News Briefs

May 16, 2014
Sussex budget, prayer on council agenda

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 20, in the county administra­tion building on The Circle in Georgetown. Included on the agenda is a presentation on the proposed 2015 fiscal year budget. Council is also expected to meet in executive session to discuss a legal strategy relating to a court consent degree regarding coun­cil’s prayer policy. See a complete agenda at

Rehoboth streets committee meets

The Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transportation Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Monday, May 19, in the city commissioners’ room, to discuss the status of markings on Surf Avenue and a potential speed-control device on Hickman Street.

In new business, the commit­tee will consider measures to increase safety for pedestrians, additional locations for silent policeman devices and revisions to the committee’s list of future agenda items.

Rehoboth in Bloom to meet May 16

Rehoboth in Bloom, an ad hoc committee of the Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transporta­tion Committee, will meet at 10 a.m., Friday, May 16, in the city commissioners’ room to discuss potential beautification efforts for the State Road entrance to the city.

The committee will also dis­cuss current projects such as the city hall rain garden, the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Bridge planting bed, the Rehoboth Av­enue memorial bed, lamppost baskets and municipal plant­ers. The committee will discuss short-term project ideas and plantings around the veterans’ memorial at the Bandstand.

Rehoboth board to meet May 19

The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, May 19, in the city commissioners’ room to hear a variance request for 1001 S. Boardwalk.

Property owners Jim and Donna Gramm are seeking the variance to allow their house to be built to the 16-foot aggregate side yard setback.

New Lewes mayor to be sworn in May 19

New Lewes Mayor Ted Becker will be sworn in to his new of­fice at the Monday, May 19 city council meeting.

He will be joined by recently re-elected Councilwoman Bon­nie Osler and council newcomer Rob Morgan. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at city hall After the swearing-in cere­mony is complete, council will discuss new assignments, in­cluding a new deputy mayor to replace Becker. There will be continued discussion regarding an ordinance to limit parking on several Lewes Beach streets, a presentation to build a new fieldhouse at Lewes Little League and requests to install memo­rial plaques at city hall and in Zwaanendael Park. City council members will also consider a request to restore 1812 Park and a request to renew conditional uses for modular units at Shields Elementary School.

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

Rehoboth board to hear permit request May 16

The Rehoboth Beach com­missioners will hold a permit of compliance hearing at 7 p.m., Friday, May 16, in the city com­missioners’ room, for Flying A BBQ and Crabs, a new restaurant to be located at 251 Rehoboth Ave.

Attorney James Becker has requested the permit on behalf of owner Jay Caputo to operate a restaurant with a patio.

The commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance further defining the width of a lot when determin­ing how much to increase the side-yard setbacks for any lot with more than 52.5 feet of street frontage and a lot area of 5,250 square feet.

In old business, the commis­sioners will consider the request of Nick Caggiano Sr. to have lights at the Verrazzano Monu­ment at the Boardwalk and Olive Avenue, as well as hear an update on the citywide property reas­sessment.

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