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I l Delaware Cape Region History In Photographs Letters Continued from page 6 Ditch and the Canary Creek wet- lands. I believe that in a post Hurricane Katrina world, with the lessons learned from that debacle, the Council owes the citizen of Lewes some reasonable assurance that their flood mitigation system is working and has not been com- promised by development, and that it will continue to work at its maximum capacity if the area in question is developed further. This can only be accomplished by a professional study of the impact of the zoning change. To do oth- erwise is to repeat the failures of New Orleans in its preparation. The City of Lewes' Comprehensive Plan, has, as its highest objective: "create and adopt a conserva- tion-design ordinance and regula- tions, including wetlands and recharge protections, open space preservation, open space and wet- lands buffers, and clustering to avoid environmentally sensitive areas. I believe that the rezoning request violates the intent and spirit of this objective. In a recent City Council meet- ing, the attorney representing the developer stated that the plans submitted were a significant change from those we had previ- ously seen. The Office of State Planning Coordination has con- curred in that assessment. This then triggers the requirements of Title 29, Chapter 29, of the Delaware State Code. Any previ- ous PLUS review is no longer valid. The developer must submit its new plan to the state for review before the rezoning can occur. Further, the same statute provides that rezoning requests may not be considered until the City has changed its comprehensive pian to reflect the possible new usage. I highly recommend that the city and its solicitor, review the statu- tory requirements. I believe that they will find that this rezoning request is not yet ripe for review by the city. Please note also that the devel- oper has offered no convincing arguments concerning any possi- ble benefits that the city might enjoy as a result of the requested change. While it is early in the process, I would expect the appli- cant, or its representative, to state the advantages of the proposed development for consideration by the public and the Council. The newly formed Citizens for a Livable Lewes has collected more than 700 signatures request- ing that the City re-examine the request for the zoning change. I urge everyone to attend the rezon- ing workshop at 7 p.m., July 17, in the Lewes Public Library. Joe Stormer Lewes Thanks for art show support On behalf of the Episcopal Church Women and all of the peo- ple of Saint Peter's Church, I would like to thank the communi- ty of Lewes for their strong sup- port for our recent Art Show. on July 1. A very special thanks to Mayor Ford and the Lewes Police Department for helping us with crowd control and to Wilmington Trust for allowing us to use their parking lot. This year was our 40th annual show, and we appreciate all of the support and understanding from the community that allows us to raise funds for outreach and our ongoing ministries, we appreci- ate all of the vendors who come to share their artwork, which is always well received. It is a joy to be a part of this wonderful town. Thanks again, The Rev. Jeffrey Austin Ross Rector Saint Peter's Church Relay for Life thanks community The ninth East Sussex Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society was held at Holly CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 7 Delaware Public Archives photo Delmarva produce was shipped in Delmarva baskets In the early part of the 20th century, canneries and packing companies were coming into their own as a major part of the Delmarva Peninsula economy. On the west side of Sussex County near Laurel, the Marvil Package Company bought into the economy by manufactur- ing a variety of packages for fruits and vegetables including bushel baskets. This photograph from August of 1922 shows freshly made baskets drying in the sun at the Marvil plant. Bushel baskets were used for carrying and selling squashes, cucumbers, cantaloupes, peaches and apples. Abushel is a measurement for dry products. There are four pecks in a bushel. Apeck involves eight quarts. Bushel baskets later became popular for the packing of blue crabs as well. Lake Campsites. With the help of the East Sussex County Community, we were able raise more than a quarter of a million dollars ($250,000) for cancer research and patient services. On behalf of the entire committee, I would like to thank the following for their generous support in the fight against cancer. Thank you to Tanger Outlet Center for being not only a spon- sor but also an inspiration to other organizations to get involved in the community. Thank you to our partner, Beebe Medical Center Tunnell Cancer Center, for your outstand- ing contribution in our fight over the past nine years and for always remembering that cancer sur- vivors are special people. To our Host Sponsor, Holly Lake Campsites and to the R.A. Raley Family, the cooperation of the entire staff makes the planning of our relay easier and the beauti- ful surroundings remind us that life is very precious. To our Hope Sponso r , The Villages at Five Points, because without hope we cannot succeed. To our Gold Sponsors - Burton Realty, Inc., Mick's Classic Carpet, Atlantic Theaters, Teller Wines, ' Redi-Call Communications, Tunnell Companies, Jack Lingo Real Estate, Punkin Chunkin Assoc and Suzanne Landon/Jack Lingo Realtors. American Legion Post #28 for sponsoring our Cancer Survivors Reception. Survivors. are our inspiration and you have honored them in a special way. Continued on page 8 Legislators explain escalating gas prices As many Sussex Countians have noticed, gasoline prices are considerably cheaper in neighbor- ing Maryland. It's not unusual to see price differences of 30 to 40 cents per gallon between gasoline sold here as opposed to that sold in Worcester, Wicomico and Dorchester counties. There are several reasons for this, none of which have anything to do with state government action or summertime price goug- ing on the part of local retailers. The only impact the state cur- rently has on the price you pay at the pump is the motor fuel tax levied to help raise reventie for transportation projects. In Delaware, we charge 23 cents per- gallon on gasoline and 22 cents on a gallon of diesel. The state tax in Maryland is actually slight- ly higher: 23.5 cents per-gallon of gasoline and 24.25 cents on diesel fuel. The people selling gasoline in Sussex are charging more because they are paying more for gasoline themselves. On average, the wholesale price for a gallon of gasoline in Sussex County during June was about 36 cents higher than in neighboring Maryland. This is because federal govern- ment regulations require that we sell a different type of gasoline in the First State. The Clean Air Act stipulates that counties must meet an air quality standard for "ground-level ozone" or take action to reduce it. While ozone at high-altitude helps shield us from ultraviolet radiation, ozone near the surface is believed to be detrimental to human health, harming both the heart and lungs. Ground-level ozonehas even been implicated in reducing crop production. Ozone is not directly emitted in vehicle exhaust, but those emis- sions interact with sunlight to form it. To combat this, the feder- al Clean Air Act (as amended'in 1990) mandated the use of refor- mulated gasoline (RFG) in so- called "non-attainment" areas - those regions with ozone pollu- tion levels above the government benchmarks. RFG is specially blended to reduce emissions in the specific geographic areas in which it is sold. In the early 1990'S, New Castle and Kent counties were out of compliance for ozone and Sussex County was borderline. For the sake of standardization and ease of regulation, Gov. Mike Castle sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Jan. 8, I992 asking that Sussex County be treated as a non-attain- ment area. While reformulated gasoline has always been more expensive than conventional gas, it was only recently that the disparity became extreme. During the last several years, the wholesale price differ- ence between RFG purchased by Sussex County retailers and the gasoline purchased in neighbor- ing Marylan d was only about 8 to 12 cents per gallon. That changed in May. For many years, RFG sold in Delaware and other non-attain- ment areas around the country contained a chemical known as MTBE. This additive increased the amount of oxygen in gasoline, helping it to burn more efficiently and thus reducing the pollution emitted from the tailpipe. The downside of MTBE is that although it is relatively cheap and effective, it has also proven to be a threat to water supplies. Gasoline containing MTBE which escaped from leaking underground storage tanks, or that spilled during accidents, tainted groundwater around the nation. Because people drinking relative- ly low levels of MTBE were stricken with a wide-range of health problems, contaminated wells had to either be relocated or fitted with expensive filtering sys- tems. When the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 was enacted last Continued on page 8