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NSIDE: so] w "The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance" Delaware's Cape Region t Friday, March 3 - Monday, March 6, 2006 t"  Volume 13 No. 81 County planners deny lsaacs Glen Burton: 1,630 units are out of character By Rachel Swick Cape Gazette staff County planners have again denied Isaacs Glen, a 1,630-unit cluster develop- ment on Route 30 northwest of Milton, insisting the project is not in character for the rural farm area. Meeting Wednesday, March 1, in Georgetown, Commissioner I.G. Burton said the development proposed by Reynolds Pond LLC is out of character in an area that features preserved farmlands. The 836-acre tract is located about two miles from Milton. "This is not orderly growth," said Burton. He said even before he accepted a position as a planning commissioner that it was clear that any decision on Isaacs Glen would be controversial. "This is a farmland preservation area and [we] are to promote the preservation of farmland," he said. The controversy centers on the differ- ence between state strategies and the coun- ty land use plan. Because the land is zoned AR-1, the developers are allowed to build up to two units per acre according to the county land use plan. Areas such as Isaacs Glen also fall into the state's Level 4 area, which means the state will not fund any infrastructure and will therefore oppose any development. Burton said he understands the dilemma, but the Isaacs Glen proposal will attract tot) many people for the rural area outside Milton. After the commission's decision, Jim Fuqua, attorney for the developers, said he Continued on page 18 Power rate hike jolts resort budget Rehoboth Beach water bills to be increased By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff Rehoboth Beach residents can expect higher water and sewage bills as a result of a jump in energy costs after electric rate caps are lifted in May. Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper, who recently met with power company officials, anticipates a $281,000 increase this year, based on last year's bills. Last year, the city paid $313,475 for power, but next year, the bill is estimated at $594,000 - an increase of nearly 90 per- cent. The city's sewer plant is one of Rehoboth's biggest electricity users. But Rehoboth's wastewater treatment plant is just one of three other county plants and hundreds of pump stations that will also be affected by power deregula- tion. Continued on page 20 Down the hatch! Dan Cook photo Bill Martin of Rehoboth Beach and brother-in-law John Czerwinski slurp a tasty oyster at the Georgetown Fire Company's 69th Annual Oyster Eat Friday, Feb. 24, at the Georgetown Fire Hall. For more photographs of the men-only event turn to page 95. tables. All have at least one tale of help from Harris when they needed it most. "He had a gift for helping people to believe in themselves," said his friend Karen Jones. He was born John Ross Harris Jr. Dec. 25, 1953, in Gastonia, N.C. Just six weeks later, he moved with his family to Wilmington, and from there to Geneva, Continued on page 15 Recognized for integrity and visionary leadership Ross Harris, 52, of Rehoboth Beach, died Wednesday, March 1, 2006, at home - surrounded by loving family and friends due to complications from cancer. In Rehoboth Beach and the other corn- munities where Harris conducted business, most recently as founder, president and CEO of Environmental Consultants International Corp. (ECI), he was recog- nized for his integrity, commitment and visionary leadership. While Harris was the recipient of numer- ous professional honors, his business achievements were equaled only by his philanthropy within the community and beyond, and his identity as an extraordinary friend. Those who knew him best use the words "generous," "vibrant," "visionary" and "constant" to describe the man who brought so much to'their lives. They recall shared sailing adventures, inspired conver- sation and fine meals around welcoming Ross Harris, environmentalist, dies at age 52