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8 - CAPE GAZE'IWE, Friday, March 13 - March 19, 1998 Letters Continued from page 6 previously reported - an entrance only on Savannah with an exit on Bay Avenue. This new arrange- ment changes a quiet residential street into a commercial thorough- fare. Our section of Bay Avenue, to Midland Avenue and Market Street, now serves essentially as a pedestrian walkway and a gate- way to and from the beachfront for families with small children, babies in prams, walkers and cy- clists of all ages, and, in high sea- son, families loaded down with beach equipment. It is important to note that this pject, which raises such serious safety con- ceres, is being slipped in under the wire as the last permitted corn- mercia] use in the area before its expected rezoning in the coming months as entirely residential. We recognize private property rights. But the financial interests of developers must not be allowed to detract from the quiet enjoy- ment of their own property by es- tablished tax-paying residents; or to endanger their safety. The State of Delaware, through Delaware Department of Trans- portation (DelDOT), has denied these developers the siting of both entrance and exit on Savannah Road because of existing traffic patterns. But, in a letter to Mayor Smith dated March 5, 1998, DelDOT asserted that the planned development would not be ap- proved until a revised plan meet- ing its safety requirements, with ingress only on Savannah Road, is submitted. The response of the de- velopers has been to put the whole traffic burden on Bay Avenue. The residents could tolerate an exit on Bay Avenue, especially if the plan provided for only a single store or professional office. Even better, the site could accommo- date three beautiful condomini- ums on a highly desirable comer lot more conducive to pleasant living than to commerce. With both entrance and exit on Bay Avenue, the excess over available parking space of an in- creased number of cars is sure to end up in our backyards or clog- ging the constricted narrow space of what used to be knOwn as Bay Alley. Nor is their any truth in the suggestion that the developers had to include commercial space in this project. Even before the whole area was rezoned as resi- dential, it was possible to obtain a "variance" to residential-only use, just as occurred in 1986 in the re- building of Breakwater House on Lewes Beach, changing it from motel-hotel to residential condo- miniums. These developers cared about preserving the character and ambience of Lewes and Lewes Beach, although they could have made more money by upgrading the commercial hotel. I know as an origina] investor in the Breakwater how the investors felt about it. I could only wish that Mikowski-Schab, who live else- where, eared as much about the safety and tranquillity of their new neighbors. As it stands, the plan endangers our community's safety and character. It should be rethought. For the moment, CARC's denial of the plan in its present form at the March 5 meet- ing has put the project on hold. If there is an appeal, it is to be hoped that the Board of Adjustment and the City Council will hear all sides. Jackie Finer, president, Breakwater House Condominium Association Lewes On tax reassessments The governor's 1998 legislative agenda includes House Bill 345. This legislation transfers the au- thority and responsibility for prop- erty assessments from the county governments to the state of Delaware, effective July 1, 1998. This bill, if passed and signed into law, would result in the re- assessment of all properties statewide, at least once every five years, and would substantially in- crease Sussex County property taxes. We must recognize that for most senior citizens, their largest tax bill is their property taxes. This legislation would have a sig- nificant impact on their liveli- hood, especially for those on fixed incomes. Statistically, Sussex County is the fastest growing county in the state. This growth can be largely attributed to our low property taxes. We should all recognize that continued growth and low property taxes will ensure a sound tax base. Believing that the government must do a better job of researching and fully under- standing the potential conse- quences of its action, before tak- ing action, I would suggest to our elected officials that this legisla- tion could be counter productive. I strongly urge our elected officials to oppose this legislation. I find it ironic that the govemor and members of the Genera] As- sembly are proposing an income tax cut, while at the same time, are considering legislation that would increase our property taxes. Do we give with one hand while taking away with the other? Harry W. Crystal Republican candidate 37th Representative District On sewer legislation There is no debating the fact our governments (federal, state and county) have the natural inclina- tion to expand its influence and controls when and where it can, It is the very heart and nature of pol- itics and government. It is seen in Delaware's 1998 legislative agen- da. It hopes to remove