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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, August 14 - Thursday, August 20, 1998 Volume 6, No: 12 Kupchick's sold to make way for Dolphin Bay DeBraak shell demolition remains part of formula in Lewes By Dennis Forney The latest plans for the Dolphin Bay Resorts Motel on Lewes Beach call for demolition of the Kupchick's Restaurant building as well as the empty DeBraak Rehoboth beaches replenished; Castle calls for federal funds By Michael Short The beach stretches far and wide in Rehoboth Beach. After days of frustration, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock fired up the pumps and began to once ag/in pour sand onto Rehoboth Beach at 3 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10. Early Tuesday morning, the pumping had ended and the beach just needed to be smoothed and shaped. City Manager Greg Ferrese said that by Friday, Aug. 14, all signs of the piping and equipment that has dotted the beach should be gone. "I think it looks great," Ferrese said. Work has already started to rebuild the beaches at North Shores and that work could be completed by sometime this week- end, said Bob Henry of the Department of Nitural Resources and Environmental Con- trol. Ferrese said the frustration was worth- while and that most tourists have been patient with the process. With Rehoboth's project as a backdrop, U.S. Rep. Mike Cas- tie came to town to push for a larger issue - namely continued federal support for beach replenishment. Continued on page 17 building. George Metz said this week that HKM Partnership has signed a contract for purchase of the Kupchick's property adja- cent to the DeBraak property. "Our plan is to take down Kupchick's and the DeBraak building and build a 57- room motel that fits the zoning require- ments of Lewes. We've designed a build- ing that we feel we're legally entitled to build and now we will wait for the Com- mercial Architecture Review Commission (CARC) to tell us what it should look like," said Metz. "We did that with our last proposal and felt that the process worked well, but the Ocean House didn't like it. So, we're going to try again." Metz said the proposed struc- ture does not exceed the 30.5-foot height limit specified in the city zoning's Table of District Regulations. He also said the partnership plans to pro- ceed with its appeal to Delaware Supreme Court, hoping to have the Superior Court ruling by Judge T. Henley Graves over- turned. Graves, late last spring, reversed three variances that had been granted to HKM to allow them to build a 57-unit motel where the DeBraak now stands. Graves ruled essentalily that the need for the variances hadn't been proved. "We feel that we did prove that existing condi- tions created a need for the variances. Our first Supreme Court brief is due Sept. 10," said Metz. Daria Horn and David Krasnoff have Continued on page 16 Dennis Forney photo Dixie wows Cape Region audiences in support of Henlopen Theater Project Shown during the Dixie Carter and Hal Holbrook Delaware Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Dixie Carter, Lisa reception held Friday, Aug. 8, at Meredith Jenney and Pelikan of Henlopen Theater Project, and Hal Holbrook. James Marshall's home, "Shell House," in Rehoboth For more photos and articles on the weekend festivities, Beach between the ocean and Silver Lake are (l-r) turn to page 78. Rehoboth Beach seeks time extension as TMDL requirements could cost $11.5 million By Michael Short Rehoboth Beach has officially asked for an extension of the new pollution standards for the inland bays, standards that could cost the city $11.5 million. Those standards for the inland bays are required to be developed by the, end of 1998 and call for a public hearing Sept. 2. Continued on page 14 I By Michael Short Members of an advisory committee making recommendations on the way Delaware will meet required pollution standards for the inland bays, were told the standards must be ready for a public hear- ing on Sept. 2. The committee mutinied. Speaker after speaker rose to complain at a Tuesday, Aug. 11 meeting that there was not enough time to make even half-hearted recommendations. Many left the room. "Either don't call us an advisory commit- tee or give us time to give advice," urged farmer Marty Ross. Rich Collins, an insurance agent and farmer involved in an organization called the Center for Public Research, said, "this pell-mell rush to judgment is going to lead us to bad decisions." Others pointed fingers and said they Continued on page 14 Advisory group cries foul over pollution time limits