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Ca board tightens codes of conduct, pg. 14 1 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, September 17 - Thursday, September 23, 1999 Volume 7 Nol 17 Floyd fizzles as it sidesteps Cape Region Precautions taken, but few evacuations; no reports of damage By Jim Cresson and Floyd Michael Short Huge and fearsome as it approached American landfall at Wilmington, N.C., just before dawn Thursday, Sept. 16, Hurri- cane Floyd began fizzling in size and force as it swirled a northerly route toward the Cape Region, barely sustaining hurricane- force wind speed but pushing tremendous brows of rain ahead of it's large, quiet eye. Wben Gov. Tom Carper's state of emer- gency went into effect at 8 a.m., Floyd was leaving North Carolina for Virginia and had dropped its windspeed from 110 mph just before landfall to 85 mph, down-grading from Category-2 intensity to Category-1 intensity. By midday, the once incredibly vast and fully formed hurricane was shrinking hourly and losing form. As the eye of the storm passed just east of Chincoteague, Va., at 2 p.m., intermittent bands of heavy rains drummed the Cape Region, punctuat- ed by periods of calm wind and no rain. Continued on page 8 From left, John Phillips, owner of The Body Shop at 1 Virginia Ave., discusses the storm situation with Rehoboth Beach Patrol (RBP) Lt. Woody Marderwald, while RBP Capt. Jate Walsh converses with Rich Finch. Bob Bowden photo The four men spent most of Thursday chasing the curious off the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach as Hurricane Floyd passed by. The Cape Region experienced heavy rains and winds at times, but there was Httle damage to report. Lewes Council wants more answers on Safe Harbor By Dennis Forney Lewes Council members have sent the Safe Harbor townhouse project back to Lewes Planning Commission for further review. Concerned about a number of issues including parking, sidewalks, and the change in the nature of traffic generated by townhouses vs. a motel, Councilwoman Stephanie Tsantes made the motion to send the proposal back to the planners rather than giving it final council approval. Councilman Jud Bennett seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. As proposed by Scott DeKuyper and John Lester, Safe Harbor would replace the existing Angler's Motel on Angler's Road with 21 luxury townhouses. The project passed Lewes Planning Commission by a unanimous vote and also received unani- mous approval from the Lewes Commer- cial Architectural Review Commission (CARC). The biggest hurdle to be cleared however is a usage variance from the Lewes Board of Adjustment. Approvals from the plan- tiers and CARC came with the contingency that the project be granted a zoning vari- ance. The land where the residences are proposed is zoned commercial, which does not permit construction of residences. The hearing for the variance request hasn't been scheduled. "I attended the Lewes Planning Commis- sion meeting on this project and the CARC Continued on page 20 Rehoboth Mall redevelopment on P&Z agenda Sept. 23 By Michael Short The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission is slated to hear a commercial site plan for Rehoboth Mall redevelopment, Thursday, Sept..23. That translates to Wal-Mart. In June, the owners of the Rehoboth Mall, the Cordish company, presented pre- liminary plans to redevelop the mall with the addition of a Wal-Mart. Those very pre- liminary plans were presented to local com- munity activists and members of the Citi- zens Coalition. David Cordish, chairman of the board, said in June that a Wal-Mart store could be located in one of two sites at the mall, which lost SuperFresh this year. The Wal-Mart, which would not include a grocery store and would not be consid- ered a Super Wal-Mart, could be located in the former SuperFresh site at the southern end of the mall. If that is done, the former SuperFresh building would be torn down and replaced with a new building. Cordish said the other option would be to tear down the other eastern end of the mall, relocate the existing tenants and then build a Wal-Mart at the northern end of the mall. Cordish said Thursday, Sept. 16, he was still trying to "figure out" the potential store alignment for the property. In June, he said that redeveloping the mall makes sense because it takes advan- tage of existing parking, entrances and oth- er infrastructure that's already in place. Cordish said he was uncertain if the pro- posal would be heard Sept. 23 or if Cordish would ask for a deferral" ' If it is deferred, it could be hea/'d at the next planning and zoning meeting, which will be Oct. 14. In one major change, Delaware's Depart- ment of Transportation (DelDOT) has Continued on page 20 INDEX