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8 - CAPE GAZETYE, Friday, October 31- November 6, 1997 Continued from page 6 the County Council to put "hous- ing police" stalking the county and peeking in windows for viola- tions as some people would like you to think. I was surprised to learn that most people did not realize that Kent and New Castle Counties al- ready have similar ordinances. In fact, five towns in Sussex County - Dewey Beach, Georgetown, Laurel, Lewes and Rehoboth - al- so enforce code regulations on owner-occupied homes. I was asked by a group of my constituents to have the County Council consider enforcing regu- lations on owner'-occupied homes. As an elected official, I feel it is my responsibility to listen to my constituents. One of their neigh- bors had a fire that left his home in deplorable condition. The proper- ty was so damaged that the resi- dents of the home did not have any heat, proper warm water, electric or sanitary facilities. The condition of this home was affect- ing the property values of others in the subdivision. County staff was asked by the County Council to draft the own- er-occupied ordinance. When the ordinance was discussed, it was the consensus of the County Council that the ordinance would be introduced and that a public heating should be held to consider the adoption, and eventually, the enforcement of the ordinance. Since the introduction of the ordi- nance, I have heard from many of my constituents. An overwhelm- ing number of residents in my dis- trict oppose the enforcement of the owner-occupied ordinance. Based on this opposition, it makes it difficult for me to support the ordinance. I personally do not be- lieve that a homeowner should be allowed to have his home deterio- rate to the point where the disre- gard for the upkeep of the proper- ty intrudes on those who live around them. However, as a pub- lic official, I strongly believe that I have been elected to represent the majority of those I serve. This is why I cannot support the ordi- nance. I trust the constituents in my district understand my reason- ing. George J. Collins Sussex County Councilman Fifth Councilmanic District Anthony defends his credibility The Oct. 17, 1997, edition of the Cape Gazette contained a let- ter from Mr. David Krasnoff. His letter attacks my credibility, the accuracy of my presentation be- fore the Board of Adjustment, and promotes what seems to be his misconception that a document's oppositional credibility is estab- lished by the quantity of signa- tures rather than its factual quali- ty. Mr. Krasnoff claimed he wanted to respond to my letter, which you published in the Oct. 3, 1997, edition. Instead of respond- ing to my letter, which addressed your editorial and which was de- void of any reference to Ms. Horn, Mr. Krasnoff responded to a letter that I had submitted to another newspaper. Is Mr. Krasnoff con- fused? What really motivated Mr. Krasnoff's attack on my credibili- ty? Isn't i't true that Mr. Krasnoff is Ms. Horn's business partner in Kupchick's? Could it be that he is concerned how an appeal might impact the proposed "master plan" for the area and their restau- rant's involvement in it? Is Mr. Krasnoff's objectivity compro- mised by his personal involve- ment? Mr. Krasnoff stated that I pre- sented a "petition" to the Board of Adjustment and, had the petition not been "challenged," it would have been "accepted by the public without the knowledge that there were only two signatures on it." Let's "start at the beginning. When I submitted the document to the board, I clearly stated that it was the "personal representations" of myself and the other individual who signed it. Mr. Krasnoff stat- ed that my language does not im- press him, but it is not my fault that he does not understand the many meanings and applications of the word "petition." For Mr. Krasnoff's edification, the word "petition" is defined on page 928 of the "American Heritage Dictio- nary" as "... 2. A formal written document requesting a right or benefit from a person or group in authority." On page 1031 of "Blacks Law Dictionary," the word petition is defined as "A written address, embodying an ap- plication or prayer from the per- son (singular) or persons (plural) preferring it, to the body to whom it is presented .... A formal written request addressed to some govern- mental authority .... " Hence, a document's standing as a petition is not predicated upon the number of signatures it contains. In addi- tion, "Anderson's American Law of Zoning," Section 20.82, states, "The number of persons who are for or against the granting of a variance is neither relevant nor a proper consideration in determin- ing the merits of an application." I challenge Mr. Krasnoff to review the tapes of the proceedings and establish how and where I misrep- resented the document either to the board or to the public! Mr. Krasnoff further stated, "At the same meeting [Board of Ad- justment public hearing] Mr. An- thony presented blatant false- hoods regarding traffic counts ... " Because my testimony was un- der oath, and because the docu- ment (petition) presented was at- tested to by an affidavit, Mr. Kras- noff is not only accusing me of ly- ing, but also accusing me and the other petitioner of perjury. Is he prepared to defend his defamatory and slanderous accusation? If Mr. Krasnoff had any knowledge of the petition's contents, he would have known that pages 16 and 17 of the petition address the traffic data and identify the source of the statistics as the Traffic Summary (a public document) prepared by the Delaware Department of Transportation [DelDOT]Bureau of Traffic. Furthermore, if Mr, Krasnoff had taken the time to perform due diligence prior to es- pousing his baseless barrage of verbosity, he would have found that the traffic summary report confirms the definition of AADT (average annual daily trips) on page E, and further confirms the figure of 11,391 as the 1994 AADT for the Bayview Ave./Sa- vannah Rd. area (the comer of the proposed motel) on page I23. Therefore, if Mr. Krasnoff wants to challenge the accuracy of the statistics, he should direct his re- marks to DelDOT; it was DelDOT statistics that I accurately quoted. Before Mr. Krasnoff challenges my understanding of applicable code, I suggest he review chapter 70, "Code of Lewes," which ad- dresses CARC's [Commercial Ar- chitectural Review Commission's] purview. A fur- ther review of chapter 197, "Code of Lewes," "Title 22 Delaware Code" and "Anderson's American Law of Zoning" will address the purview of boards of adjustment. However, considering that Mr, Krasnoff is not a resident of Lewes is he interested enough in our town's future to learn the facts? Mr. Krasn0ff's diversion- ary tactics are a sad substitute for a factual pleading of his position. I have opposed