News Briefs 4/2/21

April 2, 2021
Sussex P&Z meeting April 8

Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 8, in Room 540 at the Carter Partnership Center on the Georgetown campus of Delaware Technical Community College. Included on the agenda are two applications for subdivisions in the Cape Region: Stratus Estates, formerly Cool Spring Meadows, 266 single-family lots on 188 acres on the north and south sides of Stockley Road near Harbeson; and Scenic Manor, formerly Estates of Mulberry Knoll, 319 single-family lots on 167 acres on the east and west sides of Mulberry Knoll Road, south of Route 24, near Lewes. That hearing is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. See a complete agenda and meeting materials at Meetings are open to the public and available via livestream at and by calling 302-394-5036 using code 570176. Comments can be submitted to by 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 7.

Rehoboth Beach supports International Dark Sky Week 

During a commissioner meeting March 19, Rehoboth Beach commissioners voted to support the International Dark Sky Association’s International Dark Sky Week, which runs from Monday, April 5, to Monday, April 12. International Dark Sky Week promotes responsible use of outdoor lighting so that night skies and stars are visible. When artificial lighting is used indiscriminately, it can negatively impact wildlife, human health and the environment, the organization says. “The Environment Committee recommends the City of Rehoboth Beach choose Dark Sky compliant lighting for the Boardwalk and all new replacement lighting, with the goal of eventually becoming a Dark Sky compliant community,” said Commission Richard Byrne in a prepared statement. He chairs the city’s environmental committee. “This is in accordance with the 2010 Comprehensive Development Plan to use environmentally responsible lighting. This will help the city to reduce overall light pollution, become more energy efficient, reduce environmental impacts to turtles and migratory birds, and reduce negative effects on human sleep cycles.” To learn more about International Dark Sky week, go to For more information, contact the communications department at 302-227-6181, Ext. 522 or

Rehoboth commissioner workshop April 5

Rehoboth Beach commissioners have scheduled an online workshop for 9 a.m., Monday, April 5. The agenda calls for continued discussion on creation of a section of code related to parks and recreation, and discussions on ordinances changing code related to collection of unpaid parking tickets, selling of unclaimed property and changing parking from metered to permit on Third Street. 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.

Sand Hill Road closure extended

Because of inclement weather, the roundabout project as part of Georgetown East Gateway improvements on Sand Hill Road in Georgetown will take longer than planned. Delaware Department of Transportation officials announced that Sand Hill Road between Route 9/East Market Street and Briarwood Road will remain closed until 5 a.m., Saturday, May 1. Only access to the CHEER Community Center and CHEER apartments will be maintained from Route 9. Detour signage is posted for motorists.

Lewes public hearing set April 5

Lewes Mayor and City Council will hold a virtual public hearing at 6 p.m., Monday, April 5, regarding the height limit for educational buildings within the city. A link to the meeting can be found on the agenda at

Lewes special meeting set April 5

Lewes Mayor and City Council will meet virtually immediately after its 6 p.m. public hearing to discuss and possibly vote on a resolution to authorize the Lewes Board of Public Works to accept a state revolving fund loan. 

Sussex council off until April 13

Sussex County Council will not meet Tuesday, April 6. The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 13, in the Carter Partnership Center on the Georgetown campus of Delaware Technical Community College.

Rehoboth Beach city hall closed Good Friday

In observance of Good Friday, Rehoboth Beach City Hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave., will be closed Friday, April 2. Residential trash pickup will not be affected. For more information, contact the communications department at 302-227-6181, Ext. 522 or

Henlopen Acres Town Hall closed Good Friday

In observance of Good Friday, Henlopen Acres Town Hall, 104 Tidewaters, will be closed Friday, April 2. For more information, call 302-227-6411.

Milton offices to close for Good Friday

Milton Town Hall will be closed Friday, April 2, in observance of Good Friday. The town’s administrative offices will reopen Monday, April 5. 

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