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2 - CAPE GAZETIIg, Friday, February 23 - February 29, 1996 Briefly Rehoboth cancels Feb. 26 workshop There will be no commissioners workshop in the City of Rehoboth Beach on Monday, Feb. 26. May- or Sam Cooper, who will be out of town, said he consulted with fel- low board members, and since there is nothing pending on the agenda, it was decided to forgo the workshop. The next meeting will be on Fri- day, March 8, when the board is expected to adopt the downtown traffic management plan. DSWA to collect waste on Feb. 24 The Delaware Solid Waste Au- thority (DSWA) will be collecting Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) materials on Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Southern Solid Waste Management Center locat- ed on Rt. 20 (Jones Crossroads) near Millsboro. Hours for the col- lection are 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. For more information call the Citizens' Response Line at 1-800- 404-7080, Monday through Fri- day, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the collec- tion may be canceled. A message will be left on the answering ma- chine of the CRL indicating a can- cellation. Rehoboth Board of Adjustment reschedules The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment has rescheduled a hearing originally slated for Feb. 16, which was canceled due to the most recent snowfall. The application for a special ex- ception or variance request by Harold and Victoria Sakayan for property at 6 Columbia Avenue will now be heard at 7 p.m., Fri- day, Feb. 23 in the Commission- Clarifications Suzanne Ludwig, who per- formed in the recent Cape Capers benefit, was misidentified as her sister Laura in a photo caption in the Feb. 9-15 edition. We apolo- gize for the error. The article on the passage of a parking permit system in Re- boboth Beach which appeared in the Feb. 16-22 edition of the Cape Gazette erroneously reported that Commissioner Richard Sargent voted against the measure. Sar- gent actually was one of the five out of seven board members to ap- prove the permit plan. We apolo- gize for the error. There has been some confusion as to when Mare's Bears Quilt Shop on Lewes Beach is Open for business following a feature on the new business which appeared in the Feb. 2-8 edition of the Cape Gazette. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday. k ers Room. The couple wishes to add to the dormer section of the roof of the home which will cause a further encroachment into the front yard setback. When the resort was in its formative stages, the roads were purposely splayed - the near- er the ocean the wider - to afford better views of the surf. This has caused problems, however, with structures being built in the set- back area, including the Sakayan house. The Board of Adjustment will also hear a request from Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Nash for a variance at 43 Surf Avenue at 7 p.m., Fri- day, March 15. The couple is seeking to tear down the present single family dwelling on the property, but keep the grandfathered nonconforming garage/apartment. City code states that a new single family dwelling could not be built while there is another structure on a property unless the dwelling had been destroyed by an act of God, fire etc. :.. :;. : : : .:.. .... West Rehoboth suit supporters call for funds A lawsuit challenging the West Rehoboth Sewer District could be filed any day, according to attor- ney Francis Schanne. Schanne is representing a group called the "Concerned Citizens of the West Rehoboth Sewer District." Those residents are trying to be- gin a class action lawsuit chal- lenging the sewer district. The suit would be filed in U.S. District Court in Wilmington, according to Schanne. In the meantime, the group has sent letters to approximately 3,200 residents of the sewer district ask- ing for donations, according to John Nevros, who is among the local residents objecting to the sewer district. Newos said the let- ters were sent on Tuesday. They ask for a $40 donation to help de- fray the legal costs for the sewer district, which has now begun op- erations after years of construc- tion and planning. "The letters ask each owner to contribute $40 to pay the costs of lawyers, courts and experts," ac- cording to a statement from the group. 'I'he law firm representing the citizens has based the corn- plaint'on, among several other reasons, the county's failure to hold a referendum before begin- ning construction." The county did not hold a refer- endum because West Rehoboth was considered an expansion of the Dewey Beach Sewer District and not an entirely new district. (A referendum is needed to start a district). County officials point out that the sewer district has been in the works for years and that the antic- ipated lawsuit comes after the $70 million project has begun opera- tions. The sewer system began op- erating in December and was legally created, according to Sus- sex County officials. Nevros said that responses are already pouring in, even before Kathy Emery photo Pilot boat runs aground at Cape Henlopen State Park Storm-force winds of'55 