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II! I ,] Beebe develoPs holistic enhancement area. pg.-iO I Delaware's Cape Region Friday, August 22 - Thursday, August 28, 1997 Volume 5, No. 13 %, Pfiesteria organisms found in Delaware waters Officials urge common sense for fishing, bathing By Michael Short Pfiesteria-like organisms have been found in Delaware's Inland Bays. State environmental officials announced at a Fri- day, Aug. 14 press conference that three of five water samples taken in Indian River and in Rehoboth Bay showed the presence of the organisms. The organisms, which have been linked to major fish kills in North Carolina, were found in large enough concentrations to cause fish kills if the pfiesteria is toxic (only some stages are toxic) under some environ- mental conditions. The Rehoboth Bay sample found no evi- dence of pfiesteria and the two highest con- centrations of pfiesteria-like organisms in Indian River were found well apart in a area near the mouth of the inlet and a consider- able distance upstream from the inlet. But despite the presence of the organism, state environmental and health officials are saying that it is safe to swim and fish in the area. That comes despite news that federal officials have agreed to step in to provide research and technical help for Delaware at the request of Congressman Michael Castle. The Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have agreed to help. Ronald Lam- bertson, regional director for the FWS, said, Continued on page 14 Election assured in Dewey as two newcomers file By Jen gUingsworth After the 5 p.m. filing deadline came and went, it turns out that there will be an elec- tion in Dewey Beach this year. At approximately 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21, Jo Ann Hill and Allen Engleking each threw their hats in the ring for com- missioners seats in the town's annual municipal election. Three seats are up for grabs in the race, those of incumbent commissioners James Lavelle, Jim Bracken and Bill Tansey. All three men have stated their intent to seek re- election. While Bracken and Tansey will compete for their third terms, Lavelle will run for his fourth. Hill and Engleklng will run as non-resi- dents in the race. Hill's faxed letter of intent Dennis Fomey photo was delivered to town hall by Dewey Beach Sailors travel from around the coumry for Mobjack Nationals m Lewes resident Anna Legates, while Engleking delivered his in person. Flying their spinnakers on a downwind leg, two mobjaeks cross in front of the ferry wall in Lewes during last week- end's Mobjaek National Regatta hosted by Lewes Yacht Club. The regatta included five races sailed over a variety of Continued on pagel2 courses between six and seven miles long. For story and more photos please turn to page 80. Police deem death of prominent Rehoboth businessman accidental By Kerry Kester sifted in any of the other four categories." tie the investigation quickly, that he was going to walk home to his resi- Joseph Jeffrey "JJ" Stein III, 30, died When an undetermined ruling is made, he "There was a lot of internal bleeding," dence on Stafford Drive in the Rehoboth Tuesday, Aug. 19 as a result of a tragic fall said, the manner then becomes an issue said Lewis. "That's where we came up Beach Country Club development. from the Route 1 bridge spanning the with law enforcement agents. Delaware with the assumption that it could have hap- Lewis said it appeared that Stein fell Lewes-Rehoboth canal onto Route 1B on State Police ruled the manner of death was pened somewhere else." When such an between the divided northbound and south- Saturday, Aug. 16. from falling. According to Muhammad unusual incident occurs, he said, "We have bound bridge lanes and onto the road run- According to Jeff Moran, director of Chaudhri, Delaware Department of Trans- to do an investigation from all angles - ning east and west below. communications for the Philadelphia portation bridge design engineer, the gap leave nothing unturned." Sometime between 2:45 a.m. and 3 a.m., Department of Health, the Medical Exam- between the north and southbound spans of Unfortunately, he said, there was little a passerby spotted Stein and called police. iner's Office ruled the cause of death was the bridge is 13 feet, and it is 24 feet from evidence at the scene. "There were no "His injuries were consistent with a fall from multiple injuries, the top of the bridge railing to the top of the leads at all," Lewis said. "The biggest from the bridge," said Lewis. "Alcohol was "The manner has been ruled undeter- roadway beneath the bridge, break we had was from the public. That a factor in the fall." mined," said Moran. He expMined that the Cpl. Preston Lewis, Delaware State was our best source of information - the Rescue personnel transported Stein to medical examiner has five categories of Police spokesman, said when the unusual people in Rehoboth." Kent General Hospital in Dover, and he manner from which to choose: natural, accident occurred, troopers were unsure What police learned, he said, was Stein was later transferred'to the Hospital of Uni- accidental, suicide, homicide or undeter- about the circumstances leading to the fall, was last seen at approximately 2 a.m. on versity of Pennsylvania where he died just mined. "Undetermined is used when there but strong support from Rehoboth Beach Saturday, Aug. 16 at a home on New Castle two days after his thirtieth birthday. simply isn't enough information to be clas- community members helped detectives set- Street in Rehoboth Beach. He told friends Continued on page 18