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II j I [ IIJLllkL . dl II ilam lil LI[ 4 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 1 - August 7, 1997 Route 1 Weekly Accident Update Briefly Continued from page 3 room motel proposed by HKM Partners for the DeBraak site. Members of the partnership - Mark Hardt, Jim Kyger and George Metz - selected her sug- gestion of Dolphin Bay Resorts motel as the one they liked best for their project. "We had 347 suggestions," said Metz, who placed ads seeking names. "We had lots of interesting names. One person suggested 'First Motel In The First Town In The First State' but that was a little long. Can you imagine the signage for that one? Another was a take-off on my Sea Esta Motel in Dewey - the Cape Esta - while another suggested we call the new motel the Lew-Sea." Donofrio will receive a stay at the new motel and dinner at Kupchick's Restaurant as her prize. Lewes variance board approves Tormet request The Lewes Board of Adjust- ment on Tuesday, July 29 unani- mously approved a zoning vari- ance for Arthur Tormet, M.D., which allows creation of a 7,434 square foot lot on a comer in De- Vries Circle. Tormet explained that he bought three lots in the 1950s which included a home on two of them and a third lot to add playing space for his children. "I also thought purchase of the third lot made good sense in the long run as an investment that could be sold after my children were grown." New zoning laws passed since that time, however made the third lot substandard and not legal. Tormet said he has been trying to sell the three lots and home as a single parcel, however the addi- tion of the third lot has made the property unmarketable because of price. Members voted to approve the variance from the 10,000 square foot size because there are other homes in the neighborhood on lots smaller than the new one proposed and because Tormet had purchased the lots prior to enact- ment of the current zoning. Lewes sign ordinance hearing set for Aug. 4 A proposed new sign ordinance, which takes a comprehensive ap- proach to regulation of signs in Lewes, will be the subject of a public hearing set for Monday, Aug. 4. Tile hearing will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers of city hall on East Third Street. "The purpose of the new ordi- nances," said Pisha Eliason, chair- man of the subcommittee which drew up the new laws, "is to give all businesses an equal voice and give the city a better tool for re- viewing signs." Cliff Diver, chairman of the Commercial Ar- chitecture Review Commission (CARC) which created the sub- committee to review the city's sign ordinances, said he plans to make the presentation regarding the proposed ordinances at the be- ginning of the hearing. Following the hearing it will be up to mem- bers of Lewes Council to decide whether to enact the ordinance as proposed, amend it and pass it, or vote it down. Copies of the pro- posed ordinances are available for review at city hall. Lewes subdivision review committee meets 'There will be a meeting of the City of Lewes Subdivision Ordi- nance Review Subcommittee on Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held within council chambers of city hall located on East Third Street and is open to the public. Rehoboth Main Street board meets Aug. 6 The Rehoboth Beach Main Street Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in the commissioners room. Lewes Architectural Review group to meet The Lewes Commercial Archi- tectural Review Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7 at city hall. The agenda includes a request by Michael Makowski, contract purchaser of Lot A Block AC, Cape Henlopen Drive, to pre- sent revised drawings, landscape plans, entrance permit and parking plans for a three-story boarding house currently under construc- tion. The other agenda item is a request from George Metz of HKM Investments, to present the three contingency items (signage, lighting, landscaping) pertaining to the 57-unit motel, Dolphin Bay Resorts Motel (on the DeBraak property), that were made part of the approval by the commission at the May 15 meeting. Rehoboth phone box compromise closer The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners will inspect pro- posed relocation sites for the nine cross connection boxes scattered around town between now and the Aug. 8 regular board meeting, when they are expected to agree to give Bell Atlantic easement agree- ments to establish ground boxes. A committee comprised of City Manager Greg Ferrese, Planner Bob Scala and Jack Salin met with phone company officials in early July, "in an effort to get those ex- isting unsafe and ugly boxes off the poles," Scala told the board at the July 28 workshop, recom- mending the easements be grant- ed. The sites are located near King Charles and New Castle; First and Columbia; First and Wilmington; Fourth and Sussex; First and Re- hoboth; Laurel and Bayard; Stockley and Bayard; Henlopen and First; and Martin's Lawn. City Manager Greg Ferrese termed the new sites "excellent lo- cations, which will eliminate these eyesores," noting the project would be done in the fall. Rehoboth puts beach wares on back burner Terming it a situation that's "got out of hand," Rehoboth Beach Mayor Sam Cooper recom- mended to the board of commis- sioner that they walt until the fall before launching into a discussion on allowing Rehoboth Beach Sport & Kite to seek changes in its agreement on placing its wares on the beach in front of its One Vir- ginia Avenue store. The board agreed they would put it on the agenda in October. Meanwhile, the shop can place four beach feathers on the beach and they are allowed to fly kites if they are properly manned rather than hav- ing them secured in the beach area. This came on the heels of a request at the listening post ses- sion which preceded the meeting, from Janet Scala, representing the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association. "We want you to know that we applaud your efforts to kee p and make our beaches beautiful and we're very much against commercialization," she said. She