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By Ron MacArthur After meeting with the developer of a proposed fitness and therapy center along Savannah Road in Lewes, neighbors say the facility is too large for their residential area. They made their feelings known dur- ing an April 6 Sussex County Planning and Zoning public hearing. Developer Quail Valley LLC is seeking a conditional use for a 67,500-square-foot commercial fitness and therapy center on a six-acre parcel at 1523 Savannah Road, outside Lewes. The property is zoned AR-1, agricultural-residential, where com- mercial projects require a conditional use to proceed. “This use is grossly out of character with the surrounding neighborhood,” said Frank Piorko, a resident of the adjacent Villages of Five Points East commu- nity. He presented the commission with a petition signed by 59 Villages residents opposed to the application. “I'm shocked something this large would even be considered on AR-1 land,” he said. “Other conditional uses in this area can't compare to the size and scale of this.” Rich Garrett, the owner of Midway Fit- ness and Racquetball, wants to relocate his OYSTER SHELL RECYCLING Don’t Chuck Your Shucks program hits third season P9 MILTON Town officials chipping away at draft comp plan P11 INDEX Classifieds 32 Community Calendar 18 Garden & Farm 26 Health & Fitness 21 Obituaries 13 School & Education 27 Sports & Outdoors 29 Weather 51 HEALTH & FITNESS Sussex leads the state in healthy living P21 Delaware’s Cape Region TUESDAY, APRIL 11 - THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017 “The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.” 50¢ PHOTO SHOWCASE Rainbow captures readers’ attention P51 BOYS’ LAX P29 PORTRAIT Stephanie Boright gets things done P12 Appo sinks Cape 7-6 HISTORIC PHOTO Easter finery on parade in mid-20th century P7 SOME OF THE MORE THAN 330 Lewes Little League players on 27 teams brave the chill and march down Savannah Road early April 8 during opening-day ceremonies. The colorful procession of teams re- news a spring tradition when the time comes to play ball. LEWES LITTLE LEAGUE PARADE HITS A GRAND SLAM RON MACARTHUR PHOTO By Ryan Mavity Sturges Dodge is a member of the Ivy League. This Ivy League is not about Princeton or Harvard, but a group of 20 Rehoboth Beach citizens who volunteer to cut ivy from trees in the city’s two heavily forested parks, Central Park and Deer Park on the north side of town. Dodge became interested in joining the Ivy League during discussions by the city commissioners about spurring more com- munity interest in trees. “Somebody produced a piece of paper with a list of names and said, ‘Maybe we should call ourselves the Ivy League,” she said. Dodge said besides ivy, the league also Rehoboth Beach residents join Ivy League Volunteers cut invasive vines from city trees Continued on page 2 Neighbors: Proposed fitness center out of scale Developer plans 67,500-square-foot building on Savannah Road near Lewes Continued on page 2