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Continued from page 6 Dewey Beach commissioners also ,supported our efforts to get these much needed signs. We are hop- ing that the signs will be in place for the Fourth of July weekend. Thank you one and all for your continuing Support. We believe lives will be saved if the pedestri- ans use the crosswalks and the motorists heed these signs and stop when pedestrians are in the crosswalks.  : .+ Viviffh and Bob Barry + - . + Kudos to Chief Doyle on arrests Hurrah! ForRehobothFOlice Chief Doyle. We would like to congratulate Police Chief Doyle for his positive effort,in deterring rime by his publishing offenders names in the newspaper: 'As resi- ?dents of Rehoboth+we have lis- tened to the criticism of the police ghief and his department. We have always been proud of the fine job they have done in a town that swells in population for the summer months. This media approach is a posi- tive move and if you don't like it then control your actions so that your name won't be published in the newspaper. And if your name appears twice, then double shame on you. Maybe further action should be taken if your name ap- pears three times. Again Police Chief Doyle and your department, we commend you and appreciate your good work. Marge Cintavey Don Cintavey Rehoboth Beach Murray proud to be part of effort Being a part of the grand open- ing party and the opening day cel- ebration for the Indian River Life- saving Station was one of the proudest moments of my life. As treasurer of the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and as a lifelong resident of our area, I am proud to be associated with a group of private citizens and local businessmen who are in the process of raising $500,000 to "Bring Life Back into the Sta- tion." Because all:our committee members are contributing" their time and effort, all the campaign donations will be used for the ren- ovation and construction of the buildings at the site of the old In- dian River Lifesaving Station. As treasurer of our organiza- tion, I was certainly gratified at the high level of contributions that we received this East weekend to help fund. the restoration, preser- vation and future museum activi- ties. As a private citizen, I am overwhelmed by the success achie)ed by of local peo- ple who have adream_ and are de- ti;mindnot to quR't!til that dream is fulfilled. This is thnd 0f spirit that makes our comnmni- ty great. All those who have made the restoration of the Indian River Lifesang Station building a real- itymare carrying On the great tradi. tion of those who served at'the building who routinely risked their livesAn coastal rescues in a time when our waterways were 0urhighways. William O. "Bill" Murray Ocean View Auto show organizers.! thank community On behalf of the Lewes Cham- ber of Commerce and Visitors Bu- reau, we extend sincere thanks to the volunteers who worked to make the third annual British Mo- torcar Show so successful. The British Car Club of Delaware and its members are an integral part of the event as well as the many members of the chamber who do- nate their time. Special thanks go to the City of Lewes for allowing us to use Blockhouse Pond Park, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry for the trolley service to the park, to Peninsula Collection for framing the Best of Show prize, and to Roadsters for sponsoring the event. In its three years, "The British Are Coming...Again!" at- tracts cars and people from throughout Delaware and its bor- dering states - many for the first time. Lewes continues to leave a lasting, overwhelmingly positive impression. We are very grateful to all those who helped to make the show the best yet. Mike Tyler, event chairman Betsy Reamer Lewes Chamber of Commerce I Derrickson seeks monetarybacking from businesses for Rehoboth garage By Trish Vernon The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners tossed around the idea of building a downtown park- ing garage at their Monday, June 29 workshop session, an idea that has received mixed reviews in the past. Commissioner Don Derrickson, a strong proponent of erecting such a facility behind the fire hall, took the opportunity to get feed- back from fellow board members, as he presented the latest proposal. Derrickson explained that a couple of years ago, some high- powered members of the busi- ness/commercial-property-own- ing community got together to discuss concerns about the down- town business climate. It was the general consensus, he said, that something needs to be done to ensure they can continue to carve out their share of the mar- ket. Improved parking in the form of a garage was seen as one course of action that needs to be taken. In a nutshell, Derrickson pro- posed a breakdown on how to fi- nance a $4 million, 450-car, four- level garage, whereby the busi- ness community would dole out $1 million, with the city setting aside $500,000 over five years; another $1.5 million coming from state and/or federal sources; and the financing of the last $1 mil- lion. The city, of course, would provide the land. Noting that the garage is on the drawing board as part of the downtown revitalization plan now in progress, Derrickson said "I think it would be a positive thing for both the commercial and resi- dential areas - we are a tourist town. A few commercial property owners came forward because they would benefit the most." One benefit of having an in- town garage would be that it would dissuade a number of peo- ple from driving around Rehoboth Avenue in search of a space, a problem that creates considerable congestion in all but the dead of winter, especially on weekends. Derrickson noted that with the residential permit system now in place and running smoothly, along with the metered areas of town, the garage would be a third piece of the puzzle that would help solvethe city's parking woes. Commissioners Bitsy Cochran and Betty Ann Kane were quick to agree it's worth a try. "Fundamen- tally, I think we should try to find a way," Cochran said. Kane added that the permit plan "is only part of the solution and a garage should be part of the overall man- agement plan." She said such a facility could also lure more con- ventions into the city's center, be- cause currently, parking around the hall is at a premium