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14 FRIDAY, JANUARY 24- MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette Dewey considers grant-funded restoration By Kara Nuzback sworthy Avenue has narrowed knuzback@capegazette.com and taken away a natural wildlife habitat. Dewey Beach is famous for its The Center for the Inland Bays nightlife, but also treasured by is proposing a comprehensive residents and visitors are a few project to give the park a facelift. serene spots where there are no Center for the Inland Bays Sci- condominiums, no bars and no ence Coordinator Bartholomew crowds - where people go to see Wilson issued a report detailing a sunset or hear waves lapping the proposal. The plan includes on the marsh. Sunset Park is one installing devices to reduce wave of those spots, energy and prevent shore ero- In the last decade, the park has sion. From 500 to 600 square suffered extensive erosion. The feet of concrete oyster castles, sandy beach at the end of Dag- which foster oyster growth and "t ,he Us o,i fa~Bk f DEWEY BEACH officials are discussing sworthy Avenue KARA NUZBACK PHOTO improvements to Sunset Park on Dag- 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 Jan. 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, restoration and a donation from he said. the town, Appelbaum said. The center is asking for a He told council no action was letter from town council recom- yet needed on the proposal. "This mending the proposed beach 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 Call our office 302-653-2009 302-424-2009 www, delpropane.com NowAccepting Newpcetients Dr. Paul Howard Ear, Nose, Throat Specialist SERVING THE COMMUNITY FOR 30 YEARS Also Specializing In: Balance / Dizziness Tinnitus Hearing Loss Sleep Apnea Pediatric PAUL E. HOWARD, MD * 17316 COASTAL HWY. o LEWES, DE