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Governor Russell W. Peterson

On June 28, 1971, Governor Russell Peterson signed the Delaware Coastal Zone Act into law. The Act is designed to protect Delaware's coastal area from pollution and other negative consequences of heavy industrialization and bulk product transfer facilities. The law is intended to safeguard the natural environment of Delaware’s River and Bay areas and to promote recreation and tourism along Delaware coastal line.

Heavy, large scale industrial development is prohibited anywhere in the Zone as are offshore bulk product transfer facilities outside the Port of Wilmington. The Act allows new light manufacturing facilities into the Zone and the extension of pre-existing light manufacturing plants and heavy industrial uses in the Zone by receiving a Coastal Zone Act Permit from the Secretary of the DNREC. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE


 

 


Object of the Month

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Bell Howell camera

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start getting out the video cameras and gearing up to make some of those really bad home movies that your family is sure to treasure forever…In keeping with this joyful summertime spirit, this month we offer a glimpse into how it used to be done with this circa 1928 Bell & Howell 16 mm Filmo Model 75 home movie camera. Originally designed by the Bell & Howell Company of Chicago, the Filmo series of movie making equipment started in 1923 with the Filmo Model 70, the first-ever 16 mm camera with a spring-driven motor. The line was produced right up until the 1970s, and Bell & Howell Filmo equipment was generally well renowned for its high build quality, ease of use, and dependability. CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE

 

 

 
 

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