News Briefs

June 20, 2014
Rehoboth board to meet June 23

The Rehoboth Beach Board of Adjustment will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, June 23, in the city commissioners’ room to hear three cases. The first case is an appeal and variance request by Rob Burton of the Samuel Burton Estate, owner of 2 Grove St. Burton’s attorney, James Fuqua, is appealing a building inspector’s decision that the three lots that make up the property have been merged by use. If the appeal is granted, Burton is requesting a variance to allow a one-square-foot area variance from the requirement of 5,000 square feet per lot.

Second is Robert Worthin, 212 Stockley St., who is requesting a variance to allow one existing HVAC unit and a new HVAC unit to remain in the east side-yard setback.

Finally, Steve Otell of the Helen Otell Trust, owner of 23 Pennsylvania Ave., is seeking a variance to install a new retaining wall at the east property line.

Rehoboth tree panel to hold hearing June 23

The Rehoboth Beach Parks and Shade Tree Commission will hold an appeal hearing for property at 127 Columbia Ave. at its 2 p.m., Monday, June 23 meeting in the city commissioners’ room.

Owners Anthony and Aileen Unger are seeking to decrease the amount of required trees.

Rehoboth committee meets June 27

The Rehoboth Beach Communications Committee will meet at 9 a.m., Friday, June 27, in the city commissioners’ room to continue discussion of the ongoing website overhaul.

The committee will discuss the status of the website overhaul, its budget and the timeline for going live. The committee will hear an evaluation report on a support document program, which provides online accessibility to documents supporting city commissioner meeting topics. Discussion will also include the potential for expanding the support document program and expanding the webpage for ongoing city commissioners’ business.

USO director to address Sussex Repbulicans

The Sussex County Republican Women’s Club will host Joan Cote, Director, USO Delaware, at the 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 25 meeting at Baywood Greens Clubhouse, Long Neck. Cote will talk about the process that is in place at Dover Air Force Base to receive the bodies of fallen heroes, the support given to their families, the various protocols involved with this process and the dignity and respectful manner in which these heroes are sent home. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kelly Roberts, 302-945-4556. Cost of the dinner is $25. No reservations will be accepted after June 21. The public is invited to attend.

Two Republicans out of county council races

The race for two seats on Sussex County Council is a little less crowded; two Republican candidates have withdrawn their names from the ballot.

In District 4, not long after incumbent Republican George Cole filed June 10, fellow Republican William Carroll of Bethany Beach dropped out. Carroll said he respected what Cole has been able to accomplish and would not run against him.

In District 5, after incumbent Republican Vance Phillips filed, Republican challenger Harry Orvin Strickler of Roxana also dropped out.

With three weeks remaining until the Tuesday, July 8 filing deadline, the two council races shape up as follows:

In District 4, Cole is being challenged by Shirley Price of Ocean View, a former state representative.

Primaries are on tap in District 4. Rob Arlett of Millsboro will face Phillips in the Tuesday, Sept. 9 Republican primary. Bob Wheatley of Laurel and Brad Connor of Dagsboro will face off in the Democratic primary.

Treasurer candidates to speak June 26 in Sussex

The public is invited to hear candidates for state treasurer present their case for election, at the Thursday, June 26 meeting of the Sussex County Democrat Women’s Club meeting at Sussex County Democrat Headquarters, Pine Street in Georgetown.  The meeting starts at 6 p.m.  Seating is limited. Incumbent Treasurer Chip Flowers and challenger Sean Barney will present their case for their election in the Sept. 9 Democratic Primary race.  The winner of the September primary will be on the ballot for the November General Election.   For further information contact Rhonda Tuman, president of the SCDWC, at, or 302-604-1047.


Dewey town manager, police chief to meet

Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum and Dewey Police Chief Sam Mackert will be hosting a public meeting to receive feedback and give an update on how events went during Memorial Day weekend and June Bug week.

The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m., Friday, June 20, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave.

Dewey commissioners to meet June 20

The Dewey Beach Town Commission is meeting at 6 p.m., Friday, June 20, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave.

There are 16 items on the agenda including a discussion and possible vote on an extension of the AT&T cellular tower at the Hyatt Place, parking associated with Snug Harbor, and a request to change Rodney Avenue bayside properties from Resort Residential to Resort Business.

For a full list of agenda items, visit the town’s website at