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16 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, April 11 - Monday, April 14, 2008 Schools Continued from page 15 agree that a certain percentage of the property be retained by the city, should the district abandon the site, and the rest be kept by the school district and zoned residen- tial-2. Conlon said rezoning the part the school district retained to R-2 would give that part a higher value. Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Coolrer agreed the proposal was new - he and city commissioners first learned of it at the hearing - but wanted more details. Specifically, he wanted to know how the land would be divided in percentages. When the proposal surfaced, one of the possibilities was a 75/25 percent split between the city and the district. "The district is not inherently opposed to that percentage," said Conlon, but the board needs to determine how that breakdown will affect the future value of the site. Willard and Rehoboth Beach solicitor Glenn Mandalas agreed to sit down and draw up a docu- ment that would outline the details, including what percentage of the land each party would get should the site be abandoned. "I would love to try to work this out with the school district. They're part of this city. I want to resolve it," said Cooper. Conlon said, "We're good neighbors and we believe in open space. In concert with that, I believe we can reach a compro- mise with the City of Rehoboth Beach." City commissioners expressed concern about Senate Bill 206 which is pending in the Legislature. That bill would require munici- palities that downzone school properties to reimburse the school district for the value lost in the change of zoning. Stone and Willard said the leg- islators who sponsored the bill, Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach, and Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, wanted the city and the district to reach a compromise on the matter. Both sides said they want the matter resolved in a timely fash- ion. The school board is calling a special meeting to be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at Rehoboth Elementary School. Contact Leah Hoenen at leah @capegazette.com. Zoning Continued from page 15 for the long haul. However, he also was miffed at what he per- ceived as differing agendas com- ing from the school district. "I want to resolve it. Don't per- ceive that as weakness on my part or willing to cave. If we could come to an agreement I think that would be the greatest thing that could happen. "But I'm not hearing the kind of talk I want to hear from the back of the room to get this deal done." Commissioner Ron Paterson said he was concerned about Senate Bill 206 because the bill is retroactive to Jan. 1 and would require the city to compensate the district if the property is rezoned. Paterson won- dered if SB PATERSON 206 were passed, would the deal with the school district still be on the table? Commissioner Dennis Barbour said there was a matter of urgency involved in the rezoning because of SB 206. "We ought to look at the issue of urgency moving forward, l The 3L's in Real Estate! Location Location Location and List with Lou at Lingo's Lou Cristaldi...Realtor Cell 302-22S-29S8 lack Lingo Inc. Office 302-227-3883 E-MAI [: hm@jacklingo.com Ban Continued from page 1 smoking outdoors year round in children's playgrounds, town parks and in the Boardwalk Plaza at the east end of Garfield Parkway. The town would also ban smoking in other places on a seasoiaal basis, from May 15 to Sept. 15, on the beach and board- walk. In Bethany, enforcement would be handled by town police and lifeguards who would first issue a written warning. Violators who have been issued a warning with- in four months would be issued a summons to appear in Alderman's Court. Third-time offenders with- in four months of a written warn- ing would be taken into custody and must immediately appear in Alderman Court. Fines for second offenses with- in four months of a written wam- ing'are $100, while third- time offenders would be fined $500. Smoking bans are not uncom- mon on beaches in other parts of the country. Los Angeles-area beaches such as Malibu, Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach have smoking bans on beaches. Kuhns said details regarding who would enforce the ban or how long the ban would last have not yet been worked out. Kuhns said he was keeping an eye on what Bethany does before a simi- lar measure would be drawn up for Rehoboth. He said he would bring the matter up again in a month or two. THE AIRY Contact Ryan Mavity at ryanm @ capegazette.com. because the flip side of this is, the citizens of Rehoboth would be enraged with us. "Because we delayed, the Senate bill was passed and we were left holding the bag," Barbour said. Commissioners Kathy McGuiness and Stan Mills both supported allowing 'the school board time to see if a comp/o- mised can be reached. Mills also put forth the sugges- tion to vote on the current ordi- nance should an agreement not be in place. "I can see both sides, but I canalso see the best inter- ests of every- one is to pre- serve the open MCGUINESS s p'a ce , " McGuiness said. "I would hate to sit here and say, 'Let's negotiate,' because we Spring Is A Great Time To Refresh The Air In Your Home Or Business - CALL TO SCItFUI ANA/C CHECKUP & CLEANING- FOR OUR "DO-IT.YOURSELF" CUSTOMERS, WE NOW STOCK HIGH EFFICIENCY REPLACEMENT FI AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY PRODUCTS. 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Being a landlord requires screening potential renters checking their financial background, getting references from previous landlords - and taking a chance with a stranger. During their tenancy you will need to be available if anything should go wrong with the property day or night. And if your tenant is a problem and you want to get them out, the eviction process can be long, painful and costly. Renting your home can be a profitable alternative to your house sitting on a slow market. But you have to be sure you have what it takes to be a landlord. Have a serious talk with your REALTOR  and find out if it would be better in the long run to drop your sales price and move on or become a landlord and rent out your property. For professional advice on all aspects of buying or selling real estate, consult "The Results Team" at Long and Foster. Call Steve at (302) 542-7473 or (800) 462-3224 (ext. 473). smalcom@verizon.net