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5O Canal Corkran case thrown out - pg. 14 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, July 28 - Thursday, August 3, 2000 Volume 8 No. 10 Multiple fish kills an ill omen for inland bays Two million more found dead in Indian River creek Editor's Note: This is part three of a series of articles on the health of Delaware's inland bays. By Michael Short Perhaps 2 million fish were found dead near Pepper Creek Thursday, July 27, in the fifth inland bays fish kill in less than a month'. Those numbers are preliminary, but they dwarf the previous largest kill of l million menhaden found dead in Bald Eagle Creek and Torquay Canal July 5. Melinda Carl, spokesperson for the Department of Natur- al Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), confirmed that a large fish kill of juvenile menhaden occured at a dead end lagoon in Indian River Acres, a site near Pepper Creek. Carl said the one-to-two-inch tnenhaden were probably fish that had just hatched this year. Water testing is under way in the lagoon, which is on the south side of Indian River near the site of an earlier fish kill this month. That news followed a July 22 fish kill in Arneil Creek in Rehoboth Bay that killed 250,000 menhaden, a common baitfish. Larry Wonderlin lives on a lagoon that empties into Arnell Creek. "The crabs were crawling out of the water to get away," said Wonderlin, who has long been active in efforts to preserve Delaware's inland bays. The Arnell Creek kill was the fourth fish kill in less than a month and all may well be linked to one of the most persistent problems of the inland bays - 10w oxygen levels. Continued on page 16 Frederick f'des for fifth term on Dewey council By Jim Cresson Bob Frederick filed his official letter of intent, Monday, July 24, to seek a fifth term on the Dewey Beach Town Council. Frederick, who has served as a commission- er on the council since 1992, held the position of police commissioner and hasbeen mayor since 1994. Under his leadership, Dewey Beach Town Council has focused its attention on changing the town from a wide-open party place appealing mostly to young singles to a well-rounded resort with attractions for families and retirees as well as singles. Despite the lack of a town tax base dur- FREDERICK ing a period of accelerated residential growth, Dewey Beach has maintained bal- anced budgets through the 1990s, support- ed growth in the police department and expanded the Town Hall and police station. Since 1992, the town has accrued $1.5 mil- lion in a beach maintenance fund supported . by an annual beach tax on property owners. "I entered this position with the thought that it would be a marathon effort, not a short dash," Frederick said after filing for reelection. "We've come a long way with Dewey Beach during the 1990s, but we still have more to do. My feeling is that, with the team we have in place on council, we can finish the job of bringing Dewey Beach into the 21st century." Frederick said his priority concerns are to help fix the problems of residential over- Continued on page 18 Rehoboth candidates field Michael Short photo Puff the metal dragon rules on Route 2 From (l-r) Lou Hagen, Judy Hagen and Hazel Keen put a few finishing touches on their sculpted dragon Puff. The Hagens are truck drivers who build the fanciful sculptures just for fun. Motorists passing their home on Route 24 never know what might be waiting for them on their next trip. For the story and more photos, see page 24. questions at RBHA forum Homeowners endorse Derrickson, mcGuiness. By Trish Vernon It came as no surprise that members of the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Associa- tion (RBHA) voted to support incumbent Donald Derrickson and Kathy McGuiness in the Aug. 12 election for a seat on the city's board of commissioners following a candidates' forum held Friday evening, July 21, at All Saints' Parish Hall. Gary Trosclair and the two endorsed can- didates answered a number of questions on a variety of topics before being asked to leave the room prior to the traditional vote. Moderator Cliff Hiiderley informed them that the RBHA board had already inter- viewed the candidates and voted to recom- mend endorsing Derrickson and McGui- hess. RBHA member and Rehoboth Commis- sioner Richard Sargent made a motion to accept the board,s recommendation, noting that Derrickson "always tries toget the job Continued on page 20