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As readers of this blog know the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors is considering legislation that would seriously restrict activities in which Farm Wineries are able to engage.
The Fauquier County Board of Supervisors is planning to vote on the legislation this Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 6:30 PM. The BoS holds its meetings at:
Warren Green Building
10 Hotel Street, Suite 208
Warrenton, VA 20186
Ahead of the vote, Fauquier County wineries, and their supporters in other parts of the state, are trying to spread the word about the legislation and get people to write to the BoS in protest of the bill.
Jim and Betsy Dolphin, owners of Delaplane Cellars sent an email to their fans stating, in part:
While we believe that much of the proposed ordinance is illegal under State law, it is clear that the intent of the Board is to harm or possibly even eliminate the wine industry in Fauquier County.
Please show your support for the wineries of Fauquier County by writing to the Board of Supervisors and the Zoning Administrator listed to the left. We have provided suggested content for your message that you may copy directly into your email if you so choose.
Philip Carter Winery did not mince words when contacting their supporters, stating simply:
Fauquier County is trying to put Fauquier wineries out of business!!
Stephen Mackey, at Notaviva Vineyards has put up a petition to try to get 1000 signatures before the meeting on Thursday (as of this writing they are at 400 signatures).
Most of the time in politics it is difficult to get your voice heard, unless you have a lot of money. But this is a chance to affect a real change. Write to the members of the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors and let them know (politely) that you think the legislation is wrong-headed and could force a growing part of the economy in Fauquier County to slow down, or even shut down altogether.
In addition, sign the petition, let the BoS know that Fauquier County wineries don’t just serve local residents but bring in people and money from all over the state, and around the country.
You letter, and signature will make a difference and can help Fauquier County wineries win this battle on Thursday.