Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2013

Burbage thanks all for opinions

Anyone who reads a local Bethany Beach-area newspaper is probably aware that there is proposal in place to build a new oceanfront hotel in the Quiet Resorts.

When completed, there would be a beautiful Quiet Resort oceanfront suites hotel that would replace the current Bethany Arms Motel and two adjoining lots located south of Garfield Parkway. We hope to start it as soon as we can get the needed permits.

This project has led some to speculate about the new oceanfront facility.

Those who visit, live and own property here are part of a diverse cross-section of people; accordingly, there has been a wide range of opinions about the new facility.

One of the strengths of our Quiet Resorts is that there is always a way to express one’s opinions — sometimes even when it is expressed in an “un-quiet” way.

As the developer of the property, I want to express my thanks to all those who have taken the time and effort to voice their opinions.

All of us want what is best for our Quiet Resort.

I know how important it is for Bethany residents and property owners to be aware of our current and future plans for our project. We promise to keep you informed as these plans become available.

Throughout this process, there is one thing we all share — we are all members of the Quiet Resorts.

Although we sometimes differ about what is best, after the debate is over and the decisions are finally made, all of us will all go back to being the quiet, civil people we all are.

We are all members of the Quiet Resorts, and all of us are proud to be a part of it.

Jack Burbage
Bethany Beach

Young fundraiser grateful for efforts

Soon, I will leave Delaware and go to Massachusetts to deliver a donation of more than $5,000 that we raised at Blake’s Run for Boston on May 3, in support of the Boston Marathon victims. There are so many people I need to thank, because it is due to their generosity that I am able to make this contribution to One Fund Boston.

In response to the attack, I organized and my first 5K for charity — Blake’s Run for Boston — in hopes of contributing money for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. So many people worked hard to make this event memorable and successful. First, thanks to my parents, Rick and Michele Hundley, my sisters Devin and Logan, and the rest of my family. Their encouragement and assistance were incredible.

Thanks to my many sponsors: Baja Beach House Grill, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Beach Books, Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon, Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, Coastal Point, Creative Resource Group, Dave’s Silkscreening, Delaware Wave, Harris Teeter, Jeff Baxter of Prosperity Mortgage, PNC Bank, Piranha Sports, Professional Physical Therapy & Sports Care, Rehoboth Beach Sports, Seashore Striders, and the Town of Bethany Beach. Their financial and in-kind support was critical.

I would like to send special thanks to Jackie Inman of Bethany Beach Books and Jim and Ellen Bradford of Rehoboth Beach Sports; they not only sponsored my run, but donated 10 percent of their sales from the weekend. Thanks also to the many runners who rallied, volunteers who helped and fans who cheered. This support makes me so proud of our community and reminds me in what a special area we live.

For those who were not able to attend or run but still want to help, donations can still be made at www.BlakesRunforBoston.com.

Blake Hundley
Bethany Beach

Justin’s run a success, thanks to many

Along with our board of directors and race committee, we would like to thank all the runners and walkers for coming out May 25 in support of Justin’s Beach House.

Also, we would like to thank all our wonderful sponsors, the Town of Bethany Beach, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and the Bethany Beach Police Department for their ongoing support.

Through 2012, Justin’s Beach House welcomed 47 families from six states and 20 referring hospitals, and all of you have made this happen. Together with our surrounding communities, you have helped these families have a break from cancer and given them a chance to be together as a family with much needed time away.

MaryEllen and Craig Nantais, Chairperson
Justin’s Beach House

Seasonal resident upset at parking

As a seasonal resident of Fenwick Island who enjoyed the opening of the season at the Memorial Day ceremony at the Bethany Beach bandstand, I was reminded of how “uninviting” my trips to Bethany have been the last few summers.

Though I do appreciate that I no longer have to spend the off-season collecting quarters to use in the parking meters — the paystations offering credit card payment definitely offer more convenience — I’m still put off by the posse of parking authority attendants who, with pads in hand, spend their day walking what seems an endless circuit around town, peering in on car dashboards, just waiting for the chance to ruin someone else’s day with a parking ticket.

So many visitors commented on this unwelcoming sight, wondering if they’ll make it back to their cars before the ticket does. I, in fact, found myself in mid-purchase at the jewelry store, just to interrupt my rather expensive transaction as I went running back to my car to pay the meter for a few more minutes of time. When I returned, even the store attendant mentioned how annoying the parking situation is to her and her customers.

But it was what I saw along my brisk jog back to my car to feed my meter more money that confirmed my feelings of frustration toward the Town of Bethany. There, in one of the few spaces marked for handicapped visitors, was a parking authority van parked illegally in the spot!

Yep, it was true. There, in the prime of the Memorial Day holiday, while cars drove around and around in circles, hoping for a parking spot to become available, one less spot was available to visitors — a handicapped spot no less — all for the convenience of the parking authority.

I stood next to the van, just hoping the attendant would return so that I could ask her whether she planned on writing herself a ticket for parking in a spot reserved for handicapped citizens, when in fact she was not. Of course, my wait was all for naught. I could see the attendant off in the distance, busily checking each and every car along the way.

I spent about four hours in Bethany on Memorial Day. That prime handicap parking spot that could have been utilized by a visitor hoping to reach the beach or enjoy a day of shopping was occupied by the parking authority van during my entire visit. I just wonder — with much irony — how many handicapped citizens decided to leave Bethany because they couldn’t find a spot to park.

Karen Snyder
Fenwick Island

Frankford resident again upset with Town

The Frankford Town Council has met to possibly vote on securing a town employee pension plan. At a May 21, 2013, meeting, representatives from the Delaware State Pension program presented our attending council members with information about the program. They stated that all town employees must be a part of the program and that the programs could not be discontinued.

The State stated that it included three different possible pension plans. The plans varied by the amount that our Town was willing to pay for years of service that our employees have already worked for the Town. The most expensive plan would pay for the town clerk Terry Truitt’s 13 years and Officer Hudson’s three years of service. It would make Terry instantly fully vested and our Town financially responsible for this pension for the life of Terry and her husband, Town Council President Jesse Truitt.

The agenda for the May 21, 2013, meeting stated that they were possibly voting on securing the pension plan. At this meeting, Chief Dudley, Terry Truitt, Jesse Truitt, the attending council members and the State pension employees represented that this was an executive issue. They did not allow any questions and would not reveal the buy-in costs and the perpetual expenses of the various plans.

This is an intentional misrepresentation of FOIA. It is being employed to purposely conceal the expenses and deny the discussion on how we will pay for this pension plan at a meeting that they announced that they could vote for it.

The Town is not discussing how expensive is it to continuously pay for pensions for retired and current employees. Our Town claims that it cannot currently get our water bills out because they cannot afford any more labor expenses. They are making our labor expenses far greater. They are not discussing how we are going to pay for this.

The town clerk and council president are financially benefiting substantially from this very expensive pension plan. Their representation that the citizens do not have the right to know the expense and discuss how these perpetual costs will be paid before they vote for it is illegal.

Greg Welch