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8 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, April 21 - April 27, 1995 Continued from page 6 Division of Parks and Recreation. The use of the crane based pump- ing mechanism interferes with the use of the beach and poses a po- tential risk to beach goers at a lo- cation which has some of the heaviest beach use in the state park system. The crater that re- sults from pumping out of the beach is deep and could appear at- tractive to people after the work crew has departed for the day. The risk of accidental injury or drowning is too high to warrant operating during those months that the beach is so heavily filled with people. With the knowledge that the by- pass will not operate during those summer months, certain adapta- tions have been made in the oper- ation to diminish any negative ef- fects that may arise from this clo- sure. As the date for the summer closing approaches, the beach is purposely over deflated to allow southerly summer winds to drive sand back up against the south side of the jetty at the inlet without reaching the point at which sand flows through or around the jetty and is lost to inlet tidal currents. The beach is then monitored throughout the summer so that if the beach width reaches a point that sand begins to flow into the inlet, bulldozers scrape the beach to stockpile the sand in the dune. It is anticipated that winter storm tides and waves will re-mobilize this sand at the by-pass pumping location, therefore making it available to us to pump it to the north side of the inlet. In other words we have learned to work with nature in order that we may pump enough sand to stabilize the north side of the inlet, and signifi- cantly reduce or eliminate the flow of sand into the inet from the south side. The bottom line with the by- pass operation is that since it first went on line in 1990, the north side of Indian River Inlet has been remarkably stable. The best proof of this is the fact that during the severe coastal storms of the past few years, the press has used the inlet bridge area solely for their transportation needs to travel from the problem areas of the north to the problem areas in the south. They did not bother to stop at the inlet as they had done for so many years during coastal storms be- cause there was no news at the in- let. What better proof is there that a problem has been solved? I appreciate the opportunity to correct Winkler's "facts". My on- ly wish is that this biologist took the time to research the geology and engineering needed to under- stand the complex and dynamic . system that we are attempting to manage at minimal cost and maxi- mum benefits for the people of the state. Anthony P. Pratt Program Manager Shoreline and Water Management Section DNREC for editorial Thanks to the Cape Gazette for the thoughtful and clear-headed editorial calling for a halt to the wild, unplanned commercial de- velopment along Route One. It is the height of civic responsibility for the Gazette to take this stand on an issue that is a major concern to the community. And it is a mark of courage to take this stand when, as the editor- ial says "...the forces lining up to exploit as much of us as possible are huge." Those forces include mall developers and retail giants who have no stake in the future of the communities, human and eco- logical,that their activities are damaging. Those forces incllude some who may use control of' ad- vertising budgets to punish those who oppose their plans. Sadly, forces supporting this commercial development nnad- hess include some local residdents and businesses who refuse to con- cem themselves with, as the ectito- rial puts it "... how the county will look 50 years from now." We must have a comprehensive Iland use plan before we proceed -. not just out of concern for the 50 iyear horizon, but for the here and mow. As you say "... our quality off life and our economic stability hamg in Barefootin' Continued from page 7 seeds which, by fall, will produce the particular bottle gourds so ad- mired by the martins. He nurtures them and feeds them to grow them large and roomy for their future guests. While the gourds grow during the summer, 16"ekup un- hitches his gardening equipment trailer from his beach vehicle to begip his summer work. "I'm the sand ,".:: !-ing," he says. "I supply _aim*_aJJ  5e_zmd_Lte,..tMt,are sold for fishing bait up and down the coast." Working at night while he fish- es, Prekup rakes sand fleas in the surf and packages them for his customers. That work ends in the fall, just in time for the gourd har- vest to begifz. After he harvests, Prekup cdries the gourds for a full year, scarabs them, drills a two and one eiighth inch hole for an entrance, and i then dries them again. Then he soaks the hollowed gourds in a preseerva- tive for a period of time beefore drying them again for a third ttime. "I add hooks for hanging the nests and ,vents in back to aallow for good circulation. The t final step is three coats of white ppaint. It has to be white. Cool. Cool.. The " ,k  ieal. If 8re ho vc,r were dark, the baby birds would cook inside." Preparing the gourds keeps Prekup busy through the winter. He keeps some for himself and sells others for $12 apiece. the balance." The real and present danger is here, and now. Thanks again, Cape Gazette, for siding with sanity. Walt Rosen Lewes Down with meters, up with toll booths It wasn't even April and Nancy Katz had to bring up parking me- ters in the March 31 issue of the Cape Gazette. What's with her anyway? We can always hope that the Rehoboth Beach town fathers might forget to install those mon- ey suckers some year. But with people like Katz around to remind them, they always manage to re- member to drag them out and put them atop those little poles all over town. And now that the subject has been raised, no doubt the hassles that always accompany parking meters aren't far behind - where to put more of