News Briefs

October 4, 2013

Rehoboth to debate setback ordinance

The Rehoboth Beach com­missioners will continue debate on an ordinance that would in­crease the side-yard setbacks for residential lots with more than 50 feet of street frontage at the commissioners’ workshop meet­ing, 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 7, in the city commissioners’ room.

The commissioners will also hear a report from the com­munications committee on a recommendation for agenda lan­guage clarifying whether or not the public can voice comments.

Rehoboth city hall task force to meet Oct. 7

The Rehoboth Beach City Hall Master Plan Task Force will meet at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, in the city commissioners’ room to discuss various department ar­rangements for a new City Hall complex.

Discussion will include three­dimensional massing studies of these arrangements and how they affect the building’s shape and form.

Acres commissioners to meet Oct. 11

The Henlopen Acres com­missioners will meet at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 11, in Town Hall for the commissioners’ quarterly meeting.

The commissioners will dis­cuss voter qualifications and a process for evaluating the Rehoboth Art League’s zoning status and possible changes.

In new business, the commis­sioners will discuss two code amendments relating to build­ing construction and parking in public places. The town’s capi­talization policy will also be discussed.

Rehoboth planners to talk trees, site plans

The Rehoboth Beach Plan­ning Commission will continue discussion of possible changes to the city’s tree ordinance, as well as updating the site-plan re­view application at the planners’ regular meeting, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11, in the city commissioners’ room.

The tree discussions will include a presentation by Com­missioner Brian Patterson regarding changes and amend­ments to the tree ordinance based on research conducted by the commission. Discussion will also include refining a planned report to the city commission­ers and identifying additional data needs. The commission will hear a report from City Solicitor Glenn Mandalas on updating the site-plan review application form and drafting instructions for ap­plicants.

An update will be provided on the city commissioners’ work on an ordinance that would increase side-yard setbacks for properties with more than 50 feet of street frontage. Another update will be on a recommended ordinance related to lot mergers.

Finally, the commission will possibly make recommenda­tions to the city commissioners regarding preventing runoff from construction sites going into the city’s lakes. The commission will review and discuss existing city requirements for silt screening and gravel/stone access to build­ing sites.

Height restrictions on Sussex council agenda

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the county administra­tion building on The Circle in Georgetown. Included on the agenda are discussions about height restrictions in the county code and two pending condition­al- use applications for proposed RV campgrounds. Council is also expected to vote on a con­ditional- use application filed by Southern Delaware Botanic Gar­dens Inc. For a complete agenda, go to

Milton public hearing set for Oct. 7

Milton Town Council will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at the Milton Public Library, where it will host a public hearing about an ordinance to amend Chapter 220 of town code related to per­mitted principal uses and special permitted uses. Town council’s regular meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m. Council will discuss water meter upgrades, engineer­ing proposals and a method of disposal for surplus equipment and inventory. For more informa­tion, go to

North jetty repair begins at Seashore State Park

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers contractors have begun repair work on the north side of the Indian River Inlet jetty, which is located within Delaware Seashore State Park. Construction work focuses on the eastern portion of the jetty, and the project will also repair the col­lapsed sidewalk. Public access to the eastern section of the north jetty will be closed during the duration of the project, which is expected to take 90 days.

Delaware Seashore State Park’s day areas on the north side of the inlet which are not affected by construction will remain open to fishing and other outdoor recreational activities. For more information, contact the park office at 302-227-2800.

Briggs-King to hold Meet and Greets Oct. 9

State Rep. Ruth Briggs King, R-Georgetown, has scheduled two Meet and Greet sessions with constituents next week.

Briggs King invites residents of the 37th District, which includes Georgetown and the Long Neck area, to stop by one of the follow­ing Meet and Greets Wednesday, Oct. 9, to ask questions or share any concerns they may have about the district or state govern­ment. The first session will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. at George­town Family Restaurant, 115 East Market St., and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Indian River Fire Hall, 32628 Oak Orchard Road.

The meeting at the fire hall is being held to discuss con­stituents’ drainage and flooding concerns in the Oak Orchard/ Long Neck area. Officials from DNREC and DelDOT will be on hand to answer the public’s ques­tions. A discussion on tax ditches (including what they are, how they are designated and what to do if living in the area of one) will also be part of this meeting.

Bradley case book signing set Oct. 12

Meg Ellacott will again be sign­ing copies of her book “Ultimate Betrayal,” which delves into the Earl Bradley sexual abuse case, Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Browseabout Books, Rehoboth Beach.

“I am humbled and grateful for the support people have shown toward my work,” said Ellacott.

She reiterated why she wanted to document this case: “I felt the case was so shocking that I had to write about it in order to come to grips with it, for historic reasons and to help rid myself, and hopefully others, of the pain he caused. I began writing it just days after his arrest, not knowing that one day it would become a book. I soon realized you can’t begin to understand something this evil until you come to terms with it by researching and work­ing through it. Only then can we begin to heal and in doing so, can we understand that evil does ex­ist and that secrets can, indeed, be crippling. It is a lesson that shouldn’t be buried and certainly not forgotten.”

For more information go to the writers’ pages of the RBWG’s website: www.rehobothbeach­; or facebook/ MegEllacottwriter.


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