Sussex County

County council rejects Double Bridges business

Less than two weeks after Sussex County planning commissioners on Tuesday, June 9, recommended denial of a conditional-use application that would have permitted the sale of barbecue, antiques, beach goods, produce and firewood on an...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:16am

Increased cap on sheriff's sale fees dropped

Sussex County Sheriff Eric Swanson has dropped his request that the county council approve an increase in the cap on the fee charged for the sale of real estate through sheriff’s sales, such as those on foreclosed properties.

A revised...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:04am

Steel workers keep inlet bridge local

Assembling the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is a daunting task. But for a handful of local workers, the undertaking is a sigh of relief in a struggling economy.

Coastal Point • Submitted
ES Steel, in Federalsburg, Md., is doing...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:58am

Deaver urges changes to land-use law

In a letter sent May 31 to state Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf (D-14th), state Sen. Gary Simpson (R-18th) and Milton Planning & Zoning Commissioner Virginia Weeks, Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver appealed for a change in state legislation...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 6:17am

County P&Z recommends denial of change

On Wednesday, the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend denial of an application for a proposed zoning change for a property in an AR-1 Agricultural Residential District to a B-1 Neighborhood Business District. The...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:14am

County council presents $128 million budget

Sussex County Council capped off its May 19 meeting with what County Administrator David Baker facetiously called “one other small item.” Smaller in size, yes, but small in its impact, certainly not, since that final item was the presentation of...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:13am

Teachers protest proposed pay cuts

Teachers at Lord Baltimore Elementary School participated in Bell to Bell Week on Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20, as a show of solidarity against Gov. Jack Markell’s proposed 8 percent pay cut to state workers, including public school...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:25pm

Drug manufacturer: Beebe patient deaths result of ‘institution-specific issues’

Two of three patients who suffered cerebral hemorrhages after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died last weekend, and the hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:17pm

County approves automated CPR devices

Sussex County paramedics will get an extra hand, or two, from new automated devices approved by the Sussex County Council on Tuesday. The council unanimously approved the purchase of 11 LUCAS Chest Compression System devices, an external medical...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:02pm

County plans major cuts in grants

Sussex County Council heard from County Administrator David Baker about proposed cuts to Grant in Aid funding projects at their meeting on Tuesday, May 12.

Because transfer taxes are down $4 million as compared to the current year’s budget...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 4:55pm

Two Beebe patients die after adverse drug reactions

Two of three patients who were adversely affected after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died. The hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 11:32am

County approves Mountaire rendering plant

Despite out-of-order opposition, the Sussex County Board of Adjustment approved an application by Mountaire for a ‘resource recovery’ or rendering plant near Millsboro on Monday, May 4.

Millsboro resident Dottie LeCates asked if she could...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:46am

Rendering plant still causing confusion

The Sussex County Board of Adjustments this week again tabled a Mountaire Farms Inc. application for a special-use exception for a “resource recovery plant” off Route 24 near Millsboro, citing the need to go back and listen to the audio of the...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:04am

BREAKING NEWS: Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches until Thursday morning

Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches
Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa., 2:27 p.m. EDT, Wed., Apr. 15, 2009

... Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday......

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:32am

Lane closed for IRIB construction, through April 24

UPDATED: The Department of Transportation advised motorists on Tuesday, April 14, that sheetpile driving would be occurring on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge this week and would require the closure of the right lane of Route 1 southbound...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 7:45am

County considers upping marriage fees

Sussex County Clerk of the Peace George Parish made his case to county council members on Tuesday, April 7, as to why the council should approve fees charged by his office, as recommended by Parish and other county officials working on the county...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:44am

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT - Strong thunderstorms affecting area

939 AM EDT MON APR 6 2009


Monday, April 6, 2009 - 4:38am

Sussex looks at ‘homestead tax’ as option

Sussex County Council members are asking staff to look into the idea of adding a “homestead tax” to help fund dwindling county coffers.

