Sussex County


Public hearing on proposed sign ordinance set for May 12

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission was set to hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m., related to an ordinance to amend the code of Sussex County regarding signage.

Last month, the Sussex County Council...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:08pm

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect in alleged MVFC embezzlement charged

Delaware State Police have arrested a 36-year-old Dagsboro man after an audit of a local fire company’s accounts reveal he allegedly stole more than $190,000 in funds.

Justin K. Oakley turned himself into detectives Tuesday, May 10, after...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 5:11am

BREAKING NEWS: State inspection reveals close to $200,000 allegedly embezzled from MVFC

A fiscal inspection report released by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) on Tuesday, May 10, reported that $190,433.61 was allegedly embezzled from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) by their former treasurer...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 8:39am

Waste Management fined by DNREC for recycling violations

One of Delaware’s major waste haulers hasn’t completely done its job, according to Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control officials.

Waste Management of Delaware Inc. was recently fined nearly $44,000 for...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:18am

Hudson appointed to County P&Z — replaces Smith

Clarksville resident and former state trooper Douglas B. Hudson was appointed this week to the Sussex County Council Planning & Zoning Commission.

At the May 3 county council meeting, Hudson underwent a public interview before the...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 9:47am

County sign ordinance introduced

After months of discussions, the Sussex County Council this week introduced an ordinance that would revise the County’s current signage regulations.

For nearly a year, the council has been working to revamp its sign ordinance, after...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 3:00pm

Milton shopping center application denied by Sussex County

The Sussex County Council this week denied the controversial application by T.D. Rehoboth LLC for the Overbrook Town Center shopping center, proposed to be built near Milton and strongly opposed by some nearby residents.

With standing room...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:33am

Sing for the rafters: Middle-school honor choir returns

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The Sussex County Junior Honor Choir performed at Woodbridge Middle School on Friday, April 7.Sussex County has upped the ante for music education, as the Sussex County Junior Honor Choir returned to the stage for...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:23am

Townsend describes potential for statewide clean-water fee

What would it cost to clean Delaware’s waters?

State Sen. Bryan Townsend said an extra $100 million per year would be nice. But Delaware’s Clean Water Task Force is approaching a more realistic recommendation of $20 million per year to...

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 5:02am

Aquaculture still open to public comments

Now is the time to submit final comments about the creation of commercial shellfish aquaculture in the inland bays.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced that it only seeks to include 343 acres as “...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:57am

Veteran services discussed in Sussex presentation

The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities held a presentation on veteran services in Sussex County on March 21.

Laurie Corsa, a veterans’ service officer for the Delaware Commission on Veterans...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 9:45am

County BOA denies application for BBPD shooting range

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment this week denied the Bethany Beach Police Department’s application for a special-use exception to operate a shooting range for the department on a piece of Town-property in unincorporated Frankford.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:46am

No oil for now: Mid-Atlantic removed from survey/drilling plans

A million comments seem to have done the trick. After receiving that much feedback, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced this week that the Atlantic Ocean has been removed from upcoming plans for oil and gas development.

After...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:37pm

Corps questions Beach Cove proposed aquaculture sites

It’s been a year since people got to discuss their feelings on proposed commercial oyster-growing in the area. Since then, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has questioned the appropriateness of Delaware’s proposed sites for future shellfish...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:31pm

County Council extends sign application moratorium into June

The Sussex County Council has extended its six-month moratorium on off-premise sign applications. The council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a continued moratorium on off-premise signs, with Councilman Sam Wilson opposed.

The ordinance,...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:12pm

Post-storm beach repair not in the cards at present

In the wake of two storms that heavily damaged dunes and beaches in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, the potential for funding for shoring up the storm-beaten beaches remains unclear.

Last week, officials announced that...

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:15am

Trout stocking and opening for downstate ponds announced

Anglers encouraged to check requirements before fishing

The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife this week announced that its spring 2016 downstate trout season will begin Saturday, March 5, with the opening of two downstate ponds stocked...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 1:55pm

Sussex Countians thanked for their generosity from Carols

Community volunteers were recognized at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting for doing their part in the County’s annual Caroling on the Circle food drive.

“This past year,” said County Administrator Todd Lawson on Feb. 9, “was the...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 11:13am

DART public transit expands to Route 24 and Mountaire

John J. Williams Highway (Route 24) recently got some attention in the latest DART public transit redesign. A year-round bus route will now make the rounds on Route 24, and the schedule will match the shift changes at the Mountaire poultry...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:26am

County holds public hearing on community development grants

A public hearing regarding the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program was held Tuesday before the Sussex County Council. CDBG provides funding for a variety of activities, such as rehabilitation, demolition and housing code enforcement...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:48pm

Sussex County reveals audit results for 2015 fiscal year

Sussex County Council this week heard a presentation on its audited financial statements for the 2015 fiscal year. Keith Hammond, CPA at BDO USA LLP, a firm of licensed certified public accountants, said the County was given a “clean” opinion and...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 9:07am

Schools, hospitals targeted in 31 bomb threats (and counting)

Indian River School District schools received two of the many bomb threats that targeted schools and hospitals early this week.

At least 31 bomb threats were telephoned in to schools and hospitals across Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 8:40am

Southern Delaware real estate continues modest growth

For the fifth consecutive year, data compiled and released by the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) earlier this month indicates a period of modest growth in the region’s real estate markets.

Again led by the coastal market,...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 7:45am

Hike and lecture series planned at state park

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering a series of programs this January to help people get outdoors, stay active and learn about the history and natural wonders of the area.

The January Hike Series continues each Sunday in January. A...

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 8:26am

Health Care Commission upholds psychiatric hospital approval

A 90-bed psychiatric hospital is still coming to Georgetown, after the failed appeal of the project’s initial approval was heard before the Delaware Health Care Commission. The 70,000-square-foot hospital is to be located in Georgetown, adjacent...

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 6:42am

County gets update on Clean Water & Flood Abatement

During Tuesday’s regular Sussex County Council meeting, County Finance Director Gina Jennings gave the council an update on the Clean Water & Flood Abatement Task Force. Jennings, who sits on the task force, said a meeting was held in...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:39am

Kammerer speaks to Southern Delaware Tourism

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Scott Kammerer, president and CEO of SoDel Concepts, was the featured speaker at the Southern Delaware Tourism luncheon on Dec. 9.In 23 years, Scott Kammerer has come a long way, from a man who traveled to Sussex...

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 8:46am

DelDOT announces plans for transportation improvement district

In a move designed to help the State fund transportation projects by extracting impact fees from developers, rather than relying on taxpayer funding, Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan at the Dec. 8 Sussex County...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:43am

New Office of Animal Welfare prepares for January startup

The director of Delaware’s new Office of Animal Welfare checked in with the Sussex County Council on Tuesday, Dec. 8, to talk about plans for animal control services in Sussex County.

Hetti Brown explained to the council that the newly...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:26am

County recognizes employee for third quarter

Coastal Point • Submitted: Sussex County Council members presented employee Barry Hitchens the ‘Pickle Award’ at their Dec. 1 meeting. Pictured, from left, are Joan Deaver, Michael Vincent, Hitchens, Rob Arlett and George Cole.Sussex County...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:55am

Sussex County offices to close temporarily Dec. 11

Sussex County offices will close for a two-hour period on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, to allow employees to attend the annual Mildred King Luncheon.

County offices will close from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on that date. Members of the public with...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:37am

Hagen, Cummings, Barton headline Entrepreneur Symposium

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Mike Cumming of Mikken Builders, left, Steve Hagen of the Off the Hook Restaurant Group, center, and Phil Barton of Barton’s Landscaping answered questions for future entrepreneurs at the South Coastal Library on...

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 8:12am

County defers action on South Bethany Sewer District expansion

Sussex County Council held a public hearing earlier this week related to the Berzins expansion of the South Bethany Sanitary Sewer District.

