Sussex County

County rejects controversial commercial project

Years of work designed to bring a 360,000-square-foot commercial center to King’s Highway near Lewes this week came to an abrupt halt as Sussex County Council members voted 3-2 not to approve change of zoning needed for the project to move...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 7:09am

BREAKING NEWS: County council rejects controversial Lingo-Townsend commercial project near Lewes

Sussex County Council members on Tuesday, Jan. 19, rejected a proposed 320,000-square-foot commercial project near Lewes, adjacent to Cape Henlopen High School, on a 3-2 vote, citing concerns about traffic, lot coverage in an environmentally...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 4:18am

County council plans Jan. 19 workshop on land use

The Sussex County Council will hold a workshop on the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 19, to discuss zoning ordinances in the context of the county’s most recent update to the comprehensive land-use plan.

County Administrator David Baker said...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 6:16am

WEATHER ALERT [UPDATED]: Schools closed and caution advised, with winter weather advisory in effect until noon

Due to snow, all Indian River School District schools are now closed on Friday, Jan. 8. Officials had previously announced a two-hour delay. All 12-month employees should report at their regular time. The Cape Henlopen School District is also...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 11:31pm

BREAKING NEWS: Possible re-hearing on tower case on Monday BoA agenda [UPDATED]

UPDATE: The Sussex County Board of Adjustments this week again rejected a request for a rehearing from opponents of a planned AT&T communications tower near Bethany Beach. Pick up next week's issue of the Coastal Point for more on this story...

Monday, January 4, 2010 - 4:56am

Economy, tourism focus for legislators

The biggest battle in the Delaware General Assembly this year will be the economy, according to state Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th) and Sen. George H. Bunting (D-20th).

Both small-businessmen, the local legislators said they will continue to...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:31pm

Abuse victims, parents urged to contact state hotlines immediately

On Dec. 23, Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III held a press conference to update the public on the investigation of Lewes pediatrician Dr. Earl B. Bradley. In addition, Biden provided information about victim services that are available...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:28pm

County dog licensing to begin Jan. 1

Starting today, owners of dogs in Sussex County will need to deal with county officials instead of state agencies when it comes time to license their dogs. Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, responsibility for dog control and licensing has transferred to...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:26pm

WEATHER ALERT: Wind advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a wind advisory, which is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Strong gusty winds will accompany an Arctic cold front that will move through the region late Monday night. The strong...

Monday, December 28, 2009 - 8:52am

Carper, officials examine storm damage to dunes

Recent storms that pummeled the Delaware coastline have sent town officials and organization chairs back to the drawing boards and back to their wallets. Although the money invested in building the dunes and reconstructed beaches two years ago...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:15am

Internal struggles dominate CIB board meeting

After an almost year-long power struggle between the Center for the Inland Bays Board and the CIB Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) – one of its standing committees – regarding a proposed diversity plan for members, things came to a head at last...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:09am

Students training for green jobs at Tech

When the going gets tough, the tough get green.

This past week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper was in Georgetown to meet with students, administration and guests at the Career Training Center at Sussex Technical High School. Often mentioned in...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:08am

Health of area's wetlands get a mixed report

The health of the flat wetlands in Sussex County have been graded at a fair B+, but the health of the area’s riverine wetlands and tidal wetlands came in at a less-than-satisfactory D and D+, respectively, according to a new report card on the...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 11:05am

Phillips highlights council's 2009 achievements

As 2009 draws to a close, it’s only natural to reflect on the year gone by. For the Sussex County Council, 2009 was historic. In January, three new members took their seats on the five-member body, only to be greeted with news that record...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 10:59am

Charges filed against Lewes doctor

Lewes pediatrician Dr. Earl B. Bradley was charged with an additional 24 charges on Friday, Dec. 18, after turning himself in to Delaware State Police Troop 4 detectives on that morning. Police said more alleged victims have been identified in...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 10:49am

EDU requests raise concerns over capacity

A request for additional sewer capacity for a proposed project near Lewes on Dec. 8 revealed continuing divides on the Sussex County Council over how to deal with the impact of growth on the county’s sewer system, as the council considered...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 10:42am

WEATHER ALERT: Snow/rain mix across eastern Sussex, State of Emergency in Kent, New Castle counties

As heavy snow continued to blanket the entire state on Dec. 19, state officials said agencies were working hard to keep the primary roads passable and tending to stranded motorists. Additionally, Gov. Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency...

Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 8:48am

BREAKING NEWS: Bethany council to hold special meeting Tuesday on AT&T tower suit

The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at the town hall. The meeting will include discussion and a vote on moving forward with the Sea Pines Village homeowners association with litigation to halt...

Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 12:45am

BREAKING NEWS: Additional 24 charges filed against Lewes pediatrician in rape, exploitation cases

Lewes pediatrician Dr. Earl B. Bradley was charged with an additional 24 charges on Friday, Dec. 18, after turning himself in to Delaware State Police Troop 4 detectives on Friday morning. Police said more alleged victims have been identified in...

Friday, December 18, 2009 - 11:36am

WEATHER ALERT: Snow/rain mix across eastern Sussex, State of Emergency in Kent, New Castle counties [UPDATED, 3:45 p.m.]

WEATHER ALERT: Snow/rain mix across eastern Sussex, State of Emergency in Kent, New Castle counties [UPDATED, 3:45 p.m.]

As heavy snow continued to blanket the entire state on Dec. 19, state officials said agencies were working hard to...

Friday, December 18, 2009 - 11:15am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm watch issued

National Weather Service, Mount Holly, N.J., 3:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

A winter storm watch will be in effect from late Friday night through late Saturday night. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch....

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 9:24am

County council looking at potential transitional housing

Three vacant Georgetown-area homes purchased by Sussex County as part of its airport expansion could be transformed into transitional housing for one or more groups of people in need of a roof over their heads.

Sussex County Council...

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 5:11am

BREAKING NEWS: Lewes pediatrician arrested on rape, sexual contact charges [UPDATED]

The Delaware State Police on Wednesday, Dec. 16, reported that DSP Troop 4 detectives were investigating Dr. Earl B. Bradley – a pediatrician with an office in Lewes, Del. – in reference to charges of unlawful sexual contact.

Police said...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 8:19am

Work continues on historic preservation ordinance

The Sussex County Council was split on Tuesday, Dec. 8, over the issue of a possible historic preservation ordinance that county officials have been discussing since the drafting of the county’s most recent comprehensive land-use plan.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 2:15pm

WEATHER ALERT: Caution advised as flash-flood, wind advisories continue [UPDATED, 5 p.m.]

A wind advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Wednesday evening to 6 p.m. Thursday. A deep low pressure system to the north will cause a cold front to cross the area early Wednesday evening. Strong and gusty winds from the west or southwest will...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 3:22am

County falls short of mark for federal storm aid

With a strong coastal storm headed into the area mid-week and a second expected on Saturday, Dec. 5, Sussex County officials offered the unwelcome news at the county council’s Dec. 1 meeting that the county had not qualified to be eligible for...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:48pm

Sussex County adopts dog-control ordinance

Dog owners in Sussex County will notice a few changes when it comes time to tag their dogs next year. The Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Dec. 1, meeting, adopted a new ordinance that defines the county’s authority when it comes to dogs,...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 12:31pm

WEATHER ALERT: Wind, surf and flood advisories issued for Delaware coast

A stormy 12- to 18-hour period is being forecast at the Delaware shore, with the National Weather Service having issued wind, high-surf and coastal flood advisories for the area through Thursday morning, Dec. 3.

NWS forecasters predicted...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 7:58am

WEATHER ALERT: Tidal flooding anticipated ahead of Dec. 2-3 storm

Sussex County emergency officials are urging coastal residents and property owners to be alert to weather conditions for the next several days.

Joseph L. Thomas, director of the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center, warned Sussex...

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 8:52am

Grand jury returns indictments for murder of Spicer

“Today, the Sussex County Grand Jury returned a 14-count indictment charging Derrick Powell with 1st Degree Murder, among other charges, for the Sept. 1 shooting that killed Georgetown police officer Ptl. Chad Spicer and injured Georgetown police...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 7:27am

Grand Jury returns indictments for murder of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer

“Today, the Sussex County Grand Jury returned a 14-count indictment charging Derrick Powell with 1st Degree Murder, among other charges, for the Sept. 1 shooting that killed Georgetown police officer Ptl. Chad Spicer and injured Georgetown police...

Monday, November 23, 2009 - 9:56am

Ida leaves mark along Delaware’s coast [PHOTO SLIDESHOW]

Last weekend’s storm may not have impacted the Delaware shore the way the Storm of 1962 rolled up the coast, but restoration and recovery are definitely an eminent part of the weather’s aftermath.

Coastal Point • J. Pryor, S. Lyons, M.P....

