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6 - CAPE GAZE'FrE, Friday, November 8 - November 14, 1996 " ' VI'EWPOINTS Editorial Land use draft needs wide exposure Now that the election has passed, focus in Sussex County in partic- ular and Delaware in general can return to land use planning which continues as one of the most important issues facing us. The basic tenets of the draft land use plan presently being considered for Sus- sex County. address primary concerns raised over the past couple of years: preserving farmland, concentrating development where there are already towns and suitable infrastructure, and Wing zoning issues to available infrastructure including sewers and roads. Sussex County officials have been disappointed so far in the pub- lie's participation in the review of the draft plan. Turnout at public hearings was light. However copies of the draft plan cost nearly $15 and that's plenty enough to deter people from reading something not written to entertain. One strategy to get more public input might be to circulate syn- opses of the plan to the public as a means of whetting the interest. The people are smart and will speak their minds but they need access to information. The fh-St order of business in resuming discussion of the land use plan should be considering ways to get important parts of the document into the hands of as many Sussex residents as possi- ble. Letters 1996 elections were refreshingly clean Aside from allegations about some campaign calls thinly disguised as election polls and some strongly worded innuendos about candi- date positions, the elections we witnessed in Sussex County this year were positive. Candidates worked hard visiting many groups and going door to door to make themselves and their positions known. Some candidates wrote personal messages on campaign literature left behind at homes where no one answered the door. As a small state, Delaware keeps a close eye on its elected public officials. It's rare that a truly questionable candidate makes it to election without problems surfacing for examination by the elec- torate. They say that democracy isn't a perfect system of government but it's the best our world's civilizations have found yet. Our recent election shows that the process can also be civilized. Angle Moon photo The autumn leaves are dropping in droves,, making for a cushiony path through the woods. New Moon First Quarter F:ul! Moon Last Quarter Nov. 10 Nov. 17 Nov. 24 Dec. 3 RETURN Burying the hatchet. '96 style An invitation to ride the DART Sussex bus service Your ride has arrived! For quite some time, DART First State, along with a host of state and local agencies, commu- nity groups, advisory committees and other transportation experts, has been working to bring public transportation to Sussex County. The fixed route bus service in Sussex County began Oct. 28 and, for the Fn'st time, offers residents a year-round, low- cost, reliable and convenient means for transportation to destinations that meet the needs of a diverse community. After an extensive study of the region that included examining population den- sities, land users, existing and likely travel patterns, DART First State was able to develop a plan for a fixed route bus system. In soliciting public input, surveys and focus groups were conduct- ed throughout the county which told us that: 1. Sussex County residents have a need for transit; 2. County residents have been highly involved in efforts to initiate a public transit service and were commit- ted to the concept; 3. DART First State would need to develop non-traditional means of public transit in many areas of the county because much of the popula- tion is dispersed and those who need transit often reside in isolated pockets; and 4. New or expanded DART First State services must be partnered with existing service agencies and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) services in order to make effective use of state resources. A tremendous amount of effort and commitment has been placed on insuring that DART First State provides the infor- mation that Sussex County residents will need to successfully use a service that is new and unfamiliar to many. Free travel training for riders is available and every effort is being made to work closely with county groups and individuals to provide information and receive input about the service. To serve the Spanish speaking com- munity, our bus schedule has been print- ed with both English and Spanish infer- marion and DART First State has added bilingual staff to specifically handle requests for information regarding Sus- sex service. For the first time, DART First State has implemented two non-traditional modes of service: Flag Stops and Dial- A-Ride Connector Service. Flag Stop zones have been designed in areas of the county that are less heavily traveled. In these areas, our customers may create their own bus stop by waving the bus to a stop. The Dial-A-Ride Connector Service is a call-in reservation service for people who are starting or ending their trips at a point which is beyond walking distance from the regular bus route. The Connec- tor bus will take our customers to or from a stop on the regular bus route. This will insure that people who live in more rural or isolated areas off of the fixed routes will have access to the ser- vice. All buses operating on the new routes are wheelchair-lift accessible for our wheelchair customers. DART First State will also continue to provide compli- mentary Paratransit Services in Sussex County consistent with regulations established through the Americans With Disabilities Act. Our Intercounty Route 303 which pre- viously operated between Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach will now end in Georgetown, the hub of Sussex service. This new hub will allow customers to not only connect with any Sussex route, but to also have access to transit services in Kent and New Castle counties, includ- ing the Wilmington train station. Simply put, the challenge for DART First State has been to provide a much- needed service to as many people as pos- sible in the largest county in the State of Delaware. We are proud that Oct. 28, 1996 marked the beginning of year- round public transit service in Sussex Continued on page 8 Volume 4 No. 25 Publisher Dennis Fomey Editor Tdsh Vernon News Editor Michael Short News Kerry Kester Rosanno Pack Jan Ellingsworth Janet Andmlczyk Denise Marshall Photographer Angle Moon Sports Editor Dave Frededck Advertising Director Carol Mawer Fehrenbach Advertising Cindy Roberts Nancy Stenger Joseph Madann Wilcox Classified Sandy Barr Office Manager Kathy Emery Circulation Harry Stoner Production Staff Susan Porter Deidre Sudimak Chds Wildt Contributors: "Rm Bamforth Susan Frederick Nancy Katz Geoff Vemon The Cape Gazette (USPS 010294) is pub- lished by Cape Gazette Limited every Friday at the Shoppes of Camelot, 4375 Highway 1, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971. Sec- ond class postage paid at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Address all correspondence to Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. Telephone: (302) 226-2273. FAX - 226-2277. E-mail: Subscriptions are avail- able at $25 per year in Sussex County; $40 elsewhere. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Cape Gazette, P.O. Box 213, Lewes, Delaware 19958. "The media, far from being a conspiracy to dull the political sense of the people, could be viewed as a conspiracy to disguise the extent of political indifference." David Riesman, The Lonely Crowd