Letters to the Editor — May 1, 2015

Annual CROPwalk set for this weekend


Can one step make a difference? Many of us walking together to make our community, our country and our nation a better place, through a hands-up program, can. Join us on May 3 at the Bandstand to support the CROPwalk. Contact [me] at (302) 537-9417 or at rm.hendrix@mchsi.com to find out how you can join the walk or go online to www.crophungerwalk.org/Bethany BeachDE to make a donation and find out more about the walk.

Twenty-five percent of the money raised will stay in our community, and the rest will be used throughout the world to build wells, start small businesses, help small farmers, encourage education and bring a feeling of hope to many. Alone, it is sometimes hard to change much, but together our ability to provide change is mind boggling. You have a hundred people who donate nothing and you have nothing. A hundred people who donate $1 and you have $100, which can make a difference. Join us to make a difference. There will be entertainment at the bandstand for people who can’t or don’t want to walk. We hope to see you there.

Rose Mary Hendrix
South Bethany

IRHS seniors grateful for support


The Indian River High School Class of 2016 would like to thank the following local businesses for their donations and support in helping to lower the cost of their prom tickets: Bethany Trading Company, Treasure Quest Shoppe, Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company, Creative Concepts, Bethany Auto Parts and Marine Supplies, Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters, Owens Station Sporting Clays, Christmas Spirit, Bethany Surf Shop, Joann Holladay—Longaberger Consultant, Bethany Books, Cup Cakes in Bloom, RACC Fitness, Fenwick Shoals Surf Shop, Wild About Birds, The Barn, Brasure’s Carpet Care, Jeanne Richt Hastings, Floaters, Movies at Midway, Lewes Harbour Marina, Kids Ketch, Quiet Storm, Browseabout Books, Nicola Pizza, Irish Eyes, Odysea, Danette Mumford (Thirty-One Consultant), Subway, Sea Level, Carolina Street, Bayside Wines and Spirits, Ellen Rice Gallery, Fisher’s Popcorn, DiFebo’s restaurant, Fish Tales, Cracker Barrel, Maui Golf, Penguin Diner, Matteo’s Salsa Loco, Snyder’s Candy, Birch Tree Café, Pottery Place, Millsboro Lanes, Mickey’s Crab House, Edible Arrangements, McCabe’s Market, Bethany Trading Co., Kilwin’s Chocolate, Sam Ellis Photography, Millers Creek, Mumford Van Zee Productions, Mio Fratello, Perfect Furnishings, Armand’s, Surf Sessions, Summer Salts Café, Turquoise restaurant, Serendipity Quilt Shop, Blooming Boutique, Taste of South Philly, Olive Garden, Sam’s Club, Starbucks, Millville Pet Stop, Country Wicker, Alison Walt (Mary Kay Consultant), Indian River Construction Class, Super G, Food Lion, Make Ya Look Salon, Pepsi and Kohl’s Associates in Action.

Again, the Indian River Class of 2016 would like to thank you for your contributions, along with the community members that came to the events.

Class of 2016
Indian River High School

Chamber director thankful for suppport


On behalf of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and staff, I would like to thank everyone who helped make the 26th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour an absolute success. The event brought more than 1,800 cyclists and their families and friends to the Quiet Resorts.

The feedback has been tremendous. Residents and visitors who participated in the tour were pleased with the routes, rest stops and post-party festivities, and many business owners reported a highly-profitable weekend. The Chamber is thankful to all those involved in the organization and implementation of the event and the friendly, positive manner in representing both the event and community. Please take a moment to see our “Thank You” in this edition of the Coastal Point.

Safety is our primary concern, so a special thanks to DelDOT, Sussex County paramedics, local and state police departments, local EMTs and fire companies, ARES Group and Coastal Spokes Club, who joined forces to make our cyclists and community safe throughout the day.

In addition, thank you to the community as a whole for your patience and support especially the Saturday morning of the event. The success of the 26th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour lies in the collaboration with our members, businesses and entire community. We, as a Chamber, are blessed to live and work with outstanding people. Thank you!

Kristie Maravalli, Executive Director
Bethany-Fenwick Area
Chamber of Commerce

Reader offers info on seismic testing


There has been much published in the recent years about the potential impacts concerning the BOEM directives for seismic testing. Let’s get the facts straight for everyone.

According to the BOEM 788-page document on the seismic testing slated for the area off Ocean City and Delaware:

“This Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) covers the potential significant environmental effects of multiple geological and geophysical (G&G) activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in the Mid- and South Atlantic Planning Areas. It evaluates the types of G&G surveys and activities in the three program areas managed by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM): oil and gas; renewable energy; and marine minerals.”

So, seismic testing is just not for gas and oil. A deep scan of the ocean substrate is required for these projects, such as wind farms and sand for beach replenishments. Why? Shipwrecks, WWII armaments, existing cables and historical anthropological artifacts all have to be accounted for. Is this our fate? That human need and greed supersede our role as sentient beings on this planet?

And if you observed as I did, the pictures of seals that the Coastal Point has published in recent weeks, then please question the lack of scientific rigor associated with this ecosystem devastation.

“Thirty-nine species of marine mammals occur or may occur within the AOI, including 34 cetacean species, 1 sirenian (the Florida subspecies of the West Indian manatee), and 4 pinnipeds (gray seal, harbor seal, hooded seal, and harp seal). The manatee and the four seal species probably do not occur in the AOI currently; therefore, only 34 marine mammal species are potentially impacted.

“Six of the potentially impacted marine mammal species are endangered species, including five baleen whales (NARW, blue whale, fin whale, sei whale, and humpback whale) and one toothed whale (sperm whale). The IPFs affecting marine mammals are active acoustic sound sources, vessel and equipment noise, vessel traffic, aircraft traffic and noise, trash and debris, and accidental fuel spills.”

Probably do not occur? That a federal agency would violate the due process of NEPA in this matter is astounding. NEPA standards require any federal agency to verify substantive evidence in published documents, especially for anticipated impacts of this magnitude. Where is the review here?

At the end of the day, we are facing an industrialized ocean which will limit species density and diversity. And for Delmarva, the potential losses for commercial fishing industry and tourism are catastrophic. All the billions of dollars at stake.

Gregg Rosner, Executive Director