Sussex County

Sussex County committee discusses services for the elderly

The Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging & Adults with Physical Disabilities met this week and provided to those in attendance a brief update as to what services a number of area organizations provide.

Christine Santy, COP case...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 9:00am

Sports commission: Tournament a ‘Slam Dunk’ for Sussex County

Matthew J. Robinson of the Delaware Sports Commission spoke before the Sussex County Council this week regarding the success of Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament.

“Really, why I’m here today is, one, to thank, and, two, share on the...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:53am

Feds deny seismic testing permits for Atlantic Ocean

It’s Part Two in a major victory for those concerned about the impact of fossil fuel exploration on a clean, healthy Atlantic Ocean. Seismic testing has been banned in the U.S.’s Atlantic Ocean waters, for now.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:40am

Coastal towns find strength in numbers

In coastal Delaware, it’s time to ACT up.

Perhaps a decade has passed since the coastal towns came together in an official alliance. But the Association of Coastal Towns (ACT) is re-forming, with Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:09am

County recognizes Lank for decades of service

Coastal Point • Maria Counts Sussex County Planning & Zoning Director Lawrence Lank, center, receives recognition from Sussex County Council members and employees for his service to the County. Lank was the longest-serving employee in Sussex...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 10:37am

Centuries-old event wins ‘Best Event’ tourism awardx

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Organizers of the popular Return Day event accept their award from Southern Delaware Tourism for ‘Best Event.’Who would have thought a political event from the 1700s would still be making such a big impact on tourism...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:35am

County council members bid farewell to Deaver

This week’s Sussex County Council meeting was the last for longtime Councilwoman Joan Deaver, the outgoing District 3 representative, who was the first woman to be elected to the council.

Deaver was elected in 2008 as the council’s only...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:29am

County holds workshop on new comp plan

The Sussex County Council, along with members of the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission and County staff met earlier this week for a workshop on the County’s 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

A comprehensive plan, which is required by...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 9:41am

Candidates bury the hatchet at Return Day celebration

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Above, ‘Town Crier’ Kirk Lawson reads the results of the 2016 elections. Top right, Miss Delaware Amanda Debus waves to the crowd as part of the parade.Many people flocked to Georgetown last Thursday to take part in...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 9:15am

Online exclusive: Comp Plan forum to focus on developers’ perspective

Residents of Sussex County are being encouraged to attend a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County tonight. The forum, “The Developers’ Perspective: An Effective 2018 Comprehensive Plan,” will be held in County Council...

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 6:58am

Election results are in

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Dave Kline was amongst a group of Donald Trump supporters at the intersection of Routes 1 and 26 earlier this week.

Following a long election season, the State of Delaware only saw a statewide voter...

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:49am

Today & Tomorrow Conference returns to Sussex County

The Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference was held last week, with the mission of providing “insight and identify opportunities in Sussex County to promote economics, partnership and collaboration.”

Micheal Meoli, owner/operator of...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:07am

Unlocked doors? OVPD advises you should expect thefts

Lock your doors! Police are asking people to avoid being an easy target for theft.

Recently, Ocean View Police Department reported a rash of burglaries in early November, including 10 car burglaries in two days. Every vehicle was left...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9:46am

State and County offer discounts on school and county tax

There may be some wiggle room for taxpayers. Sussex County and the State of Delaware offer property tax discounts for the disabled, senior citizen and low-income residents.

Their Sussex County property must be their primary residence....

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:14am

County council receives report on impact of co-op grant

This week, Mark Isaacs, director University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, thanked the Sussex County Council for their financial support.

“Every penny allocated to our facility stays in Georgetown,” said Isaacs of the $79,049 the...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:31am

Sussex County approves revised signage ordinance

After nearly five hours of discussion on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the Sussex County Council approved its revised signage ordinance.

The council has been discussing signs since April of last year, following a letter from the Sussex County Board of...

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 11:41am

County council may vote on sign ordinance next week

Sussex County Council members briefly discussed the County’s proposed signage ordinance on Tuesday, Oct. 4, agreeing to review all related documents and be prepared to have a motion at the following week’s meeting.

