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Briefly New parking regulations begin May 1 in Lewes Beginning May 1, new parking regulations will go into effect in the Lewes business district. Park- ing meters will need to be fed May 1 through Sept. 30 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week in the commercial district on Second Street, Market Street, Front Street, Third Street, and in the 1812 parking lot off Front Street. On May 23, the park- ing meters Jn the vicinity of Lewes Beach will begin to be reg- ulated. Meters at Lewes Beach are enforced until Septl 7. The meter enforcement season was extended after a majority of the businesses requested the ac- tion from the major and City Council in an effort to stimulate turnover of parking places. Previ- ously, meter enforcement began Memorial Day weekend, and end- ed after Labor Day weekend. Castle to address county Republicans Delaware Rep. Mike Castle will be the guest speaker at the Sussex County Republicans' luncheon on Monday, May 4, at noon, at Crip- ple Creek Country Club. The luncheon menu includes soup, Caesar salad with grilled chicken, dessert and coffee. The cost is $10, with gratuity included. For more information, call Nick Spencer at 539-1304. May 4 hearing in Lewes focuses on UD land Members of Lewes Mayor and Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 4, on the request by the University of Delaware to amend the permitted uses in the UN (University) zone where a 65- acre research park is located. Uni- versity officials have requested the changes in an effort to attract tenants to the pk. The park was created in 1982 using $1.4 million in county, state and federal monies to build an infrastruture. The idea was to build a facility that would attract tenants interest- ed in being close to the University of Delaware's College of Marine Studies complex and, in the process, provide quality jobs to residents of the area. However, there are still no tenants. Univer- sity officials believe the UN zon- ing may be too restrictive. They are also looking at changes to a provision that would have allowed Clarifications Photos taken at The Tackle Shack spring bass tournament that appeared in the April 24 issue were incorrectly credited to a Cape Gazette staff member. The photos of winners in the Milton tournament were submitted by The Tackle Shack owner and tournament coordinator Mike Dominquez. tenants to only lease land and after Glade Homeowners sue a period of 20 years turn over ownership of'all improvements to de.loper for land, fimds the university. If approved, the The Glade Property Owner As- zoning change would permit of- sociation and residents William rices and office buildings, confer- and Joan Martin filed suit in Sus- ence centers, recreational facili- sex County Chancery Court on ties, motion picture studios, light- Friday, April 24, seeking deed to manufacturing uses that would not 50 acres of wetlands and more create any offensive impacts and than $131,000 in constructive commercial warehouses. The trusts. The $131,000 in construe- hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. in tive trusts would provide for City Hall on East Third Street. maintenance and completion of Glade development amenities, in- Lewes zoning committee cluding completion of the club- house kitchen, repairs and malnte- sends ordinance to city nance in other areas of the club- Finishing more than five years house, maintenance to the main of work and countless meetings, entrance road and construction of the City of Lewes Zoning Ad Hoc two additional tennis courts "as Drafting Committee on Tuesday, part of the Common Areas of April 28, agreed to send a new THE GLADE Community and zoning ordinance to the Mayor under the contract of THE MAR- and Council for a public hearing TINS." "We're trying to retain and eventual adoption, wetlands deeded to the Glade The job of the committee was to property originally and trying to implement the recommendations get the Glade corporation to finish of the Comprehensive Long unfinished portions of the club- Range Planning Committee which house, do certain roadway repairs was appointed by former Mayor and reconcile some accounts that AI Stango with a charge to come were turned over to the Glade up with recommendations that Property Owners Association to would preserve and enhance the get the amount of money that we attractive qualities of Lewes and feel we should have received halt negative trends with appropri- when the property owners associ- ate zoning regulation, ation took over the common areas With completion of the work, and Glade amenities," said Art committee members instructed Shelley, president of the Glade City Solicitor Tempe Steen to Property Owners Association compile a document that can be (POA). "We've been negotiating taken to the Mayor and Council these items for well over a year for review and that would be but have been unable to resolve available to the public for review, them," he said. Rehoboth Beach Also being prepared is a zoning Attorney William Moore filed the map that shows what lands are suit on behalf of the Glade Proper- zoned in which districts, ty Owners Association and the The zoning districts have been Martins. The suit alleges that drawn to conform with tax map when the Glade Limited Liability parcel lines. One of the final ac- Corporation (LLC) turned over tions of the committee was to the common.areas of the develop- delete a footnote in the