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_.," Delaware's Cape Region Friday, May 30 - Thursday, June 5, 1997 Volume 5, No. 2 Legislators call for seaweed harvest in Inland Bays By Michael Short Delaware's inland bays could begin producing a new crop as early as next week. Sea lettuce, the light green algae that raised such a prodigious stink last year, could be harvested in an effort to reduce major environ- mental problems. Sen. George Bunting (D- Bethany Beach) and Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes) plan to ask for state for funds to harvest the floating green sea lettuce, which is scientifically known as ulva. The problem is that the algae blooms in waters rich in nutrients and a major bloom occured last year in Rehoboth Bay. Those algae blooms can clog the bay waters with seaweed. The aroma of the dying seaweed is perhaps best described as pun- gent and the decay of the masses of seaweed creates a process that uses up a great deal of the oxygen in the inland bays. That leaves lit- tle oxygen for crabs, fish and other wildlife and can cause the death of Continued on page 10 Bays get eel grass restoration grant By Michael Short The Center for the Inland Bays has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help re-establish submerged acquatic vegetation (SAV). That may not sound like very exciting news, but eel grass and Continued on page 10 Lewes eyes moratorium on Heartfelt jumpers at Rehoboth Elementary Fifth grade students at Rehoboth Elementary School display their enthusiasm for raising funds for the American Heart Association during their jump for Heart on May 23. Participants include (l-r) Carissa Vescovi, Johnene Beisel, Janessa Brooks and Kristy Lukaeh. all dockhouses By Dennis Forney Concerned about the number of dock houses and support buildings going up along Pilottown Road on land zoned open s'a" a00'w'sznin00 I I committee will ask Lewes Mayor and Council for a moratori- um on such structures at the Monday, June 9 meeting. "There's no reason for these buildings pro- liferating along the canal," said Lewes DOCKHOUSE Councilman Tony Pratt who chairs the Lewes Zoning Ad Hoc Drafting Committee. Members of the com- mittee, meeting Wednesday, May 28, had no objection to Pratt's asking City Manager Elaine Bisbee, a member of the zoning drafting committee, to place the moratorium request on the agenda for the June 9 meet- ing. Pratt said the committee will ask for a moratorium on the issuance of any new building permits for any gazebos, dock Continued on page 17 Cape district discloses settlement terms with Feichtl By Kerry Kester The Cape Henlopen School District agreed to a $79,863.39 salary settlement with Nancy Feiehti, Ed.D., bringing closure to its 14-year relationship wRh the top-level administrator. On Tuesday, May 27, following the Cape Gazette's May 14 verbal request, May 15  written request under the Freedom of Infor- mation Act, and May 21 complaint lodged with the Attorney General's Office, the dis- trict's lawyer faxed disclosure of the salary settlement terms to the newspaper. The rift between the district and Feichtl began Jan. 31 when the district suspended Feichtl from her position as director of instruction. It took the district, Feichtl, and their respective attorneys more than three months to reach the settlement. Other terms of the agreement are protected by law. The parties reached their agreement when the board voted following an executive ses- sion May 12 to accept Feichtl's retirement as of June 30, 1997. Her contract was scheduled to expire June 30, 1998. The nearly $80,000 settlement does not reflect adjusted compensation for proper deductibles, elective benefits costs, pay- ment for accumulated sick days or vacation time. The district also incurred legal expenses that pertained to Feichtl's suspen- sion and subsequent agreement to retire a year before her contract expired. A letter from the district's attorney, David Williams of the Wilmington law firm Morris, James, Hitchens & Williams, stat- ed, "the district agreed that for the period of January 31, 1997 to June 30, 1997, Feichtl will b e paid $37,548.39 in regular salary. In Continued on page 18