Letters to the Editor -- June 11, 2010

Clear Space ready to move forward

Clear Space Productions began in 2004 with a press release in the Cape Gazette asking for community input. Thirty people gathered at the Rehoboth Beach Library to share their ideas about what could be done to enhance the performing arts in the Lewes and Rehoboth communities. The agenda was set and we were off on the first leg of our adventure.

Donations were received, tickets were sold and area residents committed to the concept that quality arts and arts education could change a community. Over the past five years, tickets sales have sky-rocketed to an amazing 21,000 seats sold in 2009. Our Arts Institute has brought the joy of the performing arts to thousands of children, while our Outreach programs have entertained thousands of audience members throughout Delmarva.

Three years ago, a partnership was formed with the Cape Henlopen School District that included instituting a Theatre Arts Academy at Cape Henlopen High School.

Unfortunately, a cost-benefit analysis performed at the end of the third semester (January 2010) revealed that there was too much disparity between the 12 percent contribution made by the Cape District to the Clear Space budget and the 50 percent use of Clear Space manpower and resources to manage the Theatre Arts Academy.

This analysis, as well as divergent goals and philosophies and facility challenges, motivated the Clear Space Board of Directors to end the organization’s involvement with the Cape Theatre Arts Academy.

While we are saddened to leave the students, we know that it is time to alter our working relationship to give way to new and exciting opportunities for both Clear Space and the Cape Henlopen School District.

In the meantime, we are looking toward the future. Clear Space is now poised for creative programming for arts lovers of all ages. New classes and performances, an innovative look at our upcoming season and a fresh approach to community connections will propel us forward.

Thank you for your continued support. As always, we look forward to seeing you at the theater.

Clear Space Productions
Rehoboth Beach

Reader asks questions of town council

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Bethany Beach council members and was forwarded to the Coastal Point for publication.

I read the article in Coastal Point titled “Bethany dealing with fallout of repeal error” with concern and consternation. I have both questions and comments I would appreciate your addressing.

The article is replete with references to “error” and “oversight,” but I could not find reference to accountability and responsibility. After all, it’s not like someone simply forgot to turn the lights out at Town Hall.

Please cite for me the specific language in the Town Code requiring that zoning and subdivision ordinances can only be repealed by new ordinances. When the ordinance you say you tried to repeal was first enacted into law earlier in 2006, did it also specifically repeal the language it replaced? Will you cite this repealing language for me as well?

The Coastal Point article is full of excuses - mumbo jumbo really – about views, roof pitch, measurements from grade versus measurements from base flood elevation (sea level) and other esoterica. Please tell me whose job it was to see that the repeal of the offending ordinance was effectively carried out and why he or she did not do the job?

Was it the town manager, the building inspector, the Planning Commission, the Charter and Ordinance Committee, the mayor, the council as a whole, the town solicitor? Who was asleep at the switch? Who was supposed to be minding the store?

The many citizens who worked the petition drive that led to repeal of the offending ordinance and the 800 or so citizens who signed the petition four years ago deserve an explanation of the Town’s failure to carry out their expressed wishes.

Personally, I would like to be convinced that this was really an oversight and not something else. I was amazed at the time how quickly Town Council moved to amend the referendum provisions in the Town Charter to make it virtually impossible that a citizen referendum would ever succeed again.

Many townspeople believe this civic debacle is far more serious than the council seems to believe it is. I would appreciate knowing precisely how it happened, who was responsible for it and the steps you will take to see that it does not happen again.

Dan Costello
Bethany Beach

Hudson family grateful for support

The family of Gerald R. Hudson would like to thank everyone for phone calls, cards, food, and flowers. Everything was greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

Louise Hudson

JWJ Foundation thankful for help, event

On behalf of the Justin Jennings Foundation, I would like to thank the following sponsors that helped with the JWJ 5K Memorial Run/Walk for Justin’s Beach House that took place on Saturday, May 29, in Bethany Beach.

I would like to thank, first and foremost, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation for presenting the race and helping to offset many of our costs to run such an event. I would also like to thank PNC, Wilmington Trust and the Rehoboth Beach Running Company for major donations.

Also, thanks to Baja Beach House Grill, Al Casapulla’s Subs, Steaks and Pizza, Cottage Café, Crowley Associates Realty, Mark Dieste Design Build, Beth Evans REMAX by the Sea, Michael Loftus, Miken, Resort Quest, Susan Wiedman Law Office and an anonymous donation that also generously helped us to reach our sponsorship goals.

Thanks to Mr. Natural for providing all of the water on the course. We would also like to thank Mangos for opening the restaurant with food and drinks for a fun after-party.

Contributing to the food for the after-party, we want to thank our local sponsors: Capriotti’s for the subs, Giant Foods for the bagels, Hocker’s for our fruit, Maureen’s Ice Cream and Desserts for the water ice, and Surf’s Up for the Pizza.

We also have folks that gave us gift cards or items. Thanks to Bikinis and More, McCabe’s, Elaine Rifkin and Surf’s Edge.

I know we couldn’t have done it without the guidance from Tim Bamforth with the Seashore Striders Event Productions.

Sue McKone
Ocean View

Reader responds to previous Point letter

I am writing to comment on Mr. Cleary’s May 28 letter in the Coastal Point.

It seems that Mr. Cleary continues to interpret things according to his own misguided perception of things. While he is correct, the “tea party” advocates have received considerable attention in the media, he errs in his interpretation of the purpose of their message.

There is no attempt being made to overturn the 2006 and 2008 elections! They are history! However, the “tea party” advocates certainly do want the 2010 and 2012 elections to reverse the travesty resulting from the 2006 and 2008 elections.

I do somewhat agree that the “tea party” advocates are getting some serious backing. But they are certainly not getting better treatment or support than Mr. Obama received in his pursuit of the presidency.

Support, especially financial support, is a fundamental prerequisite for sustaining any political endeavor in our great republic. And, yes, some of the “tea party” advocates financial backers are making money. That is not a sin, yet, in our capitalist system.

Also, the comparison made of Banning and Bodenwiser to Lenin and Trotsky has me somewhat confused. It might be because I’ve never heard of Banning or Bodenwiser but I am familiar with Lenin and Trotsky and I see Obama’s agenda more in line with Lenin and Trotsky than the tea partiers’ agenda.

I closing, I will say that I cannot in my wildest imagination understand how reasonably intelligent, but certainly misguided, people that bought into Obama’s “Change” mantra continue to be so enthralled. I know his supporters say we have to give him a chance but, come on now, the blame game is over.

Obama has to step to the line and do something concerning our many problems. As far as I’m concerned, Obama has done more to harm us than help us. We certainly have gotten change, but is any of it any good?

I do not want a North American Union, nor anything similar. Just look at the European Union mess and you’ll understand why! We are the United States of America. The greatest country in the world, but that will not continue if Obama continues to have his way. I say, “Go, tea partiers.” Let’s show them some positive change in 2010 and 2012.

Thomas M. Keeley III
Ocean View