News Briefs 10/18/19

October 18, 2019

Rehoboth commissioner meeting set Oct. 18
Rehoboth Beach commissioners have scheduled a meeting for 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for votes on the appointment of new committee and commission members, the acceptance of $300,000 from DNREC to the city related to the canal dock access project, and a contract with Verizon and the city for cellphone antennas on the downtown water tower. There will also be a further discussion on the city’s wayfinding signage, and a presentation by the Boardwalk and beach committee related to Boardwalk bike usage patterns and a recycling program.

For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or online at

Rehoboth streets committee to meet Oct. 18
The Rehoboth Beach Streets and Transportation Committee has scheduled a meeting for 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 18, in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for discussions on pedestrian improvements, crosswalk renewal on Rehoboth Avenue and shuttle parking. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or online at

Special Rehoboth tree committee meeting set Oct. 21
The Rehoboth Beach Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Trees is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 21, in the commissioners rooms of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. The agenda calls for a presentation by Dr. Doug Tallamy, award-winning author and ecologist. Tallamy will explain why yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems and how landscapes can connect isolated habitat fragments. The presentation is free. For more information call 302-227-6181. A full copy of the agenda can be found at town hall or online at

Lewes parks and rec to meet Oct. 21
The Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at city hall. The group will review the current lawn and landscape contract for work accuracy, possible changes and additions. They will also discuss the fiscal year 2021-22 budget and capital improvement items. For more information, call 302-645-7777.

SCRWC to meet Oct. 23 in Georgetown
The next monthly meeting of the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club will take place Wednesday, Oct. 23, at the Georgetown office of the Sussex County Association of Realtors, 23407 Park Ave. beginning at 6 p.m.  After spending much of the past few months working on the fall fundraiser, members are now ready and eager to turn their attention to other projects on the agenda. 
Join them as they strive to support those Republican candidates running for office in Sussex as well as contributing to programs such as the Lillian Martin Scholarship fund, the Salute to Veterans, and support for the Salvation Army during the Christmas season.

The guest speaker, Rob Arlett, will share his thoughts on running for the U.S. Senate against Chris Coons. The former Sussex County Council member from District 5 is also considering taking on Gov. John Carney in the 2020 gubernatorial election. Cost for the dinner is $30. For required reservations, contact Sherry Long at 302-249-9164 or

It is the mission of the Sussex County Republican Women’s Club to assist in the election of Republican candidates, act as an advocate for the Republican Party’s principles, and empower women to participate in the political process.  SCRWC, the largest Republican Women’s Club in Delaware, has been actively engaging women in the political process for more than six decades.  For additional information go to

36th District Democrats to meet Oct. 21
Registered Democrats living in the 36th Representative District are encouraged to attend the Monday, Oct. 21 meeting of the RD to be held at Arena’s Restaurant in Milford at 6:30 p.m. for social time. The meeting starts promptly at 7 p.m. Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst will be guest speaker. All registered Democrats in the Sussex County 36th RD are encouraged to attend and current members are encouraged to bring friends.  They encourage participants to partake of the optional Dutch treat dinner and to support Arena’s, which provides the meeting space.  

38th District Republicans to meet Oct. 28
The 38th District Republican Club will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28, at South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Ave., Bethany Beach. The public is welcome. Guest speaker will be Delaware GOP Chair M. Jane Brady, a lifelong Delawarean and Republican, who will share her vision and goals for the Delaware Republican Party. Brady was Delaware’s attorney general 1995-2005, the first woman elected to that position in Delaware, and served as deputy attorney general 1977-90.  She was also a judge on Sussex County Superior Court from 2005-17. Rep. Ron Gray of Selbyville and Sen. Gerald Hocker of Ocean View will also report on state Legislature activity. For details email

Public workshops set Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 3
DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section will hold three public open house workshops to share information about dredging and other waterway management operations in Delaware.

The workshops will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Ave., Bethany Beach; 5 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, Indian River Volunteer Fire Co., 32628 Oak Orchard Road, Millsboro; and 1 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave., Lewes.

Sessions will provide information on topics such as the Inland Bays dredging prioritization project, the upcoming maintenance dredging project at Massey’s Ditch, and an overview of waterway management operations conducted by the Shoreline & Waterway Management Section.

Sussex looks at 3 percent lodging tax
Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda is proposed introduction of an ordinance to allow the county to impose up to a 3 percent lodging tax for rooms in hotels, motels and tourist homes in unincorporated areas of the county. In addition, council will honor retiring airport manager Jim Hickin.

Two public hearings are scheduled starting at 1:30 p.m. for proposed projects in Harbeson. W&B Hudson Family Ltd. has filed to rezone a 37-acre parcel on the south side of Route 9, 340 feet east of the Harbeson Road intersection, from AR-1, agricultural-residential, and MR, medium-density residential, to C-3 heavy commercial. The developer has plans for a retail shopping complex, warehousing and storage. Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission has not made a recommendation on the application.

Harbeson Farm Revex LLC has filed to rezone a 0.8-acre parcel at 18865 Harbeson Road, approximately one-half mile south of Route 9, from AR-1 and MR to B-2 business community district. The United States Postal Service has selected the site for a new Harbeson Post Office. Planning and zoning commissioners have recommended approval of the application. See a complete agenda at Meetings are broadcast live on the county website.


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