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"'The Price of Liberty lis Eternal Vigilance" Delaware's Cape Region Tuesday, June 8 -Thursday, June 10, 2004 www.capegazette.com Volume 12 No. 3 High gas prices affect more than travelers Many in the Cape Region starting to feel the pinch By Andrew Keegan By now, the shock of seeing regular unleaded gasoline at more than $2 a gallon has probably worn off for motorists. Unprecedented high gas prices were barely a speedbump for a booming Memorial Day weekend at resort beaches. Fortunately for local commerce, the area's proximity to Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. results in travelers from those destina- tions paying a mere $20 to $40 more in gas to commute to the beach. In fact, if prices remain above the $2 mark for most of the summer, it may actually aid the local econ- omy as people opt for shorter trips. However, consumers may soon find that if gas prices don't go down, they'll be pay- ing more for basic items like groceries, which rely on trucks hitting the highway to deliver goods. Even pizza delivery drivers are being hard hit bY the high price of gas. According to Tony Armstrong, who manages Domino's on Savannah Road, his delivery drivers are commenting on how much money they are spending on gas. The company does supplement drivers, who mainly rely on tips, with 70 cents per delivery. At this point the company has no plansto add a delivery charge, said Armstrong. Individuals on fixed incomes are also feeling the pinch. "Just a few months ago I didn't think twice about getting in the car to go p!ck up a gallon of milk," said Mattie Reynolds, a 63 year-old Milton resident shopping at SuperFresh. "Now, I try to go into town once a week to do all my errands." Continued on page 10 Bateman enters race in Rehoboth By Tara Lytle Tjark Bateman filed his petition Friday, June 4, to run for a three-year term on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners in the Saturday, Aug. 14, election. Bateman is the third candidate to file, beat- ing the Saturday, June 5, filing deadline by one day. Incumbent Richard Sargent filed his application May 17 and Patrick Gossett filed May 18. There are two seats up for grabs on the board, Sargent's and Patti Seev,'s, who stated that after serving on the board for two terms, she will not run again. Bateman, a full-time lifelong resident of Rehoboth Beach, is an owner and partner at Boulevard Ford-Lincoln-Mercury in Georgetown and Lewes. Bateman and his wife, Ann, are also downtowaa Rehoboth small business owners. He his served on the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission since November, 2003. "A lot of friends of mine have tried to persuade me to run [for the board] over the Continued on page 4 Jim Cresson photo Offshore cross-training rescue session held in Dewey Beach Delaware State Police (DSP) aviation unit members, ed by DSP Cpl. Bob McMahon and rescued other guards the U.S. Coast Guard and lifeguards from Dewey Beach who were 150 yards offshore and acting as victims Patrol (DBP) and Bethany Beach Patrol held their first caught in outgoing currents. The victims were transport- offshore cross-training rescue session of the season, June ed to the beach and given first aid. "We're very pleased 4. Lifeguards jumped from the Trooper 2 helicopter pilot- with the training this year," said DBP Lt. Brad Waiters. Camp Arrowhead Road plans cause for concern DelDOT proposal could result in loss of homes and property By Karl Chalabala Residents along Camp Arrowhead Road's "S" curve are upset with construc- tion plans that could, at worst, take their homes and property. Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) said the plans are preliminary and they welcome all com- ments on the options, which came from safety concerns along that section of the road. "S" Curve resident Karen Letonoff feels the safety concerns are valid. She doe not aliow her children to play in the front yard for fear of vehicular accidents, which she said have happened often. However, in a letter submitted to the Cape Gazette and DeIDOT, she objected to one of the four options DelDOT presented. "After careful evaluation of the four options presented, my .husband and I strongly object to DelDOT's proposed improvement option D," she wrote. "Straightening the curve by removal of the Barry home, acquiring the comer of our back yard and running the road behind and along side of our property would put my family and our home in greater danger of being hit by a car than we are