Sussex County

First public groups tour completed inlet bridge

Dressed in hardhats, gloves and reflective vests, a group of 20 civilians crossed the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, from end to end, for the first time. They grinned as a DelDOT tour guide led them across the newly completed 10-foot closure pour...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:53am

ALERT: Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for 2 p.m. -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:20am

County P&Z defers decision on proposed yard-waste facility

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week deferred a decision after a public hearing on a conditional-use application from Jeremy W. Smith of Ocean View. Smith’s application is for a yard waste and composting facility, proposed...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:42am

Vincent reports that Phillips is improving from plane incident

Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent reported Tuesday that he had spoken with Councilman Vance Phillips.

Phillips was involved in a solo plane incident where he reportedly had a very rough landing in an experimental hang glide-...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:50am

County looks to entice businesses to make Sussex home

With continuing concern about jobs in Sussex County, county council members on Oct. 25 discussed potential economic development incentives designed to bring new companies, and new jobs, to the county.

First on the agenda could be SeaWatch...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:48am

Sussex County business owners make connections to face challenges

“Manufacturing is alive and well in Sussex County.” So said Craig Hollenbeck, president of Craig Technologies out of Seaford, Del. Hollenbeck joined two other business owners, Robert F. Rider Jr., president and CEO of O.A. Newton in Bridgeville,...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:46am

Conference attendees aim to make connections that work

This year’s Sussex County Today and Tomorrow Conference — an annual conference held in Georgetown that gathers more than 300 Sussex County business owners, educators and others interested in meeting their peers and discussing county issues and...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:45am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 to close near Indian River bridge, in both directions, 7 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday

Delaware’s Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, there will be a shift in traffic patterns on Route 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The shift will be implemented to ensure...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:05am

BREAKING NEWS: Phillips in serious condition after Virginia plane crash

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips was reported to be recovering in a Virginia medical center on Monday, following a single-engine plane crash near Lynchburg, Va., that occurred around dusk on Sunday evening.

County Public Information...

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:23am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 near Inlet to close at 9 p.m.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1, near the Indian River Inlet will close at approximately 9 p.m. tonight, due to high storm tides, report  officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Neither the...

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10:33am

County council holds hearing on redistricting plan

Sussex County residents have until noon on Friday, Oct. 28, to enter their comments on the county’s proposed redistricting plan, due to a typographical error in the county council’s meeting agenda heading into their Oct. 25 meeting and hearing on...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:16am

Bethany’s consideration of AT&T antenna proposal on hold for now

While AT&T appeals a Sussex County Board of Adjustments decision not to permit a cellular antenna tower on a parcel just south of Bethany Beach town limits, and as a temporary tower remains on the site pending that appeal, the company has...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:35am

SEDAC offering free consultations to would-be entrepreneurs

Starting a new business can be difficult, but a group of Sussex County officials and businesspeople are aiming to make it easier – and help boost economic development in the county – by offering a little help to would-be entrepreneurs. The Sussex...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:07am

Inland Bays Foundation takes citizen advocacy to the next level

The Inland Bays Foundation had its first official meeting in October as an established 501(c)3 organization. Their mission is “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays watershed by conducting public outreach and education,...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 9:57am

Residents questioning rate increases from private sewer systems

Sussex County officials are planning an informational session for county council members to hear about sewer rate increases that are being reported around the county.

Councilman George Cole said at the council’s Oct. 18 meeting that he had...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 9:54am

Today and Tomorrow Conference set for Oct. 26 at DelTech

Community leaders, individuals forging paths in business and education, and elected officials will join together to raise public awareness of business connections that work at the 18th annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference on...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 7:29am

Indian River Inlet project set to bridge the gap

It’s getting a lot harder for people driving across the Indian River Inlet Bridge to see through the gap between north and south sides of the new bridge as they drive past, with the time for the final concrete pour of the project nearing and just...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:53am

Second windmill ordinance ready to go to public hearings

Sussex County could make additional changes to its ordinances regarding windmills and other wind-power devices in the coming weeks, with amendments to the recently approved policy coming before the council in draft form this week.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:39pm

County council shelves proposed BoA fee decrease

Sussex County won’t be reducing its Board of Adjustments fees – at least not yet.

