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Rice property Continued from page 12 ed, his clients would try first to be part of a large project on the prop- erty hoped for by owners of the DeBraak property. If that doesn't work, Marshall said his clients would work to have a Grotto Piz- za installation on the land. "Bruce Morrow has worked for 31 years for Grotto and would very much like to see one on this site if the other plan doesn't work," said Marshall. In making his motion to deny the Morrow request, Councilman Tony Pratt said he felt the Rice property was not like other com- mercial leases in Lewes. "Mr. Rice was advised that when his lease came up it would not be re- newed," said Pratt. "For the pur- pose of what council members felt was the town's best interest - to put that land back into beach park- ing or as a park parcel - they felt back then that it should revert to the town when the lease expired. That makes the property different than others. Mrs. Morrow inherit- ed a property with a cloud over it." Councilman George Cleaver said he remembered that when the Morrow's first asked for the lease to be extended, in 1993, they were told at the time that if the land were to be leased again after its Feb. 1995 expiration, then the Morrows would be given first right of refusal for the lease. Cleaver moved that Pratt's motion to deny also include a provision that if the city does decide to lease the land again, the Morrows will be given the fight of first refusal. Cleaver's motion to amend passed unanimously as did Pratt's motion to deny. Dick Stafursky and Nina Cannata were two audi- ence members who spoke in op- position to extension of the Rice lease. Stafursky argued that the land is already operating as a park - a park he calls Prickly Pear Park. "It has wondrous natural features that when you come upon appear as a park," said Stafursky. 'q'he land should be preserved as it is." "Personally, the thought of a Grotto Pizza on that property makes me want to wup," said Cannata. "But that's just a per- sonal opinion. I think the land should be preserved and brought back into the town's fold as one of the last unspoiled vistas. The town has the fight to conserve that land for the Morrows and us and I hope you will." Following the vote, Kevin Moore said he ap- plauded the decision but felt that the money - about $0---500 - paid by the Morrows in taxes and fees since the lease expired last Febru- ary should be returned to the cou- ple. Councilman Jim Ford, fol- lowing the meeting, said he felt the first order of business should be looking into having the over- grown building on the property re- moved. Marshall said on Thurs- day that he wanted to get a clarifi- cation from Lewes on the first right of refusal aspect of the mo- tion. CAPE GAZEq['rE, Friday, September 13 - September 19,1996 - 13 THE A UNIQUE WATERFR()NT COMMUNITY HALF ACRE HOMESITES STARTING M $33,500 An aerial view of The G1ade's unique location. REHOBOTH'S BES VALUE! LARGE POND FRONT LOTS HAR-TRU TENNIS COURTS PHASE III SELLING NOW 10% DOWN - NO POINTS - 10 YEARS ere's no secret why the lade is so appealing to people looking to build a new home. The location is exceptionally beautiful, it's close to all the attractions of Rehoboth Beach, and the lots are priced to allow you to build an attractive home. The Glade offers seclusion within our environment protected beautifully by nature. The Clubhouse at the Glade includes an Olympic-size pool, indoor racquetball, sauna, and exercise room. CA._ 227-2884 FOR MORE NFORMATION Offered by The Glade L.L.C. Wayne Mitchell - Director of Sales Open Daily - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1-800-77-GLADE