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I iitJi II!, ,I ill I 11 Ii 16 FRIDAY, MARCH 27 - MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 NEWS Cape Gazette Republicans in control of Sussex Council By Ron Mac rthur moved to the area full time nine ronm@capegazette.com years ago. "We wanted to get out of the rat race and pursue the Republicans speaking at a American dream," he said. "We Shore Democrats luncheon? - like most of you - chose to live It was billed on the March here, and I desire a good quality 18 meeting flier as a "rare op- of life to continue." portunity" for club members to Both are realtors, and Cole pose questions to Sussex County has a family antique business in Councilmen George Cole and Bethany Beach. Rob Arlett. Although Cole said land-use Cole, thelongest-serving court- decisions are usually nonpar- ty council member, represents tisan, he noted that Democrats Councilmanic District 4, and controlled county council for newcomer Rob Arlett represents 40 years until the election cycle District 5. Both districts include of 2008 when two Republicans communities in and around the replaced retiring Democrats. Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, Councilwoman Joan Deaver is Ocean View and Fenwick Island the lone Democrat on council. areas. The Shore Democrats Cole said the county is starting hosted the meeting at Northeast the process to update its 2008 Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View. state-mandated comprehensive Sussex County Democrat land-use plan. That plan, he said, Chairman Mitch Crane said he was developed under a Demo- hoped he could persuade the pair cratic administration. He said he to switch parties. Cole turned it had different views on several back on him: "You couldn't beat applications than his Democrat us, so join us; I brought applica- counterparts. "Democrat Dale tions," Cole said. Dukes OK'd everything. I voted Cole and Arlett beat Demo- for good developments," Cole crats to win their seats in the said. 2014 election. Cole is a native The councilmen answered a Sussex Countian who was raised variety of questions posed to in Rehoboth Beach and now lives them by Ray Sander. Among the in Ocean View. Arlett, raised in topics were: a U.S. Navy family, was born in Growth - Cole said the econ- Newport, R.I., and lived in San omy in eastern Sussex County Diego, Calif., and Hawaii before is starting to break out. "You are moving to northern Virginia. He seeing activity now, but you are RON MACARTHUR PHOTO ROB ARLETT, left, the newest member of Sussex County Council, and George Cole, the longest serving council member, speak to the Shore Democrats. % 0 .... ",. Greer Thompson, LMT --" AMTA Insured By Appointment Only MARCH SPECIALS SI~rzing ~cn~.-Lp Hour Massage & Chakra Balance $100 ($20 savings) Gift Certificates & Packages Available (Offer expires 3/31/15) 302-228-1350 i www.Hear tWishMassage.com ~'- 301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach Shops at the Pearl not seeing too many new proj- ects," he said. lot of projects were left over from the downturn in the economy," he said. He noted that to save invest- ment and provide jobs, county council extended the sunset deadline on most approved proj- ects to allow more time for site work and construction to get underway. Many questions dealt with the lack of adequate infrastructure in the county. Cole said the state took over control of roads, drainage, pris- ons and schools in the 1940s to allows two housing units to an provide a more centralized and acre, Cole was quick to answer. efficient system. "It's hard to He noted that nearby counties determine if that really worked," on the eastern shore of Virginia he said. "The state lacks funds to have agricultural zoning of from make improvements fast enough one unit to five acres to one unit to keep up with development." to 10 acres. Cole said the county does have Cole said when zoning was control over its own central sew- established in the 1970s, farmers er system and has removed tens lobbied not to change the base of thousands of individual septic zone. systems from the area around the "We are stuck with a zoning Inland Bays. scheme that permits develop- , Zoning - When asked about ment in ag zones," Cole said. the county's base AR-1, agricul- Continued on page 17 tural-residential, zoning that