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Dewey incumbents sweep election- pg. 10 Delaware's Cape Region Friday, September 26 - Thursday, October 2, 1997 Volume 5, No. 18 Lewes to hear input on proposed zoning changes Gazebos, fences, hedges boat slip limits on tap Sept. 29 By Dennis Forney Proposed changes to Lewes's open space zoning aimed primarily at the lands along Pilottown Road between the road and Lewes-Rehoboth Canal go to public hear- ing on Monday, Sept. 29 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Drafted by the Lewes Ad Hoc Zoning Committee, the proposals aim to provide the city building inspector with more spe- cific guidance regarding permitted uses on land zoned open space. Concerned about a recent proliferation of gazebos and fences larger than what had traditionally been built along the canal, Lewes council members imposed a moratorium starting June 9 on all construction in open space zones. Purpose of the moratorium was to pro- vide time for the Zoning Committee to draft changes that would provide more specifics than the current law provides. The proposed changes limit the size and density of fences and plantings so as not to block the public's view of the Lewes- Rehoboth Canal from Pilottown Road and also defines and specifies the size, design and number of permitted gazebos and dock- houses. The proposals also define the amount of offstreet parking permitted in open space districts and limit the number of permitted boat slips. Continued on page 14 Jen EIIIngsworth photo A sweet spray of NASCAR success Flanked by his crew, NASCAR driver Mark Martin sprays champagne on the crowd of photographers and fans in Victory Lane after his MBNA 400 win at Dover Downs International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 21. The win was the first at the Dover track for Martin. The local contingent was Out in full effect at the race, as fans and as fire and res- cue team members. See the health and sports sections inside for more coverage of the event. Sussex P&Z to hold last Land Use Plan hearing on Oct. 2 By Michael Short Sussex County will hold one final round of public hearings before adopting its land use plan. But the final two hearings are likely to produce more fizzle than sizzle. A year ago, this was the most dominant issue in Sussex County. Now, it tends to attract a handful of concerned residents, all of them familiar faces at public hearings. That's a far cry from the days when more than 100 people, most of them angry and a few of them screaming, packed public hear- ings at Delaware Tech and elsewhere. Sussex County Planning and Zoning will hold one more hearing at its meeting set for Thursday, Oct. 2. Following that and a hearing by Sussex County Council, the Council is set to adopt the final plan. County Council President Dale Dukes said he expects the issue of whether to require lot sizes of two acres in conserva- tion zones (near waterways like the inland bays) to be controversial. "I don't see much else left that's controversial," he said. He said he is happy with most of the plan, a sentiment frequently expressed by county officials. County Councilman George Cole said that "no one got everything they want- ed" in this plan and Dukes agrees. Continued on page 15 500 officers join domestic violence response training ranks By Kerry Kester In the United States it takes only 365 days for men to beat 6 million women and send 4,000 women to their graves. In fact, acts of domestic violence in any form are so prevalent that they occur approximately every 18 seconds. Since 1990, the number of acts of domes- tic violence in Delaware has increased by 30 percent, and one-third of all violent crimes in the state are related to domestic violence, said Claire DeMatteis, spokes- woman for Sen. Joe Biden. Through the help of Biden's Violence Against Women Act and Gov. Tom Carp- er's state support, by the end of this year 800 Delaware law enforcement officers will have special training on domestic vio- lence response. The two government officials joined members of the Domestic Violence Coordi- nating Council and law enforcement offi- cials on Monday, Sept. 22 to announce that a $64,000 grant secured through the Biden Crime Bill package will provide 500 Delaware front line law enforcement offi- cials with training. "Domestic violence is a scourge which affects all our residents - young and old, white and black, poor and rich," said Carp- er. "Through this collaborative and thor- ough training program, our law enforce- ment community will better prepare them- selves to deal with crises of domestic vio- lence, and to respond quickly, efficiently and appropriately." Last year the bill provided funds to begin Delaware's concerted effort to curb the problem. Funds from Biden's Crime Law Violence Against Women Act has to date provided for new shelters, more counseling services, expanded legal services, and an updated computer system to more easily Continued on page 15