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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, March 27 April 2, 1998 Cape master plan committee grapples with state park vision By Michael Short Members of the Cape Henlopen Master Plan Steering Committee continue to grapple with develop- ment of a master plan for the park. On March 25, the group plus a number of members of the public spent two intense hours develop- ing mission statements and re- viewing what they would like the park to look like in the year 2020. The result was six mission state- ments developed by six different groups. All six stressed the envi- ronment and most sounded nearly interchangeable. EDAW, the consultant group, developing a master plan, will now review the sample statements and try to meld them into one statement that sets a vision for Cape Henlopen State Park. Here is one of the mission state- ments developed Wednesday night. "Because Cape Hen|open State Park is a truly special place, it is critically important to main- tain its unique and fragile nature and historic resources while pro- viding visitors a balanced recre- ational and cultural experience." A second potential mission statement read "Cape Henlopen should be a place that preserves and protects our cultural, histori- cal, and environmental heritage while allowing for recreational experiences in a sustainable and environmentally conscious man- ner." Rich Sargent, who chairs the steering committee with Jim Ip- polito, de- scribed the mission state- ments and said "we are all going to need time to kind of jell on it." Mike Tyler, one of SARGENT those partici- pating, said members of his group worried that the park could be- come a "Disneyland." Committee members chose scenes from various park areas, ranging from parking lots, en- trances, offices and bathrooms to activities like heavy beach use, surf fishing and roller blading. They picked what they like and what they did not like and there were few surprises. Quiet recreation and natural set- tings received high marks while rollerblading, heavily used beach- es and other activities got lower grades. Although most of the time was spent discussing mission state- ments and rating parking lots, bathrooms, entrances and similar facili- ties, there was also some discus- sion of the committee' S role. The group decided that Mark Chura IPPOLITO of Delaware's Division of Parks and Recreation should not be a voting member. The committee had previously decided that Chura, Sargent and Ippolito should lead the group, but decided on Wednesday that Chura and Park Superintendent Pat Cooper should not have a vote on the committee. Few changes eyed for sea lettuce harvesting in Rehoboth Bay in 1998 By Michael Short There will be a few changes in the way Delaware harvests sea let- tuce, the nasty seaweed that tends to accumulate in great smelly clumps, in Rehoboth Bay. But residents will not notice major differences in the way the nuisance sea lettuce is harvested. Jenny McDermott of Delaware's Division of Soil and Water Conservation gave an up- date on the sea lettuce harvesting plans to the Inland Bays Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on Monday, March 23. Sea lettuce is blamed for smoth- ering aquatic life when large blooms of the seaweed cover the bottom of the bay. It also smells bad and robs the water of dis- solved oxygen when it rots and decomposes. Because of the problem, caused by high levels of nutrients, Delaware paid to have the sea let- tuce skimmed off by a harvester, which skimmed the light green material and collected it on a con- veyer belt for disposal. That will happen again this year with a few differences. Delavare will not harvest living bottom, meaning the harvester will only pick up sea lettuce that is dead or dying. One major concern last year is that the sea lettuce, or ulva, is found mostly in great clumps in water so shallow that the har- vesters can't reach it. McDermott said the harvesters will use a vacuum attachment this year to try to suck up the material, not unlike a Hoover going after a pile of dirt in the corner of the kitchen. There will also be more staffing and this year's effort will be stud- ied more thoroughly. Last year's effort was considered a hurried af- fair in which the state learned as it went. One of the potential criticisms was the amount of bycatch of wildlife, especially juvenile crabs, which may have resulted. Because the effort was done at the last minute, there are few figures for how big the bycatch was. But McDermott hinted that it may have been vast. She said that if samples collected in five gallon buckets are indicative then the iic- cidental catch could have been s large as 10,000 to 20,000 juvenile crabs per truckload of sea lettuce. "That is the best I can do. No-. body has better numbers," she said. But she said that that number should be considered with a grain of salt because no one knows the total population of juvenile crabs in Rehoboth Bay. Since the har- vester picked up an estimated five percent of the bay algae, then per- haps it is reasonable to say that only five percent of the juvenile crabs were collected. 'q'his is considered a pilot pro- ject...This year, we are going to look at it much more closely," she said. But local residents Larry Won- derlin and Charlie Marsch said the o Continued on page 19 Legislature Q Continued .firom page 17 she said. "I think that the mood is that we have to try something." Meantime, Price is busy gaining support for her own H.B. 491, which would put new regulations on the telemarketing business. She said that she feels confident that she will have votes needed to pass the bill that would require telemarketers to pay a filing fee, purchase a list of those who regis- ter on a no-call list, and to follow certain rules in the manner in which they address those that they call. Price said that her constituents are no different than most in that they complain about endless and confusing calls from telemar- keters. Some telemarketers don't iden- tify themselves or their product until late in the call, and they are not respectful of questions from those that they call. "This is not a bill to hurt any le- gitimate marketer," Price saidl "I think it is a good piece for the communities and is in the best in- terests of people. "It would require telemarketers to identify themselves and not use fast, confusing spiels." Price said she is getting positive feedback on the bill, and she ex- pects it to go to the floor next week. 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