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INSl 50 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, April 13 - Thursday, April 19, 2001 Volume 8 No. 47 Legislators seek $50M for l the inland bays aft he :nl/edeayS'sbedllloCnrtfotlcngeengSp its etacy. / , Another likely us for the money could be "' --,vxoney would L,_neJp end efforts to increase he tidal flow of the bays, thus quickly flushing out pollutants, Oberle said. ] He anticipates lublic input into how the money could be silent. A panel which com- bines members of oth the private and pub- lic sector could re}dew problems and costs and set priorities, e said. "I don t want to just throw monet at this problem," he septic, point pollution By Michael Short Rep. 13ill Oberle, R-Beecher's Lot, used to eat raw clams from the inland bays, but he says the bays are now in no less than than a state of crisis. To c6mbat what he calls the "sorry state" the inland bays. That's $50 million tO target pollution- point source discharges like sewer plants, nonpoint sources like agricultural runoff and failing septic systems. "All of those dynamics which contribute to what we have now - a sorry situation," he said. The money couldbe used to fight against a varie of environmental problems. added. Kiwanis Club marks 40th anniversary of the Greening of the Cro The Rehoboth Kiwanis Club marked the anniversary of thanks that the storm was not any x the Greening of the Cross, a ceremony begun after the Thursday, April 12, event are (l-r) Ja March storm of 1962 blasted the Delaware coast. The cer- of the Spiritual Aims Committee; Rq emo celebrates the resurrection of the city and gives John Brown; Tony Perello; and Dick Sarah Greene phot o SS orse. Pictured at the ck Eliason, chairman ger Jones; Bud Vogt; Koch. are lacking in the bill, which is in The money would be available over a 10-year period of time and Oberle sai the idea has the general support of Sen. GeOrge H. Bunting Jr., D-Bethany Beach, Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, and Rep. Shirley Price, D-Millville. Increasing the flushing of the bays is a project which has been very heavily sup- ported by Bunting. i Continued on page 16 I Shreeve will. seek re-elecuon hi Rehob0th I ! InCumbent questioned if st00e wanted to run again [ i By Trish Vernon Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Patti Shreve confirmed this week that she will seel a second term of office in the Aug. 11 mullicipal election. Her announcement con tes on the heels of last week's notice by political newcomer Mark Aguirre that he plalts to formally kick off his campaign for a sc at on the board of commissioners dur- ing a rally from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, April 14, in the CAMP'Rehoboth courtyard. 1 i tcumbent Commissioner Richard Sarl ent also said last week that he plans to eel a third three-year stint on the board. If Shreeve wins a second term, it will acttally be the first time she will have been elected to the board. She was campaigning fora seat along with incumbents Sargent and!Kenny Vincent, when Vincent dropped ! Continued on page 14 State issues emergency closure, of flounder season hold h ,. local"it's going to have a majOrsaid Bifl BakerimpaCtof Bill'sn The National lesource Defense Fund Will r, Uu,,,- .ear, n6 bus=sses," won that lawsuit,] which meant that the flounder catch had to be reduced on the catdh by 40 percent when East Coast. The N VIFS had set a maximum on issue May 1 in Dover = By Michael Short An emergency order has closed fishing for flounder in Delaware until May 26. Flounder are the economic mainstay of headboats, tackle shops, fishing piers and the rest of the summer fishing industry in the Cape Region. . : Sport Shop. "People schedule their vaca- tions around flounder fishing." The closure follows a confusing set of regulations and Court settlements. The National Resource Defense Fund, an umbrella group of environmental organiza- tions filed suit against the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) says the group was not following the law and protecting flounder from overfishing. catch of 17.9 milli that was increased by Atlantic Sta Commission (ASiX The lawsuit vict to chop its catch cent to meet the ments, which non on pounds this year, but to 20.5 million pounds tes Marine Fisheries [FC). 3ry means Delaware has ack a whopping 4.8 per- federal fishery require- must comply with the 17.9-million-pound figure coastwide. Delaware had already cut its expected it enacted tougher regulations in March. Now, the state must go back to the drawing board and!cut its flounder catch by nearly half of last !year's total. "Do you have an hour'?" replied Charles Lesser of the Delaware Fisheries Section when asked to explain the changes. Btaker said flounder fishing is outstand- Continued on page 15