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Briefly DSWA to hold public meeting March 19 The Delaware Solid Waste Au- thority will conduct a public meet- ing to discuss current and future activities at the Southern Solid Waste Management Center (Jones Crossroads). The meeting will be held on Thursday, March 19, at the Southern Solid Waste Man- agement Center conference room, locateD on Route 20 near Mills- boro. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, call 800-404-7080. Restaurant requests top Rehoboth agenda The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hear three re- quests from restaurants for certifi- cates of compliance to city code at the Friday, March 13, monthly meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. The owners of Pizza by Eliza- beth's, a new restaurant being built at 23 Baltimore Ave., are seeking a liquor license, as are the Eden Garden Care owners. The latter had previously acquired a certificate but never applied for a liquor license from the state Alco- hol Beverage and Control Com- mission (ABCC) and now they are expanding the operation at 122A Rehoboth Ave. The third request comes from Woodie's Restaurant in the Dinner Bell Inn at 2 Christ- ian St., which is changing its floor configuration. Also on the agenda, under old business, is the expected approval of a proposal from JWF Associ- ates to perform a study of the city's water rates. The board is expected to approve an amend- ment to the residential parking permit ordinance, which will al- low the city to subsidize the cost of parking at the state park-and- ride lot for all merchants' employ- ces within the city. They will also consider an amendment to the or- dinance governing frisbee throw- ing, kite flying and the use of rafts and boogie boards. Adoption of the 1998-99 budget and various committee reports round out the evening. Rehoboth anxious to begin Boardwalk repairs The City of Rehoboth Beach is going to bid this coming week on repair of the Boardwalk areas damaged by the February nor'easters. The city's engineer, Clarifications A business story about the new Lewes restaurant, A Taste of Heaven Caft, did not indicate the location of the establishment. A Taste of Heaven Cart, which cur- rently serves lunch Wednesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and dinner Wednesday through Sunday, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., is located at 107 Sa- vannah Road in Lewes. Steve Saule, estimates the damage at $156,888, not including street ends which must be refilled with dirt. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved those figures. City Manager Greg Ferrese said the bids will be opened on Tues- day, April 7, with work expected to start immediately thereafter, as the city is ordering the materials this week and the bidded work will consist only of labor. Ferrese hopes to have the entire project completed by early May. Rehoboth Board of Adjustment to meet The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will hold three public hearings for variance requests, be- ginning at 7 p.m., Friday, March 20, in the commissioners room. The first involves a request from Gladys M. Blaner at 5 Mary- land Ave., who wishes to extend an existing nonconforming stair- way into the front yard setback by adding a landing at the top of the stairs. The second request comes from Jeffrey Zerby at the Board- walk Plaza Hotel, Olive Avenue, who wants to install new signs on all three open sides of a proposed wrought iron extension at the en- trance of the hotel. This would ex- ceed the maximum number of signs permitted for the business. The last variance request comes from David and Joanne Geiszler at 17 Cookman St. to remove an existing dwelling located 12 inch- es from the side property line and replace it with a larger dwelling located 3 feet from the side prop- erty line, thereby encroaching into the required side yard setback by 3 feet. Cape will not need school board election With the passing of the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education filing deadline on March 10, and only one person announcing candidacy for each of the two area seats up for the 1998 election, the district will not need to hold its May election. Incum- bents Becki Millman and Sue Shupard did not file to retain their Area A and Area D seats. Allan Redden, 48, a Delaware Department of Transportation en- gineer, filed for Millman's Area A seat. Camilla Conlon, 42, a real estate agent for Jack Lingo Real- tor, filed for Shupard's Area D seat. Both candidates have been active in Cape schools for several years. Redden has been active in Milton schools and Cape Hen- lopen High School parent-teacher organizations. Conlon has been active in the same kinds of organi- zations at Rehoboth Elementary cclaool and Lewes Middle School. Both candidates have experience working on districtwide commit- tees or projects. School bus crash injures three Delaware State Police officers from Troop 4 are investigating a school bus accident that occurred on March 6 at approximately 12:25 p.m. on Route 113, just south of Sussex 321. Two chil- dren were treated for minor in 2 juries, and Michelle Hudson, who was cited for causing the accident, was treated for chest trauma. According to Cpl. Walter New- ton, state police spokesman, Lynne L. Hoffer, 32, of Millsboro, was operating the school bus in the northbound, right lane at the Route 113, south of Sussex 321, when she stopped the bus to dis- charge some students. A Delaware special transporta- tion bus, operated by Frank Hol- son, 52, of Rehoboth Beach, was stopped in the left lane, when Hudson, who was driving a Ford Taurus, failed to notice the transit bus had stopped. "She swerved to avoid the bus and ran into the back of that school bus," said Newton, who added that 20 stu- dents were on board the school bus. Two of the children sus- tained minor injuries, he said, and charges against Hudson are pend- ing the investigation's comple- tion. Milton