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Brier,/ Continued from page 3 another 25 days. Several other pairs of plovers have been spotted in the park near the point. In 1996, three chicks survived to fledge (successfully leave the nest). The piping plover is a threatened species along the Atlantic, which means the birds are not endangered, but are con- sidered to be quite rare. Recent studies along the Atlantic estimate the number of birds at 700 pairs. The bird is small, stocky and sandy colored and resembles a sandpiper. Populations of the plover have declined as habitat has been lost and human distur- bance has curtailed breeding suc- cess. Service windows topic for Dewey Beach P & Z The Dewey Beach Planning and Zoning Commission met Tues- day, May 13, to discuss service windows for eateries and retail operations_ Concern has been expressed by the town's commissioners con- ceming the amount of litter and noise that service windows create. Planning and Zoning chairman Roger Mallet said that several es- tablishments have requested a ser- vice window because of health codes. He said patrons coming off of the beach who aren't wearing a shirt and/or shoes require the use. of service windows to purchase food or a drink. "Under the Delaware Health Code, to enter and establishment you have to be wearing a shirt and shoes," he said. "I've heard from several establishments that they want service windows because of health violations." Planning and Zoning board members will recommend to the commissioners that service win- dows be provided for foodservice only, and that a time limit of 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. be placed on the -usage of such a feature. Members will also recommend that trash containers be placed nearby, per the existing town ordinance, and that the commissioners apply an added fee for service windows. Dewey P & Z endorses memorial plaques Members of the Dewey Beach Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday, May 13, to endorse the idea of memorial plaques. The individual purchasing a plaque would be responsible for the cost of the monument and a tree or shrub, and a fee could be set for upkeep of the memorial. The program would be modeled after an existing memorial plaque program in Rehoboth Beach. Planning and Zoning Chairman Roger Mallet said he believes that the Town of Dewey Beach has enough open green space to acco- modate the plaques. Mallet said he will present the information at the Friday, June 20, commissioners' meeting. Sunsetting of zoning proposed in Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels said he has asked Sussex County Planning and Zoning to draft an ordinance for sunsetting of zoning changes. The county has already voted to approve sunset- ting for subdivisions, which means approval can rescind if a planned subdivision is undevel- oped for a number of years. Sun- setting of zoning changes would work the same way. County Administrator Bob Stickels noted that sunsetting zon- ing changes could have avoided some controversy in major devel- opment areas. For example, growth in the Cape Region along Route 1 has often occured in com- mercial zoned areas that have been commercial and undevel- oped since Richard Nixon was in the White House. Much of that commercial land might have sun- setted if the proposed ordinance was already in place. No date for beach replenMent John Hughes confirmed this week that there is still no date set for beach replenishment in the re- sort area. Hughes, the director of the soil and water conservation di- vision of the Depa/'tment of Nat- ural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) said no deci- sion has been made about whether to do the project this fall or next year. The project is considered "maintenance" work, meaning it is relatively modest. Hughes said that the state is waiting for a deci- sion from Middlesex Beach and Sea Colony on whether or not they will allow the state to pump sand across their beaches as it re- plenishes neighboring beaches. Both Middlesex Beach and Sea Colony also have the option of be- ing included (at their cost) and Hughes hopes both will vote to be included in the replenishment. Generally, state officials say the larger a beach replenishment pro- ject, the more stable the project. That's why officials would rather not replenish only one or two communities in an areas. Plans call for some replenish- ment for Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. Lifeguards now on duty at state parks The Memorial Day holiday means that lifeguards will go on duty at a number of Delaware State Parks. At Cape Henlopen they are on duty on the main beach Memorial Day through La- bor Day,- and at Gordon's Pond from June 21 through Labor Day, both from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Delaware Seashore, inlet beach (south side) and Tower Road, guards are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p,m. At Fenwick Island, the. maiv beach will be guarded from Men orial Day through Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while in un- incoJ 3orated areas they are on du- ty fi im June 21 through Labor Day. (If water safety staff are not avail tble, swimming will be des- ignal ed as unguarded or closed.) Priqe urges disabled to contact personnel Rdp. Shirley Price (D-Millville) has Issued a release encouraging pernianently disabled individuals to ir form their local fire compa- nies of their disability. Price also urge ] disabled residents to notify Dicl Rutter, Department of Public Safe , (DPS), so he can enter the infol marion into a state-wide 911 com rater base. Write to Rutter at De F trtment of Public Safety, 3050 Upler King Road, Dover, DE 199( . A:cording to Rutter, persons who are deaf, visually impaired, "an amputee, quadriplegic or per- man ently disabled in any other way should contact DPS. All in- forn ration will be kept confiden- tial. I ne Hook receives at to bury power lines ie Federal Emergency Man- agel aent Agency (FEMA) has an- noul:ced that a $102,957 hazard miti :ation grant will be made to bur3 electric lines along Sussex 39, 7hich runs through the Prime Hok National Wildlife Refuge. 