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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 24 - March 30, 2000 00WPOINTS Editorial Old Landing Road under siege Although there were a number of concerns expressed, a large crowd of Old Landing Road residents provided generally strong approval last Monday night for a plan to add shoulders to the heavi- ly-traveled road. Speed limit concerns will need to be addressed, but the addition of shoulders will allow walkers and bikers to proceed much more safe- ly along the road. Delaware's-Department of Transportation is work- ing on a traffic calming manual for the state. That manual is intend- ed to address just such concerns as were voiced at the public meet- ing on the Old Landing project. The Old Landing Road project might be a Very good starting point for the Siate to try out the new traffic calming process. Probably moreso than any other in Delaware's Cape Region, Old Landing Road is under great development pressure. If there's any area where a building moratorium should be considered, it's there. Now is the time to make some realistic projections as to how much more traffic the road can reasonably accommodate. The constant addition of more and more access points for new developments is only adding to the congestion of the narrow road. The shoulders being planned now, along with a resurfacing, will improve the road for present residents and those who will be inhabiting the area in sub- divisions already approved. However, the shoulders won't help alle- viate increasing amounts of traffic. Before any new subdivisions are approved by Sussex Council for Old Landing Road, a hard review needs to be made to determine what further improvements or strate- gies should be implemented to keep that road system functioning. The shoulder project being considered now is a good example of a common-sense approach to addressing a widely accepted problem. All those involved in fast-tracking this project should feel good about their responsiveness. However the need for the shoulders and resur- facing are evidence of the larger problem that also needs to be addressed. Letters Keep thinking bicycles and legs Delaware announced last week that it has purchased another 167 acres that will add to the open space buffer around Cape Henlopen State Park. In less than two years, $15 million has been spent to pre- serve and protect more than 1,200 acres. The purchases continue to link together a corridor running parallel to Lewes-Rehoboth Canal between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach and behind Midway. The links will eventually allow construction of an important transportation cor- ridor for bicyclists along that route. That trail will be important for shopping, recreation, professional appointments and other trans- portation needs as this vibrant city that's emerging continues to grow. As a society and a special locale, more of us will be walking and bicycling in the future. We need to continue to think bicycles and legs and encourage such purchases by the state to make that trans- portation mode possible. The Weather Picture lti March 16 73 March 17 81 March 18 41 March 19 45 March 20 44 March 21 43 March 22 44 er Station. There was a time when the bottom billboard here asked passersby whether they were ready for hurricanes, tornados, floods or nor'easters. This week's nor'easter flattened it. Waterfront plan just a first step in Lewes The City of Lewes and the council should be commended for taking the first step tO preserve Lewes' historic canal area by commissioning the Waterfront Center to develop a long- range plan for this area. The plan was presented at the meeting before the city council and public on March 6. Now what the members of the council and the public must keep in mind is that the plan presented is work in progress, a guide. We can change, adopt or eliminate some of the recommendations, and some we may choose to implement 20, 30 or even 50 years from now. It is critical, however, for the council to review immediately the zoning changes and design guidelines for the waterfront area and get those in place. This whole process is like building a house. We must first secure the land and construct the foundation and frame. We can decide on colors and what furnishings we want at a later date. The danger is that we may get hung up on the decorating, and the house will never get built. Rachel Leonardo Lewes Freeman Associates mount filibuster at Sussex P&Z How very strange it seems that a few people rose in wrath to protest at great length about our own local and state officials for whom we voted and who are trying to help us fight the further destruction of this area and perhaps save the lives of those of us who live here already. These same people did not seem to feel that it was at all wrong for an out-of-state corporation to come in to Delaware, bully and bribe people into selling their land and then bring in truck- loads of out-of-state people to attend the hearing and speak before the Planning and Zoning Commission! How two-faced can you be? Freeman Associates and its lawyer, experts and imported and local cronies, attempted what amounted to a filibuster at the Planning and Zoning hearing in Georgetown last Thursday. For four full hours, we had to sit and listen to what sounded like a proposal to beatify Freeman Associates, followed by harangues from dozens of out-of-state workers, topped off by the life histories of sev- eral real estate agents. The poor Planning and Zoning Commission members had to sit through all this without a break and then those of us who live here and whose lives are endangered by this land-grab finally were allowed to speak at 11:30 at night. Many of those who wished to speak in opposition had left by then. We were not being paid to attend and many had baby sitters to pay or early jobs to go to the next day. Apparently, with some people, it is quite correct for out-of-state people to attempt to sway our local land use decisions, but terribly wrong for our own locally resident and elected mayors, representatives, senators and homeowners to try and save them- selves and their neighbors. What a double standard! Til Purnell Milisboro Students thank voters of Cape Henlopen District Thanks, citizens of the Milton/Lewes/Rehoboth area for vot- ing yes at the referendum March 7. We thank you for showing that you care about schools and most ,impor- tantly, education. The new schools will include heat for the winter, air conditioning and state-of-the-art teaching equipment. We will also have a better gym, auditorium and cafeteria. The bigger school means bigger classrooms and with more class- rooms comes smaller class sizes. The better auditorium gives us more room Continued on page 7 Volume 7 No. 44 Publisher Dennis Forney Editor Trish Vemon newsroom @ Associate Editor Kerry Kester kester @ News Editor Michael Short mshorl@ eapegazette.eom News Steve Hoenigmann steveh @ cap@gazette.corn Jim Cresson Rosanne Pack rpack @cap@gazette.corn Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographers Bob Bowden Dan Cook Sports Editor Dave Frederick fredman Sped= Wrimr= T'n Barnforth Frederick Schranck Advertising Cindy Fomsfieri Sharon Hudson Nancy Stenger Joseph nioseph Maureen Russell Clmifled Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery kemqecapegaze.eorn Receptionist Kandy Vicary Circulation Harry Stoner Production Coordinator Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris Wildt Molly Wingate Laura Kuchank Webmaater Catherine Tanzer Rader Contrlbutors: Susan Frederick Nancy Katz E-mall for news, letters: newsroom E-mall for advertising: production @ E-mall to subscribe: subscdbe @capegazette.eom The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited ovoff Friday at the Midway Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. 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