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State delegation presses for replenishment dollars The Delaware delegation is joining forces to urge federal funding for beach replenishment for Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. A proposed federal project for this area was scuttled because of fed- erai cutbacks despite the fact that approximately $4 millon has been spent on project studies. The House has already voted to include the project for funding. Senator Bill Roth, Congressman Mike Castle and Senator Joe Biden have asked the chairman of the Senate Environment and Pub- lic Works Committee to agree to support the House vote. That pro- vision in the Water Resources De- velopment Act would authorize $9.5 million for the beach protec- tion project, effectively putting it back into the budget. The text of the delegation letter to Senator John Chafee (R-R.I.) reads: "We are writing to urge you to support language in the House passed version of the Water Re- sources Development Act (WR- DA) authorizing a storm damage reduction and shoreline protection project for the Delaware coast from Cape Henlopen to Fenwick Island (Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach). The Seante did not in- clude a simiair measure it its WR- DA bill. When the conferees meet to work out the differences be- tween the House and Senate WR- DA bills, we respectfully request that you take the House position on this issue. "As you know, the Delaware Coast study was initiated in re- sponse to a resolution adopted by the Senate Committee on Envi- ronment and Public Works dated June 23, 1988. The reconnais- sance study was completed in fail 1991 and the feasibility study ini- tiated in June 1992. Attached is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers letter stating that the chief of engi- neers' report on the Delaware coast (Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach) would be completed by the end of the calendar year. "Under the current administra- tion policy, federai funds will only be provided to finish the study phase of the project. To date, Delaware has invested $1,357,000 in the Delaware coast (Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach) feasibility study. To assure that Delaware's shores are actually renourished with sand and not just studied, we ask that you support the House language authorizing the Corps to begin the next phase of this im- portant project." A House-Senate conference committee will meet next week to finalize the final version of the Water Resources Development Act. Rehoboth agenda for Sept. 13 sparse The agenda for the Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners' 7 P.m., Friday, Sept. 13 meeting is rather smail, but will be highlight- ed by the sweating in of the mayor and two commissioners who won in the Aug. 10 elections - Sam Cooper, incumbent Jack Hyde and Betty Ann Kane. The city is expected to approve the purchase of a small parcel of land at the corner of Jefferson and Lincoln streets adjacent to the public works garage near the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal and old sewer plant site. Bids are also ex- pected to be awarded for 1996 street paving projects, the phase III of the convention center con- struction of a conference suite and for heating, ventilation and air conditioning work for that suite. Clatworthy wins Roth, Castle endorsements Senate candidate Ray Clatwor- thy has been endorsed by promi- nent Delaware officials Congress- man Mike Castle and Senator Wiliam Roth. Roth spoke after Clatworthy won a Senate primary on Sept. 7 saying, "Delaware and our nation need leaders with vi- sion; leaders whose values and strength are deeply rooted in the qualities that built and sustain our great nation. Ray has those quali- ties. From his backgroundmhis life, successes and fundamental beliefs--it is clear that Ray Clat- worthy has the solid foundation upon which to run and win a seat in the United States Senate. He understands the issues---be knows what matters most to Delaware- ansmand he will represent us well in Washington. Clatworthy will face incumbent Joe Biden in the November elec- tion. Clatworthy recently com- pleted a six-week walking, biking and rollerblading tour of Delaware. He won 82 percent of the three-way GOP primary on Sept. 7. Rehoboth entrepreneur chosen for QVC show Gwen Palmer of Mugs and titches in Penny Lane, Rehoboth Beach, has been chosen for the second year in a row to appear plying his wares in a "Best of Delaware" segment on QVC shopping network. This year, Palmer will feature an embroi- dered Christmas-theme sweat- shirt. According to Clinton Bunting with the Delaware Economic De- velopment Office (DEDO), Delaware, in coordination with the Winterthur Museum, will be featured in a live one-hour broad- cast in Thursday, Nov. 21, at which time Palmer and others will also display their wares. Rather than solicit the states as they did last year, QVC put the air time out to the highest bidder. "Delaware was one of the top ten states with an offer to bid for a week-long show and the last state not chosen, as we couldn't come up with the same type of money as the larger states. But since last year's Delaware vendors realized $3 million in sales, we knew how CAPE important it was to get back on QVC again this year, so we went after a one, two or three hour show. QVC agreed to a one