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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 20 - June 26, 1997 - 11 Rehoboth Bay algae cleanup works but jury still out on cause By Michael Short have plenty of work left. "I was To remove the seaweed, a pair of Tons of seaweed are being happy to see them...They're going have been hired to skim cleared from Delaware's Inland to have to work, work, work." the bay and collect the algae. The Bays, but environmental officials She said it is difficult for the algae is collected on a conveyer say the jury is still out on whether harvesters to work in very shallow belt and emptied into dump trucks this is the best answer to the in- areas where much of the seaweed to be carted away. land bays' problems, is concentrated and said more sea- The harvesters are being provid- In the first three days of this weed than usual has already been ed by a New York firm, Adiron- week, some nine truckloads of al- showing up in the bays. dack Encironmental Services Inc. gaehave been cleared from the in- "We are assessing what we are Hughes said that someone has land bays. It's considered a major doing," Hughes said, saying that been stationed on the harvester effort to boost the environmental the jury is still out on whether this with a net to scoop out the odd fortunes of those delicate water- is the best solution for the bays. blue crab, small flounder or horse- ways; but the idea still remains The planis to remove the sea shoe crab that is inadvertently unproven, lettuce, a common seaweed that scooped up. But the harvesting 'q will know it is going well caused odor problems and envi- isn't expected to have any signifi- when I hear from the environmen- ronmental problems last year in cant harmful effect on marine life. tal scientists that it is going welL" the inland bays. Last year's great Once harvested, the seaweed is said John Hughes, the director of "bloom" of algae created great being spread on farmland to be Angle Moon photo Delaware's Division of Soil and masses.of the seaweed, which can used as fertilizer. Efforts have fo- Work began this week to harvest algae from Rehoboth Bay. Water Conservation. be linked to low levels of dis- cused on Dewey Beach thus far Officials say they collected approximately nine truckloads of Vicki Mertes, who lives just solved oxygen, with Hughes saying an aerial seaweed by Wednesday and are evaluating its effectiveness. south of Dewey Beach, said the Removing the seaweed removes flight was planned this week to found and where else the harvest- well," Hughes sai d . "But we want two algae harvesters have been the potential odor and potential decide where other large concen- ing should occur, to make sure we are really making hard at work this week, but they loss of oxygen inthebays' waters, trations of the sea lettuce are "Meehanically it is working a difference." Rehoboth merchants' employees can park and ride free this summer By Trish Vernon will give them a better feel for whether em-- If all goes well, beginning June 30 em- ployees would use a tram and in-town lot if ployees of merchants working within the one was to be established in the future. city limits will be allowed 4o park free at the There wasn't as unanimous an agreement state-operated park and ride lot on the out- on the second revision to the permit system skirts of town and bus into the city to work ordinance that Derrickson sought June 13 - during the day. to pay a I0 percent commission to mer- The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commis- chants and real estate offices with Rehoboth sioners revised its residential parking per- business licenses that sell the permits. mit system at the June 13 meeting to agree Last year, Derrickson noted, the city to subsidize the cost of parking at the lot for brought in $21,000 from the sale of the per- employees. The DART First State last mits through the business 9utlets, $17,000 imonth lowered the cost for bona fide era- of that from real estate offices. "It was a re- ployees of all businesses in the Cape Re- al help last year to have them sell permits," gion to $2 (from the $5 charged the general he said, "and it puts the city on the right public). The City of Rehoboth Beach went side of the issue - it's the right thing to do one further and decided to pick up th $2 with the money." The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners held its regular monthly tab for in-town merchants. But Commissioner Richard Sargent told meeting in its new Convention Center annex which is complete with a rood- In order to take advantage of the free fide, him he doesn't think it' s "the fight side of ern kitchen and can be rented out by itself or as part of the entire complex. merchants will be required to report to city the issue." Noting two real estate compa- through August. Sargent said he doesn't appreciate award- hall with their employees' vehicle tag num- nies sell the bulk of the permits, and that But Commissioner Betty Ann Kane ing them cash payments. bets at which time a nontransferable wind- one company told him it wouldn't accept asked why they should pay cityemployees Commissioner Bitsy Cochran reminded shield sticker will be issued for that vehicle, the commission. The state will record each time that vehicle Paying real estate companies won't solve when the real estate companies are willing Sargent that the committee had already ad- uses the lot during the day when the resi- the problem of having to sell most of the to sell the permits. Sargent said paying era- dressed the issue and she supports their ployees four hours a day for eight or nine ' idea, which will be reviewed before the end dential permit system is in effect, and bill permits on Saturdays, their busy check-in weekends would cost less and would allevi- of the year before being implemented again the city. day, Sargent said. "It's like giving a I0-per- Participating merchants will be limited to cent commission not to complain." Be- ate problems in real estate offices, in 1998. "We've encouraged people to sell per- When a motion was made not to pay a 25 such stickers and will be required to turn sides, he noted, if the real estate offices re- mits and they did it last year at no cost. Ten commission, but rather to man the offices in one of the two transferable residential fused to sell permits, the city employees percent isn't a big deal and we want to be with city employees, Kane, Cochran, Vin- parking permits they received at the begin- wouldn't be overwhelmed and it would not tourist friendly and make it as easy as possi- cent and Mayor Sam Cooper voted against ning of the season, when the matter was cost the city $1 more. still up in the air. He likened the estimated $2,100 in com- ble for them," Commissioner Kenny Vin- the measure. A motion to pay out the com- cent countered. "If more businesses sold mission passed, with only Commission Jan Don Derrickson, a spokesman for the missions the city would give out as a "pay them, maybe we could remove some of the Konesey voting against the measure. city's Parking Advisory Committee which out," which he doesn't believe is right, cones and umbrellas on the "streets, which City Manager Greg Ferrese has begun an spearheaded the efforts, said he doesn't ex- Rather, he suggested the city place their would be more attractive, effort to educate the merchants about the pect an overwhelming use of the lot by em- own employees at major real estate offices ployees. However, he committee feels it from noon to 5 p.m, on Saturdays from June Noting he appreciates their cooperation, free park and fide. Rehoboth postpones decision on Columbia Ave. rezoning request By Trish Vernon which have been in his family for borhood "an active residential of residential lots across and be- was joined by Dennis Barbour at Bruce Allan Garey will have to wait until next month to hear the Rehoboth Beach Board of Com- missioners' decision on his rezon- ing request for 158 Columbia Av- enue. The board held a public heating during the June 13 regular month- ly meeting, at which time they heard from a number of neighbors opposed to rezoning the parcel from R-1 to C-3 so that Garey can relocate his hair and art studio from Route 1 to Lots 86 and 88, generations. A letter from Frances Notting- ham at 154 Henlopen Avenue, with the signatures of eight neigh- bors who are also opposed to the rezoning, was submitted for the record. They also heard from Joe Furey at 136 Columbia, who noted that when Garey went before the city's Board of Adjustment seeking a variance to relocate the salon, 40 neighbors opposed it and it was 0enied. Furey termed the neigh- area where people care a lot about each other and there should be no further commercial intrusion." Jerry Depkin at 150 Columbia said his porch on the Felton Street side of the house is in the direct line of sight of the parcel in ques- tion, "and there are a lot of elderly people in the neighborhood and we like to keep things quiet." Depkin took exception to the property being termed as "virtual- ly surrounded" by other commer- cial parcels, as there are a number hind 158 Columbia. "Why is 153 Columbia, who also opposed there a need to rezone it when the rezoning. there is a piece of commercial Garey, in making his presenta- property close by that's for sale?" tion,.cited the fact that when Re- he asked. He went on to note that when Inez operated her shop it grew from one to five or six chairs and was a detriment to the quiet O f the neighborhood before it closed. Depkin also took exception to the fact that there was no official fib- tice given to property owners in the area of the public hearing. He hoboth instituted its zoning code in 1942, the boundaries between zones fell from the center of streets. He went on to cite how much commercially zoned proper- ty is around him, noting that per- haps it was an oversight on the part of the city when the parcel fell into the residential zone on the Continued on page 17