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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 26 Dewey Continued from page 16 controls during peak times to cre- ate traffic breaks and at cross- walks during peak foot-traffic hours. He also encourages the town to re-evaluate the placement of its current crosswalks, with the possibility of changing their placement. Pollard suggests that the corners aren't the safest place to cross and suggests that the town enforce the state crosswalk law, which gives pedestrians the right- of-way in crosswalks when traf- fic-control signals are not in place. J.J. Catts, owner of J.J.'s Corner Market, said he thinks making the bars close early would be counter- productive for Dewey because not only would it take away busi- ness and revenue, but also force the revelers out of their town and into Rehoboth Beach for last call. Frederick said his No. l priority is public safety and stressed that he doesn't want to put anybody out of business, he just wants make town more safe for locals and visitors by using resources available at both the local and state levels. "I want to explore ini- tiatives to develop a broad-based action plan that'll involve all sec- tors of the town and state with the specific goal of reducing alcohol abuse in Dewey Beach," he said. Frederick said one concern he has is making sure establishments comply with their legal occupan- cy. "We're asking for self-regula- tion here," said Frederick. "[We're asking] 'Would those folks reduce their occupancy and keep their tables and chairs up?'" Two categories exist for liquor licenses by the Alcoholic Bever- age Control Center (ABCC): a tap room liquor license and a restaurant liquor license. Per that law, the Bottle & Cork is the only Dewey Beach establishment that qualifies as a "tap room." Other establishments, including the Wa- terfront Restaurant, Coconuts Seafood House, the Rusty Rudder, the BayCenter, the Lighthouse Restaurant and the Starboard, are all licensed as restaurants. The town also has specific regu- lations regarding the operation of "conforming" and "nonconform- ing" establishments. In order to he classified "conforming," an es- tablishment must meet certain re- quirements set by the town code. The code defines "restaurant" as a "commercial establishment whose (302) 571-6488 DelDOT Continued from page 16 stalled on the northern side of the intersection to accommodate pedestrians traveling along South Route 1. Intersection at Bald Eagle Road - Sidewalks should be in- stalled on both sides of South Route 1, along Bald Eagle Road, and on one side of the adjacent ac- cess road. Crosswalks and curb cuts should be installed, the plan - July 2, 1998 primary activity is the service of complete meals from a representa- tive menu." Robert S. Nichols, chief of en- forcement for the Delaware Alco- holic Beverage Control Commis- sion, said his agency not only con- ducts routine checks of establish- ments in Dewey Beach, but re- sponds to complaints filed by citi- zens. He said he thinks Dewey is "on par" with other municipalities as far as complying with state regu- lations. Nichols said the routine checks and surveillance efforts of the ABCC are year-round and that duties of his department include checking for violations such as underage drinking and selling al- cohol to minors. To his knowl- edge, Nichols said no major viola- tions of that nature have been cit- ed in Dewey Beach yet this sea- son. William Preston, assistant Delaware State Fire Marshal, said his department realizes that the summer is the most busy time of year for this area and that it also does routine evaluations of estab- lishments in Dewey Beach. "We do periodic checks of all the bars throughout the beaches," said Preston. "We do spot inspec- tions with our deputies, who phys- ically walk through the bars. If it looks too crowded, we go into a mode where we count people who go in and come out." Legal occupancy of bars in Dewey Beach, broken down by establishment, is as follows: Wa- terfront, 1,074; Coconut's Seafood House, 429; Starboard, 536; Rusty Rudder, 1,980; Light- house, 565; BayCenter, 900; and the Bottle & Cork, 734. Preston said two violations have been issued so far this season by his department, both to the Bottle & Cork for overcrowding. The first was issued Saturday, May 23; the second, Wednesday, June 17. Both the pedestrian safety issue and the proposed shortening of al- cohol service for bars will be the focus of the Friday, July 17 town meeting, said Frederick. The meeting was originally slated for Friday, July 3, but was changed this week. The Town of Dewey Beach has also scheduled a bus tour of the Dewey area for legisla- tors, officers of state agencies and members of the press on Saturday, July 4, between midnight and 1:30 a.m. to help those who do not re- side in Dewey a better understand the problem the town is going through. advises. Pedestrian signals and push buttons should also he installed to accommodate pedestrian travel across this intersection, between the residential areas to the south and the commercial areas to the north. Ackles said that the next step for the proposed upgrades is to get funding for preliminary design work, which could be available in the new fiscal year beginning July i. The designs would then be tak- en to a public hearing, she said. Concert Continued from page 10 fence to define the event area and permanent phone and power lines are also being installed under- ground to serve the venue. "We asked DRBA to put the money they would have spent on renting a fence toward this fence, which will be usable for years to come and which will save quite a bit over the long haul," said Hud- son. Hudsons donated site Joe and Craig Hudson donate use of the site each year for the hospital benefit, now in its third year. "I'd like to do a couple of other events here and this will better po- sition us for the Iongterm. Some good country or folk music acts might be nice to bring in and I like Garrison Keillor. I'm not sure how large a crowd he would draw, but he does take his 'Prairie Home Companion' show all across the country." Tickets for the July Fourth con- cert are $25 per person. They are available at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminals, Beach Plum Nursery on Route 1, Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce and in the sun lobby of Beebe Medical Center, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The 1997 Beach Boys Concert resulted in $75,000 for Beebe Medical Center and Burdette- Tomlin Memorial Hospital. This year's concert is expected to raise even more. Marcia Marvel, executive direc- tor of Beebe Medical Foundation, said the funds will help the hospi- tal continue to develop its system of satellite offices - some of which are being built and some renovat- ed. Those facilities are in George- town, Rehoboth Beach, Mills- boro, Millville and Lewes. The newest is under construction on Long Neck Road. "The funds are very important to us," said Marvel. "And the money is sent to us unrestricted so it can be placed where it is most needed." SATURDAY, JULY 4, 1998 AT EAGLE CREST AERODROME, ROUTE I Oust outside Lewes. DE). General Admission tickets; $25. Gates open at 4:30 p,m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ord  with a crit card by  HMERRX Or, visit any of the following ticket locations (cash sales only): Dover Downs Guest Services *- Dover. DE Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce * Rehoboth Beach. DE Beach Plum Nursery. Route I , North o[Lewes. DE Beebe Medical Center * Lewes, DE Lion Tours Kiosk *, 94th Street Mall. Ocean City, MD Burdette-Tomlin Memorial Hospital * Cape May Court House, NJ Delaware Memorial Bridge Information Center Cape May and Lewes Ferry Terminals IIOSI00IIAI, .. .,.., - Proceeds of this event to benefit Beebe Medical Center. Lewes. Delaware. and Burdette- Tomlin Memorial Hospital. Cape May Court House. New Jersey. No refunds, rainchecks or exchanges. Event will take place rain or shine. No food. drink, cameras or audio equipment allowed. Sponsored by:. HUDSON FIRSTUSA HOMF_00 a, IIebeb  Ticket Ixice includes a $.25 donation to the Parseghian Medical Research Foundation