Sussex County


County council offers support for Coastal Towns Museum

Sussex County Council voted Tuesday to award a grant of $5,000 to the Ocean View Historical Society for the restoration of the Shores House in Ocean View, which is to become home to the group’s museum.

In addition to hosting two recent “...

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 3:52am

County to consider changes to windmill turbine ordinance

Sussex County Council has decided to look at the county’s current windmill regulations and possibly consider an update to zoning ordinances regarding renewable energy systems. They asked their land-use consultant, Paul Driscoll, to come up with “...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 3:05pm

Habitat unveils four-year plan for assistance

Sussex County Council heard this week from Sussex County Habitat for Humanity regarding their “four-year plan” for helping families with housing needs.

Kevin Gilmore, executive director of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, said they...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:56pm

Students can win scholarhships by guessing election winners

Sussex County Council this week officially opened up its Election Year Scholarship Contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade who are residents of Sussex County. In 2000, in an effort to promote interest in local politics, the...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:04pm

County approves helicopter landing site near Frankford

Sussex County Council this week approved a conditional use for a private helicopter landing site near Frankford, for use of the property’s owner, who said he would use the helicopter to visit local sites.

The conditional use permits the...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:49am

County eyes an acre of solar with EOC plans

Sussex County government is one step closer to supplementing some of its power supply with solar power. On Tuesday, county council members voted to authorize the spending of $44,484 – about 6.9 percent of the estimated $644,000 total cost of the...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:29am

CIB board approves substitute wastewater resolution

The Board of Directors of the Center for the Inland Bays approved a substitute resolution regarding the proposed Wandendale regional wastewater treatment facility near Lewes, choosing to wait on any action until the appeals process was complete...

Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:20am

County blocks wind turbines on less than 5 acres

When Greg Menoche of Dagsboro installed his own wind turbine a few years back, it was fairly simple. With plenty of acreage at his home, he fit under Sussex County’s 5-acre minimum for windmills nicely, and after getting the various permits and...

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:12am

County to use budget surplus to restore grant funding

Over the objections of Councilman George Cole, Sussex County Council voted Tuesday – on the condition of a successful auditor’s report expected in the next few months – to use $594,354 of a potential $614,000 general fund surplus to reinstate...

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 4:04am

Bunting and Mitchell vie for Democrat slot

The Democratic primary for the 20th Senate District will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 14. Incumbent Sen. George H. Bunting will try to stave off a challenge from Ocean View Councilman Perry Mitchell.

The Coastal Point does not endorse...

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 4:03am

Melrath to challenge Cole in District 4

Russell Melrath of Dagsboro on Wednesday, Sept. 1, filed to run for the District 4 seat on the Sussex County Council. The Sussex County Democratic Party chose the former State Farm executive to face incumbent George Cole, a Republican. While the...

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:54am

Emergency Operations Center: Sussex County 'dodged' storm-Updated 12:45 p.m.. Sat. Sept. 4, 2010

Tropical Storm Earl made landfall near Western Head Nova Scotia around 10 a.m. according to officials. Severe tropical storm conditions are affecting a large part of the province. Meanwhile, coastal Delaware is pleasant with sunny skies.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:38am

DelDOT: 'Hairline' cracks in new bridge not considered harmful

After receiving multiple inquiries in recent weeks regarding reported work stoppages, false-work settlement and concrete cracking at the new Indian River Bridge, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks released a...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:35am

NRG plans rip rap project for ash landfill area

Indian River Power LLC recently filed a permit application with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to stabilize 4,863 linear feet of shoreline along Indian River and Island Creek at Burton Island in Millsboro...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 4:10am

County council approves Hazardous Mitigation Plan

Sussex County Council at their Aug. 24 meeting voted to approve a Hazardous Mitigation Plan update for the county.

Joseph Thomas, director of the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), explained that FEMA requires an updated plan...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:48am

State surveying residents, companies, on business climate

The Sussex County Economic Development Office is encouraging all Sussex County residents and businesses to participate in a survey regarding perceptions and concerns about the overall business climate in the state.

