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14 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, July 3 July 9, 1998 I  ] The 3 L 's in Real Estate! ] LiStwith Lou .,. .... Llngo's Lowest Priced Homes Intown $119,500 Ocean Block $375,000 lACK LINGO Lo. Cristaldi , 227-3883 REALTOR 227-2988 Home - Angle Moon photo On the eve of Fourth of July weekend, officials brace themselves for a similar scenario to the one they faced over Memorial Day weekend, as throngs crowded the sidewalks, spilling out into the streets. The Dewey Board of Commissioners is looking for long-term solutions to the problem. Dewey officials weigh pedestrian control options By Jen Ellingsworth Officials in Dewey Beach are weighing their options for pre- venting more pedestrian acci- dents. Controlling thousands of intoxi- cated people who spill out onto the streets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, especially after establish- ments close, is a key concern for the town and one that's made Dewey the object of keen scrutiny by residents, visitors and business owners in recent weeks. Officials there are bracing for the holiday weekend, as an esti- mated 35,000 people are expected to descend on the resort. Dewey saw three serious pedestrian acci- dents in a five-day span last July. In his report to commissioners at a town meeting June 12, Dewey Beach Police Chief Ray Morrison said it's ironic that in most cases it isn't the driver of the vehicle who is charged in an accident, but the pedestrian. "They're usually under the in- fluence of alcohol and they dart through the traffic to see their friends," he said, adding that his officers are aggressively ticketing jaywalkers in an effort to curb the problem. Dewey Beach Mayor Bob Fred- erick said it's a dilemma that' s left him and other officials looking for answers. The Town of Dewey Beach has Continued on page 16 Dewey Waterfront parcel eyed as end of lease nears By Jen Ellingsworth Two Dewey Beach residents have asked that the town approach the Delaware Department of Nat- ural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and appeal to the state agency to purchase land currently occupied by the Water- front Restaurant on the bay at McKinley Street. The property is owned by the Dewey Beach Lions Club and will be available for sale or lease until 2000. Vivian and Bob Barry, owners of Barry's Gull Cottage Bed & Breakfast on Chesapeake Street, are requesting that the state devel- op the property into a public park facility. In a June 16 letter to the town, the Barrys suggest potential uses for the bayfront land: "The property could be devel- oped into a park setting, which among other things, could include an amphitheater for concerts and town events on the bay; a wharf for fishing, crabbing and enjoy- ment of the beautiful bay sunsets; enlarging and modernizing the children's playground; public re- stroom facilities; and possibly a free launching ramp for sailboats and other nonmotorized crafts," they wrote. The Barrys asked commission- ers to place the item on the agenda for the Friday, July 17 town meet- ing, in hopes of generating public interest. 'q'his public facility would en- hance Dewey Beach's image as a family-friendly resort," they said in the letter. Dewey Beach Lions Club Presi- dent Bob Frederick said it's inap- propriate and premature for the club to discuss the matter, since the lease on the property doesn't expire until 2000. The current Continued on page 16 I Subscribe to the Cape Gazette - Call 645-7700 "EVERYDAY OUR COMMUNITY TEACHERS CHANGE THE FACE OF THE FUTURE: Today's students become tomorrow's community leaders. It's been that way for genera- tions. Through example and experience teachers pass on the skills our children will need to create a successful future. Teachers deserve our respect and thanks for all they do to make our community a better place to live. m_..._ w_ v YMCA Summer Day Camp Rehoboth Beach 226-9800 Long Neck 947-7300 Milford 424-2500 Sea ford 628-4400