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8 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 20- June 26, 1997 Kites an attraction for Rehoboth Many persons have noticed re- cently that the giant parafoil kite and other accessories that once enhanced the northern boardwalk scene in Rehoboth are now miss- ing. Many folks have been asking why these delightful shore decora- tions are no longer flying. I would like to know as well. An explanation recently le- tailed that the Rehoboth city man- ager and commissioners ordered that the kite not be allowed to fly as it was their belief that the kite served as a large advertisement for the Rehoboth Sport and Kite Co., the kite's owner. I am hoping that there is some other reason for the kite's departure, because the advertising explanation is ridicu- lous. Kites from Rehoboth Sport and Kite Co. have been tied down to the beach for years, and nowhere on any of the kites was there written "Rehoboth Sport and Kite Co." In fact, there was noth- ing written on them at all, so how could the kite(s) function as an ad- vertisement? The giant parafoil kite that Re- hoboth Sport and Kite Co. has sponsored for years served as a signal to any tourist entering the boardwalk right off Rehoboth Av- enue that. yes, there was life at the north end of the boardwalk as well. Rehoboth Sport and Kite Co. employed kite flyers to moni- tor the kite for wind cfianges, so there was no danger of the kite threatening anyone. Not one per- son has ever complained that the kite took away their access to the sun, beach or ocean. Many folks have marve'led at the various windsocks (cows, frogs, etc.) at-. tached to the kite's line, and frankly, the sight made trips on the boardwalk that much more en- joyable. The kite is that kind of feature that makes folks return to Rehoboth for the simple pleasures and scenes that they have enjoyed so many times before. The removal of the parafoil kite takes life from the north end of the boardwalk. Folks who have previ- ously seen the kite from a dis- tance, convinced then that it was worth their while to walk to that end of the boardwalk, will no longer do so. Finally, the employ- ees of the Rehoboth Sport and Kite Co. that had been hired as kite flyers at the beginning of the I Barefootin' Continued from page 7 of sight beind the wall of the small office. It was Lloyd, who an- swered with a laugh. "And what kind of chicken s the favored bait," I asked. "Boneless chicken breast." an- swered Mike Touhey without hes- itation. "'Boneless chicken breast? I heard they were using chicken, but I figured it was backs and skin season no longer have jobs since there is no kite to fly. Other em- ployees have had their hours dras- tically reduced. I understand that the underlying motivation of the city manager and commissioners to remove the parafoil kite may have come from a complaint by a Rehoboth Av- enue business owner who felt that the kite was an advertisement. Maybe that business owner was miserable from the effects of quite the lackluster spring season and wanted to make another aspiring group of business owners miser- able. If that is the case, it is shameful. Whomever forced the take down of the kite, please step forward and leave me your ad- dress. Myself and the other em- ployees who have lost their hours or jobs altogether would like to send you our bills. Neal R. Phillips Milton Editor's Note: City Manager Greg Ferrese responded that Re- hoboth Sport and Kite Co. has been reminded that it must adhere to the 1995 agreement with the city that they are allowed to dis- play a maximum of four "beach feathers" provided that they are not for sale and don't interfere with people using the beach. Also, under direct supervision only, they are allowed to fly a single kite from the beach and time may that kite be atta.ched to the beach or jetty or be flown near buildings. Any kite found at- tached to public property will be taken down by the city. Ferrese went on. to note that if the 3 , do not adhere to this agree- ment. it will become "null and void and they will have to remove the beach feathers as well. There will be no more warnings. '" He said no one other business person has brought the issue to a head, but that he has received com- plaints from a number of busi- nesses and city personnel about the kites attached to the beach. On request to reverse Silver Lake decision The following letter was sent to the Delaware Supreme Court, with a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. The four property owners, at the southern end of Silver Lake, who we affectionately refer to as "Deep Pockets," are again wasting taxpayers' dollars. They have asked your court to reverse its de- cision under the guise of appeal- ing Judge Graves' decision that I I and fat like people use for crab- bing." "No way," said Mike. "Bone- less breast." "Well the fish around here sure are getting soph.isticated taste," I said. "I guess they prefer Perdue? It reminds me of going fishing for rockfish over in the Chesapeake and using fresh soft crabs for bait. It doesn't take me long to put the rod down, get out the frying pan and start sauteeing the bait." Lloyd chuckled again. "I'm waiting for them to start using filet mignon." this public access road remain open. Their own attorney, William Manning, stated in Judge Graves' court that the issue on this public access road was NOT the Jacobs' decision. Now that his clients are stating that they are ap- pealing Judge Graves' decision because "he did not consider the lake moving south." In fact, this point was discussed at great length in the Jacobs' decision and in the hearings before Judge Graves. The 1993 ruling by Delaware Supreme Court Vice-Chancellor Jacobs held that the public access road around Silver Lake continues to exist down to the present time regardless of any changes in the configuration of the lake over the years. The 50-ft. wide public ac- cess road would always be mea- sured from the water's edge wher- ever it was located. These four property owners have known this since they purchased their proper- ties. They will not be happy until they have free title to this land and the public is denied access to walk around and appreciate Silver Lake via this safe public access road.. Wte, the