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Cape Gazette FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 - MONDAY, JANUARY 25, 2010 47 Jim Dedes named Dewey Beach volunteer of the year By Rob Kunzig rkunzig@capegazette.com Jim Dedes is retired - sort of. The Dewey Beach resident keeps himself busy with relent- less volunteer work, serving on the town's planning and zoning commission, marketing commit- tee, policy committee and town manager search committee. For his devotion, Mayor Rick Sol- loway named Dedes 2009 volun- teer of the year. "Great things are coming from Dewey Beach," said Solloway, in- troducing Dedes at the ]an. 14 Re- hoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce installa- tion dinner. 'nd Dewey is made on the backs of great volunteers like Jim Dedes." Dedes made a career out of service, recently concluding 23 years in Fairfax County, Va., where he managed the county's probation system. "I've always enjoyed public service," Dedes said. He said his family has owned property in Dewey since 1964; he and his brother own Sunrise Restaurant, a breakfast nook on Route 1. His childhood and youth are filled with memories of a simpler Dewey, shabby and un- ruly but charming nonetheless. "We used to camp on the beach before there was anything, really," he said. "It used to be like the wild west out there." Dedes didn't involve himself in Dewey's government until 2005. He said he remembers inter- viewing with former Mayor Courtney Riordan for a slot on the planning and zoning com- mission. He said Riordan told him not to expect anything terribly excit- ing from the job. Within months, Dewey Beach Enterprises announced its inten- tion to redevelop Ruddertowne beyond the town's established height limit. The timing was al- most comical, Dedes said. In the years to follow, he and his fellow planners would be closely in- volved with the countless hear- ings concerning not only Rud- dertowne, but the town's com- prehensive plan as well and the ground-up restructuring of Dewey's zoning code. "We were meeting three or four times a month," he said. "Sometimes twice a week. The hearings were just unbelievable. It was an interesting discussion, but the time we put in...we had to redo it section by section-" And when their work was Continued on page 48 Attention High School Seniors!! The HDDC Press Foundation is looking for an outstanding senior sLaff member of a ME), DE, or D.C. high school newspaper, Win a $1,500 CASH SCHOLARSHIP! Visit www, mddcpress,com for details. High School .lournalist of the Year Award ROB KUNZIG PHOTO JIM DEDES, LEFT, IS DEWEY BEACH'S volunteer of the year for 2010. Mayor Rick Solloway recognized Dedes at the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce installation dinner on Jan. 14. JOIN US FOR A FREE EVENT! LEGAL SEMINAR " Learn about POA's, estate planning, wills, trusts, elder law Issues and advanced directives presented by the Law Offices of Susan Pittard Weidman, P.A. Wednesday, January 27th lpm-3pm Cadbury at Lewes