County council members voted recently not to make proposed changes to the fee structure for applications for variances from the county BoA, on a split 3-2...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:15pm

County extends casino moratorium for now

While county staff continue work on a draft ordinance that would govern potential casino and racino projects in unincorporated areas of Sussex County, the county council this week voted to extend an existing moratorium on applications for such...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:37am

AMBER ALERT: 4-year-old Milford boy and 19-year-old woman

The Delaware State Police have issued an Amber Alert for the Milford Police Department. The Milford Police Department is searching for a 4-year-old Milford boy and his 19-year-old mother after they were abducted Friday morning.


Friday, September 16, 2011 - 5:26am

County allows wind-power devices as permitted use

Sussex County property owners can now apply for a permit to erect a windmill or wind turbine on their properties, even if it’s a piece of land the size of a standard residential lot.

Sussex County Council members voted unanimously on...

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:42am

Casinos ban could get extended ahead of new zone

Sussex County officials are continuing to work on an ordinance that might someday create a CGD – Commercial Gambling District – in which any Sussex County casino outside municipal limits would have to be located, though they could pass another...

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:38am

County puts 'adequate public facilities' ordinance on hold

Sussex County Council has removed from consideration an ordinance designed to deal with whether approval of development must go hand-in-hand with having adequate public facilities to serve such projects.

Councilwoman Joan Deaver on Sept....

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:23am

Indian River Inlet bridges survive earthquake, hurricane

Despite long-running concerns about its stability, the 46-year-old Indian River Inlet Bridge came away from two natural disasters in a single week with a clean bill of health, as did its replacement.

The Delaware Department of...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:19am

Bradley sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus 164 years

On Friday, Aug. 26, Sussex County Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. sentenced former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley to 14 consecutive life sentences in prison for the 14 counts of rape in the first-degree of which he was found guilty...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:18am

MAPP power transmission project likely to be delayed

Recently, Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) notified the Maryland Public Service Commission and Virginia State Corporation Commission that the company is requesting temporary delays in the Commissions’ reviews of the respective applications filed by the...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 5:59am

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 7:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Area begins recovery from Hurricane Irene, with mostly minor damage reported

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, dealing with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs. Gov. Jack Markell lifted a travel ban and evacuation orders for at-risk areas as of...

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 2:50pm

BREAKING NEWS: Power remains out in Bethany, parts of Ocean View; no damage to boardwalk, OV homes

From Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin (7 a.m. Sunday):

At this time, no damage to property has been reported in Ocean View.  Power outage remains east of West Avenue in Ocean View and throughout Bethany Beach.

Reports from the...

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 1:33am

BREAKING NEWS: Power outages, flooding continue; police enforcing travel restrictions

From Ocean View Police Department (11:45 p.m.):

Over the past hour, winds and rain subsided.  Police patrols were initiated and all roadways in town are reported to be open.  Power is still out on the east side of West Avenue and in...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 6:35pm

BREAKING NEWS: Police withdraw to station, power out in Ocean View and Bethany, downed trees reported

UPDATED (8:45 p.m.) Conditions in Ocean View remain the same.  Reports have been received that a tornado touched down in the Lewes area and 15 homes were damaged/destroyed.

The National Guard has assigned a unit to the OV EOC.  National...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 1:00pm

BREAKING NEWS: Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, tornado warning briefly issued, more safety information released

Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, conditions deteriorating as Irene approaches

As conditions across Delmarva have started to deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Irene, the Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 9:47am

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation-zone residents should be out now; conditions worsening ahead of Irene's arrival

Hurricane Irene begins making its way into Sussex County
Those evacuating at-risk areas should be out; conditions will worsen quickly as day progresses

The first effects of Hurricane Irene are beginning to spiral into Sussex County...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 4:32am

WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane warning, flood watch in place as Irene looms

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning and Flood Watch for the area, as Hurricane Irene comes ashore and heads toward Delmarva. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but it remains near Category 2 strength,...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation of Sussex County continues, those within .75 miles of water must leave now

The evacuation of Sussex County’s most vulnerable areas continued Friday evening as Hurricane Irene, now slightly weaker but still a very dangerous storm, remained on a collision course with the eastern United States, including Sussex County and...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 3:49pm

BREAKING NEWS: Looming hurricane suspends 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' build

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” and Schell Brothers will be suspending their Delaware build effective at midnight on Saturday (Friday into Saturday).