new ment to the property owners asso- "Table of District regulations" - ciation in October, t997, the de- which specifies dimensional re- scription of property to be turned quirements such as heights and over used a March, 1992 revised setbacks - that refers to heights in declaration of covenants and dec- coastal high hazard areas and larations which"shortchanged the flood-plain districts. Committee Glade P.O.A. out of an approxi- members agreed that Federal mate fifty (50) acres of wetlands." Emergency Management Agency The suits says that included in (FEMA) regulations don't relate those wetlands, "was an island of to building height, only to the high ground on the south side of first- floor height of buildings, the mouth of the Holland Glade The footnote in the existing Creek where said creek flows into "Table of District Regulations" the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal." The was a mistake, according to City suit says that island, and other Manager Elaine Bisbee. Building wetlands were included as part of height in Lewes is restricted ac- the original common areas for the cording to zoning district. Glade and were improperly re- The new zoning ordinance is moved by the 1992 document. expected to go to Mayor and Bob Van Fossan, president of The Council at the Monday, June 8 Glade LLC, said that the corpora- meeting. Members of the com- tion "has done the best job we mittee who made it through the know how and we've tried to set- entire implementation process in- tie this." clude Steen; Bisbee; Building In- spector Bill Massey; Councilman Tony Pratt, chairman; and Cliff Teen arrested for Diver. assaulting Lewes girl "It's taken a tremendous Delaware State Police arrested amount of time," said Pratt, "but Frank Carfioli, 18, of Cool we had to go through every page, Springs, on Wednesday, April 29, paragraph by paragraph'" The cur- for assaulting a 16-year-old rent zoning has been in place since Lewes girl in her home. Carfioli 1979. (Complete details of the is acquainted with the victim. new zoning ordinance and the "The suspect in this case went map will be presented in future to the victim's residence, pushed editions of the Cape Gazette after his way inside, physically assault- it has been introduced to the May- ed her, then sexually assaulted or and Council.) CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May I - May 7, 1998 - 3 Lewes Police Department dedication set The City of Lewes has invited the public to a dedication and open house at the new police department addition on Satur- day, May 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be a ribbon cutting at 1 p.m., followed by tours of the new facilities and refresh- ments. The facility, completed earlier this year, cost $792,000 and was funded in part with more than $300,000 in grants from the state. The tours will provide the public with a sense of the equipment and facilities used by the Lewes Police De- partment to protect the town and enforce its laws. Dewey Beach Town Hall dedication set A dedication and formal opening of the new Dewey Beach Town Hall and Police Department Building at 105 Rodney Ave. is set for Saturday, May 9, at 12:30 p.m. Following a brief ceremony, the facility will be open for the public to tour until 3 p.m. The new structure replaces the older building, a beach cottage bought by the town in 1984, which was razed last fall. The rendering of the current building, shown above, was cre- ated by local artist Joanne DeFiore. her," said Lt. Rick Chamberlin, state police spokesman. Police charged him with third-degree un- lawful sexual intercourse, second- degree burglary, third-degree un- lawful sexual contact and third- degree assault. He was remanded to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $25,200 secured bond. Police to auction property on May 2 The Delaware State Police will hold an auction on Saturday, May 2, at state police headquarters in Dover. Items to be auctioned in- clude recovered and confiscated property that has been in police possession for one year. Items in- clude clothing, bicycles, tools, jewelry, small appliances and mis- cellaneous property. No vehicles or weapons will be sold. Items will be available for inspection from 9 to 10 a.m.; the auction will be held regardless of the weather. Cash and checks will be accepted; all sales are final. Cape board to receive $13,000 grant The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict Board of Education voted unanimously on April 23 to con- tinue participating in the shared decision making (SDM) project, as outlined in H.B. 604. The dis- trict will receive $13,333 to fund the process of developing plans to involve many people in decisions that affect the district's schools. SDM typically involves commit- tees composed of parents, teach- ers, support staff, students, admin- istrators and community mem- bers. Part of the legislation pro- vides for a two-year window for schools to make the transition to the SDM management system. "I fully support shared decision making. I've looked forward to this for a long time," said Estie Class, board member. However, Class noted that she is concerned that more people aren't coming forward to get ifivolved. Anyone interested in participating in the process may call the district office at 645-6686. UD to stabilize Lewes campus shoreline The University of Delaware has asked the Delaware Legislature for $250,000 to prevent erosion of ap- Continued on page 4