Sussex County


Heat-related alerts issued for Sussex County

The first official heat wave of summer 2008 continued Tuesday to sizzle the mid-Atlantic region, where temperatures were expected to top 100 degrees and could lead to a variety of health and safety issues, from heat exhaustion to power...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 11:49am

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOS: Storm causes flooding, damage, road closures, boat beaching

Photos from the May 12-13 storm are shown in slideshow format below, with newer photos toward the end. All photos are copyright © Coastal Point, LLC, and may not be used without express permission of the Coastal Point.

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Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:44am

BREAKING NEWS: Inlet Bridge, Route 1 reopen

The Delaware State Police and Department of Transportation reopened Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Fred Hudson Road/Road 360 north of Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge late Tuesday afternoon, following a detailed inspection of the...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 9:17am

District to host current-expense referendum on May 22

On Thursday, May 22, the Indian River School District will host a current-expense referendum for the purpose of generating additional local funding for operating expenses, salaries and the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

Voting...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 8:00am

MHDC acquires Interfaith Mission organization

MHDC, southern Delaware’s largest non-profit provider of affordable housing, has agreed to take on assets and program responsibilities of Interfaith Mission of Sussex County.

“In this time of crisis for affordable housing in Sussex County...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:15am

Sussex County goes ‘green’ with new recycling policy for government offices

Sussex County is going green this March, but it’s not on account of St. Patty’s Day. County Administrator David B. Baker announced Tuesday, March 11, that all County operations this month will begin recycling office waste, from copier paper and...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 5:30am

Sewer project having only minor impacts on Route 26 businesses

Though the prospect of partial road closures raised deep concerns in area businesspeople when the project was announced last year, it has been business pretty much as usual along Route 26 since the start of the Millville sewer project on Jan. 2....

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:48am

Agenda – February 2, 2016

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, at town hall, to receive comments on an ordinance to amend Section 425-105 of the Bethany Beach Town Code, to allow the Bethany Beach building...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 6:41am

CoastalPoint.com 2.0 unveiled

Welcome to CoastalPoint.com 2.0! If you’ve visited our Web site in the last few weeks, you’ll already have noticed the appearance of the first phase of months of behind-the-scenes work by our staff on The Point’s Web presence.

We’re...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:28am

Council nears decision on Streetscape plan

Bethany Beach officials are one step closer to officially endorsing a plan to make over their downtown area, with discussion and possibly a vote now on the agenda for their March 20 meeting on whether to pay costs associated with removing utility...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 3:51am

Phillips introduces density-for-dollars

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips (R-4th) introduced a long-awaited ordinance Tuesday that would allow county officials to trade density requirements in multi-family development plans on agricultural and sensitive county land for money....

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 8:13am

County to ask for development district power

Despite no actual plans yet to employ the power, Sussex County Council members on Jan. 8 voted 3-2 to ask the state’s General Assembly to pass legislation that would enable the county to create special development districts (SDDs) to help pay for...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 8:19am

County Council favors expansion to seven

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday reversed its previous position of opposition to House Bill 42, which was passed in the state’s House of Representatives last year but is still pending in the state Senate.
The bill would increase the...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 8:08am

Transfer tax take-away still opposed

During a review of pending legislation from the 2007 General Assembly session, Sussex County Council members on Tuesday continued their unanimous opposition to House Bill 111, which county officials said they’d been opposing “strongly and...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 5:42am

Jones takes over county council leadership

Democrat Finley Jones of Sussex County’s second district took over the reins as president of the county council on Tuesday, Jan. 8, succeeding outgoing Council President Dale Dukes (D-1st) with the first vote of the council in 2008.
The...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 4:37am

County officials watching bottom line closely

Sussex County officials presented an interim financial report on the county’s 2008 fiscal-year budget at the county council’s Dec. 4 meeting, noting concerns over drops in development-related revenues and expectations of a $2.7 million operating...

