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I r " - [ Milton Chamber, Main St eet facing facts pg. 36 i ! Delaware's Cape Region Friday, Jan. 10 - Thursday, Jan. 16, 1997 Volume 4, No. 34 State, Sussex at odds over land use plan direction By Michael Short Delaware finally submitted its written comments on Sussex County's proposed land use plan. The comments, a mix of both favorable and unfavorable, were submitted to the county on Dec. 31, and received on Jan. 3. On many key issues, the state praised the county's efforts. But on two major points, the state took Breakwater Light may go to auction although state shows interest By Michael Short . The Breakwater Lighthouse has been declared surplus by the General Services Administration and could potentially be ,uctioned off to the exception to the county efforts. Specifically, the Cabinet Committee on State Planning, said that Sussex County is not doing enough to protect farming, and is putting much too much land into develop- ment districts. The first comment is especially telling because the efforts to protect farmland have received the harshest criticism in the county plan. County efforts to protect farmland have been lambasted with agricultural inter- ests saying that the well-intentioned efforts are so stringent they could put farmers out of business. On the other hand, the state found much to praise in the plan. The document praised the transportation element of the county plan. Other elements receiving praise included the county's proposed ring philos- ophy of gradually decreasing density "rings" With the greatest development/den- sity located in municipal areas, and the county's efforts to work cooperatively with the state. The Cabinet Committee on State Plan- ning is reviewing the land use plans submit- ted by each of the three counties. Sussex was granted an extension and now has until March 31 to complete its plan. Continued on page 11 The Breakwater Lightouse, located at the eastern end of the inner breakwater off Lewes Beach, has been in place since 1885. It is on the National His- toric Register and the four-story rust colored LIGHT structure has long been a part of the local mar- itime heritage. It stands a scant few hundred yards offshore of Cape Henlopen Point and once played a pivotal role for local sailors. The General Services Administration has offered the federal property to the state, to the city of Lewes and to Sussex County. If there are no takers, then the property will be put on the auction block and sold to the highest bidder. Sussex County turned thumbs down on the property on Tuesday, Jan. 7. The City of Lewes has made no decision and Mayor Continued on page 11 Angle Moon photo New Sussex County councilmen take the oath in new chambers Milton's Lynn Rogers, Sussex councilman, is sworn into office by Superior Court Judge Henley Graves on Jan. 6 while Rogers' wife, Linda, looks on. Councilman Finley Jones and Register in Chancery Dave Wilson took the oath as Assisted living annexation proposal moving closer to approval in Lewes By Dennis Forney A 16-acre project involving 80 assisted care dwelling units and approximately 60 age- restricted residential units appeared to move closer to reality following an annexation hearing in Lewes on Monday, Jan. 13. Continued on page 14 By Kerry Kester Jeffrey Fried, Beebe Medical Center pres- ident, announced this week that Beebe is developing plans for an assisted living facil- ity in the Lewes city limits. Beebe's announcement marks the third project of its kind to be proposed in the Cape Region. A 100-unit assisted living facility along Route 1 behind Lighthouse Plaza recently garnered approval from Sussex County Council, and on Monday, Jan. 6, Lewes Council held a hearing to annex the War- rington farm on Kings Highway for an 80- unit assisted living facility. Neither the exact location nor the size of Beebe's facility has been settled. Fried said a management company has been consulted to study the demographics and community growth and provide a recommendation. "We're looking at a couple of pieces of property," said Fried. "We'd like to do it Continued on page 14 Beebe unveils plans to develop assisted living complex