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! Delaware's Cape Region Friday, January 9 - Thursday, January 15, 2004 Volume 11 No. 34 "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE" Illllllllll I Illll I I II Rchoboth sets priorities to implement CDP ied between commissioners, common threads tied the lists together. Topics like community design in residential and com- mercial districts, a tree ordinance, the health of city lakes, traffic management, park maintenance, nonmotorized move- state over the proposed rezoning of the school property from residential to open space floated up and down the rankings but usually made  appearance. Commissioner Richard Sargent listed rezoning the:hool property from residen- ment including sidewalks and crosswalks, i fial toe, ducational/open space ashis No. 1 and tightened enforcement of the zoning priority. The rezoning has stalled the code popped up on several lists. " state's certification of the CDP because the Resolving the city's conflict with the Cape Henlopen School District opposes Jim Creuon photo School rezoning, health of lakes, traffic just a few By Amy Reardon The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners brought its priorities for implementing the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) to the workshop meeting, Jan. 5. While No. 1 priorities vat- Predawn blaze destroys four-story granary building in Lincoln In the smoldering aftermath of a $100,000 fire at with granary owner and manager Rick Clendaniel. Clendaniel's Granary in Lincoln, Jan. 8, Ellendale Eleven fire companies helped battle the blaze. For story Volunteer Fire Company Chief Roland Moore, left, talks and more photos, turn to page 14. losing Rehoboth Elementary School's property value. "We have the opportunity to push Gov. Ruth Ann Minner; politically it's the right time," said Sargent. "The state of Delaware has two thirds interest in the property. Let's get the state to participate in preserving open space by donating its inter- est in the property. We are doing exactly Continued on page 17 Republicans put backing behind Spicer GOP wants to add the 14th District to its stable By Bridin Reynolds Hughes The Republican Party is taking early steps to add the 14th Representative District to its hefty House Majority Caucus by backing Lewes resident Mary Spicer in her run for the seat. In the last election, Republicans tri- umphed in every race for House seats throughout Sussex County except the 14th, a new district composed of Rehoboth Beach, Angola and Long Neck. Spicer formally announced her candida- cy, Jan. 7, at The Plantations clubhouse, flanked by several dozen supporters. The first time candidate focused on six areas of concern, two of which relate to her lifelong career in health care: health-care coverage for the uninsured and medical malpractice tort reform. Spicer worked at Beebe Medical Center from 1985 to 2002, serving as director of Continued on page 19 Indian River Marina upgrade is on schedule Renovation project is also coming in under budget By Andrew Keegan A controversial decision by the state to maintain control over the Indian River Marina rather than allow a private compa- ny to renovate the popular tourist destina- tion appears to be paying off. Not only is the three-year project on schedule, it is cur- rently under budget, according to Marina Manager Gary King. "This project has lan- guished as a political football for so long, I can't tell you how exciting it feels to have a direction for the marina." King is referring to a five-year tug-of- war between the state and a private enter- prise. Several elected officials pushed for the state to establish a public-private part- nership with Delaware Seashore Ventures LLC. The private development company had been working with the state since 1998, attempting to secure rights for creating a state-of-the-art marina on the state-owned property. The company had agreed to pay the state $500,000 a year for 20 years to run the marina, with the possibility of a 99-year lease. A Joint Bond Bill Committee nixed that proposal in 2002 by a 7 to 5 vote. The committee felt the company's plan to con- struct a 128-room hotel and restaurant would not be in the best interest of the park. That decision angered many who Continued on page 12