Sussex County

County approves commercial zoning for highway parcel

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday accepted the recommendation of the County’s Planning & Zoning Commission to approve a zoning change from AR-1, agricultural residential district, to C-2 medium commercial district, to develop a vacant lot...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:50pm

County P&Z approves Old Mill Landing on Dirickson Creek, 4-1

Old Mill Landing is one of many housing developments currently planned in Sussex County, but it had garnered several hours of public comments and many letters of concern.

Some people demanded cautious development of Old Mill Landing North...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:50pm

Voters approved latest school referendum by 3,000 votes

Steele: District finances should now be stable for years to come

After three attempts over two years, the residents of Indian River School District finally passed a major capital referendum on Feb. 13.

The Delaware Department of Elections has confirmed the official tally as 7,556 to 4,537 — a difference...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:47pm

Sussex County Family Court Chief Judge Michael Newell, left, and Judge Peter Jones answer questions while leading a tour of the courthouse.

Replacement planned for county’s Family Court building

In 1988, when the Family Court in Georgetown was built, the belief was it would serve the needs of the seat of Delaware’s southernmost county for many years to come, maybe up to 100 years.

But Sussex County growth has been rapid, and the...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:42pm

This pipe is providing the American eel passage to Delaware freshwater estuaries.

CIB project results in eel access to estuary

Imagine traveling all the way from the Sargasso Sea — the only sea without land boundaries — drifting along on ocean currents, toward a welcoming Delaware estuary, and when you’re almost there, you hit a wall.

That’s the ironic journey of...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:15pm

IRSD administrators were stunned and grateful for the overwhelming voter turnout, including from left, Superintendent Mark Steele, Director of Secondary Education Renee Jerns, Assistant Superintendent Jay Owens and Director of Business Tammy Smith.

BREAKING NEWS: IRSD referendum passes at ‘every single machine’

After three attempts over two years, the residents of Indian River School District have passed the major capital referendum on Feb. 13.

The unofficial tally on Thursday night was 7,536 to 4,535, a...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 10:51pm

Passing referendum is critical now, and for future

The Indian River School District is holding a major capital referendum on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Passage of this referendum is absolutely critical to the future of our district. Overcrowding in the northern end of the district is reaching a...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:37pm

Old Mill Landing gets pushback at planning meeting

After a public hearing that lasted more than two hours, the public made their point: they want cautious development of Old Mill Landing North and South — if it’s even approved. Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission is considering two...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:03pm

Fenwick officials to consider police agreement on Jan. 24

Fenwick Island’s town council heard from its own police chief last week, as well as two from surrounding towns, that a proposed mutual aid agreement would be beneficial for all three towns.

The agreement is an outgrowth of a less formal,...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:58pm

Proposed apartment complex near Millville heading to P&Z

Editor's note: This project has been removed from the Jan. 23 Sussex County P&Z agenda, with a tentative new hearing date of April 9.

The Pettinaro Construction Company in Newport, Del., will go before the Sussex County Planning &...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:55pm

Seaside Jewish Community members Miriam Zadek, Marsha Davis and Allysa Simon pose for a photo at the synagogue’s expansion groundbreaking on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Seaside Jewish Community breaks ground on synagogue expansion

Seaside Jewish Community broke ground on the expansion of its synagogue in Rehoboth Beach on Jan. 5.

More than 150 people attended a ceremony marked by words of faith, love, and strong support for the Jewish community. They included: U.S....

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:36pm

Pair of Delaware Republican officials under fire after comments

Plans are in motion to replace Chris Rowe, chairman of the New Castle County Republican Party, who resigned after posting a gay slur on Facebook just before New Year’s Day.

“I’m going to take care of that promptly,” GOP Chairwoman Jane...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:06pm

Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will review applications for 227 single-family homes near Dirickson Creek and Bayard — proposed housing developments called Old Mill Landing South (center, highlighted) and Old Mill Landing North (just above).

Neighbors to demand responsible development at meeting

When a large group of residents speaks out about the proposed Old Mill Landing developments, they won’t be trying stop development. They say they know that’s not likely. But they planned to encourage responsible development at the Sussex County...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:41pm

IRSD school-choice debates end with a capacity-limit change

With Delaware’s annual school-choice application period closing in a few weeks, the Indian River School District is trying to get their ducks in a row before the school district evaluates the 2020-2021 applications.

After months of debate...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:48am

County Council approves Ocean View-area apartments but limits number to 16

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the zoning change requested by Gulfstream Development needed to build an apartment complex in Ocean View, but sliced the number of units allowed from the requested 45 to...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:45am

County council defers on Ocean View-area apartments

After hearing objections to a zoning change request that would permit a three-building apartment complex to be built near Ocean View, the Sussex County Council on Dec. 10 unanimously voted to postpone their vote until next week.

