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CAPE Continued from page 6 find out the same politicians have done sudden about-faces. Sen. Bunting Said that he had been told that Hugg was "planning to drop his opposition." This says Sen. Bunting's and Hugg's con- cerns have evaporate d and no longer exist. So much for the con- stituents and species habitat. Also, w.hy has. Rep. John Schroeder kept a low profile and not commented or asked his con- stituents what their feelings are to- ward the project and new road? It is a false argument to think that adding a small road running parallel to Route 1 will reduce the traffic delays into town in the summer. As long as there is only a two-lane bridge over the canal, traffic will move no better by adding another road. We will end up with another congested road. It also seems that they are trying to sell the new road as a way to help local people avoid the Route 1 congestion. That is a ridiculous argument. We will have just as many people trying to get into town on the new road as there would be on Route 1 and conges- tion would be just as bad. People in the community had better stay informed and alert to the fact that a developer's plan and state and/or county involvement are not necessarily going to create an outcome that is good for the community. This plan is flawed and adds to the congestion prob- lem. Lingo's plan should not be developed until here is better egress for the town and a better road plan is developed. Kurt Seglem Rehoboth Beach Response on Silver Lake issue Amidst the toil and turmoil of our Silver Lake right-of-way chal- lenges, a letter to the editor by William E. Manning, attorney for the four residents bordering the Silver Lake right-of-way, ap- peared in theCape Gazette issue of Nov. 6. The article was directed towarcl me, as chairman of the Friends of Silver Lake Committee, for misleading the community on the pending court issue. Mr. Manning and his clients would have the "pulse" of the community if they resided in the town and perhaps if they followed the dozen articles written by our local journalists, residents and personal letters to the editor. In all previous articles, it was stated the case would be reopened in Chancery Court, and the home- owners planned to prove theorigi- nal 50-foot right-of-way is now underwater. Mr. Manning, your referenced letter was 0nly to in- form the public of our commis- sioners' unanimous decision to send legal representation to court and to request donations from the community to Support this endeav- or. Our community was kept in- formed by our leaders, legal coun- sel and informed volunteers with moral integrity and honest facts to arrive at this decision. The court date, Jan. 11,'1999,.had not yet been determined. We have also in- formed the public that six years and four court hearings and ap- peals have passed with ample op- portunity to present the same evi- dence that you seek to present in the reopened case in Chancery Court. My husband and I have been around since 1972, and have been homeowners on Chesapeake Street since 1977. Your interest in having "those who have been around for a while" recall the late '80s brings only memories for me of a large wooden arch over the entrance of the ocean block with "PRIVATE ROAD" emblazoned across the top. This is the road fronting your clients' homes. This is the road to our beach entrance. Also, in the late '70s, we will agree with you that the southern shoreline, the rear of your clients' home, was indeed "densely foliat- ed and impassable," with an inva- sive plant, Phragmites australus, which was declared in 1984 by the General Assembly of the state of Delaware to be a "public and com- mon nuisance." More than'S1 mil- lion of taxpayers' funds have been used to control the plant in state wetlands and state parks. Dense foliage is not a cause for enhanced habitat. It has a low-level of use by wildlife in general. Private board- walks leading to three private docks and storage sheds with stored and secured boats, certainly did make it impassable. Was this the definition of "much more of a natural habitat"? I'm certain his clients would like nothing better than to restore the southern shores of Silver Lake to its "natural con- dition." "Driving out wildlife with the public traipsing through the area" is an irresponsible statement. There has been no demonstrated link that the number of birds and other wildlife are being reduced due to the public's use of this right-of-way. There has been no decline of waterfowl found on the lake. Presently, construction in the area, and more security spotlights from the perimeter homes illumi- nating the waters, have disturbed the wildlife nesting and should be addressed. Pedestrian traffic is a natural around all shores of Silver Lake. Feeding the ducks, and ob- serving the green parrots nesting, the blue herons, the egrets, and the turtles, are a delight for all ages. We do not wish to keep this pri- vate. If the court upholds its 1992 de- cision, that Lake Drive encircles Silver Lake regardless of the movement of the shoreline, and rules a conservation easement for DelDOT with no public or private use, the public will only lose. How will the homeowners access the Lake to use their boats and docks? What public agency will police the private homeowners use of our recreation? How will access be made for maintenance of utilities (water/sewer), fire fighting equip- ment, ambulance and police ser- vices? If, as threatened, a huge fence appears across the entrance of the public right2of-way, how will your clients protect the rear of their homes from fire, drowning accidents and any hazards on the southern