Dagsboro News

Town of Dagsboro, Delaware


  • 805 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Monday of the month, 6 p.m., except November (third week) and December (second week)

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Various Wednesdays, 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:

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

Town Administrator:

  • Cynthia Brought

Town Clerk:

  • Megan Thorp

Code Enforcement:

  • Cynthia Brought

Water Department Supervisor:

  • Cynthia Brought


  • Bob Flowers

P&Z Chairperson:

  • Scott Crater


  • Floyd Toomey, Jr., Chief
  • Harry Litten, Staff Sergeant
  • Tyler Bare, Patrolman
  • James Jones, Patrolman

Town Solicitor:

  • Rob Witsil

Town Planner:

  • Kyle Gulbronson, AECOM


  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 732-3777

Attorneys secure settlement in Dagsboro man’s case against Seaford police

Last month, a $270,000 settlement was reached between a Dagsboro man and the Town of Seaford, Del., and a city police officer.

Dagsboro accident a reminder to stay alert

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Road crews and emergency personnel reacted to an accident in Dagsboro on Wednesday morning.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Road crews and emergency personnel reacted to an accident in Dagsboro on Wednesday morning.A two-car accident slowed traffic in Dagsboro earlier this week, when a pickup truck was struck while trying to turn into the town hall parking lot. The pickup truck left Clayton Street, headed eastbound on Main Street, in an attempt to enter the lot.

“The vehicle that was crossing from Clayton Street, going diagonally across Main Street, into the parking lot, was actually flagged across by another stopped vehicle that was attempting to turn onto Clayton Street,” explained Police Chief Floyd Toomey.

“Because the vehicle doing the flagging was a van, he couldn’t see the other van approaching. When the pickup started to cross the white van that was northbound also, because of the third vehicle’s obstruction, he did not see him until it was too late.”

Maryland-filmed Western to premiere at Clayton

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘Day of the Gun’ will be shown at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro on Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘Day of the Gun’ will be shown at the Clayton Theater in Dagsboro on Saturday, May 24, and Monday, May 26.Dust off those spurs and don’t forget the popcorn as the Clayton Theatre presents “Day of the Gun,” a Western-style film created next door in Maryland. The Clayton will host the Delaware premiere at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, and at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 26, followed by a discussion with the filmmakers.

The live-action movie starts as the tough widowed ranch owner Maggie Carter (LaDon Hall) demands that local cattle baron Cyrus McCall (Jim Osborn) remove a barbed-wire fence he installed to deter rustlers.

She promises, “There will be Hell to pay” if it doesn’t come down, since it blocks her herd from open grazing lands. Complications arise between their sons, who were once best friends, until Maggie’s son ends up dead. Desperate, Maggie brings in a dark stranger (Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts) from her past to even the score.

Legion offers chance to boogie like it’s 1969

Those looking to get down this weekend can boogie over to American Legion Auxiliary Post #24 on Sunday, May 18, to “Party Like it’s 1969.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: Central Ave. re-opens, DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 28 to May 2

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:

• between Powell Farm Road and Route 17 to relocate underground utilities.
• between Route 17 and Whites Neck Road to begin sanitary sewer installation.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“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.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 14 to April 18

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. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Dagsboro, Fenwick, IR Inlet to see road construction

The Delaware Department of Transportation will take advantage of a break between winter weather and the summer season for some housekeeping. Sussex County will have several one-month road construction projects beginning in April, including at the Indian River Inlet, in Fenwick Island and west of Dagsboro.

Bridge inspection planned

Botanical gardens to present sustainable landscaping program

Susan Barton will present “Lessons from the Roadside: Sustainable Landscaping in the Backyard” on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Coastal Library, at 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 7 to April 11

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View for 3 to 5 weeks, weather pending.

Customers can get digital adapters at Mediacom open house April 11-12

Mediacom announced this week that it had distributed more than 22,000 digital adapters to area customers over the past eight weeks in preparation for a phase-out of analog television reception that begins April 8 and will affect viewing for cable channels 18-66.

Connor, Wheatley throw their hats into county council ring

Dagsboro mayor takes ‘the next step’

Last week, Dagsboro Mayor Brad Connor filed to run as a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Sussex County Council.

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 goods for the food bank.

WHYY to air segment on Clayton Theatre

This month, the Clayton Theatre is celebrating 65 years of movie magic. Dagsboro’s single-screen theatre first opened its doors in February of 1949 with a showing of “One Touch of Venus,” starring Ava Gardner.

Dagsboro considering joining social media networks

The Town of Dagsboro could soon be retweeting and following you on Facebook, after a discussion about joining major social media networks during last Monday’s town council meeting.

Dagsboro Town Council welcomes new members

The Dagsboro Town Council welcomed incoming councilman Brian Baull at last Monday’s council meeting, which Baull attended but did not participate in. Baull was elected to the council in voting on Dec. 7, finishing second among five candidates vying for the three available council seats.

BREAKING NEWS: Eckerd, Baull and Ulrich elected in Dagsboro council vote

Dagsboro Town Council election results are in. Winning a two-year term on the council were: Marjorie Eckerd, with 85 votes; Brian Baull, 74 votes; and Theresa Ulrich, with 67 votes.

Candidate Diane Carey received 61 votes, while candidate William DeHaven received. 50 votes.

Council leadership positions will be decided at a council session in January.

Dagsboro to hold council election Saturday, Dec. 7

The Town of Dagsboro will hold an election this Saturday, Dec. 7, to fill seats on the Dagsboro Town Council.

There are five candidates running this year: Brian Baull, Diane Carey, William DeHaven, Marjorie Eckerd and Theresa Ulrich, each aiming to take one of the three open seats on the council. The seats carry a two-year term.

Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes offers ‘Grinch’ showing to benefit Clayton Theater

Bethany Beach Books — a local, independent bookstore — has partnered with the Bethel Tabernacle Church (BTC) in Frankford to bring a showing of Universal Studios, “The Grinch” to the Clayton Theatre, in the hopes of helping to “Save the Clayton.”

Residents asked to be vigilant against burglaries

In the off-season, many area police departments — including Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany — offer home checks for residents who may be away from their homes.

Local children thank veterans at Lighthouse Christian School program

When children at Dagsboro’s Lighthouse Christian School took to the stage on Nov. 8, they had one message: Thank you.

The annual Veterans Day program, “Caring for Our Veterans,” included student songs, poems and prayers to honor the dozens of veterans and active military who attended.

Toomey returns to Delaware after yearlong deployment

Selbyville resident Floyd Toomey recently resumed his duties as Dagsboro’s Chief of Police, after having been deployed to Afghanistan for a year.

Dagsboro Town Council still discussing IRHS sign, tower

Questions persist as to whether or not town should move forward

The Dagsboro Town Council met last Monday, Oct. 28 and discussed two ongoing topics. Most notably, the council still has questions on whether or not they should move forward with a water tower maintenance program.

According to Vice Mayor Norword Truitt, the Town is seriously considering the contract presented to them in last month’s meeting.