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Partisan ploys push Bunting to limit, pg. 10 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, June 19 - Thursday, June 25, 1998 Volume 6, No. 4 Rehoboth Mall owners woo Wal-Mart Super Center By Michael Short The owners of Rehoboth Mall confirmed on Wednesday this week that they are eyeing a Wal- Mart Super Center to be located at the Rehoboth Mall location. Arlene Cho, executive assistant with the Baltimore-basedCordish Company which owns the Rehoboth Mall, said "we are working with a Wal-Mart Super Center." She added that Wal- Mart Super Centers include gro- cery stores in the 40,000 to 50,000 square foot range. She declined to elaborate on what she meant by "working with" a Wal-Mart Super Center. She said she could not discuss specifics, individual stores that could be affected or potential time lines. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has not received any plans for a new Wal- Mart, according to a spokesman. The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission has also not received any applications from Wal-Mart. The location of a Wal-Mart, particularly at Rehoboth Mall, has been rumored ever since a planned Wal-Mart on Route 9 on property near Nassau owned by Bob Raley was denied approval because DelDOT denied it an access permit. Critics of that pro- posal suggested that Wal-Mart, rather than building a new com- plex on undeveloped land, should instead consider moving into vacant facilities already existing along Route 1. Daphne Davis, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart at company head- quarters in Bentonville, Ark., said that Wal-Mart Super Centers combine Wal-Mart's traditional general merchandise discount stores with grocery stores. She said Wal-Mart Super Centers gen- erally occupy between 150,000- and 200,000-square feet. Davis had no information on local plans as of Thursday after- noon but was checking with com- Continued on page 15 Angle Moon photo Rehoboth Mall, at the corner of routes 1 and 24, has long been the source of speculation about its ultimate future. Its owners confirmed this week that it is being eyed for a Wal-Mart Super Center. By Michael Short Members of the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) arrived prepared to take their lumps. They took plenty of them. But after a session on Wednesday, June 17, with the Sussex County Farm Bureau, both sides hope that it's time for the healing to begin and the rifts to be closed. At issue is a recent report by consultants Horsley and Witten Inc. that details the source of nitrogen and phosphorus poilu- don of Delaware's Inland Bays. Farmers were upset with what they con- sidered an effort to blame them for the pol- lution of the bays. The report says that farmers contribute heavily to the nitrogen and phosphorus pollution of the bays. But farmers were especially concerned with a daily, upstate newspaper's Memorial Day weekend story on the report, feeling that it blamed farmers unnecessarily. While the report mentions farming prominently, it also notes that farming is only one of many sources of pollution to the bays and farmers noted that they have made great strides to develop best management practices such as covering manure in stor- age sheds and calibrating manure spreaders, all designed to reduce pollution. All of which left farmers feeling more than a little ambushed. Rep. Charles West, D-Gumboro, has called for restrictions to be placed on the $250,000 in funding the CIB is asking for in the legislature. "I don't think I can get it taken away, but I think we can get some restrictions," West said. Danny Magee, a member of both the CIB board and the Farm Bureau Board, said the draft report should not have been released when it was only a draft. "I apolo- gize to my fellow farmers," said Magee. "It should never have happened." Farmers made it clear that they felt they were not involved in the study process and that they felt the strides they have made have not been taken into account. And they Continued on page 15 Dewey bears down on bars following pedestrian accident By Jen Ellingsworth Aaron J. Sheperd, a 21-year-old ly 1:40 a.m. Saturday morning, "Each year there's an increase in the number of pedestrians struck. It's usually in the late- evening hours and they're usually under the influence of alcohol. They dart through traffic and don't use the crosswalks," Dewey Beach Police Chief Ray Morrison told town commissioners at the Friday, June 12 town meeting. His assessment came just hours before a near-fatal accident occurred at an intersection on Route 1 at Elizabeth Street, just outside of town limits. Rehoboth Beach lifeguard, was walking on the southbound shoul- der of the highway, when a north- bound Jeep Cherokee driven by Anthony DiDomenicis, 26, of Rehoboth Beach, attempted to turn left onto Elizabeth Street. Mary Hoyt, 25, of Upper Marl- borough, Md., was driving a Mit- subishi Eclipse in the southbound, left lane of Route 1 when she hit the Jeep, which spun and struck Sheperd. Dewey Beach Police were the first on the scene, at approximate- said Chief Morrison. His depart- ment called for assistance from the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company and the Delaware State Police. Sheperd was trans- ported to Beebe Medical Center, then transferred to Christiana Hospital, where, as of Thursday, June 18, he was listed as critical, Neither of the drivers were injured and charges have yet to be filed. Dewey Beach officials dis- cussed ways the town could con- Continued on page 17 Rehoboth lifeguard listed as critical Aaron J. Sheperd, 21, of New London, Pa., was critically injured when he was struck by a jeep on Route 1 near Dewey Beach. Shep- erd, a Rehoboth Beach Patrol lifeguard, was hit at approximately 1:35 a.m., Saturday, July 13, while he was walking on the south- bound shoulder of the highway. He was transported to Beebe Med- ical Center, then transferred to Christiana Hospital, where he remains in critical condition. According to Cpl. Walter Newton, Delaware State Police spokesman, Anthony DiDomenicis, 26, of Rehoboth Beach, was operating a Jeep Cherokee in the northbound lane on Route 1 and attempted a left turn onto Elizabeth Street. Mary Hoyt, 25, of Upper Continued on page 17 Farm Bureau, Center for Inland Bays try to heal rift over report