shore? No, Mr. Manning, I won't con- cede as requested. Intimidation, wearing us down, whittling away at our town's funds in hopes of our leaders' interest waning, will not keep us from realizing our goal to walk around the total one-mile shore of Silver Lake. Our being disgusted, angered and impatient with the process will correct ab- solutely nothing. The court will prevail with justice for the public. After valid title and deed searches, footage will remain for our public path. We can only hope that distor- tions and inconsistencies will not threaten the facts. We need dona- tions from friends and businesses from our community as well as from Rehoboth and Sussex Coun- ty, who will also need future ac- cess to this Delaware jewel, to help us state the facts at Chancery Court in Dover on Jan. 11. Pen a note and make checks payable to the Town of Dewey Beach, 105 Rodney Ave., Dewey Beach, DE 19971. Martha J. Tillman True Friend of Silver Lake Dewey Beach Crystal thanks his supporters At this time of Thanksgiving, I find it appropriate to express my sincere appreciation to the many people who supported me during my election campaign. To the members of my cam- paign committee, who gave tire- lessly of themselves for the benefit of my election, a very special thank you. You were the ones, who by your example of unlimited energy, enthusiasm and confi- dence in my ability, kept me mov- ing forward on the campaign trail, even at times when I was discour- aged and exhausted. You were the reasons my campaign has been viewed by many as being success- ful, even in defeat. Due to your ef- forts, we were able to raise the lev- el of awareness of tile citizens of the 37th District regarding serious problems that threaten our quality of life. Because of you, problems such as the West Rehoboth Sewer District, the continued polluting of our inland bays, and DelDOT's failure to seriously address the traffic and overdevelopment prob- lems on Route 1, have now been laid on the political table. Because of you, the willingness of the members of the State Bond Bill Committee to dictate to the citi- zens of the 37th District their po- litical and personal views regard- ing the Cape Henlopen bike path, indifferent to the views and opin- ions of others, has been exposed. Because of you, our elected offi- cials have been made aware of cit- izen discontent and are challenged to find solutions. To the many volunteers who Continued on page 8 GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998 - 7 Raley invites public to commune with nature on hiking trails at Holly Lake It still rankles Bob Raley that Delaware's Department of Trans- portation stifled his plans a few years back to construct a Wal- Mart where alfalfa grows at Nas- sau Commons. "Take a look at what they're building at Five Points and on down Route 1. That big Lowe's and those other shopping centers. Why are they OK and what I wanted to do not OK? Doesn't make any sense to me. They said my project would have too much impact on Route 1. What do they think those projects will do?" But with almost the same breath, Raley, a self-proclaimed, self-taught landscape architect, talks of the beauty of the green al- falfa fields and the new grape vines planted recently for Nassau VaUey Vineyards. He looks out across the fields, where the Wai- Mart would have been built, from a desk in his office at Nassau Commons. He expanded his office last year with a section of building that served previously as the office for Charles Mills, who died several years ago. In many ways Raley is like Mills. Mills embodied a strong entrepreneurial spirit that led him in many business directions, in- cluding vegetable growing and processing, animal husbandry and the-invention and manufacture of devices related to those pursuits. It was Mills who sold Raley the Nassau Commons property more than 30 years ago. His office stood along Route 1 next to Delaware State Police Troop 7. A complex of new apartments was built on the site recently. The last enterprise Mills operat- ed from the office was an exten- sive beautification project involv- ing the median strips of Route 1. A few years following Mills' death, Raley made arrangements to move the office to Nassau Commons. Raley grows chickens, operates a marina at Love Creek and a campground at Holly Lake, and raises beef cows and buffalo on pasture lands near the camp- ground. He also deals in real es- BAREF00TIN' tate, as did Mills. "I kind of like that alfalfa field," he said one day last week. "Isn't it pretty?" And in another few minutes he was showing me the beginnings of a several-acre lake taking shape in one comer of the field. "It's going to be deep and beautiful when it's done" Next we drove out to Holly Lake Camp- ground where finishing touches are being applied to 2 1/2 miles of hiking trails winding through and around 400 contiguous TRAIL MARKER acres of woods and wetlands. In addition to the trails, narrow, tree-shaded, sandy roads serve campsites arranged in pods of 30 each. Raley would like to see the pub- lic make more use of the trails in the campground. "People like to get out and walk and this is a good place for them to do it," he said. "All they have to do is come and park at the campground store and walk on back and get on the trail. There's no fee. We've put up new trail markers and I think they'd find the walking enjoyable." One trail begins about a hun- dred yards past the campground entrance and an open pen where peacocks, ducks and geese, goats and fallow deer and white-tail Continued on page 8 Dennis Forney photos Bob Raley sits for a moment on a bench alongside the trail that rings the Holly Lake Campground.