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Rehoboth police seek ce of residents The Rehoboth Beach Police De- partment is investigating a series of residential burglaries that oc- curred between March 29 and April 3 on the north side of town. The investigation Ires revealed that in all of the cases the resident was home but outside at the time of the incident. An unknown per- son or persons entered through an unlocked door and removed the occupant's purse or wallet and fled. All residents are being cau- tioned to keep their homes secure- ly locked when they are not able to monitor their doors or win- dows. Also, anyone who may have information or may. have seen a suspicious person is urged to call Det. Keith Banks at 227- 2577. Rehoboth Planners won't meet in April The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission has canceled its reg- ular monthly meeting, which had been slated for Monday, April 13, due to lack of agenda items. The Mayor and City Council of Lewes will meet Monday, April 13, at 8 p.m., in the council chambers of City Hall on East Third Street. The public is welcome to attend. Lewes council has heavy April 13 agenda The Lewes City Council April 13 agenda includes the following items: police activity report; con- sideration toward approval of Lewes Planning Commission Recommendation No. 412, which recommends final approval of the subdivision of approximately 16.45 acres of land located be- tween Savannah Road and Kings Highway into two parcels on be- half of Gilman Development/Gra- cious Living, Inc.; request on be- half of Kalmar Nyckel Foundation to waive docking fees for the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel, and permis- sion to hold receptions on board during the evenings of their visit, May 20-27; a request on behalf of Delaware River and Bay Authori- ty to amend the paraderoute for May 25, to utilize Zwaanendael Park on May 25 to exhibit grand opening activities, to reserve the municipal dock on May 24 for a 15-foot Federalist vessel, to re- strict parking in the parking area along Kings Highway between the Zwaanendael Museum" and Fish- er-'Martin House between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 25, and permis- sion to fire a cannon and muskets; request on behalf of Lewes Cham- ber of Commerce and Visitors Bu- reau Inc. to place a kiosk-style sign at the 1812 municipal park- ing lot; presentation of a resolu- tion proposing to amend Chapter 197 of the code for the City of Lewes, providing for additional uses within the University Dis- trict, and to provide for a public hearing; presentation of a resolu- tion proposing to amend Chapter 197 and the Table of District Reg- ulations, clarifying the height re- quirement in the R-2 Residential District, Coastal High Hazard Area and Coastal Flood Plain Area, and to change the dimen- sional requirement of parking spaces, and to provide for a public hearing; request on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Reihm for a new lease on canal bank property fronting 508 Pilottown Road; re- quest of behalf of Joan D. Knapp to exercise the 99'year option of leasehold p .rgperty located at 1102 Bay Ave. commencing June 14, 2023; request on behalf of the Lewes Convalescent Center for the renewal of their conditional use; request of behalf of Cape Shore Associates for the renewal of their conditional use; presenta- tion and consideration, toward ap- proval of the new subdivision or- dinance, presented by Council- man Jim Ford; presentation and consideration toward approval of an Investment Policy for the City of Lewes, presented by Council- man Ford; presentation and con- sideration towarl approval of a resolution that proposes to amend Chapter 5-4, holidays, of the per- sonnel ni,mual; qust of high,If of the National Day of Prayer Committee for the .holding of the National Day of Prayer within Zwaanendael Park at noon on May 7; presentation of a procla- mation pr.oclaiming, the week of May 10-16 as Lewes Historic Preservation Week; presentation of a proclamation proclaiming April 24, 1998, as Arbor Day; pre- sentation of a proclamation pro- - claiming the week of May 2-9,. 1998, as Safe Kids Week; presen- tation of a.proclamation proclaim- ing the month of May 1998 as Bike Month; presentation and ac- ceptance of the candidates for the forthcoming city election to be held Saturday, May 9; and ap- pointment of a Board of Election to conduct the May 9.city election. Bill would move toward electric deregulation state Rep. Roger Roy, R-Lime- stone Hills, has introduced legisla- tion with the potential of changing the way most Delawareans buy electricity. If enacted, H.B. 570 would allow residents to choose a supplier of electricity much in the same way they now. select a long- distance telephone company. Al- so known as the Electric Utility Restructuring "Act of 1998, it would separate the ,transmission and distribution of electriciw from its generation, supply and sale. Provisions include barring rates from being raised for a period of at least three years for Delmarva Power and Delaware Electric Co- operative (DEC) customers; es- tablishing a program to educate consumers on their new choices; allowing the nine municipal elec- tric utilities operating in Delaware, including Lewes, the flexibility to choose when and how to open their markets to com- petition; and implementing a competitive market system for supplying electricity to con- sumers. Beginning in July 1999, the 252,000 Delmarva Power cus- tomers would be able to choose a supplier; the 55,000 DEC cus- tomers would be able to select a supplier beginning Jan. 1, 2000. Dewey meetings return to lifesaving station Dewey Beach town meetings will return to their original loca- tion at the U.S. Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue this Sat- urday, April 11, at 9 a.m. The agenda includes condition- al use hearings for Douglas Marx, who is requesting to operate an eatery with a carryout at the for- mer location of Stacey's Salads, and Guardian Capital, LLC, own- er of Rehoboth Bay Marina on Collins Avenue, to operate ala eatery with cal'ryout. The Cove House restaurant is also request- ing a permit of compliance to op- erate as an eatery with beer and wine. Commissioners will review a request from Sharkey's Grill on Route 1 at Read Avenue for a non- conforming billboard sign. The town will also revisit a section of its recently revised disorderly house Code and could vote on an ordinance to establish fees for vending machines. Police seekinfo on would-be child snatcher Delaware State Police detec- tives at Troop 4 are seeking assis- tance from the public to identify and locate a man who attempte d to lure a child into his-car on April 7. According to Cpl. Preston Lewis, state police spokesman, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., an 11-year-old New Jersey boy's mother was Waiting for her son in a car at the SuperFresh parking lot, when the boy was approached by a white male in his late 20s or early 30s. "Fhe boy was coming from the store.tothe ear, when he was ap- proached by an unknown white male who attempted to coax the child into the car. The boy ran to. his mother's car, and the suspect fled," said Lewis. Lewis said the man was approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed approximate- ly 150 pounds and had black hair. He was wearing brown' pants and a brown leather jacket. Lewis said the suspect fled in a two-door red car; he did not know the make or model. Police are asking anyone who may be able to assist in identify- ingthe man to call Troop 4 at 856- 5850 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 800-TIP-3333. Information will be kept confi- dentiai. Protect children from accidental death The City of Rehoboth Beach is reminding people who dispose of refrigerators and freezers to re- move the doors before placing them outside for pickup. A city spokesman recently said the law requires the doors to be re- CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 10 . April 16, 1998 - 3 Jim Alderman photo Cape High students place dune fence Cape Henlopen High School students are shown placing fencing at Cape Hentopon State Park. Jim Alderman's stu- dents placed the fencing on April 7 between Herring Point mad the access area below Gordon's Pond in order to protect shorebird nesting areas. Shown with some of the fencing at the state park are stu- dents (l-r) Matt Martin, E.J. Chalabala, Courtney Millman and Erie Meyer. Lisa Gelvln-Innvaer, director of Delaware's nongame and endangered species, said that the fencing is crucial because it protects piping plovers and other rare shorebirds during nesting season. Such birds are sensitive to human disturbances like vehi- cles and pedestrianS. Piping plovers are considered a threat- ened species, hence the reason for temporarily closing off nesting sites. The point of Cape Henlopen is normally a prime nesting spot and is closed every year. But the newly closed areas can still be used by beach lovers. The closure runs parallel to the ocean, meaning beach goers can still use the ocean beach, but they are asked to avoid the closed area and to avoid the frag- ile dune areas. "For Delaware, there's no doubt it's [plovers] and endan- gered," Gelvin-Innvaer said. There were only four piping plover nests and only four chicks fledged in Delaware last year, she said. In the best year since the plover program be- gala nearly a decade ago, Delaware plover nests only pro- duced 12 chicks. The plovers are "extremely sensitive to disturbance. One errant, rambunctious puppy dog can crush eggs or cause nest abandonment," she said. No nests have been spotted yet, but plovers have been seen in the last few weeks in several areas along Delaware beaches, including Gordon's Pond. moved to reduce risk that children will play with the appliances, be- come trapped inside and die from asphyxiation. The spokesman cautioned that with both types of appliances, once the doors are closed, they are locked from the inside. H01ts Landing to get sewer Residents of the Holts Landing vicinity have voted to approve a sewer district for the area. The planning and permits division of the county engineering depart- naent conducted a referendum for te proposed sewer district. The ffinal results of the referendum vere 166 votes for the sanitary sewer district and five votes against the district. A resolution creating the sewer district will be presented to the county within 30 days. Environmentalists urge Biden, Roth: hang tough The Endangered Species Coali- tion, along with Delaware's Sierra Club, Audubon Society, the Delaware Nature Society and the Christian Environmental Council, are calling on Delaware Senators Bill Roth and Joe Biden to voice their strong opposition to a bill that would weaken the Endan- gered Species Act. The two are being targeted in television advertising now airing in Dover and Wilmington. On March 2, a television ad be- gan airing in the Wilmington and Dover areas. The ad, sponsored by the Endangered Species Coalition and backed by the Christian Envi- ronmental Council, urged Delaware's citizens to call Sens. Biden and Roth and ask them to Continued on page 4