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Employee parking, CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 - 17 shortage of spaces concern Lewes business committee those lots would help make more spaces available during the day by turning over traffic but there's not real strong support for that," said Scott. He said the committee, which has been meeting every other week at Jerry's, still feels its main problem is getting employees of downtown Lewes businesses to park somewhere other than on Front, Second and Third streets. To accomplish that, the survey showed strongest support for the idea of building a future parking lot at the Lewes Little League site if the Little League decides to move out of town. Of 100 re- By Dennis Forney Employees parking in prime downtown Lewes parking areas and taking up spaces where cus- tomers would otherwise park con- tinues to be a major concern of business people in downtown Lewes. A recent survey taken by the Historic Lewes Business Commit- tee showed 63 responses out of 100 said employee parking was a severe problem. That survey also showed 72 respondents feeling that the number of available spaces was a severe problem. "Parking problems downtown is what brought this committee into Traffic existence in the first place," said Jerry Scott of Jerry's American Cafe. Scott is serving as chairman of the committee which is func- tioning as part of Lewes Chamber of Commerce. "It's not surprising that the survey would show these concerns." Scott and Teresa Ford of Kids Ketch, who have also been in a leadership role for the committee, said they were surprised that the survey found only lukewarm sup- port for requesting the town to put parking meters in the 1812 Park parking area on Front Street and in the Third Street parking lot. "We thought putting meters in speed limits along Del. 1, accord- ing to Delaware State Police Spokesman Cpl. David Thomas. Two highway fatalities were re- ported in the state over Memorial Day weekend, Cpl. Thomas said. Six people died on Delaware highways during the same period in 1994. Although both traffic fatalities occurred upstate over Memorial Day weekend, Delaware State Po- lice Spokesman Cpl. Preston Lewis said there were "numerous" minor accidents reported in the re- sort area. According to Littleton, traffic at the Dover toll plaza was about 2 percent higher than Memorial Day weekend last year. The total traf- fic count of vehicles traveling north and sound through the toll plaza was 1,004,007 for the four- day holiday weekend, compared to 1,002,156 during the same peri- od last year, he said. "It seemed like traffic was flow- ing pretty good," Leidy, of Lewes, said. Once the expansion of the Ocean Outlets is open, some of the traffic will be alleviated be- cause shoppers at the Seaside Ocean Outlets will be able to enter and exit the shopping center at the traffic signal in front of Sea Air Mobile City, Leidy said. Sussex County Administrator Robert L. Stickels, the other co- chair of the working group, visited the Boardwalk in Reboboth Beach on Monday, May 29. Stickels said locals are going to have to choose their traveling time so that they don't "bump heads" with tourists. He recommended that the state reduce the speed limit along the highway to 35 miles per hour. Over the past few weeks, Delaware State Police troopers have stepped up enforcement of Grog Shop Liquors Route 24, Peddlers Village 945-0600 Shop Our Extensive Selection of Fine Wines 5 % Discount On All Wines Wednesday Your Favorite Beers Domestic & Imported Specials Same Price Warm or Cold Kegs Available ~ Party Planning ~ Please Call For Details. Continued from page 15 Del. 1 if alternative access, such as access through a shopping cen- ter, is available to the site and safety is not a concern. The group also wants to limit access to Del. 1 to a maximum of one location per business. The Del. 1 Working Group will meet on Wednesday, June 14 to prioritize its recommendations, which will be sent to DelDOT Secretary Anne P. Canby. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room of the County Bank Administra- tion Building on Del. 1. Joel Leidy, co-chair of the working group and a DelDOT subdivision engineer, said he trav- eled along Del. 1 several times on Saturday over Memorial Day weekend. sponses, 79 said they strongly agreed with the Little League site. Sixty respondents said they strongly agreed that school and church lots should also be utilized where possible for employee parking. "We'd like to work with the city to get use of the Presbyterian Church parking lot on Kings Highway," said Scott. "It would probably re- quire coming up with some insurance and some regula- tions but there is plenty of room there, Weal- so feel that creating a parking lot on SCOTT Smith Av- enue (between the Beacon Motel and Lewes Daily Market on Lewes Beach) would also be an Friendly Knowledgable Service easy answer for getting 20-30 more parking spaces on line quickly. That's another possibili- ty we may discuss with the city," said Scott. Scott said the committee is also looking closely at a proposal by H.D. Parsons to allow business owners and employees to use about 30 spaces that could be made available in the summer in the Lewes Boat Yard next to the Inn at Canal Square. "That would be on a free but permit basis the first year and then would be re- viewed after thaL" said Scott. Scott and Ford agreed that the church parking lot, a lot at Smith Avenue on Lewes Beach, and the Parsons proposal were the solu- tions that could be implemented most quickly. 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