Sussex County

County proposes $117.3M budget for 2015 fiscal year

The Sussex County Council this week reviewed the County’s proposed $117.3 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year. The proposed budget is down by $400,000, nearly .3 percent, from the current year’s $117.7 million budget.

According to...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 8:13am

Citizens voice dismay over county councilmen’s comments

Earlier this week, more than half-dozen citizens spoke to the Sussex County Council, voicing their displeasure over the comments made last week by Councilmen Vance Phillips and Sam Wilson regarding the National Association for the Advancement of...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 8:12am

Citizens voice dismay over county councilmen’s comments

Earlier this week, more than half-dozen citizens spoke to the Sussex County Council, voicing their displeasure over the comments made last week by Councilmen Vance Phillips and Sam Wilson regarding the National Association for the Advancement of...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 8:12am

Strickler to challenge Phillips for county seat

Frankford resident Orvin Strickler has filed as a candidate for District 5 in the upcoming Sussex County Council election.

“I’m disappointed in our economy. Our debt is huge, and it’s on the local level, too. I think I could be effective...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:55pm

Strickler to challenge Phillips for county seat

Frankford resident Orvin Strickler has filed as a candidate for District 5 in the upcoming Sussex County Council election.

“I’m disappointed in our economy. Our debt is huge, and it’s on the local level, too. I think I could be effective...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:55pm

Mountaire cooling system gets OK from Selbyville BOA

Food safety topped the list of reasons for the Selbyville Board of Adjustment to recommend on May 8 approval for Mountaire to install a massive new cooling unit.

Valued at around $6 million, the cooling unit could decrease the temperature...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:53pm

Mountaire cooling system gets OK from Selbyville BOA

Food safety topped the list of reasons for the Selbyville Board of Adjustment to recommend on May 8 approval for Mountaire to install a massive new cooling unit.

Valued at around $6 million, the cooling unit could decrease the temperature...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:53pm

Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, spokesperson for the state Guard, said that...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:41pm

Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, spokesperson for the state Guard, said that...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:41pm

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for May 12 to 16

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with no closures. Look for flaggers on Route 26. Motorists may see lane closures from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in several areas on Route 26:

• between Powell Farm Road and Route 17 for...

Friday, May 9, 2014 - 2:34pm

Cole to run for reelection to county council

District 4 Sussex County Councilman George Cole will run again in November’s election.

“I intend to run for county council. There were a lot of people thinking I wasn’t going to run,” he noted. “I made a decision to file in the near future...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:12am

Cole to run for reelection to county council

District 4 Sussex County Councilman George Cole will run again in November’s election.

“I intend to run for county council. There were a lot of people thinking I wasn’t going to run,” he noted. “I made a decision to file in the near future...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:12am

DNREC Q&A to cover dredging, navigation, parks

People have a lot of questions about local waterways and parklands, so state legislators have invited officials with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to give some answers on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:07am

DNREC Q&A to cover dredging, navigation, parks

People have a lot of questions about local waterways and parklands, so state legislators have invited officials with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) to give some answers on Tuesday, May 13, at 7:30...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 10:07am

Connor calls for Sussex County code of ethics

Brad Connor, candidate for the District 5 seat on Sussex County Council, stated last week that, if he is elected, he will introduce an ordinance for a code of ethics for Sussex County.

“It is far past time for Sussex County Council to...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:17am

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

LaRoue, who has an associate’s degree in drug and...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:53am

Heroin hits close to home

With the use of heroin growing steadily over the last few years, many people have been affected. Whether you know it or not, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers may be dealing with a hidden addiction. It could be your boyfriend, whose...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:19am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets are now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 23 and 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www....

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:02am

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 22 to April 25

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave....

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:54am

Phillips files for reelection

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips filed for reelection to his District 5 seat on April 10.

“I’m a sixth-generation Sussex Countian. My roots run deep in Sussex County. Public service is in my DNA,” said Phillips. “Public service is a...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:51am

County P&Z to hold public hearings on Castaways Bethany

On April 24, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will hold three public hearings regarding revised requests submitted by Castaways Bethany Beach LLC, for a proposed campground, multi-family duplex residential units and waterpark,...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:48am

Wheatley proposes teamwork on economic development

Sussex County Council candidate Bob Wheatley is calling for leaders in Delaware’s southernmost county to work in a new collaborative manner, with the goal of increasing economic activity, and thus economic growth, in all of southern Delaware....

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:40am

Governor has plans to revive downtowns

Lawmakers are considering a new way to wake up downtown districts. To get the lights on and people moving, Gov. Jack Markell has proposed “Downtown Development Districts” (DDDs) — districts within cities or towns that would benefit from...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:45am

Bill to fight human trafficking introduced in Delaware

New legislation aimed at fighting human trafficking has been introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill, introduced last week, is designed to enhance criminal penalties for those who engage in human trafficking and provide greater...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:14am

Forum to share strategies of succesful Sussex businesspeople

SCORE, WSFS Bank and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce are joining together to sponsor a forum at which successful Sussex County entrepreneurs will share their strategies on how to grow successful businesses in Sussex County.

The...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 8:13am

April named Fair Housing Month in Sussex County

Members of the Sussex County Council joined with representatives from the Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) recently to formally observe and acknowledge the anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act.

With April declared “Fair...

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:27am

Beach Boys, Barenaked Ladies, Jennifer Nettles to star at Freeman Stage

Big things are on the horizon for the Freeman Stage at Bayside. Whether people want to rock out or relax, they’ll have plenty of options when the Freeman Stage hosts 10 national recording artists among nearly 50 performances this season.

