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Beach Continued from page 1 and Water Conservation John Hughes said "it seems to me the lodging tax as a source of income has an appropriate ring to it." Delaware now pays for beach replenishment by having the state and the local towns split the initial cost of the work. But the statewide tax on hotels and motels then re- imburses the towns with part of those lodging tax proceeds. That means the state pays most of the beach replenishment costs. The lodging tax does not affect most visitors because most visi- tors do not stay in hotels and mo- tels. For example, it does not affect private residents who rent their homes to visitors. But members of the task force noted that many lo- cal towns have taxes on those rentals. Linda Lent, an economic con- Late obituaries Mary E. Michelbach, VIA member Mary Elizabeth Michelbach of Rehoboth Beach died Thursday, April 9, 1998, of cancer at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes. She was born in Exmore, Va., the daughter of the late Harry and Elizabeth Driscoll. She was a partner in the man- agement and ownership of Ken Michelbach's Television and Ap- pliance Store in Alexandria, Va., for 35 years. After she closed the business, she started a second career as a medical technician for Drs. Apter and Mordssey in Arlington, Va., until her retirement. Mrs. Michelbach was president of St. Stephen's School Mothers Club in the 1970s. CP sultant who helped develop the study, said her suggestion is to look to "cost-effective ways to tax out-of-state beneficiaries." Bethany Beach Mayor Joe McHugh asked how much income tax out-of-state residents pay to Delaware. The answer, he noted, is nothing. Bethany-area resident Bill Win- kler worried that a beach tax dis- trict would be established that tax- es residents based on the benefit their property receives from the beach. Starting such a system now and charging people a few dollars could suck them in unfairly be- cause big expensive federal pro- jects are being considered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he said. Federal beach replenishment projects could send those local costs soaring, he worded. "What is coming is a whole different ballgame." The study by Jack Faucett Asso- ciates of Bethesda, Md., said that She had been active in the Country Club of Fairfax and, after retirement, in the Rehoboth Beach Country Club. She was also a member of the Village Improve- ment Association. Her favorite hobby was ballroom dancing. She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth; her children, Candis and Daniel Ramelli of Chatham, N.J., and Kenneth and Krystie Michelbach of Los Ange- les; and two grandchildren, Alison and Christine Ramelli. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be pri- vate. Contributions are suggested to The Hope Lodge, c/o American Cancer Society, 636 W. Lexing- ton St., Baltimore, MD 21201, or to Beebe Medical Center, Savan- nah Road, Lewes, DE, 19958. Arrangements by Parsell Funer- al Homes and Crematorium, Lewes. DIVER everyone benefits from the beach. Lent said that everyone, not just beachfront homeowners, benefit. "The impact on property value ex- tends to every property in the county," she noted. Schroeder said the economic study provided few surprises for people familiar with the beaches. McHugh said, "It is a start. We've got something to chew on." "As the shoreline erodes with- out nourishment, the shrinking beach forces out visitors, especial- ly in the heavily used public beach areas," according to the study. "An estimated 45,000 visitors will be lost in year three, nearly 90,000 in year four and 134,000 in year five, for a cumulative total of al- most 269,000 visitors." Specifi- cally, after five years, Dewey Beach would be expected to lose 38,195 visitors and Bethany Beach would be expected to lose some 68,349 visitors. The following are some of the projected economic losses if noth- ing is done to nourish Delaware beaches over a five-year period: lodging losses of $8,834,435 restaurant income losses of $7,158,017 entertainment income losses of $3,802,612 food shopping income losses of $3,365,270 nonfood shopping income losses of $5,550, 256 transportation income losses of $1,492,853 "You are going to have a real unhappy chamber of commerce and unhappy merchants," Lent said. "[Without replenishment], your beaches go to the devil very quickly." 'I IJletti i your money out of an IRA is as important as putting it in. A Nationwide* Individual Retirement Annunity (IRA), guaranleed by Nationwide Life Insurance Company, provides an income at retirement Ihat you can't outlive. For more complete information, including charges and expenses, please call our Acjer for a free praspedus. Reo t carefully before you invest or send money. David Truilt 365 Savannah Rd. Lewes 645-6459 NAI"IONWIDE ADVISORY SERVICES, INC. CcJumlmL OH e-1IR 14Jl-Nm Visit Nationwide ot Securities orbed through Naonwide Advisoo, Services, Inc., [,nmber, NASD, Nationwide is a registered faderal serwce mark Of Notio Muluol Insurance Company CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 10 - April 16, 1998 - 13 Elsie Guenther, formerly of Philadelphia, says without any hesitation of her new residence at Plantations, "1 love my home!" "My sister, her husband and I started looking for a place to retire. We searched diligently from Maryland to North Carolina. When we met some- one on the ferry who really enjoyed living in Lewes, we started to look here. "We made an industrious search before my sis- ter and her husband found their home in Lewes. But I had wanted to build my own dream home. 'What's when I found Plantations and its builder, Country Life Homes. "Plantations is such a lovely place to live. And everyone at Country Life -- from the receptionists to the sales people to the construction supervisor -- was so easy to work with, it made the building experience fun. "My home was built exactly the way I wanted it: Living room large and open, master bedroom private, on one side of the house, guest bedrooms on the other; my kitchen space large, airy and easy to work in. "I'm so happy to have exactly what I wanted. Often, as I go to bed and see the leaves fluttering outside my window, I feel so blessed to be here. "You, too, can have the home you want. Come to Plantations and see how easy it can be." Prices start at $113,500. For information, call 302.645.2727 or 800.777.1530. I From Route One in Lewes, turn west at the Midway I I Shopping Center traffic light, then right at 275. I