much of the time. "I think with financing it can work and I think we Should set a timetable. It's consistent with our Long Range Plan and it would get the cars out of neighborhoods as well," Kane continued. Mayor Sam Cooper said he wants more concrete information on the use of such a facility before proceeding any further. Derrickson replied that he per- ceives that the garage would be used by "the person who doesn't want to hassle with meters - park- ing is a hassle unless you're stay- mg in town." Commissioner Richard Sargent said he is concerned that they may be "robbing Peter to pay Paul," in that if they receive state funds for such a project, they may be turned down when they ask for money to pay for something else that the city needs more than a garage. He also said he doesn't think the resi- dents should foot any of the bill, as they won't be using the facility. On the other hand, Sargent said if he could be convinced that the garage would alleviate congestion on the street, he might be persuad- ed to go along. "But I just don't think it will pay for itself and I don't want the people of Re- hoboth to pay to have it torn down. If it helps the business community, let them pony up," Sargent added, wishing to reserve judgment until he sees the color of their money. Commissioner Jack Hyde, hav- ing just returned from Key West, said there is a garage just off the main street in that resort thatsits virtually vacant. He asked City Manager Greg Ferrese to contact authorities down there and find out more about that situation, not- ing, "show me the need and the use, and I'll be your NO. 1 sup- porter: But if I voted now, I'd say we don't need it and it costs too much." Delving into the figures, Der- rickson said he believes they can generate at least $500 per space per year, only borrowing on the debt service, which would be 25 percent to 30 percent of the cost. Noting that an "impressive group" of business people feel their prop- erty may be in jeopardy if noth- ing's done," he urged fellow board members to reserve judg- ment until he has time to go back and get a firmer commitment from the commercial sector. How this sector would come up with its $1 million could come in the form of a special five-year tax assessment from the business sec- tor or completely from donations, although Derrickson noted that those who do pony up should get something in return, such as per- mission to offer validated tickets for free parking for their cus- tomers. Cooper said if Rehoboth asks the state for $1 million, it may have to forgo other projects deemed more vital. "You've got a lot of hurdles,", he told Derrick- sorL Asking if he should proceed any further in assessing the willing- ness of the business community to put its financial weight behind the garage project, Derrickson said "If I get 60 percent support, would you be willing to assess?" "That would show me clearly that there's enough interest," Cooper replied. Derrickson also said he wants assurance that the project would be put on a priority list if he gar- ners enough support and that the city would then be willing to go to the state for funding. It was the general consensus that Derrickson should get a firm commitment from the business leaders and re- port back next month. Barefootin' Continued from page 7 first elections were held for the new state general assembly in Oc- tober of 1776, a mob of five or six hundred Tories gathered in the town and chopped down the Lib- erty Pole at which 'the streets of Lewes resounded with Huzza for King George and General Howe, execrations against Congress, Whigs, etc.' and the pole was sold for 13 dollars." By that point, there had already been a number of unfriendly en- counters with British military ships off the shores of Lewes. Two years before, buoys had been removed from Delaware Bay and River to prevent easy navigation and attacks on Philadelphia by British ships. At the same time, pilots living in the Lewes area were sent warnings to not aid the British in their navigational ef- forts. In April 1776, a schooner owned by Nehemiah Field of Lewes engaged a tender filled with soldiers from the British war- ship Roebuck, lying at anchor off the Cape shoreline. The comman- der of the detachment of the Delaware battalion at Lewes re- ported that the schooner's men put the vessel ashore when they saw the Roebuck's tender under sail and bearing down on them. "Jurt before our arrival," wrote the commander, "the tender gave our guard a broadside with swivels and musketry, which they re- turned. On our junction a constant fire was kept up for some time un- til we perceived the distance too great. We then left off firing and unloaded the schooner, though several hundred shots were fired at us to prevent it. Our people picked up many of their balls rolling in the sand. The tender dispatched one of the barges to the ship for assistance, who made sail immediately, but was soon oblig- ed to come to anchor for fear of running on the Hen and Chickens [shoals along the coast near Cape Henlopen.]" Writing about this skirmish with the British, the authors in Scharf's 1880s "History of Delaware" wrote: "This spirited little skirmish was most effica- cious in removing from the minds of the patriots the exaggerated im- pression of the invincibility of the British ships and sailors, and they flocked to the shores of the bay in readiness for another encounter." Col. David Hall, a Lewes native who became namesake for the lo- cal DAR chapter, was a highly distinguished patriot. According to Scharf's, Hall left his legal practice to join the fight for inde- pendence. He "recruited the cele- brated Delaware Line regiment, and, April 5, 1777, was made its colonel. They participated at Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth, were with Washing- ton at Valley Forge and during the remainder of the war fought in the important battles, doing distin- guished service in various lines of duty and earned a reputation sec- ond to no other troops in the Con- tinental army...At the close of the war he resumed the practice of law in his native town and was elected Governor of the State, continuing in office until 1805. He died at Lewes in 1817." Lewes' history is rich with tales from the revolution and many of them are still with us due to the steady efforts of the DAR.