News Briefs

April 11, 2014
Rehoboth changes meeting date

The Rehoboth Beach commis­sioners have moved the date of their regular meeting from Fri­day, April 18, to 9 a.m., Monday, April 21, in the city commission­ers’ room.

The meeting date was changed due to the Good Friday holiday.

Dewey commissioners to meet April 12

The Dewey Beach Town Com­missioner will meet will at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 12, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dag­sworthy Ave. Items on the agenda include discussions on the zoning code of the north end of town, poten­tial parking changes to Dickinson and Van Dyke avenues, and the possible institution of traffic­calming measures on West Street and other streets in northern Dewey.

Dewey planners to discuss sea level rise

The Dewey Beach Planning Commission will hold the first of three public hearings relating to sea level rise issues facing the town.

Issues to be discussed include circumstances for elevating a structure height higher than 35 feet, an increase in freeboard, an extension of town code prohib­iting building seaward of mean high tide, a redefining of “sub­stantial damage” in town code, and a change in the building permit process for significant repair or construction of non­conforming buildings.

The meeting begins at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, and will be held in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave.

Sussex council off the next two weeks

Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, April 15, be­cause of a lack of agenda items or Tuesday, April 22, for its annual Easter holiday.

The next scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 29, in the county administration build­ing on The Circle in Georgetown.

First Sussex Ready for Hillary event set

Sussex county’s first Ready for Hillary event, hosted by Lise Haupt and her husband Dennis Berlin, will be held Saturday, April 12, beginning at 10 a.m. at their house, 35556 Hatteras Court, Rehoboth Beach.

Allida Black, a founder of Ready for Hillary, will speak to the gathering.

She is a professor of Histo­ry and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

She is the recipient of the Millenium Medal from George Washington University and the James Jordan Award from Penn State University for Outstanding Dedication and Excellence.

Her expertise is in the areas of human rights, the United Nations and Eleanor Roosevelt. Those interested in attending should call 302-260-9176.

Surf Avenue parking prohibition debated

An ordinance to prohibit park­ing on the east side of Surf Avenue in Rehoboth Beach failed to gain support, but the city commis­sioners agreed to reconsider it in May. Mayor Sam Cooper said the proposal, which originated with the streets and transportation committee, prohibits parking on a 711-foot stretch of Surf Avenue from Lake Avenue to Henlopen Avenue.

Commissioner Bill Sar­gent, chairman of the committee, said the strip could serve as a bike lane with painted lines to separate bikes from vehicle traf­fic Sargent said the change would improve safety for bicyclists but would result in the loss of six parking spaces. Some people would have to walk farther to reach the beach, but not so far that it would be a significant inconvenience. Commissioners Toni Sharp said while she liked the idea of providing more space for bikes, she was uneasy with eliminating parking spaces.

Rehoboth In Bloom committee meets

Rehoboth In Bloom, an ad hoc committee of the Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transporta­tion Committee, will meet at 10 a.m., Friday, April 11, in the city commissioners’ room. The committee will discuss the 2013 bloom season, with updates on projects such as the City Hall rain garden, plantings at the Lew­es- Rehoboth Canal and Lake Gerar bridges, and on Rehoboth Avenue, Wilmington Avenue and the Bandstand. In new busi­ness, the committee will discuss beautification efforts at the State Road entrance to the city and at the Veterans Memorial at the Bandstand.

Rehoboth planners to meet April 11

The Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission will hold two public hearings at its regular meeting, 6:30 p.m., Friday, April 11, in the city commissioners’ room.

The first hearing will be for a minor subdivision at 114 and 118 St. Lawrence St. and 113 Lake Drive. Owners Charles and Kathleen Bailey and David and Suzanne Rowland are looking to divide the parcels into three lots, which would be 6,920 square feet, 5,025 square feet and 11,279 square feet, respectively. Attor­ney Veronica Faust has made the request on behalf of the owners.

The second hearing is for property at 50 Park Ave., the former Corner Cupboard build­ing. Owner Michael Vardell of Vardell Realty Investments is seeking to divide the property into two 5,000-square-foot lots.

In other business, the com­mission will review, discuss and possibly finalize an amended city tree ordinance. The public will be allowed to comment on this topic after discussion by the commission.

Lewes council meets April 14

Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, April 14, at city hall.

There will be a presentation of a recognition of Mayor Jim Ford for his dedication and support of the Lewes Fire Department as he reaches the end of his tenure as mayor.

Council will consider a request to restrict parking to one side of the street on Ohio, Vermont, New Hampshire and Oregon avenues.

Davis, Bowen & Friedel, on behalf of Jack Lingo Asset Management, is requesting a reconsideration of a public hear­ing for the annexation of Harbor Point/ Point Farm. The Univer­sity of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment is seeking a renewal of a condition­al- use agreement for two mobile laboratories to commence June 8 through June 7, 2015.

To view the full agenda, go to For more informa­tion, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Candidates file for statewide seats

In the U.S. Senate race, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, a Democrat from Wilmington, filed for re-election with the Delaware Department of Elections Tuesday, April 8. Coons is in his first term, having been elected in 2010 after defeating Republican candidate Christine O’Donnell in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Joe Biden after he was elected vice president. Coons has no opponents.

In the U.S. House of Representatives race, Scott Gesty, a Libertar­ian from Wilmington, filed his paperwork March 24. This is not the first time Gesty has thrown his hat into a U.S. congressional race. In 2012, he was defeated by Congressman John Carney, who has not yet filed for re-election. The filing deadline for all candidates in July 8.

Zwaanendael Club Tulip Fest Boutique April 12

Ladies of the GFWC Zwaanen­dael Women's Club will hold a Tulip Festival Boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at their clubhouse on the corner of Third Street and Savannah Road in Lewes.

Items for sale will include an array of cookies, cakes and other baked goods as well as handmade craft goods including candles, soaps, table arrangements, deco­rative Easter items, knitted and crocheted items and more. Pro­ceeds will be used to help the Home of the Brave, Women War­riors Reintegration Programand more.

Library to host line dancing show April 17

Presented by Nancy Muller of the Delaware Humanities Forum, Line Up! will take place at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 17. This presentation will teach line danc­ing beginning with folk dance, move to the American phenom­enon of country line dance, and today’s forms of line dance that range from soul to rock.This pro­gram is free to the public.

The Milton Public Library is at 121 Union St., phone 302-684- 8856. For accessibility and/or more information, ask for Mary Catherine Hopkins, director. For directions, go to and click on Hours & Directions.

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