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Dagsboro residents leery despite clean water reports

Dagsboro residents facing a May 9 deadline for hook-up to the town’s water system — the end of the grace period for avoiding a $3,000 impact fee — raised questions about that deadline at the Jan. 24 council meeting.

As one resident pointed...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

County adopts housing regulation

It’s been more than a year in the making, but the county’s Moderately-Priced Housing Unit (MPHU) program is now official.

Sussex County Council adopted the ordinance, opening the program to requests for proposal (RFPs), at the Jan. 17...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick residents split on home size, coverage ordinance

Some Fenwick Islanders in attendance at last weekend’s special council meeting (Jan. 14) were already steamed over new state regulations that would limit homeowners’ ability to build on the seaward (and apparently, bayward) side of their lots....

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Beach-uses regs to get another hearing

Owners of beachfront property in Delaware may be able to breathe a slight sigh of relief this week, with the news that any further action on draft state beach-use regulations will be delayed until after at least one more public hearing or...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

County P&Z considers cluster subdivision

“We have only two hearings tonight, but at least one of them promises to be rather lengthy.”
So said Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) Chairman Robert Wheatley at the beginning of the commission’s Jan. 11 meeting....

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Cluster ordinance debated by planners

Following a 3.5-hour hearing on the application for the Isaacs Glen cluster subdivision, deliberation on the proposed amendments to the county’s cluster-subdivision ordinance took a comparatively brief period — only 90 minutes. But it also ended...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany moves to alter parking, driveway regs

Bethany Beach’s somewhat notorious — and yet relatively unknown — ordinance requiring the registration of driveways with the town may be on its way out. The recommendation to drop the rule came from the town’s Traffic and Parking Committee at its...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

CIB advises South Bethany on stormwater

Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) staff members have wrapped up study of add-on pollution filters for a stormwater management system in South Bethany – and word is they just don’t work in the field.

Town officials were hoping to boost...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Scientists study oxygen levels in Pepper Creek

Pepper Creek, or Pepper’s Creek, depending on who you’re talking to — developers along the headwaters (which originate somewhere west of Dagsboro) have latched onto this charming appellation.

Several pending residential projects carry the...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany to get taste of Big Easy

New Orleans may still be deep in the process of recovering from last summer’s devastating hurricanes, but local musician Don Sharp is aiming to bring a bit of Big Easy flavor to the Bethany Beach Town Hall next week, with a performance of his...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

County debates changes to zoning code

Discussions on a proposed ordinance that would close the existing Commercial (C-1) district and establish a new, Commercial-Residential (CR-1) district generated sparks at the Jan. 17 Sussex County Council meeting, with Council Member George Cole...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Power plant catches up on emission violation

Local environmentalists have scrutinized the Indian River Power Plant for years, but it’s complicated. Everyone agrees the plant’s dirty — it’s a perennial favorite atop the state’s Toxic Release Index.

But it’s also operating in full...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Cable stay design expected for new Inlet Bridge

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials advised that the Indian River Inlet Bridge would in all probability be constructed with a more familiar cable-stayed design, rather than as a less-common tied arch, at this month’s Indian...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Closer, but still no beach replenishment timetable

U.S. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) brought good tidings to Bethany Beach this week, in officially announcing some $3.1 million for the planned Bethany Beach-South Bethany beach reconstruction project in the federal budget for the 2006 fiscal year....

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bank gets go-ahead from Millville council

There will soon be another new bank gracing Millville’s burgeoning financial district, if all goes according to plan.

Millville Town Council unanimously granted approval for a lot-combining and rezoning request from Artisan’s Bank at their...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

County considers three local projects

Sussex County Council members approved two local entrepreneurs and a developer at a Baltimore Hundred-heavy council meeting, Jan. 10.

