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10 - CAPE GAZETrE, Friday, August 20 - August 26, 199 Dewey Commissioners support access road through Rehoboth Beach By Den/se M. Mars/mU Prompted by a petition bearing more than 750 signatures, the Dewey Beach Town Commission- ers have voted unanimously to adopt a resolution supporting an access road from Rehoboth Beach tO Rick Judge" s developmenL Last month, the Rehobotb Beach Mayor and Commissioners voted 6-0 tO deny Judge access at the city's Penn Street boundary line to his Silver Lake Dunes' sub- division in Dewey Beach. The mayor and commissioners based their decision on concerns regard- ing the adverse impact of addition- al traffic on city residents and the devaluation of property values. Judge and his former wife, Ingabfitta Judge, have challenged the ruling in Chancery Court and a trial has been set for Sept. 2. Despite the lack of an entrance permit, Judge began constructing the road from Rehoboth Beach to his seven-lot development earlier this month. City officials did not interfere with construction of the roadway, which they said will lead to nowhere if the court upholds Rehoboth's decision to deny Judge access through city streets. "The houses are located in Dewey Beach. Everything is located in Dewey," Rehoboth City Manager Gregory Ferrese said. "He should enter his WOlmgty through the Dewey Beach area." At the Friday, Aug. 13 meeting of the Dewey Beach Town Com- missioners, a handful of ownerg fr:., Chesapeake Street presented town officials with a petition signed by more than 750 people opposed to construction of Dewey Beach By Denise M. MarskaU Rather than adopt new laws to regulate jet skis, the Dewey Beach Town Commissioners have agreed tO give the state a chance tO prove it will enforce jet ski regulations that are already in place. Bill Ryan, a resident of the Seabreeze subdivision just north of Dewey Beach, appeared before the commissioners at their Friday, Aug. 13 meeting. Ryan told the commissioners that the enforce- to press marine p(,lice ment division of the state's Divi- sion of Vmh and Wildlife was fail- ing to enforce existing regulations over jet skis, and pressed the com- missioners to make their own laws regulating jet skis. "The noise is a terrible imposi- tion on residents in the area," Ryan said. Citing environmental and safety concerns, Dewey Beach Building Official Sam Fader added that Rehoboth Bay is "being taken an access route from Dewey Beach tO Silver Lake Dunes. The homeowners asked the commis- sioners tO take a position opposing the construction of an access road from Dewey Beach. "A denial by the city of Rehoboth would affect my clients," said James D. Griffin, the attorney representing the Chesa- wake Street homeowners. Griffin urged the commissioners to send a message to Rehoboth Beach and the Court of Chancery that they are opposed to an access road through Dewey Beacl The commissioners voted 4-0 in favor of a resolution supporting an access route from Rehoboth Beach instead of Dewey Beach. They cit- ed three reasons for not building the road from Dewey Beach: 1. it would interfere with the on jet ski regs over by hordes of jet skiers." He noted that the jet ski rental busi- nesses are not the source of the problem, but that some private jet ski owners operate their water craft in a recHess manner. Dewey Beach has no jurisdic- tion over activities on the bay, which is a state responsibility. However, Ryan maintained that the problem is most serious on weekends, when the majority of Continued on page 17 wetlands and natural features of the Silver Lake area; 2. it would substantially inter- fere with the existing residential uses, such as porches and decks; 3. it would create potential safe- ty hazards at the entrance to King Charles Street in Dewey Beach. Dewey Beach officials are not opposed to Judge's plans to install underground utility lines for sewer and water service within the town limits. Judge, who was present at the Services Continued from page 1 Rehoboth Beach City Manager Gregory Ferrese said that parking meter revenues are about $125,000 ahead of last year's rev- enue. From Memorial Day weekend until Aug. 9, the city brought in $700,484 in parking meter rev- enues. This compares to $580,854 gen- erated by parking meters during the same time last year. Ferrese noted that part of the increased revenue is attributed to an increase in meter rates from 50 cents to 75 cents a hour on the ocean blocks and on the second blocks of Baltimore, Wilmington and Reboboth avenues. meeting, said he will only pursue construction of an access road from Dewey Beach if he is unable to access his development through Rehoboth Beach. Confdent that the court will rule in his favor, Judge informed the board that he did not need their resolution to convince Rehoboth to allow him to use city streets. Judge has secured a court-ordered access, which extends Lake Drive from Penn Street in Rehoboth to Bayard Avenue in Dewey Beach. Bob Stenger, manager at the Rehoboth Beach wastewater treat- ment plant, said that the plant han- dled about 43.45 million gallons of wastewater during the month of June. In June of 1992, the treatment facility handled 45.92 million gal- lons. In July, more than 65 million gallons of wastewater were han- dled at the treatment facility, com- pared to 61.7 million gallons in July of 1992. Delaware Resort Transit report- ed a 40 percent increase in total ridership over last summer, according to Bobbi Geier, assis- tant administrator for DRT. Total ridership jump to 157,549 during the first 12 weeks of the summer, she said. Tall Ship Schooner Cruises An Exciting Day Sail Adventure Sail along with the Rover crew as they cruise the beautiful Delaware Bay. This is your chance to relive the days of Captain Kidd and other pirates aboard the topsail schooner Jolly Rover, the same type of vessel used by early pirates and smugglers in the 19th century. Two hour sails are $15 for adults, $13 for children Three hour sunset cruises are $18 for adults and $15 for ehildrem CRUISE SCHEDUI (almmgh Laber Day) 11 a.m.- I pare. 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