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4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Briefly Continued from page 8 Association of Towns (SCAT) on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Sussex Pines Country Club on the topic "The Real Sussex County." Cost is $17.50; checks should be made payable to Town of Del- mar. Please call Wendy or Gloria, Town of Delmar, for reservations by Sept. 25 at 846-2664. Composters available for discount cost The Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) will sell its new c0mposting bins for $35; bins will be available at Coast Day in Lewes on Oct. 5. l)claarc State Police l)ri in Under the luflucncc Rc )ort Oil spill causes little damage A small oil spill late last week in Delaware Bay is believed to have caused little lasting environ- mental damage. Department of Natural Resources and Environ- mental Control (DNREC) Spokesperson Butch Kinerney said there have been no reports of oiled birds, oil washing up on coastal beaches or fish kills. Kinemey said early indications are that the Sept. 18 spill had es- sentially no impact. The Coast Guard continues to investigate the incident, which occured during a massive regional oil spill drill to see how the region could respond to a massive spill. The "drill turned spill" occured when an oil slick was spotted around an oil tanker at midnight on Sept. 18. The spill occured as a Liberian oil tanker, the Mystras, was unloading oil in the Big Stone Anchorage area of Delaware Bay. Such unloading or lightering is routine practice for heavily laden tankers that must offload some of their heavy cargo to barges before continuing upriver. Airport Committee meets Oct. 1 The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Sussex County Airport Committee is Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Sussex County Of- fices West Complex Building (formerly Wilmington Trust Ad- ministrative Building) in George- town at 10 a.m. For additional in- formation, please call the Sussex County Economic Development and Industrial Airpark office at 855-7770. Clarifications Biden sponsors new "Ocean Act" Citing problems of pollution, toxic waste and coastal erosion, Sen. Joe Biden is calling for a na- tional ocean and coastal policy. "Delaware's beaches are one of our treasures, and it's critically important to the state's tourism in- dustry, which contributes millions of dollars to our economy, that our coastal areas remain beautiful, safe and clean," Biden said, an- September 26 - October 2, 1997 nouncing sponsorship of the Oceans Act of 1997. The legislation calls for the de- velopment and implementation of a national ocean and coastal poli- cy to conserve resources, protect the environment and create ma- rine technologies and economic opportunities. It is an effort to replicate the 1966 Stratton Com- mission that has shaped U.S. oceans policy for 30 years. The bill establishes a 15-mem- ber commission to examine and report on ocean and coastal activi- ties and to recommend legislative changes. The bill also creates a federal interagency council to be chaired by the secretary of com- merce. The council will advise the president and serve as a forum for developing and implementing an ocean and coastal policy, includ- ing coordinated federal budgets and programs. Biden is co-sponsoring the Oceans Act with Senators Earnest Hollings (D-S.C.), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), John Kerry (D- Mass.), and Barbara Boxer (D- Calif.). County action waits for Milton inspector Officials of the town of Milton recently asked for assistance from Sussex County in inspecting rental properties that are attracting attention from neighboring resi- dents. Mayor Jack Bushey said that he requested the county provide a team consisting of a building code inspection officer, a representa- tive of the fire marshal's office and a representative of the health department to go through proper- ties that have been reported to the town for possible violations. Mil- ton is currently without a building code inspector. Bushey said that the county no- tiffed Milton officials earlier this week that there will be no action on reviewing properties until the town hires its own building code inspector. "Once we do that, the county will arrange to have someone from the fire marshal's office and the department of health go in with our building code inspector," Bushey said. "We hope to have an inspector hired by next month." One property that has attracted attention fromneighbors is the Coops, located on Collins Street. Some residents whose properties are near or adjacent to the collec- tion of rental units allege that the on-going problems include loiter- ing, suspected illegal drug activi- ty, loud music, uncontrolled trash that attracts rodents and pests and possible building code violations. Bushey said that he will an- nounce the county's decision at the next town council meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. in the Milton Library; the public is welcome. Lewes Board of Adjustment to meet The Lewes Board of Adjust- ment will hold two public hear- ings on Monday, Sept. 29. One of the hearings involves a request from Mr. and Mrs. Michael Tyler for an additional room for their bed and breakfast, The Wild Swan, at 525 Kings Highway. Al- though the notice of the hearing states that the request violates off- street parking regulations, Mike Tyler said that is not seeking to be allowed a third room without off- street parking. "We recently com- pleted an extensive renovation