAVE LANDED in West Deptford
Now, that depends on one’s viewpoint: if you are a lover of nature, a bird watcher, that may be good news to those who observe bald eagles nesting in the proximity of the Riverwinds Community Center.
However, for the Township administration, the proximity of the nest to the outdoor auditorium, where many activities are performed, such as concerts, fireworks, the nest may be bad news. Under the Federal U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services, Bald Eagles Management Guidelines defines “disturb”: Seasonal restrictions can prevent the potential impacts of many shorter-term, obtrusive activities that do not entail landscape alterations (e.g. fireworks, outdoor concerts) ( p.10, https://www.fws.gov/…/NationalBaldEagleManagementGuidelines…)
Buffer area is recommended at 660 ft.
Let’s hope our Township administration take precautions to protect the West Deptford Eagles.