“...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 1:05pm

Markell talks water, transportation with Chamber

Gov. Jack Markell spoke to members of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce last week about his proposals to improve the state’s transportation and water.

“We got some issues in the state that we’ve got to deal with,” he said.

...

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:27am

DelDOT, Markell discuss Delaware dollars, delays on Route 26

Four miles of roadway have gotten a lot of attention lately, and Gov. Jack Markell and DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt attended the most recent Route 26 Working Group meeting to address the subject.

“When it comes to projects like these,...

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:50am

Wheatley proclaims, ‘Life is good in Sussex County’

Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission Chairman Bob Wheatley publically announced his candidacy for Sussex County Council last weekend.

“It’s a beautiful day on Delmarva,” he said. “It’s so heartening to see so many family and...

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:48am

Doyle’s keeps it classic with Eastern Shore cookin’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Brandon Doyle, right, grew up in Doyle’s restaurant, and now he’s ready to return to its roots, serving the same home-cooking classics as his father, Mike, left.Slide open the door to Doyle’s restaurant and suddenly...

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:10am

DelDOT aims to keep public in the loop on Route 26 project

Whether it’s a quick question or a problem with a dump truck blocking a driveway, Route 26 Mainline improvement project workers are encouraging the public to speak up and get the facts. In fact, having learned from projects that have had public...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 2:31pm

State, UD partner to help charge electric vehicles

Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware (UD) and the...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:18am

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:12am

MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival grows in Sussex County

The MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival, presented by Bank of America, is returning in 2014, with four days of events in more than 40 venues stretching from the Main Line of Pennsylvania to the Delaware beaches.

The Wine Guild of Sussex...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:03am

Trout stocking begins at downstate ponds

Season opens March 1

The DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife recently announced that its spring 2014 downstate trout season will begin Saturday, March 1, with the opening of two downstate ponds stocked with rainbow trout. On that date, Tidbury...

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 6:34am

Safety Task Force recommends roadway improvements for Route 1

In July of 2013, the Delaware House of Representatives passed a resolution to create the Route 1 Pedestrian Safety Task Force, with a charge to recommend options to improve pedestrian safety on Route 1 from the Nassau Bridge to the southern town...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 9:12am

Minimum wage hike a hot topic of discussion

Some Delaware workers will get a raise in the next few years, after the General Assembly and Gov. Jack Markell on Jan. 30 approved a $1 increase to the minimum wage. On June 1, the state’s minimum wage increases to $7.75. By June of 2015, workers...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 10:35am

Carroll files to make a run for Sussex County Council seat

Having lived in Sussex County for more than 20 years, with his wife, Rosemary, and eight children, Billy Carroll has now thrown his hat into the ring for the District 4 seat on the Sussex County Council.

“I feel as though people who live...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:51am

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 lane closures for Feb. 10 to Feb. 21

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues in Clarksville.

On Monday, Feb. 10, to Friday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., the eastbound lane of Route 26 will be closed from Irons Lane to Route 17 (Roxana Road) for...

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 3:34am

Price to make a run for Sussex County Council seat

Shirley Price, former Delaware state representative and local Realtor, announced last week that she plans to file to run for the District 4 seat on the Sussex County Council.

“The opportunity presented itself,” said Price. “I think I can...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 12:16pm

Gray talks taxes, jails and infrastructure projects at meeting

Citizens were invited to sip some coffee and learn about upcoming legislative action on Jan. 30 at a public meeting held by state Rep. Ron Gray’s (R-38th). He started with Delaware’s state budget, which is expected to see a nearly $140 million...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 12:14pm

Coastal Point celebrates a decade of local news

A decade ago, newspaper veterans Susan Lyons and Darin McCann joined forces and created what you are currently reading — the Coastal Point.

The first cover of the Coastal Point.“Susan and I decided that the community needed a second voice...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:30am

County BoA denies AT&T request for permanent tower

The Sussex County Board of Adjustment has once again denied a special-use exception application for a telecommunication tower submitted by AT&T for property on Route 1, just south of Bethany Beach town limits — this time by a vote of 3 to 2...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:23am

County records $2.4M gain for 2013 fiscal year

According to a report released this week, Sussex County’s finances scored a multi-million-dollar gain in 2013, which officials attributed thanks to ongoing conservative budgeting principles and a strengthening local economy.

The Sussex...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:05am

Hocker supports restrictions on state regulatory powers

Just a few days into the new state legislative session, state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th) resumed his customary “Coffee’s on Me” events on Jan. 21 to hear citizen concerns.

In conjunction with his focus on job-growth issues, Hocker...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:39am

New dates announced for state’s para-transit changes

After a delay, the Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) has announced a new deadline for changes to public transit, allowing riders more time to get used to the transit system redesign. Sussex County’s large para-transit population won’t be...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 1:37pm

Indoor Winter Golf Clinic to benefit Habitat on Feb. 1

The Walt Jones Memorial Project will offer an indoor Winter Golf Clinic on Saturday, Feb. 1, to benefit Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. Sessions will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 2 p.m. at Delmarva Christian High School in...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:32pm

Public transit changes, rate increases postponed for now

Breathe easy for a little longer, riders of public transportation. Fare and service changes to DART and paratransit have been postponed from Jan. 19 to a yet-to-be-determined later date.

Operating under Delaware Department of...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 6:51am

Sussex County SPCA seeks new volunteers for new year

Last year, the Sussex County SPCA had more than 180 volunteers to help care for the shelter’s animals and, this year, they hope to have more.

“The volunteers are a vital part of our organization,” said Joanne Murphy, volunteer and...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 6:50am