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12 - CAPE GAZE'FrE, Friday, April 25- May 1, 1997 Inland Bays Committee says it's tired of being ignored forts since the early 1980's. Nanticoke River." he [Jeff Bullock] will listen," Purnell said. Group claims county land use plan gives little attention to bays B 7 Mic/mel Short The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Inland Bays feels that it has been giv- en short shrift when it comes to develop- ment of the Sussex County land use plan. The CAC met on Monday and decided to take a much more assertive role. Members plan to write a letter to the Board of Direc- tors of the Center for The Inland Bays (CIB), which meets on May 29. Specifically, the CAC members have ur- gned.that more emphasis needs to be placed upon the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan, a voluntary plan de- signed to ensure protection of the inland bays. The three hays - Little Assawoman, Indi- an River and Rehoboth - have been the fo- cns of major environmental protection ef- "It really bothers me that people in high places in our state and county almost scoff at the CCMP," said Jim Alderman, who chairs the CAC. "Now, we are kind of for- getting it a little biL" Members of the CAC attended many of the county's hearings on the proposed land use plan and some of the suggestions of members and other environmentalists were taken into consideration. County officials made a point of holding numerous meetings and hearings to gather input. For example, the size of development districts around the inland hays was greatly reduced from what had been originally pro. posed, a move that reduces density and is expected to have a positive environmental impact. But members of the CAC said that ccm- ty and state officials still need to pay more attention to the quality of the hays. CAC member Helen Truitt said the latest version of the land use plan does mention the CCMP, but she said there are "two para- graphs on it and one and a half pages on the The latest version of the plan was ap- proved March 25 and sent to the state for review and comments. Sussex must vote for final approval when it receives the state comments. The state has60 days to make its recommendations to the county. Til Purnell said the new plan does not contain one mention of wellhead protec- tion. Alderman said that it is frustrating, say- ing that attention to the CCMP seems to be waning since it was signed with great fan- fare. Walt Rosen suggested linking with the Citizens Coalition group, which has been active in issues of development. Larry Wonderlin suggested a press conference to say "we are fed up." Grace Pierce-Beck said ,'it is not getting to the people that it needs to" and joined with Til Purnell in supporting taking their case to the governor's cabinet level com- mittee on state planning. "I am a firm be- liever in going to the tap," she said. "If we generate a flood of letters, I think Bullock. who chairs the cabinet commit- tee, also -serves as Gov. Carper's chief of staff. The May 29 meeting is one day after the scheduled visit by Michael McCabe, the Region IH Administrator of the Environ- mental Protection Agency (EPA). McCabe plans to visit the area and he will get a bird's eye view of the bays, including likely tours of efforts to replant submerged aquatic vegetation, an environmental learn. ing center at Lord Baltimore Elementary and the James Farm site near Bethany Beach. "A sign, the James Farm where nothing has happened and grass planting that hasn't taken yet." said Purnell. 'q'hese are not no- ble accomplishments." But other members argued that much has been accomplished and said that it would serve no purpose to vent frustration with a lack of progress during McCabe's visit. "Be nice, but also present the side that much more needs to be done," said Pierce- Beck. Inland Bays citizens group supports Schroeder00sewer efforts By Michael Short The idea of finding an alterna- tive to Rehoboth Beach's dis- charge into the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal is picking up allies, Rehoboth Beach discharges its treated sewer into the Lewes-Re- hoboth Canal and the city has spent millions of dollars upgrad- ing that discharge to remove ex- cess nitrogen and phosphorous from the wastewater. Rep.John Schroeder (D-Lewes) recently proposed a brainstorm session between the city, county and other officials to develop a way to change the disposal sys- tem. He called for a meeting of the ininds to see if it is feasible to have Rehoboth contlnueto treat sewage at its treatment plant. The wastewater could then he pumped to the West Rehoboth Treatment Plant and be disposed of by land application, the treatment method at the county operated plant. It's only an idea and Schroeder emphasized that he only wants to brainstorm to see ff it can happen. But the idea is that removing the sewage discharge will help clean up Delaware's inland bays. He has emphasized the major improvements made by Rehoboth Beach at a major cost to the city's pocketbook and has praised those efforts. The idea has