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Continued from page 6 talking about involving the citi- zens of Lewes. After all, who has a better 24-hour-a-day experience with Lewes traffic than its citi- zens? What traffic consultant or committee member could be every place at once, both summer and winter? The citizens' combined input would be so much more in- sightful than any other form of da- m collection available to the com- mittee. And it's free. Let's use it! We have to look no further than the proposed new zoning plan to see what happens when it's done the other way. After six years, the plan was so obviously flawed when presented that it became necessary to consider major revi- sions once the.public had the op- portunity to review and under- stand the significance of the changes being proposed. This, in turn, has resulted in a further delay of its implementation. Let's put the horse before the cart and gather all of the pertinent information first, before deciding on what we .do regarding a correc- tive course of action. Allen Ide Lewes Concerns raised over Lewes Beach zoning The following letter was sent to members of Lewes City Council, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. We are writing to express our concern regarding the proposed zoning change to "commercial core" for Anglers Road and East Market Street. As residents of the Rehoboth Avenue cul-de-sac, we have experienced first hand the flooding of our street and property during the storm season. It has been our observation that, disregarding the effects of "El Ni- no," this flooding has become in- creasingly problematic, since the construction of the Beacon Motel and, more recently," Mr. Walsh's beat storage facility. Both of these projects have reduced the wetland area and disturbed the drainage system with no apparent attempt at mitigation. We have been told that new drainage systems were to be established; however, this does not appear to have taken place. Our understanding of "commer- cial core" zoning would allow similar construction along both sides of East Market Street and the remaining land on Anglers Road. Should this take place, what could possibly happen to the lost habitat and drainage within the wetland? A "worst case" scenario might find all of the cul-de-sac proper- ties on the south side of Cedar Street under water in I0 to 20 years! Please consider some other type of zoning, such as C-1 Commer- cial/Residential, or even "Open Space," especially for that space behind the Beacon Motel which was to be mitigated marshland. The marshland and canalfronf are part of the unique character of the Lewes environment. It is this character that has brought our family to the town "for more than 40 years. As the opportunity ap- proaches for us to spend more 'time in Lewes, we hope that we can help to maintain the town as its founders intended while keep- ing pace with the demands of the new century. Thank you for your considera- tion in this matter. Carl and Tracy Mulveny Lewes Beach Write to officials about Broadldll dredging Fishermen and aquatic environ- mentalists take note: The Army Corps of Engineers and DNREC's Division of Soil and Water Conservation plan to dig 72,10G-cubic yards of sand from the coral beds spawning and nursery area to replenish Broadkill Beach. This is in direct contradic- tion to the Delaware Senate Bond Bill Committee's recommendation and the law passed by the state Legislature to provide an initial $1 million to the Army Corps' Delaware River main channel deepening project, provided the corps not cover the coral beds with 5 feet of sand. What they agreed not to cover, they now plan to dig up to a depth of 20 feet below mean low water in a 2,000-by 2,0GO-foot area, 1,250 feet off of Broadkill Beach. Legally "cover up" does not mean you cannot "dig up," but le- gal definitions can become con- fusing. It may depend on what "is" is. The Division of Soil and Water Conservation requests that the corps' regulatory branch approve an application to dig up this area. If you're interested in fish habi- tat, you can direct your objections to: District Engineer/Regulatory Branch, attn. F.J. Cianfrani, chief, Army Corps of Engineers, Wana- maker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107- 3390. Or cal ! Bryan P. Bellacima, 205-656-6732, between 1 and 3 p.m., for a copy of Public Notice CENAP-OP-R- 199801553-45, dated Sept. 25. If you do not express your ob- jection, just watch your fishing en- vironment slowly erode away, as is happening at Hen and Chickens Shoals. Call the bond bill committee members, your senator and repre- sentative to also Voice your con- cerns. Your voice counts. This must be done within three weeks or you lose.the opportunity. Replenishment isn't the prob- lem, but the source of material for replenishment is. Bob Martin Capt., USN Ret. Georgetown Dennis Forney Keep Silver Lake bike path open The following letter was sent to the Dewey Beach mayor and com- missioners, with a copy submitted CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 - 7 to the Cape Gazette for publica- tion. It is my understanding from re- cent articles that the commission- ers of Dewey Beach are reluctant to incur any further legal expenses in a re.argument of the matter of keeping the Silver Lake easement open. I think that we are in agree- ment that it is outrageous that the case is to be reopened, but it is my feeling that by the commissioners rolling over and playing dead, we are exhibiting an apathy that does not bespeak the o'erwhelming majority of the desires of the resi- dents and guests of the Town of Dewey Beach. ,. The lakes of our area are what sets us apart from our neighbors to the south. They are undoubtedly our greatest attraction. The public footpath around the