News Briefs 8/2/22

August 2, 2022
Lewes National Night Out set Aug. 2

The City of Lewes will host Lewes National Night Out from 5 to 7 p.m. at George H.P. Smith Park on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Celebrations are set to take place at Blockhouse Pond, located within the park, and will feature music from DJ Spig-1, Copy Cat face painting, a bounce house, giveaways, and food.

The Lewes Police Foundation, which has shown up with McGruff the Crime Dog at recent events, and Beebe Medical Center are scheduled to participate.

Joining the Lewes police and fire departments on site will be representatives from several law enforcement and government agencies, including the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, Delaware State Police, Sussex County Paramedics, and the Delaware River and Bay Authority.

Energy efficiency entries due by Aug. 31

Lewes Board of Public Works electric customers are invited to enter Efficiency Smart’s Picture of Efficiency photo contest for a chance to win up to $100 and an energy efficiency kit.

Through Wednesday, Aug. 31, customers can submit an original photo and caption that details how Efficiency Smart has helped them save energy. Efficiency Smart will select finalists from the submissions, and a vote will take place on its Facebook page in September.

The five finalists receiving the most votes will win prizes, with all receiving an energy efficiency kit and monetary rewards as follows: first place, $100; second, $75; third, $50; and fourth, $25.

For more information or to enter the contest, go to

Lewes short-term rental group to meet

The Lewes Short-Term Rental Ad Hoc Committee will meet at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 2, at City Hall.

Members will discuss short-term rental regulations in downtown Lewes as well as the review process.

Find the agenda and a meeting link at

Lewes officials to review Juneteenth

City of Lewes officials will meet at 12 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3, at City Hall to discuss the recent Juneteenth celebration.

The review will cover what was done right and what can be improved upon, and establish a date for the 2023 Juneteenth celebration.

Find the agenda and a meeting link at

Workshop on Great Marsh Park set Aug. 4

Lewes city officials will meet from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Rollins Center for a workshop discussion of the Great Marsh Park Master Plan.

Lewes HPARC public hearing set Aug. 4

The Lewes Historic Preservation Architectural Review Commission will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 4, at City Hall.

Members will discuss and possibly vote on a request by Lee Ann Wilkinson and Aaron Hood for demolition or relocation of contributing accessory structures and building additions at 354 Pilottown Road. They will also consider the installation of a new foundation basement and windows, and construction of a new two-story addition on the property.

The regular meeting will begin after the public hearing, and Wilkinson and Hood will present any approved plans, followed by a request from Michael and Doriel Moorman for a second-floor addition and roof height increase to their house at 345 Market St.

Commissioners will discuss possible repairs or relocations of historic signs, and three commission members will be appointed to the Joint Site Development Ad Hoc Review Committee.

Find the agenda and a meeting link at

BPW Mitigation Committee to meet

The Lewes Board of Public Works Mitigation Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Members will discuss BPW’s assets and evaluate potential damage due to sea level rise, increase in storms, etc.

Find the agenda and a meeting link at

Public Health Emergency extended for 13th time

Gov. John Carney formally extended the Public Health Emergency order July 22 for another 30 days to allow the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs.

“It’s important that we continue to stay one step ahead of COVID-19,” he said in a statement. “Keep doing the things we know that work. Stay home if you’re sick and get tested. Consider masking up in public indoor settings or if you are at a higher risk for illness.”

Under Delaware law, Public Health Emergency declarations must be renewed every 30 days. 

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