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Briefly Take It Easy nabs 115 aggressive drivers Police officers statewide have cited 115 aggressive drivers as part of the Office of Highway Safety's Take It Easy campaign that began June 12. Three drivers were formally charged with vio- lating the state's aggressive driv- ing law; the remaining 112 were order to havethe application ap- , proved, nor concerning the status o  p'rlvatestreet/driveway. Un- der new business, the planners will give a preliminary review to a request for partitioning of 208 Laurel St., by Bob Reed, on be- half of the owners David and Nancy DeLuca. Rehoboth approves zoning revision The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners held a public issued citations for individual acts hearing, Aug. 4, on amending the .... zoning code, Section 270-23 and nfa,,om ,wdrlvmo ,,-h ,,,ngOopSs,n..orrls, . 270-35D concerning dwelling .... " ....... "'hi6 andparking spaces required gating, failure to yield the nght of .............. tor each unit. ouc]tor walt way or speeding. Additionally, officers from the Speakman explained that this was 10 police agencies reporting re- sults made 25 other traffic arrests. Acts of aggressive driving have been listed as contributing factors in 62 percent of fatal crashes on Delaware roadways since Jan. 1. Drivers can be stopped and fined for any individual act of ag- gressive driving, but if they corn- wit three of them at one time, they will also be charged with violat- hag the state's aggressive driving law. Penalties for the first offense include a $100 to $300 fine and mandatory attendance ha a behav- ior modification class. Enforce- ment will run through Labor Day. Dewey posts agenda for Aug. 8 meeting The August meeting of the Dewey Beach Town Council will lead with an update on beach re- plenishment from John Hughes, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control secretary: The region suf- fered several nor' easters and oth- er severe winter weather in the winter of 2003. Mayor Pat Wright said beach replenishment is on track for the late summer of 2004. The remainder of the agenda appears light. In old business, the council will renew discussion of the town's compensatory time policy. In new business, Commis- sioner Courtuey Riordan will seek volunteers to serve on the Budget and Finance Committee that will be looking at restructuring rev- enues. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Dewey Beach Lifesaving Stati'on, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. Rehoboth planners to resume request The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Mow day, Aug. 11, ha the Commission- ers Room. Under old business, the planners will resume their re- view of a request for a major sub- division by Houston Ventures LLC on behalf of the heirs of Samuel J. Burton for lots M and N, State Road, at the corner of Canal Street. Last month, no one from Houston Ventures was in at- tendance to answer questions about various permits needed in needed ha order to clarify the deft- nition of "dwelling" and "dwelling unit" but in no way changes the original meaning set forth. The hoard voted unani- mously to approve the measure. Noise ordinance on Rehoboth agenda The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will continue ef- forts to update the city's noise or- dinance, in light of a number of restaurants being cited for exceed- ing the limit this summer. With City Manager Greg Ferrese re- porting he is still waiting for a re- ply from a noise expert at Rutgers University, Commissioner Patti Shreeve noted "noise isn't cowing out of a lot of restaurants and a certain amount of noise is to be expected ha a vibrant beach com- munity and they are pleasant com- munity noises. It's a good noise ordinance with some flaws that are causing problems ha town and we're not addressing some other problems with noise." Police Chief Keith Banks noted police have received some complaints recently, but the number of com- plaints has decreased. Shreeve went on to note the expert from Rutgers can train people to adjust their sound equipment. "Sound is not a simple issue; I'm concerned about the livelihood of the busi- nesses and the residents that sur- round them,;' adding that $8,000 cost is Worth bringing people to- gether. Mayor Sam Cooper noted that he is perplexed at the fact that since citations aren't being issued as frequently as they were at the beginning of the summer, ff they were still measuring sound wrong, why aren't they still giv- ing them out. "I heard that some businesses brought down their noise limits, when police fined them for being over the limit. But they aren't writing citations any more because there's nothing else that the businesses can do to low- er the sound," Commissioner Mark Aguirre said "It's the judg- ment of the officer whether it's a nuisance or not," Cooper said, who placed the matter on the agenda for Aug. 18 regular meet- ing. DSWA board to discuss policy affairs The Delaware Solid Waste Au- thority board of directors will meet Thursday, Aug. 14, in .the public meetingtm, 1128 South Bradford St., Dover, to conduct a Policy Affairs Committee meeting at 4:30 p.m., followed by the board meeting at 5 p.m. The meetings are open to the public and a copy of the agenda for the meetings will be available Aug. 13. For more information, contact N.C. Vasuki, chief executive offi- cer, at 302-739-5361. Workshop on proposed water standards set DNREC will hold a public workshop on proposed water quality standards at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 80 Kings Highway in Dover. The Watershed Assessment Section of the Department of Nat- ural