Public opinion in favor of farm

Membership will be by invitation only, Mann said, and use of the property will in general be restricted to paying members-though at times, he suggested, he would be open to arranging special visits by local organizations such as Camp Dudley or the school.

In response to a question from George Maffey about what kind of farming he plans, Mann said that he hopes to provide mixed locally grown products to large local outlets such as supermarkets and restaurants.

"I'm hoping that the farm itself will be a profit center," he said.

William McHone asked where the staff will come from.

"We want the assistance of local people whenever possible," Mann replied. "It's locals first-that's the policy."

During the public comment part of the hearing, Dan McCormick read a letter from his niece and nephew, Tom and Deborah Pastore, whose house adjoins the property. The couple expressed concern about the large scale of the construction, but also thanked Mann and his team for their responsiveness and consideration in addressing their concerns. Shami McCormick, Mr. McCormick's wife, whose family has occupied the neighboring property for several generations, also expressed her appreciation for the thoughtfulness with which the project has been conducted.

Offering his enthusiastic blessing, Russell Paquette observed wryly that he had never been invited to the property earlier and wouldn't mind not being invited in the future. Bruce Ware read a statement from the Chamber of Commerce expressing their full support of the project, and several others joined the McCormicks, Paquette, and Ware in welcoming Mann to the community and wishing him good luck.

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