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Delaware's Cape Region Friday, November 15 - Thursday, November 21, 2002 www.capegazette.com Volume 10 No. 26 "THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE" Move on to improve flushing of inland bays A nonprofit foundation plans to raise the money By Michael Short ..... Clinton Bunting says it's just "common sense." Bunting, the son of Sen. George Bunting, D-Bethany Beach and a local businessman, has announced he will lead a nonprofit foundation to secure money to improve the flushing or water flow in Delaware's inland bays. Specifically, that means introducing more saltwater into the inland bays from the nearby ocean. Flushing has become an ecological buzz- word lately. It means that a system of pipes or one or more inlets would allow clean ocean water to flush into the bays, helping the slow moving, shallow bay water to be flushed and cleaned by ocean water rich in dis- solved oxygen and low in the nutrients that have poisoned much of the inland bays. Supporters say it's an amazingly obvious solution. But cost and concerns about the impact of another inlet have made many wary. "The mission of the Foundation is to obtain funding from both the private and public sector to construct and maintain two water exchange openings into the Rehoboth Bay and Little Assawoman Bay to dramatically improve quality," accord- ing to a press release announcing the plans. Bunting said that the Delaware Inland Bay Foundation will seek grants and tax Continued on page 20 Planners await public comment on land use plan County slates meetings for Nov. 21 and Dec. 3 By Jim Cresson Land use in Sussex County will change soon; hopefully that change will be notice- able after five years. Clustering developments and homes within those developments to retain more open space will become the desired rou- tine. Preserving more farm land will be a priority, and creating historical districts to preserve older homes will become a tool for meeting housing needs as well as keep- ing history alive. Greenway corridors will be established. Town centers will be the core around which future development occurs. Where appro- priate, higher density developments will be allowed, leaving more open space for the future. The single home on a one-acre lot con- cept of development that has characterized the building boom over the past 30 years will be replaced by a principle of clustered homes on smaller lots. Mixed use and vil- lage style projects will be welcomed, and Continued on page 12 Dan Cook photo Everyone loves a parade - especially on Return Day Grand marshals Elbert Carvel, former two-term gover- attracted thousands of people to the county seat. Behind nor of Delaware, center, and former Sen. Bill Roth, right, them is another former governor, Sherman Tribbitt. For receive applause from the thousands gathered in the more photos and a list of parade winners, turn to pages Circle in Georgetown for the Return Day parade which 56 and 57. Deer season puts changing land use in spotlight Hunters hit the shrinking fields and woods of Sussex By Michael Short Shotgun season for whitetail deer is now open. The season opens today and that is an event that many hunters anticipate eagerly for months. Dee- hunting has been a rite of passage for both young and older men for genera- tions in Delaware, but growing population, shrinking open space and less understand- ing of hunting has created a very different world. Deer populations remain huge, so huge that Delaware now encourages hunters to shoot more deer in order to control the population of deer. The number of people living in Sussex County and other large hunting areas has increased dramatically. At the same time, fewer people are hunting and there is less understanding between hunters and non- hunters. That's created an often uneasy coexis- tence between hunters and non-hunters. Shrinking open space for hunting, wor- ries about hunting safety and deer who love to live in suburban back yards further com- Continued on page 17