southern and eastern boundaries of Silver Lake is the best asset we have for safe and enjoyable passage from Dewey Beach to Rehoboth. In an area fraught with problems of pedestrian safety, it is not in our best interest t allow four elitist property owners to prevail in clos- ing the path. I have lived on the eastern edge of the path for four summers and have never seen any misuse of the path in any way. I applaud and en- courage use of this path, as should any fair-minded resident of our area. Please enjoin our legal counsel to argue for keeping this path open. Let's put this matter to rest once and for all! Lucia Morrison Silver Lake Dunes Dewey Beach Thanks Lloyd's IGA for reaffirming faith It is truly so wonderful to live in a community like Lewes, where the local grocery store shows such consideration and carig when one of its customers needs help. On Labor Day weekend, I lost my beloved gold and amethyst bracelet outside Lloyd's IGA. It has a habit of breaking between the links. When I inquired at Lloyd's they couldn't have been more concerned and caring. I was told not to give up hope and they proceeded, to search i:liligently for its whereabouts and 1o, it was found. I am happy to have my faith in the American public reaffirmed and that we chose Lewes as the place to retire. Many thanks and much grati- tude to Lloyd's IGA and its per- sonnel. Carol M. Wyman Lewes Lewes resident opposed to Pilothouse This letter is in opposition to the Pilothouse project proposed for the land now occupied by Lewe boatyard. The project as currently designed is incompatible with the core values of the Lewes Long Range Plan and also violates the zoning ordinances. While the cur- Continued on page 8 Canada geese filtering in from over Delaware Bay, marking season's change One of the most distinctive sounds of fall in Delaware's Cape Region blew in from the north this week. A small string of Canada geese, migrating southward in the Atlantic Flyway, locked their wings as they descended over the pines of Cape Henlopen and honked steadily, in the thinning light of a setting sun, to announce their seasonal return to Gordon's Pond. That was Friday afternoon, Sept. 25, when the astronomical tables calculated 6:51 as the hour of both sunrise and sunset. The- first Canada geese of the season, for me, arrived on the autumnal equinox. Each day since has brought more geese into the area. They usually arrive ahead of, or with, a blast of cold air from the north. This year the first of the thousands that come down from Canada are later than usual. No wonder given the weather. Sep- tember 1999 found more people on the local beaches than did June 1999. The rain we've had this month has been negligible. Last year local business people scratched their heads as they looked out rain-blurred windows, questioning why the golden sea- son was bringing stormy week- ends that did little to boost busi -- ness. This year's turnaround cre- ates another challenge: how to cope with the business with so lit- tle help. Canada geese, however, don't care. They come, honking, in the fall and leave, honking, in the spring. Rainy days mean little to their plans. Federal wildfowl sci- entists expect larger numbers of Canadas this year than we've seen for a number of years. A terrific hatch of young birds during the summer means there will be longer and more Vs trading in the sky above our communities and farms. That's good news for all of us who enjoy the special dimen- sion brought to us by the migrat- ing Canadas. Canada goose ON SATURDAY, as more strings of geese moved above the marshes, woods and fields linking Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, a man and woman in a small metal boat sat patiently in one of the BAREF00TIN' deep but narrow guts that riddle the cape system. Surrounded by marsh flowers that bloom yellow in the fall, and the green and black of the pine woods little more than 50 yards away, the couple reveled in the sun-brightened beauty of a hot, late September day, hanging from a cloudless and deeply blue sky above. He in the stern and she in the bow, they alternately leaned over the gunwale of their vessel, and, with a short-handled net, dipped crabs clinging to pieces of chicken tied to cotton handlines. They saw the crabs easily in the clear green water pushing into the marshes on the rising tide. The bushel basket on the floor of the boat gurgled and scratched with the sound of at least three dozen crabs confined to unfamiliar territory. Taking advantage of the top of the tide to explore high up in the marsh, I approached the crabbers in my pontoon boat near some al- most-covered upright timbers that once supported a bridge across the narrowing gut. "We're surprised to see anyone up in here," the man said to me as the distance between us closed. "We thought we were the only ones who knew about this spot." "You won't see many up here," I said. "When it's warm there's too many bugs and when it's cold not that many people want to be out in it anyway. There's plenty of hunters that come up here in season but I don't think you have to worry about it being too crowd= ed now." The woman shaded her eyes from the sun as she listened to the conversation. She kept her finger on one of the crabbing lines and turned slowly to bring it in when she felt a crab tugging at the chicken in the mud down below. She dipped the crab with little florish and let it fall from the net into the other crabs. "Seems like fall's the best time of the year here for crabs," she said. He broke ih. "We don't even bother with them until late August and Sep- tember. And it's so nice out here. It was a little foggy when we first started crabbing early this morn- ing. We were being quiet - morn- ing's just a quiet time - when we Continued on page 8