Wind turbines have changed Garden

EDITOR:

We bought our home in the Garden Peninsula in 2007 but I have been spending my summers in the U.P. my whole life. We chose this area because there are all different types of people here from those who have lived in Garden their whole life and give a solid base to the community to those who found this hidden gem and decided to continue to work, retire or spend their summers here. All of the people in this community add to the overall value of this community.

Several years ago, my husband attended a meeting Heritage held in the Peninsula before the turbines were built and Heritage assured those in attendance they would be a great asset to the community. They wouldn’t be noisy and that having them in the area wouldn’t cause any problems. These statements could not be any further from the truth.

Drive down Route 183 on any windy or foggy day. Stop your car and roll down your window. You can hear them loud and clear. Read the letters to the editors of all the local papers and see how it has affected so many people on the peninsula. Those near the turbines can no longer sit outside their homes and enjoy the peace and quiet. Some sleep in their basements while others keep ear plugs in their pockets for sleeping or working in their yards.

Yes, a few have benefited financially, but at what cost to the community as a whole.

The installation of these turbines has caused a downward spiral of the property values and quality of life not only for those that live near the turbines but anyone else on the peninsula. There is so much property for sale along Route 183 on the peninsula and no one appears to be buying. What does this mean for the long term health of the community? Think of how this decrease in property values will affect local property tax revenues. Would you buy a house near a turbine knowing you couldn’t sleep with your windows open in the summer, camp in your backyard or have coffee on your front porch in the morning without the constant drone of the turbine or feel vibrations against your chest? Would you buy one if it was possible they could be within a mile of your home? Even if you couldn’t hear them, would you rather buy a home with a view of pristine forests and lakes, or one with a view of a 400 plus foot wind turbine?

People looking for homes now drive down the peninsula, see the turbines and turn right around and look elsewhere. Ask a local realtor and they will tell you no one will even look at a home near a turbine. Furthermore, ask someone in construction and they will tell you people won’t build, or regret building in the last few years because of the turbines.

We feel like we were taken for fools by the way Heritage came into town, assured the residents all would be fine, built the turbines and then have now left us with a divided community and the residents to deal with the aftermath. The other townships in Delta County should be aware they could be Heritage’s next target for wind turbines.

Tracy Sommer

Wilmette