Plans for the Overbook Town Center are back before Sussex County government officials.

The 114-acre commercial development proposal was withdrawn during the election season but resubmitted for a zoning change late last month.

Developer Louis De Bitonto told the Wilmington News Journal that the project had become tangled up in the upcoming political election.

TD Rehoboth’s plan would build a shopping center on the east side of Highway One north of Lewes.

It would be located on Cave Neck Road near Milton.

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Dewey Beach says it may give up its right to 3-thousand square feet of space in the Lighthouse Cove project.

Under a proposed amendment to the agreement with the developers the city would give it up in exchange for $360-thousand.

It was supposed to have been used for office space.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Town Manager Marc Appelbaum says the town wants to keep its police and town hall in the same building.   

The money would have to be paid in full by the end of June in 2017 or by the expiration of the building permit whichever comes first.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware business and political leaders are gathering for a summit to discuss economic development initiatives and efforts to help small businesses compete for state procurement contracts.

Gov. Jack Markell and state economic development director Alan Levin will be among the participants at Tuesday's 2014 Delaware Small Business Summit in Dover.

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Michael Horsey, a member of a family that owns a multi-million dollar business, has decided to ask the courts to place the firm into receivership to protect its assets.

The 54 year-old Horsey of Laurel has accused his parents and two younger brothers of forcing him out of David G. Horsey & Sons Incorporated real estate-development enterprise.

He claims that his family has manipulated the businesses to enrich themselves at his expense resulting, he said, in mismanagement of the company once valued at $84 million.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate David Craig took a tour through Wicomico County yesterday, and Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush caught up with him to focus on some local issues ranging from the wind farm in Somerset County and environmental issues to economic development in the region.

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Delaware’s Chief Justice Leo Strine questioned the arguments by the owner of Barley Mill Plaza in Greenville that a lower court judge overreach in throwing out the project’s rezoning.

The lower court judge’s ruling voided the New Castle County’s 2011 vote to rezone nearly 40 percent of the 92-acre office park.

The owners argued that the lower court should not have gotten into the meeting records to figure out the reasoning of a key vote on the council.

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How to preserve the rural nature of Wicomico County.

That was focus of the first day of a mediation roundtable yesterday organized by County Executive Rick Pollitt.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that until the county has a development tier map for the Maryland Department of Planning no housing subdivisions larger than seven lots can be legally built.

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The Salisbury City Council is providing more than $1 million in waivers for water and sewer connection fees for projects in the downtown area and the city’s Enterprise Zone.

They’re known as equivalent dwelling units which go for around $35-hundred.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 300 credits will apply to properties in the Downtown Development District, the Central business district, the Riverfront Redevelopment Area and the Enterprise Zone.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Board of Public Works has postponed a decision on whether to grant permits for a Kent Island housing development in an environmentally sensitive area near the Chesapeake Bay.

Gov. Martin O'Malley said Wednesday he believes the board needs greater assurance that a proposed 131-acre park in the proposal will not be developed in the future.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Board of Public Works is scheduled to take up a tidal wetlands license application for a Kent Island housing development.

The board is set to consider the proposal at its Wednesday meeting.

It's the second time the matter has come before the board, which previously rejected the proposal due to environmental concerns.

The Maryland Court of Appeals concluded the board based its decision on factors outside the scope of its authority and sent the matter back to the board.

The lawsuit to overturn the development plans for the Barley Mill Plaza office complex will resume April 22nd.

The case has been delayed after documents surfaced that New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon charged showed a potential for wrongdoing connected to the development.

Chancery Court Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III imposed a delay without reviewing the documents adding it could turn into a criminal matter.

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - The town of Smyrna is launching a week long study of the U.S. Route 13 commercial corridor in an effort to shape future development in the area.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that town officials, regional planners and local stakeholders will begin meeting Monday with the aim of producing a master plan that Smyrna planners would use to regulate growth along the corridor.

The Salisbury City Council tonight will be looking at a cut in the city’s water and sewer connection fees by 60 percent for those buildings which are not connected to the city’s system.

This would mean a reduction from $8500 to just under $3400.

The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce says the fee reduction will stimulate growth.

The revenue from the capacity fees has dropped dramatically from $1.6 million four years ago to $114,000 this year.