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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, April 14 - Thursday, April 20, 1995 Volume 2, No. 47 DRT scraps Express service between Dewey and Rehoboth Rehoboth officials, downtown merchants clash- see page 15 By Denise M. Marshall Officials from Delaware Resort Transit (DRT) and the Delaware River and Bay Authority have unveiled a mass transit plan, which eliminates a controversial Express bus route between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. The plan, which is a partnership between the private and public sectors, was revealed during a DRT Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 11. A public hearing workshop on the proposed DRT service on Thursday, April 13 was sparsely attended. Kenneth Book, manager for the Delaware Transit Corporation's south district trans- portation operations in Kent and Sussex counties, described the plan as a "compli- mentary network" of transportation ser- vices. "The heart of our system continues to be and will be our Park & Ride lot," Buck said. DRT will continue to run buses linking the Park & Ride lot on Del. 1 and Rehoboth Beach, where buses will stop at the library, the Boardwalk and city hall. DRT will also provide a bus loop between the Park & Ride lot and shopping outlet areas along Del. 1. Buses will stop at the Ocean Outlets, Rehoboth Mall, the Shoppes of Camelot, Kmart and residential commu- nities along the highway. In addition, plans include a bus route from the Park & Ride lot into Lewes via Savannah Road. However, DRT will no longer provide bus service between the Cape May-Lewes ferry terminal and the Park & Ride lot. The Delaware River and Bay Authority has proposed to purchase three trolley bus- es, which would transport passengers from Continued on page 16 Cape District voters say yes to increased funding By Kerry Kester With a strong voter turnout, Cape Henlopen School District residents showed overwhelming support for the district when it passed a referendum on Tuesday, April 11. Fifteen hundred and twenty-nine voters supported transferring four and a half cents of $100 assessed property value tax from debt service to the gener- al operating budget. Nine-hundred and thirty residents voted against the transfer. "We're excited about it pass- ing," said Cape Henlopen Board of Education President Walter Hopkins. "I primarily look at it as a vote of confidence and trust in the district." The voting turnout was heaviest at Lewes Middle School, where 818 residents voted for and 472 voted against the referendum. Between 7 and 8 p.m., approxi- Continued on page 10 Chambers enters school board race By Kerry Kester One more person fried to run for the Cape Henlopen Board of Education before the Thurs- day, April 13 filing deadline passed. George Chambers of Lewes filed his candidacy on Mon- CHAMBERS day, April 10 for the Area B seat. He will oppose Walter Hopkins, who is cur- rently serving as board presi- Continued on page 10 Angle Moon photo Easter holiday brings out bunnies and children Easter is in the air in the Cape region - all you had to do was visit Memorial Park in Milton last Saturday, April 8, where area children enjoyed the manual Easter Egg HunL Above, Sarah Green, with twin sister, three-year-old Elizabeth, behind her, gets a handful of jelly beans from the Easter Bunny. See the Arts & Entertainment section for more Easter activities. Public hearing on mobile home laws slated April 18 in Rehoboth The long-awaited third public hearing on proposed changes to Delaware's Mobile Home Lots and Leases Act has been sched- uled for Tuesday, April 18, from 6-8 p.m. in Rehoboth Beach Con- vention Hall. State Rep. Joseph DiPinto, who chairs the House Housing and Community Affairs Committee, will chair the hearing at which much opposition to the proposed changes is expected. ............................... i Three mobile home groups, the Sussex County and Delaware Mobile Home Tenants Associa- tion, and the Manufactured Hous- ing Coalition, have charged that the proposed changes threaten the security of those who invest in a mobile home that sits on rented land; sets resale standards that will make it extremely difficult for a mobile home owner to sell his or her home; and lowers the legal "1 in standards for landlords to evict tenants. According to Dick Hannam, president of the Delaware Mobile Home Tenants Association, the only gain for homeowners is that they will get the right to "non- binding arbitration" to settle dis- putes. The Coalition also had the proposed changes reviewed by an attorney who specializes in mobile home issues. Hannam said the results of that analysis will be pre- sented at the public hearing Tues- day. Hannam said he is urging as many mobile home owners as he can to attend. Women launch effort to bring topless bathing to Rehoboth By Trish Vernon A group of "middle-aged Delaware professional women" is planning what it terms "landmark" events for Rehoboth Beach this summer, that, if legitimate, could send more people scurrying to the beach than any Easter egg hunt. Circulating flyers around the area, the women, calling them- selves only Cathy, Michelle and Debbie, are planning "alternative sunbathing for women" (read top- less) on the beach at Norfolk Street at exactly 1 p.m. on three consecutive Saturdays this sum- mer - July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12. "We feel that the rules about women have been outdated by years of cultural change and are not what all of us want today," the flyer states, as "men will bask in Continued on page 12