On Sept. 22, the Sussex...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 11:09am

County planners recommend altering proposed ordinance

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission met on Sept. 22 to make a recommendation to the Sussex County Council related to a proposed signage ordinance introduced last month that would revise the County’s sign code in its entirety.


Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 11:36am

Opposition voiced to County’s revised proposed sign ordinance

Following a revamping of the original draft ordinance to amend the Code of Sussex County related to signs, a new series of public hearings is being held by the Sussex County Council. This week members of the public who spoke at the first hearing...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:06am

Be informed and prepared in case of emergency

September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The campaign aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:03am

November ballot taking shape

Primary elections were held earlier this week to determine what candidates would represent their political parties in the November general election.

Democrat Lisa Rochester won the Democratic spot for Delaware’s lone representative in...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 10:48am

County takes comments from residents on all-hazards plan

As part of its five-year update to Sussex County’s All Hazard Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Plan, the Sussex County Emergency Operations Center recently invited county residents and property owners to attend a public meeting to review and...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 11:13am

SCI investigators intercept contraband Suboxone, arrest nine

Investigators at the Sussex Correctional Institute (SCI) in Georgetown recently initiated a proactive search regarding the introduction of Suboxone into the facility. The investigation, known as “Operation Sunkist,” resulted in the arrest of...

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 8:37am

County approves bid for Rehoboth EMS facility

In February of 2015, Sussex County purchased 3 acres of land on Plantation Road in Rehoboth Beach to be used for the Medic 104/EMS 100 facility. At its Aug. 23 meeting, Bobby Schoonover, technical services division manager, provided an update to...

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 9:11am

Public invited to comment on revised sign ordinance

The public will have a second chance to give comment on recommended changes to the Sussex County sign regulations. At its Aug. 9 council meeting, the county council voted 5-0 to reintroduce a proposed ordinance to amend its code related to signs...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 9:58am

Democrats hold picnic, honor Deaver

Joan Deaver, the lone Democrat on the Sussex County Council, was honored July 12 at the Annual Eastern Sussex Democrats Picnic, held at Hurdle Farm near Harbeson. Deaver recently announced she is stepping down after serving two terms as...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 7:45am

County to hold public hearings on proposed sign ordinance

The Sussex County Council plans to hold a new set of public hearings on a proposed ordinance to amend its code related to signs.

“There has been a lot of conversation,” said Council President Michael Vincent. “I think it’s easy to get...

Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 9:25am

County looks to push affordable rental housing

Proposed modifications to the Sussex County Rental Program were presented to the Sussex County Council on Tuesday, July 26, by Brandy Nauman, the County’s housing coordinator and fair housing compliance officer.

Nauman said that, at the...

Friday, July 29, 2016 - 8:11am

Robert M. Lankford, 83

Robert M. Lankford, 83, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016, after a battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 29, 1932.

Upon graduating from Hurlock High School, Lankford enlisted and served in the United States Air Force and in the United...

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 4:49am

County makes progress on sign ordinance

After holding a special meeting this week to focus solely on signage regulations, the Sussex County Council has seemingly addressed all items related to its recently introduced sign ordinance.

Following months of working-group meetings,...

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 7:33am

County to hold special signage meeting on July 11

The Sussex County Council will hold a special meeting on Monday, July 11, at 10 a.m. to discuss an introduced ordinance that would amend the county code regarding signage.

On Sept. 15, 2015, the council voted 4-1 to approve a moratorium on...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 11:17am

DSP targeting resources at addressing theft, DUI offenses

State police are reporting some success in addressing the most common crimes in Sussex County — burglary and theft — as well as preventing motor-vehicle accidents, according to Delaware State Police Capt. Rodney M. Layfield, commander of Troop 4...

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 4:48am

County chips away at proposed signage ordinance language

With all five members of the Sussex County Council seated at the dais earlier this week, after last week tabling discussions related to a sign ordinance introduced in April, signage was discussed at length by the council and County staff.


Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:35am

Commercial waterman faces charges for conch violations

DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police arrested a commercial waterman June 3 for nearly 300 fishing violations — most of them for illegal taking of knobbed conch — after boarding his vessel for a no-wake violation near the...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:03am

County officials discuss impacts of potential state legislation

At the Sussex County Council’s regular meeting on June 14, County Administrator Todd Lawson updated the council on legislative happenings he said might impact the County.

