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IlNSIDE: 50 ] West Nile virus found in Sussex bird. pg. 14 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, September 6 - Thursday, September 12, 2002 Volume 10 No. 16 "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE" I I I Redistricting causes polling place havoc Dewey Beach voters bewildered by distance By Bridin Reynolds-Hughes The reality of state redistricting hit many Dewey Beach residents when they opened their mail over the last few weeks. Many thought their Delaware polling place cards Rehoboth Beach ready to submit development plan Sept. 9 approval expected; public hearing will be held By Trish Vernon "We don't want the planners to go out on a limb, so we are here to gather feedback from the commissioners before we go any further," said Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper at the outset of a four-hour joint meeting, Sept. 3, of the Board of Commissioners and the Planning Commission concerning the 2002 draft of the Rehoboth Beach comprehensive devel- opment plan (CDP). The 43-page document, the product of numerous long discussions by the planners over the past year, was approved for sub- mittal to the Delaware Office of State Planning Coordination (OSPC) in June. Last month, the planners discussed the OSPC review of the plan received in July with OSPC Director Constance Holland and decided to hold the joint meeting to field the board's input and attempt to address any. of their concerns with Holland's assistance. Also on board to guide them was Bruce Galloway, the pro- fessional planner who was essential in Continued on page 21 were misprinted. "When I read my name and saw Bethany Beach Fire Hall asmy polling place, I just assumed it was wrong," said Andy Hughes. Taking a center point of Dewey, residents will drive approximately 13 miles to vote vs. the one- to two-mile drive to their for- mer polling place, Rehoboth Elementary School. Others knew the change was coming but are still disturbed. "I will drive anywhere I have to, to cast my vote," said Dewey resi- dent Bronie Zopler. "My problem is not about the location; it is about the district: We should be in the new 14th. We should be voting with Rehoboth where we share common concerns." The new lines now draw Dewey into a district with points south and west including Bethany Beach, Selbyville and Millsboro. The new 14th District takes in Rehoboth Beach, southern Lewes, Angola and Long Neck. Kenneth McDowell, administrative director of the Sussex County Board of Elections, said similar complaints have been rampant at his office. "We have had Continued on page 16 Dan Cook photo Baseball great Cal Ripken visits Rehoboth to toss first pitch for United Way One of basebalrs all-time greatest, most enduring play- paign. On hand to greet Ripken were Susan Peet of ers - Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles - visited Lewes and her 12-year-old son, Joey, who attends Rehoboth Elementary School, Sept. 5, to throw out the Howard T. Ennis School in Georgetown. The event first pitch to kick off Delaware's 2002 United Way cam- attracted hundreds of Ripken fans. Critics pick apart updated draft of plan Guidelines must be completed by October By Jim Cresson Planners held a public hearing on the county's draft comprehensive land-use plan Update, Aug. 29. They drew some support for its overall goals, some com- plaint about its lack of details and a lot of criticism over its style. "If one of my grade school students had handed this plan to me, it would have failed," said Tit Purnell after pointing out numerous grammatical errors, typographi- cal errors and duplicated pages and tables in the draft. "It's almost a swindle." Consultant Tom Shafer, paid $10,000 to $12,000 to write the first five-year update draft of the 1997 comprehensive land-use plan, sat impassively as Purnell and sever- al other county land use critics took him to task during the hearing. Shafer took an unfair beating on the issue of typos and verbitge errors, said County Administrator Bob Stickels. "Yes, there were numerous mistakes in the draft and, yes, they will be corrected," Stickels said after the meeting. "But to call it a poor job is totally wrong and unfair. It was a draft, that's all." Continued on page 15