According to the county...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:44am

Schwartzkopf aims for fifth term in House

State Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf will again run for his seat as state representative in the 14th district. He has been elected to the position since four times since 2002 and is currently House Majority Leader.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa.,...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:18am

County looks at BoA hearing process

Sussex County Council and the county Board of Adjustment met for a workshop this week, to discuss ways to move forward after some residents recently expressed concerns about the BoA and their high approval rate for variances and exceptions to...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 8:15am

Registration open for Coastal Cleanup volunteers

Online volunteer registration is now open for the 25th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 25. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the cleanup...

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:45am

County economic group working on 501(c)3 status

The Sussex County Council this week heard from Patti Grimes of the Sussex Economic Development Action Committee (SEDAC) at its council meeting this week, concerning SEDAC’s plans to become a 501(c)3 non-profit group. Grimes explained on Tuesday,...

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 8:29am

NRG to shut down power plant's Unit 3

Bringing to a close discussions dating back to February, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Secretary Collin O’Mara recently announced that the agency has finalized a consent agreement with NRG Energy Inc....

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:29am

Cordrey to challenge Phillips in District 5

Democrat Dennis V. Cordrey of Millsboro, director of personnel for Sussex County, has filed to run against current Sussex County Council President Vance Phillips, a Republican, for the District 5 seat on the council. Republican George Cole of...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:24am

CIB offers reports on cleanliness of Inland Bays waters

Whether doing cannonballs off the boat, taking off from the dock on a personal watercraft or swimming in the open bays, it’s nice to know how clean that water really is. And the Center for the Inland Bays’ second Recreational Water Quality...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 6:22am

Officials cheer reopening of Russia to U.S. poultry exports

Flanked by members of the poultry industry, at Allen’s Family Foods in Seaford, and joined by Ed Kee, Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper this week applauded the announcement by President Barack Obama and Russian President...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:49pm

No Energy Bill Homes

Tapa Homes, based in Dagsboro, Del., will be holding a grand opening and open house for their “No Energy Bill” model home on Saturday, July 17, starting at 11 a.m., and on Sunday, July 18, at their location just east of Milford, Del. Builder...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:02pm

County opposes loss of revenue-generating offices

Delaware’s current legislative session – the final one of the 145th General Assembly – lasts only through the end of the month, and legislators are currently in the midst of the annual rush to complete work on bills before the June 30 deadline....

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 9:00am

County council could extend appointment process

Sussex County Council’s process for making appointments to the county Board of Adjustments and Planning & Zoning Commission will be up for discussion on Tuesday, June 15, when the council follows up on a proposed appointment to the BoA by...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:41am

County eyeing legislation as session end nears

With the remaining days of the 145th Delaware General Assembly dwindling ahead of the June 30 end of the current session, Sussex County Council members this week received a vital update from Deputy County Administrator Hal Godwin as to the status...

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 6:16am

Mitchell files to run against incumbent Bunting

Ocean View Councilman Perry Mitchell has officially filed to run against incumbent state Sen. George Bunting in this fall’s primary election for the Democratic nomination for the District 20 senate seat.

Mitchell said he started...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 6:28am

Farmers' market finds niche in Georgetown

Now beachgoers don’t have to wait until they get to Rehoboth Beach or Lewes, or even Bethany Beach or Fenwick Island, to get to a farmers’ market. Or, they can still hit all of them if they want, and one more. The new Georgetown Farmers’ Market...

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 5:04am

WEATHER ALERT: Strong thunderstorms moving into the region

At 3:35 p.m., National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated strong thunderstorms moving into central and southern Delaware. Officials said the storms will be capable of producing small hail and gusty winds. In addition, very heavy rain will...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 9:53am

County keeping eye on state legislature

Delaware legislators will return to session on Tuesday, June 1, beginning a final push to pass bills prior to the June 30 end of the 2010 legislative session. A number of those bills could impact Sussex County, and Deputy County Administrator Hal...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 6:26am

After 25 years, canal dredging set for completion

DNREC officials said this week that the Assawoman Canal dredging project is “closing in on completion.” An extension has been granted for work to continue through May 28, and if dredging is not complete by that date, DNREC has requested...

