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is fifth 00didatato fllQin Rehoboth. page t0 J Delaware's Cape Region Friday, June 9 - Thursday, June 15, 1995 Volume 3, No. 3 t First draft of historic preservation plan unveiled in resort By Trish Vernon Want to paint your house bright green, remove a tree or erect a new sign in front of your business? If you wish to make these or almost any other exterior changes to a prop- erty almost anywhere in Rehoboth Beach you will need a "Certificate of Appropriate- ness" should the city adopt a proposed His- toric Preservation Ordinance. The first draft of the ordinance was pro- sented at a June 7 public meeting by Michael Dowling, a registered architect from Annapolis whom the city contracted to carry out the work. He was accompanied by Peter Kurtze, an architectural historian, and attorney Harrison Wetherill, who reiter- ated that the purpose of the ordinance is basically to "protect historic detail and property values." Since the last meeting in May, they have continued to develop a series of definitions concerning.such aspects as "structures", as well as esblishing boundaries for three historic districts within the city and propos- ing guideli.s for carrying out the tenets of the ordinan. Kurtze frost gave those gathered a slide presentation on architectural character, showing p rhnary development of the resort from the mid-nineteenth century to the World War 11 era, and establishing the rea- soning behind what areas to include in the districts. Kurtze explained that they have found many Rehoboth homes on the north side of town with traditional farmhouse character- istics, such as the gable roof and rectangular forms, modified for beach conditions with broad screened porches and decorative Continued on page 15 CAS to raise funds for legal battle over county sewer rates By Denise M. Marshall Citizens Alliance for Sussex (CAS) plans to wage another legal battle against Sussex County offi- cials over what it perceives as dis- criminatory sewer rates. Formerly Citizens for Afford- able Sewer, CAS held a meeting Monday, June 5 to solicit dona- tions from property owners in the West Rehoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer Dis- trict. Paul Pasqualini, founder of CAS and former president of the group, said they may need to raise up to $25,000 to hire an attorney to represent them. He added that Beach Sanitary Sewer District. One man present at the meeting said be will pay $1,000 a year in sewer bills because the county wants to run sewer pipes around a curb to his property. "That illustrates the unfairness of the situation as it exists," Bier- man said. Within the West Rehoboth Expansion of the Dewey Beach Sanitary Sewer District, the home- owner of a typical single-family home lot with 71 front feet is expected to pay about $579 a year in sewer bills. By contrast, the average sewer bill in the Dewey the group .is currently in the Beach sewer district is less than process of selecting an attorney. $300 a Year. "A local suit may not be as "All we're saying is the rates effective as a federal suit," said CAS President Daniel Bierman. Because the $76 million sewer project is receiving federal fund- ing, CAS could file a lawsuit in a federal court, he said. According to Bierman, CAS believes that the projected sewer rates are too high and are discrimi- natory when compared to rates charged in the original Dewey should be affordable," Bierman said. However, Sussex County Administrator Robert L. Stickels maintained that sewer costs for the new sewer system are higher than those for the original sewer system due to inflation, increased con- struction costs and other factors. "It's based on the cost for that Continued on page 11 Angle Moon photo A good reason to celebrate From left, Cape graduates Lisa Berry, Michael Best and Melissa Betts celebrate after gradu- ation ceremonies last Tuesday. More photos and stories appear on page 30. Watermen bemoan Coast Guard closing of Roosevelt Inlet station By Steve Hoenigmann Boaters plying the waters of Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean may want to exercise more caution this fall. United States Coast Guard officials briefed a number of people who have inter- ests in the waters around Delaware, telling them that federal budget constraints are forcing the Coast Guard to downsize. The downsizing has forced the Coast Guard to evaluate its entire operations, including the 185 Coast Guard stations in the United States. In the budget now before Congress, the Coast Guard has proposed closing its Roo- sevelt Inlet station and plans to transfer both boats and personnel to Cape May, N.J. That station will assume the coverage once pro- vided by the Roosevelt Inlet station. It's a move that doesn't sit well with resort town officials, Delaware's Marine Police, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Delaware Captains Association, the Delaware River Pilots Association and with fire companies that provide search and res- cue services. If there was any good news at Wednes- day's briefing, called at the request of Con- gressman Mike Castle, it was the fact that the Coast Guard has decided not to make its station at Indian River Inlet a seasonal one. Instead, officials explained, the Indian River Inlet station will become a substation of the Ocean City, Md. Coast Guard station, but will still provide 24-hour a day, 365 Continued on page 16