beseeched them to do whatever they could do to prevent "visual pollution and keep the beach free of advertising." There has been concern expressed that allowing one particular store to display wares on the beach would set a precedent in allowing other merchants to do the same. These concerns encompass the beach umbrellas lent to visitors with the names of local businesses embla- zoned on them and merchants tak- ing photographs on the beach which they sell to the subject in the store. Parking revenues up in Rehoboth this summer Rehoboth Beach City Manager Greg Ferrese reported at the July 28 workshop that eight businesses have been issued a total of 78 free park and ride permits under the terms of the agreement between the city and DART First State to allow merchants' employees to park free in the lot and use the bus to access the city. "We felt we'd be successful if we had over fifty, and we hope to issue one hundred before the end of August," he said. Ferrese went on to say he hopes they can implement the pro- gram at the beginning of the sum- mer next year, as they didn't reach an agreement this summer until June. Concerning revenue gener- ated from parking permit sales, the city has put $179,000 in its coffers so far this year, while last year they had taken in $183,000 by Aug. 1, even though this sum- mer they lowered the daily rate for Fridays from $8 to $2. Parking meter revenues have also in- creased this summer. In 1996, during the last weekend in July they brought in $36,000, while this summer they gathered $40,000. "I contribute that to the weather and the fact that the park- ing lot at the comer of First and Rehoboth (where First Street Sta- tion now stands) as the factors." he said. Also, people are getting FOR WEEK OF JULY 21 TO JULY 27. 1997 DATE LOCATION 07/21/97 Rt. I and Sussex 268A, south of Lewes 0721/97 Rt. I and Sussex 88, north of Lewes 07/22/97 Rt. I and Rt. 16, east of Milton 07/22/97 Rt. I and Rt. IA Ext. at Church St. 07122/97 Rt. I and Route 24, south of Lewes 07/23/97 Rt. 1 and Sussex 264, north of Lewes 07/23/97 Rt. I and Rt. 1A Ext., Columbia Ave. 07/23197 Rt. I and Robinson Dr., north of Dewey 07/24197 Rt. I at Sea Air Park, north of Rehoboth 07/24/97 Rt. I and Rt. I A, north of Rehoboth 07/24/97 Rt. I at Sea Air Park, north of Rehoboth 07/24/97 Rt. 1 at Midway Shopping Center parking lot 07/24197 07/25/97 07/25/97 07/25/97 07/26/97 07/26/97 07/27/97 07/27/97 Rt. 1 and Robinson Dr., north of Dewey Rt. 1 and Sussex 12, west of Lewes Rt. 1 and Route 16, east of Milton Rt. 1 in Dewey Beach Rt. 1 and Route 24, west of Lewes Rt. 1 at Kmart entrance, north of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Sussex 274, north of Rehoboth Rt. 1 and Sussex 268, south of Lewes TYPE #5 #4 #2 #5 #5 #5 #2 #2 #4 #4 #2 #3 #4 #2 #2 #5A #4 #4 #4 #5 used to the permit program, and they've reduced meter costs in some areas and distributed maps showing where meters of different costs are located, he said. All in all, Ferrese said the city is running somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 to $45,000 ahead of last year in meter revenues. Apartment plans on Route 1 recommended The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission has giv- en preliminary approval for an apartment complex to be located on Route 1 next to Delaware State Police Troop Seven. The planners gave preliminary approval for the first phase of the development, a four building 48-unit complex to be developed by Dyer-McCrea Inc. The approval came at the July 24 meeting for the project, which will be located in the wooded area next to the State Police Troop. The project on the Mills Property, will be known as Savannah West. Hotel on Route 1 approved Sussex County Planning and Zoning, at its July 24 meeting, gave final site plan approval for a new Holiday Inn Express, to be located off Route 1 at the location of the County Bank Building near the main entrance to Rehoboth Beach. The planners gave final approval of the project with the stipulation that the parcel of land, which is actually divided into two different parcels, be consolidated. Delaware's Department of Trans- portation said it has no problems with the plans, which would use an existing entrance. The plans call for an 82-unit hotel to be lo- cated on the parcel. It will be 15,492 square feet in size and four stories in height. Plans call for 207 parking spaces, more than what is required. The fire marshal had no objections to the plans and the ho- tel was quickly approved. Com- missioner Robert Wheatley ex- cused himself from the discussion and didn't vote on the application. Colonial East conditional use request set Aug. 28 Sussex County Planning and Zoning will hear a conditional use request on August 28 by Colonial East Ltd. to expand Sussex East. Sussex East has proposed a 224-- lot addition to its existing manu- factured home park on Route 9 near Five Points. "We feel it is go- ing to be a benefit to the area or we would not do it," said Steve Class of Colonial East and Sussex East. Class said there is a need for more manufactured home lots in the area. House approves beach replenishment monies The House of Representatives, as expected, approved money last week for a local beach replenish- ment project. The Senate had al- ready approved $200,000 for the project. The House approved $450,000, to be used for precon- struction and engineering design for a beach replenishment project in the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach area, in a vote late on July 24. If both can reach agreement, then this is considered a major step forward for the beach replen- ishment work and makes it more likely that the project will actually take place. Delaware's delegation in Congress has strongly support- ed the project. "Delaware has al- ready spent $1.5 million for cost- shared studies on the expectation that the federal government would maintain its role in this partner- ship," said Congressman Michael Castle. "The total PED (precon- struction, engineering and design) effort is estimated at $600,000, of which the federal share is $450,000; the non-federal share is $150,000."