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Townhouse project gets preliminary approval

Dagsboro Town Council sent a controversial, 470-unit, medium-density residential project (General’s Green) back to the drawing board last month. At this month’s council meeting, Sept. 28, they waved a 318-unit, high-density townhouse project through preliminary site plan review with barely a comment from the residents.

LB students might see delayed move

Lord Baltimore Elementary School Students have taken up residence at the recently renamed John M. Clayton School (JMC) this year, while construction crews complete an extensive renovation project at Lord Baltimore.

'Blueberry wars' spark over signage

The berries are sweet, but the competition for customers has apparently turned sourer than all the lemons in a large meringue pie.

Bethany forms group to address zoning

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission at their Sept. 17 meeting officially approved the formation of an ad hoc committee to work on a proposed zoning overlay system for the town.

Fenwick to weigh docks, boat lifts again

On Friday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m., the Fenwick Island Town Council will hold a public hearing in the town hall to receive testimony on a proposed amendment to the town code, Chapter 160 — Zoning, Paragraph 6-b, regulations for docks and boat lifts in canals.

PRD Grandfathering clarified in Bethany

Bethany Beach Planning Commission members agreed Sept. 17 to clarify the rules governing grandfathering of planned residential developments (PRDs) on properties less than 50,000 square feet in area.

Local restaurateur ventures westward

Jerry Richard, famous for his Bethany-area Big Easy restaurant (and, more recently, Outrigger’s Seafood Grille, near Fenwick) is at it again. He’s joined forces with Dagsboro resident Mike Oxbrough, and together they’re transforming the former Crabby Bill’s establishment, at 698 Main St., in downtown Dagsboro.

Billboard plan dead in face of opposition

They didn’t have to bring in any extra seating, but the turnout of Fenwick Island-area residents in opposition to a billboard proposed near the town was apparently enough to influence the applicant: He signed in for the hearing before the Sussex County Board of Adjustments but left before his case was heard.

SSA rep explains government benefits

Local Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District) hosted Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Ben Shamburger for another “town hall meeting” on Sept. 15, in the brand new auditorium of the Indian River High School.

County proceeds on Western Sussex study

Sussex County Council discussed a potential $500,000 contract for a Western Sussex sewer study at the Sept. 20 council meeting — specifically, the feasibility of a regional wastewater treatment facility.

Waiting-area bars get go-ahead from Bethany

Bethany Beach Town Council members in a close vote Sept. 16 elected to strike the so-called “sunsetting” provision of the town’s recent waiting-area bar allowance.

Ocean View looks at stormwater

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission considered three sets of plans at the Sept. 15 P&Z meeting. While they all had their quirks, stormwater issues related to a fledgling subdivision at 49 Woodland Avenue proved the central topic for discussion.

A novel idea

The Dennis home, just off the beaten path at the north end of Dagsboro, is ship-shape top to bottom — the lawn looks like a putting green, the driveway is freshly seal-coated. And indoors, lady-of-the-house Joyce Taylor “J.T.” Dennis has created a warm, peaceful space, in natural tones and Native American-themed sculpture and objets d’art.

Changes in the water for Bethany

There are changes in the water for Bethany Beach, and one of those changes is coming despite a less-than-enthusiastic reception from town officials.

Event raises thousands for hurricane relief

Hundreds of local businesses came together in the last few weeks to raise funds for relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Local schools pass grade

Indian River School District students continued to pace state averages, according to results from the Delaware Department of Education (DEDOE), released last week.

SDSA welcomes new principal to fold

Incoming Principal Loriann White should provide a smooth transition at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA). Like her predecessor, Tim Fannin, White was there at the beginning.

Clothing businesses share a space in Millville

The 66-year-old J. Wilgus Dry Cleaning company has opened a new pick-up and drop-off location at the Shops of Millville (on Route 26), and embroiderers Precision Sportswear will be sharing the Wilgus storefront.

Local aid efforts expand

Like most communities throughout the nation, the towns of the Delaware shore are seeking to offer whatever help they can to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. From special fund-raising jars on the counters of local eateries to formal fundraisers, many are going to extra mile to pitch in toward the effort.

County considers P&Z authority on plans

Can the county Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission members use subjective judgment in denying subdivision plans, if those plans technically meet code requirements?

Frankford steps closer to clean-up of town

Frankford Town Council voted unanimously to move forward on a short list of uninhabited, dilapidated houses on Mill Street, at the Sept. 12 council meeting. This is step two, as Council Vice-President T. Maynard Esender pointed out.

Fenwick council wrangles with the details

The Fenwick Island Town Council will continue to hold its informal “workshops-without-agenda” (WWA) on the second Saturday of the month, with a decision made by council members at just such a meeting Sept. 10.

Local organization reins in feral cats

Bethany Town Cats (BTC) members spent a day selling jewelry and crafts — and trying to find homes for a cat or two — at the annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, last weekend. The organization never spends more than it has, noted BTC member Lauren Alberti, but the money they raise every year goes a long way toward controlling the feral cat population.

Beautification remains focus in Fenwick

Members of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee continued their efforts Monday, following up on a number of projects spearheaded by the committee and aimed at making the town even more aesthetically pleasing.

DelDOT offers explanations and apology

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) representatives described the converging factors that created this year’s $200 million budget shortfall, and subsequent placement of myriad Sussex road projects in “deep freeze,” at the annual Capital Transportation Program meeting on Sept. 8.

South Bethany outlines evacuation route

South Bethany Police Chief Joe Deloach outlined a hurricane evacuation route for the town and immediate vicinity, at the Sept. 9 council meeting. It follows narrow roads, through several twists and turns, but may be highly effective in one regard — South Bethany’s route steers clear of Route 26, which may become rather congested in an emergency evacuation.

Billboard proposal alarms residents

Some residents and property owners in the Fenwick Island area hope their opposition to a county variance request couldn’t be any plainer if they put it on a billboard.

New season brings other changes

As the heat of Indian summer fades and the first autumn leaves begin to fall from the trees, more changes in Delaware’s beach communities than simply the number of cars on the road and how much skin is covered by the average attire.

Millville approves real estate offices on Route 26

Millville Town Council held another relatively succinct council meeting on Sept. 13, sans Mayor Gary Willey (out for surgery, but recovering nicely, according to Council Member Gerry Hocker).

Lumber hikes in Katrina aftermath

Two area lumber companies weighed in last week, following diminished supply from sawmills along the Gulf of Mexico, and a spike in demand for lumber in those areas as people flooded out by Hurricane Katrina prepare to rebuild.

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