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Sussex P&Z gives land-use plan, pg. Delaware's Cape Region Friday, October 10 - Thursday, October 16, 1997 Volume 5, No. 20 Two appeals filed against Lewes "DeBraak" decision Lewes Homeowners Association joins the appeals process By Dennis Forney Sussex County Superior Court personnel received two legal actions on Thursday, Sept. 25, appealing the July 29 decisions by the Lewes Board of Adjustment regarding Bunting suggests opening Inland Bays to boost water quality By Michael Short It's not an entirely new idea. But it's always an interesting one. Sen. George Bunting (D-Bethany Beach) sug- gested on Friday afternoon that the inland bays could be improved by a series of cul- verts or pipes connecting the ocean and bay water. The idea came as Bunting and a host of other officials listened to JoAnn Burkhold- er, the North Carolina State researcher who may be the world's leading expert on pfis- teria, speak in Lewes. Burkholder spoke over the weekend, offering a talk that was enough to scare the pants off most folks. The microorganism is linked to major fish kills and human health risks and has been found in Delaware this summer. But there were no reports of fish kills and the organism was not found to be toxic in Delaware this summer. But Burkholder and others have said that pfisteria, which can sometimes survive for years without eating, for weeks out of water and immersion in bleach, thrives in warm, nutrient-rich, salty waters. It likes waters that are degraded by heavy Continued on page 9 the proposed construction of the 57-unit Dolphin Bay Resorts Motel on Lewes Beach. That date was the last date that appeals could be filed against the decisions. One of the appeals was filed by Lewes residents Richard Anthony and Jacquelyn Ayers who were joined in the action by Bar- bara Vaughan acting in her official capacity as vice president of Lewes Homeowners Association. The other appeal was filed by the Council of Ocean House and its resident representa- tive, Roger Morgenthal. Ocean House is the building facing Lewes Beach on the cor- ner opposite the site of the proposed Dol- phin Bay Resorts Motel. Papers announcing the Anthony, Ayers and Lewes Homeowners Association appeal have been served to Lewes Board of Adjustment representatives; HKM Partner- ship, which proposes to build the Dolphin Bay motel; and Bay Front Associates Inc., which is the current owner of the property where the motel construction is proposed. Papers regarding the Ocean House appeal, however, have not yet been served. Continued on page 16 Angle Moon photo Rehoboth getting jazzed up for annual festival The Young Musicians Concert at Sydney's Blues and Jazz Restaurant in Rehoboth Beach signals the start of Autumn Jazz '97. Shown during a jam at last year's Young Musicians Concert (l-r) are Cape Henlopen High School Band Director Barry EH, graduate Cheryl McDaniel, senior Scott Edler, Rehoboth Elementary School Band Director Walt Hetfield, junior Brian Keuski and graduates Tyon Christopher and Randy Friend. By Kerry Kester With the pomp and circum- stance that typifies any gradua- tion, Sussex Boot Camp graduat- ed the first platoon of Delaware's first boot camp on Thursday, Oct. 9. Local dignitaries, agency employees, government officials and cadet family members shared the joyful day with prison officials and cadets for boot camp's first graduation ceremony Fifteen of the 30 cadets in the first platoon completed boot camp requirements and will now enter and after-care program, followed by two-and-one-half years of pro- bation. Boot camp is known for its intense, military-style disci- pline. Several cadets described the program they started April 15 as grueling. Of the 15 who did not graduate, three were "recycled" to the camp's second platoon, nine were transferred out of boot camp for attitude or behavior problems, and three requested leave from the camp for placement in the regular prison population. "The boot camp is not for everyone," said Anthony Farina, Delaware Department of Correc- tion chief of media relations. "It's a very tough, disciplined program. We quickly show them we mean business when they get in here." Each of the three platoons marched and sang. cadence before the audience of approximately 80 people who attended the ceremo- ny. "I signed the contract on the dotted line, and now I'm in boot camp and doing my time," sang the newest platoon members. "Sussex Boot Camp changed my ways, so now I can see some brighter days," they continued. Stan Taylor, commissioner of correction, said Delaware's pris- ons now house 5,540 inmates in a system designed for 3,550. Nine- ty-seven percent will be released in 27 months or fewer, said Tay- lor. What research proves is suc- cessful for reducing recidivism (return to prison) is vocational training, education and a spiritual component, he said. Other Department of Correction pilot programs include substance abuse programs. Statistics indi- cate they have been successful, and the department hopes to expand those programs. "Boot camp is another of our experimen- tal projects," said Taylor, noting that Delaware borrowed ideas from the best boot camps in the Continued on page 9 First Sussex Boot Camp graduation an historic occasion INDEX