Cape Henlopen State Park

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has purchased a vacation home near Cape Henlopen State Park.

Biden issued a statement saying he and his wife, Jill, had always dreamed of being able to buy a home at the beach where his family can get together.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Biden as Delaware’s longest serving senator secured the return of the federal land at Cape Henlopen.

The paper reports that the former Vice President used the advance on his upcoming book to buy the property.

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CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say a stretch of ocean beach at Cape Henlopen State Park have reopened now that the nesting season for piping plovers has come to an end.

Officials say the beach area between Gordons Pond and Herring Point, and beachfront along the oceanside of The Point on Cape Henlopen have reopened, making the beach accessible for fall surf-fishing.

But the bay side of The Point will remain closed until Oct. 1 to accommodate migratory birds that pass through Delaware on their way to wintering grounds to the south.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State wildlife officials say the first piping plover nest of the season was found late last week on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a news release Monday that an American oystercatcher nest was also found.

Wildlife biologist Matthew Bailey says four or five pairs of plovers have set up territories at the park.

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Governor Jack Markell announced that he will ask for $2.5 million in federal disaster relief to rebuild the infrastructure along Delaware’s beaches damaged from the recent storms.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that funds would go toward repairing the northern end of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach as well as storm water pipes damaged by the waves.

Money would also go toward trails in state parks such as Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

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Vice President Joe Biden made a surprise visit to the Sussex County Democrats’ Jamboree in Lewes this weekend.

Climbing on top of a picnic table he thanked his supporters and those of his son Beau who recently died of brain cancer.

His son had been a regular at the event first attending as a child.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Biden showed up at the Cape Henlopen State Park where he shook hands of around 300 people.

Biden’s appearance was a surprise and not listed on his public schedule.

LEWES, Del. (AP) - State environmental officials say that the Gordons Pond Trail in Sussex County will be closed briefly because of mosquito control efforts.
Weather permitting, the state's Mosquito Control Section plans to spray insecticide for mosquito larvae Tuesday morning in Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park.
Officials say the helicopter spraying will require the closure of the Gordons Pond Trail adjacent to the state parks from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - The first in a series of public meetings will be held this week on proposals to increase fees at Delaware state parks.

The proposals include increasing state resident fees for vehicles at inland park gates by $1 to $4. Out-of-state visitor fees would increase by $2 to $8. For ocean parks, fees would rise to $5 for state residents and $10 for out-of-state visitors.

The first in a series of meetings will be held Tuesday at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Swimming at Cape Henlopen State park has been reopened on Tuesday -- a day after a delay caused by a teenager from Delmar who was reportedly bitten by a white shark yesterday afternoon.

State Officials said they wanted to be sure this was an isolated incident.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials took 16 year old Andrew Vance to Beebe Medical Center where he was treated for gashes on his left forearm around 5 p.m. yesterday.

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Senator Chris Coons says he will introduce legislation that would make the American Discovery Trail part of the National Trails System.

There are a number of agencies that currently oversee 68-hundred mile long trail that runs from Cape Henlopen State Park to Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the cost of maintaining the trail is estimated at $2-million a year.

The Delaware Democrat says the principle opposition comes from those leaders who fear the trail would become an excuse for the state to take privately owned lands.

CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - The start of Easter weekend means it's time for the annual high-flying Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The 46th edition of the annual Good Friday event is free and open to the public, but normal park entrance fees apply. The competition includes various age categories and both homemade and manufactured kites. No advance registration is required, and entrants can buy kites on site if they haven't brought their own.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - State officials are welcoming an effort to improve a trail system in Cape Henlopen State Park.

Gov. Jack Markell and other officials planned to gather Friday for the groundbreaking for the final phase of the new Gordons Pond Trail.

The new trail project, combined with an existing stone trail, will result in almost three miles of improved trail connecting Gordons Pond to Herring Point. 

Officials say the new trail will provide recreational opportunities and nice views of the pond, tidal marsh, ocean and dunes.

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LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say four piping plover chicks have hatched from this year's only nest at Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the chicks hatched last week and both adults were seen with the chicks that afternoon.

Over at the Point, three pairs of plovers have set up foraging territories along the bayside with their chicks that hatched earlier this month, and have been seen going back into the dunes for shelter and rest.

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Delaware state officials say they are closing part of Cape Henlopen State Park to protect threatened and endangered shorebirds.

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The fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park will see its outermost T-section to be torn down beginning later this week.

Delaware State officials say the aging structure has started to collapse.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the T-head section of  the wooden 1,800-foot pier on Delaware Bay has been closed to the public since 2006.

Collin O’Mara Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources said that structure was recently found to be rapidly deteriorating because of prolonged storm and wave damage

So, he ordered the emergency demolition.

CAPE HENLOPEN, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials say seven piping plover chicks have been spotted on the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says two pairs of piping plovers hatched chicks last week. Both broods of the threatened shore bird have moved away from the nest site toward the shoreline to feed.

Two other plover pairs in the area are still incubating their eggs. Monitors are keeping a lookout for two more pairs who may renest after they lost their nests.




          Delaware forestry crews have begun lighting controlled fires deep inside  Cape Henlopen State Park aimed at clearing some of the dense leaf layer on the floor of the forest.

            Rob Line, environmental stewardship program manager for the state parks, told the Wilmington News Journal…that officials have been talking about a controlled burn for key habitat areas in the park for decades.

            The largest three plots that span 12.6 acres east of Gordons Pond will be burned at a later time.