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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Priday, September 13 - September 19,1996 Route 1 Weekly Accident U 00date Continued from page 3 Delaware Agricultural Land Preservation Act, for a building permit, for site plan review for those properties which do not re- quire a change of zone applica- tion, conditional use application or an application for subdivision of land, for agricultural subdivi- sions required by lending institu- tions where the property will re- main in agricultural uses, for sub- divisions created by testamentary provisions, for partition proceed- ings or other court ordered appli- cations, for public works and utili- ties or for any resubdivision or re- configuration of property not cre- ating additional lots. Cape Henlopen land transfer nearly complete Senator Joseph Biden said the Senate passed legislation on Sept. 10 which authorizes the transfer of of the 16.8 acre Naval Reserve Facility at Cape Henlopen State Park to Delaware. The legislation was part of the House-Senate Conference Com- mittee Defense Authorization bill which will now be sent to the President. In August, Biden participated in a ceremony where the U.S. De- partmetn of Defense decommis- sioned the facility and gave Delaware temporary custody of the land. Following the enactment of the legislation approved Sept. 10, the State of Delaware will for- mally receive the deed for the land which will be incorporated into Cape Henlopen State Park. The land is required by law to be pro- tected as parkland forever and the deed will require the state to use the land for public recreational purposes. "Over the years," Biden said, "I have worked with the various armed services to facilitate the conveyance of land associated with defense facilities that are de- clared excess at Cape Henlopen. My goal has been to restore Cape Henlopen fully to the State of Delaware and the people of Delaware." "With the return of the last re- maining military land, the beaches of Cape Henlopen State Park will be an unbroken four-mile ribbon of sand, stretching from the mouth of the Delaware Bay to the park's southern border---open and acces- sible to all Delawareans." EPA sued over degraded Delaware waterways The Widener University School of Law Environmental Law Clinic announced that it has filed a suit against the Environmental Protec- tion Agency (EPA) on behalf of the Americal Littoral Society, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network and the Sierra Club. The lawsuit is based upon the alleged EPA failure to identify. waters that do not meet water quality standards in Delaware and to establish requirements ensuring that these standards be met, ac- cording to Professor James May of the ELC. According to Delaware and EPA records, nearly 71 percent of all assessed state river and stream miles do not meet water quality standards designed to protect human health. About 20 percent do not meet water quality standards designed to protect aquatic resources. "Sierra Club, American Littoral Society and the Delaware Riverkeeper Network hope this notice will help to expe- dite the process of providing cleaner, healthier and safer waters for people, businesses and wildlife within the state of Delaware," May said. Lowe's traffic impact study submitted A traffic impact study for a pro- posed Lowe's superstore at Five Points has been submitted to Delaware's Department of Trans- portation (DelDOT). Lowe's has proposed a roughly 131,000 square foot store at the site. The company has been devel- oping the traffic impact study, which is required by the Depart- ment of Transportation. The study, which was submitted Fri- day, Aug. 30, includes current summer traffic counts for the area to be impacted and estimated what effect adding the store will have on area roadways and traffic con- gestion. DelDOT can now comment on the study. They can approve it, disapprove or ask for more infor- mation on traffic. Those recom- mendations will then be passed on to Sussex County. Sussex County will ultimately decide whether or not to approve the project which is located on commercial land. But that ap- proval can only be issued if the Transportation Department grants an entrance permit for the project, which gives access to the property from the road. The refusal to grant an entrance permit for a proposed Wal-Mart on Rt. 9 earlier this year, effec- tively doomed the project at its proposed location in Nassau Com- mons. Sussex County decided ear- lier this year to not approve such projects unless they have already received entrance permits. That requirement applies to develop- ment in the Rt. 1 corridor. Two Milton men arrested for drugs The Delaware State Police Spe- cial Investigations Tactical unit arrested two Milton men on drug charges Friday, Sept. 6. Police charged Darwin Savage, 26, and Willie Powell, 29, both of Cool Spring Farms in Milton, on two counts each of trafficking cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to distrib- ute and second degree conspiracy. "Cool Spring Farms has been experiencing problems with the open air selling of crack cocaine," said Lt. Rick Chamberlin, Delaware State Police spokesman. As a result, the special unit had been investigating the area, when at approximately 2:30 p.m. offi- cers spotted two men engaged in suspicious activity. Chamberlin said troopers saw the men, who appeared to be making a drug transaction in the yard at a mobile home. They appeared to be "sell- ing drugs to people passing by," he said. Chamberlin said troopers re- ported that one of the men went over to a bucket near a residence, put something in it, then sat on top of it. The troopers obtained a con- sent search, he said, and then dis- covered cash and drugs. The offi- cers seized $1,240 in cash from Savage. They found 25.91 grams of crack cocaine and 26.74 grams of marijuana in the bucket. The men were arraigned at Court 3, where both were committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in default of $314,000 cash bail, pending their preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas on Thursday, Sept. 12. Milton to review finances Sept. 18 The Town of Milton will dis- cuss the town's finances, clearing old penalties and league meetings at its Wednesday, Sept. 18 work- shop meeting. Also on the tenta- tive agenda are types of checks and bills for water and sewer, re- maining vacation time for em- ployees and water installation planning. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the town hall. Dewey Beach History and Tales now on sale Dewey Beach History and Tales, the hot-off-the-press 128 page book about one of Delaware's most interesting sea- side resorts, is now on sale at a number of outlets in the local area including Browseabout Books, Dewey Beach Town Hall on Dagsworthy Street, and Peppers at the Starboard Restaurant. With more than 200 photographs, the book will be officially presented to Dewey Beach town officials at their 15th anniversary meeting at the lifesaving station on Friday evening, Sept. 13. Dewey will re- ceive book number one. Cost of the book is $18 with all proceeds to benefit the future maintenance of the Dewey Beach Lifesaving Station. Within its chapters are the history of Dewey starting from pro-historic times and more recent information and colorful stories about the town with its unique "Way of Life". Lewes Parks, Recreation Commission to meet There will be a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Commission for the City of Lewes on Monday, Sept. 16 beginning at 8 p.m. The meeting will be held in council chambers of city hall on East Third Street and the public is wel- come to attend. Prior to the meet- ing, Commission members will be doing a walk-through of the parks between the hours of 6:30 p.m. FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2 TO SEPTEMBER 8, 1996 DATE 9/02/96 9/02/96 9/03/96 9/03/96 9/03/96 9/03/96 9/04/96 9/04/96 9/05/96 9/06/96 9/08/96 LOCATION TYPE Rt. 1 and Rt. 9 at Five Points #5 Rt. 1 and Cty. Rd. 270A, north of Rehoboth #5 Rt. 1A west of Rehoboth #5 Rt. 1 and Cty. Rd. 270, south of Lewes #5 Rt. 1 and Cty. Rd. 283, south of Lewes #2 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, south of Lewes #4 Rt. 1 at Seaside Outlet parking lot #3 Rt. 1 at Rehoboth Outlet exit #2 Rt. 1 at SuperFresh parking lot #3 Rt. 1 and Cty. Rd. 275A, north of Rehoboth #5 Rt. 1 and Cty. Rd. 273A, west of Rehoboth #4 i iiiii'00 i iii00000000i00i000000000000iiii0000iiiiiii0000ii00l i iiiiiii00iiiii00i00i0000000000i00iiii!iiiiiiii00iiiiiiiiii00ii00iiiiii!00ii00iii00!iiii00i00i800i00i00i0000ii0000iiiiiiiiiiiii0000iiiiiiiii0000iiiii0000ii0000iiiiiiiiiiSiiMiiiiiii00iiii00i!iiii!i00i000000i!i00i00!!00!!!!i00i!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii00 Information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 I and 8 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the walk-through should be at city hall by 6:30 p.m. Lewes Planners to meet Sept. 18 The Lewes Planning Commis- sion will meet Wednesday, Sept. 18 beginning at 7:30 p.m. to re- view four requested subdivisions. Agenda items include a subdivi- sion request on behalf of Denise M. Jackson to create two lots at her 715 Kings Highway property; a subdivision request on behalf of the estate of Lillian Steelman for the property located at 131 Wash- ington Avenue; a subdivission re- quest on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. Holland Moore for property locat- ed along Park Avenue; and a sub- division request on beghalf of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Lowe Jr. for property located at 116 Beebe Av- enue. The public is welcome to attend. Lewes gives nod to several items Lewes Council members ap- proved a number of items at their Monday, Sept. 9 meeting They approved a request from the Lewes Chamber of Commerce's "Boast The Coast" committee to allow John Ellsworth to fire his civil war cannon during the Satur- day, Oct. 5 celebration, to allow the historic oyster schooner Meer- wald's docking at the city dock, and use of the 1812 Park for a seafood sampling tent. They ap- proved the accounting firm of Sombar and Cimo as auditors for the current fiscal year which con- tinues through to March 31, 1997. They approved another three year term for William Stevenson as a member of the city's Board of Adjustment and Pearl Maull and Jack Schulz for reappointment to the city's Parks and Recreation Commission. The also approved a new route for Ed Banning's horse and carriage operation which will allow him to pick up passengers near the Swan's Nest gift shop and take them for a loop ride which will include Third Street, Rodaline, Sehley, Gills Neck Road, Hazell Smith's mansion, and back again to the Swan's Nest. They refused Banning's re- quest for two routes on Lewes Beach which were not thought to be in the best interest of safety. Banning said unless business im- proves, he will very likely not re- new his contract with Lewes fol- lowing the expiration of the cur- rent contract which ends in June, 1997. DBC Bear stolen Vandals struck the Dewey Beach Club sometime during the night on Sunday, Aug. 25, making off with the bear on skis which welcomed patrons to the Dewey Beach Club on Route One for the past eight years. It wasn't an easy feat, however. According to Dewey Beach Club owner Theresa Sponaugle, the bear's feet were secured into the wooden archway with nine-inch bolts. Apparently the thieves unscrewed all of the light bulbs around the restaurant and the adjacent Cove condominium so they could go about their task un- noticed. The next morning, all Theresa and her husband Bill found were lots of splin. ters and the perpetrators were never caught, although police had some leads. The poor bear had been pur- chased by Dewey Beach Al- derman Marvin Guberman in Stowe, Vt. in 1989, and had been created to order by a chain saw artisan. Guberman mounted in at the Dewey Beach Club that spring as he prepared to open the restau- rant for the first time before an accident in which he was injured led him to sell to the Sponaugles. Guberman said the bear's name is Burger Bear or Bear Burger.