them, how much more to charge, should there be permits or no permits, and on and on. There is a simple solution to all of this. Get rid of all the parking meters. Sell them to some other unsuspecting town whose resi- dents don't know what they're buying, pocket the cash and get out of town fast. Then get rid of the parking meter department. Think of the savings there. Finally, erect toll booths at all entrances to town. Shouldn't cost too much, there aren't that many entrances. On the way into Re- hoboth Beach, visitors would take a ticket from a dispensing ma- chine. On the way out, they would pay for the length of time they spent in town. While there, they could park anywhere for as long as they wanted without worrying about having enough quarters or time left on the meter or parking tickets and fines. Residents and people who work there could buy an annual pass. To me, this would be an agree- able alternative to the annual sweat over parking meters. And instead of Rehoboth being known as a Tree City, it could be known as Toll City, probably unique in the country or the world. People "I helped a friend do some gourds for his yard. When we f'm- ished he told me that considering all the work, he wouldn't sell them for $20 apiece." Prekup loves to educate people about purple martinS. "They've become totally dpendent on man for nesting," he said. "The vast forests that used to provide them homes are disappearing. Starlings and sparrows beat them out for what natural nesting Sites remain, and owls and crows and snakes get to the babies. My customizing  lott- d e ot the gourd - is all designed to discourage predators and competitors and en- courage martins. Gourds are the hot ticket. I've had people tell me they've put up martin houses but haven't attracted martins. I get from all over might come just to say they had been to Toll City. CNN might send a TV crew and do a special. The town could make money selling T-shirts and bumper stickers that said "I paid my toll in Toll City." " Seems like a great idea to me. But then, if it were implemented, what would people like Katz have to write about this time of year? And what would everybody else in Rehoboth have to fuss about? Plenty, I'm sure. George Kahne Lewes Dewey should protect riots The following letter was sent to the Mayor and Commissioners of the Town of Dewey Beach with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. My wife and I have owned property in the NR district of Dewey Beach for 17 years. We occupy our Dewey Beach resi- dence on weekends during the fall and spring and as frequently as possible during the summer. I attended a segment of the town meeting on April 8 and was dis- turbed to learn the town is consid- ering more restrictions - especial- ly ordinances which violate the property rights of home owners. I support the P&Z committee's re- jection of these ordinances but was discouraged by the commis- sioner's decision to have a public hearing on the ordinances. Demanding a six-foot safety zone on every property is illogi- cal. It will create chaos and en- forcement antagonism between summer police officers and occu- pants. The commissioners' responsi- bility is the regulation of public property rather than private prop- erty. Decisions regarding proper- ty egress and parking rights be- long to the homeowner. Let the owners of private property, guests and visitors enjoy Dewey Beach without more regulations and has- sles. Our teen-age daughter was cho- sen to travel abroad as a partici- pant in a student ambassador pro- gram. She is a very responsible them to hang up one gourd and the birds come almost instantly. They're the magnet." Prekup's father first interested him in martins. Since then he has added to his understanding through Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania - home to the Purple Martin Conservation Association. For information, write the Association in care of Edinboro University of Pennsyl- vania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16444, call them at I-814-734- 4420, or call Frank at 684-4436. "It', a lot of work, brother, to maintain all this," said Prekup. "But it makes the birds happy, the gardens and the gourds and the sand fleas make people happy. What else but happiness could come from it?" honor student who will be making her second trip abroad. I was dis- couraged to learn that until she reaches 18 years of age, she and her friends can be stopped and questioned by a police officer af- ter 11 p.m. at night due to a recent curfew passed by the current town officials. Let's protect the rights of peo- ple - not take them away. Ai Engleking Ft. Washington, Mr. Dewey Beach The other side of raves The recent news stories about "rave" parties in Rehoboth Beach have prompted me to write this letter. The other is side is speak- ing out. I'm one who frequents these clubs and I want to shed some light on some issues. You can't judge a rave by one incident. There are parties with drugs, but you can't eliminate that problem. Raves are meant to bring people together for a good time and danc- ing. People have the impression raves are where drug deals take place. There are more drug deals happening in high schools. The city council is now trying to regulate Channel Z's hours to 1 a.m. There is nothing wrong with all night parties. Just because some people like to turn in early, why should the young, energetic have to suffer? We go to dance clubs to have a good time dancing, not to cause trouble. If council is determined to put curfews on businesses, I sug- gest they go to a party and find out what it's all about first. Rich Feltz Milton Lewes needs an Easter Egg Hunt I had the pleasure of taking my five-year-old son to the Rehoboth Easter Egg Hunt this year, with my sister and her two children, who were visiting from Middle- town. What a huge turnout they have! Continued on page 10 Martins perch on one of Prekup's gourd colonies as their shepherd displays his purple martin T-shirt.