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CAPE GAZETTE, Fri'day, October 17 - October 23, 1997 - 17 Henlopen Acres marina funding possible; contamination persists By Jen Ellingsworth usual in contnation'casesl amount refers to only one con- test to reflect a higher amount, creased between the second and There may be a light at the end of a lengthy tunnel for the Town of Henlopen Acres' marina reno- vation project. The town may have an opportu- nity to pay for the cost of the man- na renovation, and ongoing en- deavor since 1995, by selling a lot adjacent to the Tidewaters proper- ty. Under the "Land and Water Conservation Act," a grant estab- lished by the federal government in 1983, the town was given $99,000 for the purpose of reno- vating the marina. The agreement also establishdd boundary lines for the marina property and two adjacent lots. Under the agree- ment, the lots are not to be used for nonboating related activities or construction. Since then, the town has pro- posed that the boundary line of the western side of the public marina - the lot farthest from the ocean - be moved 100 feet to the left so that it can sell the lot and use the money to upgrade its marina facilities. Town Manager Jennifer Burton said the town received a letter on Monday, Oct. 6, from the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, stating that it has ap- plied to amend the boundary lines so that the town could sell the lot. Commissioners hope to hear back from federal parks officials as to what their decision is by the end of the year, said Burton. The total estimated cost of the marina renovation project is be, tween $250,000 and $300,000. Burton said the sale of the lot is the only solution that the commis- sioners have come up with to gar- ner funds for the marina renova- tion without taxing the citizens. The town received a matching grant from a 21st century fund in the amount of $78,000, but has not found a way to raise the need- ed money. She said if a decision is made by federal officials to move the boundary line, Henlopen Acres Mayor Thomas Lewis may call a special meeting of commissioners to discuss the sale of the property. Contamination increase significant While the renovation project is still very much alive, contamina- tion of an underground gasoline tank at the marina persists a year after its discovery. Burton said a Delaware Division of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Con- trol (DNREC) official has con- ducted three rounds of samples, one every six months since the contamination was discovered. She said while the second sam- ple indicated significant improve- ment, the latest sample shows that the contamination is seven times more concentrated than before. The area has been treated with a bioremedial treatment that eats the gas. 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