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56 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Ma2 -May 8, 2008 Delaware state parks hold the line on entrance fees The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol's Division of Parks and Recreation announces that belt- tightening in operations, mainte- nance, staffing and programming expenditures has allowed the agency to hold the line on state park daily entrance fees and annu- al paskes again this year.. "Our goal is to ensure that serv- ices to state park visitors as well as our conservation mission are affected as little as possible," said Division director Charles A. Salkin. "We are cutting costs without cutting comers." According to Salkin, "The Delaware State Park System is facing unprecedented challenges in light of increased demands for outdoor recreation opportunities, major new acquisitions, growing operation and maintenance costs, and infrastructure needs. We must strike a balance between provid- ing visitors with high quality out- door experiences and preserving natural resources. And we must accomplish all that while covering at least two-thirds of our expens- es." The state parks will collect a $2.50 per car entry fee for Delaware residents and $5 for out- ofostaters from May 1 through Oct. 31. The fees are used to fund cultur- al and educational programs as well as ongoing operations and maintenance of each park. They are charged per vehicle, not per person. An in-state registered ve- hicle that carries less than 15 pas- sengers will pay $2.50 at most parks. Large vehicle and bus rates are available for groups inteiested in visiting the parks. An entrance fee is not charged at Fort Delaware State Park on Pea Patch Island off Delaware City. However, there is a boat transportation fee of $6 for adults and $4 for children t/nder 14 years of age. Children under four years of age can ride free of charge. The daily entrance fee is charged at the following parks: Bellevue, Brandyvine Creek, Cape Henlopen, Beach Plum Is- land Nature Preserve, Delaware Seashore, Fort DuPont, Fox Point, DNREC honors Employee ()f the Year More than 300 Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control (DNREC) em- ployees and friends gathered April 22 at Wesley College in Dover to celebrate annual employee awards. In his opening statement, DNREC Secrtary John Hughes pointed out that all employees were being honored for accom- plishments attained throughout the year 2002. "Although 32 em- ployees are being recognized for specific achievements, it is the dedication and perseverance of every DNREC employee that lived up to this year's theme "You Make a World of Difference." "You all make a difference every day and I want to take this moment tO thank you for assisting this administration in reaching a common goal of improving Delaware's environment," added Hughes. Director of State Personnel, Lisa Blunt-Bradley, represented Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and assist- ed Hughes in the awards ceremo- ny. In her remarks, she lauded the department for its stewardship role and for truly "making a world of difference" while improving and protecting the precious re- sources of the air, water, land and the "jewels of Delaware" the state parks, all of which make up the First State's environment. Hughes paid a special tribute to Maurice "Buddy" Sipple, captain of the Natural Resources Vessel; Marine Vessel (MV) the "First State". Sipple suffered a fatal heart attack. He died in the line of dhty while at the helm of his boat. The vessel was subsequently dedi- cated by the Delaware Legislature in his honor and memory. Hughes also commended the crew that at- tempted to revive their captain and friend on that day. Special recognition was given to Grace Dowell, from DNREC and the State of Delaware for her 20 years of service. Dowell was the first person in a program de- signed for hiring persons with dis- abilities into the state' s work force.' She was the first person hired under the program and helped pioneer the way for more than 50 persons who followed her in dedicated and exemplary serv- ice to the State of Delaware. The top honor, Employee of the Year, was awarded to Glen Stub- bolo of Dover, Division of Parks and Recreation volunteer coordi- nator. He was cited for creating and providing thousands of new op- portunities for Delaware's citi- Continued on page 57 Holts Landing, Fenwick Island, Killens Pond, Lums Pond, Trap Pond, Trussum Pond Natural Area, and White Clay Creek State Park and Preser*e (including the Judge Morris area). Entrance fees are not charged at Rockford Park or Brandywine Park in Wilmington, Alapocas Woods, or Fenwick Island's State Line Beach. Brandywine Zoo, which has been part of the state park system since 1998, charges admission from March 15 through October as follows: $2 per child 3-11 years; $2 for senior citizens; $4 for adults and children 12 years BRUCE W. cHILCOAT Associate Vice President Firiancial Advisor Certified Financial Planner and older. Children under 3 admit- ted free. Annual passes are $20 for Delaware residents, $40 for n.on- residents, and half price for senior citizens. They can be purchased at most of the parks, at agents tlFoughout the state, or at the Division of Parks and Recreation headquar- ters in the Richardson and Rob- bins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover. For more information on annual passes and where to get one, call 302-739-4702 or go to the Delaware State Parks wbsite, www.destate I (302) 226-5100 (800) 258-3131 Fax (302) 226-5200 Call for Financial Planning Consultation x Mort00an St:an ey 4421 Rt. One Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 SS "th aggie. 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