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County gets charitable with budget

It’s getting to be budget time again. As part of the yearly ramp-up to County Administrator Bob Stickels’ final proposal, humanitarian organizations once again pitched their causes before Sussex County Council, on March 1.

Easter Seals got...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick readies environmental brochure

“Refreshing surf — sunny days on the beach — gentle breezes on the bay — glorious sunsets” ...
When Fenwick Island Environmental Committee members describe their little “jewel by the sea,” these are some of its prime attributes.


Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mountaire hosts gospel talent search

Mountaire Farms will be hosting its eighth annual Gospel Talent Search later this month, and there’s some serious prize money on the table again this year.
According to Mountaire’s Roger Marino, “This is something we believe in — just doing...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ancient tradition lives on in Sussex County

Fox hunting’s heyday has passed. Midnight last Thursday, the practice of hunting with dogs was outlawed in England and Wales.
Some considered the move a triumph for animal rights groups, while some considered it a blow to rural life.

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View P&Z okays school

Lord Baltimore Elementary School is tricky.
Part of the property lays in Ocean View, part lays in Millville, part in unincorporated Sussex County.

So who approves the renovation project planned for Lord Baltimore?


Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

School to seek Ocean View annexation

Members of the Indian River School District’s school board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to pursue annexation of Lord Baltimore Elementary School into the town of Ocean View.
The move came after discussion of the school’s renovation plans with...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany meetings enter the digital age

Bethany Beach Town Council meetings are now officially on the record, or rather the computer disc, as the town’s new recording system faced its inaugural use on Friday, Feb. 18. The system was purchased to automatically record meetings in a...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Snyder property plans revisited in Bethany

At their meeting on Saturday, Feb. 19, members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission reviewed a new sketch plan submitted by Richard Snider for his property located at 417 Central Boulevard in the town’s R-1 zone.

Snider’s property had...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Sierra Club wraps up Assawoman appeal

The Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center (MAELC) had its day in court on Feb. 22, completing the latest chapter in Assawoman Canal re-dredging saga.
Attorney Ken Kristl, representing the Sierra Club, echoed the concerns voiced in last year...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Lukewarm reception for Fenwick trash

A proposal for a unified front against trash problems met a tepid response from members of the Fenwick Island business community at a Feb. 17 Community Liaison meeting.

Beautification Committee Chairwoman and Town Council Member Vicky...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Band director lauds IRHS musical stars

More than a dozen Indian River High School students played and sang their way into All-State band and chorus this year, and Department Chair Mark Marvel made no secret of his pride in the talented young musicians.
"It’s very rare...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

CORC tidies up Bethany Beach code

It was déjà vu all over again for the members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Committee (CORC) when they met on Friday, Feb. 18.

The main purpose of the meeting was to review sections of the town code to which the committee had...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Communication the key

Communications issues inside the town of Bethany Beach — both within town hall and with its citizens — are under the purview of its Communications Committee.
So, it was no coincidence that the committee at its February 22 meeting felt...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany comprehensive development plan discussed

Bethany Beach officials might have expected to hear at least a few complaints from those unsatisfied with elements of the final draft of an updated Comprehensive Development Plan for the town. But complaints from those who hadn’t yet seen the...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View Planning and Zoning moves on signs

Ocean View Town Council is cleared to move forward on a new sign ordinance, following a thumbs-up from the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission on Feb. 17.

The ordinance came about as a result of Jeff Clark’s application for...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick looks to beef up crowd

Fenwick Island Town Council Member Martha Keller would like more residents and property owners to attend council meetings. And she thinks that effort should start by having the meetings when more people are in town — namely on weekends, instead...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany moves fees into schedule

South Bethany Town Council took a first step toward expedited fee adjustments at the Feb. 11 town meeting.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
South Bethany Mayor Gary Jayne presents Linda Collins and Deloris ‘Dee’ Burbage on Feb. 11 with...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mancini requests Fenwick's okay on patio

Fenwick Island doesn’t currently allow its restaurants to serve alcohol on outdoor patios, but if restaurateur Gabbie Mancini has anything to say about it, Mancini’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant will be the first in the town to do so....

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

County approves sewer Repair

Sussex County Council approved a bid for repairs on Bethany/South Bethany sewer mains at the Feb. 15 council meeting.
While such repairs historically required extensive trenching, new technologies should keep local impacts to a minimum....

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Sorority celebrates 25 years of service

The local Beta Sigma Phi recently turned 25, and the social/community outreach club just keeps getting better with age.
While it is a sorority, Beta Sigma Phi isn’t affiliated with any institute of higher learning, and the members don’t...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Tragedy turns to dedication of service

A little over five years ago, Kiley and Royce Purcell were enjoying the Winter Festival of Lights in Ocean City.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Purcell with her son, Royce III, and husband, Royce.
Her son, Royce III, had just turned...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

DelDOT defends outreach

While some locals are still uncertain regarding potential impact on their properties, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spokesman Darrell Cole insisted the department was doing its best to keep everyone informed.

Cole said the...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View talks land use

Progress, and possible minimum design standards for landscaping, signs and even architecture, dominated the Feb. 15 workshop in Ocean View.

The roundtable discussion on Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) issues attracted the entire town...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Oral histories focus in Bethany

Members of the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) met on Monday, Feb. 14, to discuss a variety of ongoing projects under the group’s oversight.

Paul Bleumanschmidt of the Delaware Historical Commission made a...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

BBPD organizes security program

While federal beach reconstruction funding for the town may be in jeopardy, the Bethany Beach Police Department (BBPD) has been the happy recipient of a $49,000 grant for homeland security.
Sgt. Richard Haden said he had applied for $51,000...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mayor has his hands full

Technically, Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith is number one.
Ocean View has been around a while (founded in 1893), but until 2002, no mayor before Meredith had ever been chosen by popular election.

