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8 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, August 5 - August 11, 1994 Continued from page 6 might become interested and might want to join in for their own benefit. CARB leaders fear this, and they want to eliminate any chance that you migtit have in de- ciding how to manage parking in your own neighborhood. Those of us who live here or have summer homes here, need to gain some control over our streets. We need to plan for the parking of our residents, families and visi- tors. We see no reason why others should foist their views and posi- tions on us, when they are not even remotely influenced by our test plan. Long-range fears that our plan might turn out to be suc- cessful, or that it might help other neighborhoods, are inappropriate reasons for this city-wide petition for a referendum. Look carefully at the personal motives of the people who are fu- eling and supporting the referen- dum drive. What are they really fighting for and about? We ask our fellow Rehoboth Beach citi- zens not to sign their intrusive and meddlesome petition. It comes from people who fear positive ac- tions of others. They certainly do not represent the long-range inter- ests of our city when they so nega- tively oppose a plan to test and study options for the future. We ask the people who have signed CARB's negative petition to go back to the petitioners and ask more questions. Find out what this organization has done for Re- hoboth Beach that might be posi- tive to counterbalance their better known negative drives. Call them up on the phone or visit them. Have your names re- moved from their petition if CARB leaders can't provide satis- factory answers. If you signed the petition based on false information from the peti- tioners, please look into the facts and reverse the potential harm you might have done to a forward- looking, hard-working neighbor- hood. William E. Straile Rehoboth Beach Many thanks Thank you for once again pub- lishing menus for the Cape Hen- lopen School District's Child Nu- trition Program. Although we have now added a breakfast menu, you responded favorably and have assisted in this public service. When talking to parents, I have learned many rely on your paper for a reminder of "what's cookin'" on the main menu in our schools. Again, many thanks for your fine public service. We look for- ward to working with you in Sep- tember. Judith N. Mitchell Supervisor Child Nutrition Program Cape Henlopen District In response to Ed Hill's letter I would like to respond to Ed Hill's letter of July 22. Mr. Hill wrote me and asked me to help him file a complaint against the city with the state ethics commission. The city had recently adopted an ordinance that designated the state ethics commission as the body that would handle ethics complaints against city officials and employees. We also had said that we would help anyone who wanted to file a complaint with the paperwork. After I received Mr. Hill's let- ter, I made several trips to the ethics commission office in Dover to obtain copies of the law, the rules and regulations and the in- formation from them on how Mr. Hill should file his complaint and what documentation he needed to include. I called Mr. Hill with this infor- mation and personally delivered the papers to his home. He wasn't in and I left them in his mailbox at his request. I sympathize with Mr. Hill's sit- uation. However, I did respond to his letter as best as I was able. Jan Konesey Commissioner City of Rehoboth Beach On Meter Dept. The following letter was sent to Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper with a copy given to the Cape Gazette for publication: As a "local" resident for over 20 of my 23 years, I have traveled to Rehoboth thousands of times, both to visit and to work. As an employee of a very suc- cessful business in Rehoboth for over five years, I routinely gave out change for parking meters, be- cause my boss understood how important it was to provide beach- goers with change so they could shop, eat and go to the beach. Yes, I realize that many busi- nesses are to small to be able to offer change to people every day, and that the Park and Ride, Jolly Trolley and Seaport Taxi Service have eased the traffic to a point. This gets to my main point - the visitors who are unaware of the services offered above or who chose to drive into Rehoboth to find a parking space see a big brightly colored sign that says "Quarters available at the Meter Department." But where exactly is the Meter Department? This may sound sil- ly, but only after ten years and a parking ticket/towed car, did I find the "Meter Department." My suggestion: buy a piece of plywood, cut it into the shape of an arrow, and place it above the sign so that people will know where exactly they can go to get change. I am sure I am not the first person to wonder where the meter department is. Think about it - I'll even donate the wood. Garrick L. Weaver Lewes Strand closes amid bankruptcy proceedings; Surfside Diner, West Side Cafe also shut doors By Denise M. Marshall It was the "Last Stand at The Strand" last week- end, as operators of the controversial night club closed its doors. The Strand is located in an old movie theater at 137 Rehoboth Avenue. The building also houses the Surfside Diner and Restaurant and the West Side Cafe, which were also closed this past week- end. The establishments are owned by Route 13, Inc., which is in the process of Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. Faced with the threat of a foreclo- sure on the building, Route 13 creditors decided it would be too risky to keep the businesses open, ac- cording to former owner Eugene Lawson, a credi- tor for the corporation which leased the building. "We don't want the closings to be as controver- sial as the openings," Lawson said. Indeed, the establishments have been mired in controversy over the past few years. Earlier this summer, Lawson threatened to file a claim with the Civil Rights Commission regarding regular visits by officers from the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. Shortly