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, to ,GAar!,Q 2 DNREC's John Hughes says total Boca East purchase unlikely Nanticoke riverfront acreage ranked higher by By Dennis Forney Despite widespread state sup- port, an outfight state purchase of the total 270-acre Boca East par- cel along the shores of Rehoboth Bay looks like a long shot at best. John Hughes, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said this week that the land has be- come too expensive "and there is no indication of a willing seller." Hughes said the state's Open Space Council met this week and considered a number of purchases including the Boca East land. 'qqaree parcels were discussed this week and the Boca parcel came in number three," said Hughes. "The council's priority one inter- est is a 281-acre parcel on the Namicoke River. It received the highest rating ever given to a piece of land considered for open space purchase. It's all timber and there's a half to three-quarters of a mile of riverfront. It's threatened by development and it's in the middle of other public holdings. It's a deal that involves the Nature Conservancy." Hughes. said the Open Space Council also ranked a 300-acre parcel in the middle of Dover on Parking Continued frompage 9 the waterfront park, was also ad- dressed. Several committee mem- bers felt Andropogon's reluctance to complete each phase of the park separately could potentially ham- per the parks progress. Phase I, which includes the old Lewes boatyard and a portion of the parking lot at the state-leased boat launch, will cost slightly more than $2.9 million. Phase II, to include relocating the lightship Overfalls into a restoration cradle, has a $1.9 million pricetag. Dur- ing canalfront presentations to both committee members and council, Durkin stressed the first two phases are linked due to the need for the boat launch area. "We can't build part of a park with no parking," said Durkin at an earlier meeting. , "I know it's hot going to happen overnight, but I would rather have some work going on than the funds raised just stitting there," said councilman and committee member Jim Ford. "As an elected official, I sure don't want to be sit- ting here in t!aree:years with noth- ing being done:while we're wait- ing for the boat ramp to move." Open Space Council Walker Road higher than the Boca East purchase. The Nanticoke land, said Hugh- es, at roughly the same acreage as the Boca East land and one fifth the price - $1.3 million - was an "extremely beguiling" purchase. He said there have been three of- fers made for Jim Horty's Boca East land and all have been in the range of $7 million to $11 million. "We took those three offers as just as good as an appraisal," said Hughes. He said the Open Space Council expressed interest at the Boca East land but not at the price. "The state only has Targett concurred. "We need to keep pushing that idea to Andro- pogon," she said. Overall, the committee agreed it waspleased with a majority of the parks questions regarding phasing development an d net house additions to Andropogon. Additionally, the committee voted to recommend to council that the Greater Lewes Foundation be asked to investigate strategic funding, as the group had ex- pressed prior commitments for the park. Committee members will meet again at 7 p.m., Jan. 7, at City Hall. $800,000 or so for open space purchases this year and commit- merits for the next five years." Hughes added, however, that he feels a deal can be put together for gaining state control of the great- est majority of the Boca East land. "I'm absolutely convinced that by hook or by crook, 200 acres of that 270-acre parcel can be tied up for state control with a public path for access. I think that can easily be done. The owner would still like to develop about 68 acres as a mixed use project. He is wide open(to a public-private partner- ship.  ; : Horty and partners had sought county approval for a 508-unit, age-restricted community on the land earlier this year. Under heavy local opposition, the pro- posal was denied by Sussex County Council in a 3-2 vote. Horty felt misrepresentations > Let flowers play thdr partlnmaking your holiday celebration as special as what's in your heart : -': about potential environmental im- pact had unfairly tainted the proj- ect leading partly to its denial. He has since been quoted as saying he would like to develop single- family parcels as permitted by the current A/R (agriculture/residen- tial) county zoning. Don Sharp, who has been work- ing with state legislators and sev- eral groups to gain support for the Boca East Purchase, said that New Castle County' Council passed a resolution this week sup- porting the purchiise 'iCouncil- woman Karen Vanessa:sp0nsored the resolution;;', said=Sharp. 'q'hey know that lots of New Cas- te County people enjoy the inland bays and would profit from recre- ational opportunities that state purchase of Boca East would rep- resent," said Sharp. He said he now has 47 state legislators and Continued on page 17 And show those you care about just how you feel. Adorn your home with decorations as unique as they are festive. Distinctive wreaths you'llfind nowhereelse. Topiaries. Holiday plants and more. Each a personal expression ofyour holiday spirit. do b ight y h l'day wers to r en our o I s...  / gifts to warm the heart. cherishel by those who recdve them. Fine Italian pewter. French wire baskets. Conteml.rary Chinese porcelain. Pottery from Holland and Crete. Aged English garden pots. Tin-whed copper accessories. So many unique pieces to warm the hearts of the special people in your life. Explore our CIRCA HOME COLLECTION I" ia : gifts. '2!i; )) : Antique furmshmgs and fine china:Elegant h#t:ai accent furnrture.... ..... Such a unique array of decorative accessories, you're sure to find the perfect that special someone.., even if that someone is you. Make this holiday season one that will live on in your heart., and in th, of those close to you. charles et al. 1002 Kings Highway, Lewes DE 19958 302.644.8979 fax302.644.0392 charlie@haldeman.net , to ,GAar!,Q 2 DNREC's John Hughes says total Boca East purchase unlikely Nanticoke riverfront acreage ranked higher by By Dennis Forney Despite widespread state sup- port, an outfight state purchase of the total 270-acre Boca East par- cel along the shores of Rehoboth Bay looks like a long shot at best. John Hughes, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said this week that the land has be- come too expensive "and there is no indication of a willing seller." Hughes said the state's Open Space Council met this week and considered a number of purchases including the Boca East land. 'qqaree parcels were discussed this week and the Boca parcel came in number three," said Hughes. "The council's priority one inter- est is a 281-acre parcel on the Namicoke River. It received the highest rating ever given to a piece of land considered for open space purchase. It's all timber and there's a half to three-quarters of a mile of riverfront. It's threatened by development and it's in the middle of other public holdings. It's a deal that involves the Nature Conservancy." Hughes. said the Open Space Council also ranked a 300-acre parcel in the middle of Dover on Parking Continued frompage 9 the waterfront park, was also ad- dressed. Several committee mem- bers felt Andropogon's reluctance to complete each phase of the park separately could potentially ham- per the parks progress. Phase I, which includes the old Lewes boatyard and a portion of the parking lot at the state-leased boat launch, will cost slightly more than $2.9 million. Phase II, to include relocating the lightship Overfalls into a restoration cradle, has a $1.9 million pricetag. Dur- ing canalfront presentations to both committee members and council, Durkin stressed the first two phases are linked due to the need for the boat launch area. "We can't build part of a park with no parking," said Durkin at an earlier meeting. , "I know it's hot going to happen overnight, but I would rather have some work going on than the funds raised just stitting there," said councilman and committee member Jim Ford. "As an elected official, I sure don't want to be sit- ting here in t!aree:years with noth- ing being done:while we're wait- ing for the boat ramp to move." Open Space Council Walker Road higher than the Boca East purchase. The Nanticoke land, said Hugh- es, at roughly the same acreage as the Boca East land and one fifth the price - $1.3 million - was an "extremely beguiling" purchase. He said there have been three of- fers made for Jim Horty's Boca East land and all have been in the range of $7 million to $11 million. "We took those three offers as just as good as an appraisal," said Hughes. He said the Open Space Council expressed interest at the Boca East land but not at the price. "The state only has Targett concurred. "We need to keep pushing that idea to Andro- pogon," she said. Overall, the committee agreed it waspleased with a majority of the parks questions regarding phasing development an d net house additions to Andropogon. Additionally, the committee voted to recommend to council that the Greater Lewes Foundation be asked to investigate strategic funding, as the group had ex- pressed prior commitments for the park. Committee members will meet again at 7 p.m., Jan. 7, at City Hall. $800,000 or so for open space purchases this year and commit- merits for the next five years." Hughes added, however, that he feels a deal can be put together for gaining state control of the great- est majority of the Boca East land. "I'm absolutely convinced that by hook or by crook, 200 acres of that 270-acre parcel can be tied up for state control with a public path for access. I think that can easily be done. The owner would still like to develop about 68 acres as a mixed use project. He is wide open(to a public-private partner- ship.  ; : Horty and partners had sought county approval for a 508-unit, age-restricted community on the land earlier this year. Under heavy local opposition, the pro- posal was denied by Sussex County Council in a 3-2 vote. Horty felt misrepresentations > Let flowers play thdr partlnmaking your holiday celebration as special as what's in your heart : -': about potential environmental im- pact had unfairly tainted the proj- ect leading partly to its denial. He has since been quoted as saying he would like to develop single- family parcels as permitted by the current A/R (agriculture/residen- tial) county zoning. Don Sharp, who has been work- ing with state legislators and sev- eral groups to gain support for the Boca East Purchase, said that New Castle County' Council passed a resolution this week sup- porting the purchiise 'iCouncil- woman Karen Vanessa:sp0nsored the resolution;;', said=Sharp. 'q'hey know that lots of New Cas- te County people enjoy the inland bays and would profit from recre- ational opportunities that state purchase of Boca East would rep- resent," said Sharp. He said he now has 47 state legislators and Continued on page 17 And show those you care about just how you feel. Adorn your home with decorations as unique as they are festive. Distinctive wreaths you'llfind nowhereelse. Topiaries. Holiday plants and more. Each a personal expression ofyour holiday spirit. do b ight y h l'day wers to r en our o I s...  / gifts to warm the heart. cherishel by those who recdve them. Fine Italian pewter. French wire baskets. Conteml.rary Chinese porcelain. Pottery from Holland and Crete. Aged English garden pots. Tin-whed copper accessories. So many unique pieces to warm the hearts of the special people in your life. Explore our CIRCA HOME COLLECTION I" ia : gifts. '2!i; )) : Antique furmshmgs and fine china:Elegant h#t:ai accent furnrture.... ..... Such a unique array of decorative accessories, you're sure to find the perfect that special someone.., even if that someone is you. Make this holiday season one that will live on in your heart., and in th, of those close to you. charles et al. 1002 Kings Highway, Lewes DE 19958 302.644.8979 fax302.644.0392 charlie@haldeman.net