Sussex County

Neighbors fight against Oakwood Homes applications

More than a dozen residents of Hoot Owl Lane near Dagsboro came out to a Sussex County Board of Adjustment meeting on Oct. 2 to voice their opposition to a special-use exception application filed by Oakwood Homes.

The company was seeking a...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:35am

County introduces update to special-events ordinance

The Sussex County Council at its Tuesday council meeting introduced a draft ordinance related to special events.

Assistant County Attorney Vince Robertson said most of the draft ordinance remains the same as the existing ordinance. Those...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:33am

Sports center asks County for support

Members of the Sussex Sports Center Foundation this week requested that Sussex County financially support their endeavor at the Sussex County Council meeting on Sept. 26, giving a presentation on the project to the council.

The foundation...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:57am

Rt. 54 citizens want a traffic signal, complain of rapid development

The Fire Marshal might have frowned at the number of people squeezed into Roxana Fire Hall on Sept. 19. But Route 54 residents hovered just under the 274 occupancy limit, showing just how concerned they are about traffic issues in their corner of...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:56am

County extends CIB lease for James Farm preserve

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend their lease of the James Farm Ecological Preserve to the Center for the Inland Bays.

The 150-acre property, located on Cedar Neck Road just outside of Ocean View, offers...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:21am

Festival Hispano will be dancing in the streets

Good music, food and fun will fill the streets of Georgetown at the 22nd annual Festival Hispano on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Thousands of people will celebrate Hispanic cultural heritage from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival stretches along North...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 3:23am

Small businesses go front-and-center

State Sen. Gerald Hocker and Gov. John Carney on Aug. 16 invited a small group of local businesspeople to join them for lunch and a roundtable discussion on the state’s economy and their concerns about their individual businesses and beyond....

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:15am

Traffic stop leads to meth, heroin and ecstasy arrest

A speeding ticket led to a drug-related arrest earlier this month in Ocean View.

On Aug. 12, around 10 p.m., an Ocean View police officer stopped a motorcycle because the driver was allegedly driving at 76 mph in a posted 45 mph zone on...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:06am

Sussex County drug-trafficking investigation nets 40 arrests

A multi-jurisdictional investigation into an illegal drug trafficking organization, involving multiple subjects, conducted by the Delaware State Police and Delaware Department of Justice, has concluded with the arrest or indictment of 40...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:01am

County found in violation of FOIA in P&Z hire

The Sussex County Council took time at its Tuesday meeting this week to discuss a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) complaint filed by resident and council meeting regular Dan Kramer.

Kramer’s complaint, filed in November of 2016, alleged...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:37am

Paul F. ‘Pete’ Lynch

Paul F. “Pete” Lynch of Gumboro, Del., passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 1, 2017.

He worked for more than 30 years as a farmer and as an equipment operator for the Delaware Department of Transportation. He was an avid fiddle player...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 6:18am

County council discusses special-events ordinance

After County Councilman George Cole said he had received calls regarding concerts at Hudson Fields outside of Milton, he asked staff to review what ordinances were in place to govern such events.

Following a presentation to the council by...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:28am

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:54am

Wings & Wheels 2017 planning is officially under way

This year’s Wings & Wheels event is set to take place the weekend of Oct. 6-7.

Things will kick off that Friday, with Aviation Education Day, during which 125 high school students will spend the day at the Delaware Coastal Airport,...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:22am

New partnership rescues septic systems from despair

When people move into neighborhoods with a new homeowner association, they may not know what they’re in for. It’s not just house colors and mailbox height. Sometimes it’s road maintenance and a neighborhood-wide sewage system.

That has led...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:46pm

Hope for Dirickson Creek means volunteer action

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: U.S. Sen. Tom Carper speaks to the Dirickson Creek Team over the new State of Dirickson Creek report.Having lived along Dirickson Creek for 30 years, Lynn LeBrun wouldn’t let her grandchildren swim its waters anymore...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:38am

Delaware court honors veterans, bailiff raises donations

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Oscar Gonzales, with his children, Diego, Niko and Henry, created a shadow box so veterans could display their awards anonymously.Prior to gaveling in the start of a Veterans Treatment Court session last week,...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:24am

County denies conditional-use application for ‘tiny home’ campus

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously this week to deny a conditional-use application for a “tiny home” campground in the Long Neck area.

