News Briefs 2/19/21

February 19, 2021
Cape May-Lewes Ferry updates travel restrictions

The Cape May-Lewes Ferry will allow bicyclists and foot passengers again with capacity restrictions, starting Monday, Feb. 22. According to a Feb. 18 press release, all bicyclists and foot passengers must have a reservation, are required to check in at the ticket counter prior to boarding, and must arrive at least 45 minutes before departure time. The passenger salon aboard the vessels will also be open; however, inside seating capacity is currently limited to about 20 percent. Passengers must wear face masks and stay socially distanced from anyone not in their traveling party. They are urged to pay attention to onboard directional signage to help control the flow of traffic on the vessel. Masks are required in the terminals, on board the vessels, and in outdoor areas while on terminal grounds. Exterior seating is open to all passengers. With appropriate social distancing, passengers will now have access to seating inside the vessel’s passenger salon, and the food court is open. The ferry schedule includes four daily departures from both Cape May and Lewes. Travelers who plan to use the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in the near future are urged to call the Guest Services Center in advance at 800-64-FERRY (800-643-3779). For more information, go to

Special Rehoboth meeting set Feb. 23

Rehoboth Beach commissioners will hold an online special meeting at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23. The agenda calls for an introductory discussion on city code related to trees and how to approach recommended changes from the city’s law oversight committee for that section of code. Anyone wishing to speak must preregister with City Secretary Ann Womack at least 24 hours before the meeting by emailing A full agenda and meeting materials are accessible at For more information, call 302-227-6181.

Rehoboth Environment Committee to meet

The Rehoboth Beach Environment Committee will meet online at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24. The agenda calls for discussions on eliminating the use of plastic straws, the Dark Skies Initiative and a sustainable action plan. Anyone wishing to speak must preregister with City Secretary Ann Womack at least 24 hours before the meeting by emailing A full agenda and meeting materials are accessible at For more information, call 302-227-6181.

Lewes budget meeting Feb. 19

Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet virtually at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19, to continue discussion regarding the 2021-22 budget. Officials are expected to discuss the police budget and the annual donation to the fire department. A link to the meeting can be found on the agenda at

Route 24 virtual workshop set Feb. 25

Delaware Department of Transportation will hold a Zoom virtual workshop from 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, on proposed improvements along the Route 24 corridor. Those include: Route 24 from Mulberry Knoll Road to Route 1; Route 24 from Love Creek to Mulberry Knoll Road; pavement rehabilitation from Route 113 to Millsboro Pond Bridge; Burtons Pond dam improvements; and the following intersections – Camp Arrowhead Road; Robinsonville and Angloa roads; Route 5 and Route 23; and Bay Farm and Mount Joy roads. Go to

Sussex council to meet at Del Tech March 2

Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, Feb. 23. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 2, in the Carter Partnership Center at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown. It will be council’s first meeting at the college devoted to public hearings.

Lewes approves Dutchman’s Harvest

Lewes Mayor and City Council unanimously approved the revised site plan for the Dutchman’s Harvest workforce housing project along Savannah Road. The first site plan was granted preliminary approval in November 2019. It called for 14 two-story buildings with 10 units each. That has not changed in the new site plan, but the layout and style of buildings were changed significantly after further study of soils required more stormwater management on site. The new building type is about two-thirds the size of the previous big-house style.

Mail delivery requires clearing of ice, snow

Postal officials are asking for the public’s cooperation in keeping mailboxes, steps, and sidewalks clear of snow and ice, so letter carriers are able to provide the safest, most efficient delivery service possible. Customers should: Clear snow from curbside boxes so mail trucks can approach, deliver mail and drive away safely; remove ice and snow from walkways, and provide enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls; make sure steps are cleared of ice and snow, and in good repair so as not to cause injury; and clear overhangs of snow and ice to avoid injury. Residents with roadside mailboxes also must keep the entire mailbox area clear of any obstacles, like trash cans and other vehicles. 

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