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10 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 2"/ April 2, 1998 Boardwalk Continued from page 1 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, to an: swer any questions contractors may have about the specifications. Bids will be opened at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, and awarded at a special meeting of the board of commissioners at 4 p.m., Thurs- day, April 9. According to the specification, work should begin immediately and the city expects that the con- tractor will have the project com- pleted by Memorial Day weekend, opening each segment of the Boardwalk as work is completed. There is one potential fly in the ointment, however. The worst possible scenarios are that no one will bid on the project because, as Cooper noted, contractors are very busy right now, or that no one will submit a bid that meets the adver- tised specifications. "We'd have to regroup - go out and talk to contractors. A carpen- ter's union approached us in Feb- ruary and said it could get a crew together, but we'd have to pay them union wages, although it's a possibility. We could even have a place like Nanticoke Homes cut the wood and assemble it, and find someone else to install it," Cooper said. Such a route could obvious- ly result in delays. Upset about the lack of recon- struction outside her family's business in the Henlopen Hotel, Mauria Stein of Stuart Kingston Galleries contacted various media earlier this week and "stirred things up," she said. The day before the television crews arrived on Wednesday, she received a call from City Manager Greg Ferrese, "and he promised the Boardwalk would be open by Memorial Day. While we'll miss Easter Weekend, I was pleased to hear that and he was very accom- modating and understanding of our concerns. Until then, no one was answering our questions." Stein said that the lack of walk- in traffic from the Boardwalk has definitely hurt their business this winter, and the hot61, which usual- ly hosts conferences bringing in customers this time of year, re- mains closed. But since they have a door to the gallery from Grenoble Place, their plight isn't as bad as others along the strip. Rehoboth Sport & Kite and The Body Shop Fitness Center, located in One Virginia Avenue, to the south, have fared worse. While kite shop co-owner Rachel Hugh- es can rely on her Rehoboth Av- enue store to drum up some busi- ness, the Boardwalk location re- mains closed. The fitness center can only be accessed from the condominium garage, Stein noted, and clientele has decreased dra- matically. Jennifer Zerby, marketing man- ager at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel on Olive Avenue, said the hotel is coordinating its own re-construc- tion efforts with the city and she hopes to have the pool and deck area repaired for the season. Still further south at the Atlantic Sands Hotel, Dave Ackerman not- ed, "The hardest thing for us isn't that the Boardwalk has been closed, but the lack of communi- cation - it makes everyone ner- vous. But once I was informed about the process, I felt better, even though it's slower than I would have liked." Ackerman added that the hotel is so consumed with their own project of building a new swim- ming pool and hot tubs, which were destroyed in the storm, that he can understand the city has a lot of priorities and "they can't take us all by the hand." Reservations for the 1998 sea- son at the Atlantic Sands "are run- ning just about where they should be. We try to tell everyone book- ing for early in the season that all repairs might not be completed and they don't seem too con- cerned - they realize there are some things that just aren't within our control. "Besides, we always manage to be ready in Rehoboth-Beach," Ackerman added. Angle Moon photo Rehoboth Beach officials are in the process of advertising for bids to repair the north end of the Boardwalk, which was severely damaged in the February nor'easter. They first needed to get federal approval of their damage estimates; they expect to award the bid on April 9, with work to begin immediately thereafter. Farmland Continued from page 1 developed eventually unless de- velopment rights are purchased. The farms in Sussex include several nearby farms, including some bordering the Route 1 area. They are as follows: Elva Short's land near Cool Spring. There are 104,64 acres with a development rights value of $126,197. John Vincent's farm near Red Mill. There are 255.06 acres with a development rights value of $283,514. C. Rodney Sharp's two farms. They are located south of Milford, contain 893.72 acres and have a development rights value of $748,605. Hopkins Brothers Inc. farm near Cool Spring. The farm has a development rights value of $210,960 and contains 181.25 acres. Frances R. Dunlap farm east of Milton. There are 325 acres with a development rights value of roughly $328,000. W. Donald and Ethel Clifton's two farms near Milton. There are 164.3 acres with a development .rights value of $186,995. Clifton Farms Inc. near Mil- ton. There are 89 acres with a de- velopment rights value bf $78,825. Robert and Phyllis A. Clifton farm close to Milton. There are 129 acres with a development rights value of roughly $t50,000. Robert Clifton near Milton. The farm contains 110.80 acres with a development rights value of $109,970. W. Donald Clifton near Mil- ton. There are 206.19 acres with a development rights, value of $141,759.