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Sussex outdoor burning ban lifted Last Sunday's drenching rain (just over a half inch was recorded in Lewes) has helped ease the parched conditions in Sussex County and prompted the state Fire Marshal's office to lift its ban on outdoor burning effective noon last Monday (May 1). State Fire Marshall Daniel Ki- Icy thanked Sussex residents for their cooperation during the ban, which was in effect since April 11, and warned that all outdoor burning should be conducted with extreme caution. He added a burning ban could be reinstated if dry weather and high winds re- turn. Cabinet Committee meeting in Georgetown The Governor's Cabinet Com- mittee on Planning for the state of Delaware will be meeting today (May 5)at 10 a.m. in the Court of Chancery in the Courthouse in Georgetown. This will be the first time the Cabinet Committee has met in Sussex County. The meeeting is open to the public. parking meters go into effect May 6 Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese has announced that parking meters will be in effect from 10 a.m. until midnight Satur- days and Sundays beginning May 6. Meters go into effect daily on Friday, May 26 through Labor Day during the same hours. Sussex County to dedicate airport May 6 Sussex County officials will host the dedication of the county's newly repaved 5,000-foot runway at the Sussex County Airport west of Georgetown this Saturday, May 6. Festivities will get under way at I0 a.m., rain or shine. State and federal officials, as well as FAA representatives, will be on hand for the dedication. Other displays and activities include antique planes and cars, a hot air balloon, helicopter rides, food vendors, a fie a market, plane rides and much more. The public is invited free of charge. I II A picture on page 56 of the April 21 edition showing the cur- rent and former owners of the Kingston Inn in Rehoboth Beach received the wrong photo credit. The photograph should have been credited to Raymond Venezia. Our apologies. An article in the April 28 edi- tion of the Cape Gazette indicated that residents of the communities in Lewes that have private streets ABCC delays decisions on new liquor licenses Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission was deluged with protesters at its hearing Fri- day, April 28, at Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall on two contro- versial liquor license requests. ABCC officials deferred a deci- sion on a request for a liquor li- cense for Grotto Pizza, which is opening a new restaurant on Route 26 in Bethany Beach - once a town that allowed no liquor li- censes. An even more controversial ap- plication by Irish Eyes owner Jack Royal for a new restaurant on Half Moon Drive near the Bethany West subdivision, was continued until this Tuesday, May 9, begin- ning at 1 p.m. in the Bethany Beach Library. "There are seven liquor licenses in one square mile of the town. I think that's quite enough," said Regina O'Brien, who resides in Bethany West and the Washing- ton, D.C. suburbs. She said nu- merous Bethany residents, espe- cially members of the Bethany West Recreation Association, were upset last Friday that the commission began the Irish Eyes hearing at 8:15 p.m., then told those assembled that they had to be out of Convention Hall by 8:30 p.m. - the reason the hearing was continued. O'Brien said residents and town officials oppose both liquor li- cense applications, fearing in- creased traffic, lack of parking spaces and drunks roaming the community. Community hall or convention center? Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Bitsy Cochran wants to know whether fellow officials want the resort to have a community hall or convention center, she said at the April 21 commissioners meeting. "The committee is frustrated and we're going to take a break until the board decides what way to go," Cochran said. "The original goal was to keep rental rates low to help get the hall filled, but to charge for equip- ment," Cochran noted, adding "meanwhile, we're collecting a security deposit for The Grove." She went on to say thatwhatever her committee suggests seems to meet with a dead end. With most weekends taken year round, the city is hoping to attract:d-week symposiums and retreats and plans to upgrade the kitchen will have to upgrade ir street lights to Board of Pube- Works (BPW) standards before/tlmBPW will take over their maintenance and pay for their electricity. Ac- cording to Board member Charles Hood, no upgrading will be neces- sary unless the communities in question - Bay Breeze, Pilottown Village and Pi!ottown Park - seek to have their streets made public and taken over by the City of Lewes. In that case, said Hood, the street lights would have to meet hardware and lighting stan- dards for public streets. equipment. But the committee is taking a break for now to gauge how the hall operates in the near future. At the May 1 workshop, Cochran announced she was "in- formed" that the city decided to reject the latest grant, $867.50, be- stowed by the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Com- mission (SCC&TC) to defray costs on the new folders in which to enclose Convention Hall infor- mation for prospective clients. City Manager Greg Ferrese is now seeking private funding, as he re- fuses to abide by certain criteria set forth by the SCC&TC. The criteria includes printing 500 marketing kits and preparing them for mailing; including the restaurant guide and catering list; publishing the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce 800 num- ber on the kit carrier; and provid- ing a lead list to SCC&TC on a quarterly basis to the Chamber and SCC&TC, which will be kept confidential until they become honafied bookings. "The more I thought about it, the $867 