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1 E iilii Continued from page 6 ly one big change by moving the community center to a more cen- tral location in the development, which is where it should have been in the first place. Now this subdivision is full of the "superior design expected of cluster devel- opments." This really is very hu- morous. Most, if not all, of the other ap- proval restrictions the developers were going to do anyway. They stated as much at the initial pre- liminary public hearing. Tree removal, wetland infringe- ment, runoff into the bay tributar- ies, doubling the current traffic on Angola Beach Road, a hazardous development entrance and having only one entrance to this subdivi- sion meant absolutely nothing. There were "strong" recommen- dations by DNREC, but they were ignored. DelDOT proved to be another toothless tiger in the scheme of things. Road widening seemed to satisfy DeIDOT. When will the urbanization end? Today, the front page of a daily newspaper has an article re- garding the environmental and traffic concerns in coastal Sussex County. The Route I corridor traf- fic problems have been debated for years. Are they going to be getting better? Will the environ- mental problems take care of themselves? Is there any oversight of the Sussex County Planning & Zon- ing Commission? Do they operate with impunity? Are these posi- tions lifetime appointments? I did hear, at a public hearing, one of the members mention that he had been there for more than 30 years. That doesn't seem to me to be the best method of operation. It appears they appoint their own members. How does a new idea or train of thought get into the game if commission members remain on the job indefinitely? This can tend to be a "good ole, boy" political system. Does the Sussex County Council exercise oversight of the Planning & Zon- ing Commission? If not them, who? I also noticed in the March 1 Cape Gazette, that Councilman Vance Phillips doesn't seem to care much for the idea that all Sussex County residents should be able to vote for anyone running for a council seat. He says this . idea is coming from a group of ac- ti,ists, primarily in the Lewes-Re- hoboth area. Well, last time I checked Mr. Phillips, activism is a large part of the American political system. If you vote on issues that affect me in the Lewes area, I should be able to vote for you or your oppo- nent. I think that's a great system. James R. Shumate Lewes Dewey arrogant for eyeing West Rehoboth The following letter was sent to the Dewey Beach Mayor and Town Council with a copy submit- ted to the Cape Gazette for publi- cation. I read of your proposal to pur- chase a lot in the residential com- munity of West Rehoboth to be used as a maintenance/storage shed for equipment belonging to the town of Dewey Beach. The ar- rogance of this proposal is sur- prising; you will intrude on the streets of this residential commu- nity and then, in a benevolent ges- ture, will help the residents in their annual community clean up. You will then be asking the Sus- sex County Board of Adjustments for special exception to have this storage shed placed closer to a property line than allowed, then have traffic bringing town equip- ment, beach lifeguard chairs, garbage cans, streets signs, town . trucks and police cars needing storage or repair. You could show that the town of Dewey Beach is responsible and respectful of neighboring res- idents by building this storage- shed within your own town limits. Haven't you considered begging, borrowing or renting this needed space from One of the town's profitable businesses owners? A small storage shed next to a commercial business property would not be adding that much more traffic or noise to the town and the town could then gracious- ly offer to pick up the bar trash from the residential side streets after the three busy summer holi- day weekends, thus improving the town for residents. If the town of Dewey Beach is to succeed and continue as an in- dependent, well-run town, then keep the town's maintenance needs within the town limits; do not intrude into a neighboring res- idential community Marguerite Iandolo Rehoboth Beach Dennis Forney Cape Region needs a dog park As a responsible dog owner, I am horrified by the stories recent- ly about dangerous dogs. If my dog attacked another dog or per- son, I would not need any sort of panel to force me to destroy the dog. I would euthanize it faster than you can say "Sit." We all suffer when irresponsi- ble dog owners allow their dan- gerous dogs to interact with the community. I often commiserate with fellow doggie "parents" about how there is no safe and le- gal place to run our pups off-leash in Sussex County. Perhaps if there were fewer dog attacks, the county may someday see fit to provide us a dog park. In order to have a safe dog park for dogs and humans, each dog owner would have to abide by rules such as these listed below. These were the rules at Point Is- abel Regional Shoreline in Cali- fornia, where I used to take my dogs every day. Any person allowing their ani- mal to be off leash must: 1) Carry a leash. 2) Keep their dog or other ani- mal under voice control and with- in sight at all times. 