mph and more, seas of 10 to fifteen feet, and blinding snow con- spired against pilot launch operator Bob Yarnall and apprentice pilot Patrick Beebe on Fri- day night, Feb. 16 when the launch Philadelphia ran aground on the point at Cape Henlopen. The vessel hit the point 14 minutes before the peak of high water and at low tide was high and dry. "Fortunately no one was hurt, there was no off pollution and there was only minor dam- age to the vessel," said Glen Pain, director of operations for the Pilots Association for Bay and River Delaware. "Sixty feet to the right and we wouldn't be talking right now. It was howling out there, the radar went into a white-out situation [signals absorbed by the heavy snow], they couldn't see when they were in the -oughs and their dead reckoning with just a magnet- ic compass was off just slightly," said Pain. "They had gone further south than usual to put a pilot on an incoming vessel, even more important in storm situations - and I think that played a role." Pain said he was particularly pleased with the way emergency procedures worked. "Assis- tant port engineer Jack Cunningham and Mike Campanelli, an operator, took a four wheel drive vehicle to the scene in the storm and had the men off the beat within an hour of when they went aground. The vessel operators were in touch with us by radio and they shut down the engines and were able to walk off the vessel." Pain added that John Hughes and his beach crew from Delaware's Division of Soft and Water were also of great assistance. Pain ultimate- ly chartered a tug boat under the helm of Capt. David Carr who came down the Delaware Riv- er to pull the vessel off the sand and back into deep water on Sunday morning, Feb. 18. "She came off easily - not even the bottom paint was chipped. What damage there was affected the wheels and rudder. It was really great to see everyone responding under such adverse condi- tions," said Pain. The Philadelphia is a 55 foot steel.hulled Gladding and Hearn veuel built in 1984. "She was back in service Thursday, Feb. 22," said Pain. the letters are delivered. "I've had 20 or 30 calls from people asking where can I send my money," Nevros said Wednesday. Nevros said all the donations go directly to legal expenses and said contributions thus far include one donation of $500 and another do- nation of $750. "People are con- cerned." He said that some residents are upset because their existing sewer system works while others didn't. realize the district was being built. "Unless you come down here and get a newspaper, you don't know what is going on." Snowstorms continue to plague Cape Region It's been every other weekend for the past six weeks - the Cape Region gets pounded by another storm, the most recent one occur- ring on Friday, Feb. 16. As much as six inches of snow was reported to have fallen along the coast that day, with schools in the Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict starting the President's Day Weekend holiday early. But having weathered the two feet of snow two weeks before, more people were going about their business as if a half-foot of snow was a routine occurrence rather than scurrying to the stores to fight over the last loaf of bread and gallon of milk. Even though temperatures have risen to 20 degrees above normal this weekend, the Farmer's Al- manac and others are predicting we're not out of the woods yet - there will be one last blast before the winter of 1996 becomes only a white memory. Democrat Club of Lewes won't meet The Democrat Club of Lewes will not hold a meeting during the month of February. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26. Anderson honored for SAV bays work Ben Anderson of Lewes, an en- vironmental scientist with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Watershed Assessment Section, was given the Outstand- ing Customer Service Award for October. Anderson was among a number of Division of Water Resources employees who received awards from Division Director Jerry Es- posito. Anderson was honored for his efforts to restore submerged aquatic vegetation to the inland bays areas. The plants like eelgrass provide rich habitat for a host of animals, ranging from juvenile flounder to crabs, bay scallops and shrimp. The grasses have died out in Delaware's inland bays (Rehoboth,  Indian River and Little As- sawoman), but efforts to restore the grasses have met with some success. ' ANDERSON A previous planting was torn up by recre- ational clammers as they raked for clams. Currently, the grasses have been re-established in the Sav- age's Ditch area of Rehoboth Marsh after a planting iast fall. Anderson hopes to plant addi- tional grasses this spring to add to the 700 plants established last fall. "The secret is to get them going and then leave them alone." Besides providing wildlife habi- tat, the plants help take up excess nutrients in the bays, long consid- ered a major problem. Grasses can also help stabilize the bottom of the bay areas. Center for Inland Bays meets Feb. 28 The Board of Directors of the Center for the Inland Bays will meet at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Continued on page 3