Audio recording of the full 2-hour-plus forum is now here.
Do you have something to say, or ask, about development in the town of Washington or in Rappahannock County as a whole? Since The Washington Post’s business-section coverage last Sunday (June 8) of D.C. developer and Rappahannock weekender Jim Abdo’s plans for the town, many such concerns and questions have been voiced in a variety of forums — online, in print and over coffee (or stronger stuff).
With neither refreshments nor wifi — but with most of the players in the same room — the Rappahannock News will host what is hoped to be a lively, civil and constructive community forum on the subject of town and county development. This first in a long-planned series of “Rapp Live” public forums starts at 5 p.m. tonight (Thursday, June 19) at the Theatre in Washington.
Abdo has said he will be there, as has Washington Mayor John Sullivan; County Administrator John McCarthy; Roger Welch, the county supervisors’ chair (and a longtime town business owner); and Jennings W. Hobson III, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church. Inn at Little Washington owner Patrick O’Connell is overseas on business and will not be there.
After brief opening remarks by members of the invited panel, anyone who wants can join the discussion or ask questions. To allow all a turn, speakers will be limited to three minutes apiece.
The next “Rapp Live” forum, planned for a date to be determined in July, will be an “Ask the Sheriff” program with Rappahannock County Sheriff Connie C. Smith. For more information or questions about the June 19 or other programs, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-675-3338.