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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS FRIDAY, JANUARY 4- MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 also were a commissioner when Betty was selected to chair the search committee for a new town manager, lira and Betty continue to devote themselves to the well- being of Dewey. Despite watching their gorgeous retirement bayside home flood during Sandy, they have prevailed, corrected dam- ages, and proceeded with smiles and wishful hope for the well-be- ing of their beloved beach town. Phenomenal friends of Dewey. Kelly Ranieri, former teacher of the year representing the Cape Henlopen School District. In addi- tion to her full-time teaching re- sponsibilities, Kelly has led count- less nonprofit events in town and on the beach to raise funds for lo- cal police and lifeguards. She is the executive director of the Dewey Business Partnership that helps generate and promote local businesses year round to boost this economy, including the town's first arts festival. Kelly also facili- tates many kid-friendly events that benefit the few families that live here year round. A best friend of Dewey. Denise Campbell and Mark Allen, pillars of this community! Both of them also served on town committees during your tenure as commissioner, so it baffles me why you would criticize them now. So concerned with the fu- ture of our little town they ran and funded a campaign to get Denise in the seat she very much belongs in, the commissioner seat. Having nothing but the best interests of town in their eyes, they have dealt with flooding of their home and losing a vehicle because of recent storms, and they have overcome, strongly. Taking the high road, they dealt with erroneous stories from Citizens to Preserve Dewey during the election about Denise's history with companies she worked hard for and the twisted tales they told. Despite losing the election, they stay strong in their feat to protect Dewey and progress it as an inclu- sive community that represents all stakeholders. Mark and Denise? Friends of Dewey. So that, Mr. Seitz, is why they call themselves Friends of Dewey. Because, the difference between a "friend" and "citizen".is the differ- ence between service and entitle- ment. Friends of Dewey sincerely cares for this community and partners with the Dewey Beach Civic League and the Dewey Busi- ness Partnership to make Dewey a better place. Your organization is full of criti- cism, but short on solutions. And, when others choose not to agree with you, rather than debate the issues, you resort to personal at- tacks versus working together to find a better solution for all. Isn't that give-and-take what friendship is all about? I would love to ask the CPD members what exactly is their purpose at our next commu- nity event that benefits the town, but if history is any indicator... you (and they) won't be there. Time for a change. William Douglass DeweyBeach Dewey Business Partnership says thanks The Dewey Business Partner- ship would like to thank the brave souls, families, dogs and volun- teers who participated in the first annual Dewey Dunk into the At- lantic on New Year's Day. Despite the cold and cloudy conditions, well over 100 dunkers and supporters came out to cele- brate this inaugural event that helps to aCund the Dewey Business Partnership's development of shoulder season events and posi- tive initiatives in Dewey Beach. The partnershlp also would like to especially thank Friends of Dewey for their support as well as the members of the Delaware/(Jr Rescue Team, the Rehoboth Beach Fire Company ambulance, Flood's Politics column got it all wrong ow is it that Don Flood attended the a same meeting that I attended at the CHEER Center in Long Neck'Dec. 12 and came away with a 180-degree different view of the purpose of the gathering and what actually transpired? I sat between an 80-year-old lady who has been a resident of a mobile home park in Long Neck for 20-plus years and a young couple with a young child who just moved here from Penn- sylvania. Very different people living in two dif- ferent communities with the same concerns about the costs and issues associated with living in a mobile home park here in Long Neck None of the people who attended seemed to care about the "... bipolar nature of modem pol- itics" as Mr. Flood describes the scene. Bipolar by definition is a psychiatric diagnosis for a mood disorder in which people experience disruptive mood swings. Maybe Mr. Flood's column would have set a more appropriate tone by using the word "bipartisan" and not bipolar to describe his myopic interpretation of the scene. People were there because they were con- cemed about how little power they actually had over their future housing costs, not if they were Republican or Democrat i n their politics. I doubt that Mr. Flood bothered to take a true inventory of who was in the room. With over 200 in attendance, I saw young and old, black and white concerned Sussex County voters, not an" ... audience that was largely white and mid- dle