Dagsboro News

Town of Dagsboro, Delaware


  • 805 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Monday of the month, 7 p.m., except November (third week) and December (second week)

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • First Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m.


  • First Saturday of December

Town office:

  • 33134 Main St., Dagsboro, DE 19939 (302) 732-3777

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council:

  • Norwood Truitt, Mayor
  • Brian Baull, VIce-Mayor
  • Theresa Ulrich, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Patrick Miller
  • William Chandler

Town Administrator:

  • Stacey Long

Town Clerk:

  • Autumn Miller

Code Enforcement:

  • Stacey Long

P&Z Chairperson:

  • Scott Crater


  • Floyd Toomey, Jr., Chief
  • Harry Litten, Staff Sergeant
  • Carl Kurten Jr., Senior Corporal
  • Tyler Bare, Patrolman

Town Solicitor:

  • Rob Whitsil


  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 732-3777

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that is the resort area’s high season.

Ornish program helps Dagsboro woman undo her heart disease

“I have always been active and exercised regularly — that’s why it was such a surprise when I passed out for no apparent reason in 2014,” said Wilma Petenbrink, 68, of Dagsboro. “I fell and fractured my spine when I passed out, but throughout my spine treatment, neither I nor my doctor could determine why I’d passed out in the first place.”

Botanic Gardens adds two new board members

The Delaware Botanic Gardens board of directors has elected two new members, Ruth Rogers Clausen and Janet Meenehan Point. The additions bring to 10 the number of board members who are working to open the garden along Pepper Creek in Dagsboro. An Advisory Council adds a dozen professionals to the project’s expertise.

Community invited to join in National Day of Prayer

On May 5, Christians around that U.S. were set to come together for the 65th annual National Day of Prayer, gathering on Thursday at noon at designated locations, to pray together.

According to the event’s website, “It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne.”

Fundraiser to benefit Botanic Gardens

Cocktails on the Ocean, a fundraiser for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, will take place April 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the oceanfront home of Chuck Coltman in North Bethany.

Fire companies to hold live-fire drill on Saturday 3/19

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.
This drill has been in the making for at least 5 years and has taken countless hours of coordination between the departments, owner and government agencies.

Police seek second suspect in Dagsboro home-invasion

State police detectives this week arrested a Georgetown man in connection with a home invasion-style robbery at a Dagsboro-area residence.

Delaware Botanic Gardens awarded $750,000 grant from Longwood Foundation

The Longwood Foundation has approved a $750,000 grant to the Delaware Botanic Gardens to help it begin work on Phase One of the garden, located on Pepper Creek near Dagsboro.

Christmas parades warm up the season

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.

Dagsboro Road to close at Route 113 for two weeks

This December, a two-week road closure will impact traffic south of Millsboro.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that Dagsboro Road (Route 20) will be closed between Cricket Street and U.S. Route 113, from 6 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 24. Poor weather could prolong the closure.

Dagsboro incumbents will keep their seats

Dagsboro won’t host a town council election in 2015, as the only three nominees were the incumbents filing for re-election.

There were no challengers for seats held by Brian Baull (vice mayor), Pat Miller or Theresa Ulrich (secretary/treasurer).

Dagsboro tree lighting set for this weekend

Dagsboro will light up on Saturday, Nov. 28, as the Christmas season kicks off at Katie Helm Town Park.

The Town of Dagsboro will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. Residents and visitors can enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate.

Be heard: Planning begins for Dagsboro Downtown district

What do people see in Dagsboro’s future?

Dagsboro could win grant money to create a truly thriving downtown. So now is the time to plan, with a new task force forming to write the Downtown Development District Plan.

On Nov. 12, the Task Force started discussing a “mini comprehensive plan” for the downtown development area, said AECOM planner Debbie Pfeil.

‘Rock star’ designer coming to local botanical garden

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Piet Oudolf is an international star where gardens are concerned. Here he is being interviewed at Delaware Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Oct. 18. Oudolf has agreed to transform approximately 1.5 acres into a flowing meadow at the gardens.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Piet Oudolf is an international star where gardens are concerned. Here he is being interviewed at Delaware Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Oct. 18. Oudolf has agreed to transform approximately 1.5 acres into a flowing meadow at the gardens.Considered a “rock star” of landscape design, Piet Oudolf has headlined in gardens worldwide. And he’s coming soon to Dagsboro.

