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Briefly Parking permits subject of May 15 meeting Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese has scheduled a meeting for 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 15, in the Commissioners Room, to discuss the parking per- mit system for-the 1997 season. He urges all merchants and real estate agents wishing to sell per- mits to attend, as well as any out- of-town businesses willing to par- ticipate. Rehoboth Board of Adjustment to meet The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will hear two requests for variances at its 7 p.m., Friday, May 16 meeting, which will be held in the Commissioners Room. The first variance request is from Emilie J. Pastenoster for an extension of a structure, as a porch addition was constructed on the side of the tear building which is a nonconforming structure. The second request comes from the American Legion Post 5 at the corner of King Charles Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue to expand the facility with a 139-square-foot addition at the rear of the struc- ture. The parcel is zoned O-1 (open space) and the addition would be an extension of a non- conforming use of land. PSC sets cable TV hearing in Millsboro The Delaware Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold pub- lic hearings on two cable televi- sion filings on Friday, May 9 in Fellowship Hall of Grace United Methodist Church, Church and Morris st'eets, Millsboro. At 10 a.m., there will be joint public hearings on the applica- tions of TCI Cablevision of East- ern Shore and American Cable TV of Lower Delaware/Maryland, for annual adjustments to their maximum permitted basic cable rates, regulated equipment and in- stallation costs. These companies serve customers in certain unin- corporated areas of southern Sus- sex County. At 11 a.m., there will be a public hearing on the applica- tion for approval of the transfer of the cable television franchise of American Cable TV of Lower Delaware/Maryland to Mediacom Delaware LLC. Copies of the ap- plicadons are available for public review at the commission's Dover office, 1560 South DuPont High- way. For information call 1-800- 282-8574. Clarifications A photo caption in the April 25 edition of the Cape Gazette con- cerning the article in "Turf' mag- azine featuring the City of Re- hoboth Beach misidentified Justin Kane, who was holding up the , framed copy of the article. Rehoboth to hear rezoning request The Rehoboth Beach Board of Comnssioners is expected to ap- prove a resolution at the Friday, May 9 meeting to hold a public hearing on Friday, June 13 on a rezoning request from Bruce Al- lan Garey for 158 Columbia Av- enue. Garey wishes to have the parcel rezoned from R-1 to C-3 so that he can move his hair salon from Route One into town. The two adjacent lots, also called 86 Kent and 86 Columbia, are virtu- ally surrounded by commercially zoned property, except for the "Scout House," which sits next door. The Scout House parcel, which is operated by the Re- hoboth Kiwanis Club, is owned by the city and zoned open space. The Rehoboth Planning Com- mission informed the board that having heard Garey's request at its April meeting, it looks favor- ably on the rezoning. In a discussion on the matter at the April 28 workshop, there was some talk of rezoning the entire block on Kent Street, although Mayor Sam Cooper said he has no desire to do so. And on the sub- ject of rezoning the Scout House to commercial, as it is not used in a residential.matter, there was concern voiced that it could result in being used in a more commer- cial manner than it presently is. Rehoboth discusses property sale The City of Rehoboth Beach has found itself in a bit of a quandary over a 1,700 square foot triangular parcel it has learned it owns in the second block of Olive Avenue. Mayor Sam Cooper reported at the April 28 workshop that he re- ceived a letter in January from Gladys Blaner on Maryland Av- enue, an adjacent property owner, requesting to purchase the land, which is the first time city owner- ship came to light. With a little sleuthing into old minutes from Rehoboth board meetings, Cooper learned that in 1948, the city drew a new line for Olive Avenue and subdivided the former right of way into four parcels, offering it for purchase to the adjacent prop- erty owners for a small sum. All but the former owners of 54 Olive Avenue took the city up on the of- fer. Lot 54 Olive Avenue is now owned by the estate of Ruth Ann Gillis, which is anxious to sell the parcel, which will prove difficult under present circumstances. Im- provements on 54 Olive Avenue encroach upon the land which the city still owns and is part of the driveway. It is also Cooper's be- lief that the city-owned parcel should be part of 54 Olive Av- enue. However, the city charter states that all real estate the city wishes to part with that is worth $2,000 or more must be put up for auction, and even this small piece of land is estimated to be worth more than that, especially given the fact that there are two interested parties. City Solicitor Walt Speakman was asked to interpret the charter, which appears to have two con- flicting clauses concerning sale of city land. "We know the city needs to get a fair price - it seems we ought to be able to work something out that's equitable for the city and all concerned," said Commissioner Richard Sargent, with Commis- sioner Betty Ann Kane noting that they don't want to end up creating a nonconforming lot by taking the land away from the Gillis estate. City officials will continue looking into a solution and report back. DSWA Longneck site open Sundays The Delaware Solid Waste Au- thority (DSWA) Longueck collec- tion station will be