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Steve Crane of Browseabout Books is the first person to contribute to the 1998 Rehoboth Beach fireworks fund, doing so immediately following the July 7 debriefing on Sunday night's event. Shown accepting the check in the amount of $1,000 are Rehoboth Main Street President Kathy Kramedas McGuiness (left) and Executive Director Anne Marie Burnell. Fireworks Continued from page 12 What could have been done to prevent this close-calamity next year, resort officials and the pub- lic want to know. Proctor said an inspection of the vessel probably could have been done earlier, and that is one aspect being reviewed in the investiga- tion. "They are trying to deter- mine all events which led up to this in an effort to prevent it in the future," he said, adding that there are set procedures for applications for marine events which are usual- ly proi:essed out of Philadelphia, not his office. "Then they contact us and coordinate activities so as to avert problems like this," Proc- tor said. But Ferrese noted that the Coast Gtlard only once sent a rep- resentative to their many fire- works coordinating meetings, .and at that particular meeting "we were told everything seemed to be in order and that their presence at these meetings wasn't necessary," he said. Harry Hays, owner of Hays Tug and Launch which brought "The Grape Ape" barge to Rehoboth Beach, termed the entire incident "foolish. I've had eight shows this year and never had any trou- bJe with the Coast Guard," he said. He does have a theory, how- ever, as to what precipitated the anonymous phone call which trig- gered the incident. "This is just . hearsay, but one of my captains quit - not officially - who was supposed to be bn-that boat that day. I didn't know he wasn't on it until I was radioed by the other captain that he didn't show up. By then they were one-third of the way there," Hays explained. "At that point, I wasn't about to disappoint one hundred thousand people by canceling the show, so I said go overtime. Besides, he could always sleep for an hour or two while the other man steered," Hays said. "Also, they had no in- tention of turning around and heading back. I had made arrange- ments for them to stay in Lewes that night." Of the safety considerations, Hays" rattled off the number of bilge pumps and fire pumps aboard the barge. The next day, under the close eye of Coast Guard officials so that nothing could be altered or added to their equipment, another inspection "found nothing wrong safety wise, so they rescinded their 6rder to keep us in Lewes and let us come home. And I haven't heard any- thing more from the Coast Guard." Hays is joined by H.D. Parsons, head boat captain out of Fisher- man's Wharf in Lewes, as having suspicions about the anonymous call. "I can't help but feel this was a set-up - that this was planned. The barge and tug were checked out recently, previous to other fireworks displays, and were found to be OK," even if the cap- thin on board wasn't credentialed to be where he was, Parsons, who had taken out a boat of would-be fireworks watchers that night and observed the entire proceedings, said. McGuiness, for her part, is not going to part with the entire sum of money due Zambelli, the fire- works company. "We'll definite- ly pay for the fireworks, but I'm hesitant about paying for the tug until the investigation is complete. I'll put the check on hold until it's cleared up," she said. Undaunted, she added that she plans to appear before the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners tonight (Fri- day, July 11) to request they be al- lowed to hold a fireworks display in 1998. Oqdmission to piers must be purchased separately.) CAPE GAZETTE, riday, July 11 - July 17, 1997 - 17 Cole, Dukes spar over Sussex planning and zoning appointments By MichaeIShort of Donald Hearn, instead of were no guarantees," Dukes said. Committee appointment are Lynch. He said aer members of Cole said that the Planning and normally the most humdrum part County Council told him he could Zoning Commission is too politi- of any Sussex County Council nominate someone for the board, cal and he charged that they meeting, saying he has never had that op- played little role in recent land use But on Tuesday, a motion to up- portunity, plan decisions. That charge came point a member of the County Hearn, Like Cole, is a Republi- despite numerous hearings and Planning and Zoning Commisson can. Lynch is a Democrat. many hours spent by the commis- took three votes and considerable Cole then accused other council sion on land use issues. But Cole fireworks before Ronald Lynch members of changing their mind said few if any of the suggestions was re-appointed, after telling him to go find a nom- of "the planners were included in By the time the debate ended, inee. the final draft plan. there had been allegations that the But County Council President "I think most of Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission Dale Duke said that the offer to thinks Planring and Zoning is a was a "joke" and that County suggest an alternative was no joke," Cole said. He said appoint- Council was just part of the "good "guarantee, that he would be cho- ing Heam was an "opportunity to old boy" political network, sen. make things better." The allegations came from "It is good old boys politics. I Cole also said hat Lynch had County Councilman George Cole, am used to it," Cole said. never contacted him until it was h, ardly the first time he has locked His selection of Heam, a former time for him to 'be appointed horns with either Sussex County president of Sussex County's again. Dukes asked whether Cole Council or Sussex County Plan- Board of Realtors, was supported had ever tried to contact Lynch ning and Zoning. The comments by Councilman George Collins. and said that he has hd a number came as Cole tried to appoint his But Dukes', Finley Jones and Lynn of people praise Lynch, saying own nominee to the Planning and Rogers all voted no. that he visits every site beingcon- Zoning Commission. Collins then suggested Ellen sidered by the Planning and Zon- Cole asked for the appointment Magee fill the position. Cole and ing Commmission. Collins voted yes and the other "I have had a number of people Milton  members abstained. Finally, call me and tell methey want a third motion to re-nominate Lynch back on the board," Dukes Continued from page 16 Lynch was approved 4= 1 with said later. the danger of children having easy Cole voting no. Dukes added that he had noth- access to the pit and piles of dirt "You took it out of context. I ing against Hearn, who he had on the lot. told you to get a name, but there never met. "Mayor Jack Bushey said that Sussex County building code in- spectors will be contacted and an appointment made for July 22 in a oPpecz-00. "order to make sure that Molina Servi,,ll rSl() fulfills the first part of his agree- ment. When Molina mentioned the number of inclement weather days his contractors had faced since February, and the possibility, of II A  additional bad weather before July K 22, Cammenisch'cautioned him, "You'd better gent a tarp and some tents and get to it." How can you have more fun at the shore? 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