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Employee exodus shakes Cape Region. pg. 15 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, August 27 - Thursday, September 2, 1999 Volume 7 Nol 14 Hearing draws stiff opposition to Pilothouse Project size, traffic, open space concerns voiced By Dennis Forney Not since a coal port was proposed for the Lewes bayfront in the early 1980s has a project stirred the emotions of residents in Lewes like the proposed Pilothouse. At a public hearing Wednesday night, a standing-room-only crowd of about 150 people filled the upstairs meeting room of Lewes Public Library. Their comments II | and applause made clear their solid opposi- D tion to the project. Other than two attorneys and an architect hired by Jim Kiernan and Ron Moore - who have proposed construction of 20 residen- tial units and 10 retail units on the 1.2 acre Lewes Boatyard site - no one sPoke in favor of the project. The hearing before members of Lewes Planning Commission started at 7:30 p.m. and lasted until nearly 11 p.m. People filled the 100 seats set up for the hearing, lined the walls of the room, sat on a counter beside extensive displays set up by the architect, and sat on the floor at the back of the room to be part of the process. This artist's rendering Shows how the revised pilot- this area of town. The project includes parking at the Ralph Richardson, a resident of Lewes house project would appear as seen from its Front Street canal level, 10 retail units at the Front Street level and who has spent his professional life involved elevation. Many people have expressed concern that the 20 residential condominiums at the second- and third- Continued on page 10 project would create pedestrian and traffic problems in floor levels. Beebe moves up the ranks in trauma care with certification By Kerry Kester The American College of Surgeons certi- fied Beebe Medical Center as a Level III trauma center Aug. 18. The distinction allows the hospital to provide multidiscipli- nary treatment to patients with traumatic injuries, such as often occur in vehicle and industrial accidents. '`This is pa of a statewide trauma sys- tem," said Kimberly Cole, a registered nurse an trauma coordinator. "The gover- nor wants an inclusive trauma system in an attempt to heighten the level of trauma care delivered in this state. "We resuscitate and stabilize, and we have procedures .and protocols in place to identify the critically injured patient." Lev- el III trauma care is generally found in community hospitals that are able to devel- op stringent procedures, have specific equipment and can make a staff team avail- able within a short response time. Level II trauma centers have 24-hour surgery capability, a neurosurgeon avail- able 24 hours a day, dedicated personnel for performance improvement evaluation and a computerized tomography (CAT) machine. Level I trauma centers are usual- ly teaching hospitals that conduct research, and they must have the same components as Level II centers. ''They must provide acute care through rehabilitation," said Cole. ''They also usu- ally serve as a resource facility and a trans- fer facility for other, lower-level hospitals." Christiana Hospital in New Castle County is the only Level I trauma center in the state. There are no Level II facilities. Meeting the national standards set by the American College of Surgeons' credential- ing system was an ardent task for Beebe, which has been working toward the goal for a little more than a year. ''They went Continued on page 13 Local Realtors see no end in sight to booming market By Dennis Forney Many local Realtors say the current real estate market is the hottest they've ever seen. And because of the nation's robust economy, attractive interest rates, a roaring stock market and proximity of Delaware's Cape Region to the surrounding mid- Atlantic megalopolis, they see no end in sight to the boom. Stories of virtual bidding wars in real estate offices when new listings come in are common these days. Often times Real- tors are asking their buying clients how much above the asking price they're will- ing to go to secure a contract. "We have a list of buyers without inven- tory," said Bill Lingo of Lingo Real Estate "It's nothing nnusual to get multiple con- tracts We're listing one day and selling the next. We have to work very hard to treat everyone fairly. It's a nice thing to experi- ence. Professionals and entrepreneurs are doing quite well and there's lots of con- sumer confidence. The stock market's rolling And even though interest rates are starting to climb, I don't think they play that big a role when it comes to second homes and investment properties." Bette Gallo of Prudential Gallo said 1998 was the best year she has ever seen since coming to Delaware's Cape Region in 1973. "I think we have another 15 to 20 years of good market here. We're within two hours of Baltimore, Washington and Philly. We're close. Our beaches are great. We have a lot to offer. People travel to North Carolina but that's in the middle of nowhere. I think with year-round schools coming we'll also be helped. People will be taking shorter trips - staying closer to home. We're becoming a year-round resort and I think that will help spread traffic out too." Continued on page 13 INDEX