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The $17 Million Sign Controversy

Posted By Alan Henney On August 4, 2014 @ 2:15 am In Rehoboth Beach & Dewey Beach | Comments Disabled

This sign is causing some controversy with less than a week left to the Rehoboth Beach municipal election. It appeared recently on State Road at the alternate entrance to Rehoboth.

“A healthy dialogue on issues such as the City Hall project is a good thing,” states Mayor Sam Cooper. “However,” he continues, “I do not see that negative sound bites [like this sign] add anything to help residents better understand what is at stake. Such tactics are meant to divide not inform. Unfortunately, these divisive tactics have become the norm on the national scene. I hope this is not the direction our little town is headed.”

The current city hall, Mayor Cooper says, “is woefully inadequate in meeting the needs of the departments that occupy it,” noting that the planning effort has been a two-year project involving all of the commissioners, four citizens, two of whom are architects, the city manager and the police chief.

Remodeling and adding to the existing building was investigated in early stages, Mayor Cooper notes, but was quickly deemed to be unworkable because of the many challenges present in the existing building. “Every effort has been and will be made to design a building that meets the needs of the City staff, is architecturally appropriate and is cost sensitive. It is important that everyone understand that no money will be spent for the construction of this project without the consent of the property owners and residents. The Commissioners will include a funding strategy as part of the final plan,” Mayor Cooper added.

Mayor Cooper’s challenger, Tom McGlone, says Mayor Cooper is “wasting yet again another $500,000 on a study. The study in 2007 was wasted as Mayor Cooper decided to shelve the Tevebaugh study!”

McGlone added that in this letter to the editor [1] of the Cape Gazette on Friday, James Tevebaugh states that “Rehoboth Beach needed a strategic plan in 2007 and still needs one today.

“Mayor Cooper does not believe in strategic planning,” McGlone charged, and “I [if elected] will halt the spending of another $500,000 and will immediately reach out to property owners in Rehoboth Beach.”

“My idea,” says McGlone, is a “four-story parking [garage] and police station as [an] alternative to [the proposed] $17 million McMansion city hall.”

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