They granted conditional-use requests for Timothy and Vickie O’Hare, for a wood shop, and Ed Chiasson,...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

BBPD officers pursue unionization step

It’s a small-town police department in an idyllic resort town, but some Bethany Beach police officers want the benefits of unionization. They took a step toward that recently, with the signing of interest cards by at least 30 percent of the eight...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Millville tackles zoning request, possible ARB

At their Jan. 10 meeting, Millville Town Council members unanimously approved, 5-0, a change of zoning request from Jon and Wendy Binnix. The couple said they were requesting the change of zoning from residential to commercial for their property...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Federal officials visit Frankford elementary

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education Ray Simon stopped in little ol’ Frankford, Del., on Jan. 10, including local students in celebrations of the past four years’ progress under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
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Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Selbyville keeps the lights on in community

Residents of the Buntings Mill community in Selbyville avoided having their neighborhood’s lights turned off this holiday, thanks to the quick thinking and generosity of the town’s mayor.
Clifton Murray took it upon himself to authorize the...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View financial committee looks ahead

Ocean View’s Long-Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFPC) didn’t approve, modify or outright reject even a single line item at the Jan. 3 meeting. But in another way, the committee took a substantial step toward what will one day become this...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Deadline nears for Frankford council seats

The deadline for new voter registration in the town of Frankford is approaching — new residents, or residents who’ve come of age this year, will have to stop by town hall by the close of business on Friday, Jan. 13.

Council Members Pam...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

IRSD celebrates mentors at annual banquet

It’s National Mentoring Month, and the Indian River School District (IRSD) is once again gearing up for its annual Mentoring Banquet, scheduled for Jan. 23.

At district headquarters, Mentor Delaware Coordinator Ryan Farrell said he’d...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

County planners give thumbs-up to gift shop

There may soon be a new gift shop along Route 54 outside of Fenwick Island. Members of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously recommended approval at their Jan. 4 special meeting for a conditional use that allows...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Check-forgery suspect nabbed at store

Local business owners will likely breathe easier this week, with Millville-area resident Dean R. Mitchell behind bars.

Millsboro police ended his alleged spree of check thefts and forgeries on Tuesday, Jan. 3. According to Police Chief...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Freeze a splash in second year

There were two challenges at the Fenwick Freeze this New Year’s Day. First, the obvious: getting into ocean water that topped out around 40 degrees. Second: getting the event to live up to its well-attended inaugural edition, despite air...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Frankford deadline nears

The deadline for new voter registration in the town of Frankford is approaching — new residents, or residents who’ve come of age this year, will have to stop by town hall by the close of business, Friday, Jan. 13, in order to vote this year....

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

IRSD board considers next move in suit

Individual Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board members have been excused as defendants in the ongoing Dobrich v. Indian River School District lawsuit, but the district, as an entity, is still under scrutiny. And those board members...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Millville gets early look at megaplex

Representatives from the Millville Group LLC stopped by town hall on Jan. 3 to share some of their nascent plans for the huge Millville by the Sea master planned community (MPC) with town council.

Millville Group principals Bob Harris and...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Council considers Community Development

Community Development and Housing’s Bill Lecates presented his 2006 wish list at the Jan. 3 Sussex County Council meeting — now to see which projects make the cut. As Lecates explained, Sussex will be competing for $1.9 million in federal Housing...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Zephyr takes home the top trophy on windy day

It was the big prize, and it went home with the big dog.

Zephyr, the Bernese mountain dog, won both the title of Best Gallon-Sized Pet and the trophy for the People’s Choice at the 5th Annual Hometown Pet Show, held Sunday in conjunction...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Eskimo splash hits 10th year on Sunday

The New Year’s holiday is one of the favorite times of the year for people to get a fresh start, a clean break from old habits and a wide-eyed perspective on the year ahead.
Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO:
Participants get in the ocean and...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Island readies for second Freeze

In 2005, Fenwick Islanders kicked off their new year with a splash — a literal one. The town’s first New Year’s Day ocean swim event was a roaring success, drawing hundreds of people to the beach on an unseasonably warm morning that first day of...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Financial advisor recommends steady path

