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,e 6 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014 Cape Gazette Letters )) Well-maintained parks important for bays We are all fortunate to have so much public land around the Inland Bays. In fact, there are seven areas managed by DNREC's Division of Parks within the bays' watershed including: Fenwick Island, Holts Landing, Fresh Pond, Delaware Seashore and Cape Henlopen state parks; and the Thompson Island and Angola Neck preserves. The benefits to our community provided by these areas are central to the quality of life on the coast. State parks are refuges, not just for people, but for the plants and animals that live near the bays. Coastal forests and wetlands of the parks provide clean water and healthy habitats for fish, crabs, turtles and birds. These lands need maintenance to con- tinue providing such beneficial services. Managing human use of the parks, restoring erod- ing shorelines, and controlling invasive plant species are neces- sary to maintain these beautiful properties. The parks also provide access to the water for clamming, fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming or kiteboarding. These activities connect people with the water; they allow young people the opportunity to understand what lives in the bays and how they provide for us. The parks system also provides educational opportunities for those of all ages who would like to learn about the bays. Delaware has not raised park fees in over 10 years, despke significant reductions in support from the state's general fund. Entrance fees for the parks are now on average 37 percent lower than nearby states. The parks system is facing an astounding $100 million backlog in mainte- nance and capital projects. As the human use and environmental stress to these areas from sea level rise increases, it is now critical to invest in our parkland. Parkland supports clean water, unlimited recreational opportu- nities and Delaware's nearly $7 billion coastal economy. I urge you to support your state parks and the very fair increase in fees that has been proposed to keep them healthy and accessible into the future. Chris Bason executive director Delaware Center for the Inland Bays Rehoboth Beach We reap what we sow Over the past several months, the media has been inundated with stories involving police killing black men and boys, and beating black women. The U.S. has turned our black Continued on page 7 Cape Gazette DOWNSIZE CONSOLZDA"rE, REORGANfZE, AND U PROVE IT, Volume 21 No. 58 Publisher, Dennis Fomey, Ext. 303 BUT UN'I-ZL THERE'5 NO CP, IME, Editor, TrishVernon, Ext,315 Office Manager, Kathy Emery, Ext. 305 PLEA5E DON'T REMOVE F_ T. Sports Editor, Dave Frederick, Ext. 304 News Editor, Laura Ritter, Ext. 320 Associate Editor, Jen Ellingswotth, Ext. 319 ien@capegazette.corn Copy Editor, Bernadette Hearn, Ext. 316 bernie@capegazette.corn NEWS Ron MacArthur, Ext. 318 ronm@capegazette com Ryan Mavity, EXt. 337 Nick Roth, Ext. 317 nickroth@ca' V~F Melissa Steele, Ext. 336 ' me) Chris Flood, Ext. 335 Maddy Lauria, EXt. 321 Editorial )) maddy ca gazottecom Molly MacMillan Time for a decision on Rehoboth's ocean outfall mo',ymac capo,azettecom SPORTS WRITERS Tim Bamforth Transparency and accountability. Secretary Collin O'Mara. Frederick Schranck These are values people everywhere - Months passed. O'Mara worried an ocean Fschranck@HoleByHole,com across the political spectrum - are demanding outfall could harm future tourism. But he CONTRIBUTORS from their government, resigned without a decision; longtime Deputy ;usan Frederick Nancy' Katz Rehoboth Beach residents have now been Secretary David Small replaced him. Chris Antonio Eric gurnley Denise ClemonsJohn McDonald waiting two years for a decision from the De- More months passed. Still no decision. Bob Yesbek Don Flood partment of Natural Resources and Environ- Gov. Jack Markell said officials wanted to Chris Wildt Rob Rector mental Control on how the city will dispose of ensure the decision could withstand legal WEBMASTER treated wastewater, challenge. But what seems to be at the heart of Catherine M. Tanzer Rehoboth is under a consent-order deadline the problem is economics. State officials don't of Wednesday, Dec. 31, to get its wastewater want to dump wastewater in the ocean, butPHOTOGRAPHERS out of the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal. they don't have a plan or money for a land- Dan Cook Steven Billups Deny Howeth After some delay, city officials embarked on based solution. PRODUCTION COORDINATOR a highly public process that involved hearings Small recently responded to a request forNorma Parks, EXt. 309 and public comment from many agencies, comment by restating what we already know: ...... residents, scientists, environmental groups, That the decision deserves full consideration CLASSIFIEDS Classifieds Manager, Sandy Barr, Ext. 300 Surfriderd ahd others. City officials eventually because it is so impog t to future of selected ocean outfall, which requires an envi- Inland Bays and the City of t ehoboth. Kathy Long, Ext. 302 ronmental impact statement, triggering a new Continued indecision makes a mockery of round of public hearings and comments, the entire process. What is the point of months ADVERTISING Sales Manager, Chris Rausch, Ext, 312 While many, including the Cape Gazette, of meetings, hearings, testimony and comment disagree with the decision to send the water if the resulting document sits on a desk with CindyBowlin, Ext. 307 a mile offshore, it is difficult to argue that the no action and no meaningful comment? Amanda Neafie, Ext. 306 process lacked transparency - up until the The public has done its part. Now it's time statement landed on the desk of then-DNREC for our government to deliver. Andrew Thomas, Ext 310 Kathy McGinty, Ext. 311 Cape Gazette editorials are considered and written by members of the Cape Gazette editorial board which includes Dennis Forney, publisher; Trish Vernon, editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor; Laura Ritter, news editor; and Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor. PRODUCTION STAFF Weather Picture Teresa Rodriguez Kristin Sinnott )) WRITE NOW Edwin Krumm Christopher D. 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