now." Continued on page 4 "'The Price of Liberty lis Eternal Vigilance" Delaware's Cape Region Tuesday, June 8 -Thursday, June 10, 2004 www.capegazette.com Volume 12 No. 3 High gas prices affect more than travelers Many in the Cape Region starting to feel the pinch By Andrew Keegan By now, the shock of seeing regular unleaded gasoline at more than $2 a gallon has probably worn off for motorists. Unprecedented high gas prices were barely a speedbump for a booming Memorial Day weekend at resort beaches. Fortunately for local commerce, the area's proximity to Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. results in travelers from those destina- tions paying a mere $20 to $40 more in gas to commute to the beach. In fact, if prices remain above the $2 mark for most of the summer, it may actually aid the local econ- omy as people opt for shorter trips. However, consumers may soon find that if gas prices don't go down, they'll be pay- ing more for basic items like groceries, which rely on trucks hitting the highway to deliver goods. Even pizza delivery drivers are being hard hit bY the high price of gas. According to Tony Armstrong, who manages Domino's on Savannah Road, his delivery drivers are commenting on how much money they are spending on gas. The company does supplement drivers, who mainly rely on tips, with 70 cents per delivery. At this point the company has no plansto add a delivery charge, said Armstrong. Individuals on fixed incomes are also feeling the pinch. "Just a few months ago I didn't think twice about getting in the car to go p!ck up a gallon of milk," said Mattie Reynolds, a 63 year-old Milton resident shopping at SuperFresh. "Now, I try to go into town once a week to do all my errands." Continued on page 10 Bateman enters race in Rehoboth By Tara Lytle Tjark Bateman filed his petition Friday, June 4, to run for a three-year term on the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners in the Saturday, Aug. 14, election. Bateman is the third candidate to file, beat- ing the Saturday, June 5, filing deadline by one day. Incumbent Richard Sargent filed his application May 17 and Patrick Gossett filed May 18. There are two seats up for grabs on the board, Sargent's and Patti Seev,'s, who stated that after serving on the board for two terms, she will not run again. Bateman, a full-time lifelong resident of Rehoboth Beach, is an owner and partner at Boulevard Ford-Lincoln-Mercury in Georgetown and Lewes. Bateman and his wife, Ann, are also downtowaa Rehoboth small business owners. He his served on the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission since November, 2003. "A lot of friends of mine have tried to persuade me to run [for the board] over the Continued on page 4 Jim Cresson photo Offshore cross-training rescue session held in Dewey Beach Delaware State Police (DSP) aviation unit members, ed by DSP Cpl. Bob McMahon and rescued other guards the U.S. Coast Guard and lifeguards from Dewey Beach who were 150 yards offshore and acting as victims Patrol (DBP) and Bethany Beach Patrol held their first caught in outgoing currents. The victims were transport- offshore cross-training rescue session of the season, June ed to the beach and given first aid. "We're very pleased 4. Lifeguards jumped from the Trooper 2 helicopter pilot- with the training this year," said DBP Lt. Brad Waiters. Camp Arrowhead Road plans cause for concern DelDOT proposal could result in loss of homes and property By Karl Chalabala Residents along Camp Arrowhead Road's "S" curve are upset with construc- tion plans that could, at worst, take their homes and property. Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) said the plans are preliminary and they welcome all com- ments on the options, which came from safety concerns along that section of the road. "S" Curve resident Karen Letonoff feels the safety concerns are valid. She doe not aliow her children to play in the front yard for fear of vehicular accidents, which she said have happened often. However, in a letter submitted to the Cape Gazette and DeIDOT, she objected to one of the four options DelDOT presented. "After careful evaluation of the four options presented, my .husband and I strongly object to DelDOT's proposed improvement option D," she wrote. "Straightening the curve by removal of the Barry home, acquiring the comer of our back yard and running the road behind and along side of our property would put my family and our home in greater danger of being hit by a car than we are now." Continued on page 4