public, hope that the Supreme Court will find this to be a frivolous attempt on the part of the petitioning property owners, and will refuse to accept this transparent appeal" to have your court reverse its 1993 Jacobs' de- cision. Vivian and Bob Barry Dewey Beach Rehoboth restaurateurs pay tribute to Berdini On behalf of the Delaware Restaurant Association and the Rehoboth Beach Restaurant Asso- ciation, special thanks are extend- ed to the Rehoboth Beach Patrol, the Rehoboth Beach Fire Depart- ment and Paramedics and the Re- hoboth Beach Police Department for their unfaltering professional- ism, prompt reaction and earnest effort to assist in the emergency calls surrounding the passing of Ms. Paige Berdini. It is with heartfelt sadness that the restaurant community of Re- hoboth Beach says goodbye to Paige. A familiar face about town, Paige had been a mainstay in our community for many years. As Flavia said so well, "some people come into our lives and quickly go; some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever, the same." Our most sincere sympathies are ex- tended to John Berdini, Mrs. Phillips and to all family and friends who knew Paige. The Board of Directors Delaware Restaurant Association. Emergency personnel credit to their profession The following letter was sent to Capt. Jate Walsh, Lt. Derrick Shockro and Robert Kerns of the Sussex County Paramedics. witti a copy submitted to the Cape Gazette for publication. Please allow us to express our heartfelt gratitude for your prompt response and your compassion during the tragic medical emer- gency last Sunday. It is difficult for all of us to accept that Ms. Berdini is not with us. But, we are grateful for your professional and timely reaction. You are all a credit to your pro- fessions. Each of us here is deeply appreciative. The Phillips and the Berdini family, along with all of us here at The Blue Moon, will be forever grateful. Joyce Felton for the staff of The Blue Moon Reh0both Beach Poor Mayor Bob's wife responds to article I have just finished reading Ker- ry Kester's exciting account of the 1997 Cardiac Arrest. I was sorry to have missed the event. My job as the building and licensing su- pervisor for the City of Rehoboth Beach requires me to work during regular business hours on most Fridays. Please find (he enclosed check fortwenty-seven dollars ($27) for the release of my husband, poor Mayor Bob. I was unaware of this problem and was probably out on inspections when he tried to call me to make bail. Please make sure the proper authorities receive this donation. He works very hard and I was unaware that he had been in- carcerated all this time. Thank you for bringing this matter to my attention. Susan Frederick Building and Licensing Supervisor Editor's Note: Poor Mayor Bob telephoned the Cape Gazette on Tuesday, June 1 Z from a prison somewhere in Virginia, where he reported "there are hardened criminids here." It was expected that the American Heart Associa- tion received poor Mayor Bob's bail money by today, Friday, June 20, and ttt he is againtiving a quiet, peaceful life in Dewey Beach with his wife and children. Beebe thanks contributors On behalf of Beebe Medical Center's Emergency Department we would like to express our sin- cere appreciation to the following businesses who so graciously con- tributed food and other items for Emergency Medical Services Week, which was held May 18- 24, 1997. The Emergency Department celebrated this week in recogni- tion of the many volunteer ambu- lance people and paramedics of Sussex County who give so much of their time and effort to our communities. Thank you to Capriotti's, AI Casapulla's, Grotto Pizza, Heaven in a Hand Basket, K-Mart of Re- hoboth, Murrow's Flowers, Nico- la Pizza, Roadsters, and Second Street Popcorn. Thank you all again for your support. Emergency Department Beebe Medical Center Thanks for Strawberry Festival support Many thanks for helping us to publicize our recent St. George's Chapel Strawberry Festival in An- gola on Saturday, June 7. It was a great success despite the cold, windy weather. Close to $1,000 was raised to help in building a parish hall. Our thanks to all who braved the weather and came. Our thanks too, to Jack Noel who did two wonderful magic shows for the young and young-at-heart` And thanks to all the volunteers, in- cluding Fritz Hessemer and Jack Shaffer, who provided the music. Helen Abbot Frances Hanby Event co-chairmen Consortium says thanks The staff and students of the Sussex Elementary Consortium's Harbor Healthcare site would like to offer their heart-felt thanks to all of those who have offered spe- cial help to their school program during the 1996-97 school year. The following volunteers have en- riched our program with their time and talent: Order of the Eastern Star, who provided funding for our multi- media equipment; Peggy Carmine, who drove our lift-bus to transport our students to special Saturday events and helped to involve our program in Special Olympics. Lewes Fire Company, who pre- sented Fire Prevention Week ac- uwty. Denise Stowall and Bay Optical who provided special glasses and on-site service for one student. Dewey Beach Lions Club which provided funding for glass- es. Kathy Graybeal (Lewes Public Library) who offered a special reading hour for the students. Cape Henlopen High School Thespians who presented scenes from their musical, "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown." Delaware Music School which offered the Kindermusic Program. Ms. Fisher and Mike Wright, who presented The American Heart Association's "Tin Man" Program. Sunshine Foundation Dream- Lift, who provided a day trip to Florida for one student. 'Ms. McLanahan's fifth grade class from Rehoboth Elementary, who shared a special Christmas activity with our students. Mary Roth of the Make A Wish Foundation, who planned and or- ganized a Disney vacation for a student and her family. The kindness, support and en- couragement we feel from those who give so much of themselves is truly appreciated. Through the efforts of these treasured volun- teers, the Harbor students have had the opportunity to expand their world and grow from new and different experiences. Thank you. Sussex Consortium Harbor Heaithcare Center Lewes