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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3,1 Letters Continued from page 7 gave willingly of your time and ef- forts during the campaign and es- pecially on Election Day, words can't adequately express my sin- cere appreciation. You were di- rectly responsible for my receiv- ing the support of 46 percent of the voters on Election Day. Though we may have lost the elec- tion, my wife Bette arid I are win- ners because of your friendship. To the many citizens who sup- ported my campaign through your generous contributions and to the voters who supported me on Elec- tion Day (many of whom to this day remain strangers to me), I must say that I am humbled by your confidence in me. My only regret in defeat is that I will not be able to repay your confidence by working on your behalf in ad- dressing your concerns. To my very special friend, House Speaker Terry Spence, whose true concern for, and will- ingness to help, those in need, in- spired me to get involved in the political process, thank you. Last, but certainly not least, to my family, a very, very special thank you. Thank you to my par- ents, who without being asked, as- sumed responsibility for taking care of the many chores related to being a homeowner, so that I could spend my weekends walk- ing the district and talking to the voters. Thanks to my daughter Kim and my son-in-law Tom, who were always willing to lend a hand wherever needed. And to my wife, Bette, who believed in me and tirelessly campaigned with me every step of the way with never a complaint, a loving thank you. I truly have much to be thankful for! Harry "Hap" Crystal Millsboro Support RES playground drive As Thanksgiving comes and goes and we give thanks, Friday starts off the season of giving and good will. I ask the local citizens and business owners of Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach to con- sider a small gift of a donation to the Rehoboth Elementary School Parent:Teacher Organization to- ward its goal of a new playground for the school children. This special goal was obtained I Barefootin' Continued from page 7 deer Spend their days. An obser- vation tower provides a view over the freshwater marsh that makes up the headwaters of Herring Creek's Hopkins Prong. Mallards and wood ducks pad- dle and splash among thick, flood- ed clumps of grass in the marsh. Small groups get up occasionally, the hen mallards quacking and the hen woodies whistling. The l'n Lewes. Now, existing behind Shietds Elementary School is a great play area for happy, healthy growth of our future citizens. The planned local innovative play- ground area would not only bene- fit our children in this community, it would be another attraction for the visiting families to this beach resort area. Please submit contri- butions to RSPTO/Playground, 500 Stockley St., Rehoboth Beach DE 19971. I thank you for your thoughtfulness and consideration with "keeping the children first." Happy holidays and safe travels. Christine D.L. Hastings Citizen, business owner and mother of two Rehoboth Beach Carnavales was a great program I am writing to express my grat- itude to all those who put their time, energy and talent into the Carnavales celebration last Satlr- day evening at the Del Tech audi- torium in Georgetown. It was a heartwarming and highly enter- taining event which presented au- thentic Mexican and Chilean mu- sic and dance in a four-act format. The four groups who performed (Katari, Huehuecoyotl, Voces de Chile and Bwiya-Toll) were pro- fessional, multitalented and obvi- ' ously having big fun, as was the enthusiastic and culturally diverse audience which filled the theatre. Kim Abplanalp's skill as a sto- ry{el!er enabled her to frame the acts and give a context to the songs and dances as she unfolded the story of how a young Mexican man's life became dedicated to preserving the music and culture of his own country and also that of Chile, and how Carnavales came to be representative of the preser- vation of music and customs of many cultures. One person whose performance probably went unno- ticed was Craig Melvin, who did a phenomenal job on the sound boards by making sure the diversi- ty of the instruments and voices came through clear and balanced. I have the utmost respect and admiration for Marco Hernandez, the man responsible for conceiv- ing and turning Carnavales into a reality. Many people and organi- zations contributed time, money and talent to make this a success- ful performance, but it was Marco who had a story in his head and heart and who was able, through his hard work, persistence and musicianship, to make it into a bright sunlight of first morning and late afternoon capture the bril- liance of the ducks' plumage as they fly close to the observation tower. A row of tall, green-needled pines with black trunks stands across the back of the marsh. They grow on'the remains of a dam built more than a century ago to back up the flow of Phillips and Unity branches to create water power for a grist mill. The multi- colored feathers of the ducks stand out even more richly against the dark backdrop of the trees.- joyful, moving experience for oth- ers to share. It Will_be 'through people like Marco that we will eventually learn that we all share more similarities than differences and that one of the greatest com- mon denominators is music. Thank you to everyone involved. Keith Fitzgerald Rehoboth Beach Congratulations to Cape band Congratulations to Barry Eli, the Cape Henlopen High School music department, and the Cape Henlopen Music Boosters! You are on your way to a well-de- served trip to London! Only a few have had the privilege, and even though 'two groups from Delaware have previously made the grade, it is now time to show London that Cape is the group to be reckoned with. In only a few short months, you have done what some people said could not be accomplished - raise the amount of money needed for this trip. Only a group like this, with the help of the community, could have pulled this off. Barry, the students and the Mu- sic Boosters are a team that worked long and hard to make this trip a reality. It is now time to re- lax a little bit, if you can, and pre- pare to enjoy this opportunity of a lifetime. I cannot think of a more deserving group, and know that while you are performing and touring in London, the spirit and pride of the Cape Region is with you. Congratulations, again, to everyon e who worked so hard in sucfi a short period of time to make this happen. Wendy M. Harpster Milton Thanks for Halloween Thanks to the following busi* nesses, the children of Burton Vil- lage and West Rehoboth had a safe and "hallowing" time for Hal- loween. As I have said before, you can always count on our mer- chants to put our children first, no matter what the cost. Here are the names of the mei'chants who helped: The Company Store, Food Lion, George's Beach Lun- cheon, Happy Harry's, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Royal Farms Store. These businesses con- tributed food and beverages. Fi- nally, a special thank-you to Joyce Lafferty for taking time to do arts and crafts, and to Ethel Johnson for picking up all the goodies.. Theresa Cardone Rehoboth We headed onto the trail from the observation platform. Raley explained that he used recycled boards salvaged following repairs to the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk to build a wooden bridge that crosses the wetlands to the old dam."This was Betsy Robinson's millpond," he said, gesturing to- ward the marsh Where ducks were landing and taking off. "We call it Holly Lake. Sailing ships used to come up here for grain and flour when Herring Creek was wider and deeper." The trail passes along themarsh Rehoboth Board of Adjustment defers Atlantic Sands decision The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment deferred action Fri- day, Nov. 20, on a request by the Atlantic Sands Hotel appealing the building inspector's decision on calculation of lot coverage, re- questing legal briefs be filed by attorneys for both the city and the hotel. The owners, including Eugene Lankford, who attended the hear- ing, maintain that lots 3, 5, 7, 9, 13 and 15 Baltimore Ave. should be considered separate from the other lots on the parcel on which the motel is built between Mary- land and Baltimore avenues at the Boardwalk, as they receive sepa- rate tax bills and have been used for other purposes. Much of that land is now used for hotel park- ing, while some is used for Ep- worth Church parking. Building Inspector Susan Fred- erick maintains that the parking is an accessory use and subordinate to the primary use, with the non- conforming status of the hotel, built prior to current zoning codes, abandoned when the park- ing was established on these lots. She went on to explain that they plan to connect the existing struc- ture with a new wing on the Balti- more Avenue lots, with under- ground parking, and such an ex- pansion must meet current zoning codes, including at least one park- ing space per unit. If the present motel and the other lots are con- sidered separate, as the owners maintain, the present wing wouldn't need to meet the present code, while the addition would have the required parking for the new wing. Frederick also noted that anoth- er parcel, 2 Maryland Ave., is zoned R-2, and a motel is not a permitted use in that zone, so it can't be incorporated into the mo- tel parcel to meet requirements for maximum motel lot coverage. And while Frederick also went on to explain to the board that ac- cording to current code, they can't add a manager's apartment on the first floor, Dennis Schrader, the attorney for the Atlantic Sands, said they don't believe that the fu- ture plans for rooms are relevant to the appeal. "We're not here to question the use of the property or address the site plan, but whether there are multiple lots," Schrader said, and for a ways before rising into a woods of gum trees, oaks and poplar. Vines 6 inches thick climb some of the trees and the sharp, tannic smell of damp leaves in the cool air of late fall invites you to stop and draw deep breaths. The trail continues through the woods, passes by some campsites and then crosses a beaver pond. Another mile and a half loop goes through woods and along a field where Raley plans to expand the campground. That loop also takes hikers past a pasture where Ra- not one parcel. Lankford also not- ed that they believe they should be allowed to maintain the non- conforming status of the present motel because it has never been more than 75 percent renovated since t was built and reiterated that they have paid separate taxes on the Baltimore Avenue lots and that they should not be combined with the lots on which the motel stands. But city solicitor Walt Speak- man countered that the proposed expansion is relevant and will he helpful to the board in making its decision. Board Chairman James Smith said he saw no objection to allow- ing the board to examine the plans, but Schrader objected to the board seeing any proposed park- ing. Lankford also stressed that no changes are planned on the Maryland Avenue parcel, but that they want that parcel to be includ- ed in the square footage when lot coverage is interpreted. While the owners want the pre- sent motel to be considered as separate from the units they plan to build on Baltimore Avenue, the parking under the new units could be used by those staying in the current structure, although they could end up parking on the Maryland Avenue parcel. Speakman countered that this would be iriterpreted as an acces- sory use of the current hotel, which is only allowed in an area that is considered as being part of the.parcel on which the hotel sits. Parking on separate lots, he said, would be illegal. As a precedent, Frederick noted that the same board, in 1984, con- sidered the area all one parcel when the motel requested a vari- ance for an addition on the Mary- land Avenue side of the building. Speakman added that at that time it was decided that if the lot on Maryland Avenue was merged, the district requirements wouldn't change. The expansion of parking for the main motel was an expan- sion of a nonconforming use, he said. With the lot merged, the argu- ment of different tax bills is a "red herring," Speakman added. "The tax function is an administrative function, not a zoning function. If they are to be considered two sep- Continued on page 9 ley's beef cattle and buffalo graze. "Walking the trail at this time of the year makes me feel prouder than a hen sitting on a white foot- ball," Raley said as we finished the hike. "It makes me feel good to see people out here enjoying the trail and feeding the animals. I think we've succeeded in preserv- ing the natural setting of Holly Lake. It's a placewhere people can communicate with nature." Given that perspective, Raley's Wal-Mart disappointment seems like a dusted-over chapter of the distant past.