Though the term “homestead tax” most often refers to the exemption of state-resident owners from all or...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:46am

Changes to ordinances target backlog

Sussex County could give developers more time to get substantially under way with their projects, if the county council adopts two proposed ordinances that were formally introduced at the March 31 council meeting.

Both ordinances would...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:26am

IRSD to host Pre-School Family Night on March 26

The Indian River School District will host a Pre-School Family Night on Thursday, March 26, at Millsboro Middle School. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families and daycare providers in the Indian River School District are being...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:22am

County sewer projects to receive federal stimulus money

Projects designed to expand central wastewater service in Sussex County and thereby eliminate failing septic systems, improve water quality and ultimately protect the environment will get a boost from the federal stimulus package, county...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:12am

County sewer projects to receive federal stimulus money

Projects designed to expand central wastewater service in Sussex County and thereby eliminate failing septic systems, improve water quality and ultimately protect the environment will get a boost from the federal stimulus package, county...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:11am

CIB stays neutral regarding PCS suit

Citing a desire to stay objective on the matter as a potential technical resource, the board of the Center for Inland Bays will not take a formal stand on Sussex County’s lawsuit against DNREC over buffers.

The lawsuit questions DNREC’s...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

BREAKING NEWS: DSP says alarming text message is a hoax

The Delaware State Police announced Thursday, March 26, that they are being inundated with telephone calls regarding a text message that has been circulating throughout Central and Southern Delaware and portions of Maryland.

Police said...

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 6:24am

County opposes adding two at-large members

Sussex County Council members were asked to take a position this week on what has been a hot-button issue in the county in recent years: proposed expansion of the council’s number by the addition of two at-large members. A vote at the council’s...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:13pm

Reduced revenue pushes changes to county employees’ benefits

As county officials try to cut expenses for the upcoming 2010 fiscal year under the force of waning revenues – along with an anticipated $7.7 million shortfall in the current year’s $54 million county general-fund budget, which runs through June...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:10pm

County council opposes proposed windmill bill

County staffer Hal Godwin asked the Sussex County Council on Tuesday to take a position on proposed state legislation dealing with how county and local governments, and homeowners associations, control the placement of wind-powered energy systems...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 5:09pm

BREAKING NEWS: Winter storm warning for area until 2 p.m., schools closed

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 5:40 a.m.:

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 2 p.m.

Additional snow will build up into our region this morning. The snow is then expected to taper to scattered...

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:23am

New inlet bridge appears to be on fast track

The project has been long delayed and even longer anticipated, but the construction phase for the new Indian River Inlet Bridge officially kicked into gear this week with formal announcement of a timetable for the $150 million project, slated to...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:14pm

County offers employees voluntary furlough option

As part of their effort to cut an anticipated $7.7 million shortfall in the current year’s $54 million county general-fund budget, which runs through June 30, Sussex County Council members recently approved a voluntary furlough policy for county...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:52pm

BREAKING NEWS: Police looking for Millville man

The Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 41-year-old Millville man wanted in connection to a Failure to Stop at the Command incident and home-improvement fraud.


According to the DSP, on Jan. 28,...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 8:42am

BREAKING NEWS: Dense Fog Advisory until 8 p.m.

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 3:35 p.m. EST, Wed., Jan. 28, 2009
... Dense fog advisory now in effect until 8 p.m. EST this evening...

Warmer air over the cold ground covered with snow and sleet,...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 3:18am

Phillips named Sussex County Council President

With the swearing in of a new Republican-dominated Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Jan. 6, chances were good that the presidency of the council would fall on a Republican. And, with just a hint of opposition from the council’s lone Democrat,...

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:39am

County asked for committment to conservation program

The demand for land for development – and, subsequently, the value of the land itself – may be in a slump, but for the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation (DALPF) that could mean it’s time to strike while the iron’s hot.


Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:37am

Deaver set to join county council

When Joan Deaver takes her oath of office next Tuesday, Jan. 5, she will officially become the first woman ever to sit on the Sussex County Council, as well as a big change for a body she has frequently criticized.

Democrat Deaver, a...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:30am

County kicks off SuperGreen initiative

With state officials currently in the process of creating an environmental incentive program labeled “SuperGreen,” Sussex County officials have also taken up the cause, this week voting to implement a pilot program of their own, on a trial basis...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:38am

Outgoing county councilman end era

County staff and local officials offered accolades and personal recollections for three outgoing Sussex County Councilmen on Tuesday, Dec. 16, as the current council met for its final session before a new council will be sworn in this January....

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:34am

County urges pause for changes to dog control

With legislation pending in the state’s General Assembly that would reassign responsibility for dog-control operations from the state to its three counties, Sussex County Council on Dec. 9 discussed whether, when and how, the county would take on...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 4:10am

Planners recommend passage of open-space ordinance

After years of pursuing ordinances that would help preserve open space in Sussex County while still allowing developers and property owners to maximize the value of their land, county officials took a big step in that direction on Nov. 13, when...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 4:46pm

BREAKING NEWS: Sunday morning motorists may be delayed on Route 1

The Department of Transportation is advising motorists that Delaware Electric Cooperative (DEC) will be replacing electric lines on Route 1/Coastal Highway south of Five Points in the area of Shady Road and Marsh Road near Rehoboth Beach on...

Friday, November 21, 2008 - 5:12am

BREAKING NEWS: Georgetown's Circle area now closed ahead of Biden's Return Day visit

Organizers of Sussex County’s annual Return Day festivities in Georgetown confirmed Wednesday, Nov. 5, that Vice-President-Elect and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be attending this year’s event. The news confirmed rumors that have...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Obama, Biden, Castle, Markell, Denn, Stewart, Parish, Hocker and Atkins top vote-getters in elections

The votes are in!

In a historic election year, Americans have elected the first-ever African-American president and the first-ever vice-president from Delaware, and Delawareans overall contributed to that victory with their own votes,...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:47am

County comprehensive plan approved by state

Sussex County officials received word this week that their update to the county’s comprehensive land-use plan (CLUP) had been officially approved and signed-off on by Gov. Ruth Ann Minner.

Minner’s signing statement to the county noted...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 8:22am

Hocker running on record of achievement

For state Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th), running for re-election to his state House of Representatives seat is as much about what he has done already as it is about his vision for the future.

“My first time running [against Shirley Price], I...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:19am

Inland Bays PCS signed into law

Closing in on the end of her term of office, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner signed into affect Delaware’s Pollution Control Strategy on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Center for Inland Bays.

The process to come up with the Pollution Control Strategy has...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:07am

BREAKING NEWS: Storm causes beach erosion, flooding

An unnamed storm that lashed the area with high winds and heavy rain late last week caused significant beach erosion and flooding along the Delaware coast and inland bays. The late-September storm, despite falling during hurricane season and...

Monday, September 29, 2008 - 4:37am

DelDOT asking for public input on plan

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), along with the citizen-member Council on Transportation (COT), the Dover/Kent Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) and Sussex County held...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:50am

DPH & DNREC monitoring chemical levels at Sussex County Airpark

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) announced this week that they have increased monitoring of water samples at the Sussex County Industrial Airpark.


Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 8:00am

Emergency officials urge preparation for looming storm

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center mid-week was monitoring a developing storm system off the eastern United States that threatened to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and prolonged higher-than-normal tides to the region for the next...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 8:21am

BREAKING NEWS: Markell, Atkins winners in tight primary races

After a competitive start to this year’s election season, the results of Sept. 9’s primary voting are in for the state of Delaware – and, for many candidates, it was a close one.

State Treasurer Jack Markell beat out Lt. Gov. John Carney...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 4:26am