Here’s a New Year’s resolution most of us could embrace — “I’ll have more money on Dec. 31, 2006, than I have right now.”
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Rick Solloway and Linda Mecham, from Edward Jones.
But whether you’re trying to...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Get a little help with those resolutions

The big ones: weight loss and smoking cessation. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 65 percent of all adults age 20 and older are either overweight or obese (from a national survey conducted from 1999...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

New election guidelines irk towns

State legislators may be considering a new set of regulations that would govern all of Delaware’s municipal elections, when they convene for the second half of the 143rd General Assembly on Jan. 10.

In essence, these regulations would...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Happy Holidays--each and every one of them

Someone told me “Merry Christmas” as I left Wal-Mart the other day. Ordinarily, I wouldn’t have thought about it twice. ’Tis the season, after all.
But this time, my immediate thought was, “What does he mean by that?”

With all the...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

New Census estimates show state growth

Millville resident Joyce Wickham knew it wouldn’t be easy to restart her psychotherapy practice in a new state, but she’s not sweating it.

“It’s always a really slow process, but I’m happy, just kind of plugging along,” she pointed out....

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

SDSA shows off some school spirit

Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA) students may not have any sports teams, but they still have plenty of spirit. Fourth-grade teachers hosted a week’s worth of special activities Dec. 12 through 16.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Changes on horizon

Bethany Beach may soon tackle the aesthetics of the town’s commercial district with the same kind of attention it has recently given to the looks of its residential areas — and it’s not a moment too soon, as some of the town’s landmark commercial...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro moves forward with reorganization

It took a stutter-step or two, but Dagsboro Town Council successfully reformulated itself at the Dec. 19 council meeting, following an upset election earlier this month.

Both Council Members Jamie Kollock and Clay Hall stepped down this...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick denies conservation tax break

Fenwick Island Town Council considered a request from the South Schulz Wetlands Association at the Dec. 16 council meeting, but decided against supporting wetlands conservation via tax relief.
The dollar amount in question was so small that...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View wants to design Route 26 specs

Ocean View’s hopes neatly parallel Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans, as far as bike lanes and sidewalks along Route 26. But there’s more to building a pretty Main Street than curbs and striping.

Staff planner Kyle...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick committee discusses flags, event

It was a light agenda for the Fenwick Island Commercial Liaison Committee (CLC) at their Dec. 15 meeting.

Town Council Member and CLC Chairman Chris Clark unveiled a series of rough sketches that could be the basis of designs for flags the...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany renews beach lobbying contract

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted quickly and unanimously Dec. 16 to renew the town’s contract with beach renourishment consultants and lobbying firm Marlowe & Co.

With Mayor Jack Walsh absent from the meeting, Vice-Mayor Carol...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View hears opposition to church project

Ocean View Church of Christ representatives recently introduced plans to raze an older auditorium/Sunday school and construct a new building, to house a “gymnasium and office/classroom space,” but the project has encountered some vocal opposition...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Coastal area focus of county P&Z meeting

It was an agenda heavy with coastal Sussex County projects for the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Dec. 15. So heavy, in fact, that commissioners commented at the start of the evening, “This is Rodney Smith night,” referring...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany planners dispense zoning proposals

After putting forward a series of proposed zoning changes from its Zoning Ad-Hoc Committee (ZAC) in recent weeks, Bethany Beach Planning Commission members were left with the decision of what to do with some lingering loose ends from the...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Council favors two-lane Streetscape plan

If the predominant message of those commenting at the Dec. 10 special meeting regarding Bethany Beach’s proposed Streetscape plan for Garfield Parkway was, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” council members didn’t agree that things weren’t broken...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

JROTC saved from financial ax

School faculty, parents and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) members rallied Tuesday in what turned out to be a successful attempt to save the program in two Indian River School District (IRSD) high schools.

Their efforts were...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm