News Briefs 2/20/24

February 20, 2024
Shore Democrats to meet Feb. 21

Shore Democrats will hold its monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View. 

Speakers will be three Democratic candidates for the office of Delaware’s lieutenant governor – Sen. Kyle Evans Gay, D-North Wilmington; Debbie Harrington, Delaware Democratic Party vice chair; and Rep. Sherry Dorsey Walker, D-Wilmington.

For more information about the Shore Democrats, go to

Dewey charter group meets Feb. 21

The Dewey Beach Charter & Code Review Committee will meet at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. Members may vote on a number of recommendations to town commissioners, including amending building permit requirements when repairs are needed to residential or commercial properties, amending language regarding tree placement and increased penalties for tree removal without a permit, amending pool setbacks, and a verification process of professional licenses for contractors applying for town business licenses. For the full agenda and meeting link, go to

Lewes planning panel to meet Feb. 21

The Lewes Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Rollins Center.

The agenda includes discussion and possible recommendation to mayor and city council regarding a proposed update to the definition of lot coverage. See the full agenda and meeting link at

Lewes open space group to meet Feb. 22

The Lewes Planning Commission’s Open Space Subcommittee will meet at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Rollins Center.

The agenda includes discussion of the role and purpose of open space in the City of Lewes.

See the full agenda and meeting link at

Lewes council to hold budget workshop on Feb. 23

Lewes Mayor and City Council will hold its next budget workshop at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 23, at city hall.

City committees and commission will make their budget requests for fiscal year 2025, and the Lewes Public Library executive director will make a presentation. See the full agenda and meeting link at

Milton candidates forum set Feb. 24

Milton Chamber of Commerce will host a candidates forum from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at Milton library.

Three candidates are running for two council seats: incumbents Fred Harvey and Lee Revis-Plank, and Erin Willis, a Milton Parks and Recreation Committee member. The winning candidates will serve three-year terms. 

For the forum, each candidate will have a three-minute introduction followed by a question-and-answer session. Attendees may each bring one legible written question to submit for consideration. Questions will be drawn from submissions, and each candidate, in alphabetical order, will have two minutes to answer the question. 

The Milton municipal election will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at Milton fire department. Results will be announced around 6:30 p.m. at Milton Town Hall. 

Lewes farmers market can ban dogs

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will have the authority to ban dogs from its market in George H.P. Smith Park this season, if it chooses to do so.

Lewes Mayor and City Council at its Feb. 12 meeting amended the terms of the market’s use permit to allow the restriction. Certified service dogs would still be allowed.

Market leaders asked for the change because of a growing number of dogs behaving badly, including one biting a child.

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will open for the 2024 season at 8 a.m., Saturday, May 4.

Milton approves street closures for parade, Zombie Fest

Milton Town Council unanimously approved street closures for two of the town’s signature events: the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Lucky Leprechaun 5K race, and the Zombie Fest.

For the St. Patrick’s Day event Saturday, March 10, sponsored by Irish Eyes and Seashore Striders, the plan is to close Union Street and Federal Street from Atlantic Avenue to Milton Elementary School for the duration of the event. The race is slated to kick off at 8 a.m., with the parade from 1 to 4 p.m.

Council also approved the street closure plan for Zombie Fest, put on by Milton Theatre, set for Saturday, Oct. 19.

On this issue, council members had questions about the scale of the event and whether to authorize closure of the Magnolia Street parking lot for its Kids Fest portion.

The theater was authorized to close the Magnolia Street lot and Union Street from Chandler Street to Federal Street from 12 to 11 p.m. for vendor setup, and to close Union Street from Atlantic Avenue to Federal Street from 5 to 10 p.m. for the annual Zombie Walk parade.

The main event change from previous years is moving the Kids Fest to the Magnolia Street lot. In prior years, it was held behind the Milton Theatre House, but theater representatives sought to use the parking lot to allow more space for attendees. 

The theater’s plans are subject to approval from the Delaware Department of Transportation, which maintains Union and Federal streets. 

Bid awarded for Millsboro EMS station

At its Jan. 6 meeting, Sussex County Council approved a bid from The Whayland Company for $1.8 million to construct Sussex EMS Paramedic Station 103 in Millsboro. The county purchased the property and the Town of Millsboro annexed it into town limits in April 2023.

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