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m m CAPE GAZEq['I -Tuesday, July 25 - Thul-oday, July 27, 2006 - 9 Rehoboth forum focuses on Country Club Estates By Kevin Spence Cape Gazette staff Three commissioner candidates vying for seats on the Rehoboth Beach City Commission call for protecting Silver Lake. The issues affecting Country Club Estates residents were fea- tured in a candidate forum hosted by the Country Club Estates Property Owners Association, Saturday, July 22. The city's annual election is Saturday, Aug. 12. Rehoboth res- idents Pat Coluzzi and Paul Kuhns and incumbent Kathy McGuiness debated issues of importance to the Country Club Estates neighborhood in the third community-sponsored candidates forum. Steven Simmons, president of the neighborhood association, posed three questions that had been presented to each candidate a week before the forum. What are your viewpoints regarding cleaning up, preserv- ing and beautifying Silver Lake (on its western edge, adjacent to Country Club Estates' southern most section)? Pat Coluzzi: The main problem with Silver Lake is silt, which comes from property run-off along with excess storm drainage. Coluzzi proposes dredging the western end of the lake, lining some Country Club properties. She also suggested filtering the storm drains to reduce some pol- lution. Kathy McGuiness: Silver Lake's problem is that no one governmental body accepts lake ownership, which shares jurisdic- tion between Sussex County and Rehoboth and Dewey beaches. She said the state,, which has dredging equipment, should step in. Paul Kuhns: He would spend time with Save Our Lakes Association 3 (SOLA3) members, along, with members of Delaware's Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) to tackle the problem. He suggested measuring lake depth and installing wire filament barriers to protect it. He agreed it should be determined who has responsibility for the lake. How do you feel the newly proposed zoning code changes, specifically the floor-to-area ratio (FAR) and increased set- backs would affect Country Club Estates? Kathy McGuiness: "If any- thing, it's going to help your prop- erty's value." She said with front porches and other credits, proper- ty owners are gaining more space. Country Club Estates, she said, would not fare worse than any other neighborhood under the pro- posal. "This is an actual FAR increase." Paul Kuhns: "I would like to see garages and sheds exempt from the FAR." Side porches, not just front porches, should also be included in homeowner credits, he said. "Increased setbacks are worse because they may limit future possibilities for homeown- ers to remodel." Pat Coluzzi: Referring to a University of Delaware study from 1999, Coluzzi said the aver- age front setback in Country Club Estates is 19 feet. "I don't think Continued on page I0 Kevin Spence photo Country Club Estates Property Owners' Association held u "Meet the candidates" forum, Saturday, July 22, for three candidates seeking two commissioner seats in Rehoboth Beach's Aug. 12 municipal election. Shown are (I-r) Rehoboth resident Pat Coluzzi; two-term incum- bent Commissioner Kathy McGuiness and Rehoboth resident Paul Kuhns. - With these rates, your money works as hard as you do. And when you maintain $2,500 in your CD, you'll receive free Custom Checking, with free online Bill Pay. 302.436.8236 410.651.2400 757.78Z4111 or visit us online at MERCANTILE PENINSULA BANK WE'RE BANKING ON YoU. 91 Annual Pe Y'eJd k cunent as of 8/06 and subct to change g ry time.  13-mo co has a SL minnm ong dep Pety moosed for earty wraw. Mercantile I A family of community banks serving Maryland, Washington, D.C., Vilnia, Delaware and Pennsylvania  Member FnlC |