hour show at $30,000 which the DEDO will pay so that the vendors can showcase their products at Win- terthur." Derrickson seeking 1996 Rehoboth Christmas tree Bob Derrickson, owner of Carl- ton's Apparel, has put out the word once again this year that he is in search of an appropriate Christmas-type tree to be placed on the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand this holiday season. The ever- green should be approximately 40-feet tall and Derrickson will arrange to have it removed and transported to the city this No- vember. Anyone with any possi- ble Christmas tree candidates should contact him at 227-7990. Oak Orchard hosts candidate night Sept. 19 The Oak Orchard/Riverdale Civic Association will sponsor a "meet the candidates" session on Thursday, Sept. 19. The public meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Long Neck Elementary School, Road 298 off Long Neck Road, Millsboro. Twenty-five state and county candidates who have filed for election in the Oak Orchard, Millsboro, Riverdale and Long Neck areas have been invited to meet voters. Each candidate will have an op- porttmity to speak to constituents for a five minute period followed by a public forum and question answer period. Following the meeting, refreshments will be served and everyone will have the opportunity to meet with the can- didates as well as receive brochure and campaign informa- tion. The Oak Orchard-Riverdaie Civic Association is pleased to host this public information meet- ing. All area residents are urged to attend. Call 945-2923 for further infor- mation. Transportation hearing on Road 312 set Sept. 18 Flooding in low lying areas in the Oak Orchard region has long been a problem. A project to help eliminate that problem has been proposed and a workshop will be held by Delaware's Department of Transportation to get input on the proposal. The plans call for mak- ing improvements to Sussex 312 at Sussex 311. Displays of the proposed project will be available at the workshop, which is open to the public. The workshop is scheduled for Sept. 18 at Ameri- can Legion Post 28 near Long Neck from 4 to 8 p.m. Sussex libraries shorten hours Sept. 26 Sussex County libraries will be closed until 1:30 p.m. on Thurs- day, Sept. 26 to allow staff to at- tend a library automation orienta- GAZETTE, Friday, September 13 . September 19,1996 - 3 Michael Short photo Sussex Council receives FAA funds The FAA or Federal Aviation Administration presented Sussex County Council with a check for $293,455 on Sept. 10. The check was presented to Couny Council President Dale Dukes (at rear) from Tony Amato of the Delaware Depart- ment of Transportation and (far right) Larry Walsh of the FAA. The money will be used for snow removal and for Hght- ing at the Sussex County Airport. Dennis Fomey photo New Sussex offices nearing completion Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels said this week that work on the new Sussex County Administrative Office on the Circle in Georgetown is nearing completion. "We antici- pate people moving in by Return Day [Nov. 7] of this year, n said Stiekels. The colonial style building, incorporating the former Georgetown Post Office, was designed by the R. Calvin Clendaniel architectural firm of Ellendale and is being built by the Venables construction firm of Laurel. Stickels said the building, at 69,000 square feet, will provide 20,000 more square feet than Sussex County presently uses in the courthouse. Sussex sold the courthouse to the state of Delaware, which will take over the entire courthouse build- ing for court operations after Sussex moves into its new building. Stickels said the public will be invited to an open house before Jan. 1, 1997. tion session. This will be the first of two half days of training. All li- brary employees will receive ba- sic information on systems and networking. The two half day ses- sions are in lieu of the annual one daylong program. Sussex County libraries are expected to have au- tomation complete by April 1. Sept. 24 mobile home hearing cancelled Sussex County has temporarily cancelled public hearings on a pair of ordinances related to struc- tures in conditional use mobile home parks. The hearings were not properly advertised for the Planning and Zoning Commis- sion. One hearing would be the height limitation of structures in such conditional use areas. The hearings on both ordinances have been rescheduled until a later time. They will be held by the Planners on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Sussex moratorium still remains confusing Since the placement of the zon- ing moratorium on Aug. 27, Sus- sex County offices have received several calls from people not un- derstanding what action has been taken. County Administrator Bob Stickels provided this list of what is and what is not covered in order to ease confusion: Stickels said on Sept. 10 that the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Office shall not accept applications for subdi- vision of land, for conditional uses or for an amendment to zoning map changing the zoning district classification for a tract, parcel or lot of land. He stressed that the moratorium does not prohibit any- one from getting a building permit from Sussex County The ordinance also does allow for the following applications for an agricultural preservation dis- trict filed pursuant to the Continued on page 4