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Transit Continued from page 10 ing permit from the city for $50 and park in town, which will fur- ther congest w.z/dential areas. Ferrese went on record as op- posed to discontinuing the 3 Sea- sons route as well. "You started it, you offered it and they accepted it and the city was happy to have one less bus congesting the Band- stand area," he said of the school bus 3 Seasons had been using to transport its campers into the city. For the past two seasous, 3 Sea- sons has been providing guests with free shuttle by purchasing tickets from DART, showing 42,000 riders in 1996, an increase of 14.31 percent from 1995, bringing $21,000 into DRT cof- fers. 3 Seasons is willing to pay $1 rather than 50 cents for the same service in 1997. However, some nearby neigh- bors of 3 Seasons are happy to hear of DRT's plan to eliminate that route, including David Scott, who told Geier that the buses dis- rupt their personal fives with their noise. "I sat on the deck one night and coqnted 21 buses in an hour coming in and out and an awful lot had no passengers," Scott said. And the narrow and winding Road 273 is so choked with bicy- cles and buses, he said he's sur- prised there haven't been any ac- cidents. Th/rdly, Scott noted that 3 Seasons is a for-profit business and "shouldn't be subsidized" by of buses servicing 3 Seasons, adding that an inorease in campe using Road 273 rather than the buses won't solve any safety problems. He went on to note that these were the type of concerns that the committee could be ad- dressing on a regular basis if meetings were called by the DRT. Concerning elimination of the Fenwick to Dewey route, Tyler termed the move "shortsighted. He joined with Ferrese who said DRT didn't give the route a chance to increase its ridership, noting that there was little adver- tising and the route started late in the sex4on. Tyler registered his displeasure with DRT's handling of the entire matter as well. "We're supposed to be a bridge for the public and we're a good cross-section, yet we were not made privy until last week. With hardly any time to re- view it, it's being shoved down our throats." Frederick told Geier that Dewey Beach also wishes to see the Dewey to Fenwick route contin- ued and be scheduled during peak times such as weekends and evenings, rather than the day when many people remain on the beach. "Anything you can do to alleviate parking in Dewey would he appreciated," he said of em- ployee discounts; adding that he strongly disagrees with the esti- mation that more mass transit from Dewey to Rehoboth at peak times isn't needed. "I also strongly disagree that the the state, bar crowd is the only group to use He was joined by fellow neigh- !i theservice, but wherever they're herS.Lee FrankelJr. , whosaidhe coming from, they still needto get couldn't understand why DRT of- fered the service in the first #ace, "except to get that stinky old school bus out of town. Jim Mar- tin, representing 3 Seasons, noted the state came to them in an effort to "jump start" their operation, re- minding that the campground pays for the riders. And with 305 campsites which are almost full all summer, there would be many more vehicles using Road 273 if the bus service were not available. He and fellow 3 Seasons represen- tatives also warned of the number of campers that would he parking in Rehoboth if the service is dis- continued, not to mention the old school buses. He also noted that the state has plans to upgrade Road 273 to provide for a bike path so that it's safer. Frankel jumped on Harris's comment that it isn't economical- ly feasible to use the old buses during peak seon. "If it's not eonomJcaJly feasible for 3 Sea- sons, why should the state provide the buses7" Frankel asked. Mike Tyler of Lewes, a member of the advisory committee, said that will all due respect to Frankel, DRT is serving a number of pri- vate interests by stopping at the outlets, malls and in front of restaurants throughout the resort area. "When the committee was formed we wanted to serve those who most needed the service," he said. Tyler suggested the solution may be to cut down on the nmnber home, so why should they have to walk through the neighbor- hoodsT' Frederick asked. Jolly Trolley owner David Hast- ings said riders will be confused by the proposed Dewey to Re- hoboth mute, since upon leaving Rehob0th, the bus will go to the park and ride lot rather that back to Dewey. He went on to say that Dewey's noise problems would be worse ff the trolley wasn't in ser- vice, as more people would be forced to walk through neighbor- hoods to get to their destinations. Following the meeting, Geier said "A lot of work is involved be- fore we came out with this plan and we want to work with the communities to mitigate traffic problems and provide a successful transportation system," Geier said. Fewer people showed up at Delaware Tech that evening, and most were supporters and repre- sentatives of 3 Seasons Camp- ground, some wearing orange signs stating "De not eliminate the. 3 Seasons Connection to Route 201". Lighffoot told them that the buses have to make potentially dangerous and time consuming "K" turns at the park. A manager at 3 Seasons, Toni Coverdale, asked ff she could take over such a route, which could prove prof- itable, to which Lightfoot replied that they could possibly arrange a working session. With the close of the comment period on Monday, March 31, Geier said that the ear- liest they will have a fina/ized Distrust surfaces over River Milton; Planning, zoning defers opinion By Rosam M recommendation until a workshop slightly more than 16 buildable, It looked good on paper, the presentation addressed areas of opposition expressed at earlier hearings, and the developers are on record as being willing to in- clude restrictions in their request for a zoning change in Milton. However, for residents attending a public planng and zoning hear- ing for River Milton earlier this week, the primary issue is one of trusL And, ia the em members of the Milton Planning and Zoning Commission deferred making a can be scheduled with members of town council. The commission has 45 days from the date of the hearing to make a recommenda- tion to council. Once that recom- mendation is made, council mem- bers have the deciding vote to ap- prove or disapprove the request. The hearing was scheduled to consider a request, filed by the deAntonio Group, for a zoning change from R-l, single family residential, to R-3, mu/tiple fami- ly residential. The potential devel- opers of approximately 22 acres, located on the northeast side of Milton, propose a community that would contain a maximum of 65 units. The target homeowners are those of retirement age; and the housing choices would be duplex. es and single family homes built in cluster placements. During the public comment per. tion of the March 25 hearing, an attorney for the deAntonio Group said that River Milton presents a win-win opportunity for the de- velopers and Milton. Once his Continued on page 18 MOBILE HOME REHOBOTH BEACH, DELAWARE sALE ON SITE SATURDAY APRIL 5th 2:00 RM. #105 Princess St. CAMELOT "k- 2 BEDROOMS, 1 BATH "k- 1972 SKYLINE WITH ADDITION JUST REMODELED -k JUST 1 MILE FROM REHOBOTH DOWNTOWN AND BEACHES -k GROUND RENT . LARGE FLORIDA ROOM AUCTIONEER'S NOTE: Don't Miem This Opportunity to own a large mobile home at the BEACH at auction prices!! Camelot is cer- tainly one of the Rehoboth area's best parks. COMPLETE BROKER CO-OPERATION SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION It is the owner's intent to sell the property. DIRECTIONS: From Rehoboth, head north on Rt. 1 to light at Wilmington Trust Bank, tum left and pass video store on right. Proceed into "Camelot" and proceed to back of community to Princess Street. TERMS: A 10% deposit to be required on day of sale with the balance due and payable in cash or certified check at final settlement in 30 days when good unen- cumbered marketable title will be delivered. FOR INSPECTION AND DETAILS CALL EMME UCTION ASSOCIATES, R "We Bring Buyer & Seller Together" (302) 227-2714 Night (302) 227-1433 Day (302) 227-3946 Fax