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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 5 - April 11, 1996 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Push the controls, not moratoriums There's been a great deal of talk lately about moratoriums and their use as a means to control development while a new comprehensive land use plan is being considered. Moratoriums, however, are rarely embraced by any parties because they stop all activity and as such can unfairly tax those who are moving forward responsibly and in a fash- ion consistent with existing plans and regulations. When the state last week signalled its willingness, through its Department of Transportation and in concert with the re-invigorated state planning process, to take a more active role in applying its pow- er to development proposals, the need for a moratorium grew less critical. TheCitizens Coalition, in applying steady pressure, has cre- ated increasing awareness of the existing land use plans and other legal instruments in place to guide responsible development. By con- stantly holding high the land use plan, constantly urging the Depart- ment of Transportation to play a less timid role in saying what it real- ly thinks, and appealing to the state planning process, the Coalition is living up to its steady saw of not opposing development, but rather encouraging responsible development. Instead of seeking a moratorium, the people should continue to throw their weight behind the Coalition's urging that existing guides and regulations be followed and that no developments be permitted which bring with them problems. That said, Sussex Council members should take a very close look at the high density zoning change request currently being considered to facilitate a condominium development on Old Landing Road, If the Coastal Land Use Plan doesn't include such a change in its recom- mendations, that proposed change, especially in the current environ- ment, should be held to the test of "bring no problems". We're not experts, but it appears that a high density development doesn't fit the capacity of that small country road. Letters Lewes residents have role in utilities Lewes residents enjoy incredibly low utility rates as a result of effective management and close cost-watching over several decades. The system of government which has the city government separate from the utilities board works well and keeps an unusually close eye on those vital services we know as utilities: electric, water and sewer Lewes voters have a chance to play a role in how they want their util- ities managed by casting a vote for the candidates they feel will best fulfill the BPW mission. All those registered should take full advan- tage of their opportunity and get to the polls Saturday, April 6 and show their interest. A well-trodden deer trail in the marsh near Wolfe Glade glistens with the remains of high tide captured in its rut. Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter Full Moon April 10 April 17 April 25 May 3 \\; \\; \\;\ Objection to ban on same sex marriages We are opposed to Rep. Buckworth's legislation banning same-gender mar- riages in Delaware. We are gay men living in a committed, monogamous and lifelong relationship" which many heterosexuals would envy for its stability. We are productive citi- zens of our state and nation; we are active and devoted Episcopalians; we work hard in our positions in the health- care industry. Nonetheless, we remain second-class citizens deprived of very basic rights;. joint insurance policies for home, health and auto; the right to make medical deci- sions for each other; tax advantages; family leave for illness or bereavement; Social Security and Medicare benefits; inheritance rights, etc. No matter how productive we are asDelawareans and Americans, we are deprived of many legal rights which most citizens take for granted. We encourage fair-minded Delaware- ans to phone, fax and write Gov. Tom Carper, their state representative and their state senator to oppose this patently unjust legislation. Core}' Marshall-Steele Douglas Marshall-Steele Milton More complaints on Rt. 1 appearance The following letter was sent to Den- nis Johnson, roadside inspector with the Sussex County Department of Public Works in Georgetown, with a copy sub- mined to the Cape Gazette. As you may recall, we have had numerous telephone conversations since early December 1995 regarding the unsightly and distasteful state of the premises leased by Tomato Sunshine at 4310 Highway 1, Rehoboth Beach. Though it is a local business, it is evident that there is total disregard for the com- munity which helps support iL I was encouraged by your agreement and concern, after visiting the site, that the situation was intolerable and that your immediate attention was warranted. I did not keep detailed notes of our conversation, but recall several assur- ances of action by you. You advised that the owner had been notified and that the tenant was given 10 days to rid the area of trash, debris and garbage. You further advised me that legal action would be taken should the matter not be rectified. The situation not only remains the same, but in fact, has worsened during these ensuing months, and I believe my wait has been sufficient. All of us, property owners, residents, elected officials and county employees should share a sense of shame that visi- tors are greeted at the entrance to Rehoboth Avenue by this slovenly sight. Since you appear unable to assist in mis matter, kindly advise what action ! should take on behalf of myself and oth- er concerned parties. Your earliest reply will be appreciated. Brenda C. Abell Rehoboth Beach Editor's Note: When contacted this week, Dennis Johnson said that when he inspected the site it was just after Christ- mas and wrappings qnd unsold Christ- mas trees were blown around the site. Since that time that particular debris has Continued on page 8 Volume 3 No. 46 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short Reporters Kerry Kester Denise Marshall Kristen Seal Photographer Angie Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising i Cindy Roberts !Nancy Tylecki Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Production Consultant Catherine Tanzer Rader Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 Highway 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Le'wes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 226-2273. FAX - 226-2277.. E-maih Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "1 have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith." Saint Paul Apostle to the Gentiles