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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 ÷, . Site plan changes toThe Retreat satisfy state planners By Jim Cresson State Planning Coordinator Connie Holland has supplied some vital information the re- porter inadvertently missed in a June 6 story about Sussex County Council approving The Retreat residential planned community at the headwaters of Love Creek. Prominently cited in that story was Holland's Jan. 24 letter re- garding state agency reviews of Caldera LLC's planned 161-home community at the intersection of Cedar Grove Road and Robin- sonville Road. Holland's Jan. 24 letter expressed that the Depart- ment of Agriculture outright op- posed the plan. It also listed De- partment of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) concerns that the plan encroached upon the riparian buffer along Love Creek and made no provision for protection of the wetlands. In conclusion, Holland's Jan. 24 letter said the state would "prefer to see this land Late Obituaries Col. Robert M. Searles, U.S.M.C., Retired COl. Robert M. Searles, U.S.M.C., Ret., 75, of Rehoboth Beach, died peacefully at home Wednesday, May 29, 2003. Bob was bum in New Britain, Ct., the son of Raymond R. and Mabel C. Searles. He was a grad- uate of Admiral Bi]lard Academy, New London, CL, and Penn State University, where he was a mem- ber of Delta Chi fraternity. He let- tered in soccer and fencing while at Penn State. He joined the Marine Corps up- on graduation and served in the Korean War and Vietnam. Upon • retirement from active duty, he de- cided to move to Rchoboth Beach in 1976 and open his own busi- ness, Arthur Treacher's Fish & Chips on Route 1, Rehoboth. Upon final retiremenL Bob lmr- sued his passions, playing golf, hunting and fishing. 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Subsequent dis- cussions occurred among DNREC, Office of State Planning Coordination, and Frank Kea of Caldera Properties, and a revised site plan was sent to the Office of State Planning Coordination and DNREC following the April 4 re- vision. "In response to this revised site plan, and after confirmation from DNREC officials, I sent a letter to Sussex County, dated April 10, stating the state's concern regard- ing the loss of riparian buffer along Love Creek had been suffi- ciently mitigated." Holland's March 13 letter ad- dressed the riparian buffer con- cern, saying: "We recommend that any planned development in- clude protection of the existing buffer along Love Creek. Contin- ued loss of forested buffers along Inland Bays tributaries will only further exacerbate the water quali- ty problems currently occurring in the inland Bays. 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