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,e 6 FRIDAY, MAY 29 - MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2015 Cape Gazette Letters )) Rehoboth must not kill DFH: 'Golden Goose' Michael J. Nolan's letter to the editor posted in the May 15 edition stated perfectly my own opinions regarding Route 1 in and around Rehoboth as "one of the ugliest 10-mile stretches in America." To add insult to injury it is too often a parking lot imper- sonating a roadway. That the powers that be focus on a few blocks adjacent to the Boardwalk as to "what is repre- sentative of Rehoboth" implicitly reveals that they have no con- cern for what the rest of the area looks like or the quality of life of residents and visitors who have to navigate it. Dogfish Head is so much that the Rehoboth Board of Adjust- ment is not: visionary with an emphasis on quality, creativity and imagination. The Rehoboth decision makers/planners are right. The design of the proposed new DFH does not fit in with most of the look of the overall Rehoboth area. The DFH design is artful and visually interesting. Sam Calagione has stayed true to Delaware, and DFH has a national if not international reputation associated with its location to the benefit of the area. There are so many other civic- minded and creative businesses in our area. They deserve better cooperation from Rehoboth. For 50 years I have vacationed at the Delaware beaches, kayaked the waterways, biked, and bird watched. Now relocated from the Washington area the past 15 years I am grateful that my bud- get dictated I purchase property inland and that Delaware has so much more to offer than iust the beach areas. When I first moved here I would go into Lewes and Rehoboth once or twice a week to shop, enioy the restaurants, and atmosphere. Now it is hardly enjoyable, given the ugly sprawl, traffic, and difficulty parking. Perhaps I am not the only "local" sadly staying away more than I would like with loss of business to the area. Traffic going south to the beach areas during peak hours can be backed up miles north of Milford. This is a blight on the entire area. Folks living in metropolitan Washington contemplating a vacation or retirement home in this area: if you like Rockville Pike or sitting idly in your car on Interstate 66 you will not be disappointed. Just place the Goose that laid the Golden Egg on the endangered species list. Teddy Burke Greenwood Seems to be a pattern in Rehoboth bashing It appears the group the Wash- ington Post once called "Swift Continued on page 7 ERGO. these people are living in their VEHICLE5 on land they do not own! l_ We are not required to ff-I notify residenfs of our d~. intent,ons because these protesters are not real properb/ owners. Hey! Was it They live in mobile homes on land which they do not own. In fact, mobile homes are defined by the Delaware code as vehicle. J! Editorial- YMCA launching important water initiative ussex Family YMCA is taking on an important and sorely needed initiative this summer. With a big boost from the Lewes Yacht Club Foundation, the YMCA is sponsoring a free open-water safety course on the first three Saturdays in June at Lewes Beach. Lydia Schmierer, who coordinates the Y's swimming and water safety classes, Said the purpose of the sessions will be to teach pre- schoolers - from 3 to 5 years old - and youth from 6 to 13, how to enter the water correctly, how to stay safe once they are in the water, how to float in the water, and how to paddle back to shore safely. While the 45-minute sessions will focus primarily on the children, parents will also be reminded that lifeguards at all of our beaches focus their attention on swimmers out in the water, not on children close to shore or playing at the water's edge. "The parents will be reminded that it's their responsibility to remain engaged with their children," said Schmierer. Sessions will begin with huddles on the sand with visual props to hold children's at- tention. There will also be life vests for all the children to wear, so they're comfortable with vests if they need them, and also so they won't resist putting them on when they get into a boat where they are required. These open-water safety classes aren't intended as swimming classes. But they are no less important. They actually build on the Y's spring-break swimming classes which this year hosted a record 634 children. With so many public opportunities to be in the open water in Delaware's Cape Region - whether in ocean, bays or rivers - the YMCA is offering to help parents, who themselves may be less than confident around the water, a great opportunity to gain a comfort level and allow their children to enjoy the great fun of playing safely in open water. Those interested are asked to preregister for one of the sessions. To do so, call the YMCA at 302-296-9622, Ext. 116, or email Schmierer at lschmierer@ymcade.org for the registration form. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Fomey, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor. Weather Picture )) WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; fax 645-1664; or email news- room@capegazette.com. Web Poll )) Half the responders say city a dumb idea To control development, shou d the Cape Region incorporate as a city? THE SUN nears the horizon along Lewes Beach RON MACARTHUR PHOTO Yes near Roosevelt Inlet. No What a dumb idea! 27% 22.8% 50,20 )) For local weather, including highs and lows see page 139 The total of votes counted was 333. To participate in the current web poll, go to CapeGazette.com. Cape Gazette Volume 22 No. 1 Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 dennisforney@capegazette.corn Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom@capegazette.com Office Manager, Kathy Emen/, Ext. 305 kemery@capegazette.com Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 fredman@capegazette.com News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 laura@capegazette.com Associate Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 jen@capegazette.corn Copy Editor, Bernadette Heam, Ext. 316 bernie@capegazette.com NEWS Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 ryanm@capegazette.com Nick Roth, Ext. 317 nickroth@capegazette.com Melissa Steele, Ext. 336 melissasteele@capegazette.com Chris Flood, Ext. 335 cflood@capegazette.com Maddy Lauria, Ext. 321 rnaddy@capegazette.com Molly MacMillan mollymac@capegazette.com SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth tim@seashorestrider.com Frederick Schranck Fschranck@HoleByHole.com CONTRIBUTORS Natbalie Willard Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Don Flood Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEB MANAGER Catherine M. 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