Sussex County

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

State and County offer discounts on school and county tax

There may be some wiggle room for taxpayers. Sussex County and the State of Delaware offer property tax discounts for the disabled, senior citizen and low-income residents.

Their Sussex County property must be their primary residence....

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:14am

County council receives report on impact of co-op grant

This week, Mark Isaacs, director University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, thanked the Sussex County Council for their financial support.

“Every penny allocated to our facility stays in Georgetown,” said Isaacs of the $79,049 the...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:31am

Sussex County approves revised signage ordinance

After nearly five hours of discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Sussex County Council approved its revised signage ordinance.

The council has been discussing signs since April of last year, following a letter from the Sussex County Board of...

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 11:41am

County council may vote on sign ordinance next week

Sussex County Council members briefly discussed the County’s proposed signage ordinance on Tuesday, Oct. 4, agreeing to review all related documents and be prepared to have a motion at the following week’s meeting.

On Sept. 22, the Sussex...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 11:09am

County planners recommend altering proposed ordinance

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission met on Sept. 22 to make a recommendation to the Sussex County Council related to a proposed signage ordinance introduced last month that would revise the County’s sign code in its entirety.


Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:36am

Opposition voiced to County’s revised proposed sign ordinance

Following a revamping of the original draft ordinance to amend the Code of Sussex County related to signs, a new series of public hearings is being held by the Sussex County Council. This week members of the public who spoke at the first hearing...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:06am

Be informed and prepared in case of emergency

September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The campaign aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:03am

November ballot taking shape

Primary elections were held earlier this week to determine what candidates would represent their political parties in the November general election.

Democrat Lisa Rochester won the Democratic spot for Delaware’s lone representative in...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 10:48am

County takes comments from residents on all-hazards plan

As part of its five-year update to Sussex County’s All Hazard Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center recently invited county residents and property owners to attend a public meeting to review and...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 11:13am

SCI investigators intercept contraband Suboxone, arrest nine

Investigators at the Sussex Correctional Institute (SCI) in Georgetown recently initiated a proactive search regarding the introduction of Suboxone into the facility. The investigation, known as “Operation Sunkist,” resulted in the arrest of...

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 8:37am

County approves bid for Rehoboth EMS facility

In February of 2015, Sussex County purchased 3 acres of land on Plantation Road in Rehoboth Beach to be used for the Medic 104/EMS 100 facility. At its Aug. 23 meeting, Bobby Schoonover, technical services division manager, provided an update to...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:11am

Public invited to comment on revised sign ordinance

The public will have a second chance to give comment on recommended changes to the Sussex County sign regulations. At its Aug. 9 council meeting, the county council voted 5-0 to reintroduce a proposed ordinance to amend its code related to signs...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 9:58am

Democrats hold picnic, honor Deaver

Joan Deaver, the lone Democrat on the Sussex County Council, was honored July 12 at the Annual Eastern Sussex Democrats Picnic, held at Hurdle Farm near Harbeson. Deaver recently announced she is stepping down after serving two terms as...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 7:45am