man injured in motorcycle crash John H. Cook Jr., 33, of Milton, was injured in a-serious motorcy- cle accident that occurred on March 6, at approximately 2:20 p.m. According to Cpl. Walter Newton, Delaware State Police spokesman, Cook was operating a 1996 Suzuki in Route 9's north- bound lane, when for an unknown reason, he exited the east edge of the roadway. Newton said Cook was ejected from the motorcycle and trans- ported to Bcebe Medical Center. From there, the state police heli- copter transported him to Chris- tiana Medical Center's trauma unit, where he was listed in seri- ous condition with a collapsed lung and a closed head injury. Newton said Cook was not wear- ing a helmet at the time of the crash. Property code laws on Milton agenda Milton Town Council has scheduled a special meeting Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., in Town Hall. Included on the agenda are discussion of ordi- nance revisions and updated re- ports on construction contracts that were recently awarded. Some of the ordinance revisions are building and property code issues, such as determining what consti- tutes abandoned vehicles. Kathy Thumel, Milton building code en- forcement officer, said there are code violations pending a final vote on the ordinances. Recently, Milton was notified of the approval of an application for a Community Development Block Grant to update water and sewer lines and to install curbs and sidewalks on Broad Street. The $81,000 block grant will pay approximately two-thirds of the cost with Milton picking up the balance. Demolition of the former CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 - 3 FEMA places markers in bay areas The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state of Delaware have placed 17 permanent reference markers in the inland bay areas of Sussex County. Shown are FEMA and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) officials placing the mark- ers, from (l-r) Steve Boyer of FEMA, Rich Turner of DNREC, Bill Byrd of FEMA, Mike Powell of DNREC and Eric Rourke of FEMA. These markers can now be used to determine the ele- vation of buildings. This information is important because it helps federal, local and state officials determine which struc- tures within the county may be subject to damage from flood- ing. The marks can also be used to ensure future development is designed to be above the base-flood elevation or out of the floodplain entirely. Delaware Geological Survey provided the survey markers, and DNREC provided the people and equip- ment to set the markers in concrete. FEMA, in coordination with state officials, selected the location of the markers and will be surveying their elevation in relation to the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929. "The difficulty and cost to property owners of doing re- quired flood elevation surveys will now be significantly re. dueed," said Jack Schubaek, FEMA's federal coordinating of- fleer at the Bethany Beach Disaster Field Office. "We want to do everything we can to encourage property owners and renters to purchase flood insurance," he added. Gov. Tom Carper requested the president to declare Sussex County a federal disaster area on Feb. 13. All counties in the state were made eligible for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which makes funds available for projects to reduce risk from future disasters. civic center was scheduled to be- gin this week, clearing the lot ad- jacent to the county library build- ing. Sussex County purchased the property from the Town of Milton to allow for expansion or im- provements to the library build- ing. The town will use the money from the sale to build a new $63,000 storage and maintenance building. The March 18 special meeting is open to the public. Biden cosponsor of ADT legislation Senator Joe Biden is cosponsor- ing legislation that would create the first bicoastal, multiuse hiking trail. The trail, known as the American Discovery Trail (ADT) runs from Cape Henlopen to Cali- fornia, stretching across 17 states and over 6,000 miles. "For two decades, I fought to return this treasured natural area to its rightful owners, the people of this state," said Biden. "The creation of a national coast to coast hiking trail that begins at Cape Henlopen is the icing on the cake. Now, in addition to the tens of thousands of Delawareans who visit Cape Henlopen each year, we will share this coastal treasure with people from across the nation as the gateway to national discov- ery." The American Discovery Trail Society, a nationwide nonprofit organization, will manage and maintain the trail, coordinating ef- forts with local trail organizations and land management agencies. The National Discovery Trail Act enjoys bi-partisan sponsor- ship in both the House and Senate. Delaware inks horseshoe crab regulations Delaware's Department of Nat- ural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has signed new regulations governing horseshoe crabs. 'Whe horseshoe crab fish- ery should not be expanded, it should be restricted to a more tra- ditional level of participation and harvest that meets the needs oflo- cal conch and eel pot fishermen," according to the final regulation. The regulations also state "until a horseshoe rab fishery manage- ment plan is adopted by the At- lantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, additional regula- tions are required to control the harvest of horseshoe crabs." Numbers of crabs have de- clined, prompting concern that lower numbers could affect the population of shorebirds that feed heavily on the crab eggs during spring migration. The horseshoe crabs also have other uses and sci- entists have worded about dipping numbers of the ancient animals. The regulations state that it shall be unlawful for any person to col- lect horseshoe crabs on state lands from May 1 to June 30, except that persons with valid permits and eel licenses may collect horseshoe crabs on Tuesdays and Continued on page 4