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! II i 46 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, April 18- April 24, 1997 Milton Chamber replaces Boyd-Heron on Sussex Tourism Commission By Rosanne Pack In a surprise move Tuesday night, the Milton Chamber of Commerce board of directors vot- ed to replace Tony Boyd-Heron, the organization's representative to the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Commission (SC- CTC); area realtor Donna Johnson was named to the position. Boyd-Heron, SCCTC vice pres- ident, has served as the chamber's representa- tive to SC- CTC for more than three years. He ex- pressed the feeling that some mem, BOYD-HERON bers of the chamber wanted to rid the group of his participation; however, he said he will remain a member of the Milton business organization, and will be as active as his time al- lows. "I will continue to attend meetings whenever I can," he said. "I will ask questions and make comments as any member should. I am a member of the Mil- ton Chamber of Commerce; I own a business there, and I am in- volved in the community." The vote for the change from Boyd-Heron to Johnson came be- fore the regularly scheduled monthly chamber meeting April 15. Although board, member Jay Dunlap stated that such a change does not necessarily reflect on the person, Boyd-Heron thinks that there were some personal feelings involved in the chamber action. He said most recently there were misconceptions regarding a tour of Milton that could have con- tributed to dissatisfaction with him remaining in the position with SCCTC. The bed and breakfast owner referred to the displeasure some members expressed because a tour directors' tour of Lewes and Milton did not include a visit to the main street business section of Milton. Owners and employees of some downtown businesses re- ported that members of the tour left the group so that they could walk up and down Union Street and visit shops. There was also a report of the tour stopping at the Capt. William Russell House Bed and Breakfast that is owned by Boyd-Heron and his wife. At Boyd-Heron's request, Cindy Small, executive director of SCCTC, attended the special board meeting to explain the tour and to answer questions regarding Boyd-Her0n's role in the event. She said she set the itinerary and the only stops in Milton were at the museum and at Norma's Restaurant. The remainder of the tour of Milton was on the bus, and it included Union Street and neighborhoods where ihere are historic houses. "The only part that Tony Boyd- Heron had in the tour was to help appointed at the action of the Mil- with dinner and to take care of ton Chamber of Commerce, how- opening the museum, and to ride ever, she said Johnson will be ac- on the tour coach and provide cepted with good will as the new commentary," Small said. representative. "Tony is a huge According to Small, the tour did supporter of tourism in Sussex not originally include the dinner County, and he has spoken out stop at Norma's, but Boyd-Heron consistently for Milton. He will be convinced the association of tour sorely missed," she said, "But we guides to have dinner from there, will embrace Donna and look for- She stated that the Capt. William ward to working with her." He has Russell House was not included in been asked to remain on some SC- the stops. The tour was paid for by CTC committees as a volunteer the SCCTC and the tour guides" at-large. association that booked the trip. It is Small's belief that any visitors to downtown went there from the museum early in the Milton tour, before the bus ride through town. Small and Boyd-Heron said that they were not contacted for infor- mation regarding the tour before the board of directors' meeting April 15. Frances Reed, owner of the Riverwalk Shoppe, said that it was obvious that better communi- cations are needed among cham- ber members. "We went on the word of women on the tour, and [we learn that] they did not tour the William Russell House, and that they went into the downtown shops before the driving tour," she said. Before the vote to replace Boyd-Heron, Jay Dunlap pointed out that the position of representa- tive to the SCCTC is not a tenured one, and that there is no term of service specified for the job. ''his position is appointed, and the representative serves at the will of the chamber," he said. 'ffhis action is purely a matter of the chamber exercising its prerog- ative." Small said she and members of the SCCTC are surprised and dis- I II Ill I Looking to buy or sell? Call Me, Dwayne Mousley ThePrudentlal Gallo Realty 1322 King's Hwy. 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