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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1997. 15 Local Realtor offers 100 beachfront acres for incll The O'Conor, Piper and Flynn land lies in the thin strip of beach shown on this map north and south of the Fowler Beach designation. Sussex board By Michael Short The Sussex County Board of Adjustment tabled a request until its next meeting for a 10-foot vari- ance by Bill Vernon for a project at the intersection of Route 1 and Sussex 275A at its Monday, Feb. 24 meeting. That site already contains an O'Conor, Piper and Flynn Real Estate Office, located near the Marketplace or Food Lion Shop- ping Center. Vernon has plans to add to the existing building and lease the space and to add another building further to the rear of the property. But he needs a variance because the existing building is ten foot short of the 60-foot setback re- quired by the Sussex County cor- By Michael Short Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge could receive an extra 100 acres of prime beachfront land. The U.S. Department of the In- terior said this week that O'Conor, Piper and Fiynn Realtors has of- fered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ten parcels of land close to the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. "Our purchase of these proper- ties would permanently protect this important wildlife habitat by adding it to the National Wildlife Refuge System," according to a letter from the U.S. Department of the Interior to Sussex County Ad- ministrator Bob Stickels. The letter to Stickels asked for any comments from Sussex Coun- ty Council on the proposed pur- chase and was discussed on Tues- day, Feb. 25. The potential purchase is con- sidered very preliminary, but it's considered especially important for migrating shorebirds. Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge Assistant Manager George O'Shea said that the wetlands of Delaware Bay are considered of "international sig- nificance" to migrating shore- birds. O'Shea said it is much too preliminary to discuss potential purchase prices. The land is located between the north end of Prime Hook Beach and the southern end of Slaughter Beach. O'Shea said that is approx- imately a three mile long strip of narrow beachfront which is unde- veloped and ideal birding habitat. "It is highly significant for shore- birds." Delaware Bay is used by mil- lions of horseshoe crabs, whose eggs are a vital food source for shorebirds traveling thousands of tables Vernon Rt. 1 project ridor overlay zone. Attorney James Fuqua said the property conformed until the county adopted the new corridor overlay zone on Route 1, which requires increased landscaping and increased buffer areas. Fuqua also said that the property con- formed until Delaware's Depart- ment of Transportation (DelDOT) required an extra ten feet of right of way. "The rules were changed after he was already there," Fuqua said. Vernon said the realization that the county now has the new corri- dor overlay zone came as a unhap- py surprise and he said he would lose a tenant if he does not receive his variance. Fuqua said the building was built in compliance and purchased in good faith. The existing proper- ty at the point of the outside stair- case does not meet the 60 foot setback requirement. Vernon said the fire marshal required the out- side staircase. Three speakers, all in the Citi- zens Coalition, opposed the vari- ance request, Richard Anthony, Marilyn Miller and Don Roessler. Anthony said the only reason for a variance is hardship and he said the Vernon propery does not meet that guideline. Roessler said the ordinance was designed to improve both the ap- pearance and safety of the area and it ought to be followed. Roessler said "we wholeheartedly support the ordinance." 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He noted that shorebirds are running out of undeveloped land on which to feed during the annual migration. The land would not only be ide- al habitat, but it would also help protect the freshwater marshes of the refuge, he said. Freshwater marshes could be protected with a strong dune line on the beachfront and such marshes are among the most threatened habitat for water- fowl like ducks. "We are excited," said O'Shea. NEW KITCHENS Quality Design & Installation For Kitchens & Baths Distributor For Quality Cabinets. Wellborn Cabinets Mouser Custom Cabinets SAME DAY SERVICE AVAILABLE ON IN-STOCK CABINETS SUP, ELL SOLID SURFACE CUSTOM POSTFORM COUNTERTOPS I1-" k 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE I 644-9006 RT24JUSTOFFRT1 I :t_ AT FIdY :00 BLTH A/UtLL i Join us for our March 1/2 Off Sale (look for the purple tickets) Great selection of Men's, Women's and Children's Clothes *Many items only $1.00 - Green ticket Located in the Quillen Center where Rehoboth Ave. & Rt. One meet. 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