News Briefs 5/13/22

May 13, 2022
Lewes mayoral election set May 14

The City of Lewes will hold its first mayoral election in 24 years Saturday, May 14, with polls open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Lewes City Hall, 114 E. Third St. The elected mayor will serve a three-year term.

Candidates are Theodore W. Becker (incumbent), Richard H. Moore and Andrew Williams

Requests for absentee ballots must be received by noon, Friday, May 13. Absentee ballots are due to the polling place no later than 6 p.m., Saturday, May 14.  More election information can be found at

Dewey marketing group meets May 17

The Dewey Beach Marketing Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 17 at the Lifesaving Station, 1 Dagsworthy Ave. Members will possibly vote to recommend town commissioners use beautification funds to purchase a Dewey Beach sign to be installed on the bay walk, and may also vote to approve the purchase of new homeowner welcome packs. A possible Dewey Beach community fair will be discussed. Agenda and Zoom link are at

Business startup sessions start May 18

Registration is now open for the Small Business Development Center’s free How to Start a Business online workshops, set for 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, May 18; 2 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9, and 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday, June 15.

This webinar is for individuals who are considering starting their own business in Delaware for the first time. Although the program is free, space is limited and preregistration is required. Following the webinar, participants may then register for free one-on-one business advising.

For  information or to register, go to

Temporary closures May 23 at inlet bridge

Intermittent closures of the Indian River Inlet bridge will take place from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Monday, May 23, to perform load testing. The temporary closures will occur for both directions of traffic, and will occur for each test to be performed. The closures should last about five minutes. Load testing is being performed as part of DelDOT’s continued research and monitoring of the bridge as part of its structural monitoring system in conjunction with the University of Delaware. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Tuesday, May 24.

Rehoboth schedules special CDP meetings

In anticipation of the planning commission passing along the 2020 Comprehensive Development Plan during a meeting May 13, Rehoboth Beach commissioners have scheduled two special meetings to begin reviewing the document for Tuesday, May 17. The morning meeting begins at 9 a.m.; the afternoon meeting begins at 2 p.m.

Both meetings will be conducted in person in the commissioners room of city hall, 229 Rehoboth Ave. Full agendas, meeting materials and a livestream are accessible at For information, call 302-227-6181 or email

Sussex council awards nonprofit grants

Sussex County Council awarded the following councilmanic grants at its May 10 meeting: $1,500 to Lewes Historical Society for its Canalfront Maritime Museum initiative and $1,500 to Town of Laurel for the Independence Day Committee's fireworks.

Buffer ordinance on Sussex May 17 agenda

Sussex County Council will meet at 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, in the county administration building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Included on the agenda are tributes to the Delaware Small Business Owner of the Year and the Delaware Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year. Also, council has placed the amended wetland buffers and drainage ordinance on the agenda for a possible vote.

At 10:30 a.m., council will conduct a public hearing on adoption of the International Building Code and the International Residential Code 2021 editions.

Among other public hearings, starting at 1:30 p.m., is a conditional-use application filed by V&M LLC to construct a convenience store and office building on a 3-acre, AR-1 zoned parcel on the southeast corner of the Route 24-Mulberry Knoll Road intersection near Lewes.

Agenda and meeting materials are at Meetings are in person, livestreamed at, and available by phone at 302-394-5036 using code 570176.

RD20 Democratic Committee to meet

The Delaware 20th Representative District Democratic Committee will meet virtually at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 19.

Mike Brickner, ACLU of Delaware executive director, will discuss his top legislative and organizational priorities including voting rights, reproductive freedom and justice reform.

A question-and-answer session will follow.

Any registered Delaware Democrat may participate in RD20’s committee meeting. Non-committee people must register by emailing with their legal name and street address for verification.

For more information, go to the official website at or find Delaware’s 20th RD Democratic Committee & Friends Group on Facebook.

RD20 is the local Democratic Party organization for residents in the Lewes, Milton, Belltown, Cool Spring, Jimtown, Pinetown and Harbeson areas of Sussex County.

Airport Advisory Committee to meet

The Delaware Coastal Airport Advisory Committee will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, at 21769 Aviation Ave., Delaware Coastal Airport, Georgetown.

The meeting is open to the public.


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