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5o1 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, January 25 - Thursday, January 31,2002 www.capegazette.com Volume 9 No. 36 "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE" I Chilling growth predictions for Route 1 Route 1 committee hears 'worst case' scenario By Michael Short The joint Route ! committee chaired by Sussex County and'the Delaware Depart- ment of Transportation (delDOT) has heard a "worst case" scenario and the result would be the collapse of the transportation system by 2025. Bruce Allen of DelDOT presented growth projections for the Route 1 corridor at the committe meeting Jan. 23. The com- mittee, charged with finding ways to improve Route 1 problems, heard the results of what could happen if growth con- tinues unabated. The result could be more congestion, longer waits in traffic, slower traffic speeds, longer delays at lights and severe increases in air pollution. "It appears we are going to have some serious problems and the whole transporta- tion system will collapse if we continue to increase density," said Sussex County' Councilman George Cole. Specifically, DelDOT gave the commit- tee two choices: the first option is a base- line option of growth in the area if only the development that is already planned or in the works, commonly called "in the pipeline" is built. The second option is a "buildout" option that measures the expected growth if all land in the Route 1 area is developed at the current zoning, typically two to four units per acre with two units in less dense hous- ing and four units per acre in development Continued on page 16 Milton man pleads guilty in 0 ' poisoning case Dan Cook photo The life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated in Sussex Bishop James G. Hazzard of the Welcome Full Gospel brating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. For a story Holiness Church delivers a rousing message during a and more photos of the celebration parade, banquet and service at St. John 2nd Baptist Church, Millsboro, cele- worship services, turn to pages 80 and 81. Heavy fines imposed in deaths of bald eagle, hawks By Kerry Kester John David Vincent pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Jan. 24, to' poisoning a bald eagle and four red-tailed hawks nearly two years ago. He will pay $20,000 for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act aimed at protecting predatory birds and birds at risk of extinction. Vincent, 49, of Milton and Florida, also agreed to pay a $300 collateral forfeiture fine for baiting a field for dove hunting in September 2001. The maximum penalty for a conviction on a violation of the federal bird protection act is a $5,000 fine and up to six months of incarceration. "As pursuant' to the plea agreement, Vincent agreed to pay $20,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Found- ation toward eagle restoration in Delaware and surrounding areas," said Assistant U.S. Continued on page 18 Milton planners advise denial of Sugarman's rezoning Citizens find much to disagree with at hearing By Rosanne Pack After a series of hearings, several decla- rations of having the community's best interest at heart and considerable rancorous discussion, Milton Planning and Zoning Commission deferred voting on two new and controversial items on the Jan. 22 agenda. Commissioners approved the remaining item and then proceeded to a leftover, rezoning 209A and 209B Coulter St,, deferred from the Jan. 15 meeting. In the end, they unanimously, voted against recommending approval of the rezoning request entered last week by Citypoint LLC. The vote is nonbinding; the final decision rests with Milton Town Council. A hearing before council is'set for 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4. The case for the request was presented Jan. 15 by Ken Sugarman, president of the fledgling real estate development company. Sugarman and his partners asked that a par- cel of approximately three in-town ac?es be changed from R-1 single-family dwellings to R-3 multi.family dwellings. If granted the zoning change, the devel- opers propose to build 19 homes clustered around acommon green. The parcel is located at the eastern end of Coulter Street where Collins Street joins it at a 90-degree angle. In voting to recommend denial of the request, commissioners agreed with mem- ber Dean Sherman's motion /hat included reference to the "overwhelming amount of the public who were opposed." Also listed were opinions that the location is not appropriate and the town's comprehensive plan does not show need of such zoning in this area, wlaich is presently all single-fam- ily dwellings. The fact that an R-3 zoning could allow up to 30 homes on a parcel of 'that size was included as.well. Long before the vote on Citypoint's request, many Milton citizens showed they were in a mood to be reckoned with when Continued on page 19