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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September 26- October 2, 1997 Continued from page 6 shoot pesky squirrels, song birds, snakes, etc. In one recent case, a man attempted to purchase a gun in order to kill a mockingbird whose song kept him awake; which is wrong and illegal any- time. Others have come in for "so- lutions" and complaining of rab- bits and deer raiding their gardens. Another appalling case recently was regarding an older gentlemen who moved here from the city. He purchased five acres near George- town and had a house built there. A year later he was in Steele's Gun Shop insisting on a license to kill all the animals on his five acres. The man was horrified that the State of Delaware allowed an- imals to run free on his property. He had discovered foxes, rabbits, opossums, squirrels, raccoons, and deer encroaching on, invading and destroying his property, gar- den, trees, flowers, shrubs, grass, etc. We tried, without success, to explain to him about the animals and we took the position that the animals were part of the environ- ment before he arrived. Finally, we refused to serve him as he was intent upon disregarding and vio- lating the laws of man and nature both. Too many people seek to reme- dy what is initially brought on by their own behavior. The most fre- quent cause of human vs. wildlife strife occurs when humans feed wild animals. This disrupts natural animal behavior, diet, health and their instinctive distrust for hu- mans. Feeding squirrels, deer, rac- coons, skunks, birds, rabbits, fox- es, and groundhogs attracts the wild animals. These critters then seek to live closer to the easy food source as opposed to normal for- aging for food over a large area. The natural response of wild ani- mals is to set up housekeeping to near or in the home where the food originates. And trouble starts. Once a human becomes their food source, the animals must be fed constantly. If the food is not of sufficient quantity and frequency, they will turn to gardens, shrubs, flowers and even may attempt to Barefootin' Continued from page 7 married Anne Marvil d'Armand. The event created a social buzz, and some bitterness, in Delaware at the time. "Anne was divorced and Felix divorced his previous wife to marry her," remembers Thoroughgood. "The church looked dimly on divorce and the bishop wouldn't let them take communion for a year and they had to come to church every day for a year. Those were the bish- op's requirements for allowing them to remarry. I remember watching her come in to church on Easter Sunday wearing silver fox furs, fresh orchids and diamond necklaces and earrings. I'd gasp get into the house where they know the food originates. Giving food to wildlife will cause them to congregate near your home, which in turn draws the predators rely on them for food. Thus attracting birds, rab- bits, and squirrels to your home with feeders will dramatically in- crease the number of predators who come seeking to eat them. Putting out food for birds, squir- rels, deer, rabbits, etc. may also attract packs of feral dogs and cats to feed on the very critters you hoped to save. Steele's Gun Shop supports le- gal hunting of specified wildlife by licensed safe hunters, accord- ing to the authorized provisions of state and federal fish and wildlife conservationists. We support Ducks Unlimited and numerous other wildlife conservation groups as do our hunters and sportsmen. We ask our visitors to learn about the area they have chosen to move to. We ask that they learn about our wildlife and our environment and learn to live with it and in it instead of trying to modify all around them to selfishly suit any illogical and unworkable miscon- ceptions of this area. We ask our visitors - please respect our laws, our community and our wildlife neighbors. Jody Hudson Lewes More on Lewes canal bank rezoning The long-term, ongoing im- provement and beautification of Pilottown Road proves that the present laws of the City of Lewes which govern canal bank develop- ment are suitable and adequate. We don't need any more laws to govern gazebos, dockhouses, piers, density, fencing, shoreline erosion control, parking, planti- ngs, water/sewer connections, building materials, gazebos/dock- houses, location, minimum areas, or any other items. The ones that presently exist taken together with county, state and federal laws and regulations are certainly enough. Too many laws and regulations on the same subject merely conflict with one another, cause confusion and irritation, and make it impos- sible for individuals to create beauty and utility. I when she came in. She was a big, imposing woman and she came to church every Sunday. That was the mid-'30s and I remember it well." (In later years, when former All Saints Rector Father Richard Bai- ley approached Felix duPont's son, Felix, by the previous mar- riage, for financial help in a local matter, he was refused, said Thor- oughgood. "He told Father Bailey that Rehoboth held too many painful memories for his mother," said Thoroughgood. The duPonts attended All Saints Church where Felix eventually became a member of the vestry. "He became very active in the community, more so than she," re- members Thoroughgood. "He was a Rehoboth commissioner for Denying the relatively few re- maining canal bank owners/ lessees that which has been grant- ed to so many of those who came before will certainly initiate law- suits which will be costly to tax- payers and very time consuming for city officials. Any alleged ben- efits which may accrue from a de- termined adherence to the new law, of passed, will be minuscule and not worth the effort and ill- will which will be generated. A large majority of the residents on and close to Pilottown Road believe that the road has been be- coming more beautiful each year for many years and they would like the trend to continue. This in- creasing beauty attests to the com- mon sense of the residents, and no laws, however detailed, can take the place of common sense. Perhaps we should consider a moratorium on new laws. Ed Soboczenski Lewes Clarify ownership of canal properties Having been a resident of Pilot- town Road since 1972, I have en- joyed the beauty afforded by the panoranm of the canal bank prop- erties in my view. I feel privileged to own a part of the canal bank and to have had the opportunity of improving it to my own satisfac- tion. I have also observed that oth- er property owners have done the same over time. We have accom- plished such without government dicta, and under the existing rules. Perhaps more time could be de- voted by the Ad Hoe Zoning Committee to clarify the owner- ship of some of the properties to enable new owners or lessees the stimulus to improve them and thus remove the eyesores. I find it strange that there are no Pilottown Road canal bank own- ers or nongovernmental officials on the committee. Robert E. Wenz Lewes Editor's Note: Cliff Diver, a member of the Ad Hoc Zoning Committee, is neither an elected town official or a city employee. He does serve in an appointed ca- pacity as chairman of the Com- mercial Architecture Review Commission (CARC) and as a a while and had an office in the east end of the train station [now the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber office] when it was located where Dominick Pulieri's First Street Station now stands - at the corner of First and Rehoboth." Joe Hudson, a life-long Sussex County aviator, said he recalls that Felix duPont established the Re- hoboth Airport that existed for decades where Rehoboth Shores is now, behind the Food Lion on Route 1. "The first airfield in Rehoboth was closer to town where the Bay- mart Shopping Center is now, across from Spring Lake," said Hudson. 'q'he duPonts were flying larg- er, twin-engined airplanes and they needed a larger field. I think member of Lewes Planning Com- mission. Other members of the committee include City Manager Elaine Bisbee, City Solicitor Tempe Steen, and Councilman Tony Pratt, chairman. Congrats to BLT Congratulations to Jim Bracken, Jim Lavelle and Bill Tansey for overwhelmingly winning the Dewey Beach election. The voters have cast their ballots and have demonstrated that they are truly satisfied with the current commis- sioners. We support their efforts to make Dewey Beach a safe and quiet resort for all to enjoy. Donald and Audrey Vincent Dewey Beach Only Dewey residents should be voting The heated discussion during the recent Dewey Beach election is due, in part, to voting by absen- tee property owners, of which I am one. I have voted, as a resi- dent, in five states and am an elec- tion precinct captain in the Dis- trict of Columbia. In none of these jurisdictions do absentee property owners have the right to vote in local elections. My siblings, who own vacation homes in the Midwest, were shocked to learn that I vote in lo- cal elections here. They thought that this practice went out with the poll tax. The best move to restore civility to future elections in Dewey Beach is to restrict voting to resi- dents who actually live in Dewey. The rest of us have another venue to vote. Fred L. Olson, Ph.D. Dewey Beach and Washington, D.C. Don't fix what ain't broken I have owned property in and near Lewes since 1983 and have rented a boat slip on the canal for several of those years. I currently rent a slip less than a mile east of Roosevelt Inlet. I am writing you with thoughts on the proposed changes to the Open Space Zon- ing ordinance. I am appalled at the council's disregard for the rights of the present property owners and for the apparent disregard for that's when Felix set up the newer air field." Alice Robinson, whose hus- band, Tom, was Anne duPont's godson, recalled that the couple bought, sold .and traded a number of houses in the Rehoboth and Dewey area and traveled exten- sively during their years in resi- dence. A. Felix duPont died in 1948. "My understanding is that Sussex County made out well because Fe- lix had become a resident here," said Robinson. "They used to say that New Castle County would balance its books every time a duPont died because settlement of the estates would send a lot of money into the county coffers. When Felix died, he was the first duPont to die as a resident of Sus- some of the less obvious aesthetic and economic consequences of their proposals. For the aesthetics, the size of the gazebos or boat sheds does lit- tle to restrict one's view from Pi- lottown Road. A 10-foot wall (a 100-sq.-ft. building) subtends an angle of about 7.6 degrees from 75 feet; a 14-foot wall (a 200-sq.- .ft. building, an angle of 10.7 de- grees. Three degrees difference is negligible in one's field of view. If I were going to restrict structure size, I would require a minimum of 200 sq. ft. so there would not be any dinky garden sheds to demean the character of the present canal front. Also note that the boater's point of view has been ignored com- pletely. My boat trip down the canal is always a pleasure. The residents' property is pleasing to the eye, and the variety of the docked boats is an interesting sight. The various structures where people gather on the water- front provides a friendly wave and a smile. Additions to the shoreline under the present guidelines will enhance the pleasurable views. The economic impact should not be ignored. Leasing boat slips aim brings income to Lewes, not only as rental income but as mer- chants' income from boaters who buy at bait and tackle shops, buy food, buy boat fuel and buy ma- rine supplies. New docks would also increase the property assess- ments and would increase the tax base. I would suggest that the council not fix something that ain't broke! K.F. Cannon Lewes Tribute to Dr. Klingel The recent death of Dr. Robert Klingel after 52 years of medical practice in the area certainly leaves a large void in our commu- nity - and in my own life. He was my personal doctor and his fine staff and his office setting were like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting; not fancy, but a place where caring medicine was practiced by doctor and staff alike. I can remember him swiveling in his chair and looking me in the eyes and asking me how I was do- ing. Many times, our chat was not Continued on page 11 sex and the first time that a person of that level of wealth had died here." For his burial, however, Felix duPont, according to Robinson, chose the cemetery of Old St. Ann's Episcopal Church near Middletown - a church that dates back to 1704. "Felix was the founder of St. Andrew's School, near Middle- town, in 1930, and he wanted to be near the school," said Robin- son. His wife, she said, lived in New York City until the early 1960s when she died, She too chose to be buried at St. Ann's, near her husband. Next week: More recent history of the A. Felix duPont Memorial House.