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Residents sweep up after Ernesto Heavy rains, high winds pummel the Cape Region By Ron MacArthur Cape Gazette staff Beach erosion, downed trees and branch- es and power outages were the calling cards of Emesto as the storm ripped through the Cape Region with an intensity that caught many people'off guard. Heavy surf, dangerous rip tides and the narrow beach prompted the Rehoboth Beach Patrol to close the beach on Saturday. "We let people walk down on the beach at low tide on Saturday, but at high tide we taped off the entrances and closed the beach off," said Kent Buckson, captain of the patrol. On Sunday, Sept. 3, the beach was open to swimmers as long as they only went out waist deep. "But it was still dangerous and we made a few rescues. On Monday, it had calmed down considerably." Buckson said that the patrol lost its stor- o- age shed and some equipment, and some beach concessionaires lost their equipment. "This storm caught us all off guard. We did- n't think it was going to be that powerful," said Buckson. "We didn't anticipate those severe waves and erosion." Buckson was speaking for a lot of people when he talked about the importance of the new dunes alongthe Rehoboth Boardwalk. "If not for those dunes, we would have had damage to the Boardwalk and steps. Those dunes stopped it," he said. The storm hit beach concessionaries harder than anticipated. Connie Catts of CATTS beach rentals said that four of the company's storage shacks, filled with rental Continued on page 4 . . , ... , . . ;. i ,NSIDE.  l" '   ......... i  : .......  ,, = e of Liberty is Eterna Vigilance I The remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto blew through Delaware Sept. 1 with sustained winds of 50 mph while Dan Cook photo dropping three to six inches of rain. Above, a visitor tries to get a better view of the heavy surf in Rehoboth Beach. Lewes Deputy Mayor Ippolito resigns his post Veteran member of council cites time, personal matters By Dennis Forney Cape Gazette staff Citing time commitments and personal reasons, Lewes Deputy Mayor Jim Ippolito resigned his council seat Friday,. Sept. 1. According to Mayor Jim Ford, Ippolito's letter of resignation stated" that the action is effective immediately. Ippolito, who could not be reached for comment prior to press time, is halfway through his fifth two-year term as a mem- ber of city council. Other members of council voted him into his Office as deputy mayor. Ford said Ippolito's vacancy would be filled by action of the remaining members of mayor and council. "Jim's seat will be up for election next spring. In the mean- time we will work to find someone to fill the remainder of his term." Lewes Mayor and Council meet next Monday, Sept. 11. Ford said he doubted Continued on page 10 Cape Taxpayers for Fair Elections moving forward Group claims officials lied to school board By Georgia Leonhart Special to the Cape Gazette Claiming to have documentary proof that Assistant Superintendent Janis Hanwell and former School Board President Robert Meade lied to the Cape Henlopen School District Board of Education, the Cape Henlopen Taxpayers for Fair Elections said Monday, Sept. 4, that it is moving forward with its lawsuit against the district at full speed. "We have absolute documentary proof of two more major incidents involving the mishandling of-money by the school dis- trict," said plaintiff and group spokesperson Joseph LoBiondo. Though he referred to .money mismanagement occurring within the past six months, he refused to provide any specific information regarding the inci- dents he spoke of or the type of proof he had. The claimed improprieties are in addition to pending claims that the school district mishandled money regarding the construc- tion contracts for the new Cape Henlopen High School and additions to the district's four elementary schools, LoBiondo said. The taxpayers group said that it is calling a meeting as soon as possible with Sen. Gary Simpson, R-Milford, Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach, Rep. George Carey, R-Milford, Rep. Joseph Booth, R- Georgetown, Rep. Peter Schwartzkopf, D- Rehoboth Beach, and the mayors of Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Milton. "We are going to present them with enough information to raise unbelievable questions in their minds about where the money has gone," said LoBiondo. The Continued on page I0