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I,nte00iews,00,.with Rehoboth candidates,-pg. 12]- Delaware's Cape Region Friday, August I - Thursday, August 7, 1997 Volume 5, No. 10 Cape district officials take issue with Stack article By Kerry Kester Cape Henlopen School District officials responded this week to comments from .Wes Stack, former instructional technology specialist, as reported in the Cape Gazette's July 25 edition. Superint6ndent Suellen Skeen said the story and headline were incorrect in repre- senting Stack as an administrator. She said that Stack resigned from a position in which he was paid as a teacher, not an administra- tor. Since he was not an administrator, he therefore could not be a "top level adminis- trator." Stack, in the specialist position was paid on a teacher's salary scale, with additional per diem pay for his work in the summer. His former administrative positions in the district included the following: administra- tive intern, Shields Elementary School; principal, Shields Elementary School; and principal, H.O. Brittingham Elementary School. Sue Shupard, board president, addressed issues Stack presented, although she said her comments were not on behalf of the board but were her own opinions only. Skeen refused an interview, requesting that the following letter, dated Thursday, July 31, be included in the story: "Due to the lateness of your request (yes- terday afternoon) and due to the misrepre- sentation of school district issues that you have written in two recent articles, I will not be providing an interview for your newspa- Continued on page 15 Angle Moon photo Nothing like a little thirst quencher on a hot summer's day These enterprising young ladies were captured in film and sister Elizabeth Carpenter, both of Lewes, and Emily on the corner of Beebe Avenue and Kings Highway in Whiteoak and sister Ashley Whiteoak, both of Rising Sun, Lewes, peddling Kool Aid. They are (l-r) Laura Carpenter Md. Dolphin Bay variances get OK in Lewes DeBraak demolition to begin Sept. 2 unless appeal fried By Dennis Forney Barring an appeal from its Ocean House neighbors, the empty DeBraak building on Lewes Beach stands only 30 days away from an appointment with a demolition team. The new Dolphin Bay Resorts Motel will open for business on the site in the spring of 1998 if construction goes as planned. The new 57 room motel proposed by HKM Partnership cleared its last definite hurdle on Tuesday, July 29 when members of the Lewes Board of Adjustment voted to approve three zoning variances for the pro- ject. "This is great," said George Metz as part- ners Mark Hardt and Jim Kyger smiled broadly. "We have to await the written decision and pass the 30 day appeal period but after that we're ready to go." Continued on page 17 Rehoboth Bay sea lettuce clean-up stops at 185 tons By Michael Short The grand sea lettuce experi- ment in Rehoboth Bay has ended. Harvesting the sea-lettuce ended on July 11 after officialscleared 185 tons of the material from Rehoboth Bay. Sea lettuce is actually a large light-green algae that is a normal part of the inland bays. But last year, excessive amount of the algae, known scientifically as ulva, formed large algae blooms. The algae rotted and died, rob- bing the water of oxygen as it decomposed and allowing pre- cious little oxygen for fish or other sea life. It also littered beaches and the smell was something to behold. Last year, Gov. Tom Carper toured the inland bays. Months later, he was still talking about the pungent aroma. So, Delaware decided to try to head off the problem by using a pair of aquatic skimmers to collect and dispose of the smelly prob- lem. Those two harvesters collect- ed 185 tons of seaweed between June 13 and July 11 (one harvester remains on standby if necessary). Then, the grand experiment stopped for several reasons. Offi- cials said they wanted to evaluate the success of the idea, they were worried about the accidental bycatch of crabs and wildlife and Continued on page 18 State to begin testing bays for "cell from hell" By Michael Short Delaware will begin testing Indian River for pfiesteria. Pfiesteria piscicida is a dinoflagellate, a microscopic life form, that has been making headlines of late. The so-called "killer algae" and "cell from hell" has been linked to major fish kills in North Car- olina and it's been identified in Indian River, following fish kills in 1987 and 1989. There is no evidence that the dinoflagellate (it isn't an algae) is currently active in Indian River. But Delaware Department of Nat- Continued on page 18