They are...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:50am

Selbyville (and Sussex County) homeowners still eligible for housing help

Everyone wants a home that is safe, warm and fully livable. For anyone having trouble getting over that hump, or who finds themselves putting off truly necessary home repairs, Sussex County continues to offer help.

The entire goal of the...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:34am

Sussex County launches annual food drive for Caroling on The Circle

Sussex County government this week is kicking off its yearly food drive for community food banks, with plans to celebrate that effort during the 36th annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in downtown Georgetown....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:26am

County urges public to prepare for winter weather hazards

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center this week reminded the public that hazard preparation is a must before any season, whether it’s ahead of hurricane season, which ended in November, or the nor’easter season that typically runs from...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:23am

County P&Z gives approval for apartment complex

A 45-unit apartment complex proposed for the Muddy Neck Road area in Ocean View has been recommended for approval by the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission, despite strong objection from neighbors who wrote hundreds of letters of...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:06pm

Coastal Hwy. drainage project planned at Rt. 54 intersection

It’s dangerous to drive across flooded roadways. But people don’t feel they have a choice when Coastal Highway floods at the Route 54 intersection.

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:02pm

County approves lodging tax

The Sussex County Council this week unanimously approved imposing a 3-percent lodging tax in unincorporated areas of the county, effective in January.

The tax will be on hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and other lodging accommodations...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:49am

Hocker and Gray hosting wind-farm meeting

In the wake of increasing concerns over plans for a wind farm off the coast of Delaware and a connected project at the Fenwick Island State Park, two state legislators are hosting an informational meeting next week.

State Sen. Gerald...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:48am

Balloon releases get eliminated by County

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter

The Sussex County Council last week passed a resolution designed to eliminate balloon releases at celebratory events.

Proposed by Councilman Irwin G. “I.G.” Burton, the resolution is the result...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:36pm

County considers a 3 percent lodging tax

A public hearing will be held next month to accept public comment on a proposed Sussex County Council ordinance allowing implementation of a lodging tax of up to 3 percent in unincorporated areas of the county.

Last summer, a bill was...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:48am

Deb Barber, left, asks DNREC's Michael Powell about the Massey's Ditch dredging project.

Public share dredging concerns, learn about Massey’s project

Adults kept reaching for the shiny star-shaped stickers, then placing them firmly on a large map of coastal Delaware. They were marking the most important inland waterways that they believe need dredging or ongoing maintenance.

As Delaware...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:51am

County honors retiring airport manager

Retiring Delaware Coastal Airport Manager Jim Hickin was thanked by the Sussex County Council this week for 14 years of service and presented with a proclamation.

“It’s a great honor to recognize him,” County Administrator Todd Lawson told...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:51pm

Open house on FI State Park improvements, partnership set for tonight

The public will have a chance on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to get a look at a proposal for improvements at Fenwick Island State Park — improvements that are tied to plans for a wind farm off the Delaware-Maryland coast.

The project, estimated to...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:40am

Electric line proposed under Whites Creek; hearing scheduled for Oct. 1

Public comments will be accepted for a few more days regarding Delmarva Power & Light’s request to install electric lines under Whites Creek.

Delmarva Power has requested a State of Delaware...

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 6:06pm

Sussex County staff get trained in fair housing rules

The Sussex County Council, at an informational workshop on fair housing on Tuesday afternoon, discussed what is known as NIMBY— “Not in my back yard.”

NIMBY is illegal, explained Jarrod Elwell, director of civic engagement and fair housing...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:21am

Sussex County begins issuing annual property tax bills

Sussex County taxpayers will have a clear sign in the days ahead that summer is nearing its end, as tax bills for the 2020 fiscal year begin their annual trek to mailboxes and inboxes alike.

Each August, Sussex County government issues...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:38pm

Child-centered nonprofits invited to apply for Moms Club funds

The Moms Club of Coastal Delaware is seeking child-centered certified nonprofit organizations in Sussex County to apply to receive funds from the 14th Annual Children’s Consignment Sale, to be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12 and 13, in the Cape...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:51pm

Sussex Tech seeks replacement of 60-year-old school

The Sussex Technical School District has spent millions of dollars renovating a 60-year-old school building. They have added wings, piecemeal, over the decades, and they still have some students in 20-year-old “temporary” classrooms. Moreover,...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:32pm

Sussex Montessori announces Lisa Coldiron as head of school

Lisa Coldiron of Bethany Beach is serving as the inaugural Head of School for the new Sussex Montessori School, starting Aug. 1.

Represtatives of the school said Coldiron has deep community ties to western Sussex County through her work as...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:32am

Five Sussex businesses to get boost from Economic Gardening

Sussex County officials are inviting businesses that meet certain criteria to apply for an Economic Gardening initiative that will provide capital, information and resources, to help them achieve a higher level of success.

