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Rehoboth gives update on streetscape project Reboboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese issued the latest Re- hoboth Avenue Streetscape Im- provement Project update Nov. 14. Curb installation continues in the median area from Fifth Street to Second Street, where grading work also continues. The crossover at Second Street and Rehoboth Avenue will be closed to traffic Monday, Nov. 18, as un- dergrounding of utility lines con- tinues. The manhole rebuilding project on the south side of Sec- ond Street near the intersection continues, with no access to the Martin's Lawn alley from Second Street. There will be ongoing traf- fic pattern shifts for both east and westbound lanes at different times but no closures and no detours. The Streetscape Hotline is now up and running at 227-2617. Pro- ject engineer Wes Owens will provide daily updates concerning the project. Rehoboth's second CDP hearing slated The second public hearing on the draft Rehoboth Beach Com- prehensive Development Plan (CDP) will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 16, at Re- hoboth Elementary School audi- torium. This session is designed to offer citizens of Rehoboth Beach the chance for formal pub- lic comment. The first hearing held by the Rehoboth Beach Plan- ning Commission was held Nov. 14. Formal comments will also be taken in written form by writ- ing City of Rehoboth Beach Attn. Planning Commission, P.O. Box C, Rehoboth Beach DE 19971, or by email at cdpcomment@city- Rehoboth sets agenda for Nov. 18 meeting The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will hold its regu- lar monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18, in the commis- Police briefs DSP checkpoint nets 78 DUI arrests Delaware's alcohol enforce- ment campaign, Checkpoint Strikeforce, has resulted in 78 DUI arrests from its July 3 kickoff through the end of October. In all, officers from eight state and local police agencies have conducted 22 sobriety checkpoints since the regional enforcement campaign began. In addition to the DUI arrests, officers have issued seven cita- tions for unbelted children, 90 ci- tations for other traffic arrests, 18 seat belt assessments, apprehend- sioners room. There will be re- ports on the Police Department, Building and Licensing Depart- ment and Planning Commission, followed by old business. Old business incudes the latest update on the Rehoboth Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project and approval of the lease with the Rehoboth Beach Historical Soci- ety for the Old Ice House build- ing, which they plan to transform into a museum and offices. The 50-year lease, at $1 per year, commences on April 1, 2003, after the liquor store va- cates the premises and moves to a new location on Rehoboth Avenue Extended. Mayor Sam Cooper explained that they want to exe- cute the lease now so that RBHS can proceed to apply for grants and donations needed to trans- form the building into the Re- hoboth Beach Museum. If con- struction of the museum hasn't commenced by April, 2006, the building can revert back to the city. The city has also agreed to repair the second floor roof, and replace a concrete wall and access door and will consider any other needs as they arise. RBHS will be responsible for liability insurance, while the city will carry hazard in- surance on the building but not the artifacts they house. Under new business, RBHS hopes to receive the city's bless- ing to embark on a building fundraising campaign to renovate the building and they project they will need between $250,000 and $300,000. Also under new busi- ness, Roger Pool is expected to be appointed to the Assessment Board. Rehoboth Police join seat belt crackdown The Reh0both Beach Police Department is partnering with the armed forces and 12,000 other law enforcement agencies in a na- tionwide crackdown against seat i;elt violators. Operation ABC Mobilization continues through the Thanksgiving holiday week- end. Deaths among military per- sonnel occurring in private motor vehicle crashes are up '35 percent from last year, Chief Keith Banks reported. "While the armed ed six wanted people, recovered one stolen vehicle and made nine drug arrests. Checkpoint Strike- force is a six-month alcohol en- forcement campaign in several nearby states. There will be at least one DUI checkpoint in each state every week until Jan. 1. There will be 48 checkpoints in Delaware during the entire cam- paign. These checkpoints are above and beyond regularly scheduled DUI checkpoints and roving patrols that police depart- ments statewide conduct. Police investigating Breezewood burglary Delaware State Police at Troop 7 are investigating a Nov. 7 bur- glary in which a 9 mm Ruger handgun was stolen. Someone forces do everything they can to protect fgrnilies from the unpre- dictable threat of terrorism, we must continue to address the most predictable and leading risk our families and military face every day - traffic crashes," Banks not- ed. Many of the 321 dead mili- tary personnel last year failed to wear seat belts and by virtue of age and gender, typically epito- mize the low belt user - males ages 18-34. During the operation, law enforcement officers will in- tensify enforcement of seat belt and child passenger safety laws by setting up saturation patrols and violators will be ticketed. For many non-seat belt users, and es- pecially young people, the threat of a ticket has proven to be a greater inducement to buckle up that the threat of injury or death. According to the National High- way Traffic Safety Administra- tion, if every state conducted high visibility enforcement, 5,000 to 7,000 lives could be saved each year. Teens will continue to be a key target of Operation ABC Mo- bilization as fatality crashes for teens are twice that of older driv- ers and the risk of crashes for teens is four times that of older drivers. Schroeder to be feted at Rehoboth Unity Dinner Rehoboth Beach Main Street and Nicola Pizza are teaming up once again for the 9th annual Community Unity Spaghet- ti Dinner, slat- ed for Sunday, Dec. 8, from 4 SCHROEDER to7 p.m. atthe Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. This year Main Street will be honoring outgoing Rep. John Schroeder, D-Lewes for his 14 years of diligent service to the community. Schroeder narrowly lost his bid for re-election follow- ing the redistricting of the 37th Representative District. The Community Unity Dinner is fast becoming a treasured Re- Continued on page 4 entered a Breezewood residence by breaking the rear sliding glass door. Besides the gun, a Panason- ic TV, Denon receiver, Yamaha CD player; two DNW speakers and a Bose clock radio were stolen. Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call 644-5020 or Crimestoppers at 800-TIP-3333. OHS releases fatal crash statistics The Delaware Office of High' way Safety recently released traf- fic statistics for the month of Oc- tober. Eleven people were killed in 10 separate motor vehicle crashes on Delaware roadways during the month. One of the deaths was alcohol related. The CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 - 3 Trlsh Vernon photo Rehoboth hears partitioning request The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission held a prelimi- nary review Nov. 11 on a request to partition a parcel of land on the south end of the Boardwalk at New Castle Street, known as 601 South Boardwalk, into two separate lots. The request for partitioning comes from owners, Sea Sehell Lim- ited Partnership, represented that evening by Stephen Seheller and attorney Heidi Balliet from Tunnell & Raysor. While the city tax records show that the parcel is a 100-foot- by-100-foot lot, the applicant claims the lot size to actually be 100-feet-by.250-feet, as the deed includes the land east of the Boardwalk, which is zoned O-1, or open space. If parti- tioning is granted, the owners plan to move or demolish the single family dwelling built in 1954 now located on the par- eel and sell both lots. The request is to divide the parcel in- to two 50-foot-by-250-foot lots, which extends the lots sea- ward of the Boardwalk by 58 feet. Building and Licensing Supervisor Richard Ruof noted that it is unclear whether the applicant intends to recognize the front or eastern set- back from the property line as claimed extending across the Boardwalk or the front of the lot recognized by the city tax records - 100-foot-by-100-foot. A Department of Natural Re- sources and Environmental Control (DNREC) building line cuts across the property west of the Boardwalk a distance of 54 to 56 feet forward of the eastern property line of the lot recognized by the tax records. The applicant plans to pro- vide an 11-foot easement across the west side of the corner lot to provide access to the southern lot, which is landlocked except for access by the Boardwalk. Ruof added that City Solicitor Walt Speakman is researching what portion of the lot could be used for natural area, structure and floor-to- area ratio, given that the new lots would have only 5,000 square feet of area in the It-1 District. The applicant agrees that no construction could take place in the O-1 District, which is a distance of 100 feet east of the existing westerly property line. There was some discussion concerning whether the Boardwalk can actually be considered a street the lots can front on as well as public access to those lots, with Speakman noting the Boardwalk is considered a street for zoning purposes. Planner Harvey Shulman worried about a precedent being set along the south end of the Boardwalk should the landlocked lots in the middle be par. titioned which could result in 15 to 20 new structures being built in the future that would have parking access from an. other lot. The applicant was also asked why they didn't par- tition the parcel so that each lot fronted on New Castle with its own access. The planners were told that there would be less blocking of the view of the ocean if the houses were built perpendicular to the beach rather than parallel to it. It was noted that there are a number of legal ramifications that still need to be clarified for the Dec. 9, meeting when the formal request will be heard. percentage of alcohol-related fa- talities last month was 9 percent of the total, a decrease from 25 percent in October of 2001. Acts of aggressive driving, including failure to yield the right of way, were listed as contributing factors in four crashes last month. Of the 11 fatality victims, six were occu- pants of passenger vehicles. Two of them were wearing seat belts. Of the five nonoccupant victims, one was a bicyclist and four were pedestrians. Detectives investigate burglary at yacht club State police detectives at. Troop 4 are investigating a burglary that occurred at Indian River Yacht Club in Oak Orchard Nov. 6. The thief or thieves stole a large sum of cash. Police are asking anyone with information to call Troop 4 at 856-5850. Sweet Briar residence ransacked, nothing gone A Sweet Briar Mobile Home Park residence was burglarized, Nov. 5, when someone forced open a rear window. Whomever broke in went through the person- al belongings inside the home but did not appear to steal anything. In a similar incident, Nov. 4, someone broke into a home on Sussex 314 in Millsboro and ran- sacked the interior of the home. Three windows and champagne glasses were shattered. Police are asking anyone with information about either of the cases to call Troop 7 at 644-5020.