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Lewes extends Gills Neck 'no parking' zone Ever since Lewes began enforc- ing its parking meters again for the summer, there have been more people parking in the nonmetered area of Gills Neck Road, just be- yond the Vesuvio Motel. Citing safety concerns in that area be- cause of the narrowness of the road, Lewes Council members at their Monday, June 8 meeting unanimously agreed to extend a nonparking zone on the south side of Gill Neck Road to Rodaline Avenue. "I've been contacted by three different residents of the area calling with Concerns about safety," said Councilman Jim Ford. "When cars are parked along the south side of the street there's only 13 feet of clearance between the parked car and the other side of the road. There's a safety issue and the parking cre- ates a one-lane bottleneck." Councilman Jim Ippolito said he was concerned about the prece- dent that would be set by extend- ing the no-parking area. "Where will those people move to now? Let's table this action until the postal workers move over to the new facility [in the old Western Auto building] on Lewes Beach." Councilman Jud Bennett dis- agreed. "There's an unmistakable safety problem there no matter what time of year it is. This needs to be dealt with now." On Ford's motion and Bennett's second; the motion passed unanimously. Wheat, barley turning color ahead of schedule Wheat and barley development in Delaware continues ahead of the five-year averages. According to the "Delaware Weekly Crop Progress and Condition Report," 85 percent of the state's barley crop has turned color and 25 per- cent has been harvested. With winter wheat, 40 percent has turned color - way ahead of the average 11 percent figure - with no harvesting yet reported. The state's winter wheat condition is considered 6i percent good and 12 percent excellent while the bar- Clarifications An article in the June 11 issue referred to Marian Stuart, Sussex County executive director of United Way of Delaware, receiv- ing a 30-year pin at a recent awards dinner; she did not receive the pin at the dinner, she will re- ceive it atthe annual national United Way convention. Also, Charles "Chuck" Anderson, presi- dent of the state board of directors of United Way, not Jeff Elliott, made comments regarding last year's merger of United Way of Delaware and Sussex County. El- liot is chair of the Sussex United Way board and he is a member of the state board of directors. ley crop is considered 51 percent good and 2 percent excellent. "Test weights for barley have come in under average," according to the report. The report cited the following additional crop findings: watermelons and cantaloupes - 68 percent have been planted; straw- berries - 60 percent have been har- vested; field corn - 92 percent has been planted and 75 percent has emerged. Ground moisture sup- plies are still considered adequate. Spence introduces revised J.J.'s flaw Speaker of the house Terry Spence, R-Stratford, is introduc- ing two new bills designed to re- duce DUI deaths in Delaware and streamline drunk driving laws. The first measure is a revised ver- sion of a bill originally unveiled inDecember called J.J.'s Law, af- ter the late J.J. stein of Rehoboth Beach. The new version drops the so-called "dram shop" provision, which called for commercial liquor-serving establishments to be held liable in the event an in- toxicated patron they negligently served caused an accident. The new proposal focuses on limiting the number of drinks served at last call, making it illegal to serve any more than one drink to a patron less than 15 minutes before the es- tablishment's closing. Any server found to be in violation would be subject to a $I00 fine for the first offense and a $250 fine for any subsequent offense occuring with- in a year of the initial offense. A two-time violator would 6e re- quired to complete course work on the responsibility of serving al- cohol. The second bill would cre- ate a speaker's task force to study Delaware's DUI laws. It would be charged with taking a compre- hensive look at the appropriate le- gal code and making suggestions on how to streamline the system. The group would present its rec- ommendations to the General As- sembly by Jan. 15, 1999. Sussex considers transfer of development rights The Transfer of Development Rights Committee appointed by county council met on June 4. County Administrator Bob Stick- els gave an update on the issue to county council at its meeting on Tuesday, June 16. He said the idea could "eventu- ally" work and that the consensus of the committee is that it is a con- cept to look at, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions, such as time frame, market for specula- tors and need for some type of programs. The committee will meet in August to review pro- grams that are currently being de- veloped elsewhere. Transfer Of rights means the transfer from one parcel to anoth- er parcel. Essentially, the amount of de- velopment could be shifted, so that one area receives less development while other areas receive heavier development. Such an issue is be- ing considered by the county as part of its land use planning. Sussex passes balanced budget Sussex County Council passed its budget with little fanfare and few changes on Tuesday, June 16. Councilman George Collins asked for larger pay increases for county employees and for larger contri- butions to the pension fund. But after discussion, both of Collins' suggestions were defeat- ed, 4-1. The county received a let- ter from attorney John Sergovic, objecting to the way the county funds its sewer districts. Two of his clients - one residential and one commercial - have filed suit over the way the funding is done. The county approved its sewer district rates as part of the budget and did not approve any increases in water or sewer rates. A second letter was sent by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control in support of the county's decision to provide $50,000 in funds for peo- ple who cannot afford to pay their county sewer bills. The money would be available as low-interest loans to people who have difficul- ty paying and it would carry se- vere limits on the assets and in- come for those who qualify. Mary Jane Lindblad of the South Coastal Library asked for additional money for staffing and the Sussex County Fair asked for money for its July 4th celebration at the Sussex County Airport. But the budget was approved essentially as previously consid- ered by council. The total budget, which includes general and capital funding, totals $61.9 million this year. Budget director David Baker explained that the overall budget is up considerably because of sewer district costs, but said the general fund portion of the new budget only increased by 3.89 per- cent over the previous budget. Pfiesteda workshop for business June 25 A workshop for Delaware's hospitality and recreation indus- tries called, "Pfiesteria Pfacts: Don't let it Get You or Your Busi- ness Down!" will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Thursday, June 25 at the University of Delaware's Virden Center in Lewes. "Communicating to customers about Pfiesteria is an issue that the local business community want to take a pr0active approach, toward, said Jim Fak, Marine Recreation and Tourism Specialist at the Uni- versity's Sea Grant Program in Lewes. The agenda for the workshop includes: Pfiesteria - What is it, where does it come from, why is it a problem; Delaware's Pfiesteria experi- ence; Delaware's Pfiesteria monitor- ing and response program; Communicating Pfiesteria facts to your customers Speakers will include Dr. David CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 19 - June 25, 1998 - 3 Angle Moon photo Nettie's house finds new Rehoboth home The late Nettie Horn's house, which had been located in the first block of Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, has found a new home at 7 Lake Drive, across from the Heulopen Hotel. The parcel on which Horn's white cottage with blue shut- ters had stood for many years is owned by Bob Derrickson, who wanted to temporarily expand his parking lot behind Carlton's Apparel, Of which he is the proprietor. While mulling over options for the house, he received a demolition permit, which he renewed when it was about to expire a cou- ple of years ago. Derrickson feared that the city may ban de- molition of buildings deemed ahistoric in nature, as the Plan- ning Commission worked on a Historic Preservation Ordi- nance that did not prove popular with the Board of Commis- sioners. Derrickson offered the house to West Side New Be- ginnings to be used as a West Rehoboth community building, but the offer was rejected because the house didn't have a commercial kitchen, Derrickson said. He eventually sold the house to Tom Patterson of Washington, D.C., for $1, and Pat- terson had the building moved on May 18, to his lot on Lake Drive, where it stands on cinder blocks. Concerning the now-empty lot on Baltimore Avenue, Der- rickson said he is studying a future use for the parcel. Goshorn, chief of the Living Re- sources Assessement Branch for the Maryland Department of Nat- ural Resources; Dr. Sergio Huerta, director of the Environmental Ser- vices Section of the Department of Natural Resources and Envi- ronmental Control (DNREC) Di- vision of Water Resources; Fish- cries Biologist Roy Miller; and marketing and communications professional Sam Waltz. Goshorn will present basic in- formation on Pfiesteria and some insights into Maryland's experi- ence with Pfiesteria and some of its impacts. Huerta will review Delaware's current monitoring program and how the state will re- spond to outbreaks of toxic Pfies- teria; Miller will summarize Delaware's experience with the organism over the past decade; and Waltz will provide partici- pants with techniques business- people can use to communicate with their customers about Pfies- teria and how to plan for a poten- tial crisis. Cost of the program, in- eluding materials and refresh- merits, is $7 per person and $5 for each additional person. For more information, contact DNREC's David Small, 302-739- 4506 or the LID's Jim Faik at 302- 645-4235. To register, contact Ri- ta Baty at the University of Delaware in Lewes at 302-645- 4346. 5-cent sodas will benefit rec program Sharky's Grill on Route 1 and Read Avenue in Dewey Beach will bring back the 5-cent Pepsi June 29-30 and July 1-3. Pro- ceeds will benefit the Dewey Beach Patrol's youth recreation program. Rick Shindledecker, who co-owns Sharky's with Steve Owens, said the establishment will feature a designated barrel where patrons can place their do- nation of at least a nickel to the youth recreation program in ex- change for a 12-ounce Pepsi.- Shindledecker said the sodas are being paid for and donated to the lifeguard program by Sharky's. "We have a tremendous amount of local support," he said. "We made a business here of trying to take care of people. Dewey's been very good to our little corpo- ration. We turn the money hack to the town when we can." New parking OK'd for Dewey's New Orleans St. Commissioners unanimously voted to approve six to seven new, metered parallel parking spaces on New Orleans Street adjacent to Gary's Surf Spray Cafe in Dewey Beach. George Rameos, owner of the building where Gary's Surf Spray Cafe, 24 Groove and the Juice Joint are located, questioned the need for the spaces to be me- tered. Dewey Beach Building Of- ficial Bill Miller said each space would include a short-term park- ing meter in order to deter people from using them when they go to the beach instead of using them to patronize the businesses. Pat Wright, owner of a store in the Wilson Complex on the other side of New Orleans Street, said she thinks the parking space are nec- essary. "We really need that parking," she said. "Gary's is a very popu- Continued on page 4