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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Tuesday, Jan. 4 - Jan. 6, 2005 Editorial Public waterfront access should be maintained Up and down the Eastern Seaboard - with the Chesapeake and Delaware Bay waterfronts in the thick of the thick - construction continues at a rapid pace with people wanting to be near the water. In-some areas, such as Crisfield and Cambridge in Maryland, devel- opers are buying downtown properties and building residential units right on the waterfront. In Milton, a proposal is out to demolish the Milton Sausage and Scrapple Co., replacing the structure with a waterfront restaurant with condominium residences above. No mention has been made in the Milton proposal for public access along the waterfront area of the propey. In stark contrast to that - of course in magnitude as well as in approach -is the standard-setting Inner Harbor of Baltimore. All around that unique harbor, urban redevelopment is underway. However, as part of the plan, there are 7.5 miles of public walkways between the buildings and the water. The public is not left out when plans are finally approved. Such is the benefit when a government entity that thinks of the public first enters into negotiations with developers. The governmental body, wishing to maintain a walk- way along the water, can work out a swapping arrangement, such as increased density in return for allocation of a public walkway. Extending that example to Milton, the town was asked by the devel- opers for a variance to build up to 50 feet in height. That variance will allow more residential units to sell. Rather than just saying "yes" to the variance and allowing construction of a 50-foot barrier between downtown and the Broadkill River, the town could say, "We will approve the variance, but we want the public to be able to enjoy access and view corridors to the river as well. Is there some- thing we can work out?" Wilmington is finding the same to be true with its waterfront. Maintaining public access to waterfront areas works to everyone's advantage in terms of economy and quality of life: Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; and Laura Ritter, news editor. Dennis Forney photo The Weather Picture An unidentified variety of polypore thrives on the downed trunk of a tree along the banks of the Broadkill River, a mile or two below Milton. News Editor Laura Ritter Iritter @ Sports Writers tim Bamforth tim @ Frederick Schranck Fschranck@ News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh @ Jim Cresson, Ext. 318 jcresson @ Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen @ = Kad Chalabala, Ext. 338 kad @ Jim Westhoff, EXt. 339 jwesthoff @ capegazette.oom Janet Andrelc, zyk, EXt. 335 VIEWPOINTS Volume 12 No. 63 Publisher Dennis Fomey, EXt. 303 d nf @ Editor Tdsh Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom @ Office Manager Kathy Emery, EXt. 305 Associate Editor Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester @ Sports Editor Dave Frederick, Ext. 320 davefredman @ AI00MAL5' SIXTH SENSE 5AVE5 THEM FROM00UNAMI!/  IANO Pt.AY "" WELL... Szx'rH SENSEI ( ( B, ECZSZON WITHOUT( /  / , 't  \\; FroST CONSULTV  ((.=.,,o) / Put some meat into child restraint law I am in tears reading about the death of a local 4 year old, who was thrown from the car and killed after allegedly being hit by an aggressive driver. I see things being said in articles and editori- als in response-to this tragedy about the need to address the problems with aggressive drivers, but I don't see any outcry about the fact that this little girl was completely unrestrained: no seat belt, no safety seat, nothing to keep her from flying out the win- dow on impact and having her life ended. I realize that I could be wrong, but there is nothing in anything I've read about the accident, including the vehicle she was in - a sturdy SUV - and the relatively minor injuries of the other passen- gers in the vehicle, including another unrestrained 4-year-old, that sways me from completely believing that if this child had been properly restrained, she would be alive today to play with her Christmas gifts and greet 2005 as the year that she started kinder- garten, started learning to read, and got one year closer to grow- ing up to the life that has now been denied her. I was shocked to learn how lit- tle our current child safety laws really cari do. I've seen PR state- ments about Delaware's new improved child restraint laws. B0t did you know that a violation of i Rosanne Pack Maggie Beetz, Ext. 337 mbeetz @ Henry Evans, Ext. 336 hevans @ Photographers Dan Cook Steven Billups Photo Production Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 Classified Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 sberr @ Kim McPike, Ext. 310 kmcpike @ Jean Sarm, Ext. 302 jeans @ Advertising Cindy Bowlin, Ext. 307 cindy @ this law results in only a $25 fine? And that violation of this law can- not be used as evidence in any criminal or civil charges brought against someone who has con- tributed to the injury or death of a child by not having that child properly restrained? The way I interpret this, is that if my granddaughter were driving with someone who did not have her properly and legally restrained, and that led directly to her serious injury or death, we would not be able to use the fact that she was not legilly restrained to hold that driver responsible for her death. From what I have seen, this is a serious problem in our state. Over the past several years, I have wit- nessed a pickup truck with two car seats with an infant and a tod- dler strapped in --- sitting in the open back of the pickup. I have helped at the scene of an accident where there was an infant in a car seat that was simply set sideways on the back seat instead of being properly buckled in before the accident, and sideways and on the floor after the relatively minor accident. Fortunately the baby was uninjured. And I have watched countless cars go by with young children clearly unre- strained in the back seat, or young children sitting in the front seat with the belts unused or the shoulder belt tucked behind them because the shoulder strap was making them uncomfortable since it was not designed for their small bodies: Do these parents have absolute- ly no clue how easily a small child can become a missile even at a fairly low speed accident? Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson @ Amanda Neafie-Lucks, Ext. 311 amandal @ Chds Rausch, EXt. 312 crausch @ Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 slox45@ hotmaiLcom Production Coordinator Norma Parks, EXt. 309 nparks @ Production Staff, Exts. 322-326 Chds Wildt Teresa Rodriguez Ron Winterstein Ken Dunning Shed Oswald Kdstin Comell Edwin Kmmm Contributors: Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Ann Graham Webmaster Catherine M. Tanzer web @ capegazette.con Receptionists Kandy Vicary Beth Vorhauer Circulation Joni Weber, Ext. 360 joni@ Email for news, letters: newsroom @ Email for advertising: production @ Email to subscribe: subscribe @ Imagine the effect of throwing a toddler up against a brick wall at 25 mph. Do they have no clue how a regular seatbelt, which inevitably ends up around a small child's waist instead of hips, can fatally crush their internal organs? Imagine throwing a large rock at a 6Lyear-old's stomach at 30 mph. Do they think that the risk of death to a young child hit by a front air bag is a joke? I imagine that they all simply think that it could never happen to them. I can only imagine their feelings after losing or seriously injuring a young child due to improper restraint. "If only I had realized...." I can't do it alone, but if I can get other people to work with me I would very much like to start trying to encourage our lawmak- ers to put some meat into the child restraint laws in Delaware, and to start a campaign to make parents more aware of the gruesome real- ity of what can happen to an unre- strained child. Please email me if you would like to help. Leslie Vincent Millsboro emaih Thanks for support of campaign Families Connected of Millsboro would like to express its sincere appreciation to all the sponsors who participated in our Spirit of Christmas Outreach cam- paign. The outpouring of support we received from local business- es, individuals, civic groups/orga- nizations, churches, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, American Portable Mini-Storage and the local news media (newspapers, television and radio) is amazing. In addition to brightening many Children's faces with games and toys this holiday season, our spon- sors went the extra mile by pro- viding many essential day-to-day Continued on page 7 Write Now Letters must be signed and include t telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 750 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958. fax to 645-1664 or mai! newsroom The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Tuesday and Friday at 17585 Nassau Commons Blvd., Lewes, DE 19958. Second- class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958. Telephone: 302-645-7700. FAX: 645- 1664. SubscriplJons are available at $27 per year in Sussex County; $45 elsewhere. PO81"MAS'rER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958. "Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be:" Clementine Paddleford