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Committee considers local science solutions

(1) More changes at the Fresh Pond part of the Delaware Seashore State Park, as transportation engineers prepare to mitigate wetland impacts associated with the Indian River Inlet Bridge.
(2) More support for a tidal pump to clean up South...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

County takes input on appeals process

As it stands, only one party has the right to appeal county Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission denials on a major subdivision — the aggrieved applicants. Within county government, anyway, average citizens who feel aggrieved — by an approval...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Frankford considers third land planner

Frankford Town Council may be narrowing in on a partnership with a land-use planner, following the town’s third visit from such a professional. In recent months, Kyle Gulbronson (URS) and Chris Jakubiak (Jakubiak & Associates) have stopped by...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

County considers revisions to clustering

Clustered subdivisions not all Sussex County Council had originally anticipated?

Council Member George Cole broached the question in a formal manner at the Nov. 8 council meeting, asking County Attorney James Griffin to draft an ordinance...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach budget in good shape

Things in Bethany Beach — financially speaking — are right on track. That, according to town Finance Director Janet Connery, who said the town’s financial picture at the half-way point in its 2006 fiscal year is comparable to where it was for the...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville cracks down on 'dance hall'

Selbyville Town Council Members were not encouraging to the manager of the Captain’s Table restaurant at their Nov. 7 council meeting, repeatedly stating the town’s ordinances do not allow him to operate the establishment as a “dance hall.”

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Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Castle praises state poultry industry

Despite $7.1 billion in funds proposed by President George W. Bush to deal with the potential spread of avian influenza into a pandemic affecting Americans, Congressman Mike Castle thinks additional focus needs to be put on preventing the virus...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Differing approaches to new town hall in Fenwick

Two very different approaches to updating Fenwick Island’s town hall were raised at a Nov. 8 meeting of an advisory group on the issue.

Committee members were presented with revised scratch drawings from Michael Bouman of Davis, Bowen and...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Sierra Club contests canal go-ahead

It’s been nearly four months since Gov. Ruth Ann Minner put her signature to the fiscal 2006 Bond Bill, and in so doing, cleared the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to move forward with dredging the Assawoman...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Council expresses concern over possible loss

At the Nov. 1 town council meeting, Ocean View Town Manager Kathy Roth reported from her attendance at an Oct. 31 Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) taskforce meeting, saying she found the meeting “not real encouraging” regarding the...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Your Town meeting set for November 4 in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council Member Chris Clark and other organizers of the planned Nov. 4 Your Town follow-up meeting are hoping the second edition of the program will bring together residents, officials and interest groups from around Sussex...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Grassroots politicos consider anti-sprawl

When two top-level state officials pay a visit to a grassroots political group in Sussex County, there’s probably something important on the agenda.

In fact, Delaware’s top state official was originally slated to attend the Oct. 26...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

State updates clear zone legislation

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is cracking down on illegal signs placed in the medians and rights-of-way of the state’s roads under a revised version of the existing “Clear Zone” law.

DelDOT Secretary Nathan Hayward III...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

County approves sewer for Millville-area development

Members of the Sussex County Council unanimously approved provision of sanitary sewer for an 89-lot residential subdivision called White Creek Landing at their Nov. 1 meeting, after preliminary approvals in mid-July and Aug. 1, and on the...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View officials reconsider new post office location plans

Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith added a last-minute item to the Nov. 1 town council agenda, noting that he had received an unusual amount of correspondence, telephone calls and in-person comments regarding the town’s preferred location for a new...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View mulls speed-limit changes

Ocean View officials are considering reworking the town’s speed limits after receiving a request from home owners in the Village at Bear Trap Dunes to raise the speed limit in that development from 15 mph to 20 mph.

The request sparked an...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Town officals consider $4 million loan

Ocean View officials have made the first step needed to approve borrowing up to $4 million for the town’s planned new police station. At their Nov. 1 meeting, town council members held a first reading of the ordinance that would allow the loan...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick wrangles with setback wording

Fenwick Island’s recent tussle in the courts over its front yard setback requirements was behind an ordinance change proposed with a first reading at the town council’s Oct. 28 meeting.

The lengthy, 271-word sentence the town currently...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach construction project nears finish

An initial delay of several weeks on the start of Fenwick Island’s beach reconstruction project may have worked to the town’s favor. Sand lost in the recent nor’easter might just get put back in place before the project is complete.

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Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fishing tourney supports youth and area

Is big-purse tournament fishing establishing a foothold along the Sussex coast?

In spite of the rain and wind — even a morning lightning storm — more than 150 boats registered for last weekend’s second annual Rocktober Fishing Tournament...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Today and Tomorrow forecasts county trends

Entrepreneurs and employees, political leaders and policy-makers, average Joes and Josephines gathered at Delaware Technical & Community College (DTCC), Owens Campus, on Oct. 26 for the 12th annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Popular New Year's event set to return to Fenwick Island

After a roaring success with the inaugural edition of the Fenwick Freeze New Year’s ocean plunge, members of the town’s Beach Committee are already planning the second annual event, with a theme of “Dive Into 2006.”

Set, naturally, on Jan...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick gets serious about flooding woes

In the wake of severe tidal flooding caused by the recent nor’easter, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously (5-0, with Mayor Peter Frederick and Council Member Martha Keller absent) Oct. 28 to put a focus on the town’s flooding...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Water treatment en route to Dagsboro

Dagsboro town residents might be able to drink their tap water sooner than originally estimated, according to Millsboro Town Manager Faye Lingo.