Friday, December 14, 2007 - 9:01am

Counties looking to cement overlay power

The Sussex County Council is considering asking for state legislation that would clarify the county’s ability to establish overlay zones.

Recommendations for that legislation were presented to council members at their Tuesday, Oct. 2,...

Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:47am

Lot maintenance, 'Clean Hands' to hearing

The Sussex County Council moved forward on two pieces of proposed legislation this week, at their Tuesday, Sept. 25, meeting. Council President Dale Dukes introduced final drafts of the county’s new proposed lot maintenance ordinance and on a new...

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:41am

County’s buffer ordinance moves forward

Sussex County Councilman George Cole (R-4th) wants to protect the views of major subdivisions neighboring lands developed across the county in the future.

But discussion at the council’s Sept. 18 meeting made it clear that he faces...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:53am

County aims for ‘clean hands’ and clean lots

The Sussex County Council discussed two proposed ordinances at their Sept. 18 meeting, dealing with the maintenance of lots by property owners and with the county’s ability to refuse to issue building permits until applicants have paid up on...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:46am

County council reviews DelDot's plan

County Administrator Dave Baker brought to the Sussex County Council’s attention at their Aug. 21 meeting the Delaware Department of Transportation’s five-year capital improvement transportation plan and a planned Sept. 6 meeting regarding the...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 8:55am

County council takes buffer ordinance

Sussex County Councilmen wrangled on Tuesday with a proposed ordinance change that would define the 30-foot forested buffer the council requires of developments adjacent to existing agricultural lands.

The draft defines such buffers as...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 8:52am

Council approves density ordinances

Moves made in Georgetown this week disregarded the recommendation of a Sussex County land-use consultant being paid $225,000 to help shape development policy. Sussex County Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 to approve an ordinance that will allow...

Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 1:54pm

Memorable events cost more

Sussex County Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that tacks a fee onto marriage ceremonies through the county’s Clerk of the Peace office. George Parish, the county’s eccentric Clerk of the Peace, who performs the ceremonies and reportedly...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:37pm

Planners recommend density bonus change

Despite a change one county official said could make the ordinance “unworkable,” Sussex County’s planning and zoning commissioners on Wednesday recommended approval of an ordinance that would allow county officials to trade density restrictions...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:35pm

County receives $1.056M in grants

Low-income homeowners outside Selbyville and in Ocean View will receive funding through the federal government’s community development block grant program this year to fix up their homes or connect to central water service, according to county...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislators approve 'sweeping' revenue package

State legislators approved a sweeping revenue package with the 2008 fiscal year budget this weekend, raising $572 million over the next six years to help cover a $1.5 billion shortfall in the capital transportation program and, perhaps, saving...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Special tax districts gaining popularity in county

Later this month, developers of The Estuary, a 1,052-home community tucked beside the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, will ask Sussex County Council to create a special tax district to finance infrastructure costs. A tax would only be imposed on lots...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislation pushes IR bridge ahead

State legislation up for approval this week would allow state transportation officials to begin work on the much-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project that was delayed again in late April.

A portion of the 2008-fiscal-year bond...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

State House passes Millville charter change

Delaware House of Representatives on June 21 passed House Bill 211, making an amendment to the charter of the Town of Millville, to allow the town council to create special tax districts.

The council, at their June meeting, requested that...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

County adopts $142 million plan

Sussex County Council unanimously approved their $142 million 2008-fiscal-year budget Tuesday, with one amendment to help aging county senior centers.

The Indian River, Nanticoke, Greenwood and Lewes senior centers will receive $25,000...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Reports urge funding action for DelDOT

Delaware roadway congestion will worsen and the condition of the state’s roads and bridges will deteriorate if state legislators don’t find a way to fund needed projects, two independent organizations reported this week.

Reports from the...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Proposed density ordinance debated

A state official joined others last week in denouncing a Sussex ordinance to sell additional density for cash in certain condominium and townhome developments. Bryan Hall, a state planner for Sussex, with the Office of State Planning Coordination...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Construction oops gets not P&Z approval

Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commissioners on Wednesday denied approval of an updated plan for the expansion of 84 Lumber at their location off Route 26.

Commissioners were told on June 20 that a recent on-site inspection of the...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Delmarva Power appeals energy decision

Delmarva Power filed an appeal in Sussex County Superior Court on Wednesday, challenging the state’s decision to direct the power company to negotiate with several would-be energy providers, including BlueWater Wind, which has proposed to build...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

UD county growth workshop slated for Thursday

University of Delaware officials will be holding a workshop on Thursday, June 28, to discuss Sussex County growth and its impacts. The workshop is an extension of the Coastal Community Enhancement Initiative, a teaming of three of the university’...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Budget in front of council on Tuesday

The public will have its first, and likely last, chance to comment on Sussex County’s $142 million budgetary plan for the 2008 fiscal year at 10 a.m. on Tuesday in county council chambers in Georgetown. Council will consider adopting the budget...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Consultants recommend expansion for county

With space at the Sussex County administrative building and other county complexes becoming increasingly elbow-to-elbow, council members in January asked consultants at Studio J to look into the county government’s space needs — now and a modest...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Phillips introduces density-for-dollars

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips (R-4th) introduced a long-awaited ordinance Tuesday that would allow county officials to trade density requirements in multi-family development plans on agricultural and sensitive county land for money....

Friday, May 4, 2007 - 7:48am

Dover legislators discuss fees to aid schools

Sussex County Council would have the power to charge developers a fee to help pay for new schools if legislators in Dover approve a state bill introduced last week. House Bill 118 is enabling legislation that would allow county officials to...

Friday, April 13, 2007 - 8:51am

Density trade addition discussed at county council meeting

Sussex County officials discussed an ordinance Tuesday that would allow developers of multi-family units to utilize an ordinance approved last April to exceed building density requirements by paying the county.

An ordinance already in...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Planning meetings end, planning continues

Balancing Sussex County property owners’ rights with the state’s request to protect sensitive land will be one of the biggest challenges for the authors of this year’s land-use plan update.

This week, after they wrapped up a series of...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

County required by plan to protect land

Sussex County officials currently updating the county’s growth plan will likely look to protect thousands of acres of county land by imposing restrictions on development there.
State maps drawn in September identified more than 38,000 acres...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

Webb: Transfer taxes down, but not worrisome

Sussex County is on pace to receive about 20 percent less real estate transfer tax revenues in the 2007 fiscal year than it did in the 2006 fiscal year, in another reflection of a slumping real estate market in the area.

The $35.3 million...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Need for Millville election unclear

Whether Millville will have a general election this year remained unclear this week, as the filing deadline for town council candidacy — today, Friday, Feb. 2 — loomed. But there will be voting in the town on March 3, regardless, with a...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

County Planning coming to Selbyville

County officials will continue their tour throughout Sussex with a stop Tuesday at Selbyville Fire Hall for a 6 p.m. meeting to discuss future county growth and the pending comprehensive plan update. The state-mandated plan serves as a guiding...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Opposition mobilizes to billboard, again

As the heart of winter hits the area, many residents of the area around the Little Assawoman Bay look out their windows on the natural surroundings and enjoy this quiet time at the shore.

Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO:
A proposal to...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany dealing with election reforms

Dealing with changes to how state election law handles absentee ballot requirements was one of the top items on the agenda for Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) at their Jan. 18 meeting. But action on the issue was put...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Comp plan work expands to county concerns

Bethany Beach’s Planning Commission had on its agenda for Jan. 20 some early preparation for an annual update of the town’s comprehensive plan. However, much of the discussion at the Saturday-morning meeting focused not just on the town’s future...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Comp plan work expands to county concerns

Bethany Beach’s Planning Commission had on its agenda for Jan. 20 some early preparation for an annual update of the town’s comprehensive plan. However, much of the discussion at the Saturday-morning meeting focused not just on the town’s future...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm