Sussex County

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

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

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

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

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

Billboard request to be heard again

Many residents of Fenwick Island and its nearby communities have been awaiting — and dreading — the day when Anthony Crivella might again request the Sussex County Board of Adjustments grant him a special exception for a billboard on his property...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

County talking change to law enforcement grants

Sussex County officials discussed on Tuesday reconsidering the way they allocate annual local law enforcement grants. The county provides identical $25,000 to each municipal law enforcement agency in Sussex for capital purchases each year but...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Woodlands of Pepper Creek inches closer to development

On Monday night, Jan. 22, the Dagsboro Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) recommended to the town council approval of the final site plan for the Woodlands of Pepper’s Creek, a community consisting of 48 twin-homes just off Main Street....

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

County council considering digitization

Sussex County Council is considering going digital. Eddie Sparpaglione, the county’s director of information systems, presented the five-man council with a $20,000 plan Tuesday to install five touch-screen computers at the council desk to provide...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Higher density approved for Lakelyns

Ignoring Planning and Zoning Commission recommendations and instead accepting higher density, Sussex County Council members this week voted 4-1 to rezone more than 70 acres of AR-1 land south of Millville to GR-RPC for The Lakelyns, a proposed...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

County nearing end of state police deal

Sussex County Council presented the Delaware State Police with a ceremonial $1.4 million check Tuesday in the final annual extension of the decade-old partnership.

In the mid-1990s — according to county officials — the council and state...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

New sheriff in town

Possibly capitalizing on months — if not years — of dispute surrounding the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office and its duties, Democrat Eric Swanson unseated eight-year Sheriff Robert Reed on Tuesday, winning more than 53 percent of the vote.


Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

County greets new state planner

Sussex County Council welcomed new state planner Bryan Hall (circuit-rider for Sussex) at the Oct. 31 council meeting, and Council Member George Cole (4th District) took the opportunity to press a little responsibility on Hall and the Office of...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

County council members debate sewer expansion

Sussex County engineering department officials unveiled a study this week, recommending that the county enhance sewage capacity along the northern Inland Bays and extend the area slated for central sewage there.

The plan, according to...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Stickels leaving after 18 years

A week from today, Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels will pack the pictures that decorate his office walls, load paperwork into boxes and grab the two signed baseballs that have sat on the front of his desk in the county’s Georgetown...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Students aim to predict election outcomes

Sussex County students will again have a chance to receive scholarship monies by predicting the outcome of federal, state and local elections. County Council voted on Tuesday for the fourth time this decade to approve its Election Year...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Traffic issues a major concern with project

In a letter written by South Bethany residents Richard and Bonnie Kemske and addressed to Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission, the pair urged the county to deny approval of The Estuary subdivision partly because it will “overload the...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Commissioners wait on Estuary decision

When asked, only two people raised their hands Thursday night in support. Some 33 people then confirmed their opposition to the plan to subdivide 742 acres into 1,060 lots off of Camp Barnes and Double Bridges roads, near the Assawoman Wildlife...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

County police debate to continue

Sussex County Sheriff Robert Reed recently said it’s not something he is “worried about right now.” And Eric Swanson, a former State Police official and Reed’s Democratic challenger in this year’s election, said that it will be left up to the...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

County starts station upgrade process

Sussex County Council voted on Tuesday to spend $82,227 to hire consultants and to pay for an outside company to design the mechanical rebuild of the 30-year-old Tingle Avenue wastewater pump station in Bethany Beach.

Steve Hudson, the...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Estuary unveils state/county disconnect

Though there is local opposition to the proposed Estuary development off Double Bridges Road near South Bethany, the area is clearly marked for development in Sussex County’s land-use plan, as a portion of the Environmentally Sensitive Developing...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany goes on attack with Estuary

More than three years after Sussex County Council denied the rezoning of a monstrous development — then named The Palisades — off Double Bridges Road in the “environmentally sensitive developing area” near the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, the...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Millivlle fire company to add substation

A Sussex County Council decision unanimously rendered Tuesday should allow for quicker response times for the Millville fire company. Council voted 5-0 after a public hearing Tuesday afternoon to grant a conditional use to the company, allowing...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany court can exceed MR density rules

Sussex County council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to zone six units on about 1.28 acres of land near Bethany, allowing Bethany Court LLC to exceed the maximum density set for a MR, Medium Density Residential District.

Bethany Republican George...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

County overturns Isaac Glenn decision

Sussex County Council on July 18 overturned a March 1 Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) decision regarding the Isaacs Glenn project, saying that if plans comply with county code, they must be approved.

Attorney William Manning...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Swanson files for sheriff spot

Eric Swanson, a former Delaware State Police official and criminal justice teacher, filed last week to run against Sheriff Robert Reed in November’s election. Reed has held the spot since 1998 and will seek re-election to his third term in...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Council passes fine, fee ordinances

Sussex County Council voted to approve a pair of ordinances Tuesday morning, raising a set of fees and fines in about a half of an hour. The five-man council disagreed on raising the fee for building code violation appeals hearings but voted...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Baker named new county administrator

Sussex County Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve county Finance Director and 28-year county employee Dave Baker as Bob Stickels’ successor as County Administrator.

Stickels, who has been the county’s administrative head for 18...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

County approves its 2007 budget

About a dozen representatives from local non-profit groups paraded in front of County Council and its crowded chambers on Tuesday to ask for their share of miscellaneous county funds in a nearly three-hour-long 2007-fiscal-year budget hearing....

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

County to hear permit late-fee ordinance

Sussex County will hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday to consider an ordinance that would make it more costly for builders to start construction without building permits from the county.

The ordinance would raise the fine from...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex County to hold budget hearing Tuesday

Sussex County will hold a public hearing at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, to consider the adoption of the $140 million 2007 fiscal-year budget presented to county council in late May.

The budget would increase sewage fees in most of the...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

County council hears Isaacs Glen appeal

Can government officials approve or deny proposed development plans based on general concerns or must they make such judgments based solely on code compliance? That question is now facing the five-member Sussex County Council.

Lawyers for...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Permit fine ordinances introduced by county

Those who violate Sussex County code by building without permits may soon pay a larger fine for doing so. Sussex County Council introduced an ordinance at its Tuesday meeting that would make builders pay a fine identical to the building permit...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sussex County announces budgetary plan

Increasing sewage fees, a group of retiring department heads and skyrocketing energy prices were the primary focus of the Bob Stickels-led Sussex County budget presentation on Tuesday.

Retiring County Administrator Stickels and other...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

CBS explains vision for Sussex County

Delaware was “the First State,” incorporated into the new Union on Dec. 7, 1787. But to this day, some Americans probably couldn’t tell where that first state is located. Delaware may fly under the radar for most people, but its business-friendly...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

County prepares for arrival of Smith’s shallop

Capt. John Smith and friends sailed their 30-foot “shallop” (single-mast skiff) into Sussex County waters just shy of 400 years ago, all the way up the Nanticoke River to what is now Phillip’s Landing in Seaford.

Smith’s group would...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

County council pushes for sign enforcement

It wasn’t on the agenda, but Sussex County Council Member George Cole came out strong for enforcement of the county’s sign laws, at the May 9 council meeting (under additional business).

Cole was particularly concerned with what he...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm