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Coastal Zone Act does need to be amended H.B. 190 is a thoughtful and careful update of Title Seven of the Coastal Zone Act. It has broad, bipartisan support in the House from legislators from all over the state who have undoubt- edly heard from their constitu- ents. It provides for remediation and reuse of the designated site as well as expeditious review by DNREC. Despite opposition from some very thoughtful individu- als, as well as the usual suspects, HB 190 should be passed with the widest support possible, signal- ing Delaware is interested in both protecting the environment as well as supporting working families while doing just that. An update is probably over- due. It was passed 46 years ago and much has changed. This is the nature of updating legislation to reflect the current milieu. We have had much bad legislation that has had to be changed. Laws concerning religious, racial and ethnic groups as well as labor and, more recently, the LBGTQ community had to be changed. My guess is when those original laws were passed, the authors thought they were right. We now know otherwise. That the CZA is somehow sacrosanct and im- mune from any update is just a bit disingenuous. That somehow Governor Peterson’s legacy will be tarnished is a bit of a stretch despite the concerns of those who were in on the original bill, friends of Russ or the honorable governor’s widow. They are, of course, well-meaning individuals. Their call for public hearings all over the state about an update to the CZA is probably a reason- able idea if it pertains to future uses, and expediting regulations and permitting. That is for the long term. This bill addresses our current situation. Those types of meetings also tend to be domi- nated by the usual suspects, the activists who normally are for only what they are against unless, of course, we agree with their myopic vision. To this point we have generally been spared from the self-important one, he who has to tell everyone what they need to do, to the shrill one, last seen leaving Middletown in the wake of her devastating defeat on the data center, to the conde- scending one, waiting for the levee to break in Delaware City so he can call everyone an idiot. Unfortunately, the extrem- ists tend to crowd out the many thoughtful groups that have expressed some concern and sometimes opposition to the bill. Much of the opposition centers on what can go wrong, spills and such. Some of these things have already happened over the past and have been successfully remediated. We simply can’t let the sky is falling or specious RON MACARTHUR PHOTO LATE-SPRING DAISIES are in full bloom at the Chick-fil-A drive-thru near Rehoboth Beach. WRITE NOW Letters must be signed and include a telephone number for verification. Please keep letters to 650 words or fewer. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. Write to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958; or preferably email newsroom@ Letters » Weather Picture » Editorial » C onfusing. That's about the only way to describe the rules of the road for cyclists on Route 1 in the Cape Region.  Back in 2012-13, a series of deadly crashes sparked a study that eventually led to more than 4 miles of new sidewalks along the high- way.  The project included improved lighting and numerous pedestrian-activated signals at new crosswalks, all aimed at improving safety.  Despite these improvements, three cycling- related crashes have already occurred since Memorial Day. None was fatal, but it's not at all clear anyone – including police officers who responded – understands where cyclists should ride.  Before the safety improvements, cyclists shared the bus lane with buses and turning traffic – a death-defying mix at best, but still a legal place to ride.  From the beginning, cyclists were encour- aged to ride on the new sidewalks. For the most part, that's where they now ride. What is less clear is which sidewalk cyclists should use.  Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf, who led the safety effort, says cyclists may legally ride on which- ever sidewalk they like. Based perhaps on the danger of crossing Route 1, the idea seems to be any sidewalk is better than the roadway.  At the same time, crashes frequently, though not always, occur when a cyclist rides against the flow of traffic. Drivers pulling onto the highway look for tiny breaks in traffic; when they find one, they quickly pull into it, very possibly failing to look the other way for a cyclist or pedestrian.  Police say when cycling on the roadway, always ride with traffic. But even those riding on the sidewalk have to use the roadway to cross intersections - exactly where several ac- cidents have occurred.  Cyclists who ride against traffic on the Route 1 sidewalk would be wise to get off and walk at intersections. It may be slow, but it would give drivers more time to see them.  Delaware invested more than $10 million to make Route 1 safer.  Yet in the end, it's the vigilance of drivers and the cyclists themselves that will reduce crashes in this congested corridor. Sidewalk cycling requires vigilance Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor emeritus; Laura Ritter, news editor; Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor; and Nick Roth, sports editor. Continued on page 7 For local weather, including highs and lows see page 39 » Viewpoints 6 TUESDAY, JUNE 20 - THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017 Cape Gazette Cape Gazette Publisher, Dennis Forney, Ext. 303 Editor, Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 Sports Editor Emeritus, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Associate Editor, Jen Ellingsworth, Ext. 319 Sports Editor, Nick Roth, Ext. 317 Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 NEWS Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 Ryan Mavity, Ext. 337 Melissa Steele, Ext. 336 Chris Flood, Ext. 335 Maddy Lauria, Ext. 321 Molly MacMillan SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth Frederick Schranck PROJECT SPECIALIST Roberta Surra, CONTRIBUTORS Nathalie Willard Nancy Katz Chris Antonio Eric Burnley Denise Clemons John McDonald Bob Yesbek Chris Wildt Rob Rector WEB MANAGER Catherine M. 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Subscriptions are available at $39 per year in Sussex County; $56 elsewhere. Address all correspondence to :  Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, DE 19958 Telephone: 302-645-7700 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213 Lewes, DE 19958 Volume 24 No. 8 Half responders think it’s political partisanship How much is political partisanship fueling gun violence? A lot 54% Somewhat 16% Not much 30% The total of votes counted was 522. To participate in the current web poll, go to Web Poll »