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v Delaware's Cape Reglon o Friday, June 13 - Thursday, June 19, 2003 o www.capegazette.com Volume 11 "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE" Warrington Creek site plan draws praise Proposal developed to be environmentally friendly By Jim Cresson Sussex County Council unanimously deferred action, June 10, after a public hearing on the proposed 282-unit residen- tial planned community of Warrington Creek opposite Old Landing Golf Course on Old Landing Road. The community design was presented by Michael Lynn, who is partnering in RDM Inc. with Craig Hudson. It will feature 106 single-family-detached building lots in two neighborhoods fronting Old Landing Road and 176 townhomes in 27 buildings set in four neighborhoods within the wooded back portions of the 139.32-acre parcel north of Rehoboth Bay Manufactured Home Park. The plan was developed with a main focus on "green engineering" to make it environmentally friendly. It features acom- munity design with six individual neigh- borhoods linked by connector paths through forested open spaces, explained Lynn. Its neighborhood designs emphasize homes close to the sidewalks, and environ- mental features such as 63 acres of protect- ed wetlands and 25- to 40-foot buffers between wetlands and property lines and as- much as 80-foot buffers between property lines and tidal wetlands. The untouched open spaces would serve as interconnective wildlife corridors. Lynn noted that should the adjacent Warrington ,,ats come into use for devel- opment IVI, another 424 homes could be ato, Warrington Creek and the exisi:iJlan s streets were designed for  nection to that property. - A central entrance opposite Old Landing Golf Course will have a bus stop. Empty nesters and retirees are expected to be the buyers for homes in Warrington Creek, said. Lynn, adding that he believes the demand is Continued on page 12 / Eagles nest deliberately destroyed Governor instructs DNREC to track down perpetrator By Andrew Keegan and Dennis Forney Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and. Environmental Control (DNREC) in coopera- tion with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife is launch- ing an investigation into the deliberate destruc- tion of an American bald eagle's nest, according to DNREC Secretary John Hughes. "We're doing helicopter flights over the area - treating this as a full crime scene," said Hughes. " ....... The eagle's nest, located at Possum Continued On page 22 Erlk Sumptlon photo Erin Williams crowned Miss Delaware 2003 in Rehoboth Beach Newly crowned Miss Delaware 2003, Erin Williams of Debi Wilson of be Committee of the Miss Lincoln, receives congratulations from contestants (l-r) Delaware Board'.'rs assures the crown stays in Genice Hughes, Miss Milford; Amanda Chandler, Miss place. For more phod a story about the pageant, Pike Creek; and Katherine Wolf, Miss Brandywine while turn to page 49. Rehoboth merchants fret over noise enforcement Decibels are rising as police step up compliance with law By Bridin Reynolds Hughes The decibel level is rising in a conflict over the City of Rehoboth Beach noise ordinance. After a cold and quiet winter, downtown restaurant and bar owners say they were unprepared for the apparent blanket enforcement being laid out this summer of an existing ordinance on noise levels. "Falling rain is 50 decibels, normal speech is 60 decibels," said Peter Borsari, an attorney and owner of the Frogg Pond on North First Street. Borsari, who researched the sound levels online, was cited for violating the town's noise ordi- nance of 55 decibels after 11 p.m. despite hiring extra door staff and directing his entertainment to play it low. "It is obvious that since the noise level in front of the Frogg Pond averages 66 deci- bels when there is no 'noise', that is due to normal traffic and normal noise from air conditioners, etc. It is highly unlikely that we ever could reach,a low level of 55 deci- bels under any circumstance. The Frogg Pond is in a commercial district. There are no residential houses nearby. Rather, there is automobile traffic, pedestrian traffic, noise from our neighbors' operations," said Borsari. Complying with the ordinance is a con- Continued on page 16