1'lie existing overhead line has sufl'ered extensive damage thro aghout the years from wind, ice  nd snow. Since 1962, the state has listed 20 major coastal wind and flooding events that have cau.ed power outages averaging two days. " ts the name implies, the pur- pos ', of this program is to reduce the potential for future problems by l aking corrective action now,' Sen Bill Roth said. '"Fhat is an example of good government. I applaud FEMA's deci sion to take this proactive step to r revent further problems with this troubled electric line." Co anty decision on as lhalt plant supported S lperior Court Judge William Sw dn Lee has upheld a decision by 1he county on the proposed as- pha It plant to be built by County Sea Materials L.L.C. County Ad- mit strator Bob Stickels told the Sus sex County Council on April 22 that Lee upheld the Sussex Col tnty Board of Adjustment deci- sioIL on the proposed plant. Lee ruled that the opponents we: e not deprived of due process at I he hearing, but instead that the' had a full and fair opportunity to  ssess and comment on the pro- pos  asphalt facility. It addition, Lee has found that the board used the correct legal staltdards in making its decision ant that there was evidence to su[ 3oft the board's decision on the plant proposed for the county ind strial park. DATE 05/12/97 05/13/97 05/13/97 05/14/97 05/14/97 05/17/97 05/17/97 05/17/97 05/17/97 05/17/97 05/17/97 05/18/97 FOR WEEK OF MAY 12 TO MAY 18. 1997 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1, and Sussex 12, west of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 and Rehoboth Mall parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Sussex 15A, north of Rehoboth #2 Rt. 1 and Sussex 16, east of Milton #4 Rt. 1 and Route 24, south of Lewes #4 Rt. 1 and Route 24, south of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 and Route 1A, west of Lewes #4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 12, west of Lewes #4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth #5 Rt. 1 at Midway Shopping Center parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Route 24, south of Lewes #4 Rt. 1 and Sussex 283, south of Lewes #2 Massey's Landing will .open March 24 Massey's Landing will open on Saturday, May 24. This is the first time the popular boating spot has been open for years and it comes just in time for the summer tourist season. For years, the area at the end Of Long Neck Road drew crowds of boaters and fishermen drawn by good flounder fishing and a site within minutes of both Indian River and Rehoboth Bay. But coastal storms damaged the facility and it closed. The state, drawn by good parking and an ideal location, purchased the prop- erty earlier this spring. Now, it is opening again. But visitors to Massey's Landing will find a very different facility. The boat ramp and the parking lot are open, but the storm damaged buildings have had to be demol- ished. "The parking lot is now regrad- ed and surfaced with stone," ac- cording to a statement from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). "Parking and traffic patterns will be marked... The old buildings were demolished and the ramps are usable. Most of the old docks were removed due to their deteriorated condition. The facility will have a ramp attendant on weekends and holidays to as- sist the flow of traffic. Other im- provements include portable toi- lets, lighting and marked parking spaces." The area is considered ideal because it's located right on the inland bays in the narrow ditch or gut which flows between Re- hoboth Bay and Indian River. In- dian River Inlet is barely around the comer and the area has some of the clearest and cleanest water in the inland bays. The ultimate plans for the area will be decided later this summer, following a public meeting at the Oak Orchard Fire Hall. Previous- ly, there was a snack bar, private docks and a bait and tackle shop at Massey's Landing. The public meeting to decide how to ulti- mately use the site is scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 8. Access management policy outlined Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has out- lined very preliminary plans for a proposed access management pro- posal. DelDOT Secretary Anne Canby briefly mentioned the pro- posal during a recent Sussex County Council meeting. The pro- posed plan, which is very prelimi- nary and which will be the subject of public meetings, would be de- signed to set standards for the amount of access available to roadways. "The proposed Access Manage- ment Policy is a combination of regulatory and administrative ac- tions that, building on existing statutory authority, will help de- termine how and where connec- tions between development and transportation systems are made," according to the proposal. "The proposed Access Management Policy does not seek to limit ac- cess, but to provide appropriate access to transportation infrastruc- ture. This will be accomplished by assigning roadways, or portions of roadways, to one of the seven ac- cess classes." The goals and objectives are to "encourage development which relates to streets and roads in a way that provides access for all modes of travel. Discourage direct access from development to high speed roadways. Discourage dri- veway entrances on major roads and use alternative access in- stead." The proposed policy, which Canby describes access management like this: "Access management shapes how property is afforded access to the trans- portation system. It controls the location, design and operation of both driveway and street connec- tions to public roadways."