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:15am

County seeking damage reports

Sussex County emergency managers are asking property owners and residents affected by last week’s coastal storm to report any damage to homes, businesses, cars or other property so officials can gain a clear picture of the extent of destruction...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 9:13am

SEDAST raffle continues to benefit local art students

Next weekend, 18 of the area’s most noted artists and crafters will be opening their doors for the 15th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST), one of the area’s most highly anticipated art events each year. Galleries and...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:47am

Sussex County to host 26th annual Caroling on The Circle event Dec. 7

Sussex County Council next month will host the 26th annual Caroling on The Circle, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in downtown Georgetown.

Each year, the community singing event doubles as a food drive for the hungry and needy of...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:25am

Attorney General’s Office indicts Delaware photographer in child predator case

This week, Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III announced the indictment of 52-year-old Newark resident Steven Hughes. Hughes is charged with 30 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and 30 counts of Dealing in Child Pornography. He was...

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 6:23am

Route 1 reopens, most other area roads deemed passable

The Delaware Department of Transportation has updated its list of roadways closed due to this week's storm, announcing that, about 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, all lanes of Route 1 in the area of the Indian River Bridge had been reopened.


Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 6:05am

Inland flooding and beach erosion remain after storm [PHOTOS]

Property owners and residents in low-lying areas of coastal Delaware continued this weekend to feel the impact of what many are calling Nor’Ida – former Hurricane Ida, turned nor’easter – despite the scaling back of the storm to a stiff breeze...

Sunday, November 15, 2009 - 4:08am

WEATHER ALERT (UPDATED): Bevy of Sussex roads closed due to high water, storm damage

The Delaware Department of Transportation has issued an extensive list of road closures in Sussex County due to this week's storm. The list was updated on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The closed roadways include: Old Mill Road in Millville, Holts...

Saturday, November 14, 2009 - 1:35am

WEATHER ALERT (UPDATED): Storm breaches dunes at Bethany, South Bethany, Fenwick and Inlet Bridge [PHOTOS]

The remnants of Hurricane Ida continued to wallop the Delaware coastal area on Friday, Nov. 13, with winds expected to continue to average around 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. While that is a reduction from Thursday’s 45 mph peak sustained...

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 4:44am

WEATHER ALERT: Delawareans urged to take care of pets, livestock, poultry in tropical storm

Friday’s state of emergency is not a hurricane, but the weather is severe, and Elainea Goldthwaite, Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) Delaware Animal Response coordinator, is urging Delawareans to be mindful of their pets and livestock as...

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 2:50am

WEATHER ALERT: Sussex County continues to see storm effects, more flooding expected

Sussex County emergency officials on Friday morning, Nov. 13, were continuing to monitor the major coastal storm affecting the region, but said they were optimistic that once the early morning high-tide cycle was complete, conditions might...

Friday, November 13, 2009 - 12:59am

WEATHER ALERT: State of emergency declared for Sussex, Kent counties

Gov. Jack Markell has declared a state of emergency for Kent County and Sussex County to better enable response to the current storm, effective at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

Earlier on Thursday, Markell authorized the Delaware National...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 2:06pm

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal storm battering Sussex County (photos) -- IRSD schools closed Friday

Route 1 closed in both directions at IRIB

Delaware Department of Transportation officials have completely closed Route 1 at the Indian River Inlet Bridge as of 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. The road is closed both northbound and...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 11:16am

Hocker’s offers savings of food and gas

Starting Nov. 13, Hocker’s and G&E will be offering customers a gas rewards program. For every $100 spent, customers will receive 10 cents per gallon off of gas purchased at Hocker’s or G&E. Through the Hocker’s G&E Gold Card...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:26am

Service group looks for members

Those looking to get involved in their community may want to give the Southern Sussex Rotary at try. The world’s first service organization is looking for members in the area.

“It’s a community thing,” explained Southern Sussex member...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:24am

County BoA confirms use for equipment storage

In a case that details the kinds of conflict that can happen as an area is developed, a 1-acre property near Millville has been the source of discord between the property owner and neighbors in recent years, as they battle over an ongoing use...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:14am

Bluewater Wind acquired by NRG

In a move that garnered praise from Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware Congressional delegation, NRG Energy Inc. this week announced that it had acquired Bluewater Wind, one of the nation’s leading offshore wind development businesses, from Babcock...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:08am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, high wind, high surf warnings for Delaware coast

IRSD schools closing an hour early

Due to inclement weather, Indian River School District schools will close one hour early on Thursday, Nov. 12. There will be no after school or evening activities, including adult education classes....

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 4:07am

WEATHER ALERT: Ida remnants bring high wind warning, high surf advisory, coastal flood watch for Delaware beaches

Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa.
9:43 a.m. EST, Wed., Nov. 11, 2009

... High wind warning in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EST Friday...

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 4:42am