Letters to the Editor — August 21, 2015

Reader questions public comments

Reader encourages people to take survery


Residents of the Dirickson Creek area in Sussex County are being invited right now to take an online opinion survey being conducted by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. I write to strongly urge Dirickson Creek area residents to take the survey! It could be vital to the future of your beautiful area, and to the value of your home. Take the survey! (Here’s the official link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DiricksonCreek.)

I’m writing because you’re lucky. The Center for the Inland Bays has suddenly decided it’s a good idea to find out what local residents think before the Center engages in activities in your area which could hurt your use of Delaware’s public waterways for fishing, swimming, boating and other recreational activities.

Here’s why this is important: We weren’t so lucky. One year ago, the Center for the Inland Bays screwed residents around Beach Cove by imposing industrial shellfishing license areas in our Cove without ever informing hundreds of homeowners around the Cove, much less asking for our opinion beforehand.

Under the “leadership” of Center for the Inland Bays Executive Director Chris Bason, the Center created and published official-looking maps and documents mis-identifying Beach Cove with another name, failing to show busy recreational marinas around the Cove, and incorrectly mapping the State of Delaware’s own official markings banning shellfishing in substantial parts of the Cove.

Under Bason’s “leadership,” the Center didn’t even tell members of its own “Citizens Advisory Committee” about the plans, knowing that several members live around Beach Cove, and would likely have objected if they’d caught wind of the industrialization plan.

Then, the Center cast its shoddy “analysis” to the State of Delaware, hook, line and sinker, without disclosing its failure to inform or notify the people who use Beach Cove every day to teach their kids how to fish, sail, paddle, crab or to access Indian River Bay or the ocean.

Very likely none of this would have happened if the Center for the Inland Bays had conducted a public opinion survey like the one it’s doing right now among residents around Dirickson Creek. Even assuming the worst — that the Center would have ignored the results of its own survey and proceeded anyway to send the State its superficial “research” and inaccurate maps — the survey itself would have rung alarm bells among citizens around Beach Cove. The survey results could have been unearthed before any damage was done and the results called to the attention of the State.

So, Dirickson Creek residents and owners: Do yourself a favor. Take the survey. Pay attention to what the Center for the Inland Bays does (or doesn’t do) with the results. And cry “foul!” if the results it reports smell fishy when the Center proceeds with its next steps around your Dirickson Creek.

Ralph Begleiter
Ocean View

Farm bureau supports federal legislation


Delaware State Farm Bureau recently joined hundreds of farm organizations across the United States in support of the H.R. 1599, the Safe & Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. The U. S. House of Representatives passed the act with a bipartisan vote! I would like to take this opportunity to publically applaud Congressman John Carney for his vote supporting this very important initiative.

• The legislation creates a national GMO-free certification program, modeled on the widely accepted National Organic Program — giving consumers the option to buy non-GMO foods.

• The legislation will ensure consumers have access to the information they want while avoiding the costly price hikes and misinformation associated with various state food labeling laws.

• The legislation also helps create a uniform labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms.

• The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act guarantees that federal regulators will remain in charge of food safety and labeling in the United States, just as they have been for decades.

Without this legislation, consumers will face price hikes in their grocery bills. The state-to-state patchwork approach to food labeling would dramatically slow interstate commerce as farmers and food producers are forced to adjust to differing standards.

In Vermont, a can of vegetable soup would require labeling, while a can of vegetable beef soup would be exempt. It is obvious members of Congress understood the negative consequences of a 50-state patchwork of labeling laws.

We must now focus on the U.S. Senate to support legislation that embraces science-based standards for food labeling while protecting consumers and the farm families that produce the food their families enjoy every night.

Katherine “Kitty” Holtz, President
Delaware State Farm Bureau

Healy thanks Bethany residents for support

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to residents and property owners in Bethany Beach and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Although there is no election this year, I want you to know that I have appreciated your support and consideration of my candidacy in prior years.

I am enjoying my time in public service within our Town and the opportunity it has afforded me to meet and work with so many competent and committed individuals. The common thread uniting all of us is the objective of doing the best job we can for the continued betterment of Bethany Beach.

My congratulations to Chuck Peterson, who will also continue to serve you, and to our newest council member, Jerry Morris, who will ably fill the seat of Jerry Dorfman. I would be remiss if I did not let you know what a distinct pleasure it has been to serve with Jerry Dorfman during my term on council, as he will be sorely missed.

