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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Fxiday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 Rehoboth expects smooth sailing for July 5 fireworks display By Trish Vernon Preparation couldn't be more intensive for the Rehoboth Beach fireworks extravaganza, slated for Sunday, July 5, as officials have been meeting on a regular basis to ensure that the display goes off without a hitch. Not wanting to revisit last year's near-fiasco, when the Coast Guard sent the fireworks barge back to Delaware Bay due to re- ported violations, before allowing the show to go on at the eleventh hour, officials have been in con- stant contact with both Harry Hayes, owner of the tug pulling the barge, and the Coast Guard. "All of the permits are in place and we'll have a Coast Guard fire boat in position, with a command station at the Bandstand," said city employee Chuck Snyder. "I can't think of a single hang- up," said City Manager Greg Fer- rese during a Monday, June 29 press conference. "Everything is in order," with the weather being the only possible fly in the ointment. With committee member the Rev. John Dean assuring there would be no rain, reports as of Thursday, Ju- ly 2, are calling for clear skies. (The rain date is Monday, July 6, although officials said they won't be able to provide the same level of service and manpower.) With a selection of beach tunes to be played from 6 to 8 p.m., fol- lowed by a performance by the U.S. Army Band from 8 to 9 p.m., the city is installing a sophisticat- ed public address system, ranging from the Atlantic Sands Hotel to the north, to Funland to the south end of the Boardwalk. This will enable the crowd of an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 people to hear the music and any messages, in- cluding those for lost children. (Lost children will be taken to the lifeguard headquarters at Balti- more Avenue and the Boardwalk.) With the fireworks display set to burst forth at 9:30 p.m., in the ocean off Rehob0th Avenue, an intricate transportation plan has been fashioned to discourage peo- ple from trying to park in town and to avoid gridlock, with emer- gency access, both before and af- ter the event. The Rehoboth Beach Kiwanis Club will operate a shuttle service from outlying points beginning at 6 p.m., at $5 per carload, round- trip. The buses will make contin- uous loops from four lots on Route One - PNC Bank, County Bank, Rehoboth Outlets Center III (northbound lanes) and at Re- hoboth Beach Plaza (formerly called Bay Mart) at the south end of town. Large electrical signs will be situated near the lots to alert drivers wishing to avail themselves of the service. Mo- torists are also urged to use the lots because the proceeds will be split between the fireworks fund and the Sussex Family YMCA's Campaign for Kids. (Those travel- ing on foot to these lots only pay $1 per person.) These buses will unload and pick up in an area between the Re- hoboth Beach Public Library and Second Street, with the last bus leaving the city at 12:30 a.m. Anyone who needs assistance ma- neuvering from the drop off point to a vantage point nearer the Boardwalk should ask for help from a police officer when they arrive in town, as they will be available to transport that person. The DRT buses will run their regular schedule from the park- and-ride lot, but will not use the first two blocks of Rehoboth Av- enue that evening. They will pick up and drop off passengers in front of city hall. The Jolly Trol- ley will drop off and pick up pas- sengers on Christian Street and not venture onto Rehoboth Av- enue that evening, resuming the regular route when the streets re- open until 2 a.m. After 6 p.m., no buses or other public transportation will be al- lowed east of Second Street and Rehoboth Avenue. The circle at the Bandstand will close to all ve- Grotto big fireworks contributor Rehoboth Beach Main Street received a check toward its July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza from Grotto Pizza on Monday, June 29. Accepting the $5,000 check from John Hoe- nen, vice president of Grotto Pizza, are Rehoboth Beach Main Street President Kathy McGinness, left, and Jessica Naipier- Kane, program director. Main Street has raised approximate- ly $33,000 for the Sunday, July 5 display, which will begin at 9:30 p.m., off the beach at the foot of Rehoboth Avenue. hicles at 7 p.m., and at 8 p.m., all vehicles will be detoured from the first two blocks of Rehoboth Av- enue (except for emergency vehi- cles) and the intersections at First and Baltimore and First and Wilmington will be closed as well. At 9 p.m., the intersections at Second and Baltimore and Sec- ond and Wilmington will be closed to all vehicles. Handicap vehicles will be allowed to drop off passengers at the west side of the Bandstand. This traffic pattern will remain in effect until a half hour after the fireworks display ends. Police Chief Creig Doyle stressed that parking availability downtown will be very limited, with not only meters, but also the residential parking permit system also in full effect through the evening. Out on Route 1, state troopers will be stationed at the entrance to Rehoboth at Route 1-A. If traffic gets backed up heading north- bound on Route 1, the police will close off that entrance to the city and direct traffic to use either the 1-B entrance under the canal bridge or points south. Cape Henlopen State Park offi- cials are als0 offering the Gordons Pond parking lot area as one of the best viewing spots for the fire- works display. Less than one mile north of where the barge will be located, the parking area and beach will be open until one hour after the fireworks conclude. Nor- mal entrance fees of $2.50 for in- state vehicles and $5 for out-of- state vehicles will be in effect. Surf fishing areas will be open to those actively engaged in fishing who have state surf fishing per- mits and all regulations will be strictly enforced. However, peo- ple are reminded that the beach north of Gordons Pond lot are closed for bird nesting and no swimming will be allowed after sunset. Gordons Pond can be ac- cessed from Columbia Avenue, to Ocean Drive at North Shores. Cxttlttm00-00 Since 1960 WHEN YOU WANT SOMETHING SPECIAL! SUMMER SALE 31 REHOBOTH AVENUE * OPEN DALLY 302-227-7990 Since 1924... Collections from Baker. Kindel Hickory Chair Henredon Stickley Century Vanguard Milling Road Lee Sherrill Leathercraft Brown Jordan Barcalounger Lloyd Flanders Wright Table Co. & Selected Antiques... Design Services Available. Closed July 4th.