“The overall...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:48pm

Hudson, Rieley offer perspective on county government

For the Sussex County Councilmen Doug Hudson and John Rieley, who both took office in January, life is bustling.

Not only are there council meetings nearly every Tuesday, but preparation for those meetings, events to attend, appointments...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:41pm

New council members keeping eyes on community

People of this community saw a significant change in their representation on Sussex County Council last fall when newcomers Doug Hudson and John Rieley moved into the seats of former councilmembers Rob Arlett and George Cole.

Cole was the...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:40pm

Farmers asked to keep irrigation water off roadways

Motorists advised to be cautious

Even after all the rain this spring, soils in Delaware are dry — particularly sandy soil, which cannot hold the moisture, noted representatives of the Delaware Farm Bureau early this week. With temperatures hovering at the 100-degree mark, water...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:46am

Martin Donovan hands Lauren Weaver, from Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, a plaque of apprectiation for the Chamber’s support of the World Series.

Donovan continues tradition of World Series in Sussex County


It’s become an event — a spectacle if you will — on the Sussex County calendar every summer. The last weekend in July is always the start of the Little League Senior Softball World Series, and the eyes of the softball world all lock in...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:59am

Besides 70 miles of paddling trails, the new Coastal Delaware Paddling Map and website shows people where to park, pay and find public restrooms.

Trailblazing: New paddling map a guide for kayakers and SUP

Delaware has countless beautiful spots for paddling a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard. But actually finding the launch site is a little trickier.

The Coastal Delaware Paddling Map debuted on July 30 as a physical map and an online...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 9:56am

Sussex Tech is the first local school district to use the state-sponsored Rave Panic Button mobile app, shown here during a test in the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center.

Sussex Tech adds safety mobile app for emergency situations

In an emergency, Sussex Technical High School educators can now notify each other and 911 simultaneously. The Sussex Technical School District is one of the first districts to take advantage of a state-wide offering of an emergency-response...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:17am

Sussex County wins top bond rating from Moody’s Investors Service

Sussex County has hit a financial home run, scoring a “triple A” bond rating from one of the nation’s leading investment analysis firms.

Moody’s Investors Service on Friday, July 12, upgraded the County’s general obligation bond rating — a...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:33am

Sussex County is transforming technical education with a renewed focus on careers

Tabitha Harris has known for years that she wants to work as an auto technician. So she came to Sussex Technical High School, where for three years she studied in our auto tech program and earned top-level certifications.

Over the last...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:05am

Two locals racing big block modifieds around the bend; #85 Local racing veteran and legend HJ Bunting of Millsboro leads #8 Norman Short, another local legend from Georgetown.

Whites turn hat trick at 47th Camp Barnes Benefit Race

One of the annual highlights of the Sussex County stock car racing season is the Delaware State Police Camp Barnes Benefit Race. The 47th running of the race was last Wednesday, July 10, hosted by Delaware International Speedway in Delmar, where...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:00am

Southern Delaware Tourism’s new Visitors Guide includes a Sussex County Economic Development insert.

SDT, Sussex County collaborate on new visitors guide

Southern Delaware Tourism (SDT) and Sussex County Economic Development have teamed up to create a new visitors guide that combines comprehensive county tourism information with details about the county’s business-friendly environment.


Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:18am

Cooling stations open as heat wave sets up over region

Sussex County has four designated “cooling stations” at the ready for anyone who needs a break from what forecasters expected early this week would be the summer’s hottest...

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 4:28pm

Sussex County adopts $185.8M budget for 2020 fiscal year

The Sussex County Council, following a public hearing Tuesday, June 18, voted unanimously to approve the proposed $185.8 million budget for the 2020 fiscal year that begins July 1. By law, Sussex County must adopt a balanced budget by June 30...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:16am

Trump 2020 re-election campaign in Sussex

On June 19, in a joint effort between the Delaware Republican Party and the Delaware Trump Team, there were six Trump 2020 re-election campaign kick-off watch parties throughout the state of Delaware. Sussex County Trump supporters gathered at...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:07am

Sussex Tech honors employees for service

The Sussex Technical School District recently honored 31 employees for their years of public service, to the state and to the district. The employees honored have worked a combined 510 years for the State of Delaware and 353 years for Sussex Tech...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:33am

Bill Pfaff describes programs to help Sussex County businesses, from low-interest loans to free data from local industries.

Focus on Western Sussex as County aims to help business

Small-business owners looking to grow don’t have to feel alone. They can get support from Sussex County Economic Development Office.

From attracting new industries to helping small businesses grow, Bill Pfaff’s office has a mission to...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:27am