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Briefly Rehoboth Main Street cancels Flower Festival The Rehoboth Beach Main Street Board of Directors voted at its April 2 monthly meeting to cancel the third annual Garden and Flower Festival, which had been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20 at the Con- vention Center. The decision, said Main Street Executive Director Anne Marie Burnell, "was due to the lack of vendor participation." The status of "Art in the Park," which was to be held in conjunction with the festival, was not firm as of Thurs- day, April 3. "The good new, however," said Bumell, "is that the fourth annual Inn Tour will still take place from I to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 20, with the chance to win a free two-night getaway for two in Rehoboth Beach." This tour is sponsored by the Association of Delaware Shore Inns and Bed & Breakfasts, with eight B&Bs open to the public that day. Several of the participat- ing inns wills join together to give away a free two-night getaway for two, To qualify to win one must visit all eight of the inns on the tour. For more information on the B&B tour, call 226-2535, or any of the participating inns: At Melissa's, Lord & Hamilton Sea- side Inn, The Mallard, The Royal Rose Inn, Sea Voice Inn, Sea Witch Manor and The Lighthouse Inn. Before it was decided to cancel the festival, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners gave permission March 31 to hold the Art in the Park on the Bandstand as a one-day only event Saturday, April 19, with an April 20 rain date, rather than hold it in The Grove park. In making the re- quest, Main Street officials noted that the Bandstand affords much better visibility for the artists, who are members of Relioboth Art League and Cape Artists, The board stressed that the artists could only sell their own artwork during the event. Sussex gives land use plan to state The Sussex County comprehen- Clarifications An obituary in the March 28 edition for Dr. Harold P. Rose in- correctly stated that he was pre- ceded in death by his wife, Au- drey Rose. Mrs. Rose is still alive. We apologize for the error. The last sentence in an article concerning the summer transit routes in the resort area was dropped in the March 28 edition. It would have informed the read- ers that DRT expects to finalize the routes by mid-April, with a Resort Advisory Committee meeting slated for April 22. five land use plan was submitted to the Governor's Cabinet Corn- mittee on State Planning on Mon- day, March 31 in the Governor's Conference Room, Carvel Build- ing, Wilmington, Delaware. Sussex County submitted the plan in a brief presentation. The presentation by Sussex was only slated for five minutes on the Cab- inet Committee agenda, although the presentation actually took about 20 minutes. "They were very complimentary," said Plan- ning and Zoning Director Lawrence Lank. Lank said that a major concern of the members was minimum lot size (the county recommended an increase to three quarter acre). But Lank said the overall reaction was good. "They seemed very support- ive." The Cabinet Committee will have 60 days to review the plan and make recommendations. Members of the Cabinet Commit- tee will be attending the Tuesday, April 15 Sussex County Council meeting. New computerized system to speed up permitting Permitting should be faster for people wanting to receive envi- ronmental permits, thanks to a new state system. Septic and well permits willbe affected by the new computerized system, which was unveiled on Tuesday, March 25. Although a new computer sys- tem would have helped cut wait- ing times, the Division of Water Resources chose to completely re- design its exiting well and septic permitting processes using a busi- ness process redesign approach with the assistance of the Xerox corporation. The redesigned sys- tem is intended to be faster and consumer friendly because it shortened the process by using computer technology and by changing how permits are processed and issued. The new process eliminates a number of steps in the most commonly re- quested permit applications. The Division of Water Re- sources saw the need to improve how environmental permits are is- sued some time ago, according to a written statement from the De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control. Since the majority of the division's per- mits are issued by the well and septic permitting programs, it was decided a pilot project would be developed to evaluate how to im- prove the permit programs. Corps proposes Lewes Beach project The U.S. Army Corps of Engi- neers has proposed a $3.2 million beach replenishment project for the Lewes area. The plan calls for placing sand on Lewes Beach near Roosevelt Inlet. It also calls for building a jetty of approximately 700 feet in length and a protective dune. The project is only proposed at this point and would be intended to prevent beach erosion problems in the Roosevelt Inlet area at the northern end of Lewes Beach. That area has suffered from beach erosion and Roosevelt Inlet has suffered from a number of problems. The inlet, which con- nects Delaware Bay with the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, is a popu- lar boating and fishing area, but it frequently shoals in and must be dredged. The former inlet jetties have since been replaced with stone, which has helped stabilize the inlet. Corps officials have also asked to study the impact of the Harbor of Refuge breakwater located off Lewes and the inlet. The Corps wants to determine whether those federal projects actually helped increase beach erosion in the area. If those projects, which are more than a century and a half old in the case of the case of the breakwater, have contributed to beach erosion, than the federal government may pay. more than its traditional two-thirds share of beach replenishment costs. County applies for RDA loans Sussex County Finance Direc- tor David Baker said the county is applying for $750,000 from the Rural Development Administra- tion (RDA). If approved, the