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Continued from page 6 vate road with substantial traffic to access Rehoboth Avenue directly at a point where some of the worst traffic congestion OCCURS. The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission took the bold step of voting to challenge the permit which, if allowed to stand, would set a bad precedent for when the city is faced in the near future with proposals to develop Oak Grove Motor Court, Wall's Cottages, the lands between the Canal, Canal Street and State Street and possibly the Bay Mart shopping center. Two lawyers I respect are on the commission, and they differed with respect to whether the appeal was procedurally appropriate. But no one differed with the con- clusions that allowing the devel- opment to occur under the permit would be a poor result for the peo- ple of Rehoboth. There was also no disagreement that the city commissioners absolutely must act to impose and tighten stan- dards for residential development in commercial or mixed use areas, and they must act quickly if the city is to avoid all remaining com- mercial properties being built by private developers who are push- ing the rules. The difference over the applicable procedure will play itself out, but I applaud the plan- ning commission for its bold action and for putting the ball forcefully in the city commission- ers' court for the future. I ask for votes this Saturday so that I can be there to see that the challenge is met. Henry DeWitt Rehoboth Beach Dennis Forney DeWitt should become resident before official I am amused that Henry DeWitt plans to move to Rehoboth Beach full time. As is so often the case with transplants the first thing they want to do is improve the town and make it worthy of their sacrifice. According to Monday's "News- Journal," Mr. DeWitt feels the commissioners are not proactive enough and is not satisfied with how the city leaders work. He takes exception - because neigh- bors complained - when landown- ers who have been full time resi- dents of Rehoboth Beach for gen- erations cut down their own trees in their own yard. Mr. DeWitt needs to live here full time just a little while before attempting to change or promote anything. As a full-time resident he will come to appreciate the ac- complishments of Don Derrick- son and Kathy McGuiness and their sincere interest in what is best for Rehoboth Beach. Then he can see, on a daily ba- sis, how city leaders work...for him. Doris Lehman Rehoboth Beach McGuiness's Main Street work really matters I'm URging everyone to vote to re-elect Kathy McGuiness in the election on Saturday. The personal energy and sup- port she's put into Main Street's efforts to maintain the charm of oUR town really matters. Her hard work as a commissioner reflects how much she cares about the fu- ture of downtown Rehoboth both for the businesses and the resi- dents. She's not afraid to speak her mind, vote her conscience or challenge the way things have al- ways been done. She's somebody who's passionate about this com- munity and who's actions speak louder than words. We must keep her working for us. Melissa Jones Rehoboth Beach McGuiness willing and able to get job done On Aug. 9, Rehoboth Beach will hold an election for city com- missioner. There are three quali- fied candidates vying for two seats and the citizens of Rehoboth Beach will be in good hands with whomever wins. I have worked with Kathy McGuiness for the past six years as a member of the Main Street Fireworks Committee; and she is a hard worker with dedication and vision. Kathy was born and raised in the Rehoboth area and she only has Rehoboth's best interest at heart. Most importantly, she is .willing and able to put the neces- sary time in to get things done. I know that she will continue to do a good job. I urge you to vote this Saturday and let your voice be heard. Pete Schwartzkopf Representative, 14th District Poet for DeWitt When you're running for Re- hoboth commissioner, You need the agnostic and the parishioner. We're solid, not split All for Henry DeWitt So vote Henry for city commis- sioner. Peter Berkman M.D. Rehoboth Beach Slaughters say thanks for help with new location My family and I are absolutely" thrilled with our new office and new location. Not only has the restoration on the bold building exceeded our expectations, but our first week of business has also surprised us. We hoped and prayed that the move to the Highway One loca- tion would be the right decision. So far, by all indicators, our deci- sion was correct. We are so happy to own a piece of Rehoboth history and at this time we would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all who have helped us with this project. First and foremost, to Ken Sim- pler and Butch Emmert, who had a sales contract to purchase the property: When they learned that we were suddenly losing our Re- hoboth Avenue location, they un- selfishly gave up their option to buy so that we could purchase this fantastic location to continue our business. At a time when proper- ty values in Rehoboth are rising so rapidly, this gesture was most unusual. They were both very gracious and their actions will never be forgotten. If you are considering a move, either residential or commercial, I would urge you to seek out these local individuals who have de- signed and built our new office for us. They are local, dedicated and very talented people with an eye for detail: Original architectural design and consulting, Lisa Nicoletti; consulting, design, woodworking, Neil Stevenson; consulting on decor, design and architecture, Mark Showell; master carpenters, Rodney Frazier and John Desi- mone; rugs and fine furniture, Stuart-Kingston; electrical and lighting, Tommy Thompson; stain and paint, Three Bs Painting; millwork, American Cedar; ma- son, David Sharp; landscape de- sign, Paul DeVilbiss; realty com- pany, Butch Emmert, Rehoboth RE/MAX; roofing and trim, Coastal Roofing; post and beam, Gary Revel; lighting, The Light- house; glass and mirrors, Bennett Glass; signs and lettering, Richard Dix; plumbing, Art Clendaniel; heat and air, Atlantic Refrigera- tion; plants and pots, Windsor's Florists; tile, Resort Ceramics; and paving, Jerry's Paving. Through careful design, choice of quality materials and meticu- lous execution, each of these indi- viduals has helped us to capture a look of traditional Old Rehoboth Beach. This coming year will be our 54th year of business, 47 in Dover and now seven in Rehoboth Beach. My family and I are truly blessed to have a business in such a wonderful community that is second to none. If you live here or do business in the Rehoboth-Lewes area, then you too have been blessed. Our thanks go out, once again, to all of our clientele and business associ- ates for your continued support. Your patronage, referrals and kindness have been truly appreci- ated and we look forward to a suc- cessful future. Mark and Brooke Slaughter Rehoboth Beach More Letters on Page 8 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 -Aug. 14, 2003 - 7 Meehan's new book, with a wealth of photos, brings sharp focus to Delaware's coastal history "The struggle has continued ever since Delaware came into ex- istence and, in this book, you can take a closer look at this conflict: the dangers that lurked in the Delaware seas, the efforts to con- quer them, and the people whose lives were entwined with the struggle to control the sea." From theintroduction to "My, But The Wind Did Blow" - Memoirs of Delaware's Epic Struggles With the Sea James D. Meehan of Bethany Beach spent the last 18 months gathering photographs, interview- ing people, and writing about Delaware's coast and its struggles with the sea. The result is a 176- page hardback book that will pro- vide hours and hours of enjoy- ment for those immersed in and intrigued with Delaware's rela- tionship with the Atlantic. The author previously teamed with publisher Hal Dukes to pro- duce Bethany Beach Memoirs and Rehoboth Beach Memoirs. Through the process of research- ing for those books, the former public relations executive devel- oped a sense of the deep and rich history along the Delaware coast and how best to access that histo- ry. As readers, we are the benefi- ciaries of Meehan's discoveries - primarily people and photographs - and his ability to organize them in a compelling fashion. To say the photographs that Meehan has gathered - more than 300 in all - are the strength of the new book is a gross understate- ment. From pictures of the great March blizzard of 1888 and shots of a German U-boat surrendering BAREF00TIN' in 1945 to dozens of photographs of the great March storm of 1962 and several storms since then, Meehan's legwork has opened door after door into the history of the coast. People read photo- graphs and Meehan has provided hours of reading pleasURe - espe- cially with the detailed captions that accompany the photos. The book provides clearly drawn maps showing "locations of shipwrecks and lighthouses and comprehen- sive lists as well which open even more doors. One list provides names of ships attacked in the North Atlantic by U-Boats in March and April of 1942. In that short period of time, more than 100 ships were attacked. The list offers a sense of the magnitude of the menace posed by the U-Boats . many of which lurked off the shores of Delaware preying on vessels making their way in and out of Delaware Bay. Another list in the appendix of the book pro- vides important dates in Continued on page 8 dames D.:Meehan: :7 The cover of Meehan's new book features a hand-colored photograph of the wreck of the Thomas q[Yaey in Rehoboth Beach in 1944.