afterwards, Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Creig Doyle instructed his offi- cers to discontinue routine checks at the establish- ment. Stephen Elkins, former owner of The Strand, was arrested last summer for allegedly violating a new noise ordinance. Elkins was cited for excessive noise levels through the "reasonable person" method of noise measurement; no decibel meter was utilized. The charges against Elkins were later dropped because the ordinance was not yet in ef- fect at the time of his arrest. During the summer of 1992, Chief Doyle re- leased a report linking a vandalism incident at Ray- mond and Bertha Pusey's Baltimore Avenue home to a newspaper article reporting on plans by the Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commis- sion (ABCC) to revoke the liquor license for the Surfside Diner and West Side Cafe. The restaurant owners maintained that there was no connection between the restaurants and the vandalism inci- dent, during which unknown persons hurled three paint bombs at the Puseys' home at 42 Baltimore Avenue. The Puseys, who had a long-standing objection to late-night noise from the establishments, bitterly opposed plans by the restaurant owners to extend the restaurants" liquor license to The Strand. In 1992, the couple presented the ABCC with finan- cial records showing that the restaurant owners had not paid state and federal taxes, a move which al- most cost the Surfside Diner and the West Side Cafe their liquor license. Last summer, creditors of Route 13, Inc. attempt- ed to force the corporation into involuntary bank- ruptcy. The Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, which was dismissed, called for the liquidation of busi- nesses involved. Route 13, Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last October. This past winter, the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners voted to tighten up the noise ordi- nance to prohibit any entertainment at commercial establishments (including recorded music and video games) after midnight. Much of the discus- sion prior to the ordinance tightening centered around The Strand, which stayed open until well into the morning. Kenny Vincent, owner of the Royal Rose bed and breakfast, which sits across from the back of the Strand on Baltimore Avenue, complained of the noise, along with the Puseys. However, Lawson's attorneys threatened to take legal action if the city tried to enforce the strength- ened ordinance. While it wasn't rescinded, the or- dinance has never been enforced. Upon hearing of the closing of the Strand, Vin- cent noted "It's no wonder the Puseys were rocked out of their beds. I've been watching them cart out walls of music speakers like the ones used at a Rolling Stones concert at JFK stadium. You can't tell me they didn't generate some noise." Currently, Elkins is the sole stockholder in Route 13. Elkins acquired the shares of former partners Lawson, Joyce Felton and Victor Pisapia between November of 1991 and November of 1992. The Surfside Diner opened in May of 1988, according to Lawson. The Strand opened its doors later that summer, while the West Side Cafe began opera- tions in May of 1989. There are no plans to open the establishments at a new location, Lawson said. Center for Inland Bm ts By Steve Hoenigmann Of the five action plans outlined in the final draft of the Comprehensive Conservation and Manage- ment Plan (CCMP for Delaware's Inland Bays, the one most residents and visitors are likely to hear about and be involved in is the public participation and education action plan. Educating both residents and visitors alike about the fragile quality of the Inland Bays - and what peo- ple can do to improve that quality - Will be one of the main goals of the Center for the Inland Bays - an or- ganization recently created when Gov. Tom Carper signed legislation, sponsored by state Rep. John Schroeder (D-Lewes), into law two weeks ago. The final draft of the CCMP, released about a month ago, will be scrutinized duriag two public hearings on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Delaware Techni- cal and Community College in Georgetown. The hearings will be held from 1-3 p.m. and again from 7-9 p.m. As with any public agency, the implementation of any kind of policy or "action plan" is going to take money. The public participation and action plan is no exception. Implementation will take place over a five-year period beginning in 1996. But just where that money is going to come from is still anybody's guess. "If the Clean Water Act is re- authorized by Congress, all of this funding mess will be fixed," said Bill Briefly, Public Outreach Coordi- nator. "Right now there's money out there, but it's to focus on education like a Catch 22 situation." Briefly said officials at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) are staying in constant contact with the Environmental Agency (EPA) in hopes of prying some $200,000 9ut of EPA coffers. It's a wait-and-see situation, he said. According to the public participation and educa- tion plan, "an emphasis will be placed on reducing nutrient input. To reduce nutrient input from all point and nonpoint sources, to encourage land use practices that are environmentally sound, and to as- sist in stemming the loss of valuable habitats, all citi- zens - potential polluters - must understand the re- sults of their actions. Therefore, the current educa- tion program will be enhanced to reach all potential polluters, from householders to developers." The board of directors for the Center for the Inland Bays will meet for the first time on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the lower confer- ence room at the New Devon Inn, Second Street in Lewes. Once up and running, an executive director will be hired to oversee the implementation of all five action plans. "It's going to have to be someone with a good track record of pulling grant money in," said Briefly of the post. Foundation and federal grants, as well as contribu- tions from state, local and private agncies, will deter- mine just how well the public participation and edu- cation action plan will be implemented.