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LEWES, Del.- The life and legacy of long-time WBOC owner Tom Draper was remembered Monday in Lewes during a ribbon cutting ceremony held for the completion of the second phase of a Sussex County bike trail and the unveiling of a kiosk in honor of WBOC’s longtime owner Tom Draper, who passed away in 2017.

The Delaware Department of Transportation on Monday morning held the ceremony for the completion of Phase Two of the Georgetown to Lewes bike trail. Also known as the Tom Draper Trail, it consists of a hot-mix trail 10-foot wide that extends for approximately 4.9 miles in length from Savannah Road to Log Cabin Road. This a new pathway for pedestrians and cyclists to and from communities and businesses in Sussex County. Phase Two is not the end of the trail. When complete, the entire trail will be a 10-foot-wide paved trail that will stretch a total of 17 miles from Lewes to Georgetown. 

Dozens of cyclists, elected officials and friends, along with members of the Draper family, came out for Monday’s ribbon cutting, which also showcased a new kiosk in honor of Mr. Draper. Visitors were able to review a map of the trail and read about his life through the new kiosk, which featured his biography and multiple photos of him.

Mr. Draper, who was the owner of WBOC-TV for 39 years, celebrated 50 years in journalism on Sept. 3, 2017, just days before he was struck and killed by a pickup truck while riding his bike along Slaughter Beach