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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 6 - March 12, 1998 . Giant Food plans 1999 opening at Lighthouse Plaza Assisted living units construction to begin within next 90 days By Dennis Forney Washington D.C.-based Giant Food Inc. said this week it plans to open a new supermarket at Lighthouse Plaza on Route 1 north of Rehoboth Beach in the spring of 1999. "We're definitely coming to Reh.oboth Beach," said Barry Sch- er of the company's public rela- tions department. Preston Dyer, one of the devel- opers of the Lighthouse Plaza shopping center, said his company is finalizing details for bringing the food market to town. He said the building planned for the new food market will be about 56,000- square feet and will be located at the west end of the Lighthouse Plaza property near the Route 1 and Sussex 270A intersection. He said there will be access to the store from both roads. According to information sup- plied by Giant, the company oper- ates 171 stores (as of February 1997), including one gourmet and three additional freestanding pharmacies, in Virginia, Mary- land, the District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey and Penn- sylvania. "Included within the 171 stores are 130 full-service pharmacies. Total assets are $1,504 million and total equity is $874 million," according to the corporate brochure. Scher said he didn't have details yet about how the Giant Food coming to this area will be set up. The company operates a distribu- tion center and executive office complex at its 155-acre main headquarters in Landover, Md. Its founders, N.M. Cohen and Samuel Lehrman, opened their first Giant Food on Georgia Av- enue in Washington, D.C., in Feb- mary 1936 - the area's first high- volume, low price self-service grocery store. Dyer said the Giant Food store represents the third phase of the Lighthouse Plaza development. The first phase included construc- tion of the two buildings where Movie King, Mattress Palace, Mill Outlet and Casapulla's are located. Phase Two includes two build- ings to be built toward the high- way and two in the rear, which will be available for mixed retail and a possible bank pad. Phase Four will involve development of about an acre of ground along Route 270A. Dyer added that he and Gary McCrea will break ground in the next 90 days for the assisted living facility to be known as "Seaside," which will offer 100 living units. That will be built on 5.5 acres of Coastal towns ask Sussex Council to consider regulating alcohol service By Michael Short There is a movement by some local towns to get Sussex County to take a stronger role in the con- trol of alcohol licensing. The Association of Coastal Towns (ACT) has called for the county to become more involved in the controversial process. County Administrator Bob Stick- els said the county can not legally regulate alcohol licensing. Traditionally, that has been the' job of Delaware's Alcoholic Bev- erage Control Commission (ABCC). The ABCC issues licenses and regulates alcohol and both Stick- els and County Council President Dale Dukes said the county really has no say in the matter. But members of ACT said the ABCC does not pay enough atten-  tion to the local impact of the is- suance of an alcohol license, say- ing the ABCC doesn't consider the impact on small communities. They cited the legislation of Rep. Shirley Price, D-Millville, which would make several changes. It would change the way noise is measured (so that an individual noise incident is measured, not the average of noise over a full 24 hours) and would require the ABCC to consider public com- ment in making a decision. Price said local towns have some say over alcohol licensing in their towns, but no say at all when a business is a stone's throw from their borders. "They ought to have some say over what happens in their jurisdiction," she said. Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Fred- erick said that "the intent is bal- ance. We're not initiating this. We're just jumping on the band- wagon," he said of ACT's request. Frederick said that the towns at least have the authority to regulate the hours of alcohol service by a business. One suggestion was that the county could regulate alcohol by adopting a noise ordinance or sim- ilar other regulations. But Dukes said that regulating noise could mean the elimination of farming activities and could create a back- lash of unintended controversy in the agricultural community. Coastal towns group feels county should pay share of beach replenishment cost By Michael Short The Association of Coastal Towns (ACT) has decided to ask Sussex County to pay part of the cost of beach replenishment. The request comes in the after- math of coastal storms that have taken deep bites from the beaches of the Cape Region. Right now, the towns pay for half of the cost of beach replenishment projects and are then reimbursed by the state through the state accommo- dations tax revenue. The state pays the other 50 percent directly. Currently, the county pays nothing for beach replenishment and ACT members said they hope the county will begin participat- ing. But no one expects that to be likely. "I can't see, politically, the county helping with the beaches," said Senator George Bunting, D- Bethany Beach. Sussex County Council Presi- dent Dale Dukes agrees. Dukes said the beaches are vital, but he said the county is more likely to spend extra money on other is- sues, which more people could perhaps benefit from. He said an example is the possi- bility that Sussex County could fund more state police, especially in the area of drug enforcement activities. County Administrator Bob Stickels said that the state told Sussex County in 1989 that "the beaches are state beaches." Stick- els noted that almost everyone has more ability to raise funding than the county, noting that towns or the state have business licenses, gasoline taxes and wage taxes, and the county does not. Stickels said that Delaware counties rank 50th in America in their ability to raise more money. A 1989 plan would have meant that Sussex County and coastal towns would have each paid 25 percent of the cost of beach re- " plenishment projects with the state paying the remaining 50 per- Continued on page 20 land, behind Lighthouse Plaza, by Brandywine Senior Services of Kennett Square, Pa. Brandywine Senior Services will also manage the facility, according to Dyer. On 40 acres behind that, 80 units of independent living facili- ties will also be built. In all, the total complex will cover about 60 acres. Our $19.95 0il Change Special: Fact, Not Friction rs ,e, wfl wrm a, d m N dram, dram lube and 18 point inspectimi for this low price. o Up to 5 quarts of Motor 0il , New AC00lco 0il Fi00r ,18pointmaimnancec00k DFv'I00R R0ilte I teweelmb (302) 645"6221 24 Hour Towing CaB 644-21'011 wwuu'0000mm Lucky. 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