May 18, 2015

Outfall Pipe Vote Set for June 27th

City of Rehoboth Commissioners set the date for the referendum, the public vote, on borrowing the money for the controversial ocean outfall pipe for Saturday, June 27, 2015.

People need to ask why the cost keeps going up. The City website claims the outfall pipe portion of the project will be $25 Million as seen in the slideshow (below the video) here . But tow news articles have the cost of the outfall pipe portion at $31 or $312 million, as reported in this Cape Gazette article by Ryan Mavity and this News Journal article by Molly Murray.

Let us just say that Stan Mills’ claim of “misinformation” by our group are unfounded. A person who uses our site to make a comment is not the same as the official position or our group.  Yes we know there are outfall pipes in Bethany and in Ocean City. Our main claim is not that this pipe will be horribly polluting to the ocean. Our main claim is that land based application is cheaper and ocean outfall is a waste of water.

I think putting something on the town’s website saying outfall will cost $25 million when the most recent numbers are more like $31 million is misinformation now Mr. Mills.

May 12, 2015

Rehoboth Beach Mailer & Public Hearing

The Chapter has sent a mailing to every property owner in Rehoboth Beach to make them aware of the referendum coming up on borrowing money to fund the outfall pipe. The mailer aims to tell people that as property owners, they are eligible to vote in the election even if they don’t live in Rehoboth. Here is a PDF of the one-page mailing. Please share this with those you know that own property in Rehoboth.

And please, please come out the public hearing Friday night, May 15th at 7PM 229 Rehoboth Ave. where the Rehoboth Commissioners will set the date for the bond vote referendum. Tell the Commissioners to vote NO on setting this date for a public vote. Print and post the flier at the bottom of this post.

Talking Points for Friday’s Hearing:

1) The Chapter is appealing the decision of DNREC to accept the findings of the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) supporting the outfall pipe option. That hearing is on June 23rd. It makes no sense to ask voters to borrow this money before this appeal is settled.

2) The final price of the outfall pipe is unknown. It will need seven state and federal permits in order to operate. No one has built an ocean outfall pipe in ten years, so it is very likely that whoever constructs it will NOT know everything that needs doing to satisfy these permits up front. If you are building a house and you find out you still need seven permits to move in, don’t you think there is a chance that satisfying those seven permits will cost you some more money? Seems reasonable.

3) The main alternative to ocean outfall is land application. The EIS assumed that the City would have to buy land for land based, but this is not true. Utilities stated on the record that they have the land or will acquire land to deal with the treated water. So the entire conclusion of the EIS is based on false assumptions. Land based application can be done, and it can be done for less money, but it was never given a chance.

4) The outfall pipe will take the longest to build. Again, it hasn’t been done in ten years. Whereas running pipes inland along state and county roads is routine. The seven permits needed will add to this time, and the longer this takes, the more pollution that goes into Rehoboth Bay. Land application requires fewer permits.

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May 6, 2015

Public Hearing on Ocean Outfall Pipe Vote

Where:  Rehoboth City Hall, Commissioners Room, 229 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, DE
When:   Friday, May 15 at 7:00pm


There will be a public hearing by the Rehoboth Beach Mayor and Commissioners on setting the date for the referendum where we can vote on borrowing the money to build the ocean outfall pipe. Please attend and urge then to vote no on holding the referendum. All Sussex County Residents are being asked to contribute towards this ocean outfall pipe for the sewage treatment plant. If you don’t want it come out an speak! There will be a comment period at the meeting.
Sussex County is funding 40% of this project.  Even if you do not live within the City limits, but live in Sussex County, this issue affects you.
April 21, 2015

Rehoboth to ask voters for $71 million

Council approves outfall loan
By Ryan Mavity | Apr 21, 2015

Article can be found on capegazette.villagesoup.com

DOVER — Rehoboth Beach officials will ask voters to approve borrowing $71 million to pay for the proposed ocean outfall and City Hall projects. While a referendum is expected to take place in June, opponents of the outfall say it is not a done deal yet.

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February 27, 2015

Delaware Surfriders appeal Rehoboth outfall decision

Cooper not surprised by action
By Ryan Mavity | Feb 27, 2015

Article can be found on capegazette.villagesoup.com

REHOBOTH BEACH — The Delaware chapter of the Surfrider Foundation has appealed Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary David Small’s decision to approve Rehoboth Beach’s ocean outfall project.

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February 26, 2015

Outfall Pipe Decision Appealed by Surfrider

For absolutely no reason, this news report on the Chapter’s Outfall Pipe Appeal comes to you…from a helicopter.

The Chapter is appealing DNREC’s January 5th decision that accepted the findings of the Environmental Impact Statement, EIS, for the proposed Rehoboth Beach Outfall pipe.
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February 25, 2015

Rehoboth set to borrow $58 million

Voters must approve spending plan

By Ryan Mavity | Feb 16, 2015
Article can be found on capegazette.villagesoup.com
Rehoboth Beach officials are planning to hold a spring referendum to allow city officials to borrow  money for a new City Hall complex and for the proposed ocean outfall project.

REHOBOTH BEACH — Rehoboth Beach voters will likely go to the polls in April or May to vote on a referendum to pay for the proposed ocean outfall and an upgraded City Hall.

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February 25, 2015

Rehoboth ocean outfall study appealed

Molly Murray, The News Journal 11:28 a.m. EST February 24, 2015

When Rehoboth Beach officials looked for land for an alternative disposal site for their municipal sewerage, the coastal real estate market was booming.

They contacted landowner, after landowner and found no one tilling to sell.

So the city proceeded with a proposal to build an ocean outfall, a plan that was supported as the best option in an environmental impact statement recently approved by state environmental officials.

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February 17, 2015

Video – Gregg Rosner gets Chapter Leadership East Award from Surfrider

Due to his tireless commitment and work to stop the Rehoboth Beach Ocean Outfall Pipe, Gregg Rosner was nominated for and won the Chapter Leadership East Award from Surfrider Foundation at their annual Wavemaker Awards Dinner held in San Clemente, CA on January 31, 2015.
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February 1, 2015

Local environmental groups split on Rehoboth Beach outfall project

Local environmental groups split on Rehoboth Beach outfall project
By Eli Chen – January 30, 2015

On a regular day, the Rehoboth Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant takes in about 1.3 million gallons of sewage from Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Cape Henlopen Acres and North Shores.

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