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Continued from page 6 town meeting held June 13, 2003, it was former Mayor Patricia Wright who initiated legislation that would disallow offshore gam- bling in the Atlantic Ocean or in Rehoboth Bay and an ordinance was drafted and passed to that effect. \\; In another town council meet- ing it was I, Lille Mayhew, who voiced concerns about plans to hold a Texas Hold 'Em event in town which led to its cancellation. Mr. Riordan may have agreed  with the rest of the council that. gambling is not in the best interest of Dewey, but for him to take credit for initiating these actions is simply wrong. When you consider how to vote in the upcoming election Saturday, Sept. 16, please keep this in mind. You may also wish to consider the fact that the two lawsuits Mr. Riordan initiated and lost against the town cost the property owners more than $26,0000. Is this the leadership you really want? Please vote your conscience. Lille Mayhew Lewes Dewey in good financial shape Dewey Beach has not had a deficit for at least 10 years. Year after year the budget has shown a surplus with or without receiving excessive transfer taxes. Somehow towns, companies, peo- ple, make do with the income they receive. When a shortfall does occur a simple adjustment in expenditures will take care of that problem. The 2006 budget as published on the town's website shows expenditures for salaries (police, life guards, town personnel) of $1.2 million and all the other expenditures simply labeled under the heading "other," in the amount of $1.1 million. Nobody really knows what the item "other" means but it probably could be trimmed by 30 to 40 percent with- out hurting the town that much. In the highly unlikely event that Dewey Beach totally loses its transfer tax revenue and assuming a fictitious deficit in the far future of lets say a hundred thousand per year, then the town's existing rainy day fund of several million will kick in and bails the town out for years and years to come. The town is in excellent financial shape. The people don't need property taxes and the businesses don't need an "event" tax. Unlike the federal government, or any other government for that matter, the town simply has no debts. Therefore no debt service. In an article by Molly Albertson of the Cape Gazette, Commissioner Fitzgerald, chair- man of Budget and Finance for Dewey Beach, called the budget "a festering problem." Imposing a $1,500 "event" tax on the restau- rants and bars will not make that festering problem go away. Getting the budget under control and public accountability checked by a CPA on a monthly basis is the answer. Overspending the budget is serious and should only be allowed on an emergency basis, not on a routine basis. Like with most businesses, extra expenses such as new taxes, fees, higher operating costs will be passed on to the consumer. Our guests, the organizations holding the events, will bear the brunt of this totally unnecessary and unfair tax. They may change their mind and take their business elsewhere. Watch. Albert Genemans Former Budget & Finance committee member Dewey Beach Dennis Forney Vote Riordan for better 'way of life' Another day, another mailing from Dewey Beach, most of them covered with business logos, all talking about the Dewey Beach 'way of life'. What is the Dewey Beach "way of life"? The Cape Gazette reported August 8 about the Girls Gone Wild bus that was parked on the Starboard parking lot. Evidently, two of Dewey's finest entered the bus and may or may not have served alcohol to an underage girl on the bus. Is this the Dewey Beach "way of life?" Here's a note to the Starboard owner: next time, tell the bus to keep moving. We don't need them in town. Again, in the Cape Gazette, there is a report August 18 about the fences along Highway One, especially the one at Clayton Street. Every time the poor guy fixes the fence, some drunken rev- eler breaks pickets off the fence. Is drunken destruction of property the Dewey Beach "way of life?" Here's a note to all the bar own- ers: get a handyman on retainer CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2006 - 7 and fix this poor guy's fence each and every time it is broken. It's the least you can do. My partner and I own two investment houses at the shore that we rent weekly. The house that is not in Dewey Beach is two years old and looks just like new. It is rented every week from early in the season to well after Labor Day, and we have not had any trouble, no damages whatsoever. The house that is in Dewey Beach has been trashed this year. Our agents do the very best they can to screen potential tenants, but it has been a disastrous year. We have collected a couple O f thousand dollars in damages from four different tenants. The carpet has been cleaned three times. The living room, dining room and halls which were freshly painted this past winter look like they weren't. The brand-new sofa (purchased because a tenant broke the frame to the sofa last year) has cigarette bums. Light fixtures were