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14 FRIDAY, JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette Facelift proposed for Sunset Park Dewey considers grant-funded restoration By Kara Nuzback knuzback@capegazette.com Dewey Beach is famous for its nightlife, but also treasured by residents and visitors are a few serene spots where there are no condominiums, no bars and no crowds - where people go to see a sunset or hear waves lapping on the marsh. Sunset Park is one of those spots. In the last decade, the park has suffered extensive erosion. The sandy beach at the end of Dag- sworthy Avenue has narrowed and taken away a natural wildlife habitat. The Center for the Inland Bays is proposing a comprehensive project to give the park a facelift. Center for the Inland Bays Sci- ence Coordinator Bartholomew Wilson issued a report detailing the proposal. The plan includes installing devices to reduce wave energy and prevent shore ero- sion. From 500 to 600 square feet of concrete oyster castles, which foster oyster growth and t ,he Us o,i KARA NUZBACK PHOTO DEWEY BEACH officials are discussing improvements to Sunset Park on Dag- sworthy Avenue, reduce wave energy, would also be placed near the shoreline. "The stormwater along Dag- sworthy Street currently does not adequately drain," Wilson wrote. The existing stormwater out- fall would be extended, and a one-way tide gate would be installed to combat flooding, Wilson said. The center is also planning to remove invasive species from the wetland and plant high tide bush, northern bayberry and switchgrass in its place. "The restored wetland would aid in buffering the adjacent properties from wave actions, while provid- ing nutrient removal and habitat in the Sunset Beach cove area," Wilson wrote. The town is proposing its own project of smaller improvements to the park. Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum pre- sented a $660 plan at the ]an. 11 town council meeting, which would replace the park's wooden footbridge, which leads to a ga- zebo, and move the gazebo a few feet farther from the bay. The town's plan also includes installing solar lights in the gaze- bo, and posting signs that display park hours and prohibit smoking. A $200 per month maintenance contract would ensure debris and invasive species are removed, ac- cording to the plan. Appelbaum said the town's proposal could be funded using surplus from last year's budget. The Center for the Inland Bays proposal would be grant-funded, he said. The center is asking for a letter from town council recom- mending the proposed beach restoration and a donation from the town, Appelbaum said. He told council no action was yet needed on the proposal. "This is a work-in-progress," he said. Free Tank Installation New Customer "Welcome Programs" 24/7 Day Emergency Delivery Service Senior, Service Veteran & Budget Plan Discounts DELAWARE PROPANE Call our office 302-653-2009 302-424-2009 www, delpropane.com NowAccepting New Dr. Paul Howard Ear, Nose, Throat Specialist SERVING THE COMMUNITY FOR 30 YEARS Also Speciolizing In: Balance / Dizziness Tinnitus Hearing Loss Sleep Apnea Pediatric PAUL E. HOWARD, MD 17316 COASTAL HWY. o LEWES, DE 302-644-2232