3) Clean up feces deposited by their dog or other animal and place it in provided and marked containers or garbage cans. 4) Immediately leash any dog or other animal showing aggres- siveness toward people or other dogs or animals. 5) Prevent dogs or other ani- mals from digging or damaging park resources. Point Isabel was a popular park where hundreds of dog owners mingled, socialized, trained their dogs, and obeyed the rules every day. On a lighter note, it was con- sidered the best place for a single person to get a date. Even though I'm not single, I still hope some- day we can have something like Point Isabel here. If there are any doggedly deter- mined advocates working out there in Sussex County in order to make a dog park happen, please let us know about you. Jennifer P. Rubenstein Rehoboth Beach Tunnell tenant will be forced out I'm not sure if this is even something that you would be in- terested in, but my daughter, who is 10 years old, wrote a letter to Rob Tunnell in regards to the lot rent increases that he is so unfair- ly imposing on his tenants. My daughter and I have lived here in Pot Nets Creekside since Novem- ber 2001. The trailer that we live in be- longed to my dad who passed away (actually in my living room) in August 1999. When we found out that he had heart cancer, he moved from Wilmington to live out his last days in the place that he loved, and that's ,what he did. I was at the "so called meeting" on Sunday and I became even more frustrated when I left. I was able to ask Mr. Tunnel/about his "hardship" plan (which is a joke). This plan is directed at seniors, who I am really glad that he is at least trying to take notice and publicly appear to be helping, but I told him on Sunday that I was a single mom and I was my daugh- ter's sole support. I told him that I work 50 to 60 hours a week to keep a roof over her head. I told him that I cannot afford the increase and that come April 15th my daughter and I will be homeless. His come back to me was, call Bill Hoy and he Continued on page 8 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March U - March 14, 2005 - 7 Through the wee hours of the morning, Rehoboth's Streetscape project proceeds There was a scene in downtown Rehoboth Beach last Sunday night right out of an Edward Hop- per painting. Beyond the Board- walk and the choppy surf, not a single ship's light defined the horizon. Ocean and space melted together, more than ever giving Rehoboth the sense of a remote outpost on the edge of uncertain- ty. The sun long gone in the west and darkness all around, blaring construction lights lit up portions of the ocean block. With the lights shining down like Broad- way spots, contractors busying themselves at digging trenches across the concrete sidewalks played a variety of loosely script- ed roles. Drivers and their cars passed occasionally, the street narrowed to one lane. They and a few walking stragglers - headed for the boards or leaving a restau- rant - constituted the thin audi- ence for the undramatic scene. It was the graveyard shift. The men with their shovels and ma- chines and droning diesel genera- tors were working a 12-hour shift. They wouldn't be punching out until the next morning when the sun would come up over the hori- zon to confirm once more the roundness of our planet. Jack Bushey, a Rehoboth Beach police department sergeant, came by in a cruiser, patrolling the scene. He knew the skinny on what was happening. "They're digging up the side- walks now to put in the under- ground infrastructure so they won't have to do this next year when they' re doing the bandstand and other work," said Bushey. "Getting this done while they have the opportunity." A hydraulic jackhammer at- tached to the snout of a front-end loader pounded its way surgically through the thick sidewalks and then four men with shovels swooped in to remove heavy pieces of concrete. Then the oper- ator of an industrial-grade trencher mounted on tank tracks reached out its long bucket to dig BAREF00TIN' a trench across the sidewalk and street. Conduits carrying wires for electricity, phones and data will be placed in the trenches and connected to the major infrastruc- ture pipes being laid beneath the median. Bushey took it all in as he cruised by. As mayor of Milton, a city also in the midst of great growth and change and challenges to its mu- nicipal infrastructure, he thinks of his own town as he watches the pace of progress and its impact on a community. Kevin Hays kept an eye on the workers as a paid member of the audience. His job is to regulate traffic flow around the trenching machine. He told me he is from Harring- ton and would be working until 6 a.m. "How are you going to pass the hours?" I asked. "Just being with the rest of the guys," he said. Kind of like mis- ery loving company. While I dreamed later that night, those men kept it up, work- ing in a less populated world. It's big, that Rehoboth Beach Streetscape project. Between that and the mega beach replen- ishment and dune reconstruction project, Rehoboth Beach will present a dramatic new face to visitors by next summer. Much of it is being completed at night and in the off-season when few people are noticing. Dennis Fomey photo Kevin Hay of Harrington direct traffic during the Re- hoboth Beach Streetscape project graveyard shift.