News Briefs 10/03/17

October 3, 2017

Rose Henry not seeking re-election in 2018
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Margaret Rose Henry, D-Wilmington East, announced Sept. 28 that she would not be seeking re-election in 2018.
According to her legislative bio, Henry is the first and only African-American woman to serve in the Delaware Senate. She was first elected in 1994.

WBOC and Verizon FiOS in contract dispute
Approximately 20,000 Verizon FiOS customers across Delmarva woke up Oct. 1 with no WBOC or FOX 21. In a statement posted Sept. 30 on WBOC's webpage, a little after 8 p.m., Craig Jahelka, Draper Media president, said the broadcast channel has been in negotiations for six months. "Verizon is unwilling to recognize our value to their customers, especially our local news, weather, and entertainment," said Jahelka. "We stand ready and willing to continue providing these to Verizon viewers, but unfortunately Verizon has now refused to continue negotiations." This does not impact anyone who watches over the air with an antenna or subscribes to any other cable or satellite provider.

"WBOC, FOX 21, and Antenna TV remain free over the air to anyone with an antenna, just as they have been since 1954," Jahelka said. "We urge Verizon FiOS customers to call and demand that they carry WBOC, Fox 21, and Antenna TV. Verizon FiOS can be reached at 1-800-837-4966." Chris McCann, a Verizon representative, said their goal is to give their customers the best TV experience at the best price. He said Verizon remains hopeful WBOC will reconsider their initial proposed rate increase of 175 percent.

Sussex P&Z hosts workshop Oct. 4
Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will host a comprehensive plan workshop from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, in County Council Chambers at 2 The Circle in Georgetown. The workshop will include time for public comment and updates on sections related to intergovernmental coordination, future land use and transportation. For more information or a full agenda, go to

Ocean planning workshop set for Oct. 5
The public is invited to a Mid-Atlantic Non-Consumptive Recreation Workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, at the South Coastal Public Library in Bethany Beach. The public is invited to comment on recreational uses such as paddlesports, boating, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, swimming and beach use. The workshop is part of a regional series of meetings to share information and solicit public input for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan.
The workshop will include pizza and beverages. To RSVP, go to

Improvements will require road closure
Careys Camp Road between Laurel Road and Pear Tree Road, near Millsboro will be closed 7 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 until 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, pending weather, when DelDOT's contractor, JJID Inc. will be removing and replacing the crossroad pipe. Detour signage will be posted for motorists.
DelDOT's Transportation Management Center and WTMC-1380 AM provides motorists real-time traffic conditions throughout the state. Motorists can contact the TMC 24/7 to report any travel or traffic-related issues at the following numbers: Dial #77 from any cell phone in Delaware; 302-659-4600; or 1-800-324-8379.

Pipe replacement will require road closure
Revel Road between Nine Foot Road and Mission Road, Millsboro, will be closed 7 a.m., Monday, Oct. 9, until 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, pending weather when DelDOT's maintenance crew will be removing and replacing the crossroad pipe. Detour: Revel Road to Nine Foot Road onto Route 24/Millsboro Highway to Mission Road and return to Revel Road. Detour signage will be posted for motorists.