Sussex County Delaware

Sussex Beat, May 24, 2000

Time for IRSD to
Prove Its Worth

NOTE: Sussex Beat is a mix of news, analysis and commentary by Eric Magill, publisher of Sussex County Online.


Eric Magill, Sussex County Online

SC Online

IRSD Referendum ...

Approval of the $67 million Indian River School District referendum on Tuesday, May 23, 2000, showed that saner heads can prevail in referendums.

The 1,400-vote margin from more than 8,000 voters was significant given the 101-vote defeat this referendum saw just two months ago.

Among other things, it marks one of the first times in our memory that young voters came out en masse to ensure their childrens' futures.

At the same time, it means that many senior citizens looked beyond the $55 a year tax increase to the benefits they will receive in increased property values and better educated doctors, lawyers, emergency personnel, etc., to serve them in their retirement years.

As a parent of a young child, I say thank you and congratulations to all those who voted for the proposal.

Now, it's up to us as parents, to our children as students, and to our teachers and administrators to prove that this vote of confidence was well worth the money.

Beach Bus Service ...

Given the lust beach town officials have for parking permit and meter fees, it's great to see the new DART bus service that will connect the Delaware beach towns and Ocean City, Maryland from May 22 through Sept. 4, 2000.

The service probably won't attract many tourists who like the freedom of being able to get in their cars and go when they want rather than waiting for the next bus to arrive.

But we suspect it will be used quite heavily by resort business employees who often have to plunk several dollars worth of quarters into meters all day or night to go to work or face a stack of parking tickets because there is no free parking available to them in the beach towns.

The 30-mile line connects DART's service from Lewes to the Ocean City service by expanding the Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey routes with stops in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.

The service will cost $2 a day for unlimited trips. There will be approximately 20 stops from Lewes to 144th Street in Ocean City, where riders can hop on Ocean City's bus system to go as far south as the Ocean City Inlet.

The Ocean City bus system is $1 per day.

Stops along the route include the Rehoboth Beach Park and Ride, Ruddertowne in Dewey Beach, the Indian River campground, and several stops in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island.

Oyster Eat ...

The annual Georgetown Volunteer Firefighter Company Oyster Eat was honored Tuesday night, May 23, 2000, as a Library of Congress Local Legacy at a special Congressional reception.

The event was nominated by Delaware Congressman Michael N. Castle (R) as Delaware's event in the project.

"I am proud to sponsor the Georgetown Oyster Eat as a Library of Congress Local Legacy Project," said Rep. Castle. "The best way to describe the Oyster Eat is a one-of-a-kind, only-found-in-Delaware event.

"Where else in America can such a diverse group of people including politicians, farmers, bankers and firemen, gathered together eating oysters, dancing and socializing with their neighbors. It's a great melting pot and a fun night to benefit the Georgetown Fire Company, whose firefighters put their lives on the line for us everyday."

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