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7andering cr:00wfish deJight curious By Steve Hoenigmann Mary Jane Merlonghi and her neighbors in the Sandy Brae com- munity near Midway, were scratching their heads last week as they watched a number of craw- fish - with some rather menacing- looking pinchers - march across their lawns. Where were these creatures - measuring about eight inches in length - coming from? Turns out that the crawfish - considered a tasty treat by some - were coming from the 12 acres of ponds that have been created in a neighboring community - Planta- tions East. Ken Buffer, general manager of The Plantations, said that on April 24 of this year he and site manag- er Steve Wagner oversaw the stocking of 12 acres of ponds lo- cated in Plantations East, a new community located across the street from The Plantations. Butler said the ponds have been stocked with a variety of marine life, including largemouth and smallmouth bass, catfish, blue gill (even some jumbo blue gill), crap- pie, freshwater clams, tadpoles and crawfish. The marine life came from a company in West CAPE GAZETTE,' Friday, August 5 - August II, 1994 - U 'q Rehoboth Beach sends 7 ,il;::: ;II!I!N ..... Steve Hoenigmann photo This crawfish, from a nearby pond in The Plantations, wan- dered into Mary Jane Merlonghi's backyard in Sandy Brae. Virginia "It's a complete ecosystem," said Butler. "Someday, when the fish get big enough, people are go- ing to be able to go down to the ponds and do some catch and re- lease. It's going to be nice." But why are the crawfish mi- grating across lawns in Sandy Brae? A quick call to John Ewart, an aquaculture specialist with the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service in Lewes, revealed the migration could be caused by a multitude of reasons. "There's a number of reasons," said Ewart. "If the envi- ronment gets too crowded they tend to leave to find a less crowd- ed environment." Or it could be that they have been "hit hard" by predators in the pond - most fish look at crawfish with relish. Or it could be because of a lack of a food source. Or it could be that they are looking for better water quality. In the summer months when the sun heats up the ponds, prompting the growth of aquatic life and a re- duction in oxygen levels, the crawfish could be looking for a more suitable habitat. Whatever the reason, Mer- longhi and her neighbors in Sandy Brae have been rounding the crit- ters up in the yards (nobody has cooked one yet) and returning them to the wild. $43,991 check to Judges By Denise M. Marshall The City of Rehoboth Beach has sent Richard B. Judge Jr. and his former wife, Ingabritta Judge, a check for $43,991 as compensa- tion for attorneys' fees they spent to gain access from city streets to their property in Dewey Beach. Altogether, the city has forked out nearly $114,000 in attorneys' fees and court costs related its le- gal battle with the Judges, accord- ing to Rehoboth Beach City Man- ager Gregory Ferrese. The fees were paid out of the city's general fund. Ferrese noted that $64,895 of the costs were paid during the last fiscal cycle. The city's insurance company may pick up a portion of the tab, Ferrese said. Last year, the Judges sought to use a public dedicated, but un- built, roadway known as Lake Drive to access their seven-lot, oceanfront development, Silver Lake Dunes. On July 3, 1993, the Rehoboth Beach Mayor and Com- missioners passed a resolution denying the Judges access at the city's Penn Street boundary line. In voting to deny the Judges ac- cess to city streets, the mayor and commissioners expressed concern that the safety and welfare of city residents could be in jeopardy if they granted the Judges access be- cause of anticipated increased traffic flow and maintenance costs resulting from the new develop: ment. City officials also main- tained that since Silver Lake Dunes is located entirely within the town limits of Dewey Beach, the proper access route was through Dewey Beach. The Judges filed a lawsuit in Chancery Court, which issued an order last September prohibiting Rehoboth Beach from interfering with the Judges' right to access city streets. After obtaining a favorable rul- ing, the Judges sought an award for attorneys' fees. Generally, at- torney fees are only awarded when the court determines that the party against whom the fees are assessed acted in bad faith or oth- er inappropriate manner. Last April, Chancery Court Vice Chancellor William B. Chandler HI ruled that city offi- cials were faced with "a mountain of evidence" demonstrating the ci(y's obligation to grant the Judges access. This evidence in- cluded a Chancery Court decision declaring that Lake Drive is a Continued on page 13 Re-Elect Proven Leadersto the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners JAN KONESEY Jr Advocate for preserving Rehoboth's small town charm Jr Working with business community to begin Main St. Revitalization program Jr Chairperson of long range planning committee Jr Uses years of legislative experience to further the needs of Rehoboth Beach ROGER POOL Jr Strives to maintain Rehoboth's quality of life Jr A full-time resident who attends every meeting and workshop Jr Experienced in management and engineering Jr Believes in strong enforce- ment of all of Rehoboth's ordinances Come out & vote 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.. Rehoboth Beach Convention Hall Saturday, August 13 Jr Jan Konesey and Roger Pool are committed to providing a safe and friendly place to live and visit and a healthy environment for businesses to flourish. Jr These incumbents are striving to implement a "fair share" approach to help pay for the many services Rehoboth Beach provides for everyone. Paid for by RBHA, Fern Hayes, Treasurer