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 6:21am

County present 2011 draft budget at $140 million

Sussex County officials on Tuesday, May 18, unveiled their proposed $139.8 million budget for the 2011 fiscal year. The total budget is up from the 2010 budget, but officials emphasized that the increase is mostly because of a one-time infusion...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:24pm

County institutes moratorium on casino apps

There will be no casinos or gaming venues approved in Sussex County for at least the next six months. The Sussex County Council on Tuesday, May 18, voted 3-2 to approve a six-month moratorium on applications for casinos and gaming or gambling...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:19pm

Report says school funding can approve

Lt. Gov. Matthew Denn released his office’s first annual report on public school district spending on April 16, and the report shows that Delaware school districts could spend an additional $28 million per year on direct educational services to...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:27am

County council looks to have some say in casino locations

Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver last week inquired as to whether Deputy County Administrator Hal Godwin had been instructed to lobby in favor of a proposed amendment to a bill that could impact how casino proposals are dealt with in Sussex...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:25am

County monitoring bills in state legislature

With legislators back in session in Dover, Sussex County Deputy Administrator Hal Godwin has been busy tracking legislation and reporting back to the Sussex County Council in recent weeks. Along with a proposed bill that would govern how possible...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 6:22am

New Indian River Inlet Bridge halfway done

Public invited to attend open house April 24

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. (Skanska) this week announced that construction on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is approximately 50...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 4:52am

LWV announces forum in quality of life

The League of Women Voters of Sussex County recently announced that the final forum in its series of seven land-use forums will focus on quality of life and smart growth. This “wrap-up” forum, which is open to the public, is scheduled for April...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:57am

County council looks to help property owners

Sussex County Council members on Tuesday, March 30, approved county staff pursuing a program that would aim to provide assistance to some property owners whose homes have been damaged by flooding. The grant assistance comes from the Federal...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:40am

County offers use of two houses to Habitat

Two empty houses that had been waiting for a date with the wrecking ball will instead find new life as temporary housing for those in need and those aiming to help them.

The Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, March 30, meeting,...

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 3:38am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Motorists asked to avoid East Redden Road, east of Route 113, near Georgetown

The Delaware State Police and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control about 1:10 p.m. were on the scene of a crash involving a train and a car on East Redden Road, east of U.S. 113, near Georgetown.

Minor injuries...

Monday, March 29, 2010 - 7:55am

'Talk before you walk away'

The message is clear: for homeowners facing foreclosure or even just starting to feel the pinch of not being able to make mortgage payments: don’t give up. And no matter what, don’t just walk away. With the economy and housing industry still...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 2:23pm

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood warning in effect until Thursday (March 4) morning

A coastal storm, combined with astronomical high tides and a full moon, has resulted in the National Weather Service issuing a coastal flood warning and a hazardous weather outlook for the Bethany Beach area. Minor coastal flooding during...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 4:33am

Responding to emerging problems: Flooded roads, potholes replace snow as the travel hazard du jour

Although snowflakes are few and far between in Delaware as of 3:30 p.m., Thursday, the National Weather Service predicts that snowfall will gradually increase over the state and continue through Thursday night into Friday. However, forecasts for...

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 9:59am

Bradley indictment alleges 103 child victims

This week saw new developments in the case of Earl Bradley, and the pain that has been felt in the community in the wake of allegations of child sexual abuse by the Lewes pediatrician has only become more far-reaching.

Earlier this week,...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 4:37pm

Family, friends hold out hope, offer reward for missing man

Search efforts to find a Selbyville man who went missing from a Fenwick Island condo on Feb. 9 have been scaled back, according to Delaware State Police, but friends and family remain optimistic and hopeful for his safe return. Police said 29-...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:09am

New dog-control bills could add to county work

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, Sussex County Council members discussed two bills proposed in the Delaware General Assembly relating to the counties’ new dog-control responsibilities.

The first was described as a “housekeeping-type” proposal, to...

Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 7:00am

WEATHER ALERT: Residents encouraged to prepare for more snow; 8 inches possible on Monday

The State of Emergency in Delaware was lifted at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, by Gov. Jack Markell. But even as the state works to clean up and restore services following the back-to-back snow storms of this month, another snow event is threatening....

Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 1:04am