Architect and property owner Joy Marshall Ortiz told the council she wanted to create a small,...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:41am

Sussex County Council approves $143M budget for 2018FY

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved its proposed $143 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

Prior to approving the budget, the council approved a number of ordinances related to the draft budget. Among the changes,...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:26am

County council discusses code on special events

Following up on an inquiry by Councilman George Cole at a May meeting of the Sussex County Council, the council this week discussed the definition of “Special Events” within the Sussex County Code.

Cole was specifically asking about...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:27am

Mid-Sussex EMS chief charged with sexual assault

Delaware State Police this week charged the chief of emergency medical services for the Mid-Sussex Rescue Squad with both unlawful sexual contact and sexual harassment in connection with an alleged assault on a fellow EMT in early May.


Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:24am

County gets update on fighting veteran homelessness

The Sussex County Council this week received an update on the Mayors Challenge to end Veteran Homelessness initiative, in which Sussex County, along with the towns of Blades, Bridgeville, Georgetown, Greenwood, Seaford, as well as the State of...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:38am

County reveals proposed $143.8M 2018 budget

Earlier this week, the Sussex County Council reviewed its $143.8 million draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year.

In a presentation by County Administrator Todd Lawson and County Finance Director Gina Jennings at the May 16 council meeting,...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:05am

Long Neck community looks for more police

Residents of Long Neck want to keep their community safe and are taking steps to do so. A group of citizens attended the May 9 Sussex County Council meeting to speak to the council about their safety needs.

John Matyjewicz, president of...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:57am

County discusses trash, illegal dump sites

Trash has been a topic of discussion for some time in Sussex County. Over the years, County Councilman Sam Wilson has voiced his upset with littering, and Councilman Rob Arlett recently focused on illegal dump sites.

At the May 9 council...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 9:53am

County council gets an update from the Freeman Stage

Patti Grimes, of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, gave Sussex County Council an update on The Freeman Stage at Bayside on April 11.

“If you can believe it, this is our 10th year,” said Grimes. “We want to thank Sussex County for being...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:40am

Burton to serve 30 years for Bennett murder

Matthew BurtonOn Wednesday, April 5, Dagsboro resident Matthew Burton admitted to having committed the rape and murder of Nicole Bennett nearly five years ago.

As reported by the Cape Gazette newspaper, Delaware Superior Court Judge E....

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 11:34am

County purchases property to expand industrial park

Sussex County recently purchased King Farm, a 74-acre property off Park Avenue, east of Georgetown, for $2.2 million. The property will be added to the adjacent Sussex County Industrial Park, which currently houses 20 businesses that employ...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 2:22pm

County council discusses state budget, reassessment

Sussex County officials are looking ahead at the possibility of a statewide property reassessment and potential impacts at the county government level as state officials work to prepare a 2018-fiscal-year budget that they hope will address a $350...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:41am

Route 113 changes show promise, but still carry concerns

Feedback is coming in for the Millsboro-South Study, which proposes widening Route 113 and a new Route 24 connector road. The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is inviting the public to comment on the plans, officially laid out in...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:16am

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: IRSD polls open for referendum again March 2

Local polls will open on Thursday, March 2, for the Indian River School District’s current-expense referendum.

Comparing it to the November 2016 referendum, which failed by 20 votes, IRSD Acting Superintendent Mark Steele said, “We’re...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:07am

County appoints Stevenson to P&Z seat

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission no longer has a vacancy, as Kim Hoey Stevenson will fill the seat formerly held by current Sussex County Councilman I.G. Burton III.

