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6 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8- Aug. 14, 2003 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Canalfi'ont plans meeting objectives Considerable Lewes community resources have poured into acqui- sition and planning for the new canalfront park. From the beginning of the planning process, one of the important considerations for hir- ing a fn'm of the caliber of Andropogon was the education the com- munity would receive in terms of green and sustainable planning rel- ative to the unique location of the park property. The other impor- tant consideration: a progressive, state-of-the-art plan for one of Delaware's richest historically and naturally sited towns would attract resources. The second consideration has already proven itself. The canalfront project will involve converting an environ- mentally degraded area of land - including capping an area of pol- luted soils and removing a broad expanse of asphalt - into a park of sustainable beauty that also cleanses water draining into the canal. This forward thinking has brought hundreds of thousands of dollars to the project in this calendar year alone, not to mention the millions that have been attracted prior to this year to save the land. The first consideration - the educational process - is unfolding nicely as more and more community members involve themselves in the planning process. Interested persons can dip into this education- al process on their own by going to Lewes Public Library where a preliminary model of the park is on display along with impressive color boards showing what is being planned with close-up detail and broader perspective. Details of the final plan are still in.play, such as plans for a support structure incorporating the net-mending building and an open air gazebo. Those details will get worked out in the weeks ahead. The overarching plan for the park - as evidenced by the documents now on display in the library and the dollars being attracted - is moving ahead as planned. Letlers Return incumbents to Rehoboth board Elections are a healthy component of small town government and Rehoboth Beach is no exception. It would have been easy to sit back and take the position that with two strong incumbents running for reelection, there's little point in seeking office this year. We must commend Henry DeWitt for his willingness and determi- nation to wage an intelligent and formidable campaign this summer. It has given the voters a chance to talk about and read articles on the issues the city has been grappling with and will continue to face in the near future and farther down the road. This challenger has impressive credentials and has obviously thought long and hard about some of them - the Comprehensive Development Plan, prop- erty transfers and problems aligned with growth and skyrocketing property values - to name a few. However, while change is usually healthy, in this year's election the two incumbents, Don Derrickson and Kathy McGniness, have proven themselves as hardworking, level headed and honest commissioners. They deserve reelection on their own merits, not on the fact that they are natives and incum- bents, but due to their intimate knowledge of a variety of issues. It would be a real shame if Derrickson were to be ousted based on the merits of his vote against the recent rezoning on Columbia Avenue. The Weather Picture Dan Cook photo July was a rainy month in Milton - shown here last week. and throughout the rest of Sussex County. Normal rainfall for the month is 3.5 inches. This year the month's total is just over seven inches. No wonder the corn is so tall. ...AND THEY'RE ARGUING ABOUT MY HISTORICAL APPEARANCE! e-- ARE GETTING TOUGH! I NEED SURGERY TO BURY MY POWERLINES... $26 MILLION IN EXPENSES! HentyDeWitt offers fresh and articulate views With respect to the most pressing issues facing Rehoboth Beach, where my wife Carol and I have owned and occupied property for well over 20 years, candidate Henry DeWitt offers fresh and articulate views that are deserving of widespread support. Henry enthusiastically endorses the Comprehensive Development Plan and will work for its passage in an undiluted form. Henry speaks of the need for a strong and high quality business core that can coexist with our charming neighborhoods and open spaces. In this regard, Henry will work to hold many of these cru- cial open spaces for beneficial public use rather than allowing them to be picked off by land developers. This is the only sensible approach in the cur- rent climate of dramatic, unending development in Sussex County and even in Rehoboth Beach. Keep this in mind: Henry's only special interest is the interest of the vast majority of the city's citizens in protecting the charm, scale and greenness of our city. Henry supports the Community Forest Plan and efforts to strengthen rezoning and environmental regula- tions affecting the protection of trees in Rehoboth Beach. He will work to advance the Canal Walk concept and other opportunities to create quality community destinations for the joy of every citizens and visitor. Henry supports the effective but underused Park n Ride transportation system and will work to improve both the system and its visibility as well as other initiatives to ease our monu- mental traffic frustrations. Henry is an extremely bright, fair and balanced candidate who has spent many days walking door-to-door throughout our community, seeking the advice of full time residents and visitors alike. He takes his devotion and responsibility to the city as seri- ously as his beautiful family and most successful small software develop- ment business. I believe it is time for a fresh face and creative new ideas on the city commission. Henry DeWitt is the best candidate to preserve the best, improve the rest. Please join me in voting for Henry Aug. 9. James E. Ellison Rehoboth Beach McGuiness truly committed to good of Rehoboth Beach To the voters of Rehoboth Beach: On Saturday, Aug. 9, you will have the chance to cast your vote for com- missioner of Rehoboth Beach..I am writing to urge those of you who are eligible to vote to cast a vote for Kathy McGuiness for reelection to a three-year term as commissioner. As a commissioner myself for the last seven years, I want you to know I have appreciated Kathy's perspective as head of the board of Rehoboth Beach Main Street - revitalizing our downtown - and her commitment to the community. Kathy is open-mind- ed, fair, interested in preserving a bal- ance between commercial and resi- dential interests, and as a mother, homeowner and year-round resident, is personally invested in preserving and promoting what attracts and keeps us all here. Please vote - in person or absentee - and help reelect a true friend. Betty Ann Kane Rehoboth Beach DeWitt: Joseph's Cottages show need for a change Recent events once again have shown why the city of Rehoboth needs a proactive City Council. A permit has been issued to build town- houses on the property formerly known as Joseph's cottages. The per- mit was issued allowing the builder to place the absolute maximum number of townhouses on the property by always interpreting the zoning code to the builder's advantage when the code is conflicting or unclear. In addition, the permit allows the addition of a pri- Continued on page 7 Write Now Letters must be signed and include a tele- phone number for verification. 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