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Police in Lewes has found the body of a man who they say appears to a 55-year-old resident who has been reported missing.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was found in the woods just south of the Lewes Dog Park on Sunday.

Police say the missing man walked away from his home and did not return.

Authorities add that they have not yet confirmed that the body is that of the missing man.

His name is being withheld until notification of his family.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Organizers of the Special Olympics Lewes Polar Bear Plunge raised $900,000, the largest amount in the event's 26-year history.

Media outlets report about 3,600 people participated in the event Sunday, plunging into 41-degree water at Rehoboth Beach.

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The Sussex County Council gave the okay to rezone land near Lewes for the Gills Neck Village Center that was first put forward in 2008.

It has been scaled back from over 500-thousand square feet to 75-thousand square feet.

It sits just across from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes and near the wellheads for the town’s water.

The vote was unanimous.

But council member Bob Arlett conceded that the traffic and environmental concerns by the public were legitimate.

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Mark Shaeffer who is running for a seat on the Sussex County Council in the third district was charged with drunk driving on Monday.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 11 p.m. at Savannah Road and Gills Neck Road in downtown Lewes.

Police Chief Tom Spell told the Salisbury Daily Times that the 57 year old Shaeffer was believed to be impaired and given a breath test.

He was arrested and eventually released to his family.

The Daily Times reports that yesterday morning Schaeffer confirmed the charge in an email.

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Residents of Lewes gathered at the city hall this week as local officials heard them speak out about the proposed Gills Neck Village Center as the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission takes up the issue next week. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Lewes Mayor Ted Becker about the issues that concern the town.

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A compromise was reached for a scaled down Gills Neck Village Center from 215,000 square feet to 75,000 square feet. But, John Mateyko with the Lewwes Partnership for Managing Growth says the fight is not over yet.

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The battle over a major shopping center known as the Gills Neck Village Center near Lewes has finally come to an end.

The developer has agreed to cut the proposed project from 215-thousand square feet down to 75-thousand square feet.

In addition it will forego a zoning request for intense for intense commercial use and instead accept a B 1 rezoning for 8 acres.  

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this will also mean that the developer will not place a YMCA and a community theater next to the shopping center.

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MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - State officials are touting new milestones in the effort to protect Delaware's bayshore region and promote the recreational opportunities it offers.

Gov. Jack Markell plans to join state and federal officials Friday to announce the preservation of a key property at Thousand Acre Marsh. They'll also discuss the launch of a byway, the opening of a new trail and wildlife viewing platform and a new branding design. 

The Delaware Bayshore Initiative promotes the bayshore as a conservation and recreation area.

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The Lewes City Council has decided to continue with the moratorium on special exemptions in the commercial marina against residential structures.

WBOC reports that initially the town council had imposed the moratorium because of fears that large townhouses would eat up commercial space.

The action was taken so that the council can review a report from planning consultants on what should be done.

The moratorium will last another six months.

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Openly carrying firearms in the city buildings and other functions in Bethany Beach may soon be banned.

At a work session this week Mayor Jack Gordon said the prohibition got the unanimous back from the town council.

Those with concealed weapons permits would still be allowed to carry their arms but they must be kept out of sight.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the action was prompted by an incident at a Newark City Council meeting where residents openly carried weapons into a meeting.

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