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The Grove park is best bike alternative I must say thank God that some state officials have finally spoken out against the currently planned bike/pedestrian en- trance to Rehoboth. I say thank you to Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf and Sen. Ernie Lopez for bring- ing some common sense to the discussion of using The Grove park as an entryway to Henlopen Avenue and continuing to down- town Rehoboth. I find it amazing that Mayor Cooper is opposed to the use of The Grove park, considering I doubt he has ever even been in the park much less observed the current usage of the park. There will never be a perfect solution to bikes travelling into Rehoboth unless a second pe- destrian/bike bridge is installed which I do not see happening any time soon. In the meantime, the current situation will ultimately result in a fatality and the current plan for pedestrians and bikes sharing a bridge into Rehoboth with bikes travelling in both directions on the same path is a disaster waiting to happen. Once this path is set the city will take responsibility for any and all col- lisions that will surely happen. As for The Grove park, I ride a bike through this park every Saturday and Sunday to reach Henlopen Avenue and head to downtown Rehoboth. I have done this route for three years, and in all these travels never have I crossed path with a pedes- trian or anyone for that matter on the very wide pavements already in place. The park is more than large enough for the families us- ing the playground area and the paved pathway for bikes. The mayor’s comments of building a house in the middle of a road are ignorant of the facts. If the mayor thinks it is better to put bicyclists and pedestrians in the direct line of traffic with cars than to impact the park I would suggest he actually spend an afternoon in the park and watch the hundreds of near misses that happen on Rehoboth Avenue currently between cars, bikes and pedestrians. In closing, I ask the powers in charge of extend- ing the Junction & Breakwater Trail into Rehoboth Beach, please listen to the actual people who ride bikes and walk into Rehoboth and who currently use The Grove park, and disregard the mayor’s lack of concern for the safety of bicyclists and his misguided concerns over a park of which he has no knowledge. Wayne Hodge Rehoboth Beach The Grove park best way to bike for now As an avid local cyclist I want SUBMITTED PHOTO BRIAN MOWLL of Rehoboth Beach was on the beach in Dewey over the weekend when he spotted this full rainbow, captured with his iPhone. WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; or preferably email newsroom@ capegazette.com. Letters » Weather Picture » Editorial » A s a new $20 million City Hall takes shape in Rehoboth Beach, city officials await final permits for the city’s $52 million wastewater outfall. Together these two projects represent major investments in the future of Rehoboth and its infrastructure – they are certainly the largest investments in recent memory. Major projects that incur major expenses always attract naysayers – in this case, from those opposed to infrastructure spending to others who say the outfall will put ocean wild- life and city beaches at risk. Questions have long been raised about the outfall; plans were delayed for years as state officials searched for alternatives. Even today, the permits await final approval. Meanwhile, city officials have run into a long list of change orders that have raised the cost of the new City Hall from an estimated $18 million to more than $20 million. Citizens and officials have raised questions about cost overruns – not only about their number but also about the change-order ap- proval process. A majority of voters support both of these projects; voters approved separate referen- dums allowing the city to finance each one. At the same time, like citizens everywhere, Rehoboth residents demand transparency. They want to see for themselves how their money is spent so they can hold city govern- ment responsible for spending it properly. In responding to criticism of the outfall project, even Mayor Sam Cooper said part of the problem seemed to be misinformation. Why not counteract misinformation by pro- viding weekly updates on construction costs and problems as they emerge? As city officials debated these two projects, they also hired a spokeswoman to manage communications. Spokeswoman Krys Johnson – or even Cooper himslf – should offer weekly updates to quell rumors and answer questions. These are large, complex projects. Frequent, open communication as they progress would go a long way toward building public confi- dence in city government and its infrastruc- ture. Information is the antidote for rumors Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor emeritus; Laura Ritter, news editor; Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor; and Nick Roth, sports editor. Continued on page 7 For local weather, including highs and lows see page 51 » Viewpoints 6 TUESDAY, APRIL 11 - THURSDAY, APRIL 13, 2017 Cape Gazette Cape Gazette Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dennisforney@capegazette.com Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Sports Editor Emeritus, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 laura@capegazette.com Associate Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Nick Roth, Ext. 317 nickroth@capegazette.com Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 bernie@capegazette.com NEWS Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Melissa Steele, Ext. 336 melissasteele@capegazette.com Chris Flood, Ext. 335 cflood@capegazette.com Maddy Lauria, Ext. 321 maddy@capegazette.com Molly MacMillan mollymac@capegazette.com SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Nathalie Willard Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEB MANAGER Catherine M. 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