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18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 Highway One files ethics complaint against Riordan By Jim Cresson Highway One LLP has formally requested that the town and state ethics boards investigate Com- missioner Courtney Riordan, claiming he interfered with their business before the town planning commission. Highway One attorney Stephen Spence filed the requests Nov. 5 with letters to Dewey Beach May- orPat Wright and Mary Jane Willis, chair of the State Public Integrity Commission. Highway One is chlle:ging Riordan's comments during a town planning and zoning com- mission meeting, Oct. 12, regard- ing the possible conversion of ho, tels and motels to condominiums. At the time of the hearing, High- way One had a vested interest in the commission proceedings. The corporate group is part owner of Marina Suites Hotel, and it wants to convert the 30-room hotel into 21 condominiums A similar hear- ing had been held on the proposal in August. A subsequent hearing was held Nov. 10, with the plan- ning and zoning commission rec- ommending to Dewey Beach Town Council that the conver- sions be allowed as a conditional use zoning classification. Town Council has not yet acted on the request. At the Oct. 12 hearing, which was attended by 55 people, in- cluding representatives of High- way One LLP, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, several local business owners, local real estate agents and town Commissioners Riordan and Dale Cooke. During the public testimony of the Oct. 12 hearing, town attorney Rob Witsil explained, "We had considerable evidence at the Au- gust hearing that it would be near- ly impossible to actually convert existing motels into condomini, urns that meet all town codes re- garding square footage and set- backs. We need ideas tonight on how we could accomplish the conversions. Could we make two motel rooms into one con- do, or three motel rooms into one con- do? That's what we need tO know." Public com- ment was WITSIL sought. Attor- ney and businessman Alex Pires, principal partner of Highway One and a former town commis- sioner, :testi- fied: "We don't want a contro- versy. I know we can convert By ownership, and I thought this would be a simple issue. PIlS But you've taken it very seriously. It's mind-blowing what we need to do to meet the residential regu- latory requirements." Riordan, an attorney who is of- ten a critic of Highway One's de- velopment and business pro- posals, said: "I have nothing against condo- miniums, as long as they meet residen-. tial codes and other require- RIORDAN ments. Our current codes and zoning prevents the high density of little multifam- ily residences. We simply don't allow it." Cooke then advised the plan- ning commissioners to reach their own independent recommenda- tions on the hotel/motel conver- sion issue. Cooke also asked residents at the meeting to give him their ad- vice: "What direction do you want Dewey to go in?" Cooke asked.. "Tell us commissioners." Highway One's Nov. 4 letter to the State Public Integrity Com- : oll today A mrk for Ken or gouro Dunning Make Your Casting Call *DVD and VflS PROFESSIONAL FILMING AND EDITING" Weddings Video Diaries Short Films Home Videos Audition Tapes "You call it, we film it" LOCALS" *99 SPECIAL Full Length Video Skateboarders * Bands * Surfers (302) 344-1MYG SERVING ALL OF DELMAIIVA ,4 6 9 ,1 mission stated, in part: "At the Oct. 12 hearing, Com- missioner Riordan insisted on ad- dressing the members of the plan- ning commission in an attempt to persuade the members of his viewpoint and opinions on the matter. In Highway One's request to Mayor Wright, Spence wrote: "We would respectfully request that you place this matter on the or private interest in matters be= fore the town involving Highway One LLP and whether the board of ethics may wish to recommend to the commissioners changes or additions to the rules of conduct of town officials." Spence also questioned Rior- dan's conduct during town coun- cil's Oct. 23 special meeting to decide the Highway One applica- agenda for the nexttown meeting tion for a revised site plan at Rain- for referral of this matter to the Dewey Board of Ethics." : Spence asked :in the Nov. 5 let- ter to Wright that the town ethics board would "investigate whether Riordan has a prohibited personal bow Cove condominium complex behind Bottle & Cork bar. In the complaint letter, Spence wrote Of that meeting: "We believe Commissioner Ri- ordan put pressure on one or more of the members of the planning commission to appear at the Oct. 23 hearing to testify against the application and to state that if they were given the chance, they would change their votes." In his own defense, Riordan told the Cape Gazette that he ap- peared and testified at the OCt. 12 planning commission meeting at . the explicit request of planning commission chairman Harry Wil- son. Wilson could not be reached to respond to that claim, No action has been taken on the Highway One complaints to the town and state. ,FOR Ill[ OTIIER LOV[ IN YOUR LIF[ THIS HOLIDAY available exclmvely at.., OPEN Everyday 9-5 Sunday Noon-4 Until Christmas ...the lasting difference 3602 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach 227-6410 www.bellingersjewelers.com l]][lllH]ill]l- [ [TIT I*-H IIIII IllllI]]-[Fl'[]iJll[[l[WTll]ilmlnnnnillllilliimlllllli]lrV