Tag Archives: Sussex County

Photo Feature: TRUMP Team Delaware Rally in Georgetown

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer The TRUMP Team Delaware caravan rode through Delaware and held a rally at high noon on the Circle in Georgetown DE, earlier today. About fifty people participated as the rally also received many supporting honks and waves from passing motorists. Delaware TRUMP 2016 State Campaign Chairman, Rob Arlette led the rally an introduced various speakers including GOP gubernatorial candidate St.Sen Colin Boninni, GOP Sussex County Chairman Billy Carrol, Independent Party of Delaware Chairman and 20th district State Representative candidate Don Ayotte, Sussex County Clerk of Peace candidate, Norman A.Jones, Jr. et.al. Don Ayotte was cordially and spontaneously invited to speak at the rally by virtue of the IPoD's official endorsement of Donald Trump for President. "This election will determine the future of America for the next forty years. Read more

Limited State of Emergency Issued for Sussex County, DE

From the Delaware Governor's Office: Governor Markell Issues Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County at 5:00 p.m. Saturday as Tropical Storm Hermine Approaches Delaware Urges those in low-lying and coastal areas to closely monitor weather conditions and communications from emergency management officials Wilmington, DE— As Tropical Storm Hermine approaches Delaware, Governor Markell has issued a limited State of Emergency for Sussex County beginning at 5:00 p.m. today that allows public safety, emergency response, and transportation agencies to position resources in affected areas. “Tropical Storm Hermine is a powerful storm that will bring significant rainfall and localized flooding, especially in coastal and Delaware Bay communities in Sussex County,” said Governor Markell. “I encourage Delawareans and visitors to our state to take precautions and stay tuned Read more

Proposed Boat Storage Yard Ignites Sussex County Public Hearing

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A proposed boat storage yard in the Rosedale area was a a subject of major contention at a Sussex County Council public hearing in Georgetown, earlier today. Conditional Use Application No. 2049, submitted by Blue Claw LLC and advocated by property owner, John van Cleef, was previously recommended for denial by the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission before being referred to the County Council. The Commission recommended denial of the application on the grounds that marine commercial land use was inconsistent with the surrounding AR-1 agricultural-residential zoning and land-use pattern, other nearby locations can be used with less impact on neighboring properties, access problems, lack of electric power, water and sewer and inconsistency of proposed industrial barbed wire fencing with residential neighborhood character. The proposed Read more

Rosedale Residents Say NO to Proposed Boat Storage

Blue Claw LLC's conditional use application (CU- # 2049) for a proposed boat storage facility drew significant opposition from nearby residents at a Sussex County Planning and Zoning meeting, earlier this evening. The proposal for a 50-unit facility, to be located on a one-acre landlocked parcel of land adjacent to 30842 Blue Claw RD was primarily intended to serve a faction of boat owners in the neighboring Gull Point waterfront condominium complex even drew opposition from the majority of Gull Point residents, whose attorney drafted a letter of opposition, representing about 160 persons. Other nearby residents also voiced opposition to marine commercial land use adjacent to homes in an agricultural-residential (AR-1) district. These included traffic safety on a narrow tertiary road, aesthetics, security concerns, attractive nuisance, abandobnment of boats and trailers, possible Read more

Sussex County Proposes Sign Ordinance Revision

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer After a detailed presentation by Assistant county Attorney, Jamie Sharp (assisted by Planning and Zoning director, Lawrence Lank) the Sussex County Council, yesterday, introduced an ordinance relating to signs. The preliminary draft contains sweeping technical revisions of the county’s existing sign ordinance and includes fee increases. “ The proposed fee increase structure is based on hiring one additional staff member”, said County Administrator, Todd Lawson. The motion to introduce the ordinance was made by Councilman George Cole (R-district 4) and seconded by Councilman Rob Arlett (R-District 5). Cole called for greater flexibility in automatic fee increases, but was informed by Sussex County Attorney, Everett Moore that fee increases would require formal amendments. “We need more wiggle room”, he said. He also called for streamlined Read more

Towards Sewer District Referendum Reform

COMMENTARY PROPOSITION: IF School District Election Reform, THEN Sewer District Referendum Reform By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer Senate Bill 165, currently before the Delaware General Assembly, if enacted, will afford citizens the opportunity to vote by mail-in ballots in Delaware public school district elections once a year on the second Tuesday in May. The elections will be conducted by the Delaware Department of Elections – not the local school boards. Logically, another question emerges: Why not sewer district election reform? The Problem: The basic legal and administrative principles of general elections should also apply to school and sewer district elections in that they should be secure, impartial and held in a time, place and manner convenient to the electorate at-large. We have heard numerous allegations of multiple voting in various school Read more