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Holiday Continued from page 16 try anything on." Lewes meter revenues down from 2002 The meter revenues in Lewes for Memorial Day weekend were down more than 40 percent from last year, according to reports from City Hall. The two beach parking lots were virtually empty taking in a combined total of $157 for the entire holiday weekend. Downtown fared better with a tal- ly of $1,881. Last year $3,500 was generated from parking meters. Dewey sees steady business patronage The mantra of Dewey Beach's Starboard is "When it rains, we pour," making it an extremely popular destination this soggy holiday weekend, but other busi- nesses in the small beach town seemed to fare equally well con- sidering the unrelenting weather. "Dewey Beach is different from other resort towns. There is a loy- al core that would be here even if we had a hurricane," said Eric Schindledecker, co-owner of Sharky's Grill. "Everyone still comes to open up their houses for the summer. They can't go to the beach but they do eat and party a little," said Gary Canon, owner of Gary's Beach Grill. With Memorial Day coming early this year, one of the bigger questions was whether businesses could bring in, not the customers, but rather the employees they needed. Canon said many estab- lishments staffing levels are still coming up to par, "Lots of the era- ployees were rushing here from college graduations, with their cap and gown tossed in the trunk," he said. In addition to seeking out good eats, the undeterred tourists and Dewey regulars also hit local retail shops. Regina Aarnacha, owner of the Legends & Lore Gallery in Rud- dertowne, reported remarkably brisk sales of paintings, artwork and jewelry in her store. '`This is a whole new venue for us, we've always been in Re- hoboth. We've had a great recep- tion here," said Aamacha. "It was a much better weekend than the weather forecast had us expecting," said Brian Cotter, manager of Dewey Beach Surf & Sport, which recently relocated to the comer of Bellevue Street and Route 1. "We had a lot of good feedback on the new store. We have gotten back to our roots with less clothes and more hard goods and boards. It was a solid start to summer." conduct, nine were cited for uri- nating in public, four houses were cited for being disorderly, one person was ticketed for violating the town's beach curfew and one for criminal mischief. Each con- viction for a violation of town code carries a fine of $287. Those code violations were increased late last year by town council to send the message that Dewey Beach is serious about maintain- ing order in town. On the beach, Lt. Brad Waiters of the Dewey Beach Patrol reported moderate rip current activity all weekend, with waves reaching 7 feet. "Be- cause of the rain and surf condi- tions, there weren't many swim- mers in the water," said Waiters. "but there were a lot of surfers and body boarders." Lifeguards reported one body boarder was treated for a possible spinal injury sustained in the surf. Waiters said the victim was trans- ported to Beebe Medical Center where he was treated for a cervi- cal strain and then released. WANTED Cash paid for: ESTATES FURNITURE Used & Antique Jewelry Col!octibl@s Coins Autos - Trucks Real Estate Will Buy Anything of Value Call 13021 644-4233 and ask for Frank Troop 7 Territory 2002 and 2003 Memorial Day Weekend Statistics Total arrests: Traffic,Criminal May 23-26 2002 2003 Friday 112 109 Saturday 71 135 Sunday 81 40 Monday 47 38 Dewey police report quiet holiday As the summer season returned so did the steady stream of traffic through Dewey Beach. Police Lt. Sam Mackert said there were a couple of minor traffic accidents and one DUI on the highway. Rainy weather kept many of the thousands of Dewey visitors in- doors during the weekend, said Mackert, keeping sidewalk activi- ty at a minimum while keeping cash registers ringing in the town's many restaurants, bars and eateries. Police activity was eyident in the weekly emergency response calls, which indicated 19 people were cited for carrying open con- tainers of alcohol in public, 19 were given tickets for disorderly 2002 Fatal Accidents, Troop 7 territory 0 Crashes on 55 mph highways 3 Alcohol-related crashes, all roads 0 Motorists assisted 12 Seat belt assessments 10 Child-restraint assessments 5 Information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 Total arrests: DUI 2002 2003 0 7 2 9 1 2 2 3 0 1 3 15 14 2 CAPE GAZe, Friday, May 30 - June 5, 2003 - 17 Troop 7 territory busy but safe Delaware State Police Troop 7 Cmdr. Capt. Greg Nolt said Satur- day and Sunday of the 2003 Memorial Day weekend was busier than the same two days in 2002. "Our calls for service were up," said Nolt. "We had 106 both days this year, compared to 71 and 56 re- spectively in 2002." Traffic seemed to flow better, he said, noting there were bubbles of traffic congestion during a cou- ple of peak travel times May 23, but the rest of the weekend traffic flowed relatively smoothly. State and federal funding pro- vided for some additional staffing for traffic enforcement programs at various times over the week- end, and Troop 7 maintained a full staffing level. '`The traffic initia- tives were very successful," said Nolt. "Overall, it was busy but every- thing went well." Lifeguards have easy Memorial Day weekend Overcast weather with low air and water temperatures made Cape region beaches easy to guard for beach patrols this Memorial Day weekend. "There were a few brave ones," said Josh Tootell, Rehoboth Beach Patrol lieutenant describ- ing swimmers. "But it was slow because of the weather." Limited patronage allowed ac- tivities normally forbidden at Dewey's beaches. "We lifted a lot of restrictions this weekend due to the weather," Dewey Beach Pa- trol Capt. Todd Fritchman said. "The waves were really con- ducive to surfing and bodyboard- ing," Frichtman said. i.g.Burton BMW lit. 1, 1 Mile North of Milford, DE 302.424.3042 In MD 888.424.3042 Bruce Lrliss and Steve Malcom WORKING WITH YOUR PREFERENCES Every purchase of a home involves a certain amount of compromise. When you are working with a Realtor, it is important that you give your agent a clear idea which of your criteria is flexible and which items you really must have in your new home. If you prefer a specific loca- tion, for example, discuss why you want to live in that neigh- borhood. The agent might be able to suggest alternative that offer the same amenities or convenience to your office. How important is size? 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