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Marathon Helps Raise Money to "Restore the Tower"

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Proposed tower mock-up (Photo: WBOC) Proposed tower mock-up (Photo: WBOC)

DEWEY BEACH, Del. - The Coastal Delaware Running Festival was held Sunday to raise money in part to help "Restore the Tower."

The tower in question in tower #3 on Tower Rd. in Dewey Beach. It is one of 11 fire control towers in Sussex County left over from World War II. It was originally used to observe enemy shipping and direct artillery fire from Fort Miles a few miles north.

Gary Ray is the president of the Fort Miles Historical Association.

"I would say, most people are completely clueless about little Delaware and our value," he said. "Our state sits defending the Delaware Bay and of course during World War II, 45 percent of all the war material came out of the Philadelphia area and so this little place was absolutely critical to the World War II war effort."

Ray is working with the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation to rebuild tower #3. Basically, they want to open the observation tower to the public and revitalize the surrounding area so people can go up and take in the view.

Ernie Felici is the chairman for the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation.

"We feel that this is a great opportunity for tourists when they visit this beautiful state to get on top of the tower and see the vistas," he explained. "And basically also relive history."

Felici also works for Focus Multisports, which put together the Coastal Delaware Running Festival Sunday. It is a 26.2 mile Boston Marathon qualifying run that brings runners along the coast to help raise money to restore the tower.

"What it does in addition to generating funds it generates awareness," Felici said.

The project would cost around $3 million and come partly from funds raised at the marathon.

At the second annual event, there were about 2,400 registrants from 44 different states. Last year, the run raised about $60,000. This year, organizers said they feel confident about getting the ball rolling on tower restoration.


 

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