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VIEWPOINTS Editorial Rehoboth Bay problem deserves front burner Why aren't state, county and local officials moving more quickly to squarely address the radical imbalance manifesting itself in Rehoboth Bay? Does an offensive smelling noxious cloud of gas ris- ing from dying sea lettuce have to envelop the entire region relent- lessly for months before any real action is taken? Dr. Kent S. Price has spent more hours studying, discussing, and monitoring Delaware's Inland Bays over the past 20 years than any other individual on this planet. He told us last year that removing Rehoboth's treated wastewater and its accompanying load of phos- phorous would bring significant and almost immediate improvement to Rehoboth Bay and help to reverse a negative trend. Yet we still see no real motion toward effecting that solution. It makes no sense to spend $100,000 on a piece of equipment to harvest dying sea lettuce unless a real initiative begins simultaneous- ly to get at the root of the problem. The multi-agencied Center for the Inland Bays is sincere in wanting to work in several arenas to improve water quality a little bit at a time. However a dramatic move begs to be taken and the center should focus on that move as its first priority and then focus on building itself a headquarters. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) also needs to re-examine its mission and fight more dili- gently for protecting the state's waters by getting Rehoboth's waste- water out of the canal. The most recent legislative session saw little accomplished of substance while the Rehoboth Bay problem contin- ues to beg for attention. That's ironic when you consider Delaware officials found themselves swimming in a cash surplus this year while some people question whether they ought to swim at all in Rehoboth Bay. Delaware's Inland Bays figure significantly and directly into the state's current and future economic health. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out there is a problem even though we have the equivalent of one telling us so. State, county and local officials need to move this project to the front burner. Town and Cottage Awards bode well A committee of Rehoboth Beach residents recently presented the first annual Rehoboth Beach Cottage and Town Awards. The awards recognize exemplary renovation, restora- tion, preservation and new construction in resi- dential, commercial and landscape projects. (See details on page 24 of this edition.) They are straightforward positive reinforcement and can only benefit recent efforts to preserve and enhance the unique character of Rehoboth Beach. The process, in the words of the committee, serves "to remind us of the wonderfully diverse town and the wealth of natural beauty." The award. architecture of our H Lo Pre. Aug. 7 84 63 None Aug. 8 85 65 None Aug. 9 89 67 None Aug. 10 89 68 None Aug. 11 87 68 None Aug. 12 84 73 None Aug. 13 95 74 Trace As reported by the Lewes Board of Public Works Power Plant, an official U.S. Weather Station. A great blue heron perches for the evening in a tree along the banks of Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. @ @ Full Moon Last Quarter New Moon First Quarter August 18 August 24 September I September 9 ZqK Cochran thanks Rehoboth voters I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their support dur- ing the election. To single out anyone specifically would be unfair, because all contributed at different levels. From words of encouragement, to funds gener- ated and votes cast, all played an equal role in my re-election. It is a humbling experience to ask someone to vote for you. And then when they do, it is truly overwhelming. I look forward to working with Don Derrickson and the other commissioners and wish the very best for Jack Salin. Thanks again. Bitsy Cochran Rehoboth Beach Derrickson thanks Rehoboth voters I would like to express my apprecia- tion to all those citizens who voted in this year's municipal election. Participation is the foundation of our democracy. My congratulations to Bitsy Cochran and Jack Salin, who were my fellow candi- dates and who put themselves in the light of public scrutiny. Also, I am thankful to those who gave me support and encouragement and to the editors of the Cape Gazette and Coast Press, I will strive to earn your confi- dence. Don Derrickson Rehoboth Beach Salin appreciates support in election I want to express my appreciation to the voters of Rehoboth Beach for the votes I received at the election on Aug. 9, 1997. I am sorry that I lost and will not be able to support you as a Commission- er next term. However, I expect to be on the Rehoboth Beach scene in some man- ner, and if you ever feel there is some- thing I can do for you, please be sure to let me know. Thanks again for your support ,lack Salin Rehoboth Beach What is Lewes's agenda on canal bank? Lewes canal bank property owned and managed by the town is totally unkempt, and is overgrown with trees, brambles and phragmites that totally obscure the view of the canal from passers-by. The vegetation totally inhibits its use by townspeople. There are no nature trails through the property and no one fishes from the canal bank. No taxes are paid to the town or county that might somehow be used for the common good. No use whatsoever is being made of the land owned by the town. Owners of canal bank property in the same area mow the grass, trim trees and shrubs, build boat slips, attractive gaze- bos, and open fences. The property is used and enjoyed by the owners, their friends and acquaintances, and by those who may rent or use boat slip facilities. Several have toilet facilities that add greatly to the utility of the property and to the health and comfort of the users. The town, county, and in some instances the state, collect taxes/fees for its use for the common good. Passers-by many times walk over the private lawns and along the water to observe the canal and boats at a closer distance. Some rest for a time on private benches before resuming their walk. There is very considerable congeniality among people on these properties. In view of the foregoing, I can't under- stand the contrast in attitudes by some toward town and private property. Why is it okay for the town to totally abdicate any maintenance whatsoever of their land and to block the view of the canal, Continued on page 8 Write Now Letters are always welcome and should be signed and include a tele- phone number for verification. Please keep letters to 500 words or less. Write to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Volume 5 No. 12 Publisher Dennis Forney Editor Trish Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angie Moon Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Mariann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chris Wildt Peter Butcavage Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vernon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- : lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Midway Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Second class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX - 645-1664. E-mail: Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. 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