Stevenson, who currently serves as the communications...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 8:33am

Locals rally in support of Warren after Sessions debate

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Protesters rallied in Georgetown on Sunday to show their support of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, after the Senator was silenced during the reading of Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter opposing the appointment of now-...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:38am

County again participating in CDBG program this year

Sussex County will once again participate in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program this year, with the county council voicing its approval following a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

The program provides funding for a...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 10:15am

County approves conditional use for Sussex Consortium

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week voted in favor of approving a conditional use request for 25 acres of AR-1 land, located on the southwest side of Sweetbriar Road in Lewes, to build a new school for the Sussex...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 9:33am

Sussex County now has comprehensive electronic zoning map

Completing a project from the 2016 fiscal year, Sussex County now has a comprehensive electronic zoning map.

County Administrator Todd Lawson told the county council at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31, that after learning that...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 9:31am

DelDOT seeks input on new Route 113 revamp concept

Nearly two years have passed since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) abandoned the unpopular plan for a Route 113 bypass for Millsboro south to Selbyville. Instead, they now plan to widen the existing highway and build a new road...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 9:19am

Sussex County committee discusses services for the elderly

The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities met this week and provided to those in attendance a brief update as to what services a number of area organizations provide.

Christine Santy, COP case...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 9:00am

Sports commission: Tournament a ‘Slam Dunk’ for Sussex County

Matthew J. Robinson of the Delaware Sports Commission spoke before the Sussex County Council this week regarding the success of Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament.

“Really, why I’m here today is, one, to thank, and, two, share on the...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:53am

Feds deny seismic testing permits for Atlantic Ocean

It’s Part Two in a major victory for those concerned about the impact of fossil fuel exploration on a clean, healthy Atlantic Ocean. Seismic testing has been banned in the U.S.’s Atlantic Ocean waters, for now.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:40am

Coastal towns find strength in numbers

In coastal Delaware, it’s time to ACT up.

Perhaps a decade has passed since the coastal towns came together in an official alliance. But the Association of Coastal Towns (ACT) is re-forming, with Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:09am

County recognizes Lank for decades of service

Coastal Point • Maria Counts Sussex County Planning & Zoning Director Lawrence Lank, center, receives recognition from Sussex County Council members and employees for his service to the County. Lank was the longest-serving employee in Sussex...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 10:37am

Centuries-old event wins ‘Best Event’ tourism awardx

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Organizers of the popular Return Day event accept their award from Southern Delaware Tourism for ‘Best Event.’Who would have thought a political event from the 1700s would still be making such a big impact on tourism...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:35am

County council members bid farewell to Deaver

This week’s Sussex County Council meeting was the last for longtime Councilwoman Joan Deaver, the outgoing District 3 representative, who was the first woman to be elected to the council.

Deaver was elected in 2008 as the council’s only...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:29am

County holds workshop on new comp plan

The Sussex County Council, along with members of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission and County staff met earlier this week for a workshop on the County’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

A comprehensive plan, which is required by...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 9:41am

Candidates bury the hatchet at Return Day celebration

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Above, ‘Town Crier’ Kirk Lawson reads the results of the 2016 elections. Top right, Miss Delaware Amanda Debus waves to the crowd as part of the parade.Many people flocked to Georgetown last Thursday to take part in...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 9:15am

Online exclusive: Comp Plan forum to focus on developers’ perspective

Residents of Sussex County are being encouraged to attend a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County tonight. The forum, “The Developers’ Perspective: An Effective 2018 Comprehensive Plan,” will be held in County Council...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 6:58am

Election results are in

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dave Kline was amongst a group of Donald Trump supporters at the intersection of Routes 1 and 26 earlier this week.

Following a long election season, the State of Delaware only saw a statewide voter...

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:49am

Today & Tomorrow Conference returns to Sussex County

The Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference was held last week, with the mission of providing “insight and identify opportunities in Sussex County to promote economics, partnership and collaboration.”

Micheal Meoli, owner/operator of...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:07am

Unlocked doors? OVPD advises you should expect thefts

Lock your doors! Police are asking people to avoid being an easy target for theft.

Recently, Ocean View Police Department reported a rash of burglaries in early November, including 10 car burglaries in two days. Every vehicle was left...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9:46am