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Continued from page 6 commercial. The problem is that the area annexed is much!arger and the proposed development is entirely out of scale with sur- rounding uses. Following the Comprehensive Plan, the rear sec- tion should be rezoned residential and the first 200 feet commercial. Anything to the contrary should only be addressable through a variance as intended by the plan- ning professionals. The correct use for this Milton gateway is a high end medical building, not a low-end shopping center. The surrounding property is zoned commercial and therefore, this project is in keeping. He is about 25 percent correct. The sides and rear of the Hazzard property are residential. In this case, they are residences having no say, representation or protec- tion in what is being pushed upon them by the town of Milton, ex- cept in court. Their plan is in keeping with the Sussex County land use plan. Untrue. If you read the wording of that plan (as he did), it is clear that the planners who composed that wording had an understanding of what size project properly fits in a given location. This project is not being proposed on the intersec- tion of major highways as the wording states. In fact, Route 5 is slated to be an entry-only high- way on the current DeIDOT plan. His clients resolved most of the concerns raised by the area resi- dents and town officials. They re- solved one issue. They removed the proposed (low incomeT) hous- ing uni at the rear of the proper- ty. If Milton had good zoning laws in place, this would never have been an issue. All of the more pressing issues were swept aside or not considered. For ex- ample, residents across the street asked about control of car lights flashing on their property. Four- foot high berms (over headlight height) were suggested as mini- mal relief to the problem. An eight-foot fence was suggested as a better solution, considering the immediate adjacency of the resi- dences. Zimmerman's plan re- sponded with a 10 foot high berms together with the sparse small trees that his stock develop- ment plans include. This is not a good example of the integrity of this builder. Zimmerman is a no- torious developer and is being sued by towns and cities through- out Delaware. Wth no laws, there can be no violations so he is working in relative safety in this regard in Milton. The Friends of Milton intend to issue a list of these lawsuits, which are public knowledge. The list is long. His clients have received ap- proval for traffic control, fire pro- tection and storm water manage- ment (as though this were a diffi- cult accomplishment and the is- sue). Since Route 16 is still a rela- tively minor highway compared to Route 13 or Route 1, securing permits for traffic control (the main DelDOT concern is curb cuts) is a minor issue. However, apparently, this is the greatest of his accomplishments to date. Storm water management as his plan indicates is being accom- plished with a dry pond, since he has enough land area. The point is, from a planning standpoint, these are not major accomplish- ments. Zimmerman has admitted that his architectural and land- scape plans are rehashed from completed shopping centers from unrelated sites. To date, nothing has been designed with particular consideration for this location. In fact, the architectural design shows less consideration for its location than a house stock plan designed the Arizona desert and lifted from a magazine for Union Street. Despite the above criticisms, no amount of design is going to make this project fit its location. Fitting a project's scale to a par- ticular location is the first step in all good designs. If the correct steps are not taken at the outset, all other aspects are superfluous. This was never a consideration and it continues to be avoided or downplayed by both Zimmerman and Milton officials. Just as Campbell has stretched contrary statements to seemingly fit his agenda, Milton's officials have joined with him and disregarded their Comprehensive Plan to fit their ill-advised agenda. James Robert Clark Milton Dennis Forney Pete thanks voters for their support Now that the election is over, I just wanted to let everyone know how honored I am to have been elected District 14 Representative and how much I look forward to getting to work for everyone in our district. Of course, I want to thank all the people who voted for me, my hard-working volunteers, and especially my opponent Mike Meoli, for running a terrific cam- paign that let us both concentrate on the issues. Most of all, I want to thank the people who took the time to talk with me - at grocery stores, fundraisers, out to dinner, and on my neighborhood walks, going door-to-door. So many people took the opportunity to give me heartfelt insigl?' into their issues, needs and hopes for our commu- nity. I learned a lot and met so many wonderful people. Even if I had lost the election, I would have gained so much. But having won, I am eager to get to Dover and start doing what I can do to fight for our quality of life here in District 14. 