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Lightship Overfalls restoration planned, pg. 20 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, September 24 - Thursday, September 30, 1999 Volume 7 Nol 18 Lewes leaves record open for Pilothouse Public invited to comment until Oct. 7 deadline By Jim Cresson Most of the 80 people attending the Lewes Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, Sept. 22, thought they would be able to continue public hearing com- ments on the proposed Pilothouse project for the Boat Yard site on the Lewes- Rehoboth Canal. Instead, they were imme- diately informed that the public hearing had Officially closed Aug. 25, and the only comment that planners could entertain for public record would be written rebuttal by the project developers to public hearing concerns expressed Aug. 25, and any other written comment on the prOposal, as long as it is submitted by 4 p.m. Oct. 7. Planning Commission Chairman Jim Bastian settled the confusion quickly when he explained that the 4 1/2-hour public hearing last month had, in fact, closed at 11 p.m. Aug. 25. Because attorney Jim Yori, representing Pilothouse developers Ron Moore and Jim Kiernan, did not have time to rebut the many points of concern and objections raised by citizens during the hearing, the public record portion of the hearing was remaining open to allow him to submit his rebuttal in writing. City Solicitor Tempe Steen supported Bastian's assessment, noting the public hearing had adjourned and could not be re- opened. With that decided, Yori gave the commission a packet of some two dozen allegations raised in the hearing and his responses to them. Richard Anthony, who has steadfastly objected to the residential/retail and marina project proposed by Moore and Kiernan, Continued on page 18 Accountability an issue that won't go away By Rosanne Pack "I'm not saying that we are that far off, but we are not there yet." That was state Sen. Gary Simpson, R- Milford, commenting on negotiations on educator accountability. "Of course, superintendents, chief school officers, are not opposed to accountability, but let's do it right the first time so we don't have to go back and fix it." That was Cape Henlopen School District acting Superintendent Andy Brandenberger commenting on education accountability in general. Simpson spoke after attending a four- hour session with the educator accountabil- ity negotiating committee the morning of Sept. 23; Brandenberger made his com- ments while waiting to hear education-ori- ented outcomes of the negotiating commit- tee meeting and of the Delaware State Board of Education meeting held the after- noon of Sept. 23. As the Cape Gazette went to press, the board was still in session, Continued on page 18 Bob Bowden photo Controlled burning marks new beginning for Children's Beach House Firefighters from the Lewes Fire Department pour 20. The controlled burning was used to save about water on the Children's Beach House during a controlled $50,000 in demolition costs and make way for a new $4 burn to demolish the structure on Monday evening Sept. million facility. More details appear in a story on page 8. In wake of Floyd, Clinton provides upstate disaster relief By Jim Cresson Although heavy rains from Hurricane Floyd brought flood waters to Wilmington and much of New Castle County last week causing President Bill Clinton to grant Gov. Tom Carper's request this week for $8 million in federal disaster relief for that county, little damage was sustained else- where in the state. As Delaware braced for the huge hurri- cane, statewide emergency preparedness efforts involved all levels of government, using the resources of many state, county and municipal agencies. Though many of those preparedness efforts centered around coastal-area concerns such as flooding, tidal surges and beach erosion, the Delaware coast was spared as Floyd's eye passed directly over the 26-mile ocean coastline, bringing an-eerie, quiet and sun- ny break to an otherwise stormy day. As a result of Floyd's route over Delaware, the coastal area was spared the predicted tidal surge, high waves, flooding and erosion. Instead, residents were treated to what many called a "once-in-a-lifetime experience" of being in the calm eye of a hurricane. Fenwick Island Mayor Peg Baunchalk, who spent all day last Thursday in the town hall, reported the eye appeared over Fen- wick Island about 3 p.m. and remained until about 4 p.m. "It was very, very eerie," Baunchalk said. "The winds stopped and everything became very still. The sun came out, and I thought maybe the storm was over, but about an hour later, the sky got dark again and the winds began coming from the north and northwest and blew most of the night." Baunchalk reported some flooding on Fenwick Island's bayside streets but no damage from Floyd. About the time the eye of the storm left Continued on page 20 INDEX