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6'- CAI AZF_NTE,Trfday; Jamtary zo,,Jat/diti'22, 1J8 " VI!:.W Dr INTS Editorial Lewes Council is avoiding the inevitable Lewes Council members postponed the inevitable during their meeting Monday night, Jan. 12. They shied away from either elimi- i nating some parking spaces to improve visibility at the corner of i Savannah Road and Manila Avenue or converting Manila Avenue to one way to address congestion problems. Instead, they opted to go with stronger enforcement of present parking restrictions in hopes that will, improve the situation. There s no doubt that stronger enforcement of present restrictions will help - a little. And the Lewes Police Department's more aggres- sive enforcement of the 25 mph speed limit in recent months will also reduce the possibility of serious accidents at one of the town s most congested corners. However, these efforts won't reduce the growing amount of traffic on Savannah Road and won't make the traffic activ- ity associated with Beebe Medical Center, Lewes Middle School and Edgehill Pharmacy disappear. Few dispute the value of having Lloyd's IGA located exactly where it is and few concerns have been raised about the medical building located on the corner opposite Lloyd's. Given changing circum- stances, the simple fact remains that Manila Avenue - one of the nar- rowest and least developed streets connecting Savannah Road and Kings Highway in Lewes - should be a one-way street headed toward Kings Highway. All signs point that way. It would relieve some of the congestion on Savannah Road where relief is needed. It would disrupt few traffic patterns since Dewey Avenue and McFee Street, which flank Manila, already carry traffic one way from Kings High- way toward Savannah, and it would add to the pedestrian safety of Manila itself, which is the only cross street between Savannah Road and Kings Highway without sidewalks. The inconvenience caused to the residents of Manila by the one-way conversion would be minimal and forgotten within a few months and is outweighed by the safety issue faced by the steady procession of Lewes residents - of all ages - who walk and drive through the congested intersection on a daily basis to do their shopping. No one knows the corner of Manila and Savannah more intimately than Lloyd Purcell who has spent more waking hours at the location in the past 20 years than anyone else. Lloyd has said repeatedly that there's a safety' problem that needs to be addressed. Lewes Council members should revisit this issue quickly and take the realaction that most residents in Lewes know makes the most sense. Letters The sun reflects off of a frozen pool of water on a cold Jan- uary afternoon in Rehoboth Beach. Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon January 20 January 28 February 3 February 12 "I knew we were wasting our 50 Sussex needs to change sale procedures I read with interest the county coun- cil's desire that Sheriff's sales bring in a certain amount of money to cover the county's cost in promoting such sales. I applaud Dale Dukes and others for seek- ing to improve the efficiency and return of county employees for the benefit of the taxpayer. However, let us not stop at this point. Several times I have attended the Sher- iff's sales in the hope of getting a bar- gain, and I have not been alone. Other hard-working taxpayers also take time from work and rearrange their schedules in the hope that their investment of time and trouble will yield them a good return on buying a piece of Sussex County at a price they can afford. On occasion, a bar- gain is to be had and one finds himself the high bidder only to learn that the lien holder is not satisfied with the price, and the sale is voided. All the time and effort of the bidders in checking out the proper- ty and rearranging their schedules is wasted. Let's encourage Dale Dukes and the others concerned about the taxpayers to end this facade, which only benefits the lienholders in their search for a high price. Let us at the very least set mini- mum bids or, even better, make it an absolute auction so that the common man can still hope to better himself and his family through dogged perseverance and a bit of luck. Randall Cash Mfllsboro Businesses need to improve accessibility As a person with a physical challenge, I find it most amazing that with all the talk of upgrading the town, many "estab- lished" business facilities do not make their places accessible for those of us with a condition that makes it impossible to enjoy the establishment as other patrons. grand when we hired this guy." I have been a resident of the area for 12 years and, with the exception of the Out- lets, I must say the businesses in Rehoboth have done very little or noth- ing to make [their establishments] acces- sible. Over the past year I have noticed many more wheelchair-bound individuals who should not be denied access because of poor entrances and/or bathroom facili- ties. In most cases, both areas are poor. I did hesitate to write to you on this matter but I feel it is a new year and it is time for Rehoboth to consider the Amer- icans with Disabilities Act and help us to enjoy the establishments during 1998. The following are just a few places with either poor entrances or bathroom facilities: Mane's, Crystal's, Adriatico, Blue Moon, Woody's Restaurant, Chez La Mer, AI Casapulla's (Georgetown) and La Rosa Negra (Lewes). I recently noticed that while I was being pushed in my wheelchair that the public restroom on the Boardwalk indi- cated it was closed, and directed patrons to the restrooms on Rehoboth Avenue. I should like to know how this can be done when you are unable to walk and must use a wheelchair! I do hope that the business district will give these points some attention and make 1998 the year for giving those of us with a challenge a better year to look for- ward to. Dave Tierney Georgetown State should ban smoking at parks I would like to compliment Patrick Cooper and his staff at the Cape Hen- lopen State Park for their effort in keep- ing the facility one of the ultimate plea- sures of summer. Continued on page 8 Letters are always welcome and should be signed and include a tele- phone number for verification. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Volume 5 No. 34 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jan Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angle Moon Proofreader Bill Rable Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Forestieri Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deldre Sudimak Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Mid- way Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth 3each DE 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. 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