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6 - CAPE GAZETIE, Friday, Dec. 19 - Dec. 25, 2003 VIEWPOINTS Editorial Beebe land sale should consider community Beebe Medical Center announced recently that it will invest heav- ily over the next several years - $70 million at least - to upgrade its main campus in Lewes. Those upgrades will include a much-need- ed renovation of the emergency department, additional hospital beds, additional parking and addition of interventional heart operations. All of these additions will help Beebe continue and enhance the high level of medical service the community has come to expect. Finding the money to finance such improvements is never an easy task despite the generosity of community members and foundations that understand and value the great asset represented by Beebe. Part of the financing for the projects, Beebe has announced, will come from sale of two large and well-placed parcels in town limits. One is the 16-acre Warrington parcel extending between Kings Highway and Savannah Road and the other is a 45+ acre parcel fronting New Road next to the former University of Delaware research park land now owned by the City of Lewes. The lands have stood as open space up until this time as Beebe pondered a variety of medically related plans for them. Now, interested in raising funds, Beebe wants to take advantage of escalated land values and sell the highly prized parcels. It's important that Beebe raise funds for its future llans but it's also important that these important parcels be developed in a sensible and enlightened fashion. Beebe Medical Center is a community-owned organization and should keep its communities in mind as it goes about making business decisions. When Beebe goes about assessing offers for the parcels it will sell, the assessment should not look only at the bottom line. The assessment should also take a look at what uses are proposed for the land, the track record of those who would like to develop the parcels, and how enlightened an approach is pro- posed in terms of preserving as much open space as possible, meet- ing needs of the community and fitting in with the overall beach, his- toric and natural feel of Lewes. By seeking not only good prices, but also good projects for these two important parcels, Beebe and its directors would continue a fine working relationship that has become an enviable tradition. Letters The spirit of the season The pages of the Cape Gazette axe filled each week with pho- tographs and stories about people and organizations working to help people in need and to make Delaware's Cape Region a better place to live. There are stories about young people in our area who are serving and who have served in remote places around the world try- ing to help create a more peaceful world. All of these individuals and organizations work throughout the year in the spirit of the Christmas season to feel the blessings that come from helping others. The many colored lights and displays bring festiveness to the holiday sea- son. They are most joyful when they remind us of our own and oth- ers' efforts to help those in need at home and around the world - in the spirit of Jesus Christ for whom this holiday is named. The Weather Picture Edk SumpUon photo A reindeer dee@ration along Rehoboth Avenue stands against a dramatic sky on a late December day. , Don't forget people living on State Road State Road; Don't forget that peo- ple live here! - We are part of down- town Rehohoth and did not buy a house out on Route 1. My partner and I have been coming to Rehoboth Beach since the early 1990s. We have battled the summer traffic on Route 1 as long as I can remember. This year the lightbulb finally went on. "We have a traffic problem!" Government officials decided that the problem has to be addressed. Last year, my partner and I bought a house on State Road. This road is fondly referred to as Exit IB off of Route 1. Today, Exit 1B is somewhat ignored as beach traffic anxiously exits onto Rehoboth Avenue to escape the nightmare on Route 1 during the summer months. The road travels through a residential area where trav- elers are supposed to adhere to a 25mph speed limit. Although the police enforce that limit on a very limited basis, travelers often cruise at 50 to 60 mph. If this were Ellendale or Greenwood, the city would be col- lecting hefty fines. People traveling through these towns respect the speed limits because of strict enforcement. You can actually see folks brake as they approach these towns. People will tell you, "Don't exceed the speed limit in Ellendale or Greenwood. Enforcement is tough!" I am writing today to voice my opposition to the plan to direct more traffic down our street. I applaud the government's attempt to fix the traffic problem on Route 1, however, they are too late! The mess on Route 1 will continue to get worse as more and more development takes place west of Route 1 and people attempt to come to the beach. The government is inconsistent as it tries to uncover a solution. Although State Road belongs to the State of Delaware under the supervi- sion of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelD(Yr), this is a residential area. People live here and have second homes here. I met last year with the chief of police and City Manager Greg Ferrese regarding the speed of travelers on State Road. They were unable to tell me how many traffic offenders were caught exceeding the 25mph speed limit. I asked them about putting in some stop signs to slow traffic. They gave me a very bureaneratic answer that accomplished nothing. I would like the city and state to recognize that this is a residential street. People live here. This is not a commercial area. My neighbor told me that two summers ago, he counted 800 cars going down State Road in one hour during the summer. A busy road. Can you imagine the traffic when a sign directs more folks onto State Road? No enforcement of speed. No traffic studies. No input from the community associations. Sounds like a recipe for disaster! In summary, State Road is a resi- dential road in a quiet community. I am extremely concerned to hear what the city and state are planning for our road. This is being done without input from the community, appropri- ate traffic studies, and neighborhood impact studies. We intend to rally our neighbors on State Road and sur- rounding streets to encourage our officials to properly study the impact of their decisions. Tom MeGlone & Andrew Meddick Rehoboth Beach Conlon in over her head on block scheduling It was about 11 p.m. when the Beacon Middle School cafeteria erupted into an uproar. If there were stones on the floor, I daresay those angry moms (and dads) may have stoned board president Camilla Conlon. Continued on page 7 i!i,o iiiiiiiiiiii!ii!ii!ii'iiiiiii!iii!ili!i!iiiiiii!ii !iiii!ii:iiiiiiiiiiiii!i .., .m Volume 11 No. 31 Publisher Dennis Fomey dnf @ Editor Trish Vemon newsroom @ Office Manager Kathy Emery kemery @ Associate Editor Kerry Kester kester @ News Steve Hoenigmann steveh @ Jim Cresson jcresson @ Rosanne Pack Jen Ellingsworth jen @capegazette.eom Bddin Reynolds-Hughes bridin @ capegazette,eom Janet AndrelczTk Andrew Keegan akeegan @ Amy Fleardon areardon @ Kad Chalabala kadc@ Photographers Dan Cook Erik Sornption i Sporbl Editor i Dave Frederick i  spoal writem T'.n Bamforlh tbamform@ Fradenck Schranck Fschranck@ Adverting O|ndy Bow dndy@ceOegazette.eom Sharon Hudson shudson @ Amanda Neafie-Lucks amandal @ Chris Rausch crausch @ capegazette.corn Pat Jones Classified Sandy Barr Kim McPike Webzmmter Catherine M. 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