1 look for- ward to continuing our conversa- tions, meeting more and more of my constituents and working hard for you. Pete Schwartzkopf Rehoboth Meoli appreciates support at polls To so many of you who volun- teered your time, energy and re- sources to my campaign, I'd like to say thank you for everything. I feel indebted to you all. Although I had hoped for a different out- come in the election, my life has been enriched for having the ex- perience and the friendships I have made with so many of you are invaluable. I look forward to working with you and many other citizens of our community as I will continue to give back to the area I love and remain involved on a volunteer basis. Mike Meoli Rchoboth Beach Schroeder thanks all for letting him serve On Nov. 5 the voters of the 37th District elected Joe Booth to the Delaware House. I wish him well and ask that the residents of this area afford him the same respect and consideration as you have shown me for the past 14 years. I deeply appreciate all those who supported me this election. Some of you worked long hours over many months, making cer- tain that the thousands of new res- idents of the district knew me. For many, many others of you, I humbly say thank you for taking the time to vote. While we came close, we can ALL be proud we fought the good fight. For 14 years it has been my dis- tinct honor to serve you as state representative. I have enjoyed all of the responsibilities the job en- tails, but have most enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many good people. I have always considered the 37th District a unique area - possibly the most cosmopolitan part of Delaware. Where native Delawareans live and interact with our many new residents, bringing together ideas and opin- ions whose only objective is to make our quality of life better. I want to thank the many people who have worked with me over the years on the myriad of impor- tant issues. In 1989, you helped a freshman legislator understand is- sues so he could clearly articulate his position on the House floor. By 2001/2002 we were crafting Open Space legislation together that would leave a legacy of envi- ronmental preservation for future generations. Though I lost an election on Nov. 5, my family regained a hus- band and dad. Needless to say, as a legislator your time is not your own, and it is almost always your Continued On page 8 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 15, Nov.21, 2)02 -.7 Charles Pepper won't soon forget the Return Day carriage ride that cost him $6.50 a foot When Charles Pepper's bid at an Oct. 4 fund-raiser won a Return Day Parade carriage ride, he did- n't realize how much excitement $650 would buy. One week after the 2002 event, Pepper and his girlfriend Beverly Saylor are still discovering aches and pains from their history-mak- ing ride. Unfortunately, the couple never did make it to the parade. They made it to a water-filled ditch; they made it to Beebe Med- ical Center; they made it to the Mayor's Reception at the Nutter Marvel Museum after the Return Parade; but they missed the pa- rade. In short, the horse pulling the buckboard carriage decided it did- n't want to be in the parade. "We went around the track by the museum one time to get the horses warmed up before the pa- rade started," recalls Pepper. "Then, as soon as our horse saw some room to run, he ran. Headed straight for South Bedford Street. I reached around the driver to grab the reins, thinking I might be able to help her get him stopped. But I saw the ditch coming and knew we were going to hit." The horse jumped the ditch, but not the carriage or the driver or Pepper and Saylor. "We hit that ditch at its deepest point," said Pepper. When the carriage wheels fell into the ditch, the horse went down too but wasn't long in get- ring back up. Despite traffic, the horse continued across to the oth- er side of the road - the damaged buckboard still in tow - and didn't come to a stop until Robert Yoder grabbed the reins and calmed the horse in the yards between Jack Short's and John Roach's houses. Pepper and the driver- a doctor at Intervet in Millsboro named Teresa Kophstein - cleared the bottom of the ditch when they were thrown from the rig. Saylor wasn't so lucky. She landed in the water left there from recent rains. Pepper and Saylor were both run over by the buckboard. "One of the wheels crossed my upper body and the other hit one of my legs. The carriage also ran over Bev's lower leg and she was hit in the head - either by a hoof or a part of the wagon. It took a cou- ple of staples to close that wound." Pepper said he pulled himself up from the ground, shook himself BAREF00TIN' off, and took out a cigar and lit it. "l'hey tell me that after I lit the ci- gar I said 'I guess I'm going to need another damn carriage.' But then I looked over and saw Bey was still down, in the ditch, and realized we might be hurt a little more than I thought. I guess it's a good thing the ditch was there. They tell me a truck was coming down the road and would have made a direct hit on us if the ditch hadn't slowed the horse. We were close to a real disaster. If it hadn't been raining recently it also could have been worse. The ground would have been harder and wouldn't have given as much when we were being run overY Bill Lawson, who handles arrangements for the horses, car- riages and dignitaries for the Re- turn Day Parade, watched the ex- - citement unfold. "It was just one of them deals," said Lawson. 'The horse had a mind of its own. It's a half breed; plenty strong, half Clydesdale and half quarter horse. It had a determination of leaving the Marvel Museum prop- erty promptly. Yoder - he's an Amish fellow who lives up there back of Dover - he was in the car- riage in front of the one the Pep- pers were in. He saw the horse broke and jumped off and chased it. He grabbed the horse and stopped it. We have a lot to thank him for." Lawson said he was also thank- ful the Georgetown firetruck and ambulance drivers responding to the scene had the presence of mind to turn off their sirens way before they arrived. "They cut them off in ample time to keep from shaking the animals up. They could have spooked a lot of horses." Continued on page 8 Horses and carriages are at the center of the biennial Re- turn Day celebration.