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Ocean View receives stormwater tutorial

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission returned to design templates for the Route 26 corridor at a Nov. 17 workshop, spending most of the meeting in question-and-answer with Sussex Conservation District’s Jessica Watson.

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Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Preserving stardom

Fame is fleeting — a moment in the sun, and the crowd disperses.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY: Twin brother lieutenants Greg and Chris Zielinski, standouts on the U.S. Air Force Academy’s tennis team, stand in front of the ‘wall of fame’ at...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany council asked to support SB100

Bethany Beach Town Council members were not prepared to officially put the town behind efforts to gain two at-large seats for the Sussex County Council when the issue was put before them at their Nov. 18 council meeting.

Resident Dennis...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany considers single lot ordinance

Under the guidance of a new chairman and with new membership in place, Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Committee met Nov. 17 to proceed with updates of town codes.

Town Council Member and CORC Chairman Lew Killmer took over the...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Planners move to provide aid

Bethany Beach Planning Commission members found a way out of a difficult situation at their Nov. 19 meeting, agreeing to put forward an ordinance amendment that would allow an expedited Board of Adjustments hearing in cases requiring an emergency...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro water ruled nearly clear

It’s not quite ready to drink just yet, but town officials in Millsboro and Dagsboro reported forward progress on the central water situation earlier this week.

Both towns ran into elevated levels of trichloroethylene (TCE) last month —...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

County studies land trust model

Affordable- to moderately-priced housing once again topped the agenda of the Sussex County Council, at the Nov. 15 meeting.

Members of the Diamond State Community Land Trust (CLT) brought a model for Sussex and Kent counties before Sussex...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach bandstand gets demolished

It’s the end of an era in Bethany, with this week’s demolition and removal of the old Bethany Beach bandstand. The old stage was getting pretty ragged around the edges, but many longtime residents are still probably a little sad to see it go....

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach replenishment timeline expected soon

One of the most-asked questions in Bethany Beach and South Bethany these days is: When will they start putting sand on the beach?

With $3 million lined up to be allocated for the two towns’ beach reconstruction project in the 2006 fiscal...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany considers parking, driveway rules

The Bethany Beach Traffic and Parking Committee (T&P) meets rarely — usually only the mandated twice a year — despite its purview over what has become an increasingly difficult summer traffic and parking situation in the town.

Though...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Committee tackles Bethany's zoning future

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission’s zoning ad hoc committee (ZAC) has only met twice, but it’s already nearing the end of its appointed task – consideration of a list of possible zoning modifications developed with area builders. The question...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany hears from Sharp Energy

Sharp Energy’s Eric Mays and Ron Patrick attended this month’s South Bethany Town Council meeting, Nov. 10, to answer questions about propane service. Specifically, 1) did Sharp ever plan to extend the existing mains to serve new areas around...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Preservation efforts continue in Bethany

Efforts to preserve historical homes in Bethany Beach continue, but at a slow pace, as preservationists debate how best to proceed with grass-roots endeavors and more official efforts from the town.
Members of the Cultural and Historical...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

State student council represented heavily by district students

The Indian River School District (IRSD) holds a majority at the Delaware Student Council Association (DSCA) this year, with three out of five students hailing from district schools.

From Selbyville Middle School, Abigail Boettinger was...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Disparate interest brought together in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council Member Chris Clark admittedly expected a bigger turnout for the Nov. 4 Your Town meeting he had helped organize in the town. But at the conclusion of the two-hour event with several dozen people in attendance, he...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local art studio tour returns for 11th year

Oh, there’s a local art scene, alright — you just have to know where to find it. Nov. 25 and 26, the Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) will make that just a little easier.
This year’s class of 16 artists is scattered...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

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