Sussex County


Commercial waterman faces charges for conch violations

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a commercial waterman June 3 for nearly 300 fishing violations — most of them for illegal taking of knobbed conch — after boarding his vessel for a no-wake violation near the...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:03am

County officials discuss impacts of potential state legislation

At the Sussex County Council’s regular meeting on June 14, County Administrator Todd Lawson updated the council on legislative happenings he said might impact the County.

House Bill 396, or the Bring New Jobs to Delaware Act, would impacts...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:41pm

County planning director Lank to retire after 47 years

Sussex County’s planning director has a new plan under development — retirement, after nearly a half-century of public service. County Planning & Zoning Director Lawrence B. Lank will retire Dec. 1 from the position he has held since 1985,...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:08pm

County officials continue signage discussions

The Sussex County Council this week discussed at length a proposed ordinance to amend the County Code related to signs.

Public hearings were held recently before the Planning & Zoning Commission, as well as County Council, at which...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:35am

Drivers cautioned to watch out for terrapins crossing area roads

Drivers are being urged to use extra caution when traveling Delaware’s coastal highways through June and July. As the summer gets under way, female Diamondback terrapins are crossing Route 1 to lay their eggs in the soft sand of the ocean dunes,...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:33am

Rt. 54 sidewalk improvements subject of June 6 public workshop

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) invites the public to attend a public workshop to receive information about the Final Design for various proposed lighting, striping, and pedestrian improvements on Route 54 in Fenwick Island....

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 8:55am

‘Mighty Mo’s’ big gun moved to permanent resting place at Fort Miles

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The ‘Mighty Mo’ gun is hoisted, ready to be mounted at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park.After wartime service in the Pacific aboard the “Mighty Mo” — the battleship U.S.S. Missouri — one of the ship’s nine...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 9:06am

Heroin Summit discusses Sussex epidemic

The Communities that Care Summit, cohosted by the Sussex County Health Coalition and the Delaware Department of Substance Abuse & Mental Health, was held at Crossroads Community Church this week, focusing on an open discussion regarding the...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:02am

Sign ordinance discussed before Sussex County Council

Signs were a main topic of discussion at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting, as the council held its first public hearing on a proposed ordinance to amend the Code of Sussex County related to signage, as part of what has been a year-long...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:09am

Tickets available for Sussex County Prayer Breakfast

On Tuesday, June 14, people will gather together to pray for local communities at the Sussex County Prayer Breakfast. This year, the Sussex County Prayer Breakfast will host Bill Alexson, son of former Brooklyn Dodger baseball player Andrew “Doc...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 5:55am

DSP, state agencies bring down large-scale heroin ring

Following a two-year investigation, the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office have charged 13 individuals who were allegedly part of a criminal...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:53am

Sussex County reveals proposed $119 million budget

This week, Sussex County revealed its proposed $119 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

In the proposed budget, County staff recommended no change in property taxes or general fund fees. Sewer and water service charges would not...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:11am

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.

...

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