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Cape Gazette VIEWPOINTS TUESDAY. AUGUST 14- THURSDAY AUGUST 15.2013 7 Letters )) Continued from page 6 in the 14th District in the last 10 years: SR 54 - Over a two-year project where they actually elevated the roadway to alleviate flooding and re-engineered the roadway from Fenwick Island to Williamsville Replaced the Indian River Inlet bridge and made enhancements to the Seashore State Park Rehoboth Streetscape Project - re-engineered Rehoboth Avenue from the bridge to the Boardwalk and buried all of the utilities A new concrete-based, mile- long Boardwalk in Rehoboth S R 1 improvements - Created a third lane in both directions with a dedicated bus lane, redesigned the entrance into Rehoboth, im- provements to SR 24 between SR 1 and Plantation Road Inst~llation of traffic signals on Plantation Road near Lowe's and on Church Street going into Rehoboth Total reconstruction of SR 1 in the Forgotten Mile with side- walks and shoulders. Road construction dollars are not divvied up evenly by county. Those dollars are assigned based on road projects funded through- out our state. For the past two years, the biggest road project in the state is the I95/Christiana exchange, which has a large price tag, so a larger percentage of the available money is going to New Castle County. But, Sussex County is not being slighted. None of the projects list- ed above, both past and present, were cheap. They cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Sussex County has actually fared very well getting its fair share of road construction dollars during the past 10 years and we will contin- ue to do so in the coming years. Rep. Pete $chwartzkopf D-Rehoboth Beach Thanks for Rehoboth sandcastle support The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest participants, spectators and volunteers who collaborated to make a successful day of fun in the sun and sand! Thank you to Darrell O' Con- nor for leading the Community Sculpture build and sand castle building demonstrations! Thank you to the judges, Jennifer Carp- er, Katie Handy, Gwen Osborne, Hank Smallw0od, Christi Tapert and Christina Wolfe. The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce would also like to thank all of the local area businesses that spon- sored and donated prizes! The chamber greatly appreciates their continued support. Businesses that donated prizes: Bethany Blues Lewes, Candy Kitchen Shoppes Inc Cold Stone Creamery, Dolle's Candyland, Fire Mountain Golf, Fisher's Popcorn, Funland, Grotto Pizza, Jungle Jim's Inc Kilwin's Rehoboth Avenue, McDonald's, Odysea, Philly Pretzel Factory, Rehoboth Beach Museum, Dos Locos, Rehoboth Toy & Kite Co Rita's Water Ice in Dewey Beach, Ryan's, Tanger Outlet Center, Bike To Go, Thrasher's French Fries, and White Water Mountain Photos from the 35th Annual DELAWARE CAPE REGION HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS )) HORN'S PAVILION IN ALL ITS GLORY IN THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY HUb, DELAWARE PUBLIC ARCHIVES PHOTOGRAPH . THIS PHOTOGRAPH from a post card collection in the Delaware Public Archives shows Horn's Pavilion on the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach inthe first decade of the 20th century. Charles Horn Sr. built the pavilion and at- tached it to a fishing pier that went out over the Atlantic. People gathered there for socializing, fishing, games and nighttime dancing. A storm in 1914 destroyed the pavilion and the fishing pier, Parts of the pavilion were re- built but the fishing pier, too much of a target for the powerful ocean, faded into memory and old photographs. Sandcastle Contest are available is running, click on the photo Chamber of Commerce at 302- on the chamber website - www. you want- it will open in a new 227-6446 or go to www.beach- beach-fun.com, window, fun.com. For photos, click on Photo To download the picture, right Carol Everhart Tour on the left side of the click on it and scroll down to presidentJCEO home page; click forward until "Save Picture As." Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach you reach Sandcastle Contest. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce While the photo tour slide show Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach ere's how Sen, Ernie Lopez's day was shaping up: breakfast at the Lewes Cham- ber of Commerce; breakfast - yes, a second one - at the Cape Henlopen Senior Center; home to catch up on some work; a work lunch with state officials and then on to the Delaware State Fair, where he was work- ing under his 4-H hat from 3 to 11 p.m. at the livestock auction. He said, though, that he had a window from 1 to 1:30 when he could talk to me. I took it. To be clear, Lopez denied eating two breakfasts. "I just had fruit at the first one," he said, laughing, referring to the chamber breakfast. Lopez, a Republican, recently finished his first legislative ses- sion after being elected in No- vember from the newly formed Sixth Senate District, which takes in Rehoboth, Lewes and Milton. "It was an amazing, humbling experience," Lopez said. "It was an honor to Serve." His biggest surprise? "It was a little bit more partisan thanI thought it was going to be," he said. "I did the best that I could to bridge those gaps, and I was S proud to see that I was a go-to senator to get things passed." That partisanship, no doubt, was heightened by the social issues that came before this year's General Assembly: death penalty, marriage equality and various gun bills. The Sixth District is an in- teresting one. It's a microcosm for Sussex County, tending to be more progressive to the east, more conservative to the west. Representing the district is something of a tightrope act, and Lopez walked it like one of the Flying Wallendas. Here's how he voted on four bills. On what would likely be considered the progressive side, he voted in favor of ending the death penalty and for crimi- nal history background checks for the sale of firearms. worse (The death penalty bill died in the House, where it was tabled in committee. The background check bill passed both House and Senate and was signed May 8 by Gov. Jack Markell.) On the conservative side, he voted against both the mar- riage equality bill and another gun bill that was designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. (The marriage equality bill al- lows people of the same gender to marry. It passed the House and Senate and was signed May 7 by Markell. The gun bill sailed through the House 40-1 but was tripped up in the Senate 13-6, a defeat made possible by some Democratic votes.) All of these votes are sure to make some people angry, in- cluding some in his own' party who may want to challenge him to a primary. Lopez understands that's how the game is played. "I had a breakfast meeting prior the to the election with John Schroeder, a former state representative, and he said, 'Ernie, after you vote, you need to be able to look your voters in the eye and tell them why you voted the way you did.' We are going to be working For the background check together to find more means bill, Lopez put out a statement for stable economic growth and before the vote. That was the lines of revenue for our state." issue that resulted in a Hudson He said the state is too Management sign on Route 1 dependent on escheat funds warning Lopez to vote against and other forms of revenues background checks, that are "liquid." Escheat funds Lopez said he did indeed come from abandoned proper- receive responses from the ty, of which Delaware has been sign, but that most them were receiving a lot because it's the positive. He admitted, however, home for so many corporations. that it was his single tough- But it's not the most stable est vote of the session. On the source of income, and for fis- death penalty issue, Lopez went cal 2013 it accounted for 13.6 on the radio the day after to percent of state revenues. Lot- explain his vote. tery revenues, which includes Hopefully, some of the social money from casinos, accounted issues are behind us. From Lo- for 6.7 percent. pez's description, social issues Meanwhile, Lopez said, were so pervasive they took the state isn't getting enough time away from other chal- money from large corporations lenges facing the state, such as DuPont. "Not every- According to Lopez, even body is paying their fair share," business lobbyists buttonholed he said. him to talk about social issues. That means we don't have "They weren't there to talk enough money for improv- to us about issues in regards to ing roads in Sussex County, their business and what they which he said will be a priority need to grow," Lopez said. for him and the entire Sussex "They were talking about social delegation. But that issue will issues." have to be addressed a future Which is odd, considering the column. economic and financial prob- Don Flood is a former newspaper editor lems we face. living near Lewes. Hecan be reached at Looking ahead, Lopez said, floodpolitics@gmail.com.