open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from May 4 through Sept. 28. Regular daily hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The collection stations accept bagged household waste only for a disposal fee of $1 for each bag. Multiple-use tickets can be par- chased by mail from the DSWA Office in Dover or at the Sussex County Public Works Solid Waste office in Georgetown. Tickets are sold in multiples of $10 (10 bags) and $20 (20 bags). Residents must supply their own bags. There is also a recycling center at each collection site. Home owner workshop May 14 in Lewes The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service will host a Home Ownership Now workshop set for 6 p.m., May 14, at the Lewes Public Library. The library is located at Railroad and Adams sts. The session is for prospective homeowners who wish to pur- chase a home, but lack the down payment. Information will be available to show families and in- dividuals how they can purchase or build their home now, with no down payment requirements. All areas of Sussex County are avail- able. Loans are made by banks or mortgage companies and are guar- anteed by the federal government. The workshop is open to the pub- lic as well as Realtors, builders and developers. Please RSVP by calling 947-7300. Crabs and eels subject of May 6 meeting The biology and management of American eels and horseshoe crabs will be the Subject of a pub- lic information meeting hosted by the Atlantic States Marine Fish- eries Commission (ASMFC) on May 6 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. The meeting will also include a discussion of tautog regulations, although the proposals ar expect- ed to have little significant impact on tautog fishing in the first state, CAPE GAZEWE, Friday, May 2- May 8, 1997 - 3 , .H  Mkha $hoa photo DelDOT sets sights on intersection The Delaware Department of Transportation (DeiINT) has big plans for this intersection, although probably not for sev- eral years. As part of the long-range transportation plan, land will be purchased at the intersection of Routes land 16 when it becomes available. Director of External Affairs Christine Gillan said that traffic counts are increasing considerably, meaning DelDOT wants to acquire land.when it comes on the market. There are absolutely no plans for condemnation, she mtid. There are no immediate plans for improvement, but Del- DOT expects to create an interchange at the site eventually with exit ramps connecting Route 1 and 16, instead of the cur- rent traffic signal, Gillan said. according to fishery officials. The other two species have come under heavy pressure and ASMFC will be releasing infor- mation developed recently about both horseshoe crabs and eels. Fisheries of both species are linked because of the importance of horseshoe crabs as bait in fish- eries for eel. Both species have increased in commercial values in recent years. Nearly every life phase of the eel is exploited either for consump- tion of adult eels or as an aquacul- ture product. Horseshoe Crabs are valuable not just as eel bait, but their blood is very valuable to the biomedical industry. And they were historically important as as source of animal Protein in render- ing plants which made livestock feed. In addition, the eggs of horseshoe crabs are a vital source of protein for several species of shorebirds which visit Delaware Bay as a feeding station on their annual spring migrations. The public is invited to attend and provide comments on the pub- lic information document and to share information which might prove useful in the drafting of management plans. Questions pri- or to the meeting may be directed to John Field Of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission at 202-289-6400 or to Roy Miller or Charles Lesser with Delaware Fish and Wildlife at 739-3441, Cape Point dosed for plover nests The point of Cape Henlopen has been closed to the public, accord- ing to David Smal ! , spokesman for the Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC). The point closure is routinely done every year starting March 1 because the area is popular with nesting shorebirds, some of which are quite rare. Temporarily closing the areas prevents them from be- ing disturbed. Small said that piping plovers have been spotted in coastal areas already. The birds are considered to be threatened which means the tiny beach nesters are considered a rare species, but not in immediate danger of extinction. Although they have been spotted in areas like the Cape Henlopen Point, no plover nests have been seen yet. County approves sunsetting provision Sussex County Council ap- proved an ordinance to begin sun- setting of subdivisions after five years. The county adopted the or- dinance April 29 and the five year provision means that subdivision approval will sunset or be with- drawn if work has not begun on a project within five years after ap- proval. The ordinance, a compan- ion ordinance to the county land use plan, has received little oppo- sition and is intended to prevent "paper" subdivisions which are on the books, but never developed or not developed for years. Hurricane workshop slated for May 21 An annual hurricane workshop will be held in Sussex County May 21. The annual workshop, hostedby the Sussex County Emergency Preparedness Office in cooperation with the Del[tware National Guard, will be at the Na- tional Guard facility in Bethany Beach. The theme of the workshop will be encouraging communication between local communities in Delaware and Maryland. Speakers for this year's workshop will in- clude Paul Whitten with South Carolina Emergency Preparedness and Karen Wagley, Omslow County, North Carolina. Wagley was a keynote speaker at the Na- tional Hurricane Conference this year in Houston.