isn't worth adhering to all of the stipulations. Now, if we want to use the folders for another purpose, we have control and no agency is dictating to us. After all, we do all of our own promotion and mailing," Ferrese said, adding he wasn't happy with "the tone" of the letter from SCC&TC Exec- utive Director Cindy Small. "I am especially concerned that all in- quiries should stay here - I don't know why they would want them." Ferrese went on to note that his goal is to attract off-season hall rentals that benefit motels and re- tail shops within Rehohoth's city limits. Concerning making the de- cision without consulting the Con- vention Hall Committee, he added that it was strictly an administra- tive decision and not a legislative one, as it was his idea to submit the grant. Small said the contingencies are similar to those which are at- tached to all grants, so that they can be provided with figures to see if funds expended are bearing fruit in bringing people into Sus- sex County, which is the only way SCC&TC grants may be used. CURE to discuss New Directions Citizens United Regarding Edu- cation (CURE) will discuss New Directions and other aspects of Delaware' s educational eform initiatives at a meeting on Mon- day, May 8. Also on the agenda is sharing new information, the leg- islative action plans and develop- ing a questionnaire for the Depart- ment of Public Instruction. The public meeting will be held in the parish house at St. Peter's Episcopal Church at Second and Market Streets in Lewes at 7 p.m. Anyone with questions about the meeting may contact Estie Class at 645-5854. Rehoboth Preservation Ordinance May 10 topic There will be an informational CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, May 5- May 11, 1995- 8 a, Uooa imto All smiles at Freuhauf benefit They danced to the beat and donated to the cause April 30 in Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall when a benefit was held for Colombe lreulmuf (second from left), a resort server who has Hodghin's Disease, a highly curable form of cancer. The evening's festivities, featuring two of the hottest bands around, Tisra Til and Love Seed Mama Jump, raised $10,000 toward her medical expenses. All money above and beyond her medical needs will go to the NIH Cancer Institute. hown with Colombe are (L to r.) her husband Adam, PatttalTom Shreeve, instrumental in organizing the event, :and Steve Elkins of CAMP Rehoboth, a sponsor of the fuadralimr. meeting for the general public on the Rehoboth Beach Historic Preservation Ordinance at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 10 in the com- missioners room. There are four components of the meeting: a gen- eral overview of the project, intro- duction of the team of consultants and what they plan to accomplish; Harrison Wetherill, attorney, will discuss historic preservation ordi- nances, what they accomplish, how they work and their effect on the community; an overview of the history and architectural sig- nificance of Rehoboth' Beach and a general analysis of the character of various neighborhoods present- ed by Peter Kurtze, architectural historian, and Michael Dowling, architect; and a quesln and an- swer period to allowveryone i0 seek more informati0 about the process and goals. . former Sessex 00rge0. has license revoked John Camas, a Sussex County surgeon who moved to Bradford, Pa., had his" licensed revoked on April 27 for "gross negligence and incompetence" by thestate Board of Medical Practice i caring for at leas t two spatien% One lost a leg because he imProperly per- formed vasctilar shrry and ap- plied a plaster csthich was deemed inappropriate.  The other died when Camas failed to re- move an infected aplndix. The negligence was discovered after they had been taken from Beebe Medical Center and transferred to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Balti- more. Both incidents occurred be- fore he moved out of the area in 1993. The board also found "in- excusable negligence" in failing to keep medical records. However, the hoard ruled that if Camas successfully completes one year of surgical fellowship, it will reinstate his license. Main Street Rehoboth to set priorities May 11 A small but incisive group gath- ered May 3 in Rehohoth Beach Convention Hall with Dale Helmich, an organizational expert from the National Trust for His- toric Preservation's National Main Street to participate in "vi- sion and strategic planning". They broke into three groups to brainstorm, asked to list Re- hoboth's greatest assets, liabili- ties, opportunities and threats, as well as visualizing the resort five years down the road. When they compared notes, the three groups found that they had similar per- spectives in all of these areas. Helmich wrote down their an- swers and then asked the group to vote individually in prioritizing them. She will return will her re- sults at another public meeting slated for Vp.m, Thursday, May 11. "You are still in discovery in Rehoboth," she said of lengthy ef- forts to get the program off the ground, although a hoard of direc- tors has been chosen and officers elected. She said once these goals and objectives are outlined, Main Street Rehohoth, which is a pro- gram designed to revitalize down- towns, can turn them into a strate- gic plan. "I think you are moving toward consensus you've cov- ered a lot of ground and have bet- ter vibes," Helmick said, referring to her first visit Dec. 9, when she performed a similar exercise with the steering committee, where friction was felt. Noting that more people will probably participate once concrete tasks and programs are set forth, she said they will next concentrate on volunteer development and fundraising. Main Street Re- hohoth President Kathy Kramedas said they are in the process of con- Continued on page 4