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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, August 5 - Thursday, August 11, 1994 Volume 2, No. 11 ,4t Parking permit supporters fight referendum drive Moore terms Rehoboth's new system a vast improvement By Trish Vernon Opponents of Rehoboth Beach's parking permit system believe that as of Thursday, Aug. 4 they are less than a hundred signa- take it to referendum. If Citizens Association of Rehoboth Beach (CARB) President Jack Brinckmeyer and other petition circulators are successful in procuring the necessary signatures by the Friday, Aug. 12 deadline, the permit system now in effect on the second blocks of Mary- land and Olive avriues will be placed in tures shy of the 361 they need on a petition limbo. to force the city to rescind the measure or This possibility isn't sitting well with Sussex to decide Hercules land fate; five parties interested By Dennis Forney No fewer than five different par- ties, some of them public, some of them private, have their eyes on the Sussex County-0wned Her- cules property. Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels said this week that a decision on the future of the land will be made by the end of August. The 600 acres of prime agricul- tural and marsh property, com- prised of two pieces, straddle Canary Creek west of Lewes. Sus- sex County purchased the land more than a year ago as a site for a sewer treatment plant and spray irrigation of effluent generated by construction of the West Rehoboth District sewer system. When the winning bidder for the sewer contract included a more central site for treatment and spray irrigation at the end of Rt. 270 comprising most of Wolfe Neck, the Hercules site lost its immedi- ate value to the sewer project. A number of options on how to Continued on page 13 some property owners on those two blocks. In an effort to counteract CARB's efforts, they have "formed" an organization of their own, Maryland-Olive Avenue Parking Planners (MOPP). One MOPP leader is Attorney Bill Moore, who along with William Straile spearheaded successful efforts to have the city reverse its decision to ,install parking meters and opt instead for a permit plan. Moore is circulating his own flyer around the resort, urging fellow voters to "MOPP up CARB on its self-serving parking peti- tion." The flyer goes on to question CARB's validity, asking who its leaders are, how many members it has, when its meetings are held, and if the membership voted to begin the petition drive, among other queries. Continued on page 10 Trish Vernon photo Sammy and Sammy, the two "Mr. Rehoboths," celebrate Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper congratulates "Mr. Rehoboth" Sammy Ferro during his 80th birthday celebration on Thursday, July 28 at Rehoboth Beach Country Club, while the mayor's wife, Diane, joins in. Rehoboth's old guard was much in evidence at the gathering and even Sammy Ferro's brother flew in from California for the occasion. For more photos and sto- ry turn to page 14. Sunshine law violation leads to special Cape meeting By Kerry Kester Because of a Delaware Freedom of Informa- tion law violation, Cape Henlopen School Board has scheduled a special board meeting Monday, Aug. 8 to ratify its March 2 vote to move a group of students.from Lewes Middle School to Milton Middle School. A July 26 decision from Delaware's Attor- ney General's office states that the school board violated the Freedom of Information Act when on February 25, 1994 it posted the March 2 special meeting date without specifying what issues would be on the agenda. The decision was signed by Deputy Attorney Generals Jef- frey Taschner and John Welch. "Although the February 25, 1994 public notice identifies the March 2, 1994 session as a special meeting," states the Attorney Generals' decision, "it fails to provide any explanation whatsoever concerning the reason why the nor- mal seven day notice could not be given." The petition questioning the district's con- formity to the law was filed by June Shipley Turansky of Lewes. She opposes the district's decision to move the students. In addition to her request to have the Attorney General review the Freedom of Information regula- tions, she requested that the office investigate whether the board discussed the move in exec- Continued on page 12 Chancery Court dismisses lawsuit - page 12 Cape board renews principals' contracts - page 12