literally pulled out of the ceiling. The oven racks disap- peared. The crisper drawer and the shelves in the refrigerator were broken. The brand new grill cover lasted less than one season. Half of the glassware and silver- ware is gone. One week the tele- vision and the VCR/DVD player were broken. Is this the Dewey Beach "way of life?" Frankly, I would not be sorry if the syndicate of business owners who are threatening to pull out of Dewey Beach made good on their promise to leave. The land that their businesses occupy is prime real estate, and can be put to bet- ter use. They act like Dewey Beach would dry up without them. They are wrong! I am definitely voting for Courtney Riordan! He has the right idea: businesses that cause these problems should pay their fair share of Dewey Beach's expenses. Gene SirLouis Washington, D.C. Dewey businesses make own decisions The following is an open letter to Dewey Beach Commissioner Bob Fitzgerald submitted to the Cape Gazette. We would like to respond to the letter Commissioner Bob Fitzgerald sent to the Dewey Beach business owners and Cape Gazette. We would like you to know that we and the other busi- ness owners are quite capable of making informed decisions about our town's leadership. To say that we were misled or duped into signing the recent letters we sent to property owners is condescend- ing and insulting. We think it's interesting that this is the only correspondence we have ever received from anyone in this administration other then our bill for our license fee. The distaste that Mayor Courtney Riordan has for the business community is tangible and we are tired of it. We are two Continued on page 8 More on the piebald deer; unique clothing for men: highway heroics Now, about that albino white tail deer that Michael Cavanaugh photographed recently on the parade grounds at Cape Henlopen State Park. (It ran on our front page on Tuesday.) Turns out it isn't an albino after all, despite our calling it such. Tony Hammaker, a transplanted Texan who knows his wildlife, took a close look at the animal and prop- erly identified it as a piebald. Piebald typically refers to an animal blotched with different colors and oftentimes is applied to horses - such as pinto ponies - exhibiting that coloration. Albino, on the other hand, refers to a total lack of skin and hair pig- mentation and also results in pink-rimmed eyes. Tony saw the brownish coloration on the head of the otherwise completely white deer that Cavanaugh captured and knew it couldn't be an albino. According to information gleaned from the internet, piebald deer are exceedingly uncommon but not so uncom- mon as albino white tails. One of the rea- sons these PIEBALD unfortunate creatures aren't often seen is because they lack the protective coloration of their brothers and sisters and as such become easy prey for the carnivores of the woods. In deer and other animals sub- ject to the piebald syndrome, the genetic condition goes beyond just coloration. Here's direct from an internet article: "Their short legs and typically mal- formed hooves cause them to run more slowly and in a somewhat awkward gait, their shorter ros- trum (snout) is bowed and may result in reduced sensitivity to odor, and there's some evidence they have especially bad hear- ing." Their backs also tend to be arched as in a scoliosis condition, which also handicaps them. Most piebald white tails aren't as purely white as the one in Cape Henlopen State Park. They usual- ly have a more mottled appear- ance as if they were spotted fawns that never lost their dappling. BAREF00TIN' In years past, piebalds of the mostly white variety have been prized by trophy hunters, and Native Americans sometimes used their hides in ceremonial rit- uals. According to Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, piebald deer represent less than one percent of the total popula- tion. THE PHOTOGRAPH at the bottom of this week's column shows a man wearing a unique article of clothing manufactured in Seattle, Washington. His Utilikilt features major cargo pockets and a certain freedom. The website for Utilikilts ( claims that the very successful company - making only these men's skirts - is leading a "nonbifurcated"revo- lution in clothing for men. The Utilikilts caught my eye as part of the world of the unusual during a recent visit to the Pacific north- west. This man walking on the streets of Seattle's Ballard neigh- borhood obliged me when I asked for a photograph. "What do you like about the Utilikilts?" I asked him. "They're nice and airy," he said, doing a bit of a jig. The Utilikilts are available in several styles, fabrics and colors including denim, Carhartt-style brown fabric, leather, and some brighter colors and designs. They range in price from $99 to $700 (leather). In this area of ours where there's lots of gender blending, Utilikilts might have a chance of catching on. And, it would bring Continued on page 8 Dennis Forney photo A Seattlelite wearing a Utilikilt obliged for this photograph on the main street of the Ballard district.