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10 - CAPE GAZETTE. Tuesday, July 25 - Thursday, July 27, 2006 Forum Continued from page 9 Country Club Estates is going to suffer from this fight now. It's cru- cial that [the proposal] passes." Speaking after the meeting, Simmons said 81 percent of asso- ciation members surveyed, oppose new front setbacks and 78 percent oppose new side setbacks. Overall, 67 percent indicated a .6 FAR was satisfactory, he said. What is one thing you haven't been asked to discuss that you believe is an important issue to raise while seeking election as a Rehoboth Beach City Commissioner? -Paul Kuhns: "Nhy am in Rehoboth Beach?" Kuhns said the beach, the Boardwalk, beautiful neighborhoods and great open spaces are why he lives in Rehoboth Beach full-time. It's close to four major cities, but still has small-town remoteness. Kuhns also favors Rehoboth's structural and residential diversi- ty. Pat Coluzzi: "No one has asked candidates if you go around talk- ing about a position about the FAR. This is my position on the FAR. I'm for passing it." Kathy McGuiness: "These forums have been the most com- prehensive, since I've been involved or witnessed." She said she would stress her relationship with state and local officials and the work she accomplished as a two-term commissioner. Before the forum, former Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Richard Sargent asked Simmons to recuse himself because Simmons, the association's presi- dent, also serves as Kuhns' cam- paign manager. "It's wholly inap- propriate for you to moderate," said Sargent before the forum began. The outburst changed the for- mat, as audience members were permitted to ask direct questions. However, none of the candidates objected to Simmons as modera- tor. They all said they were aware of the format before the forum began. Still, Simmons conceded to Sargent's request. "I'm sure most people there would rather have heard several more questions answered by the candidates than a former commis- sioner voicing his personal feel- ings and objection that was not expressed or shared with me at any time by the candidates," said Simmons. Among audience questions were: How do we prevent a major chain from taking over small grocery stores in town? Kathy McGuiness: National chains are not new occurrences, referring to Dunkin' Donuts and 7-Eleven in Rehoboth. "Our code already addresses square footage and size." Paul Kuhns: Lingo's market, a locally owned store, has expand- ed, which has nothing to do with outside chains. City and county officials could step in and deter- mine who can come in, if voters determine it as a problem. Pat Coluzzi: "My experience with talking to people is the majority want grocery stores downtown." She suggested the city-owned senior center, which is moving soon to a new location, could be turned into a small gro- cery store, such as Trader Joe's. Would you vote the FAR pro- posal up or down, if asked to do so today? Pat Coluzzi: "Yes. We're talk- ing about a FAR increase." Kathy McGulness: "Yes." But, she said lesser restrictions may be better, if the public wants that after commissioners hear input from a Monday, Aug. 7, public hearing. Paul Kuhns: "No." Kuhns said he would not prejudge the public and what it wants, until after an Aug. 7 public hearing. PARCEL PLUS Quality. Choice. Convenience. Right here, in your neighborhood. Ask about our business accounts Phone: 302.227.9220 Fax: 302.227.9221 Sea Coast Shopping Center 19266 Coastal Hwy., Unit 4 Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Mon - Fd 8:30 AM - 6PM Sat. 10:00 - 3:00 PM B ......... -- ................................ . ......... q [ SAVE $2 on any Express or Overnight Service* [ b ......... . ................................ 4.. ..... ..a *with mention of this Ad $ a n BURGEI NIGHT TUES TUESDAY 9:30 PM Acoustic Night W_E_D_NESDAY Open Mic Night 90 PM THU. *VT# .  9PM FRIDAY O.J. SURF 9:30 PM TUESDAY 8:30 PM Open Mic Night WEDNESDAY 8 PM EVERY DAY Watch your favorite sports on our 17 TVs Sundays Acoustic Music W/Derek Daisey 5:00- 9:00 P FRIDAY 9:00 PM OPEN 7 Days Lunch Dinner Late Night Happy Hour Daily 4.7