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6 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006 .... VIE00 vPO [NTS 1 . a 1 1 Editorial Route 1: no pain, no gain DelDOT is telling us in the bluntest of terms that the next two years - until the spring of 2008 - are going to be even more miserable than usual in terms of Route 1 traffic. The project to begin adding a true third travel lane along with a multi-use lane for buses, right turns and bicycles, will start Monday, Sept. 11 - an inauspicious day in its own right. , The project will see a line-up of concrete Jersey barriers separating l the construction area from the two ""- .,.. ....... .,., remaining travel lanes, in the work "lmBr area from just north of Five Points to Route 24. The three lanes that we have grown used to and have enjoyed over the past two summers because of the extra capacity will be reduced back to two through the course of the work. That means traffic snarls in that section of the highway and a return to the Saturday morning back-ups on heavy weekends extend- ing north several miles. We have been fortunate to enjoy the fruits of the temporary fix for the last couple of years but we knew that was a short-lived arrange- ment. Now we have to go backwards to go forwards. The end result will be a much-improved roadway with more capacity and a much safer multi-use lane. In addition, the work will extend sidewalks continuously from Five Points to Route 24 and will include installa- tion of pedestrian crosswalks and signals at Postal Lane by the Movies at Midway and further south at the Roadhouse. The Postal Lane intersection is of grave concern to local emergency responders. Its design warrants extra attention by DelDOT, as does the projected flow of emergency vehicles through the construction zone. The improvements have been a long time coming and will be appreciated when complete. Patience will help with the process, but we sure will be glad when it's over. Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Kerry [(ester, associate editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, arts and entertain- ment editor Letters The Weather Picture Ron MacArthur photo Paynter Ingram of Lewes cuts the water with his skis to create a wake as he takes advantage of perfect conditions on the Delaware Bay off Lewes Beach. Dewey mayor responds to Pollard I am responding to Mr. Charlie Pollard's letter that was published in the Aug. 25 edition of the Cape Gazette. Mr. Pollard states that I have lost touch with some basic realities. Mr. Pollard says that he takes issue with who pays for the operation of the town but never presents any financial data to back up his position. The reality of the town finances that Mr. Pollard is apparently unaware of is as follows. Residential property owners have been providing over $700,000 per year in revenues to the town through transfer taxes, building permit licenses fees, rental license fees and seasonal parking permits. The combined business license fee total the Rusty Rudder, north- beach, Lighthouse, Starboard, and the Bottle & Cork is $31,000. (Except for the Bottle & Cork, all of the aforementioned establish- ments are nonconforming restau- rants that remove tables and chairs after 9 p.m. and become very large bars). The total payment for business licenses by the 27 other conforming restaurants and eater- ies in town is $20,650. On aver- age, these establishments pay very little for transfer taxes, building permit licenses fees and parking permits. The amount of payments to the town by the residential property owners clearly dwarfs that paid by the businesses. The 2005 budget for the town devoted 67 percent of the total expenditures for the direct and indirect costs associated with the large police force in town the need for which is mainly created by the late-night bar crowds. Clearly, no matter how one looks at the issue, the businesses, in general, and the large noncon- forming restaurants, in particular, do not pay their fair share for the cost of town services which con- sist for the most part of police services. Courtney Riordan, mayor Town of Dewey Beach Dewey restaurants stress town coffers I served nine years on the Dewey Beach Town Council (1993 -2002). During my tenure, it was always the contention of the majority of the town's commis- sioners that the large restaurant/bar owners were not paying their fair share for the flux they created. The largest portion of the town budget is spent on law enforcement, including the sum- mer police officers needed prima- rily to control the large volume of restaurant/bar patrons that come to Dewey Beach to recreate. The restaurant/bar establish- ments generate substantial rev- enue, significantly disproportion- ate to the stress On the town's infrastructure their businesses cre- ate. To this day, every effort to correct this inequity has been thwarted. Once again, it will be up to the residents of Dewey and their action at the polls this elec- tion to determine who will govern the town. The division is clear. Bill Tansey Former Dewey Beach commissioner Riordan's claims are inaccurate In a recent mailing and at the two candidate forums held by the Dewey Beach Civic League and the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, Courtney Riordan made state- ments that he was responsible for the fact that there is no gambling in Dewey Beach. Not true. At the Continued on page 7 L i! !5 ) :fax te Volume 14 No. 29 Publlaher Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 dnf @ capegazette.com Editor Trish Vernon, Ext. 315 newsroom @cabegazette.com Office Mmnsger Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 kemery @ capegazette.com Associate Editor Kerry Kester, Ext. 317 kester @ capegazette.com Sports Editor Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 davefrsdman @ comcast net News Editor l..aum Ritter, Ext. 320 Iritter @ capegazetle.com Arts & Entertainment Editor Jen EIIingsworth, Ext. 319 jen @capegazette.com News Steve Hoenigmann, Ext. 321 steveh @ capegazette.com Jim Westhoff, Ext. 339 jwesthoff @ capegazette.com Henry Evans, Ext. 336 havens @ capegazette.com Kevin Spence, Ext. 337 kspence @ capogaze.com Rachel Swick, Ext. 338 rswick @ capegazetle.com Moay bertson, Ext. 33S malbertson @capogaze.com Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette.com Janet Andrelczyk, Ext. 316 Sports Writers tim Bamforth , tim @ seashorestrider.cqm Frederick Schranck -- / / Fschranck @ HoleByHole.com Photographers Dan Cook Steven Billups Photo Production Molly Wingate, Ext. 308 Production Coordinator Norma Parks, Ext. 309 nparks @ capegazetle.com Clu=dfled Sandy Bert, Ext. 300 slrr @ capegazette.com Kim McPike, Ext. 310 kmcpike @ capegazette.com Jean Sarro, Ext. 302 jeans @ capegazette.com Advertising Cindy Bowlin, Ext. 307 cindy @ capegazette.com Sharon Hudson, Ext. 306 shudson @ capegazette.com Amanda Neafie, Ext. 311 amandal @ capegazette'com Chris Rabsch, Ext. 312 crausch @ capegazette.com Steve Lhotsky, Ext. 313 stevel @ capegazette.com Production Staff, Exts. 322-326 Chris Wildt Teresa Roddguez Ron Winterstein Shed Oswald Kristin Comell Edwin Krumm Meredith Shockley Webmaster Catherine M. 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