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IINSIDE: New field house in Cape's future?, pg. 14 Delaware's Cape Region Fdday, March 24 - Thursday, March 30, 2000 www.capegazette.com Volume 7 No. 44 Old Landing Road improvements reviewed Some question need for new shoulders, repaying By Dennis Forney A crowd of about 150 Old Landing area residents filled the meeting room of Old Landing Golf Course Clubhouse Monday, Softball World plan withdrawn amidst opposition Developer says he'll look for another site for complex By Michael Short Plans to develop a large softball complex off Route 24 have been shelved. Wallace "Pete" Townsend withdrew his application to develop the complex at that location in a letter sent to the Sussex Plan- ning and Zoning Commission Wednesday, March 22. The commissioners were to have held a hearing Thursday, March 23, on the planned Softball World, but Townsend said he will now look for a site better suited to his plans. Opponents had threatened to show up in droves and were expected to lit- erally bring a bus loaded with opposing homeowners. Plans had called for the complex to be built on Sussex 288 on 44 acres of land just east of Burton Pond. "Over the course of the last several weeks, it has become evident that many res- idents in the area surrounding the proposed facilities have expressed concerns regard- ing the impact of the facility on their neigh- borhood. While our planning considered, Continued on page 13 March 20, to review a plan to add shoul- ders and repave Old Landing Road. Though some questioned the need for the project, fearing improvements would only encourage more traffic and higher speeds, most of those in attendance supported the plan. Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, 37th District representative who has been help- ing to facilitate the project, said he was elated with the turnout and response. "There was relatively short notice and we still had a good crowd," said Schroeder, "Based on the response, I'd say we'll be going forward with the project." Allan Redden, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) engineer for Sussex County, said the project could be completed next fall. "We can use our local resources to engineer this project and get the work done quickly," said Redden. "If we went through statewide DelDOT chan- nels it would probably take us four years." He said when completed, Old Landing Road and its new four- to five-foot shoul- ders would resemble the roadwork corn- Continued on page 12 Bob tmkm photo state dredge sinks; three men rescued at height of nor'easter A dredge support vessel on Thursday, March 23, was vessel by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. Tuesday's high busy towing the state dredge, which sank late Tuesday in winds - clocked at 67 mph at one point - and high waves the throes of a strong nor'easter, to safe harbor in Lewes. helped to swamp the vesssel off Broadkill Beach where it Three dredge operators were plucked from the sinking was pumping sand. Story and more photos on page 10. Partnership purchases Rudder complex- pg. 47 By Jim Cresson Alex Pires, whose Highway One partner- ship last week bought the Ruddertowne complex in Dewey Beach for $12.5 million in a deal he called a "bargain of a lifetime," is quickly becoming one of the most influ- ential movers and shak- ers of the Delaware entertainment industry. For those who wonder about Pires' ability to forge a partnership that since 1989 has bought the immensely popular Bottle & Cork and won a bidding battle to gain a 20-year lease on the for- PIRES mer Waterfront, the answer may lie in his unusual but highly successful legal career. To really understand what motivates this 52-year-old son of Portuguese immigrant parents, it helps to know his many sides - how he has risen from modest beginnings in a Massachusetts mill town to become an impressively successful national attorney, despite characterizing himself as "one of the most aberrant lawyers in the world." As a young attorney in the U.S. Depart- merit of Justice during the early 1970s, Pires worked exclusively on the govern- ment's antitrust case against AT&T. "We successfully broke up a corporate giant that employed a million people and had the telecommunications industry locked up," he explained. "It was the most successful case the federal government ever conduct- ed, but it pleased me because in the end, it was the little guy who won." Continued on page 16 Dewey Beach't Mex Pires talks about his many successes INDEX