News Briefs 12/01/17

December 1, 2017

Indian River District seeks candidates
Indian River School District is seeking applicants to fill the vacant District 5 school board seat held by Douglas Hudson, who resigned.
The candidate appointed by the board will serve through June 30, 2018. Interested candidates should contact Board President Charles Bireley at 302-539-9043 or Interested candidates should apply by Dec. 22.

Dewey Adopt-A-Dune committee to meet Dec. 2
Dewey's ad hoc Adopt-A-Dune Committee will meet for the first time at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. The agenda calls for a discussion on overall goals and objectives. A full copy of the agenda can be found on the life saving station message board, the town website,, and at town hall, 105 Rodney Ave.

Dewey marketing committee to meet Dec. 2
The Dewey Beach Marketing Committee is scheduled to meet at noon, Saturday, Dec. 2, in the Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. The agenda calls for developing a 2018 marketing plan.

Senior facility proposed for Plantation Road
J.G. Townsend Jr. & Co. has applied for a special-use exception with the Sussex County Board of Adjustment to construct a 160,000-square-foot senior living facility on 10 acres on the south side of Plantation Road near the Postal Lane intersection, Lewes. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 11, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Meetings get underway at 7 p.m.

Sussex officials OK Eagles Nest rezoning
At its Nov. 28 meeting, Sussex County Council unanimously approved a rezoning application filed by Eagles Nest Fellowship Church for a 2-acre parcel at the intersection of Reynolds Road and Route 16, Broadkill Road, near Milton. The parcel was rezoned from AR-1, agricultural-residential, to CR-1, commercial-residential.

Mark Davidson, land planner with Pennoni Associates, said the property has been used since the 1940s for commercial purposes, including the Clyde Betts Food Store and the church. He said the church has been approached by businesses interested in the parcel. The county's planning and zoning commission had recommended approval of the application. Commissioner Doug Hudson said the area is a developing area but not all commercial zoning is appropriate for Route 16. "We need to take measures to preserve that travel corridor," he said.

State collects $3 million in toll revenue
More than 1.2 million motorists passed through Delaware's three toll plazas during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday travel period from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, according to Delaware Department of Transportation officials. That's an increase from 1.18 million in 2016 and 1.15 million in 2015. More than $3 million revenue was collected. Overall, Nov. 22 was the busiest travel day. Traffic counts at each of the toll plazas were at a three-year high: 586,844 at I-95 in Newark; 315,269 at Biddles Corner, Route 1; and 298,122, Dover, Route 1.

Sports center on Sussex council agenda
Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda is a discussion regarding the Sussex Sports Foundation and consideration of a memorandum of understanding, a presentation from Delaware Department of Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan on the Route 113 corridor improvement plan, and a 1:30 p.m. public hearing on rezoning and conditional-use applications filed by MDI Investment Group LLC for a townhouse complex off Shady Road near Lewes. See a complete agenda at

Sussex Republican Women to meet Dec. 7
Sussex County Republican Women's Club will meet at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth, at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 7. The featured speaker will be State Treasurer Ken Simpler. Among the many activities of the day, will be a silent auction of items donated by club members. These items may include art work, jewelry, books, and tasty treats just in time for holiday gift giving. The proceeds of the fundraiser will go toward the annual scholarship fund, presented in the spring to deserving students in the school district. The Americanism chairwoman will give a brief presentation of what Dec. 7 means not only to the world but to Delawareans in particular.

For required reservations, contact Linda Rehm:, or 302-430-0329. The cost is $25 per person. 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.

Lewes BPW to meet Dec. 5
The Lewes Board of Public Works will meet at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5, at city hall. Directors will discuss a request from television station WRDE to place a camera atop the BPW water tower. The group will also discuss its annual donation to the Lewes Fire Department, a strategic planning proposal from Hometown Connections, and proposed table top exercise testing the Lewes BPW water system and emergency response. For more information, call the BPW office at 302-645-6228.

McGuiness to host coffee event with Main Street Dec. 13
Rehoboth Beach Commissioner Kathy McGuiness will host a constituent coffee event at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Rehoboth fire hall. The guest speaker will be the executive committee of Rehoboth Beach Main Street.