With a thick shock of white hair, this Dutch master of meadows toured Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) the first time on Oct. 18. Located on Pepper Creek, the 37 acres of forest and former soybean fields are waiting to become a world-class public garden a mile east of Dagsboro. Plans call for the first phase to open in 2017.

Oudolf has agreed to transform about 1.5 acres into a colorful, rippling meadow.

“Oudolf is becoming recognized as one of the most transformative garden designers of our time,” stated landscape architect Rodney Robinson. “His influence spans an international scale. I can’t think of a better garden designer to launch the Delaware Botanic Gardens.”

Oudolf’s association with the garden will increase its visibility, said Holly Shimizu, former executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Dagsboro council stresses over massage spa ordinance

When it comes to the issue of allowing massage parlors in town, the Dagsboro Town Council is far from relaxed.

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 River Inlet).

County approves commercial zoning for Route 20 property

Sussex County Council this week approved a change-of-zone application filed by Riverview Associates III LLC, for property located on the southwest side of Dagsboro Road, approximately halfway between Dagsboro and Millsboro. The property was zoned AR-1, but the applicant sought to change the zoning to commercial.

Delaware Seaside Railroad Club to hold grand opening in new home

After years of searching, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club has finally found a place to call home.

BREAKING NEWS: Four-car crash in Millsboro injures 15 people

Delaware State Police are currently investigating a four-vehicle crash in which 15 people were injured that occurred late this morning in Millsboro.

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Dagsboro posts 2015-2016 tax assessments

The Dagsboro Town Council this week announced that the 2015-2016 annual assessment list had been posted at Dagsboro Town Hall and throughout town, giving residents the opportunity to appeal their tax assessments.

“Now’s the time that people would appeal their taxes,” said Town Manager Stacey Long in Monday’s meeting, which was held a week earlier than usual, due to Memorial Day.

Dagsboro council puts emphasis on precendent, denies development extension

Dagsboro Town Councilman Bill Chandler spoke about the importance of precedent before the council at Monday’s council meeting before they voted on a motion to extend a five-year sunsetting provision on site plan approval for Vines Creek Village.

“We have, in the past, denied extensions,” Chandler cited. “So I worry about the equities of granting some and not granting others.”

Customers are lovin’ Lovetti’s, the new pizza shop in Dagsboro

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Lovetti’s owner Brian Lovett shows off his Meat Lover’s Stuffed Pizza at his restaurant in Dagsboro.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Lovetti’s owner Brian Lovett shows off his Meat Lover’s Stuffed Pizza at his restaurant in Dagsboro.After taking over the Dagsboro-area business formerly known as Goodfella’s, Lovetti’s Pizza owner Brian Lovett knew that it might take some time to establish a reputation for his new venture. But he also knew that the best way to do that was simple: good food and good service. And that’s exactly what he set out to do.

“I take a lot of pride in my food,” said Lovett. “It’s like mom and dad are making the food.”

While he’s just recently set up shop near Dagsboro, Lovett has been in the restaurant industry throughout his life, getting his knowledge of Italian cuisine by training with chefs in Philadelphia, where he’s originally from. That knowledge includes all types of pizza, but Lovetti’s offers up much more.

“I do more than just pizza,” he said. “I make my own chicken wings, mozzarella sticks… I do everything from scratch. That’s the major difference here.”

Public asked to help identify suspects in January home invasion

Coastal Point • Submitted by Delaware State Police  : Delaware State Police are looking for help in identifying three suspects from a Dagsboro home invasion this winter.Coastal Point • Submitted by Delaware State Police : Delaware State Police are looking for help in identifying three suspects from a Dagsboro home invasion this winter.

Delaware State Police continue to investigate a Dagsboro home-invasion robbery that occurred in late January.

According to police, on Jan. 23, about 11:15 p.m., a 26-year-old woman returned from work to her home on Piney Neck Road and parked in her driveway. There, they said, three black men confronted her as she exited her vehicle.

At that time, police said, she was forced to the ground, with one of the suspects allegedly displaying an unknown make and model of handgun. Two of the suspects then allegedly forced her into the residence and demanded money.

According to the DSP, the victim complied and gave one of the suspects an undisclosed amount of money. The victim reported that a third black man stood next to the residence.