Letters to the Editor — October 16, 2015


Resident pleased with Fenwick council

Editor:

The Town Council of Fenwick Island is moving in the right direction to revise the zoning ordinance to permit the new owners of the Sands Motel to do the necessary renovation and upgrades to the old Sands Motel.

This will provide our friends and visitors to our town a better place to stay when they come to Fenwick Island. The town of Fenwick Island is more than just a beach with oceanfront houses along Bunting Avenue.

We are a community of 800 homes and business that make up our small resort town of Fenwick Island. We are great restaurants and unique large and small shops on Route 1. We are churches, parks and houses on our canals, with boats and kayaks. We have civic clubs that work to improve our town and make our small community a better place to live. Our beautiful beach, along with these other components, comes together to make us an active and unique small resort community.

As a full-time resident, I believe we are more than just our beach. We are a whole community that has always welcomed our friends and visitors. We need to support all three of our motels in Fenwick as they provide needed tax revenue to the town and bring more customers to support our stores and restaurants all year long.

This zoning ordinance revision won’t change the feel or nature of Fenwick. Rather, it will make it better by providing a better place to stay and enjoy our wonderful small town of Fenwick Island.

Alex Daly
Fenwick Island

LBWC thankful for support with event

Editor,

The Lord Baltimore Women’s Club would like to thank the following restaurants for their generous donations of gift certificates for our Dine Around Prize Basket: Al Casapulla’s Subs, Jimmy’s Kitchen, Armand’s Pizza by the Sea McCabe’s, Baja Beach House Grill, McDonald’s, Bethany Diner, Mia Fratello, Big Fish Grill, Millsboro Pizza Palace, the Birch Tree Café, Ocean View Family Restaurant, Café on 26, Off the Hook/Just Hooked, Capriotti’s, The Parkway, Chaddsford Winery, Porto Pizza & Grill, the Cottage Cafe, Sedona, DiFebo’s, Surf’s Edge Deli, Fat Tuna, Touch of Italy, Five Guys, Turtle Beach Cafe, Frankford Family Diner, Twining’s Lobster Shanty, Frog House, Victoria’s, Warren’s Station.

To the following businesses who so kindly donated items for our silent auction: All About You Salon, Hudson’s General Store, Aquacare Physical Therapy, Jayne’s Reliable, Beach Shore LLC, LBWC members, Beachview Health Associates, Lady Fenwick, Bethany Beach Books, La Vita Bella Spa, Bethany Fine Arts Gallery Lord’s Landscaping, Bethany Florist, Miller’s Creek, Bethany Sea Crest, Oceanova Spa, Blooming Boutique, Patti’s Hallmark, CVS, Paws & Claws, Calico Tree Boutique, Possum Point Players, Carolina Street, Reflections Hair Salon, Clayton Theatre, Remember When, Country Wicker, Rooster’s Nest, CraZy LadyZ, Sea Level Designs, Creative Concepts, Sea Needles, Cripple Creek Golf, Sequels, Dickens Parlour Theatre, Somerhouse, Ellen Rice Gallery, Southern Exposure, Fenwick Hardware, Sweet Disposition, Fenwick Floaters, the Spice & Tea Exchange, Food Lion, Tidewater Physical Therapy, Gallery One, Treasure Island, Giant Foods, TrendZ Salon, Harris Teeter, West Fenwick Car Wash, Harry & David, Wild About Birds, Hocker’s, World Gym, House Pets, All About You Salon, Hudson’s General Store, Aquacare Physical Therapy, Jayne’s Reliable, Beach Shore LLC, LBWC members, Beachview Health Associates, Lady Fenwick, Bethany Beach Books, La Vita Bella Spa, Bethany Fine Arts Gallery, Lord’s Landscaping, Bethany Florist, Miller’s Creek, Bethany Sea Crest, Oceanova Spa, Blooming Boutique, Patti’s Hallmark, CVS, Paws & Claws, Calico Tree Boutique, Possum Point Players, Carolina Street, Reflections Hair Salon, Clayton Theatre, Remember When, Country Wicker, Rooster’s Nest, CraZy LadyZ, Sea Level Designs, Creative Concepts, Sea Needles, Cripple Creek Golf, Sequels, Dickens Parlour Theatre, Somerhouse, Ellen Rice Gallery, Southern Exposure, Fenwick Hardware, Sweet Disposition, Fenwick Floaters, the Spice & Tea Exchange, Food Lion, Tidewater Physical Therapy, Gallery One, Treasure Island, Giant Foods, TrendZ Salon, Harris Teeter, West Fenwick Car Wash, Harry & David, Wild About Birds, Hocker’s, World Gym, House Pets.

And last, but certainly not least, is Chico’s, who so graciously allowed our models to wear their beautiful fall fashions.

Without each and every one of these generous donations The Lord Baltimore Women’s Club could not and would not have had such a successful Fashion Show. To each and every one who played a part in achieving our goals no matter how large or small, LBWC thanks you. To those who donated their time, energy and efforts, a huge thank-you.

A huge thank you to the Coastal Point and the Wave for their continual assistance in getting the word out about Lord Baltimore Women’s Club fundraising events. Without these papers, we would not be able to provide scholarships, items for elementary schools and other avenues we add financial assistance.

Dorothy Worthington
Lord Baltimore Women’s Club

Reader agrees with suggestion in letter

Editor:

I wholeheartedly endorse the naming of the park after Joe McHugh, a dear friend and mayor of Bethany for eight years. And I thank Dot Lane for the suggestion of this tribute to the man with the foresight to secure the property that has become the park.

Perhaps the Town will also consider a more visible tribute to our brave veterans.

Joan Neff
Bethany Beach

(Editor’s note: The Neff family previously owned a portion of the land that is now the Bethany Beach town park being developed at the northwest corner of Route 1 and Garfield Parkway/Route 26.)

Reader endorses use of hydrokinetics

Editor:

In response to the governor’s Oct. 2, 2015, guest opinion on “Combating Climate Change While Growing our Economy,” I simply offer another practical, economical and environmentally compatible energy source, i.e.: Hydrokinetics.

In-line hydrokinetics differs from traditional hydroelectric generation as it does not require dams or natural waterfalls — only water flow at 4.2 knots or greater and has, in contrast, an extremely low environmental impact throughout its life cycle. Furthermore, it can produce electricity with zero GHG [greenhouse gas] emission cheaper than a conventional coal-fired power plant.

The idea was first publically introduced to Delaware during a public meeting regarding a proposed Indian River Inlet power generation project in Ocean View in 1993.

The Indian River Inlet is the second fastest inlet along the entire U.S. eastern seaboard, with vast untapped electricity generation potential, close to a large demand area. Unfortunately, the federal government inaccurately classifies hydrokinetic power applications in the same category as large hydroelectric dam projects at their high environmental levels and requires the same technical paperwork and economic burden for a truly sustainable technology, capable of solving a significant portion of growing worldwide power demand. State energy and economic development policies are similarly nonconductive.

Properly designed, implemented and maintained, state-of-the art hydrokinetic turbine generators in the Indian River Inlet will not interfere with fishing or navigation or even affect scenic views, as they are enclosed in fish meshes and installed underwater, below navigation depth at a sufficient margin of safety.

The State of Delaware can lead the world in economical and environmentally sustainable power generation and create high-paying jobs through lower energy costs, while meeting or exceeding its stated GHG reduction goals, if it realizes that hydrokinetics is an idea whose time has come.

Wolfgang von Baumgart
Millsboro