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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, April 25 - Thursday, May 1, 1997 Volume 4, NO. 49 Delaware joins other states in beach replenishment effort If they are successful, they expect to present a five-state coalition which should be enough to make the group a political force to be reckoned with. The name of the agency is the Mid- Atlantic Coastal Partnership and it will meet at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington to draft a resolution. "If we combine our influence we can be more successful in getting the Army Corps of Engineers to continue with the beach restoration work that is critical to all coastal states, where the economy and quality of life depend, to a large extent, upon the beaches," said Laurence Dowries, chairman of the board of directors and chief executiv e officer of New Jersey Natural Gas Company. Frederick said the common denominator of the groups and states is they are aware "of the impact a strong coastal economy can do for the whole state." "I am drafting a resolution.., that calls for unanimous support from the Congressional delegations of the five states," said Thomas Dennis Forney photo ByMichael Short "There is strength in numbers," said Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Frederick. Frederick, who is also president of the Association of Coastal  Towns (ACT) will be one of the people present on April 30 when Delaware joins forces with four other states to lobby for continued funding for beach replenishment projects. Delaware, New-Jersey, New York, Mary- land and Virginia representatives will all meet in an effort to combine political clout. Spring Hawk Watch underway at Cape State Park The Spring Hawk Watch at Cape Henlopen Stato Park has recorded the passage of more than 1,200 hawks winging their way north since the beginning of April The daily counts will continue through May from atop the observation platform on the bunker just north of the park's main bath house parking lot. The osprey shown in this photograph, which migrated into the area in m/d.March, probably from South American wintering grounds, is making a meal of a fish while perched on the top of a dead tree near the point of the cape. Gagliano, the president of the finn, Jersey Shore Partnership, and a former New Jersey senator from Monmouth County. The Mid-Atlantic Coastal Partnership held its organizational meeting in January. Participants in the meeting are expected to be Frederick, Mayor Jim Mathias of Ocean City, MD., Mayor Megera Obendorf of Vir- ginia Beach, VA., and Jane Ekstein, director of Save Our Seashore Inc. of Long Island. Gagliano and Frederick both support con- Continued on page 15 Surf fishermencry "e foul over dredging disposal site By Michael Short The Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen are circulating a petition opposing the use of the Coral Beds as a disposal site for a major dredging project in-Delaware Bay. - The project will deepen the channel in the Delaware River from 40 to 45 feet deep, a move that is expected to help Delaware River ports compete with other ports, many of which also offer deeper channels. Deeper channels can accommodate larger ships and offer a major economic advan- tage. But part of that dredging means the dredged bottom material will be dumped in the area of the Coral Beds, a.prime fishing area for trout locatedToughly off Broadl0.'ll Beach. There is no coral in the Coral Beds, because the area is so northern. It is named because a species of worm found in the bot- tom builds sandy deposits on the bottom, Continued on page 17 Resort officials tangle over final resort transit decisions By Trish Vernon Almost no one came away from the April 22 Resort Transit Advisory Committee meeting completely satisfied with the final " plan for this summer's resort lransit system. The City of Rehoboth Beach is unhappy that the state will be using 40-foot buses on its in-town loops, while the Town of Dewey Beach isn't pleased with the fact that DART First State's Delaware Transit Corporation (DRT) officials dashed plans for a direct Dewey to Rehoboth late night route. The owners and visitors at 3 Seasons Camp- ground, however, will still be serviced by the buses, although not as often and that may still not sit well with nearby residents who complained at recent public hearings about the heavy bus traffic being disruptive and dangerous. At the outset of the April 22 meeting, DRT Planner Bobbie Geier told them a number of changes were made from their initial plans "based on comments at the hearings and from this group." She proceeded to announce that they are working with 3 Seasons to provide "some as yet to be determined level of service," while they decided, due to concerns raised by Rehoboth officials, not to establish the direct Dewey to Rehoboth city hall route from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Rather, the route from Dewey to the park and ride lot and then into Rehoboth will remain in place. Continued on page 18 Harbinger of summer: parking permits go on sale in Rehoboth By Trish Vernon Now entering its second year of implementation, Rehoboth Beach's residential park- ing permit system is off to a smooth start. During a status report made to the city's parking advisory committee on April 22, city employee Docie Johnson announced that all property owners, verifiable residents, in-town merchants and out-of-town businesses with city licenses have received their seasonal permits and forms necessary to apply for additional permits. 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