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[] Cape Gazette NEWS FRIDAY, MARCH 5 - MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010 " 15 Former Lewes pediatrician's PA license suspended By Ryan Mavity Pennsylvania's Board of Medi- cine has indefinitely suspended the medical license of former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley. Bradley, who is facing 471 counts including rape and ex- ploitation of children, among other charges, has already had his license to practice in Delaware permanently revoked. Bradley's Pennsylvania license has been inactive since Dec. 31, 2002, but could have been re- newed at any time by filing the appropriate documentation and paying required fees. The Penn- sylvania Board of Medicine had investigated a complaint against Bradley in 1994, but no charges were fried. Pennsylvania filed an order lan. 12, subjecting him to discipli- nary action and possible license suspension. This occurred after Bradley had his license tem- porarily suspended in Delaware in late December 2009. The order was mailed to Bradley's Lewes home and to the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna where Bradley has been incarcerated. The order was returned bearing the signa- ture of a family member. The or- der also directed Bradley to file an answer to allegations of mis- conduct within 30 days, which he did not. On Feb. 19, the commonwealth filed a motion to enter default and deem facts admitted, which allowed the Pennsylvania Board of Medicine to proceed with its case against Bradley. Again, Bradley did not respond or file an answer to the motion. The board indefinitely sus- pended Bradley's license Tues- day, March 2. Bradley is not al- lowed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania and must forfeit his license documents 30 days from the date of the ruling. Charlie Young, deputy press secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of State, said Bradley could apply to have the suspension lifted if his Delaware license was restored to active, unrestricted status. Young said Bradley couldn't get his Pennsyl- vania license back since he had his Delaware license permanent- ly revoked. Bradley still has an active li- cense in Florida, which is due to expire Jan. 31, 2011. It is not known if Bradley practiced at all in Florida. but he did not have any hospital or staff privileges in the state. Representatives from the Florida Department of Health could not be reached for comment. Bradley also has an active medical license in New Jersey. Representatives from the New Jersey Board of Medical Ex- aminers could not be reached for comment. Bradley's attorney, Gene Mau- rer of Wilmington, could not be reached for comment. Prime Hook Continued from page 4 River project to build up all Delaware Bay beaches. However, Simpson said there is a strong possibility the Army Corps will not allow the dredged material to be placed along the shoreline. Simpson is not a stranger to the issues confronting the refuge and those who live along the shores of the Delaware Bay. Along with Rep. George Carey, R-Milford, he was able to secure funding for beach replenishment in Slaughter Beach and Broadkill, but not Primehook because it is a private beach community. Simpson has met several times over the past few months with DNREC and refuge offmials and Primehook Beach residents. He said he differs somewhat with recommendations from DNREC and the refuge to even- tually allow nature to take its course. Even with the threat of more storms and eventual sea- level rise, Simpson said it's not time to give up just yet. He said every effort should be made to replenish bay beaches, even if that requires establishment of a special beach residents' tax. Simpson said it comes down to money. Millions are spent on beach replenishment for the ocean beach resort towns be- cause of the return on invest- ment for tourism, he said. Primehook Beach is an eclec- tic, quiet town with a mixture of modern homes and homes that are almost past their prime. Most are second homes used only dur- ing the vacation season. The 200 or so residents who call Primehook Beach home are an independent lot who love the beach area, but hate the usual crowds and congestion that in- vade most coastal regions. Only about 30 percent are full-time residents, with 103 homes along the beachfront. Primehook Beach, similar to other Delaware Bay beach towns, owes its existence direct- ly to the sea, beaches and marsh- es that surround it. Chirtea, who has lived along the bay most of his adult life and for 10 years in Primehook, called Primehook Beach a jewel. "We have a very close-knit communi- ty that is very peaceful," he said. For residents there is only one way in and one way out: Prime Hook Road, which has taken a severe beating from flooding this winter. Of the three roads used to access the refuge and two small Delaware Bay beach towns, two, Prime Hook and Fowler Beach roads, are in des- perate need of repair. Simpson said the most imme; diate need is to work with Delaware Department of Trans- portation to get Prime Hook Road raised to preserve the ham- let's only evacuation route in a storm. "The people there are liv- ing in some peril," he said. It doesn't take much of a storm with a high tide to flood the road, which is only a few inches higher than the marshes on both sides of it. The road was flooded out this week. Simpson said Fowler Beach -LIGHTNING... it's not just for Summer Storms! Road might have to be aban- doned even though it serves as an important access road for na- ture lovers to get out intothe marsh. "My hope is that they raise the road, but it would be a while before that happens. If this year is any indication, we are in for more serious flo6ding," Chirtea said. DelDOT is committed to make road repairs to Fowlers Beach and Prime Hook roads, but not until the dune line is replaced, said Mike Williams, DelDOT spokesman. "Until the dune is re- paired, roadway repairs will not likely prove successful," Williams said. He said DelDOT has fast-tracked the approval process to complete repair work when the timing is right. Williams said work would in- clude multiple drainage pipe re- placements and road-surface re- pairs. "Department staff believe that pursuing both repairs at the same time is the most productive way to do it," he said. Next: Scientists weigh in on sea-level rise and its effect on Delaware Bay beach towns. "At Ease"prints benefit wounded U.S. Soldiers Stop by to find paintings' by Ellen Rice and affordable American handmade gifts - Blown Glass Suncatchers. 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