Resources and Environmen- tal Control will conduct the work- shop to discuss draft revisions to the State of Delaware Surface Water Quality Standards. Public input on the proposed re- visions and other aspects of the standards will be gathered at the workshop. A public hearing will be held this fall to consider formal revisions to the standards based upon input reived at the work- shop. Draft revisions to be discussed at the workshop include the fol- lowing: Revised watershed boundaries to reflect 45 watersheds; Revised water quality criteria for protection of human health and aquatic life; Revised criteria for bacteria; New criteria for the tidal por- tions of the Nanticoke River and Broad Creek to implement Chesa- peake Bay Program recommenda- tions; Language to coordinate stan- dards between the state of Delaware and the Delaware River Basin Commission for the Delaware River and Bay; and Language permitting site spe- cific assessment of mixing zones Copies of the workshop draft of the standards and supporting doc- uments are available by request Comments, questions and sugges- tions may be presented either orally or ha writing prior to, or at the workshop. To submit written materials, please send them by email to david.wolanski @ state.de.us, or by regular mail or facsimile to David Wolanski, Watershed As- sessment Section, Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control, Silver Lake Plaza - Suite 220, 820 Silver Lake Blvd., Dover, DE 19904-2464; phone, 302-739-4590; fax: 302- 739-6140. Cape board to discuss senior privileges The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education will discuss senior privileges, person- nel, the budget and change orders when the board meets at 7:30 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 - 3 Submitted photo Coffee with Joe a popular event Coffee with Joe is becoming ever more popuIar with Lewes residents as 37th District Representative ,joe Booth meets to discuss the issues of the day and to answer citizens' questions. The sessions are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Lighthouse Restaurant on the canal in Lewes. At the July 24 meeting, some two dozen people handled subjects ranging from educational standards to land use and development to homeowners associations and protecting the environment. Shown attending that session are (l-r) Lynne Cecil, Booth, Mary Spicer, Kevin O'Connor and Dick Cecil. The next "Coffee with Joe" session will be heldAug. 28. " " , The Friends to Elect Joe Booth will host a fundraiser for their candidate from 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Inn at Canal Square, Front Street, Lewes. The donation is $35 per person or $50 per couple. According to Lewes Councilman Jud Bennett, Booth has arranged for the City of Lewes to receive thousands of dol- lars for its roads and for the Canalfront park. Those who would like to contribute but are unable to at- tend should send their checks, made payable to Friends to Elect Joe Booth, 200 Garden St., Georgetown DE 19947. p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Cape Henlopen High School li- brary. The board will also discuss class-size projections. Middle school ribbon cutting ceremonies set The Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education will hold ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the two new middle schools. Mariner Middle School's, on Route 5, will hold its ceremony from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tues- day, Aug. 19. Beacon Middle School, on Route 24, will hold its ceremony from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20. The community is welcome at both events and will be able to tour the buildings after the ceremonies. Investigation continues in nest destruction The investigation into the wan- ton destruction of a Millsboro ea- gles' nest in mid-June continues with a Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) special agent call- ing the investigation a "top priori- ty." Daniel Collins, who is handling the investigation for DNREC, said the criminal nature of the case prohibits any information to be shared with the public The de- struction is a federal and state crime, carrying penalties of jail time plus monetary fines up to $2OO,OOO. A reward for information lead- hag to the arrest of the person or people responsible now stands at $16,850. DNREC pledged $1,000 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contributed $2,500. The remainder is from private businesses and individu- als. Delaware's Sierra Club chap- ter is handling private donations. Expressions of concern reached the floor of the General Assembly in late June when Rep. John Atkins, R- Millsboro, and Sen. George Bunting, D- Dewey, intro- duced HB 293 in reaction to the destruction of the eagles' nest. The bill seeks to increase the penalty of a Class A environmen- tal misdemeanor by adding an ad- ditional $1,000 fine or 200 hours of community service to the penalty. Anyone with information on the destruction of the nest may con- tact Operation Game Theft at 800- 292-3030. Lewes council tackles full agenda Aug. 11 Twenty-four agenda items face Lewes City Council at its monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11, at City Hall. The agenda in- cludes considering Robert Miller's request to rezone a lot lo- cated at the intersection of Park and Johnson avenues and consid- ering a request by the Lewes Canalfront Advisory Ad-hoc Committee for direction regard- ing proposed uses of a park pavil- ion and requesting a prioritized schedule, including a timeline and cost, from Andropogon Associ- ates for Phase I. Additionally, Lewes Board of Continued on page 4