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6 - CAP]OAZETTE,'Friday, lbrttartf2S*cMab ,2000 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Litigation would be a failure When you think of Baltimore s Inner Harbor area, the first vision that crosses the mind isn't a dingy courtroom with stacks of papers and manila folders piled on coffee-stained tables. Rather, the vision holds an attractive inner city oasis with beautiful walks and lots of places to sit and enjoy views of the water and the comings and goings of people and boats. When you think of the Inner Harbor, you think of people coming together, not tearing each other apart. In the lasting impression, there s no yision of mega-developer James Rouse beating heads with city officials. Instead, there s a sense that people with vision and ability came together and applied a constructive approach to a set of problems. The result is one of the great rede- velopment success stories of our nation. Lewes needs to take a page from that story. Rather than staring into the interminable abyss of costly and destructive litigation, town officials should focus their energies and dollars instead on working with the owners and would- be developers of the Lewes Boatyard property for a plan to ulti- mately benefit the community. Waterfront Center officials are due in town in the next few weeks to present final recommendations for development along the canal. Their vision for the Boatyard proper- ty already shows a limited retail and residential use complex joined with public park and transient boat facilities. The seed is in the ground. It needs to be fertilized and cultivated. The ancient Chinese collection of military strategies known as the Art of War lays out a number of approaches for how to best win battles. However, the Art of War's most important pronouncement is that all wars are failures - last, costly and tragic resorts. Lewes should begin working on a plan that will progress in the same constructive fashion as has Baltimore's Inner Harbor project. If this case goes to litigation, Lewes will not only have failed, but will be missing an opportunity. Letters Much to celebrate in Milton Behold the continued development of beautiful Milton at the head of the Broadkill River. The Riverwalk area each year matures more and more of an attractive place to walk and enjoy the passing of the seasons. The literary tradition of the community is enjoying a renais- sance in the form of the new John Milton Society, and now the down- town area is seeing creation of a museum and research center to her- ald the nobility of the enduring and ancient horseshoe crab. There is much to celebrate in Milton. Build the lighthouse, not a replica A final word, for now, on the dream of rebuilding the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse. Those pursuing this dream should keep their sights high. We have plenty of replicas and scale models scattered throughout Delaware's Cape Region but none captures the majesty of the edifice that has adorned artists' canvases and the letterheads of a variety of organizations for centuries. Any reconstruction should be full size and of materials as close to original as possible. Anything less would be unworthy and a waste of time and money. The Weather Picture Dennis Fomey photo Morning sun of mild days in late February Hghts the tops of pilings along the slick surface of Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. i .... "Relive the Past!" Visit the IB..00VVONa I !| - ti 0 pC IteaJqpe. FIFoxG00rr"t obl u:: .u.... i J "d.'--% ilt" . ". get into _ : the state park? Lewes officials elected to protect our interests, lives I often wonder why our elected city officials choose to represent the citizenry of Lewes as if they are not interested in the safety and welfare of its residents. On Feb. 14 at the council meeting, I presented our offi- cials with an opportunity to obtain an easement from Pettinaro Development to develop a temporary emergency access road from Seagull Drive to New Road. Mr. Pettinaro requested no concessions from the city and placed no stipulations on the temporary use of his land. At this time, over 200 residential lots - most developed with homes - and a 165- bed health center in Pilottown Village, have only one road as an entrance-exit. Safety is a major issue in the case of an emergency and ulti- mately, the responsibility of the City of Lewes. The council's reaction to the pre- sentation was expected but nonethe- less appalling. Councilperson Tsantes even insulted the presenter's motivation in bringing the matter before the council. What was really appalling was the lack of initiative and responsibility on the part of council to recognize the importanc e of the issue and to address the details of procuring the easement them- selves. The groundwork of that pro- curement is in place and has taken one year. If the council needs to stip- ulate conditions such as specific location of such a connector, time limitations on the word temporary and liability, the council should assume responsibility for clarifying these terms with the landowner who is willing to grant the easement. I can understand the need for a clear definition of terms for the ease- ment. What I cannot understand is the council's feeling that a private citizen such as I should assume the responsibility of doing its work. The easement is within the grasp of the City of Lewes. Now, it is Up to the officials to establish the parameters of such an easement with the landowner and to draw up the legal documents for such an easement. Instead, the city officials continue the status quo and expect others to do their work. I cannot accept a city council's lack of concern, initiative and responsibility for the residents. Ultimately, they are elected to protect our interests and lives. I am waiting to see how they plan to protect over 300 residents of Pilottown Village. Or does Council expect all the work to be done for them so all they have to do is vote aye or nay? Maria Q. Simoes Lewes Milton property owner questions voter eligibility I am writing in reference to the ongoing discussion in the Town of Milton regarding voter eligibility. How can the town conduct a legiti- mate mayoral election this spring if there is nb clear understanding and definition of who is and who is not eligible to vote. The dissension among the mayor, town council and its citizens seems to be over the definition of "permanent resident." Personally, I was permit- ted to register, but told I would not be able to vote due to my alleged lack of "residency status." I failed to under- stand how I am disqualified as I hold a Delaware driver's license, have my car registered in the state, pay prop- erty and income taxes and currently have an incorporated business here. As far as I'm concerned, I am a solid citizen of Milton. I have worked hard over the years to improve the town as evidenced by past articles in this newspaper. I do, in fact, spend most of my work week at another residence in Washington, D.C. as I consult with companies in that region. Upon review of other municipali- ties in this county, I have learned the voter eligibility requirements vary Continued on page 7 .............. signed and include a telephone number for ver- ification. Write to Cape Gazette, P.O. 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