He downplayed any significance,...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View nears final budget plan

Ocean View Town Manager Kathy Roth presented three different five-year budget plans to the long-range financial planning committee on Feb. 15.
In version one, there were no rate increases. The town would stick with existing revenue sources...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Redfin put on the auction block

An auction date has been set for the North Bethany Beach property that is currently home to popular restaurant Redfin Grill. As part of a court decision calling for dissolution of the partnership that owns the property, it will be auctioned...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach projects once again in jeopardy

South Bethany has joined with Bethany Beach in contracting with beach-replenishment consulting firm Marlow & Co., and the support may have proven timelier than either town expected.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released last week...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Police, firefighters receive Valor awards

Representatives of local towns and public-safety organizations, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and its members gathered Friday, Feb. 11, to honor members of area fire companies and police departments for their work in the community...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany 2006 budget nearing finalization

A meeting of the Bethany Beach Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) kicked off Tuesday, Feb. 15, with discussion of the town’s investment policy. The policy is due to be approved by the town council at a future meeting, and the committee gave some...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

DNREC breaks out new regs

“What you’ll see tonight is not more of the same old business, because that won’t get the job done. This is some pretty drastic stuff we’re going to talk about tonight, and that’s what it’s going to take to restore the water quality of the Inland...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Police seek graffiti suspects in Ocean View

Many homes could use a little new paint, but the new paint provided by a local vandal or vandals was considerably less than desirable for some Ocean View-area property owners.
In fact, it was a crime.
Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

County fields subdivision appeal

Sussex County Council spent much of the Feb. 8 council meeting engaged with a subdivision appeal that had been denied at County Planning and Zoning (P&Z).
Attorney John Sergovic asked council to reconsider the Meadows at Creek Run,...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville maintains same tax rate

Members of the Selbyville Town Council unanimously agreed at their meeting Monday, Feb. 7, to retain the town’s existing tax rate of $1.85 per $100 of assessed property value into the 2005-2006 fiscal year.

“I think we’re pretty solid...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

S. Bethany kicks in for lobbyist

South Bethany Town Council has decided to match funds with Bethany Beach for beach replenishment Washington, D.C. lobbyist firm Marlowe & Company.
Bethany agreed to sign up with Marlowe late last year, and approached South Bethany to...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Good and bad new in local soybeans

Local farmers may face reduced yields if the soybean rust fungus blows northward into Delaware this season, but there is some good news to report as well.

According to the Jan. 26 Delaware Soybean Board press release (www.desoybeans.com),...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Collective marks event for tsunami relief

The churches of the Southeast Sussex Ministerium have always focused on local folks in need.
The funds they administer, largely generated at the Atlantic Community Thrift Shop (ACTS), rarely leave the county, much less the state.


Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

DelDOT hosts downtown Dagsboro forum

Dagsboro residents can expect a sweeping curve at Main Street (Clayton Avenue) and Route 26 in their future.

Officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) held an informal presentation on Feb. 3, bringing several...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville fines Mountaire for sewage slip

Selbyville Town Council members unanimously agreed at their Feb. 7 meeting to assess Mountaire Corporation a fine of $3,000 for sewage violations in November. An administrative penalty of $1,000 was assessed for each of three incidents in which...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Daisey welcomed back as Frankford mayor

Frankford Town Council returned Robert Daisey to President and welcomed Maynard Esender as the new Vice President at the Feb. 7 council meeting.

Pam Davis presided over the swearings-in. Council made Davis Secretary/Treasurer for another...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany sets hearing on development plan

The creation of a comprehensive development plan for Bethany Beach will take one more step on Friday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m., when a public hearing calling for comment on the final draft plan is held. The hearing is set for the town meeting room...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

County thinks internationally

Sussex County Council considered adoption of the International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC) at the Feb. 8 council meeting, but deferred another week over Council Member George Cole’s opposing vote.


Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Chili steals the show

Whether you’re an Eagles or Patriots fan, this past Super Bowl Sunday was the best time to grab a great bowl of chili at Bear Trap’s 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off.

Bear Trap member Lyle Hohnstine introduced the cook-off to management and once...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Four seats open on school board

Two incumbents have filed for re-election to their seats on the Indian River School District school board. Dr. Donald G. Hattier, a resident of Dagsboro, has filed for another three-year term in his District 4 seat. Nina Lou Bunting, also of...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View puts a hold on water

Work on Ocean View’s central water system is still scheduled to begin some time soon, but more likely during the summer, rather than in March, as predicted this time last year.

Town council heard an update from engineer Chuck Hauser (of...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick renews cable contract with Comcast

Fenwick Island Town Council members voted unanimously at their meeting Friday, Jan. 28, to renew the town’s franchise agreement with Comcast cable television company. (Council member Chris Clark was absent.)

The town’s franchise agreement...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ferry to head beach patrol in Fenwick

Fenwick Island has changed the procedures for selecting the people in charge of its beach patrol, and a familiar face will be at the head.
Captain Tim Ferry was offered the position this year by recommendation of the town’s...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

County reviews moderately-priced housing

Sussex County Council checked progress on the moderately-priced housing initiative at the Feb. 1 council meeting.

At council’s bequest (last October), County Administrator Bob Stickels put together a committee to study the topic.


Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Report: Fenwick's finances in the pink

Major renovations to Fenwick Island’s accounting system have paid off for the town, with a clean review from the town’s auditor for the 2003-2004 fiscal year. In fact, the auditor had only one recommendation for the town: consider a higher-yield...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm