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6 - CAPE , Friday, April 18- April 24, 1997. VIEWPOINTS Editorial Sunsetting would benefit Lewes Lewes Council members agreed this week to reopen the historic district proposals that were tabled seven years ago following months of work by a committee of city residents. Spurred by concerns raised by Chuck Ulrich, council members voted unanimously to contact Jack Gallagber, who chaired the committee, and ask him to revisit the proposed ordinances and help to educate the public and current city officials as to what was proposed and intended. Much has occurred in Lewes over the past seven years and the cur- rent political climate of the town may be more disposed to consider implementing some concrete review procedures. The Commercial Architecture Review Commission, for a number of months now, has been reviewing proposed changes in commercial zones to ensure that incongruous structures like the DeBraak shell don't find their way onto the city's streetscapes. The work of the commission has been accepted with little rancor. Given the history of the proposed ordinances that have been lan- guishing so long, the next effort - if it does get offthe ground - should be accompanied by a sunsetting provision. The process of review and adoption should be set out from start to finish. If no agreeable set of regulations is reached within that period, then the matter should be dismissed - not tabled. That way those involved in the process would see an end in sight at the beginning. More people might be inclined to be involved if they knew their work would come to a finite end in a reasonable and specified time. Sunsetting is a method of recent years that has helped get legisla- tive items moving forward. It could very well be beneficial in Lewes as it attempts to take another look at what in the past has proven a very knotty issue. Letters Strong Communities bearing fi'00t An article in this edition of the Cape Gazette details progress that has been made in such communities as West Rehoboth, Lucas Devel- opment near Milton, Coverdale Crossroads and others through Gov. Carper's Strong Communities Initiative. More than anything, the article shows what can happen when concerned people within stressed communities are given access to resources and expertise to address serious concerns. Minnie Smith of West Rehoboth is one of many who have been involved who says that the program has made a real difference. The Strong Communities Initiative builds on the belief that we are all part of one community and we all need to help one another to strengthen the entire community. There's never a guarantee that any of these programs will actually help but it's a sure thing that no progress will be made without attempts. With contin- ued support from various sources in the community, the Strong Com- munities Initiative can continue to bear positive fruit that will benefit us all. I  i! N co pr,. I1 ApdllO 54 3,5 None li April 11 60 41 None []  Apd112 67 47 .07 [el April13 73 61 .53 ..'i'l :: Apd| 14 65 35..None M Apd115 65 43 None I Apd116 78 44 None [=? Board of Public Works Power Plant, an official [] U.S. Weather Station. [] The trash strewn on Thompsen's Island mars an otherwise beautiful spot in Sussex County. Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter April 22 April 29 May 6 May 14 On Rehoboth dune replen|shment worN The following letter was sent to the Reholoth Beach Board of Commission- ers with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. Having been a resident of Rehoboth for over 45 years, I have serious con- corns regarding your decision to decline the State of Delaware's offer to assist with the development of sand dunes in the specified areas of south Rehoboth. According to a recent newspaper article, there were several objections by certain commissioners and the city manager, including problems associated with sand accumulation on the boardwalk, the uti- lization of too much precious beach space and the fact that north Rehoboth sections had a greater erosion problem ,that deserved attention. With due respect to our city leaders, I believe that beach preservation should be a priority that should not be subordi- nate to the minor inconveniences and concerns that were cited. The beach is the economic heart of not only Rehoboth but also eastern Sussex County. It is not only prudent that we make the necessary efforts to protect and preserve it. in March 1962, our family viewed, from our house less than 200 feet away, the devastating effects of the storm that took our beach and left us with a board- walk that had 10-foot exposed pilings. A major portion of the dune directly in front of former Justice Horsey's house was washed out, leaving a 10-foot drop. There were also dunes in front of the Melson house on Surf and Stockley which were taken by the storm. Surely, these dunes saved the ocean- front houses on Stockley and minimized the damage to other homes in the area. Incidentally, I still retain a pass signed by Chief Marvel allowing me to pass the National Guard checkpoint at the end of the ocean blocks. In response to the specific objections, I believe that the cost of occasionally sweeping sand off the boardwalk is an expenditure well worthy of our taxpayer dollars. It is tantamount to a bank decid- ing to invest in a security system. The fact that a portion of the beach will be consumed by dunes is not a serious con- cern. The designated areas are among our widest beaches and least congested dur- ing the summer months. The develop- ment of dunes in north Rehoboth would definitely consume a large portion of what are usually crowded areas in the summer. To successfully deal with the erosion problems in north Rehoboth, a dune development program would prob- ably have to be coordinated with a beach replenishment plan. By cooperating with the State of Delaware and accepting their generosity, we may find that they will be a more receptive and willing partner with respect to future beach preservation pro- grams. I can not help but perceive this situation to be analogous to the case of parents urging their 16-year-old to drive carefully, realizing that they will all share the anguish and expense caused by the teenager's indiscretions. I hope that you will accept my com- ments as constructive advice from a con- corned citizen and reevaluate your posi- tion regardin 8 the planting of beach grass and the installation of snow fences. Burt Dukes Rehoboth Beach Buckaloo says goodbye to public works board The following letter was written to Lewes Board of Public Works President Tom McClain with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. It has been my privilege to serve on the Board of Public Works for 14 years. As I begin my eighth term, I must suddenly change course. My wife and I are selling our house in Lewes and relocating outside of city lim- its. Therefore, I must resign from the board effective after our meeting in May. Continued on page 8 Volume 4 No. 48 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Tdsh Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer An. gie Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Madann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deldre Sudimak Chds WUdt Contributom: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at tha Midway Shopping Canter, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645. 7700. FAX - 645-1664. E-mail: capegaz Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware. 19958. "But I do nob31ng upon myself and yet I am mine own executioBero" John Donne