garnered a pair of allies recently. Delaware's De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC's) Gerard Esposito has 'supported the idea in a recent let- ter to Schroeder. The idea was also endorsed on Monday, April 21 by the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Inland Bays. Charlie Marsch asked the committee to endorse Schroeder's idea. Esposito, the DNREC director of water resources, wrote to Schroeder that "such load reduc- tions may reduce the unount of sea lettuce and other algae, which have prompted significant envir ronmental questions, and have probably had a negative economic impact on the area. Additionally, removal of this source of bacteria could potentially open as much as one square mile of additional shellfish waters to harvesting." Esposito added that Rehoboth Beach is in the process of reduc- ing its nutrients, including a 70 percent reduction in phosphorous levels. "Therefore, I suggest that dur- ing these discussions we fairly consider the city's interests and establish a reasonable schedule, should the decision be made to pursue alternative means of waste- water disposal." Rehoboth Little League campaign winds down; Grotto purchases fights By Dem Formy Rehoboth Beach Little League, on the eve of opening day on Sat- urday, May 2, erected a large, weatherproof aluminum sign at its park naming the major league field at the five field complex "Grotto Pizza Legendary Field." Blake Thompson, chairman of the capital campaign underway to pay for the park's improvements, said the sign recognizes "a signifi- cant contribution" from Dominick Pulieri's Grotto Fizzawhich will pay for a state-of-the-art lighting system for the major league field. The lights were being installed this week and are to be in place for opening day. The opposite side of the sign, which faces Glade Road, tells all entering the complex that they are in Epworth United Methodist Park. "Fnat side of the sign," said Thompson, "recognizes Epworth United Methodist Church for gra- ciously providing fifteen acres of land on Glade Road for the Re- hoboth Beach Little League's new sports complex." The two-sided sign,i said Thompson, resulted from several fortunate twists that went in favor of Rehohoth Beach Little League. First was Grotto's involvement in the little league project. "As everyone in our community prob- ably realizes by now, Dominick Puliert/Grotto Pizza is on every- one's list when it comes to raising money for all causes in and around the Rehoboth Beach com- munity. For this reason I was ini- tially reluctant to call on Dora for help with the little league cam- paign," said Thompson. "But at a board of directors meeting for County Bank, where Thompson serves with Pulieri, the Grotto founder asked how the campaign was going. "He told me then how strong his feelings were for Rehoboth Beach and how thankful he was to be part of the community; and he told me how strongly he felt about promoting healthy activities for the youth of our community. Finally he told me to come and see him near the end of the campaign and based on the rest of the community's sup- port, he and Grotto Pizza would, in turn, make a commitment." The campaign was nearing its initial goal of $150,000 when Thompson contacted Pulieri again. He said Purled was so hap- py about the way the commmi'ty had snpported the little leagne that he offered to pay for the entire Thompson said he and Vinco lmnla Farney photo Stand/rig in front of the new sign naming the major league field at Rehoboth Beach Little League sports complex are (l-r) Blake Thompson, chairman of the fundraising campaign; Do- m/n/ok Pu]ieri of Grotto Pizza; and Vince Whaley of Sheridan Sign Company. Whaley of Sheridan Signs in Sal- isbury meanwhile were struggling with what to do with the back of the sign honoring Epworth. "We were concerned that the back of the sign would detract from the overall good looks of our park," said Thompson. When the League's directors learned about Grotto's commitment to pay for the lights, they decided a good so- lution would he to honor Grotto's generosity by naming the major league field appropriately and us- ing the back of the Epworth Park sign for thepurpose. "When I told Vince of our solu- tion, he related to me that he had dealt personally with Dom for years on sign work for Grotto and was amazed at his generosity," said Thompson. "When I began asking for a price for the Grotto sign, Vfitce told me that tbey had talked about it at Sheridan and had decided they would like to help the Rehoboth Beach Little League campaign and honor Grotto's piz- za's generosity by donating the ending to a great story." . Thompson said Rehoboth Little League is now within $25,000 of being debt-free. "With annual proceeds from sign revenue, con- cession stand revenue, one chick- en barbecue fundraiser and the on- going support of corporate team sponsors," said Thompson, "our Little League program should re- main debt-free forever." Re- hoboth Beach Little League will honor its donors on Opening Day, Saturday, May 2, beginning at 10 sign. It really made for a great a.m.