the citi- zens' fight to a referendum. This specific legislation concerns sew- er districts. It appears that some of our leg- islators think that it is normal to enact laws that may have a signifi- cant impact on our lives without public debate or the understanding of its impact on the people. Our legislators should be reminded from time to time that our govern- merit was designed and instituted to protect its citizens not only from its enemies but from govern- ment itself and not much else. The framers of our constitution also knew that some central planning and control is necessary but should remain limited and under the control of the people. They al- so knew that as any government's power and control increases the: people's liberty decreases. They were absolutely right. The government's system of controls is growing at a very rapid pace not only on the federal level, it is growing at the state and coun- ty levels as well. Make no mis- take, every new control will take something from some of its citi- zens, usually money or liberty. Many times, it takes both. One prime example that does take both money and liberty is Delaware's Senate Bill 216. It will "provide more flexibility to establish sewer and water districts. This measure allows Sussex County, DNREC, and the Division of Public Health to jointly determine areas for the establishment of water and sewer districts, and permits the county to proceed with the establishing or expanding a district without refer- endum." The representative candidate for the 37th District speaks directly to this piece of the 1998 legislative agenda. And in doing so, Hap Crystal voices the concerns of many locals concerning S.B. 216. I quote: "I am fearful that this pro- posed legislation could potentially widen the gap that already exists between our county government and many of our citizens. More importantly, we should be espe- cially wary of any legislation that empowers government and si- lences the voices of its people." Call your elected officials and let them know what you think. Robert A. Marshall Rehoboth Beach ' WELCOME BAC00 TO GARDEN GOURMET [IV" Thank you for your patronage. When you leave after dinner we want you to be smilinf Our 17 U reputation depends on it. If you aren't satisfied, please let us know so we can correct the problem.. Blue Point Oysters on the 1/2 shell - $7.00 Shrimp Cocktail - $10.00 Smoked Salmon - $8.00 Crab Cocktail - $9.00 Pate or Gallantine - $7.00 Crab Bisque -$8.50 Escargot Chablisienne - $8.00 Baked Brie with fruit - $8.00 Fried Calamari with Marinara - $7.00 Hot Oysters of the Day - Market Crab Chesapeake - $9.00 Lots of crab in a creamy white bisque with a bouquet gamie of onion, potato and celery. House Salad - $5.50 Caesar Salad for two or more prepared tableside - $8.00 each with Stilton and Blue Cheese dressing - $7.50 Poached Pear Salad - I/2 poached pear stilton ebeese, walnuts, field greens and lettuces with Balsamic vinegar and walnut oil. - $8.50 Marinated Artichokes with roasted Red Peppers and black olives Nicoise - $7.50 Caspian Caviars- Beluga - $55.00 Sevruga - $30.00 Osetra - $35.00 Black Winter Truffles usually available $50.00 per ounce. SAVE ROOM FOR YOUR .lUST DESSERTS, WE MAKE MOST OF THEM HERE. ENTREES These are priced a la carte and include bread, butter and one side dish. *items are early dinner specials *Pecan Crusted Catfish with Madiera glaze and pecan rice. $16.50 *Salmon Cutlets sautckl in garlic infused XVOO served on a bed of flesh spinach and yukon Smashed potatoes. $18 OTliER FRESH SEAFOOD We only buy a limited amount. Therefore the selection may change daily. The person waiting on you will recite the choices and prices  if you ask for them. *Chicken Breast pan fried or grilled then finished with Morels, Chanterelles, Champagnes, Portabella, a splh of Marsala and a dollop of sauce espagnole. $15 * Roast Duckling - Choice of Sauce - This is the classic, you may try it with Cumberland sauce, Hunter sauce or A la Orange. $18 * Crab Chesapeake - A generous portion of crab sautted with butter garlic and Old Bay. - $19 * Veal Piccante - Veal, capers, lemon, white wine, santed and finished in a beurre blanc. - $17 Veal Marguerite - Veal cutlets topped with jumbo lump crab, santted with cream, lemon and thyme - $22 Veal A la Creme available upon request - $19 FRESH GAME - MARKET PRICE Is it Bison from Colvine, Magret from Hudson Valley, Venison from Genesis? We have it fresh. * Black Lobster Ravioli in a lobster cream sauce. $15 With a Lobster Tail $33 Tournedos - twin filets prepared in a variety of styles - Market Price Steak Diane $24 Back by Popular Request * New York Strip - dry aged certified Black Angus, hand cut, grilled to order, served with frites. Hamburger and Fries - We grind our own from tenderloin and N.Y. Strip trim. Frites cooked in peanut oil. Sides $3.00 Fresh Vegetable of the Day Spinach Saute Mixed Mushrooms $23 $10.50 Smashed Yukous Stilton and Blue Cheese dressing Frites Pecan Rice B -aked Potato Starch of the Day OPEN WED. - SAT. 5 P.M. fo Call 227-4747 r information and reservations EARLY BIRDS $15.oo includes salad [ |