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5O "The Price of Liberty  is Eternal Vigilance" 2 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, June 24 - Monday, June 27, 2005 Volume 13 No. 9 Rehoboth candidates are certified By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff The Aug. 13 municipal elections in Rehoboth Beach are shaping up to be among the most hotly contested in years - but the bitter battle for mayor, which sees newcomer Bob Sokolove taking on five- term incumbent Sam Cooper, was nearly over before it began. At a standing-room only meeting June 20, Sokolove was certified to run but not Prevailing northwesterly winds this month sent the annual uprooted mass of decomposing sea lettuce in Rehoboth Bay to the shores of Dewey Beach, where its stink has caused landowners to hire contractors to clear without a volley of questions, criticism and infighting. Uncertainty related to both mayoral and commissioner candidates was the core of the meeting. During the assembly, the pub- lic and the commissioners debated over terms such as "domiciliary" and "bona-fide resident" as they pertained to mayoral can- didates. For city commissioners, in particu- lar, establishing when candidates must Continued on page 18 Petition to overturn FAR measure accepted By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff A petition for referendum, launched to overturn a controversial ordinance that limited building size, was presented to Rehoboth Beach commissioners June 20. Jim Cresson photo the mess away. Shown raking rotten sea lettuce at the south end of Dewey are (l-r) Luis Rios, Fabian Vasquez, Alejandro Liguerra and Jesus Saenz, all employees of Wharton's Landscaping in Lewes. Once a petition for referendum is pre- sented to the commissioners, the ordi- nance in question is suspended, city offi- cials said. That effectively puts on hold a city ordinance that reduced the allowable Continued on page 18 Winds bring sea lettuce to the shore State busy cleaning up weed that 00reates stench By Jim Cresson Cape Gazette staff As the old adage goes: It's an ill wind that blows no good. Early summer winds can make or break homeowners' quality of life around the northern part of Rehoboth Bay. Wind direc- tion determines who will be tormented and who will be spared the wretched stench of decomposing sea lettuce and other dead algae that washes ashore. If the winds are from the north or west, as they have been much of this month, homeowners in Rehoboth Bay Community and the Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club will be spared the stench, while peo- ple in Dewey Beach will suffer. If the winds are from the south or east, the people along Rehoboth Bay Community will suffer the deathlike Continued on page 24 Liveable Delaware proposal sparks debate Bill ed rbi in the House of Representatives. and in some cases local governments - have ments. It also protects the farmers who aim at cu ng The bill blocks stand-alone community planned for farmland preservation rather have made long-term commitments to pre- awl f 1 d w astewater systems in areas not targeted than growth, serve their land and keep it in agriculture." spy , saving arm an for growth and establishes a minimum lot "Dense developments dropped in the Sussex County Council President Finley By Rachel Swick size of four acres for individual septic sys- middle of our most rural areas put the Jones said while the council has not made a Cape Gazette staff tems in rural areas, future of our agriculture industry and the decision on the legislation as a whole, he Last-minute Livable Delaware legisla- By targeting "stand-alone community rural quality of life we all value at risk," said the state has to be careful about what it tion, aimed at curbing sprawl and protect- wastewater systems, the legislation pre- said Gov. Ruth Ann Minner. "This bill rein- calls sprawl prevention. ing the sustainability of Delaware's agri- vents large, high-density developments in forces the significt planning efforts of "It certainly will impact the ag commu- culture industry, was introduced this week rural areas where the state government - the state, counties and municipal govern- Continued on page 20