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12 - CAPE GAZETI, Friday, December 19 - December 25, 1997 Hudson plan for special events at Route 1 site draws neighborhood ire By Michael Short A proposal by Joseph Hudson to use his land along Route 1 to host as many as eight charitable events a year was tabled by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment on Sewer Continued from page 1 But members of county council said that approving the low-inter- Monday night. Several neighbors stood to oppose the plans, saying they were worried about traffic, trespassers and possible impact on the small airstrip located at Eagle Crest Aerodrome. But there were also several letters of support, in- cluding letters from the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Commission and the Delaware River and Bay Authority. The site is located along Route est loan would save residents ,.<! north of Lewes,. ! t is best known some $3 million in interest pay- as the site of Punk in  Chunkin' ments over the life of the loan. AI- and for the July 4 concert by the though they may not like the sew- Beach Boys last year, er district, council members said not approving a loan would cost taxpayers more. Also on Tuesday, a federal  court denied a request for an in- junction against funding of the' sewer district by critics of the sewer district. The injunction re- quest filed by attorney Fran Schanne was denied without com- ment by the court and Sussex County was notified of the deci- sion late on.Tuesday. But a lawsuit challenging the district remains alive and is slow- ly working its way through the court system. No decision is ex- pected in the near future. Crystal Continued from page 1 Creek Village with his wife of 31 years, Bette. They have two chil- dren: H. Kenneth, 30, and Kim- berly, 27. Crystal said he is very con- cerned about the state housing code, following Sussex County's consideration of a housing code (the county currently does not reg- ulate owner-occupied homes, only rental homes). That effort was unanimously voted down, but it produced a firestorm of opposition from resi- dents on both ends of the political spectrum. Crystal said that the county's attempt was based on ex- isting state code. Because of that, he said that state laws need to be reconsidered and changed in order to give more protection to home- owners, particularly the part of the code which grants the government authority to inspect private homes, "I think the people of Sussex County spoke," Crystal said. Crystal also said he is" con- cerned about education. He called for making schools safer, for giv- ing more control of school dis- tricts to local school officials and for reducing class sizes. He said that he likes to get things accom- plished; he cited his efforts to help residents in the Old Landing area get a public water system when saltwater intrusion threated their wells as an example of his ability to get things done. Crystal said he is concerned about the environment, but cau- tioned that politicians need to con- sider all options and make the most effective and efficient choic- es when protecting the environ- ment. Punkin' Chunkin' has outgrown the site and will find a new loca- tion next year, a point made sever- al times by Joe and Craig Hudson. But some residents were obvious- ly still feeling the impac t of the popular event. Richard Malone said that an estimated 2,000 peo- ple walked across his lawn one year and said local residents be- come "prisoners" in their own homes during the event Joseph and Craig Hudson spoke on behalf of the planS, saying that at least part of the proceeds of every event would go to charity. Among previous beneficiaries have been the Burdette-Tomlin Medical Center in Cape May and Beebe Medical Center, both of which received funding from the Beach Boys concert. They said there was a need for such a facility and offered to limit hours and prohibit overnight camping in order to eliminate problems. They also said that op- erating the events themselves should give them more control and help ease the worries of their neighbors. He said possible events could include Italian festivals, rennaisance-type festivals or other events. Local resident Charles McKuen said having large gather- ings on the edge of a working air- port raises the "potential for disas- ter." But Joe Hudson said that plans call for putting a chain link fence around the runway and that additions should prevent problems with the airport. The Hudson fam- ily can now run up to three events a year without receiving the spe- cial-use exception for outdoor dis- play. Tabling the measure means the board will consider the issue again when it meets next month.