Representatives said they will attempt to restore the build at 1 p.m. Sunday, once...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 10:34am

BREAKING NEWS: Bradley gets 14 consecutive life sentences for abuse of patients

On Friday, Aug. 26, Sussex County Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. sentenced former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley to 14 consecutive life sentences in prison for the 14 counts of rape in the first-degree that he was found guilty of...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 8:44am

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation for communities within 3/4-mile of water

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has declared a mandatory evacuation for much of the Coastal Point readership area. Everyone in towns including Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, North Bethany, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Long Neck, Oak Orchard,...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:59am

WEATHER ALERT: DEMA -- Review emergency plans, supplies, monitor weather, surf conditions

As of a final update from state emergency officials for Thursday night, the projected path of Hurricane Irene continued to place the powerful storm slightly to the east of Delaware’s Atlantic Coast, however, emergency management officials and...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 3:28pm

EMERGENCY ALERT: Delaware orders coastal evacuation, declares state of emergency

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell issued an evacuation order for visitors in Sussex County on Thursday evening as the most significant tropical threat to the region in years continued its march toward the East Coast, expected to bring with it hurricane-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:34pm

WEATHER ALERT: Visitors urged to postpone plans, leave area now

Due to the impending and potentially very dangerous Hurricane Irene, all those who planned to visit Delaware the weekend of Aug. 26-28 are being urged to postpone plans immediately. Gov. Jack Markell and emergency management officials stated mid-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:23am

Jusst Extreme

The newest family on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is a family who has already given everything to serve Sussex County.

Television host Ty Pennington rolled into Delaware on an extremely orange bus Monday, Aug. 22, to surprise the Rev....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 3:09pm

Sentencing phase in Bradley trial scheduled to begin Friday

The sentencing of former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley on child sex-abuse charges is scheduled to begin this Friday, Aug. 26, at the Sussex County Superior Courthouse in Georgetown.

On June 23, Delaware Superior Court Judge William C....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 3:06pm

Preparations underway for Sept. 17 Coastal Cleanup event

Don’t know what to do with that ugly old bridesmaid dress? How about that old VCR? Here’s a thought — throw it in the ocean!

Coastal Point • Monica Scott
Matt Likovich of Delmarva Power shows off this year’s t-shirt design for...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 3:03pm

Route 113 project to move forward in the north

Route 113 will get some improvements after all, according to the Delaware Department of Transportation. That announcement came this week, after Sussex County legislators and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt met recently to discuss future...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 7:00am

BREAKING NEWS: IR Inlet to be closed overnight

The Delaware Department of Transportation is reminding the public — and  especially mariners — of an impending work activity associated with the ongoing Indian River Inlet Bridge construction, which will mean an 8-hour closure for the inlet...

Sunday, August 14, 2011 - 2:13am

County grants blanket extension for approvals from 2009 to present

Months after Sussex County officials first began to consider whether to grant across-the-board extensions to approvals the county had granted during the recession, the county council this week voted narrowly to adopt the extensions, with the...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:19am

Wind-power entrepeneur appeals for reduction in requirements

It’s not often that a business entrepreneur coming before Sussex County Council to request an ordinance change gets a round of applause from those attending the council meeting, but Michael Panco got just that this week after he asked the council...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:52am

County program aims to get kids healthy and outdoors

Sussex County is getting national attention for a program designed to improve the health of its children, and plans are to expand the program with a focus on active living in the outdoors.

On Aug. 9, John Hollis of Sussex Outdoors and...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:48am