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4 TUESDAY, JUNE 7- THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 NFWS c~l]]l~ GaTA~tle Redistricting proposal puts new seat in Sussex By Kara Nuzback knuzback@capegazette.com Senate officials received little input from citizens at a June 2 public hearing to address the Senate majority's proposal for new election districts. The pro- posal would remove District 6 from northern New Castle County and relocate it to Sussex County to encompass Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach; Hen- lopen Acres, Lewes and Milton. Dick Carter, of the Senate ma- jority administrative staff, was involved in redrawing district lines. Carter said population growth downstate necessitated an additional Senate district, and the Cape Region appeared to be the fastest-growing area.. Carter said he heard an online blog claim District 6 was mapped out to create a Senate seat for House Majority Leader Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach. Carter said the rant is iust rumor. "It was created with no one in mind," Carter said. "Not Schwartzkopf or anyone." Fish Continued from page2 Banks said. "It took about three hours." Buckson said he provided medical gloves to the workers, and the fish were placed in garbage bags; a beach sweeper was also used to clean up the shore. "It was a crowded Saturday, so it was a mess. There were fish in the water the entire length of the Boardwalk. Fortunately, it was low tide, and the only place the Division of Fish & Wildlife said fish were also seen floating off Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes. They made their way southward and were later seen off Fenwick Island and Ocean City, Md. "With a couple of tide changes, the seagulls and bluefish would've eaten them all," Rhodes said. "Obviously, the tourists would rather it be taken care of as exp.editiously as possi- ble. Even though the fish are harmless, it isn't very attractive from an aesthetic point of view." Most of the fish had their heads or tails removed. While no waves brought them ashore was culprit has been identified, north of the Henlopen Hotel," Rhodes suspects a commercial Buc.k gn aid, "We had to k gp fighing boat to bhmo. people out of the way when the machine was coming through, and we had to stop the kids from trying to play with the fish." Sgt. Greg Rhodesof the state "The fish were partially processed, and some of these larger boats have factories right on board. They'll process the ftsh and then at some point they'll el- ther freeze them or take them di- rectly to seafood distributors," Rhodes said. "There are so many boats out there, I doubt we'll fred out where they came from." This particular species of fish has always been plentiful in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hen- lopen, Rhodes said. "There was a time years ago in Lewes when millions of men- haden were fished out of these waters, usually with nets," he said. This case was different than the average fish kill, Rhodes said. "Usually there will be a large group of fish clustered together that absorb all of the oxygen out of the water, and they can't [ l!eath ," id. "Th fe are also cases where fish die of diseases, but that's rare. The water is much cleaner than when I was with the Coast Guard back in the 1970s," Schwartzkopf, who is leading the redistricting process in the House, has said he is not looking for a Senate seat. Valerie McCarson, admires" tra- tive assistant for the Senate ma- jority caucus, said no emails were sent to staffers comment- ing on the proposal, released May 19. "We were saying how surprised we were we didn't have more ideas submitted to us," McCarson said. Senate attorney Frank Murphy led the hearing in the Senate chamber, which lasted less than one hour. Murphy was also the leader in creating the proposal for new district lines. This is the third time Murphy has partici- pated in redistricting in Delaware. About 30 people attended the hearing, including members of the press and at least two sena- tors, neither of whom comment- ed on the proposal. A handful of people representing special-in- terest groups voiced comments and criticisms. Upstate voters disgruntled Paul Baumback, president of Progressive Democrats for Delaware, expressed concern that neighborhoods upstate are being split in order to unduly fa- vor the party in power, an illegal process known as gerrymander- ing. "You are destroying com- munities with this map. You should be ashamed of your- selves," Baumbacksaid. Baumback called the proposed District 12 a criminal, cluster screw-up. "The narrow north- south slice through Brookside severs that community's back- bone," he said. In the proposal, District 12 would be shaped much like a "V," going from the city of New Cas- tle, down to Delaware City and back up to include part of Newark. Frank Sims, member of the Civic League of New Castle County also said the District 12 was gerrymandered. "The resi- dents of Newark, who have been cut off from their neighborhoods to meet whatever your goals must be, will surely wonder why," Sims said. Sims also said the proposal does not properly represent mi- norities in and around Wilming- ton. "The black population in District 2 is 68 percent. That is called stacking - putting more of a minority population in a dis- trict than necessary to give them a maiority and reduce their influ- ence in adjacent" districts," Sims said. He added the minority population in neighboring Dis- trict 1 would be reduced to 24 percent. Richard Smith of Wilming- ton's NAACP said he was disap- pointed District 1 would no longer contain a majority of mi- nority voters. "For the last maybe 30 years or 40 years, it's been a black community," Smith Continued on page 9 Dewey Continued from page 2 Steve "Monty" Montgomery of The Starboard, Regan Derrick- son of Nalu and Ponos, and lira Baeurle of The Cove, Q.ue Pasa and Lighthouse - got together and gave the town $6,000, and the town used that money tO bring in 10 additional uniformed officers from other iurisdictions to help us out Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights during the busiest weekend of our summer season. This started last year, and we've seen amazing improve- ment," Mackert said. "Memorial Day weekend is a maior event in Dewey Beach, comparable to the annual NASCAR race weekend at Dover Downs. The donation we made to the town is a way for us busi- nesses to give back to the proper- ty owners by bringing in addi- tional forces to provide safe streets, help control street noise, and help deal with any other is- sues in the neighborhoods of Dewey during this huge event," Montgomery said. "These results are exactly what we want," said Mont- gomery. "We want people to have fun and we want to encour- age them to be respectful of our community and comply with our laws?' "Commissioners Solloway and Przygocki came up with the idea of treating Memorial weekend like a major town event last year," said Lt. Billy Hocker, who was primarily responsible for co- ordinating use of the additional officers and those of the Dewey Beach Police Department. "The weekend crowds take notice of the beefed up police presence arid behave as they should. It curbs rowdiness, and complaints are down." Outside police departments that assisted over the weekend included Blades, Camden, Dags- boro, Delaware City, Laurel and Milton. Hocker said the main issue when dealing with large crowds is controlling pedestrians, so he directed, visiting officers to han- dle traffic issues and to deal with pedestrian traffic. "Many of them are manning stationary patrols on Route 1, freeing up oursea- sonal officers for side street pa- trol," Hocker said. "We want to focus our re- sources off the beaten path - keeping the noise down and keeping people safe." Sgt.CliffDempsey's use of bar- riers also helped with crowd control. Borrowing additional barriers from Rehoboth Beach, he had them placed between the sidewalk and road at the circle at the end of Dickinson Avenue and at different locations along Route 1, earning the praise of Solloway, Przygocki and others. "It was common sense, and it worked. The traffic got through and the pedestrians were safely offthe road," Dempsey said. m Small to large 12 pc "Hatched here in Sussex County" Having a. ng orders - Ready same Limited Time