class." Mr. Flood attempts to inject politics into a meeting that was mainly about quality of life is- sues and survival to many attendees who did not care about politics. All of the moderators from the state spoke factually and listened to the concems of the people and took many pages of notes. Politics never was a factor. The people were there to voice their concerns and they were heard by compassionate and under- standing state officials. The meeting showed that the sponsors of the meeting and the offi- cials that attended are concemed about the is- sues that were discussed and really care about "We the People." Frank Ali Long Neck and the Lewes Fire Department marine unit who all kept a watch- ful eye to make sure that the dunkers were safe. This true team effort made the event a huge suc- cess and has initiated a new tradi- tion in Dewey Beach that we know will grow in the years to come. The Dewey Business Part- nership wishes everyone a happy new year, and we hope to see you at our many family-friendly events planned for 2013. For a calendar of events, go to www.deweybusi- Kellyann Ranieri executive director Dewey Business Partnership New Year's gunfire very disconcerting As we celebrated the first mo- ments of 2013 with friends in our home in Lewes, the very first sounds we heard were gunshots. It stopped our wishing each other Happy New Year as we hoped that no person or animal was being shot at 12:01 a.m. ]an. 1. After a minute or two, it was clear that the sound was gunshots and not firecrackers. With all the gun violence throughout the country during 2012, not to mention the horrific shooting of the children in their elementary school only a few weeks earlier, it Was almost be- yond belief and certainly appalling that one or more individuals would ring in the new year by shooting weapons. Second Amendment or not, it was inappropriate, thoughtless, dangerous and illegal. Clearly that did not make a difference to those who felt shooting a gun or rifle was the best way to start 2013. Jeff Rodgers Lewes Delaware organizations restricted from helping In a letter dated Oct. 22, 2012, and apparently mailed after the election of Nov. 7, 2012 to all veter- an and other nonprofit organiza- tions in Delaware over the signa- tures of Cot. Robert M. Coupe, su- perintendent, Delaware State Po- lice, and Chief ]ohn A Yeomans, director, Alcohol & Tobacco En- forcement, it was pointed out that anyone engaged in permitting "gambling devices" on their prem- ises is in legal jeopardy. They go on to describe these devices and further point out that both admin- istrative penalties and crimi prosecution, as well as loss of liquor license could result. We immediately complied with the notice that these devices be shut down. Continued on page 8 In Rehoboth Beach, keeping the bones l00La00:es good cents or the past several weeks, the Rehoboth Beach structure at the comer of Olive Avenue and First Street has been under- going a radical transformation. Garrison Homes stripped the house down to its bare bones and foundation and is bringing it backup to almost new-home status. By Rehoboth Beach stan- dards, the structure, dating back many decades and in the ocean block, is historically significant. But its foundation, floor system and roof structure haven't been retained for historic authenticity. Rehoboth Beach has no historic review process for historic structures, Rather, it comes down to the high value of real estate that close to the ocean. Terri Sullivan serves as build- ing supervisor for Rehoboth. She said the reason for retaining the bones Of the structure is because there are two dwellings on the property. "There are two dwelling units on that property and the lot is less than 10,000 square feet. To retain two dwelling units, the property owner has to retain at least 51 percent of the original struc- tures," she said. Otherwise, cur- rent zoning only allows one unit on lots that size. In a town where summer rentals bring thousands of dol- lars, most property owners do whatever they can to preserve the grandfathered zoning that al- lows twodwelling units on a property. Sullivan said monitoring such projects and calculating how much has to be retained to meet the 51 percent standard can be tricky. "They were close," said Sullivan. She said she is "busy, busy, busy" in Rehoboth for this time . ) :  of the year. "We have quite a few new homes going up, and reno- vations. Things are definitely picking up." A street artist - sometime in the past few years - tagged the old Broadldll River Bridge ruins with stenciled graf- fiti of Marilyn Monroe. The graffiti image also includes a red rose. Mon- roe reportedly Marilyn Monroe painted a red DENNIS FORNEY PHOTO THIS REHOBOTH BEACH HOUSE, at the corner of Olive Avenue and First Street, was taken down to nearly half its original structure before Garrison Homes began putting a new body on its old bones. roSe image - originally inScribed "Curve" gets a recommendation for President John F. Kennedy - I usually leave movie reviews that sold at auction after her death for $78,000. Continued on page 8