House Bill 396, or the Bring New Jobs to Delaware Act, would impacts...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:41pm

County planning director Lank to retire after 47 years

Sussex County’s planning director has a new plan under development — retirement, after nearly a half-century of public service. County Planning & Zoning Director Lawrence B. Lank will retire Dec. 1 from the position he has held since 1985,...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:08pm

County officials continue signage discussions

The Sussex County Council this week discussed at length a proposed ordinance to amend the County Code related to signs.

Public hearings were held recently before the Planning & Zoning Commission, as well as County Council, at which...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:35am

Drivers cautioned to watch out for terrapins crossing area roads

Drivers are being urged to use extra caution when traveling Delaware’s coastal highways through June and July. As the summer gets under way, female Diamondback terrapins are crossing Route 1 to lay their eggs in the soft sand of the ocean dunes,...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:33am

Rt. 54 sidewalk improvements subject of June 6 public workshop

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) invites the public to attend a public workshop to receive information about the Final Design for various proposed lighting, striping, and pedestrian improvements on Route 54 in Fenwick Island....

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 8:55am

‘Mighty Mo’s’ big gun moved to permanent resting place at Fort Miles

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The ‘Mighty Mo’ gun is hoisted, ready to be mounted at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park.After wartime service in the Pacific aboard the “Mighty Mo” — the battleship U.S.S. Missouri — one of the ship’s nine...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 9:06am

Heroin Summit discusses Sussex epidemic

The Communities that Care Summit, cohosted by the Sussex County Health Coalition and the Delaware Department of Substance Abuse & Mental Health, was held at Crossroads Community Church this week, focusing on an open discussion regarding the...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:02am

Sign ordinance discussed before Sussex County Council

Signs were a main topic of discussion at this week’s Sussex County Council meeting, as the council held its first public hearing on a proposed ordinance to amend the Code of Sussex County related to signage, as part of what has been a year-long...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:09am

Tickets available for Sussex County Prayer Breakfast

On Tuesday, June 14, people will gather together to pray for local communities at the Sussex County Prayer Breakfast. This year, the Sussex County Prayer Breakfast will host Bill Alexson, son of former Brooklyn Dodger baseball player Andrew “Doc...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 5:55am

DSP, state agencies bring down large-scale heroin ring

Following a two-year investigation, the Delaware State Police Sussex Drug Unit (SDU), Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and the Sussex County Attorney General’s Office have charged 13 individuals who were allegedly part of a criminal...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:53am

Sussex County reveals proposed $119 million budget

This week, Sussex County revealed its proposed $119 million budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

In the proposed budget, County staff recommended no change in property taxes or general fund fees. Sewer and water service charges would not...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:11am

Public hearing on proposed sign ordinance set for May 12

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission was set to hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 12, at 6 p.m., related to an ordinance to amend the code of Sussex County regarding signage.

Last month, the Sussex County Council...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:08pm

BREAKING NEWS: Suspect in alleged MVFC embezzlement charged

Delaware State Police have arrested a 36-year-old Dagsboro man after an audit of a local fire company’s accounts reveal he allegedly stole more than $190,000 in funds.

Justin K. Oakley turned himself into detectives Tuesday, May 10, after...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 5:11am

BREAKING NEWS: State inspection reveals close to $200,000 allegedly embezzled from MVFC

A fiscal inspection report released by the State of Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) on Tuesday, May 10, reported that $190,433.61 was allegedly embezzled from the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) by their former treasurer...

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 8:39am

Waste Management fined by DNREC for recycling violations

One of Delaware’s major waste haulers hasn’t completely done its job, according to Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control officials.

Waste Management of Delaware Inc. was recently fined nearly $44,000 for...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:18am

Hudson appointed to County P&Z — replaces Smith

Clarksville resident and former state trooper Douglas B. Hudson was appointed this week to the Sussex County Council Planning & Zoning Commission.

At the May 3 county council meeting, Hudson underwent a public interview before the...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 9:47am