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INSIDE: "'The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance" 5O Delaware's Cape Region Tuesday, Jan. 4 -Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005 # Volume 12 No. 63 Prime Hook Refuge eyes partnership Beachfront land preservation at stake By Jim Cresson " Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Manager Jonathan Schafler began his new year hoping that 2005 would bring eight key bayfront parcels to the refuge. If those very small but very important parcels can be purchased, Schafler said, they would complete the refuge's owner- ship and stewardship of the entire 3.6 miles of Delaware Bay beach between Slaughter Beach and Prime Hook Beach. "This refuge represents the last stretch of open beach between the Mispillion and Broadldll rivers," Schafler said. Real estate appraisals are scheduled for several of the parcels within the next few weeks. If the owners are willing to sell their beach holdings, Schafler said the Conservation Fund would make the pur- chase and turn the land over to refuge man- agement until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can repay the Conservation Fund. Schafler said that the undisturbed refuge beachfront would make an excellent loca- tion for horseshoe crabs' annual May-June egg-laying migration onto bay beaches. The importance of having an undisturbed egg-laying sanctuary for the horseshoe crabs would help ensure the health of that marine population. It would also help ensure there are plenty of fresh horseshoe crab eggs for near-starving migratory shorebirds to feast upon during their marathon spring flight from their winter habitat at Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, to their summer nesting grounds in the Arctic Circle. He said that all legal activities people are currently allowed to pursue on the refuge's bay beaches will remain after the new beach parcels are added. Continued on page 8 Court orders end to Redf'm land company Principles given four weeks to work out deal ata e,o to Lewes Polar Bears splash into 2005, marking 20 years Of insanity Lewes Polar Bears gathered on the beach at Cape hardy people were on hand for the plunge that benefits Henlopen State Park on New Year's Day for their 20th Special Olympics Delaware. annual plunge into the Atlantic Ocean. More than 170 More photos and a story appear on page 10. By Karl Cha/aba/a The Delaware Court of Chancery has ordered the sale of the land, where the pop- ular-North Bethany Beach restaurant Redtin is located, and the dissolution of the company that owns the land, Matt and Greg LLC. Redfin founder Matt Haley more than a year ago filed suit in Chancery Court against his partner, Greg Talcott. In a mem- orandum opinion by Chancery Court Vice Chancellor Leo Strine released on Dec. 16, the court found "that it not reasonably prac- ticable for  LLC to continue..." The opinion orders the parties to submit, within four weeks, a plan to dissolve the LLC. "The plan shall include a procedure to sell the property owned by the LLC with a commercially reasonable time frame. Either party may, of course, bid on "the property," the chancellor states. Continued on page 5 Mandatory recycling meets with cool reception Sussex legislators say unfeasible in rural areas By Bridin Reynolds Hughes Proposals to mandate statewide recycling are certain to surface in the upcoming leg- islative session. However, it may be down- state legislators that ultimately kick the proposal to the curb. Several locally elected lawmakers said plans to soon require every household in Delaware to recycle are being irresponsibly driven by New Castle County legislators, owing to a potential crisis with the upstate Cherry Hill landfill. Many view the plans as premature, par- ticularly for the remaining rural areas of Sussex County. "What they fail to understand is that while curbside 1recycling is absolutely the way to go in Delaware's bigger cities and municipalities, itt just isn't feasible in towns such as Roxana:, Frankford and Gum boro, for example," said Rep. John Atkins, R- Millsboro. As the owner/operator of Blue Hen Disposal, Atkins is tied to the issue. He explained that it would require extremely costly resources to retrieve recyclables house by house on the many Sussex dirt roads, most of which are which are not state maintained. "We are not talking about pickup trucks; these recycl!ng trucks are 60,000- to 70,000-pound vehicles. They Continued on page 4