News Briefs 02/22/19

February 22, 2019

Dewey sets special town meeting Feb. 22
Dewey Beach commissioners will hold a special town meeting and executive session at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. Commissioners will meet in executive session, which is not open to the public, to hold strategy sessions involving legal advice with respect to potential litigation and to discuss personnel matters. There are no agenda items listed for the

Dewey to hold special town meeting Feb. 23
Dewey Beach commissioners will hold a special town meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. Commissioners will discuss and possibly vote on recording public safety lines, public posting of licenses on the town website, and to authorize the town manager to have a 2019 budget item to issue an RFP for an improved, integrated website.

The agenda also calls for a possible vote to authorize the police department to apply for a local law enforcement grant offered by Sussex County and to purchase items authorized by grant guidelines. Commissioners will also discuss and possibly vote to approve an ordinance changing the word “license” to “permit” regarding the currently stated dog license. Commissioners will review existing conditional uses and town code on trees, and discuss plans to ensure both are being followed. 

Milton Sustainability Committee to meet Feb. 26
Milton Sustainability Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Milton library. The committee will discuss committee assignments for upcoming festivals and hear announcements from committee members.

Milton Board of Adjustment meeting cancelled
Milton Board of Adjustment has cancelled its Tuesday, Feb. 26 meeting due to a lack of agenda items. The board’s next scheduled meeting is Tuesday, March 26.

Milton Preservation Commission to meet Feb. 26
Milton Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Milton library, to review, discuss and possibly vote on proposed amendments to the historic preservation overlay district code. The amendments deal with accessory structures in a historic district.

Lewes Parks & Rec to discuss Showfield Feb. 25
The Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 25, at city hall. The group will receive a presentation from Davis, Bowen & Friedel for the next phase of Showfield – the first phase of the community was approved and built in Sussex County jurisdiction. The commission’s task is to comment on existing and proposed open space, and effect on adjacent park areas or natural features. The committee will also discuss a vision plan for Stango Park and the open area behind the Lewes Public Library adjacent to the park. A discussion on the commission’s budget for fiscal year 2020 is also on the agenda. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

38th District Republicans to meet Feb. 25
George Ball, co-organizer of the Rail Splitter Society, as well as speaker and society leader, will be the guest speaker at the 38th District Republican Club meeting Monday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m., with the meeting starting at 7 p.m., at South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Ave., Bethany Beach. His topic for discussion will be Republican Leadership Goals and Strengths. The Rail Splitter Society is based in Wilmington, and has more than 200 members. They meet monthly to share ideas with conservative and moderate-minded people.  Their mission states that they provide an independent and creative meeting opportunity for Republicans (and could-be Republicans).  

Rep. Ron Gray and Sen. Gerald Hocker will give their regularly scheduled report to members and attending guests regarding latest issues that are on the Delaware Legislature calendar. The club meets the fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Free admission. All welcome. Yearly dues are $20. For more information email or go to  

Lewes annexation committee to meet Feb. 25
The Lewes Annexation Regulation Committee will meet at 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 25, at city hall. The group will consider changes to the density formula for the annexation zones, which are only available to landowners and developers seeking to annex into the city. The committee will discuss defining wetlands, delineation of tidal wetlands, exclusion of wetlands and exclusion of tidal wetlands. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Lewes budget talks continue Feb. 26
Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at city hall to continue work on the fiscal year 2020 budget. Discussions in this meeting will focus on capital projects and the public art committee. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.

Sussex council will discuss plan priorities Feb. 26
Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda is a discussion of priorities for action items in the 2018 comprehensive plan and an interview with Sussex County Board of Adjustment nominee John Williamson.

Eastern Sussex Dems to host healthcare forum Feb. 26
The Eastern Sussex Democratic Club will focus its February meeting on Health Care in Sussex County - Problems, Status, Solutions.
Moderated by Club Vice Chair David Baker, the panel will feature cardiologist Dr. Kenneth Sunnergren, internist Dr. Thomas Kelly, internist and primary care physician Dr. Bobby  Gulab, member of Beebe’s surgical oncology team Aaron Block, PA, and David Herbert, chairman of the Beebe Medical Center Board of Directors. The $30 per person dinner meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m., at the Atlantic Sands Hotel  Ballroom, 3rd floor, Baltimore Avenue, in Rehoboth Beach. 

Attendees may also join or renew their membership at this meeting. The annual dues are $30, and all membership fees go directly to Democratic candidates and their campaigns. To attend the February meeting, RSVP to Club President Kathy Huges at  no later than Friday, Feb. 22. Tickets will be held at the door.

Rehoboth business license dates modified
During their meeting Feb. 15, Rehoboth commissioners voted 5-1 in favor of modifying the dates of the business license.
Beginning in 2021, the business license will run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. Business licenses for 2019/2020 will go out as usual in March, with a June 2019 begin date and then expire Dec. 31, 2020.

This action was taken as part of a comprehensive overhaul to the business licenses already voted on by commissioners in December.
According to a diagram provided during a workshop, business license renewals for 2021 would be mailed in November 2020. Business parking passes will be mailed out in April 2021 based on paid business licenses.

Delaware CAN meet and greet Tuesday, Feb. 26
The Delaware Cannabis Advocacy Network has scheduled a meet and greet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave. For more information call 302-404-4208 or email

Rehoboth Green Drinks to talk oyster gardening Feb. 26
Rehoboth Beach Green Drinks is a way to connect with eco-minded people, share new ideas, discover new opportunities, build relationships and support the local economy. This month’s featured guest will be Center for Inland Bays Outreach and Education Coordinator Amy Barra, who will speak for 15 minutes about oyster gardening, citizen science and the state of the bays. The event takes place at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Rehoboth Ale House, 15 Wilmington Ave.

Green Drinks is an international educational campaign with gatherings like this in over 500 cities around the world. For more information on the Rehoboth group call Joan Flaherty or Charlie Garlow at 301-312-7703 or 240-353-4962, or go to

Source water subcommittee to meet Feb. 28
The Source Water Assessment Plan Subcommittee of the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Training Room of Tidewater Utilities, 1100 South Little Creek Road, Dover. The SWAP Subcommittee’s meeting agenda can be found on the Delaware Public Meeting Calendar at For more information about the Source Water Assessment and Protection Program, go to, or contact Source Water Program Hydrologist Douglas Rambo at 302-739-9945.