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State official- By 13,ish Vernon With Memorial Day influx of traffic just around the comer, Re- hoboth Beach officials hope to al- leviate problems crossing the bustling avenue near the entrance to town, at least for pedestrians, this spring. In the past, state officials have stood firm on their refusal to in- stall a traffic light at the intersec- tion of Rehoboth Avenue and Grove Street, which some feel would solve the problems for ve- hicles and pedestrians alike. But city officials were more optimistic following a Rehoboth Street and Light Committee meeting April 11, at which time Bruce Littleton, Planners Continued from page 16 neighboring property owners at nearby property owners when he sought the variance, no one spoke in opposition that evening. Plan- ner Patti Shreeve said that while they wouldn't arbitrarily recom- mend rezoning, some maps and boundaries are unclear and that his proposal is consistent with the use of surrounding parcels. She went on to note he would proba- bly have difficulty selling it as a residential lot, as they recom- mended approval. The request must go to public hearing before a vote can be taken by the commis- CAPE GAZETWE, Friday, April 18- April 24, 1997. 17 vows to work with Rehoboth on Grove intersection DelDOT's chief traffic engineer, possible for mothers with strollers stood how they would want to be more than one way to solve the told them he would report back at to cross': due to the heavy stream able to cross somewhere in that problem - it may very well be a the May 9 meeting with possible of traffic and the width of the av- vicinity, where the street is 120 signal - but we'll need data to sup- solutions, enue. "You take life into your feet wide, whi'le not disrupting the port that." At the meeting's outset, Com- own hands. You say the intersec- traffic flow. Rather than trying to Sargent replied that any data missioner Rich Sargent, who tion doesn't qualify for a traffic come up with anl"instant solu- they amass this summer may be chairs the committee, stressed that fight, but you need to take safety tion," he offered to "take the chal- deceiving, however, "as the count while there is consternation over into consideration," he said. lenge and come bak with alterna- of people brave enough to cross pedestrian and vehicular safety in Besosa went on to suggest they fives." there is very low and we ask you that vicinity, they don't want to take a look at installing a light at Stating there's hot an intersec- to keep that in mind." Besosa not- worsen the traffic problems and the intersection of Rehoboth Av- tion at that end Of the city that ed many motorists also avoid that cause further back ups, either. "Is enue and State Road instead, as warrants a signali Littleton said intersection. The believe that there anything the state can do to there are already islands in place they would want tO do a pedestri- such behavior will change if a so- help nsT" he asked Littleton. there "and we feel it wouldn't an count during the summer lution is found. Sheridan Besosa, representing hold up traffic much anyway since months before coming up with a "But there are standards we the property owners in Country there's a fight at Second Street." permanent solutioh. Yet he real- need to follow and you may have Club Estates, which lies a block He also noted that a light could ized they don't want to wait an- to accept that the threshold isn't away from that intersection, ex- slow down speeding motorists, other summer for some sort of res- there if people avoid it and go plained to Littleton that it's "im- Littleton replied that he under- olution of this "very real issue." elsewhere. We don't put in signals He explained that they had only where we think people will turn, Sea Horse Restaurant in state of flux done a vehicular traffic count in but where they do turn. Pedestri- the past during the isummer and he ans, however, are a separate issue. The Sea Horse Restaurant, a Rehohoth Beach landmark, has been had no pedestrian data, but that Maybe an island in the middle placed under new management through a trustee appointed by the U.S. the vehicular count wasn't "even would make it safer. Maybe that Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. close" to meeting Standards for a won't be the ultimate solution, but Restaurant owners Rod and June Pettigrew filed for bankruptcy last signal. "However, there may be an incremental one." year in an effort to reorganize and pay creditors. 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