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6 - CAPE GAZETIlg, Friday, September 25 - October 1, 1998 V 00EWPOINTS Editorial Capacity concerns growing in Sussex An awareness developing along the coast and in other areas of Sus- sex County is slowly creating a new mindset for decision-making. That awareness manifested,itself in separate but almost simultaneous discussions taking place last week. At a Rehoboth Beach meeting focusing on a proposed parking garage, participants went round and round on the pros and cons of the proposal, especially from the points of view of finances and how extensively it would be used. But Mayor Sam Cooper chimed in with an additional concern: "How many cars and how much traffic can we put in one square mile? At a meeting in the same week of the steering committee develop- ing a master plan for Cape Henlopen State Park, participants raised a similar concern. As park manager Pat Cooper explained that park visitor last year numbered over a million and this year will approach 1.5 mihion, the question of park capacity arose. Already, the park has closed its doors on several weekends because there are no more parking places. Cape&apos;s Cooper also commented that the Tower Road facility ip Seashore State Park filled to capacity on Labor Day week- end this year -a rare occurence for that park. Sussex County Admin- istrator Bob Stickels at a Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Capital Improvements Project (CIP) meeting promoted DelDOT's general policy direction of improving existing roads as opposed to building new facilities. He observed that what's needed is better roads, not more of them. For more than a century and a half, the mindset of Sussex, struggling to develop economically, has been expansion. There is more room for expansion but not so much so that our mindset - including allocation of government dollars for stimulation - should push it. The mindset is moving away from more quantity and toward more quality. The result can be preserva- tion and enhancement of our quality of life. Letters Bond bill language still holding hammer The Cape Gazette published an editorial recently questioning the state bond bill committee's decision to interject itself in the Cape Henlopen State Park bicycle path process. Delaware Division of Parks Director Chazz Salkia said that the editorial included erro- neous information about the structure of the bond bill committee's action. The committee's language does not say that $250,000 has been set aside for a bicycle path on which the committee mandates substantial progress be made during the current fiscal year. Rather, it says that the Parks Division can only spend $250,000 of its overall $1.25 million allocation for parks improvements throughout the state until the committee is satisfied that substantial progress is being made toward development of a new bicycle path through the park. However, the force of the hammer blow remains the same even though the shape is different. The master plan committee should be allowed to finish its work before the bond bill committee iaterferes. The Weather Picture Dennis Forney photo With a bold and colorful banner over Milton's main street, the town's Lions Club is letting everyone know about their annual smorgasbord on Saturday, Oct. 10. First Quarter FJll Moon Last Quarter New Moon Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 12 OcL 20 Sussex Arts Council no longer with HTP The Sussex Arts Council would like to congratulate the Henlopen Theater Pro- ject on its hugely s uccessful."Dixie Carter" show. The turnout for this event bodes well for the possibility of a perma- nent professional theatre in Sussex County. Unbeknownst to many, the Hen.lopen Theater Project (HTP) was created under the umbrella of the Sussex Arts Council. HTP is staffed by a grant the Sussex Arts Council (SAC) received from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency which supports and pro- motes artists and arts programs in Delaware. Like the Delaware Division of the Arts, the SAC has many artistic goals. A most important goal is its determination to bring tbe joy of art in all its forms to the children and students of Sussex County. The Sussex Arts Council's involvement in the Henlopen Theater Project is based in part on a fervent hope that a professioffal theatre would eventu- ally lead to a local cultural arts center - a place that would provide opportunities for all our school and local organizations including our very own community the- atre groups, the Possum Point Players and the Second Street Players. We at the SAC are especially excited about Chris King's education committee ideas for the Henlopen Theater Project. As of this month, the Sussex Arts Council has asked the HTP to begin to operate independently. To this end, we have provided financial, technical and emotional support. If you would like to lend them a hand in this worthy effort, please contact HTP at 226-4103. Lastly, the Sussex Arts Council and its new director, Becky Craft, along with our "Artbeat" coordinator "Irish Herholdt have devoted much of their free time to the HTP. In a busy transitional year for our organization, Becky, Trish and the board have worked tirelessly to help birth this new theatre concept. We have dome so without thanks or acknowledg- ment, so I'd like to take this opportunity to commend ourselves for a job well done. J. Scott de Kuyper, President, board of directors Sussex Arts Council Thanks for a great season, Seashore Striders Well, another summer has past and another Seashore Strider racing series has come to a close. My husband and I have participated in these races for many years and I felt it was time to write in support of these events and to thank all 'the people who make it happen. The Seashore Striders, with Tim Bam- forth as race director, put on about 15 races each year in the Rehoboth Beach area. These races provide a unique opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to push themselves beyond what they thought possible. Each runner has their own personal goals; some compete to win, but many more only compete to better their time or just stay fit. These events often foster long-lasting friend- ships and camaraderie offered by few other activities. Tim encourages the youth to partici- pate. He creates a positive, nurturing environment in which the kids can and do excel. With so many negative activi- ties available tO the kids of today, it's great to see so many of them involved in something positive. The events are well-organized and Tim and his dedicated team of volunteers painstakingly execute every detail to ensure the safety of each participant. They fvork tirelessly to make each event a success and try to limit traffic disrup- tion as much as possible. The benefits are numerous - the run- ners enjoy the competition as well as the social aspect of meeting other runners. The youth of the community benefit by being able to participate in events which Continued on page 7 Volume 6 No. 18 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Trish Vernon Assistant Editor Kerry Kester News Editor Michael Short News Jim Cresson Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth Janet Andrelczyk Photographer Angie Moon Proofreader Bill Rable Sports Editor Dave Frederick Advertising Director Carol Mawyer Fehmnbach Advertising Cindy Forestieri Sharon Hudson Nancy Stenger Joseph Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Coordimetor Deidre Sudimak Production Staff Susan Porter Chris Wildt Contributors: Tim Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is published by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Mid- way Shopping Center, Highway One, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. Sec- !end class postage paid at i Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958, Telephone: (302) 645- 7700. FAX: 645-1664. E-mail: <capegaz @> Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 else- where. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, PO Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "If we do not discipline ourselves, the world will do it for us." William Feather