Sussex County

County council talks sewer districts

Sussex County Council held a public hearing and adopted resolutions amending the annual operating budget for this year and establishing annual service charges and assessment rates for transmission and/or treatment for Johnson’s Corner and the...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 4:37am

Markell and Mountaire announce creation of new jobs

On Nov. 4, Governor Jack Markell joined Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) Secretary Alan Levin, Mountaire Farms President Paul Downes, along with audience members including State Rep. Gerald Hocker and State Sen. George Bunting, to...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:58am

Return Day celebrated once again

On Nov. 4, Delawareans joined together in Georgetown to celebrate a time-honored tradition of Return Day.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
U.S. Senate candidates Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons prepare to bury the ceremonial...

Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:53am

Status quo maintained in Sussex County

Incumbents George Cole, councilman from District 4, and Vance Phillips, current Sussex County Council president and councilman from District 5, will keep their seats for at least another four years.

Phillips beat challenger Denny Cordrey,...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:44pm

Court reverses AT&T tower approval

The Superior Court of the State of Delaware on Oct. 28 found in favor of home owners in the Sea Pines Village community near Bethany Beach in their appeal of the Sussex County Board of Adjustments process that permitted AT&T to erect a cell...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:42pm

Move that bus! Local family sought for Extreme Makeover

Everybody knows them: the kindergarten teacher that was born to work with children and goes the extra mile to make a child feel special; the single mom struggling to make ends meet while going to school who still makes time to volunteer; the...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 2:17pm

County Council candidates have their say before election

Two Sussex County Council seats are up for election this November: the seat currently held by Council President Vance Phillips in District 5 and the seat currently held by District 4’s George Cole.

Democrat Dennis V. Cordrey of Millsboro,...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:24am

Atkins and Hastings vie for District 41 representative seat

Voter information

To be eligible to vote in the state of Delaware, voters must be United States citizens, residents of Delaware (proof required), 18 or older and mentally competent. The general election is set for Nov. 2. Polls will be...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:19am

Sussex County Council election contest nears deadline

The time left to enter Sussex County Council’s Election Contest is dwindling. The contest is open until the morning of Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7 a.m. County officials at the council’s Oct. 26 meeting urged students to participate in the...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 4:02am

Yard waste rules in Kent, Sussex to change in January

Kent and Sussex County residents who take yard waste to the Central and Southern Waste Management centers near Sandtown and Georgetown can no longer co-mingle yard waste with regular trash starting Jan. 1, 2011. The restrictions will join those...

Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 3:30am

Housing advocates challenge affordable-housing denial

Representatives of the Delaware Housing Coalition on Tuesday decried the decision of the Sussex County Council to deny Diamond State Land Trust’s application to construct an affordable-housing community near Laurel.

On a 4-1 vote on Oct....

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:08am

Housing advocates challenge affordable-housing denial

Representatives of the Delaware Housing Coalition on Tuesday decried the decision of the Sussex County Council to deny Diamond State Land Trust’s application to construct an affordable-housing community near Laurel.

On a 4-1 vote on Oct....

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:08am

Nov. 2 election means déjà vu in 41st

On Nov. 2, residents of Delaware’s 41st Representative District will vote to elect the person who will represent them in Legislative Hall for the next two years. Republican-turned-Democrat and incumbent Rep. John Atkins is again being challenged...

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 3:57am

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.


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