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County matches for open land donations

Sussex County Council signed off on a pair of Sussex County Land Trust (SCLT) partnerships at the March 22 council meeting.

SCLT President/CEO Wendy Baker said the trust had acquired or helped acquire 2,500 acres of open space in Sussex County since its inception.

Beach replenishment key issue at meeting

Officials from Bethany Beach and South Bethany trekked to Washington, D.C., on March 15, with the chief hope that continued close communication with the state’s legislators will help bring the $5 million in federal funds needed to keep the towns’ beach reconstruction project on track.

Bethany passes $10.2 million budget

Building impact fee accepted by council

Members of Bethany Beach’s Budget and Finance Committee met briefly Friday, March 18, to complete final review and markup on the town’s $10.2 million budget for its 2006 fiscal year.
Last-minute changes were largely constrained to accounting for the impact of previous changes:

• $250,000 in additional revenue from the proposed 3-percent building impact fee;

Royal Farms sets up shop

Look no further, Dagsboro just landed a 24-hour Royal Farms convenience store.
“Right now we’re looking for communities that are in need of this type of establishment,” said Royal Farms public relations associate Karen McGagh.

Helicopter rushes injured worker to care

A construction worker was recovering early this week from injuries sustained at a Bethany Beach construction site.
A ladder failure caused the fall on Friday, March 18, while the sub-contractor was working in the 300 block of Wellington Parkway, according to project contractor Gary Cottingham of Cottingham Construction.

Bethany takes a look into town's future

The future of development and zoning in Bethany Beach has been an ongoing topic of discussion in the town. In recent years, town officials and property owners have repeatedly returned to the topic of the need for zoning changes, architectural review boards (ARBs) and development guidelines.

Start the presses

Honor Students at SMS putting out newspapers

Selbyville Middle School (SMS) students have submitted their stories in the nick of deadline, and are now designing a pair of eye-pleasing newsletters for the readership.

Start your engines

Di Febo’s Restaurant in Bethany Beach is organizing a police escorted, traffic free motorcycle ride to raise money for a fallen officers’ education fund.
The “1st Annual Ride to the Beach” is scheduled for Sunday, April 24, with a silent auction, barbeque and bike raffle to follow.

HB 99 makes a comeback

The bill formerly known as H.B. 99 cleared the House Labor Committee as H.S. 1 on March 16, headed for a March 17 vote on the House floor.

H.S. 1 is titled “An act to amend (various sections) of the Delaware Code relating to discrimination employment, public works contracting, housing, equal accommodations and the insurance business.”

Ocean View mayoral candidates weigh in

Who will lead Ocean View Town Council for the next three years?
In three weeks’ time, residents will cast their ballots, deciding to either return incumbent Mayor Gary Meredith or usher in challenger Wally Brown.

The Coastal Point interviewed the candidates on March 14, in an effort to provide the voters a side-by-side comparison.

Grants available for Dagsboro water

It has been three years since referendum, and residents of Dagsboro still haven’t seen one drop of central water. However, the finish line is coming into view.
According to engineer Chuck Hauser (Davis, Bowen & Friedel), they should be cleared for hookup by late April or early May.

84 Lumber gets denied again

Representatives of 84 Lumber presented a lengthy case for an expansion at the company’s Clarksville site before the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Thursday, March 10.

In doing so, they cited efforts to allay previously expressed concerns about such a plan. But the commissioners, by a narrow 3-2 margin, declared they were unconvinced by those arguments.

Frankford looks at directed growth

The town of Frankford has plans for expansion. Toward that end, Council Members and former-President Ron Atherton have begun working on revisions to the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

SBPD vets to have pensions

Veteran police officers of South Bethany will vest in the state pension plan three years from now, following a compromise decision at the March 11 town council meeting.
A main topic of discussion at two prior meetings, council members had debated how many years of prior service the town should “buy in” for their officers.

