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8 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, August 14 Letters Continued from page 7 the T building to watch the early sun sparkle on the ocean are not things that people live or die by. What they are is a couple of the very important little things that make living along this coast plea- surable. These quality-of-life items were more numerous in the past, but their number is being steadily reduced as population, de- velopment and commercialism steadily increase. We need to pro- tect those that are left. And we need to remember that all of us are not young and fit and able to enjoy the Cape Henlopen State Parkon foot. . william Hiller Lewes Lewes Boatyard project too massive The preliminary plans for the proposed residential/retail facility "Pilothouse" to be located on the Lewes boatyard property have nowbeen presented to the City of Lewes. After looking at and hear- ing the proposed plans, I can only conclude that the project is too massive for this piece of land. The size and scale of Pilothouse will overwhelm the existing structures along the canal as well as its resi- dential neighbors. The facility is designed to turn its back on the town of Lewes, much like the structures in Atlantic City, creat- ing a 40-foot wall on Front Street. Its "gateway" to Lewes and the canal with columns and plaza, re- semble a gateway to a Grecian temple rather than an historic fish, ing village. Lewes has a natural gateway - the mouth of the Delaware Bay. Nothing is more - August 20, 1998 beautiful than that. The owner of this property has every right to sell it. But perhaps there is another op- tion. Could the City of Lewes pur- chase this property for a water- front park with public docking, an area for summer concerts, walk- ways and sitting areas; a lovely place tobe enjoyed by residents and visitors now and in the future? Yes! How could the city finance such a venture? By floating bonds, ap- plying for grants, and/or the sale of city-owned lands not as critical as the waterfront. Would the citi- zens of Lewes support such a ven- ture? Let's ask them! The boat yard property presents a great opportunity for the city to preserve its waterfront, its historic character and to protect the charm of Lewes. This is the magnet that has and will continue to attract people to this seaport town. It is why we love Lewes. Lewes' waterfront is a valuable asset. Great care must be exer- cised regarding any development. Rachel Leonardo Lewes Robbery victim thanks police This letter is written in deep ap- preciation to Sgt. Ron Hagan and Delaware State Police Troop 7: Approximately 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 12, I went to my van. parked behind my store on Rehoboth Avenue, to add some supplies. When I opened the side door, I noticed my toolbox and two of my drills were missing. In disbelief, I at first thought some- one was playing a trick on me. It soon became apparent that was not the case. I walked through the parking lot looking for any clues, but to no avail. When I Continued on page lI Barefootin' Continued from page 7 Port Mabon, just east of Dover Air Force Base, eight gleaming white tanks store enough high octane jet fuel to keep the C-5 fleet aloft for a century. But at Bowers Beach, home to a substantial recreational and commercial fishing and crab- bing fleet, not a single gallon of gasoline was available along the docks. Friend in need Rising and falling tides rip through the narrow Murderkill River where the communities of Bowers Beach and South Bowers straddle it at its mouth. We arrived on an incoming tide. As it swept us past a crabber un- loading his morning's catch, his fading voice informed us that we'd have to get out to the high- way (U.S. 13) to find the nearest gas station. "About three miles" were the final words our stretched ears heard. We passed a variety of build- ings and docks stacked on the riv- erbank of Bowers. I doubt there's a waterfront with any more char- aeter in Delaware. Those familiar with the quaint waterfront scenes of Delaware artists Jack Lewis and Howard Schroeder would find in Bowers the themes those artists captured decades ago, Glistening with sweat in the glary light reflected from the bleached oyster shells, Steve Old- ham looked ready for a break from the morning's parking lot work. When I approached the group he was with, setting the piles, and explained our dilemma, he re- sponded quickly. "Do you have a tank you can put in my car?" he asked as the others listened. "Sure," I said. 'TI! give you a lift out to the highway," he said. What wonderful words. A good Samaritan. A friend indeed. Riding from Bowers out to Lit- tle Heaven to a Citgo station, Steve told me he's been living in Bowers since the mid-1960s. He tends bar at the Bayview Inn, just a stone's throw from the Mur- derkill and Delaware Bay. "We're having a good summer. Fishing's never been better for the recreational fleet. Trout, rock, spot, flounder, croaker - the bay's full of fish. The boats are coming in full. People come for the fish- Rehoboth police issue weekly report Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Creig Doyle reports that 22 people were arrested over the weekend ending Sunday, Aug. 9, on a vari- ety of theft, drug, disorderly con- duct and alcohol charges. Christopher M. Miller, 19, of Dover and John P. Daleeki, 17, of Camden are reported to have of- fered to sell an undercover officer a "twenty sac" when they ap- proached him near Brooklyn Av- enue at 11:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7, accepting $40 in marked bills. when the two .failed to return in a few minutes with the alleged drugs, a backup police team was alerted and they were picked up nearby within 45 minutes. Each were charged with theft and third- degree conspiracy, with Miller re- leased on $500 unsecured bond pending trial in Justice of the Peace Court 