I look forward to continuing to serve you and the best interests of our community as a Bethany Beach council member.

Joseph T. Healy Jr.
Bethany Beach

Reader grateful for assistance from Beebe


My wife was walking our dachshund two weeks ago at our place in Millville when the dog made an unexpected turn. My wife tripped and fell headfirst on the blacktop roadway. She was bleeding profusely from the injury and sporting an ever-growing lump on her forehead. We immediately drove to Beebe Hospital’s emergency facility, where she received quick, compassionate and thorough care.

After diagnostic procedures which included a CAT scan, the orthopedic surgeon diagnosed her situation as “cervical spine fractures with no cord injury,” and she was released with a neck brace, prescription for pain and instructions for home care. The discharge instructions were very detailed, with “additional diagnosis, follow-up contacts, special instructions, etc.”

Since the accident occurred on a weekend, the follow-up instructions recommended a visit to our primary care physician in Wilmington the next week. We were blown away when keeping that appointment to see the hospital had sent our doctor totally complete information about the treatment received, including copies of the CAT scan and X-ray. We are truly thankful that the beach resorts have such a wonderful facility for medical care.

Dan Taylor

Women’s Civic Club celebrates 90 years


The Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach celebrates its 90 years of service and charitable support to Bethany Beach and local causes.

A special celebration of the club’s 90th year will be done on Nov. 12, at the Annual Fashion Show, “A Touch of Class,” being held at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club. A true gala event with winter, holiday fashions, along with special “grand finale” will be displayed by Chico’s of Rehoboth Beach. Co-chairs for the event are Marge Hennig and B.J. Hildebrand. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 10 at the meeting.

The club meets at the South Coastal Library on the second Thursday of the month from September to June. Refreshments and social gathering begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by programs/speakers of interest. Annual dues are $20. If interested, contact Andrea Gowetski, membership chair, at (302) 541-4751. All are welcome.

• Aug. 3, 1925: The club was founded by 18 women. They first gave three benches for the boardwalk and then started a beautification project on the triangle of Routes 1 and 26. The club put refuse cans in town.

• From 1948 to early 1950s: They had a membership of 29 ladies. During that timeframe, they donated six life preservers and lifeguard equipment, i.e. first-aid kits to T-shirts.

• 1950: They purchased four lifeguard stands and umbrellas. Eight oil drums were used as trash receptacles. Hedges were planted near the comfort station. The club had an excellent rapport with the town council, made welcome cards for visitors, which provided the rules of the Town.

• 1953: The club purchased lifeguard jerseys and jackets. A resuscitator and hospital bed were bought for the fire station. They assisted with street sign repair.

• 1960-61: The club continued to outfit the lifeguards and donated transistor telephones. Twelve new trashcans were bought.

• 1962-1965: Due to the ’62 storm, the club records were lost. New supplies were purchased for the lifeguards, along with the new trashcans and benches.

• 1965: The club gave management of the lifeguards to the Town. They purchased 40 new trashcans and membership had plantings throughout the town.

• 1968-1970: Club gave two drinking fountains for the boardwalk. Members planted flowers in front of Town Hall.

• 1970-1980: Saw continued growth of the club and continued support to the Town. Thirty new benches were purchased for the boardwalk, and bike racks were given. The three major projects were to upkeep benches, landscaping and the newsletter. The club hired a gardener for town projects.

• 1980-1990: Members and the gardener (Ed Addy could no longer assist) would do the plantings in the town. Town manager asked us to sponsor a contest for a seal to represent Bethany Beach.

• 1985: We celebrated our 60th birthday and had a float in the 4th of July parade. The first fashion show was held June 13, 1985.

• 1990: Martha Jean Addy was a two-term president of the club. The memorial gardens in the town are dedicated for her service.

• 2000-present: The club has expanded to include the surrounding areas outside of town, which have grown and expanded.

• 2014: The annual fashion show was moved to November.

The club has continued to support the Town, the volunteer fire station, and the EMS service by annual donations. It also supports various worthy causes by awarding donations during the holiday season.

The club does not do fundraising, and income is obtained primarily through our dues. The club has 170 members.

Jeffrey Chandross
B.J. Hildebrand, Past President
Women’s Civic Club of Bethany Beach