of our garage which now allows us to park our two cars in the garage," said Tyler, "and that leaves room for three cars in the driveway. The bed and breakfast regula- tions require a space for each room and we now have that. That's why we're going back now for an additional room. Before, we only had room for two cars and that's why we only went for two rooms when we first opened four years ago." Bed and breakfast matters in Lewes are all handled through the Board of Adjustment. The other hearing involves a request from Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hellings who have a home at 213 W. Cape Shores Drive. Their newly con- structed home is 34 feet four inch- es tall which violates the height regulation in residential zone on Lewes Beach, which is 34 feet. They have asked for a zoning variance to allow them to retain the four inches in excess height. The hearings will begin at 1 p.m. in the council chambers of Lewes City Hall located on East Third Street. Lewes zoning drafting committee meets Oct. 1 The Lewes Zoning Ad Hoc Drafting Committee will meet in city hall on East Third Street on Wednesday, Oct. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Agenda items are as follows: discussion of chapter 197-12, Open Space District; discussion of Table of District Regulations within the Drafty Zoning Ordi- nance dated June 30, 1997; dis- cussion of Article XI, Applica- tions and Permits within the Draft Zoning Ordinance, dated June 30, 1997; and discussion of proposed changes recommended by build- ing inspector Bill Massey. Lewes petition seeks long meter season A petition circulating in down- town Lewes this week seeks a longer season for having parking meters in effect in the downtown area. "We the undersigned are pe- titioning that parking meters in Lewes downtown area be en- forced from May 1 through Sept. 30, 1998. The extension of current prac- tice is to increase the availability of parking spaces for customers to downtown restaurants, stores and other businesses through the busiest parts of the spring and fall shoulder season," the petition reads. "It's very difficult for peo- ple right now to find a place to park," said Gavin Braithwaite of FOR WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 15 TO SEPTEMBER 21, 1997 DATE LOCATION 09/16/97 Rt, 1 and Rt. 30, south of Lewes 09/16/97 Rt. 1 at Bayside Outlets parking lot 09/17/97 Rt. 1 at Ocean Outlets service road and Sussex 273D, west of Rehoboth 09/19/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth 09/19/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 270A, north of Rehoboth 09/19/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes 09/19/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 24, north of Rehoboth 09/20/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 9, west of Lewes 09/20/97 Rt. 1 and Rt. 1A, west of Rehoboth 09/21/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 273, west of Rehoboth 09/21/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 258, north of Lewes i i  i  i i iiiii ii ii/ii i!i :iii TYPE #2 #3 #1 #4 #4 #4 #4 #2 #2 #5 #2 Route 1 accident information provided by Delaware State Police Troop 7 FOR WEEK OF SEPT. 15 TO SEPT. 21. 1997 Sussex County Kent County New Castle County 29 19 30 Of the 78 people arrested for DUI, 13 were involved in accidents. Cape Henlopen point to open Oct. 1 The point at Cape Henlopen will open in its entirety after Oct. 1 until next spring when it will be closed again to offer nesting opportunities for shore birds that migrate into the area for the summer. The ocean side of the point opened ear- . lier this fall and is now being used extensively by surf fisher- men, walkers, birdwatchers and fall sun worshippers. When the heavy winds began blowing earlier this week, two com- mercial trawlers ducked inside the point and took refuge be- hind the Delaware Breakwater where calmer waters pre- vailed. After Oct. 1, walkers will be able to take paths to ei- ther the ocean or bay side of the point and to make a loop around the end of the sand spit, enjoying a variety of tidal pools that form over the course of each tidal cycle. Puzzles, Stepping Stone and Union Jack. "When meters are up, people feed the meters, do what they need to do, and then go on. It keeps spaces available. But with the meters off, people park their cars in spaces and leave them there all day. In the lasttwo weeks I'd say that 20, 30, maybe 40 cars a day have driven around a few times, not found a place and then have left town. And people have told us they have come to town and have left because they couldn't park." Braithwaite said the petitions are gaining a number of signatures but. he said the plan, as he under- stands it, is to not present the peti- tion to Lewes mayor and council until next spring, in time enough for the city to change its policy." It wouldn't mean more revenue for Lewes," said Braithwaite. 'l'he money generated by the me- . ters would probably just cover the enforcement and collection activi- ty." An article in the Friday, Sept. 14, edition related Debbie Reed's receipt of the Sussex County As- sociation of REALTORS Realtor of the Year Award. Rather than saying that Debbie is an active volunteer with Beebe Medical Center, Rehoboth Art League and the Miss Delaware Scholarship Pageant, the article should have said Debbie is, or has been, active in those organizations. A letter to the editor in the Fri- day, Sept. 19, edition from Anna Legates-Beste should have read that she fought for "wider" beach- es, not "wilder" beaches.