TT[ 11 T[IIqNIFNTINBTITI:T7 18 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 19 - Nov. 22, 2004 Highway One files ethics complaint against Riordan By Jim Cresson Highway One LLP has formally requested that the town and state ethics boards investigate Com- missioner Courtney Riordan, claiming he interfered with their business before the town planning commission. Highway One attorney Stephen Spence filed the requests Nov. 5 with letters to Dewey Beach May- orPat Wright and Mary Jane Willis, chair of the State Public Integrity Commission. Highway One is chlle:ging Riordan's comments during a town planning and zoning com- mission meeting, Oct. 12, regard- ing the possible conversion of ho, tels and motels to condominiums. At the time of the hearing, High- way One had a vested interest in the commission proceedings. The corporate group is part owner of Marina Suites Hotel, and it wants to convert the 30-room hotel into 21 condominiums A similar hear- ing had been held on the proposal in August. A subsequent hearing was held Nov. 10, with the plan- ning and zoning commission rec- ommending to Dewey Beach Town Council that the conver- sions be allowed as a conditional use zoning classification. Town Council has not yet acted on the request. At the Oct. 12 hearing, which was attended by 55 people, in- cluding representatives of High- way One LLP, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, several local business owners, local real estate agents and town Commissioners Riordan and Dale Cooke. During the public testimony of the Oct. 12 hearing, town attorney Rob Witsil explained, "We had considerable evidence at the Au- gust hearing that it would be near- ly impossible to actually convert existing motels into condomini, urns that meet all town codes re- garding square footage and set- backs. We need ideas tonight on how we could accomplish the conversions. Could we make two motel rooms into one con- do, or three motel rooms into one con- do? That's what we need tO know." Public com- ment was WITSIL sought. Attor- ney and businessman Alex Pires, principal partner of Highway One and a former town commis- sioner, :testi- fied: "We don't want a contro- versy. I know we can convert By ownership, and I thought this would be a simple issue. PIlS But you've taken it very seriously. It's mind-blowing what we need to do to meet the residential regu- latory requirements." Riordan, an attorney who is of- ten a critic of Highway One's de- velopment and business pro- posals, said: "I have nothing against condo- miniums, as long as they meet residen-. tial codes and other require- RIORDAN ments. Our current codes and zoning prevents the high density of little multifam- ily residences. We simply don't allow it." Cooke then advised the plan- ning commissioners to reach their own independent recommenda- tions on the hotel/motel conver- sion issue. Cooke also asked residents at the meeting to give him their ad- vice: "What direction do you want Dewey to go in?" Cooke asked.. "Tell us commissioners." Highway One's Nov. 4 letter to the State Public Integrity Com- : oll today A mrk for Ken or gouro Dunning Make Your Casting Call *DVD and VflS PROFESSIONAL FILMING AND EDITING" Weddings Video Diaries Short Films Home Videos Audition Tapes "You call it, we film it" LOCALS" *99 SPECIAL Full Length Video Skateboarders * Bands * Surfers (302) 344-1MYG SERVING ALL OF DELMAIIVA ,4 6 9 ,1 mission stated, in part: "At the Oct. 12 hearing, Com- missioner Riordan insisted on ad- dressing the members of the plan- ning commission in an attempt to persuade the members of his viewpoint and opinions on the matter. In Highway One's request to Mayor Wright, Spence wrote: "We would respectfully request that you place this matter on the or private interest in matters be= fore the town involving Highway One LLP and whether the board of ethics may wish to recommend to the commissioners changes or additions to the rules of conduct of town officials." Spence also questioned Rior- dan's conduct during town coun- cil's Oct. 23 special meeting to decide the Highway One applica- agenda for the nexttown meeting tion for a revised site plan at Rain- for referral of this matter to the Dewey Board of Ethics." : Spence asked :in the Nov. 5 let- ter to Wright that the town ethics board would "investigate whether Riordan has a prohibited personal bow Cove condominium complex behind Bottle & Cork bar. In the complaint letter, Spence wrote Of that meeting: "We believe Commissioner Ri- ordan put pressure on one or more of the members of the planning commission to appear at the Oct. 23 hearing to testify against the application and to state that if they were given the chance, they would change their votes." In his own defense, Riordan told the Cape Gazette that he ap- peared and testified at the OCt. 12 planning commission meeting at . the explicit request of planning commission chairman Harry Wil- son. Wilson could not be reached to respond to that claim, No action has been taken on the Highway One complaints to the town and state. ,FOR Ill[ OTIIER LOV[ IN YOUR LIF[ THIS HOLIDAY available exclmvely at.., OPEN Everyday 9-5 Sunday Noon-4 Until Christmas ...the lasting difference 3602 Highway One, Rehoboth Beach 227-6410 www.bellingersjewelers.com l]][lllH]ill]l- [ [TIT I*-H IIIII IllllI]]-[Fl'[]iJll[[l[WTll]ilmlnnnnillllilliimlllllli]lrV TT[ 11 T[IIqNIFNTINBTITI:T7