the height issues surrounding the EdMed (Edgehill) proposal since its inception, and my remarks and submissions on the issue are a matter of public record! Mr. Krasnoff's remark represents yet another uninformed inaccuracy on his part! As for the existing DeBraak building, I did not design it, approve it or build it. I am not one of the elected offi- cials who has tolerated its incom- plete existence, and no, Mr. Kras- noff, I am not responsible for it! If Mr. Krasnoff wants to chal- lenge the validity of my state- ments, he should do so with speci- ficity and by factually sustaining his allegations. If such is not pos- sible for him, I suggest he careful- ly review the definitions of defamation, libel and slander as found on pages 372, 824and 1244 of "Blacks Law Dictionary." Richard Anthony Lewes New ferry schedule unfair to locals This past weekend marks the last of an accessible Cape May- Lewes Ferry schedule until the summer when the tourists return en masse. The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) quiet- ly devoted one small box to local papers to announce the new trim schedule for the winter. I happen to be one of the regular ferry riders. I actually depend up- on the ferry for transportation! I travel to friends and professional contacts on many weekends. I ac- tually utilized the Monday 6:20 a.m. departure from Cape May to Lewes along with local fish mer- chants transporting produce across the Delaware Bay. Welcome to the 90s - complete with cutbacks and reorganization. Mr. Owens, director of operations, was kind enough to answer my letter on the topic of the limited winter schedule. However, he in- dicated a self-appraisal as the process responsible for change. The surveying process extends back "three-to-five years." In the last year that I have traveled on the weekends, I received one op- portunity to rate the service on the ferry - in August, 1997! Who needs dated or approxi- mate information? Look around and see how both the South Jersey and Delaware shores boast ex- tended activities! Cape May has become more of a year-round at- traction with Haunting Hour Tours, Victorian Christmas House Tours, and the Jazz Festival, to name a few - all late fall and early winter events. Delaware hosts out- let shopping everyone appreciates in time for the holidays. And the ferry schedule officially weaned to the reduced schedule the very weekend of the Rehoboth Jazz Festival! The DRBA fails to real- ize that local residents support the ferry for more functional reasons. People want an early start to their destination by car, be it north or south. Local businesses need a more efficient connection to the opposite shore. And that weekend getaway to lift the winter dol- drums is now too short to bother trying. Mr. Owens guesstimates that 85 percent of the yearly ferry traffic passes through in the spring and summer. Of course, the shore populations quadruple at that time. What about the remaining percentage? Too bad, folks, take the long loop over the Delaware Memorial Bridge in the heart of winter! The ferry is now attempting a 9 to 5 approach in the winter. The ferry has sadly moved to an em- phasis on tourism at the expense of transportation and access be- Barefootin' Continued from page 7 different schoolrooms made avail- " able as educational facilities in Re- hoboth expanded, Rehoboth Beach Public Library moved in 1965 to the first quarters designed specifically for its use. Re- hoboth's existing municipal com- plex opened for city offices that year and the library finally had a home of its own. The final move for the library came in 1985 when the city, anx- ious to have room for its expand- ing police department, bought a former telephone company build- ing on Rehoboth Avenue and leased it to the library for new quarters. Extensive renovations transformed the building into a first-class community library that served the further increased de- mand. The $1.27 million building ex- pansion, which will extend facili- ties into the lot just east of the li- brary, will further enable Re- hoboth Beach Public Library to serve the needs of a reading public first nurtured by the VIA 85 years ago. tween the two capes. The ferry has abandoned the portion of its mis- sion, with a focus as a top-rated transportation system. It's time for the local people who really use the ferry to make their preference known, not tran- sient users who rode the ferry once in the summer! I know other weekend travelers exist. I've spo- ken with a few. And ferry workers are not well represented with this change, either. Time will tell. Both capes are alive with people and things to do - even in the "off- season." These people are the lo- cals, including merchants. We who live and work the surround- ing shores deserve an accessible ferry schedule year-round. Marion E. Rudek Rehoboth Beach Dewey appreciates Sea Witch Festival On behalf of the town of Dewey Beach I would like to congratulate the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce on the staging of a spectacular 8th annual Sea Witch Festival. It is just fantastic to see the thousands of happy visitors and residents en- joying our wonderful area on the last weekend of October. I, along with other local offi- cials, had the opportunity to be a judge in the costume parade and toss a broom in the "broom toss" event. To see first-hand the cre- ativity and excitement all the par- ticipants enjoyed was truly a re- warding experience. A special ap- preciation goes out to All the busi- nesses that participated - they should be applauded for their overwhelming effort and support. It is special events like this that establishes a true sense of com- munity and camaraderie among all of us. Mayor Bob Frederick Town of Dewey Beach Anyone with further informa- tion about the beginnings of Re- hoboth Beach Public Library is asked to contact Duffin at 227- 1850. A COUPLE OF corrections re- garding last week's column about the minor league Rehoboth Pirates of the late 1940s. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report that for- mer Rehoboth Pirate Manager Tommy Tanner had died a few years back was greatly exaggerat- ed. Mr. Tanner is quite alive and living with his wife in the Re- hoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club development. My apologies for the error. Also, Dave Leppo of Lewes said that more of the field where the Pirates played remains than just the pitcher's mound. "The clubhouse is still there though you wouldn't recognize it now," said Leppo as he flashed me a look at a package of laminated baseball cards he had stashed in the inside pocket of his sport coat. "I'm obviously really into base- ball. But I actually lived in the clubhouse for a number of years. It had been remodeled into a home and it's a little further back in than where the pitcher's mound is."