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NSI DE: ] "The Price of Liberty is Eternal Vigilance" Delaware's Cape Region t Friday, March 3 - Monday, March 6, 2006 t" t Volume 13 No. 81 D 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. was clear that any decision on Isaacs Glen Glen also fall into the state's Level 4 area, Meeting Wednesday, March 1, in would be controversial, which means the state will not fund any Georgetown, Commissioner I.G. Burton "This is a farmland preservation area and infrastructure and will therefore oppose said the development proposed by [we] are to promote the preservation of any development. Reynolds Pond LLC is out of character in farmland," he said. Burton said he understands the dilemma, an area that features preserved farmlands. The controversy centers on the differ- but the Isaacs Glen proposal will attract tot) The 836-acre tract is located about two ence between state strategies and the coun- many people for the rural area outside miles from Milton. ty land use plan. Because the land is zoned Milton. "This is not orderly growth," said AR-1, the developers are allowed to build After the commission's decision, Jim Burton. He said even before he accepted a up to two units per acre according to the Fuqua, attorney for the developers, said he position as a planning commissioner that it county land use plan. Areas such as Isaacs Continued on page 18 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! . Bill Martin of Rehoboth Beach and brother-in-law at the Georgetown Fire Hall. John Czerwinski slurp a tasty oyster at the Georgetown For more photographs of the Fire Company's 69th Annual Oyster Eat Friday, Feb. 24, page 95. Dan Cook photo men-only event~ turn to S, 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 com- munities where Harris conducted business, philanthropy within the community and tables. All have at least one tale of help most recently as founder, president and beyond, and his identity as an extraordinary from Harris when they needed it most. "He CEO of Environmental Consultants friend, had a gift for helping people to believe in International Corp. (ECI), he was recog- Those who knew him best use the words themselves," said his friend Karen Jones. nized for his integrity, commitment and "generous," "vibrant," "visionary" and He was born John Ross Harris Jr. Dec. visionary leadership. "constant" to describe the man who25, 1953, in Gastonia, N.C. Just six weeks While Harris was the recipient of numer- brought so much to'their lives. They recall later, he moved with his family to ous professional honors, his business shared sailing adventures, inspired conver- Wilmington, and from there to Geneva, achievements were equaled only by his sation and fine meals around welcoming Continued on page 15