loans would be used to improve emer- gency operations communica- tions. Specifically, the money would purchase generators for communication towers, a digital logging recorder, enlarge the dis- patch area and develop an alterna- tive 911 center unit. Some of the improvements would be needed to pay the county share of the state's planned 800 MHZ communica- tion network improvements. The remainder of the RDA loan money would be used for six hangars widening an airport run- way and building a parallel airport taxiway. Total cost of the pro- posed loan is $750,000. No dogs allowed on Rehoboth beaches It's that time of year again - when Fido is banned from beach- es in Rehoboth Beach - which be- came effective April 1 and will continue through Oct. 31. The city's ordinance does not allow any dogs on the beach or Board- walk at any time during this sea- son. With a minimum fine of $44.50 for a first offense, no warnings are being given for vio- lators. West Rehoboth Sewer District honored Tatman and Lee Associates have been recognized with the 1997 "Engineering Excellence Award" for their work on the West Rehoboth Sewer District. The "Grand Conceptor Award" is considered quite prestigious. Sus- sex County Council heard about the award on Tuesday, April 1. "As noted, the award was rated based on originality, technical val- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 4- April 10, 1997 - ue to the engineering profession, social/economic considerations, complexity and meeting the coun- ty's needs," said Sussex County Finance Director Dave Baker in a letter to Sussex County Adminis- tratorBob Stickels. "As recipient of this number one award in the state of Delaware, the project will be submitted for a national award to the American Consulting Engi- neers Council." Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, April 6 Daylight Savings Time, when we move our clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., begins Sunday, April 6. While we will lose an hour of sleep, we'll gain an hour of sunlight that evening. Acres commissioners slate quarterly meeting Commissioners for the Town of Henlopen Acres will have their third quarter meeting on Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m. Agenda items include the discussion of entrance video cameras and the town's irri- gation systems. The meeting will be held in the Henlopen Acres Town Hall at 104 Tidewaters. Silver Lake path dispute still unsettled Despite compromise attempts from both sides of the Silver Lake public path dispute in Dewey Beach, no resolution has been made. The decision of whether or not to keep the 50 by 187 foot pathway bordering four Silver Lake properties now ties in the hands of Superior Court Judge T. Henley Grves. During the Wednesday, March 19 dosing arguments of attorneys and members of the public from both sides of the issue, Graves said he would not rule on the issue un- til he had the chance to review let- ters and documents submitted to the court. William Manning, attorney for the homeowners, submitted to the court a summary of the organiza- tion and responsibilities of a pro- posed "South Silver Lake Mainte- nance Corporation," a "non-stock corporation managed by the own- ers of the four lots bordering the right-of-way, a representative of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DeIDOT) or an- other state agency assigned by DelDOT and an elected official of Dewey Beach, if the town would like to participate." Two of the petitioners are will- ing to remove their private docks, said Manning, while one petitioner has agreed to open his dock for limited public use. The corpora- tion would design and improve a path from the eastern end of Lake Drive to the dock. The owner of the dock would have the right to remove the structure at any time. The petitioners would be party to a "conservation easement agreement" with DelDOT, in ex- change for paying the state agency $50,000 for vacating the path. The money would be put into the Michael Short photo Employee honored Shirley Sommers has re- tired after serving 23 years with Sussex County's Regis- ter in Chancery Office. Som- mers was honored by Sussex County Council during the council's regular meeting April 1. Sommers, known for her helpfulness, is shown here with boss David Wilson. I department's Transportation Trust Fund. Graves allowed the public a two-week period within which it may submit written comments concerning the latest proposal. He is expected to rule on the issue sometime after Wednesday, April 9. New members, old debts, face Milton April 7 Milton Town Council faces a full agenda for the Monday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. meeting; included are the ins.tallation of new council membeand a list of old and new business. Robert Blayney and Paul "P.D." Camenisch will take their places on council for the first time, and committee assignments will be made. Discussion of bad debt accounts is listed under old busi- ness, and figures will be given re- garding delinquent town taxes, fees and utility bills. The ongoing dissatisfaction with the town clock will also be ad- dressed. The clock, located on Union Street, beside the Broadldll River and across the street from the library, has been dysfunctional for some time. The style also has come under fire from those who would like to see one more com- plimentary to the historic image of downtown Milton. Responding to interest in youih programming for Milton, Becky Craft will make a presentation to council. Craft is the executive di- rector of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milford. She met earlier with Mayor Jack Bushey and Council Member Charles Fleet- wood, and they agreed that there is potential for cooperative program- ming in Milton. The grant for updating the town's comprehensive plan is also included in the business of the evening. Milton Town Council meets in the upstairs meeting room of the library. Council workshops are in the City Hail meeting room at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month. The next workshop meeting is Wednesday, April 16.