Sussex County Delaware
Jacobs Earns State's
Top Tourism Award
 
Sussex Beat, Nov. 1, 2002

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By KERIN MAGILL
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Tourism Awards

Fay Jacobs of Rehoboth Beach Main Street was named Travel and Tourism Person of the Year in Delaware by Governor Ruth Ann Minner during the Governor's Tourism Awards ceremony this week at the Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center.

Jacobs joined Rehoboth Beach Main Street as executive director in 1999. Since then, membership in the program has tripled. Jacobs has also implemented or improved a number of special events designed to increase overnight stays.

She came up with the concept of partnering with the Friends of the Library to produce Rehoboth's annual Chocolate Festival, doubling the event's income and attendance.

She will also implement the Dolphin Project in spring 2003, which will feature six-foot dolphin sculptures artisticaly decorated and placed throughout downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Other Sussex County winners at the annual included:

  • Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce for the annual Fall Surf-Fishing Tournament, Hall of Fame Award;
  • Southern Delaware Tourism and Partners for "Discover the Treasures So Close to Home," Best Time-Targeted Campaign;
  • Rehoboth Beach Main Street and Rehoboth Art League, Best Partnership; and
  • Southern Delaware Tourism for the Southern Delaware Outdoor Guide, co-winner for Most Improved Tourism Product.

The Fall Surf-Fishing Tournament was created in 1978 by the chamber to generate fall tourism. The tournament has become one of the most popular surf-fishing events in the region, attracting 550 participants in 2001, 70 percent of whom live farther than 50 miles away.

The "Discover the Treasures So Close to Home" publication was originally created in 2001 to boost visitation to Southern Delaware during the 2001 shoulder seasons, but was expanded to conteract the negative effect of Sept. 11.

The Southern Delaware Outdoor Guide was created because of the high number of requests for information on outdoor activities from visitors. The guide includes information on a wide range of activities from bird migration to beach activities and state park offerings.

I.R. Power Plant Cited

Indian River Power Plant L.L.C.has been cited for violations of state laws relating to its industrial waste landfill.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary John A. Hughes issued an order Thursday, Oct. 31 directing Indian River Power to operate the landfill with specific monitoring requiremetns through Jan. 31, 2003. By that date, the company must give DNREC financial assurance, as required by its permit, for closure and post-closure care of the site.

The Indian River Power Plant near Millsboro is owned and operated by Indian River Power L.L.C., a subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc. The landfill is used to dispose of coal ash from the production of electricity at the plant.

According to DNREC officials, NRG Energy Inc. has been unable to provide financial assurances required for a solid waste facility permit since it purchased the plant in June 2001. On Oct. 10, the company notified DNREC that it would not be able to provide such assurances until mid-January 2003.

Hughes' Oct. 31 order also establishes a compliance schedule for closure of the landfill if the company fails to provide the necessary financial documentation.


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