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6 FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 - MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 e'00olnts Cape Gazette Letters )) Lewes citizens thank Sussex County Council The following letter was sent to Sussex County Council with a copy submitted to the Cape " Gazette for publication. The citizens of Lewes and Sus- sex County congratulate you on making a wise planning decision for maintaining the character and the fabric of a treasured location along Kings Highway and the gateway to the city of Lewes, Cape Henlopen State Park and the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. Because of the thoughtful consideration of council members loan Deaver, George Cole and Michael Vin- cent, the Lingo-Townsend region- al shopping complex.was denied. The effect of this visionary mo- tion will preserve the vital water recharge land for the city of Lewes and area residents, it will not jeopardize the safety of Cape Henlopen High School students nor will heightened traffic flows be added to an already burdened roadway or threaten emergency vehicle trips to Beebe Medical Center. We hope that this decision will be recognized by all Sussex Coun- tians and land developers about how citizens and towns can be af- fected negatively by massive out- sized commercial development. It makes it doubly important for county council to be sensitive to the needs and desires of its resi- dent citizens and heed their con- cams. Finally, this decision also bol- sters the role of the planning and zoning commission, which must listen to the public and carefully weigh all aspects of an application before making a recommendation. Supporting planningand zoning's decision to deny the Lin4go- Townsend shopping mall was and is key to a gove .mment of the peo- ple, for the people and by the peo- ple. John o Nadine Wk:k Managing C-rowth Around Lewes, Inc. Mka Tyr Citizens Coalition Inc. Nassau Flooding article only tells half of the story This letter is in response to your "tragic" front-page story about my neighbor. The same as the Hoenen family, we have been under water since Dec. 3, except we live in the woods and get no sunlight to dry things at all (If one wants to worry about mold, etc.) We too are severely flooded at our house; no septic issues yeL thank goodness. In a week's time we had four stuck vehicles and two tow trucks on our property. We have spent $200 on rubber boots for the family to wear as we walk a tenth of a mile to our dri- veway's end where we must park Continued on page 7 DEWEY LITEI Editorial )) Second tm fiel,00 complements academics O much has been written and said about an additional synthetic turf field at the Cape Henlopen High School complex. Many good concerns and suggestions have been made through the discussions. As was recommended more than a year ago, any action on an additional turf field was de- layed until the new high school was substan- tially complete and any surprises identified and addressed If there are further construction problems that need attention or unacceptable work that needs attention, those issues should be addressed before the commitment is made to go forward with the field. At this point, however, there's apparently a good sense of where we stand with construc- tion issues and a sense of how much unspent money will be available for extra items such as the field which was an add-alternate identified in the original referendum approved by the public. A new turf field shouldn't be viewed as a fluff element of the educational process. A proper education should, without a doubt, include the body as well as the mind. If anything is clear in this country, it's that our young people don't have enough exercise incorporated into their lifestyles. Our schools can make a big differ- ence in that regard, by encouraging and organ- izing fun exercise activities during and after school. Many teams at the high school use the exist- ing turf field. The school board and high school administration also have a liberal.policy toward use of the field and track by outside community organizations, including junior football and lacrosse programs. Presumably that policy would extend to a second turf field, which means even more organizations could use these superior fields for the benefit of many ages. Working with the YMCA, the school district could also work to set up an intramural pro- gram of sports activities to make it easy for stu- dents other than those in interscholastic sports to be involved throughout the year. Academics and athletics are complementary activities. A second tuff field would further that synergy. The time has come to move ahead. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher;, Trish Vernon, editor;, Kerry Kester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor, Laura Ritter, news editor, and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertainment edito Weather Picture )) RON MACARTHUR PHOTO THE PIER AT THE RUSTY RUDDER in Dewey Beach remains untrodden after the mo recent snowfall, a stark contrast from the lively summer scene.  ' l l  ' '   Web Poll Readers say redefine Sussex zoning dist00ts Is it time to redefine Sussex zoning districts into subcategories? - Yes S0.7% No 31,3% Not sure 17.9% The total votes counted were 201. To par- ticipate in the current web poll, visit CapeGazette.corn. Cape Gazette Volume 16 No. 66 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dnf@capegazette.cnrn Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@(:apegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Associate Editor, Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter@capegazette.com A&E Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com NLqNS Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh@capegazette.com Henry Evans, Ext. 336 heva ns@capegazette.com Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 rnnm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext, 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Kevin Spence, Ext. 339 kspence@capegazette.com - Leah Hoenen, Ext. 338 leah@capegazette.com Rob Kunzig, Ext. 335 rkunzig@capegazette.com Editorial Assistant, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seashorest rider.corn Frederick Schranck " Fschranck@HnleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Diane Albanese Eric Bornley Chris Antonio WEBMASTER Catherine M. 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