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[INSID Delaware's Cape Region Friday, November 8 - Thursday, November 14, 2002 www.capegazelte.com Volume 10 No. 25 "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE" Atkins, Booth, Hocker, Carey head to House Incumbent Democrats Price, Schroeder upset Staff Reports Republican victories by Georgetown businessman Joe Booth, Ocean View busi- nessman Gerald Hocker and Millsboro businessman John C. Atkins increased the state House GOP delegation from Sussex to a near sweep of five out of six seats. Forty-four votes pushed Booth past incumbent Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes, who held the seat since 1988. "John was sincere and genuine," said Booth. "We waged one of the friendliest campaigns in the state. I believe we set a new standard that people appreciated; espe- cially with so much negative campaigning around us. John started so many worth- while projects; I hope to be able to contin- ue that work." "It was a great run," Schroeder told sup- porters gathered at his Lewes home when the final vote was tabulated. Booth gar- nered 3,269 votes to Schroeder's 3225. "We did everything we could have done in this campaign, and I'm satisfied with the strategy," said Schroeder. That strategy consisted of educating voters, in the newly redrawn 37th District, on his accomplish- ments during the past 14 years. The state budget and education reign high on legislative priorities for Booth, who also noted it's time to "buckle down and look at growth in the 37th District. I can't determine what's in store for the next two years until I get up there, but one thing Continued on page 10 Neighboring states mull slot machines Delaware officials voice concern over profit losses By Bridin Reynolds-Hughes The stakes were so high in the Maryland and Pennsylvania gubernatorial races that they crossed state lines. Helpless to affect the outcome, Delaware voters could only watch to see who won their wagers for office Nov. 5. The results are in, and with the election of Republican Bob Ehrlich in Maryland and Democrat Ed Rendell in Pennsylvania, odds are the regional com- petition for market share of slot machine profits is about to go up. Ehrlich and Rendell both favor legaliz- ing slots and implementing them at their state's horse tracks. Their pro-gaming plans were implicit in their contests for governor, and both included projected rev- enue from slots into their proposed budget shortfall solutions for their respective states. If implemented, the new slots could impinge on Delaware profits. Delaware currently generates nearly 10 Continued on page 16 1 Bfldln Reynolds-Hughes Schwartzkopf prevails in newly formed 14th House District Democrat Pete Schwartzkopf triumphed in the race for results amid family and friends at the Rehoboth Avenue the 14th House District, Nov. 5, by garnering 53 percent Grotto Pizza. Shown with Schwartzkopf are spirited of the vote. Schwartkopf, who will serve as the first rep- supporters Deb and Ray McHenry. For more details, see resentative of the newly formed district, waited for the story and photos on page 9. with state regulatory agencies on Oct. 24 went well. Agencies attending the joint permit processing meeting included the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service, Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section - a division of DNREC, State Historic Preservation Office and Delaware Coastal Management Program. 'q'hey were all very receptive and supportive," said Durkin, noting a few minor adjustments were recommended. The engineers corps explained a nation- wide permit may be used if the plan involved repair or replacement of existing structures. Otherwise, an individual permit Continued on page 14 Canalfront design to be presented to city council By Andrew Keegan For the past six months the City of Lewes and its residents have dreamed of a spacious and ecological Canalfront Park. That dream now has a price tag: $5.6 mil- lion. Andropogon representative Teresa Dur- kin, who has guided the proposed water- front park from its inception, met with the Canalfront Advisory Ad Hoc Committee on Nov. 4 to present a final design draft. Durkin indicated a scheduled meeting Creative funding needed for $5.6M Lewes park