Along with connecting the Berzins property, located on Kent Avenue, to the sanitary sewer...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:50am

With support, new mobile app could aid many

Last winter, a man took the bus to Georgetown Public Library. He was distraught, trying to reach an emergency shelter, but learned it was temporarily closed.

“It was a very cold, one of those single-digit days,” said Librarian Sherri Scott...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:44am

State approves $18 million psychiatric hospital in Georgetown

The Delaware Health Care Commission last week unanimously approved SUN (Solving Unmet Needs) Behavioral Health’s application for a proposed 90-bed psychiatric hospital, to be located in Georgetown.

A public hearing for the psychiatric...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:54am

Sussex County discusses extending land-use applications

The Sussex County Council this week discussed how to address land-use application approvals scheduled to expire on Jan. 1, 2016, after the County’s staff had received fewer than 10 requests for extensions but with many more projects approved but...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:01am

Sheriff sales on the decrease in Sussex, Lee tells council

At this week’s Sussex County Council meeting, Sheriff Robert Lee offered the council an update on his office. Stating the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office has taken a “team approach,” Lee said, noting that he and his staff were focusing on...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:33am

DNREC workshop reviews proposed beach regulations

The Delaware State Legislature has made a number of changes to the Beach Preservation Act in past decades, and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) is now trying to put those changes into action by...

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:00am

DelDOT welcomes input from public on plans

Millsboro bypass included in forecast

Each year, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) develops a six-year Capital Transportation Plan (CTP) that identifies future projects and costs.

The Council on Transportation, which is...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:00am

Today & Tomorrow Conference to highlight ‘Innovation’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Community leaders, educators, businesspeople and elected officials will come together to raise public awareness on current economic issues at the 22nd Annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference on Wednesday,...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 7:59am

Delmarva Power washing off salt-coated North Bethany lines again

Delmarva Power crews are resuming their efforts today to pressure-wash utility lines and equipment along Route 1 between the Indian River Inlet and an area just north of Bethany Beach to remove sea salt carried inland by winds from the weekend...

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:23am

Public hearing held for proposed Sussex psychiatric hospital

The Delaware Health Care Commission held a public hearing earlier this week for a proposed 90-bed psychiatric hospital to be located in Georgetown.

At the hearing, SUN (Solving Unmet Needs) Behavioral Health President Steve Page stated the...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:36pm

Sign workshop kicks off Sussex County ordinance review

Sussex County held a workshop to review its signage ordinance earlier this week, following the approval of a six-month moratorium on applications for off-premises signs.

The workshop was attended by members of the Sussex County Council,...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:26pm

Public workshop planned for Oct. 14 for Route 113 bypass update

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will present to area residents an update on the U.S. Route 113 North/South Study for the Millsboro South area at a public workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 14...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:24pm

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT closes Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:51am

Governor Issues limited state of emergency in Sussex County

With moderate to major coastal flooding expected at high tides today and tomorrow, along with high wind warnings along the coast, Gov. Jack Markell at noon on Oct. 2 issued a Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County, effective immediately....

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 8:25am

Sussex County approves moratorium on off-premise signs

The Sussex County Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a moratorium on off-premise signs, with Councilman Sam Wilson opposed.

The ordinance, which was introduced by Councilman George Cole on July 28, states that the Sussex County...

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 9:11am

Delaware State Police still investigating OV accidental shooting

The Delaware State Police this week were continuing to investigate an incident in which a 2-year-old child was believed to have been accidentally shot by her father at their home just outside of Ocean View over the weekend.

Around 1 a.m....

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 6:01am

SCAPC continues to address local addiction issues

The Seaford Chapter of Sussex County Action Prevention Coalition (SCAPC) held its monthly meeting this week, continuing to try to attack the area’s drug problems from various angles.

SCAPC is a nonprofit organization with the mission “to...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:55am

Sussex P&Z recommends against signage moratorium

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission met last week to review and discuss their recommendation regarding a proposed moratorium on the County’s acceptance of special-use exception applications for off-premises signs.

The draft...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:25am