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2 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 5 - August II, 1994 Briefly County clamps down on park model trailers Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Aug. 2, placed a morato- rium on park model trailers and they introduced an ordinance which would exclude the trailers from being placed in camp- grounds. The current county ordi- nance does not address park mod- el trailers. Councilman George Cole had previously expressed concern that these park model trailers - similar to a mobile home, but smaller - were growing more popular with people who use campgrounds in Sussex County. His concern was that these trailers could be hooked up to utilities the same as a mobile home and could be lived in year round, with the people living there not paying any county or school taxes. Planning and Zoning director Lawrence Lank told eouncit mem- bers previously that the trailers should not be allowed in camp- grounds located in flood plains, such as Treasure Island Camp- ground just west of Fenwick Is- land, because they cannot easily be moved. Campground operators Denny Quillen, who operates 3 Seasons Camping Resort in Rehoboth Beach, and Bob Raley, who oper- ates Holly Lake Campground near Angola, said the moratorium and proposed ordinance did not affect them because they do not allow park model trailers in the camp- grounds. "We're just not set up to accom- modate them," said Quillen. Jerry Fisk, president of the Delaware Campground Associa- tion, said the park models were growing in popularity among campers, especially seasonal ones. "But the only parks I know where they've been set up is in Treasure Island and Gull's Way CamlS- ground (near Dagsboro)." Dates for public hearings on the proposed ordinance were not available as the Cape Gazette went to press. County loses $35,000 in library funding Sussex County library officials are scrambling after the U.S. De- partment of Education recently in- formed them that their grant appli- cation for $35,000 to fund adult and family literacy program - money that has been provided since 1990 - will not be funded this year. The news prompted Sussex County Administrator Robert Stickels to fire off letters to each of Delaware's Congressional rep- resentatives. "Our program, Project READS, provides one-on-one tutoring for adults reading below the fourth grade level," said Stickels in a let- ter to Senator Joe Biden. "We al- so reach disadvantaged families in our family literacy program to help the parents and provide a means of breaking the cycle of il- literacy. Illiteracy affects all of us. There is a link between illiter- acy and poverty, family violence, crime and other social ills. It is disturbing that the federal govern- ment can fund many projects, but cannot adequately fund such a fundamental need as the ability to read." The news comes on the heels of a recent County Council discus- sion on how better to acclimate foreign workers in Sussex County by providing literacy and English language courses. Rehoboth gets high rating in magazines The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and City of Rehoboth Beach have both issued announcements that Re- hoboth Beach has been named in the top three beaches providing amenities category in the United States in Cond6 Nast "Traveller" magazine August, 1944 issue. (Others include ClearwateL Fl., South Beach, Miami, FI. and Venice Beach, Ca.) "When 'Traveller' speaks of amenities, they refer to added at- tractions in addition to gorgeous beaches," said Chamber President Susan Krick. "These are not lim- ited to our fabulous boardwalk, but include our unique boutiques and shopping opportunities, vari- ety of eateries, coffee shops and restaurants and accommodations opportunities, from quaint guest houses, B&Bs and neighborhood weekly rentals, to fabulous ho- tels/motels offering soup to nuts service." Rehoboth City Manager Greg Ferrese attributes this recognition "to the abundance of services that Rehoboth Beach has to offer." Also, the "Washingtonian" magazine's summer beach issue boasts that Rehoboth ranks in its readers' top three choices for "fa- vorite beach." "Family Fun" magazine's August, 1994 issue has picked up on the Rehoboth- Dewey Chamber's Sea Witch Halloween Festival and Fiddler's Convention as one of its favorite "fairs and festivals." Krick chalks these kudos up to its marketing strategy for 1994, with one of the year's main goals as tagging Rehoboth-Dewey as "the destination of choice for visi- tors." Calls to the Chamber's au- tomatic voice processing system have increased with inquiries from all 50 states as well as Cana- da and overseas. Cooperative ef- forts with the Delaware Tourism Office and the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Com- mission have enabled the Cham- ber to fine-tune this marketing strategy, she added. Rehoboth ready to appoint new solicitor Following a special executive session Monday, Aug. 1, the Re- hoboth Beach Board of Commis- sioners is expected to officially appoint Walter Speakman as its new solicitor at the Friday, Aug. 12 regular meeting. Board members 'decided to meet with Speakman, who expressed interest in the position, before opening the post up to a general search because he has frequently filled in for Max Terry, the city solicitor who was sworn in as a Superior Court judge last week. Speakman and Terry are with the same law firm, Terry, Terry, Wright and Speakman. Archeologica! survey work put on hold Sussex County Council mem- ber's, already peeved at the amount of money the county has had to spend on what they sometimes call ridiculous archeological stud- ies of areas where construction occurs, vented some of their frus- tration Tuesday, Aug. 2, when they held off on approving a con- tract with a company that will conduct a study on the land where the new county administrative of- fice will be built on The Circle in Georgetown. The contract, for $59,200, was to have been awarded to Dames and Moore, a California-based company which performs archeo- logical studies. But the contract was for a phase one and phase two study, and council members want- ed to know why they were paying for two phases when the second phase may not be required after results from the first phase were compiled. "I want someone in front of us to prove that there's a necessity for doing phase two," said coun- cilman George Cole, who asked county attorney Eugene Bayard if there was any way the county could modify the contract so that just phase one was completed be- fore getting into phase two. The county - or anyone for that matter - is required to have these surveys done any time federal money is involved. Sussex will get a big chunk of federal money for the administrative building, which they hope to break ground for in October of November. County Council will discuss the contract again this Tuesday, Aug. 9, beginning at 10 a.m. in County Council Chambers in the Court- house, Georgetown. Cole donation for dry hydrant nixed by Council County Councilman George Cole wanted to donate $600 from his councilmanic fund to the White House Beach Tenants As- sociation so they could put a dry hydrant at a pond in the mobile home community nestled along Indian River off Long Neck Road. Council members routine do- nate money from their council- manic funds at the end of every County Council session, and each motion is usually passed without much fanfare. Cole's motion to donate $600 died for lack of a sec- ond. The dry hydrant - there's about 150 of them in the county - allow tanker trucks from fire companies to pump out water from the pond to be used to fight fires - whether the fire's in White House Beach or nearby. But Cole's fellow council mem- Trish Vernon photo On hand for the kick off of the eorrogated cardboard recy- cling project in Rehoboth Beach are (1. to r.) Stove Hoult, Re- hoboth businessman who spearheaded the effort; Jim Daimus, Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) manager;, Duane Kento, owner of D&J Recycling of Milford; Rich Von- Stotton, DWSA recycling manager;, Lee Lott, the new execu- tive director of the Rehoboth Downtown Business Associa- tion; Susan Krick, president of the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce; Greg Ferrese, Rehoboth city manager;, Lana O'Hollaren, outgoing RDBA executive director, and Patty Derrick, RBDA secretary. Rehoboth begins corrugated cardboard recycling effort The City of Rehoboth Beach has embarked upon a joint corru- gated cardboard recycling effort with the Rehoboth Beach Down- town Business Association, the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) and D&J Recycling of Milford. This pilot project, in which Steve Hoult from the Rehoboth Subway and Commissioner Dick Darley were instrumental, will be held during August and Septem- ber, with the DSWA reviewing bers and at least one member in the audience, Til Purnell, felt Cole should not donate taxpayer money to a private organization that will only benefit a certain number of individuals. Cole argued back that fire officials had recommend- ed a dry hydrant be installed. Lewes to consider massage law request Lewes Mayor and Council will meet Monday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. for their monthly meeting. The pub- lic is invited to attend. Lewes resi- dent Claudia Orr is among those on the agenda for the meeting. Orr is a massage therapist and wants Lewes to look into updating the law relating to "Massage Par- lots". "The present law was passed in 1977," said Orr, "and re- flects an archaic and outdated view of massage. The current law implies some sort of criminal in- tent or background associated with massage. I'd like to be able to practice massage therapy with- out first having to be finger-print- ed. I'd like to get the law amend- ed so I can practice in Lewes and so I can educate about the real health benefits of massage thera- py." Other items on the agenda in- clude: the success with great interest, ac- cording to City Manager Greg Ferrese. A 25-cubic yard dumpster has been placed in the city's recycling area behind the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department and only businesses within the city limits, as well as city residents, are encouraged to use the dump- ster to dispose of corrugated card- board only. Cardboard used for cereal boxes, tissues, etc. will not be accepted. Mrs. Anthony Gallo will ask for a sanction against construction work at 128 Bay Ave. According to City Manager Elaine Bisbee, Gallo is concerned about noise from construction work. Lewes has restricted hours for construc- tion work, and allows none on Sunday. Presentation of a financial statement for Lewes for the year ended March 31, 1994. Request on behalf of residents of Dewey Avenue for Lewes to al- low parking on both sides of the street when present construction work is complete. Request on behalf of Bethel United Methodist Church for a tax exemption on its parking lot prop- erty at 119 W. Fourth St. Request on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Keener Jr. for a 99 year extension to their lease on property at 124 Bay Ave. Executive session to discuss potential litigation. Lewes hears facts on phragmites spraying Lewes Council will discuss whether to spray for the control of phragmites on Lewes beach at its Monday, Aug. 8 meeting. Continued on page 3