“We’re hoping to start bringing in equipment this week, and have it installed within a week,”...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Firefighters install officers for year

The Sussex County Volunteer Firemen’s Association (SCFA) held its seventh annual joint installation dinner on Oct. 25, establishing leadership for the SCFA and three affiliated fire services and bidding President Rich Toulson happy trails.

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Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro goes to bottled water

Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) staff was surprised to discover unusually high levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) in drinking water at a local Boys and Girls Club last week, and promptly advised Millsboro and Dagsboro town residents to...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach's water to be fluoridated

Bethany Beach residents will get something new in their water this week: a small amount of fluoride.

Despite a decided lack of support from town council members for fluoridation of the town’s water supply, the town makes the move this week...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Town stresses need for registration

There are no off years in Dagsboro. Elections are a-coming, Saturday, Dec. 3, and town residents will need to pick their top three. Mayor S. Brad Connor and Council Member Jamie Kollock will seek to retain seats this year, and Council Member Clay...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany suggests increased off-street parking spaces

Only eight days after the first meeting of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission’s ad hoc committee, commission members gave the go-ahead for one of the concepts put forward by the new committee: a requirement for four off-street parking spaces...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany slip-ramp plan not endorsed

Bethany Beach officials have — at least for now — rebuffed efforts by the Sea Colony Recreation Association (SCRA) to obtain their endorsement for a major alteration of the intersection between Route 1 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

They not...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View continues commercial design

Ocean View has created a business district along the Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) corridor — but until the town adopts some design criteria, it’s anyone’s guess what that district might look like 20 years from now.

Per the town’s long-...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro approves big residential project

Final count: 134 single-family homes, 98 single-family detached condominiums, 178 townhouses and 20 apartments. Net density: 3.7 units per acre.

With the project thus configured, Dagsboro Town Council members saw their way to unanimous...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Streetscape project revived in Bethany

Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet raised hopes once again for the town’s planned “Streetscape” project at the Oct. 21 town council meeting, citing information that Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials were optimistic...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany debates antennas, guidelines

Presented with a revised set of guidelines for the formation of committees in Bethany Beach at their Oct. 21 meeting, town council members were quick to notice one particular change: an increase from two to three in the maximum number of council...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany CORC addresses driveways, fences

Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee members on Oct. 20 tackled the section of town code dealing with the registration and enforcement of driveway designations, with the input of Public Safety Officer Ralph Mitchell.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Committee revamps membership limits

Members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) made a last-minute change in their recommended guidelines for committee membership in the town Oct. 20 before forwarding those recommendations to the town council.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View scrutinizes Kool Bean cafe

The recent arrival of a new 8- by 10-foot refrigerator at the Kool Bean café proved perhaps the most complex application before the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission at the Oct. 20 P&Z meeting. Other applications involved:...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach goes keyless

Bethany Beach Town Council members approved a new keyless card entry system for town hall at their Oct. 21 meeting.

The $15,715 contract with Security Services and Technology was recommended among three bids obtained on the project. The...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local firefighters provide free smoke detectors

“Wake Up Delaware” coordinator Tom Mitten wants a working smoke detector in every single household in the state. If giving away free smoke detectors and replacement batteries is what it takes, so be it.

Every volunteer fire company in the...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville notches 17th straight win

Selbyville Middle School football is on a roll following their 40-6 defeat of Laurel Middle School on Oct. 20. Selbyville’s record improved to 5-0, which marks their 17th game won in a row.
Coastal Point • ERNIE TURPIN:
Drew Hitchens...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

District introduces mentor coordinator

Indian River School District (IRSD) Superintendent Lois Hobbs and School Board President Charles Bireley took time out to publicly welcome Mentor Delaware Coordinator Ryan Farrell to the district and let him know his efforts were appreciated at...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany zoning committee begins work

Kathleen Mink emphasized that the meeting she was chairing Oct. 14 was not a formal workshop or a public meeting. Nothing decided by those on the committee will be set in stone anytime soon.

The results of the Bethany Beach Planning...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany mayor seeks feedback on project

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Walsh is looking for some feedback on one of the biggest projects his Communication Committee worked on this year: the informational brochure and magnets distributed throughout the community.

The committee featured...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT narrows north/south alternatives

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) personnel are closing on a final design for a limited access Route 113 and presented a more digestible list of alternatives for the Millsboro/South area on Oct. 18.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

County council funds soil conservation

Ditches may overflow after 6 or 7 inches of rain, no matter how good a job the Sussex Conservation District is doing. But as of the Oct. 18 Sussex County Council meeting, the conservation staff has some bankroll to match contributions from the...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany catches up on central gas

Residents of South Bethany expressed an interest in central gas utility a couple years back, but time has passed, and Sharp Energy hasn’t run any new lines recently. And along some streets, they never did run any lines.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Memories of war don't fade away with time

Don Hanning is going on 93 years of age, but he’s still strong in body and mind. Certainly stronger than when the American troops rescued him from Santo Tomas University, Manila, Luzon, in the Philippines, in early 1945.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Rural design efforts continue in Fenwick

Do you like where Sussex County’s headed, or fear something’s maybe getting lost along the way? And is yours a majority — or a minority — view regarding what a plan for the county’s future should include?

There’s been some discussion along...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

DCOG prepares for Gulf Coast arrivals

Dagsboro Church of God (DCOG) parishioners and staff are moving into the second phase of their assistance efforts for folks left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina — and they’re looking for some storage space.
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Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany museum's future displays discussed

Information and artifacts related to the history of Bethany Beach have finally found their place once again in the cases and on the display panels of the town’s historical museum, after the $50,000 renovation project that set a revamped museum in...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm