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Briefly Rehoboth to address commercialization issues The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will revisit a num- ber of issues concerning over- commercialization of public places at the Monday, March 30, workshop session, which begins at 7 p.m. The board broached the subject of&apos;soda machines and food carts placed outside of businesses at the March 2 workshop, with City So- licitor Walt Speakman drawing up an ordinance that would regulate outdoor vending machines, im- posing a business license fee of $270 for each machine deemed a separate entity from the business deriving the proceeds from it. The commissioners will continue to hammer out definitions of which machines should be made to pay the license, as well as regulations on the size and placement of food carts. They will alo resume discus- sion concerning advertising and commercial activities on the beach - everything from kites to umbrellas emblazoned with com- mercial messages. The city has never.allowed vendors on the beach, except for the Catts and Lynam concessions, which are renegotiated on a regular basis. But over the past year, there have been arguments over whether they are setting a precedent by allow- ing a Boardwalk kite shop to fly their wares on the beach, how they should be manned and where they can be attached. If some city offi- cials had their way, they would ban the advertising boats and air- plane banners that regularly cruise and fly offshore, but their authori- ty in doing so is very limited. Speakman was also directed to draw up a proposed ordinance that would make it mandatory for all restaurants to install grease inter- ceptors, ensure that they are prop- erly maintained and that there is proper grease disposal. While new restaurants must have the traps in place according to state law, older restaurants don't, and the grease has been blamed for clogging sewer lines. The interceptors cost in the neighborhood of $1,000. The agenda includes a report by Commissioner Donald Derrickson from the Parking Advisory Com- mittee, as well as the city manag- er's report. A listening post ses- sion will take place at 6:30 p.m., prl "r to the workshop. Old making way for the new in Lewes One of the oldest houses on Lewes Beach fell to the wrecking ball this week, making way for construction of a new house and enlarge- ment of a neighbor's proper- ty. Owned by John Aull, the 210 Bay Ave. house was built in 1910 with 36 -nch by -8-inch blocks made on-site using Lewes Beach sand. "We tried to give it away but it was just too much of a structure to move," said Trevor Goert of Coldwell-Banker's Lewes of- flee, who has been represent- ing the owner. The property on which the house stood has been subdivided into two lots 53 feet wide by 101 feet deep. "One of the lots is under con- tract for $365,000 to a neigh- bor," said Goert. "If that sale goes through as expected I believe that will be the most money ever paid for a resi- dential lot on the Lewes bayfront." Goert said a new, three-story, contemporary home of 4,200-square feet will be built on the remaining lot and marketed at a price of $925,000. Goert said John Aull's grandfather was re- Rehoboth to hold workshop on ZcQuay's The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold a work- shop meeting at 4 p.m., Wednes- day, April 1, to discuss the possi- bility of submitting an application for a Land and Water Conserva- tion Trust Fund Grant with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. The grant would be used to fund the purchase of the McQuay's Ice House parcel at the entrance to the city, which the board approved last month. The grant would pay 50 percent of the cost; however, the grants are earmarked for outdoor recre- ation and open space projects, which could limit future use of the land by the city. During the April 1 meeting, city officials hope to learn more about the restrictions. DSWA collecting household hazardous" waste March 28 The Delaware Solid Waste Au- thority will collect household haz- ardous waste from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at the Southern Solid Waste Manage- ment Center,(Jones Crossroads landfill), located on Route 20 near Millsboro. For more information, call 800- 404-7080, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., "Monday through Friday. In the event of inclement weather, call 875-2004, to learn if the collection has been canceled. Downtown revitalization sponsible for installing the steering group to meet first street lights on<Second. The Rehoboth Beaehdowntown Street in Lewes, jusi'aftdr the  evitalizittioi teering*committee turn of the 20th century, will hold its next meeting at noon on Thursday, April 2, in the new conference suite at Rehoboth Convention Center. The public is invited to attend. Bruce Galloway and his planners are expected to come to the meeting with the lat- est suggestions on improving the commercial areas of the city, hav- ing received feedback at a public meeting earlier this month. Rehoboth Main Street annual meeting set Rehoboth Beach Main Street will hold its annual meeting from 6 to 8 p.m., on Wednesday, April 8, in the new conference suite at Rehoboth Convention Center. This will he a social meeting. Finger to declare candi- dacy for attorney general David L. Finger, a third-genera- tion Delawarean and third-genera- tion lawyer, will officially an- nounced his candidacy for attor- ney general of the State of Delaware on Tuesday, March 31, at 9 a.m., at Del Tech in Georgetown. Finger, 40, is co-author of the "Delaware Trial Hand- FINGER book," the leading reference source for Delaware criminal and civil trial lawyers. He has also authored numerous articles on legal issues. He is a for- mer chair of the Government Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association and has served as a le- gal commentator for WHYY-TV 12. Finger, a Democrat, is the first candidate to make a formal an- nouncement, although incumbent Attorney General Jane Brady, a Republican, has said she will seek re-election. Annual Rehoboth cleanup set for spring The City of Rehoboth Beach will hold its annual cleanup from April 27 through May 8. The cleanup is for discarded items oth- er than household trash. City crews will begin the cleanup on the south side of Re- hoboth Avenue, starting with the Lake Drive area, during the week of April 27. Trash from the north side of Re- hoboth Avenue, including the Schoolvue area, will he picked up starting with Henlopen Avenue, during" the week of May 4. All residents are asked to have their discarded items at the curb during the designated week. City workers will not pick up construc- tion materials. Lewes zoning drafting committee to meet There will be a meeting of the Lewes zoning ad-hoc drafting committee on Monday, March 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The meet- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 27 - April 2, 1998 - 3 Angle Moon photo Bunting recognizes storm efforts Sen. George Bunting Jr., D-Bethany Beach, honored a num- ber of people for their efforts to help Sussex County recover from devastating nor'easters this year. Bunting, right, honored the relief efforts on March 17 on the floor of the General Assembly and Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick, left, was among those recognized. Others recognized by Bunting on March 17 included: John Hughes of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental'Control, Maj. Joseph Forester of the Delaware State Police; Allen Redden and Jeff Reed of Delaware's Department of Transportation; Maj. George Hast- ings of the Delaware National Guard; Sussex County Admin- istrator Bob Stickels; Joe Thomas and Brad Hawks, who were representing Sussex County; local Sussex County Fire Chiefs President Don Harkins; Red Cross of Delaware Executive Di- rector Margie Pruitt; Mark Tinsman and David Swayze, Red Cross representatives; former Senator Richard Cordrey; local state police troopers; Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Compa- ny representatives Wilbert Powell, Richard Parrott Jr. and William Mills; Indian River Volunteer Fire Company Chief Steve Hawkins and President Patrick Miller; Lewes Volun- teer Fire Department Chief Wally Evans and President Lou Rickards; Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company Presi- dent Christopher Quillen and Chief Qhuck Snyder, Fenwick Island Mayor Peg Baunchalk; South Bethany. Mayor Joe Schaefer; Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper; Frederick;Bethany Beach Town Manager Mike Booker; Mid Sussex Rescue Squad ambulance driver Jerry Johnson; and Delaware Emergency Management Agency representative Scan Mulhern. ing will include a review of the draft zoning map, which lays out how the town will be zoned in keeping with the Long Range Comprehensive Plan. The meeting i s open to the pub- lic and will take place in the coun- cil chambers of City Hall on East Third Street. Marge Peck to address Cape grads Marge Peck, a Cape Henlopen High School assistant principal, will he the speaker for the Class of '98 gradua- tion ceremo- ny, scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. Graduation activities will also include Senior Ser- vices and Awards, an PECK annual cere- mony sponsored by the Rehoboth- Lewes Association 'of Churches. The high school's band and cho- rus will perform for the graduat- ing seniors in the Little Theatre during the 7 p.m., June 3 ceremo- ny. DSP citizen's academy accepting participants The Delaware State Police Academy is accepting applica- tions for participants in its Citi- zen's Police Academy. Beginning April 8, the nine-week class will he held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The citizen's academy offers an overview of state police opera- tions and a general view of police work. Past participants have included community, business and reli- gious leaders; media representa- tives; students; and others with an interest in learning more about the state police. Anyone interested in applying for the free class may call Lt. Tim Winstead at 302-739-5968. Biden secures more funds from crime bill Sen. Joe Biden recently an- nounced that Delaware will re- ceive $792,000 to hire more pros- ecutors, increase police staff and expand the state's victim services. The funding is from the Biden Crime Law's Violence Against Women Act funds. "When Congress passed the Vi- olence Against Women Act in 1994, we made a national commit- ment to combat family violence, promising the women and chil- dren of this country that we would no longer shut our eyes to their abuse," said Biden. "Since then, we have formed partnerships among law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim services providers, hospitals and business- Continued on page 4