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I !i lilll i!! II iui ...... ! 14 FRIDAY, APRIL 11- MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014 NEWS Cape Gazette Rehoboth seeks permit for no-smoking signs Ban goes into effect on May 15 By Ryan Mavity ryanm@capegazette.com To implement its recently passed smoking ban, Rehoboth Beach officials are seeking a permit from the Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control to place 20 sign posts along the beach. While the city's smoking ban, passed March 10, also in- cludes the beach, Rehoboth's commissioners also allowed for designated smoking areas on the beach. There will be up to 20 des- ignated areas during the summer season with no more than four the rest of the year. Smokers will be allowed to smoke within 12 feet of the signs. The city plans to mount the signs on four-by-four wood posts that must be at least 40 feet apart with signs placed a foot away from the dunes, midway between the dune crossings. Commissioner Stan Mills, ar- chitect of the smoking ordinance, said a key to compliance with smoking restrictions is to ensure smokers can find designated smoking areas on the beach. He said placing signs on posts, instead of on the dune fenc- ing, will improve visibility from the beach, Boardwalk and dune crossings. Jennifer Luoma, spokeswoman for DNREC, said the department requires a permit for structures on the beach. She said DNREC will not render a decision until at least 20 days have passed since public notice was given March 30. Public comments could delay a decision, Luoma said. Rehoboth's smoking ban is due to take effect Thursday, May 15. Comments can be submitted in writing until Saturday, April 12, to the Division of Watershed Stewardship, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. Comments can also be sent via email to jennifer. luoma@state.de.us. Dl/lynr:e"- )) projects such as the City Hall rain garden, plantings at the Lew- es-Rehoboth Canal and Lake Surf Avenue parking Gerar bridges, and on Rehoboth v -,u,,,'roh:h"6:on debated Avenue, Wilmington Avenue and the Bandstand. In new busi- An ordinance to prohibit park- ing on the east side of Surf Avenue in Rehoboth Beach failed to gain support, but the city commis- sioners agreed to reconsider it in May. Mayor Sam Cooper said the proposal, which originated with the streets and transportation committee, prohibits parking on a 711-foot stretch of Surf Avenue from Lake Avenue to Henlopen Avenue. Commissioner Bill Sar- gent, chairman of the committee, said the strip could serve as a bike lane with painted lines to separate bikes from vehicle traf- fic Sargent said the change would improve safety for bicyclists but would result in the loss of six parking spaces. Some people would have to walk farther to reach the beach, but not so far that it would be a significant inconvenience. Commissioners Toni Sharp said while she liked the idea of providing more space for bikes, she was uneasy with eliminating parking spaces. Rehoboth In Bloom committee meets Rehoboth In Bloom, an ad hoc committee of the Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transporta- tion Committee, will meet at 10 a.m., Friday, April 11, in the city commissioners' room. The committee will discuss the 2013 bloom season, with updates on ness, the committee will discuss beautification efforts at the State Road entrance to the city and at the Veterans Memorial at the Bandstand. Rehoboth planners to meet April 11 The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission will hold two public hearings at its regular meeting, 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, in the city commissioners' room. The first hearing will be for a minor subdivision at 114 and 118 St. Lawrence St. and 113 Lake Drive. Owners Charles and Kathleen Bailey and David and Suzanne Rowland are looking to divide the parcels into three lots, which would be 6,920 square feet, 5,025 square feet and 11,279 square feet, respectively. Attor- ney Veronica Faust has made the request on behalf of the owners. The second hearing is for property at 50 Park Ave., the former Comer Cupboard build- ing. Owner Michael VardeU of Vardell Realty Investments is seeking to divide the property into two 5,000-square-foot lots. In other business, the com- mission will review, discuss and possibly finalize an amended city tree ordinance. The public will be allowed to comment on this topic after discussion by the commission. . . ..... "%Greer Thompson, LMT ,o. AMTA Insured By appointment only .. k.. '' Massage & Sodywork ." .j Shops at the Pearl 302-228-1350 : www.hear twishmassage.com   301 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth ti $10 ff all services until May 1 st!" $70Regu!ar for 60PriceSmin. [..... $100 for 90 min. " A mock-up of a sign designat- l ,.), $60 for Chakra Balance ing smoking areas along Rehoboth Beach. o