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I Dewey debates merit of bar cu00ews, pg. 16 I I Delaware's Cape Region Friday, June 26 - Thursday, July 2, 1998 Volume 6, No. 5 Sussex eyes cutting-edge weather warning system By Michael Short Sussex County Council is considering funding an advanced weather forecasting system for Seaford and the coastal towns in an effort to provide them with cutting-edge data in the event of nor'easters and other devastating storms. County Administrator Bob Stickels pro- posed the idea at the Tuesday, June 23 ses- sion of Sussex County Council. The pro- posed plan would fund the system for one year for the towns, at a cost of $1,209 per town. Edgehill decides against building medical arts facility in Lewes By Dennis Forney Blake Thompson, president of Edgehill Drugs Inc., said this week he has decided against building a three-story, 36,000- square-foot combination medical arts facili- ty and drug store in Lewes. Working in concert with Preston Dyer, Thompson had successfully gone through zoning change and zoning variance proce- dures to clear the hurdles necessary to con- struct the facility. The land was rezoned from Community Facilities District to Commercial and the masonry building had received a height variance from Lewes Board of Adjustment to go above the allow- able 40-foot height limit. It wis to be locat- ed on the piece of land that currently houses the Edgehill Drugs store next to Beebe Medical Center on Savannah Road. Instead, Thompson said he is in the process of designing a new Edgehill store to go on the property. He said he will forego the medical offices and parking garage that had been a major part of his original plan for the property. "I have a design in mind for a one-story, 10,000-square-foot store. A Salisbury architect is working on the plans, which I'll take before the city's Commer- cial Architecture Review Commission (CARC) when they are complete," said Continued on page 19 After that, the towns could decide whether they want to pay for the system, at a cost of approximately $864 a year - the lower cost is because the initial unit is already paid for. "The National Weather Service is cutting back," Stickels said. "This would help us." y." Sales representative Clark Patterson said the system is reliable, popular and will work as long as there is electrical power (towns would have emergency generators to provide power). The county council decided to take the The system updates weather forecasts every, matter under advisement and will probably 15 minutes and is known as DTN. The sys- consider it again when it meets on Tuesday, tern works 24 hours a day, is constantly June 30. Stickels spoke in favor of the sys- updated and uses a one-meter satellite dish tern, which comes hard on the heels of to provide information, major coastal storms that struck the coast- The company's logo is "news, not histo- line this winter. Local towns were invited to attend the council session and there was support among towns for the idea. Gilbert Holt of Lewes's Board of Public Works said "it is an excellent idea." Dewey Beach Town Manager Bill Rutherford, who spent much of February up to his ankles in mud and sand as Dewey Beach cleaned up, said "this would be a very vital tool." Stickels said that the system would save valuable time, noting that conference calls with the National Weather Service can now take more than 45 minutes. Angle Moon photo Sunset's a fine time to fish in the canal at Lewes "Wind from the west, fish bite the best." "Red sky at Around the drawbridge, fishermen have been catching night, sailor's delight." Any way you cut it, fishing along lots of stripers, though none in the legal - 28 inches and Delaware's coast has been exceptional this spring and above- category. early summer and the canal at Lewes has been producing On nights like this one, sunsets are enough. Fish are a steady catches of keeper flounder and trout, bonus. By Trish Vernon Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Creig Doyle is taking a new tack in efforts to quell late-night row- diness and obscene behavior. He's turning to the media, faxing the names and addresses of every individual arrested for such viola- tions in hopes that "a little public ;mbarrassment and peer pressure from seeing one's misdeeds in print will reduce the raucous behavior and allow everyone to get a reasonable night's sleep." Doyle said the idea stemmed from a recent visit to Connecticut, where, on a regular basis, a local newspaper published the names of all of those people arrested in that town. So, beginning this week, the Rehoboth Beach Police Department is providing the names of all those arrested for such offenses as public urination, disturbing the peace and underage consumption. Doyle said they will continue this procedure throughout the summer, as "tourists and visitors have for way too long been taking the rap for the absolutely crude behavior of people who are essen- tially 'locals.' They live outside the city limits year-round - people from other parts of the state and out-of-staters who live in and near Rehoboth Beach while working at summer jobs here." These locals, Doyle said, "are like a floating poker game, going from one 'special night' at one bar .to the discount night at another the next evening." Last summer, they kept arresting the same peo- ple over and over and "it's time these folks started acting respon- sibly for a change. We're not against legitimate fun, but when a bar patron pulls down his zipper Continued on page 12 Rehoboth police chief turns to media as crime deterrent