2, while Dalecki was released, pending trial in Family Court. Rolando H. Suarez, 28, and JOshua Suarez, 22, both of York, Pa., were arrested at 12:50 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 9, when undercover officers reported to have observed them smoking marijuana, offering to share the "joint" with the offi- cers when approached. Both were charged with possession of mari- juana and taken to Court 3, where they were released on $500 unse- cured bond pending arraignment in the Court of Common Pleas. Nell A. Wolfe, 27, of Ventnor, N3., was charged with offensive touching at 11:30 p.m.,Sunday, Aug. 9, after police responded to a reported domestic incident in a downtown motel. He was taken to Court 3, where he was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution, ing and then they come to the Bayview and J.P.'s." A restaurant and bar, J.P.'s oc- cupies one of the riverfront build- ings of Bowers. Buildings and docks on either side of the restau- rant slip this way and slop that way, shaped and shaded over the years by the winds and rains and tides and freezes and thaws. This year it's J.P.'s turn to look good. It gleams with fresh paint and wooden tables on the dock- side invite people to enjoy a drink and crabcake or a fried fish sand- wich. Steve said J.P.'s brings in live entertainment on weekends. "Be- tween the Bayview and J.P.'s, Bowers parties pretty good on the weekends." Bowers, he said, is the working man's side of the Murderkill. South Bowers, across the river - all of about 30 yards and no bridges - presents a neat and tidy residential scene with homes of a more recent vintage. "The two sides are very close but don't real- ly mix much," Steve said. "Do many people come back and forth on boats?" "Not really. There's one crab- bet that lives over there but that's about it." Although two boys could play a where he was to be arraigned lat- er. Kathy A. Manning, 40, of Lewes, Laura W. Collins, 28, of Frederica and Christine A. Ship- man, 24, of Millsboro, were charged with disorderly conduct when police report they were found pushing and punching at the corner of First Street and Wilm- ington Avenue, at 1:05 a.m., Sat- urday, Aug. 8. Shipman pied guilty in Alderman's Court, while the other two posted $100 bond pending trial in Coui't 3. David K. Eidemiller, 40, of Washington, D.C., was arrested for urinating in public and charged with disorderly conduct at 12:07 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, under the Boardwalk at Wilming- ton Avenue. He will appear in Al- derman's Court at a laterdate. Ernest A. Lehmen, 47, of Newark was arrested for urinating in public and charged with disor- derly conduct at 2 a.m., Sunday, Aug, 9, on Philadelphia Street. He will appear :in Alderman's Court at a later date. Two Pennsylvania youth, one 15-year-old male, the other Thomas E. Miller, 18, of Camp Hill, Pa., were arrested for shoplifting outside a Rehoboth Avenue store at 12:18 p.m., Satur- day, Aug. 8. The youth was re- leased, pending trial in Family Court, while Miller will appear in Court 2. A 15-year-old female from New Hartford, N.Y., was arrested for shoplifting from a Boardwalk store and will appear in Family Court at a later date. Michael R. Robbins, 20, of Andrews Air Force Base and Frederica was arrested for spin- game of catch from each side of the river, they'd have to drive 18 miles over land to swap baseball cards. Pledging to return to Bowers Beach for dinner and drinks, we said our good-byes to Steve and headed back out into the bay to finish our trip. Bowers proved a good discovery for us. The southwest wind held for us all the way to Lewes. We passed several long and thin hay commu- nities, including Pickering Beach, Woodland Beach, Big Stone Beach, Primehook Beach and ning tires and having music/noise emanating from his vehicle, as well as driving under the influ- ence, at 11:11 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9, after being stopped for a minor traffic violation. He will appear in Court 2 at a later date. Arrestedfor violating the open container of alcohol ordinance on or near the Boardwalk over the weekend were William M. Corn- well, 20, of Woodbridge, Va.; David L. Kline, 29, of Chantilly, Va.; Jason L. Dellinger, 22, of Woodbridge, Va.; Samuel D. Mclntyre, 21, of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; Jermain Overton, 21, of Edison,:N.J,; and Susan A. Keeler, 39, of Dover. Heather R. Ahlboin, 17, of Blairsville, Pa., was arrested for urinating in public and charged with disorderly conduct at 12:21 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, under the Boardwalk at Wilmington Av- enue. She was also charged with underage consumption and will appear in Family Court at a later date. George A. Johnson, 38, of New Castle was charged with of- fensive touching and disorderly conduct on Thursday, Aug. 6, when police responded to a Boardwalk amusement park to in- vestigate a report of an adult push- ing a small child. Police report Johnson to be the stepfather of the 9-year-old victim, who received minor injuries. Johnson was re- leased, pending trial in Family Court at a later date. Renee M. Cloutier, 20, of Troy, N.Y., was arrested for uri- nating in public and charged with disorderly conduct and underage consumption, criminal imperson- Continued on page 11 Broadkill Beach. We rode a rising tide into Roosevelt Inlet, eased our way up the canal to Lewes Boatyard and drifted quietly into our slip beside the wharftop bait shop next to the public launching ramp. At 2 p.m. on a sunny afternoon in the middle of August, we mar- veled at how quiet the waterways were around Lewes. Most people like to be near the water and they love the beaches. Far fewer want to be on the water. Delmarva Peninsula accommodates them all. A New Jersey crabber fishes his crab pots in Delaware Bay just above the cooling tower of Salem Nuclear Power Plant at Artificial Island.