DNREC gives state-of-beach report

Having chased away the morning’s blustery chill with hot coffee and warm food, members of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce were all ears when the topic of their March 3 breakfast meeting turned to the future of the area’s beaches.

Ocean View finalizes budget numbers

The town of Ocean View discussed the fiscal 2006 budget one final time at a March 14 workshop, paving the way for a formal vote at next month’s council meeting (April 5).
• The town expects to bring in $1.76 million in revenues over the next year, the lion’s share from real estate taxes and real estate transfer taxes ($1.35 million).

Delaware State dances with the big boys

After narrowly defeating Hampton 55-53 in the final seconds of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference championship game on March 12, the Delaware State Hornets have earned their first ever NCAA tournament invitation.

Bonfire, junior lifeguard program in works

What once was designed as a fundraising event for the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol is now to become a community celebration, with the 2005 edition of the town’s annual bonfire.
Members of the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Committee met Saturday, March 12, to discuss plans for the July 2 bonfire event and other items related to the patrol.

County moves on local sewer

“This is kind of a milestone,” said Assistant County Engineer Russell Archut. “It’s the last piece — with this project, the entire southeast corner will be filled out.”

Slated for completion in May 2007, the Miller Creek and South Ocean View Sanitary Sewer Districts will bring the last remaining lands between the Indian River Inlet and Fenwick Island onto central sewer.

Impact fee proposed for BB construction

Members of the Bethany Beach Budget and Finance Committee worked on fine-tuning the town’s draft budget for the 2006 fiscal year at their March 11 meeting.
Among the items tackled was a re-visioning of plans to reformat building permit fees in the town.

IRHS students excel

Nine students from Indian River High School have qualified for the Business Professionals of America 2005 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Cal. on April 21-25.

Legion leader visits with Post 28 group

American Legion National Commander Thomas Cadmus stopped by Post 28 (Oak Orchard/Riverdale) on March 10, en route a “Support the Troops” rally in Dover.
Cadmus is midway through a tour of Legion posts in all 50 states.

South Bethany police welcome new recruit

The South Bethany Police Department, down a man for nearly a year, has returned to its previous strength with the arrival of Ptlm. Josh Rowley.

Second try at expansion for 84 Lumber

Owners of the Clarksville-area location of building supply company 84 Lumber were rebuffed last year when they tried to add approximately 8 acres of land to expand the facility. County officials denied the company’s requested conditional use of the parcel on the grounds it was too small.

Mountaire sewage violations scrutinized

Changes in oversight procedures cited as possible explanation

A series of sewage violations by the Mountaire Corporation were again on the Selbyville Town Council’s agenda at its March 7 meeting. But council members opted not to immediately assess the poultry company the usual administrative fines for the violations, instead seeking to make sure the town’s method of determining violations is uniform before determining the fines.

Redfin renewed:

Founder Haley takes back the reins at North Bethany restaurant

“It will be business at usual” soon at Redfin Seafood Grill’s North Bethany location, according to the restaurant’s original designer, Bryony Zeigler of SoDel Concepts.

Registration now open for Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for it’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour. Riders can enjoy a 20-, 35-, or 50-mile course through The Quiet Resorts. This award-winning tour offers participants a leisurely ride on flat terrain, through coastal and inland bay areas.

Ocean View church to hold revival

The Ocean View Church of Christ is holding a revival March 20 through 24, 2005. The special speaker for the meeting is Joe Guthrie from Jacksonville, Fla. Services will start at 7 p.m. each evening, Monday through Thursday.

Millville gets first look at Home Depot

Growth in Millville continues apace, and commercial neighbors will soon accompany the proposed master-planned communities (MPCs) south of Route 26.
Millville Town Council reviewed conceptual plans for a 102,000-square-foot Home Depot at the March 8 council meeting.

The store would be located adjacent to Route 17, midway between Route 26 and Burbage Road.

Community offers classes for PC rookies

Intimidated by technology, or just afraid you might break something? Instructors are here to help.

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