by Lisa Tome
The key to building a community is people.
The key to building a business community is also people.
That's the opinion of Cecilton Mayor Joe Zang as he works to attract businesses to the town. "We're bringing in people. Parklands (complex) has 62 units. Those people will need services. We have a retail property plan. Once we get people, that makes it easier to attract businesses," said Zang.
He said that Cecilton just isn't the town proper. He said the town also encompasses the people of Earleville, Warwick, and Georgetown.
He said the town needs a laundromat, a store that sells fresh meat and vegetables, a bakery, and "a nice sit down restaurant that serves three meals a day." He'd also like to see and auto parts/boating supplies business. Zang, who is a realtor, said he has been talking to developers in an effort to get these services to the town.
For now, those in Cecilton are heading to Delaware. They drive nine miles to Middletown and take advantage of the many businesses there.
"We have a lot of folks who don't drive. Our Dollar General and Royal Farms compliment one another. Go into Royal Farms at five in the morning and the place is full," he said.
Getting around Cecilton will soon be a smoother walk for those who don't drive. State funds are paying for sidewalk improvements and American Disabilities Act upgrades to the walks. "It's all through town. There is a need and it doesn't cost the town anything," said Zang.
The mayor said there are a lot of advantages to living in the southern part of the county. "We have the Bohemia, the Sassafras and the bay. There's a lot to do and it's a short ride to anywhere," added Zang.