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Residents in Ocean View are expected to face a 50 percent hike in their property taxes.

It was part of the budget unanimously approved by the Town Council.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that town officials say it was part of an effort to shift the resort from its reliance on unreliable transfer taxes.

The council members also ought to cut $200-thousand from the budget for various town projects.

Coming under the budgetary knife was spending for public safety staff as well as overtime and engineering costs over the next five years.

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Ocean View officials say there is no merit to allegations of embezzlement by a former employee and the town’s engineering company.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that rumors surfaced on social media on Saturday and pulled in 26 comments with 40 Likes on Facebook.

The paper reports that the post alleged that former town administrative official Charles McMullen and Kercher Engineering had gotten together to embezzle the money.

But Mayor Walter Curran told the Daily Times that there is no indication any such wrongdoing took place.

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Some 40 water systems across Delmarva have high levels of lead.

While the systems that serve 50-thousand people or more treat their water the risk is for the smaller systems.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the largest system affected is Tidewater Utilities which provides water to some 26-thousand people in Bethany Bay and Ocean View.

After Tidewater began treating its water the lead concentration quickly dropped to below the federal standard.

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A fire in Ocean View has left one person dead.

The blaze broke out on Sunday morning around 2 a.m.

When Millville Fire Company units arrived on the scene a two story house was enveloped in flames.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the firefighters were able to retrieve the body of the person who had died inside.

The fire left an estimated $25-thousand in damage.

There were no smoke alarms.

The identity of the body and the cause of death will be revealed later.

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Sussex County could be seeing yet another development that would turn around 50 acres of land into 120 single-family homes along with 44 townhouses.

The property has been owned by the Protestant Episcopal Church of Delaware in Ocean View.

A hearing was held last night by the Planning and Zoning Commission to review the project.  

The project is located near the Ocean Way Estates and the Ocean View Beach Club.

WBOC reports that there was some concern last night by neighbors who fear the loss of the countryside flavor of the area.


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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Some Chesapeake Bay beaches will be getting more sand later this year.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the $18.4 million federal government project is part of funding earmarked following the 2012 Hurricane Sandy disaster. Norfolk's share in the project is $5.5 million.

Norfolk assistant city engineer Chuck Joyner says that while the goal of the Ocean View beach project is storm protection, the additional sand will provide more room for beachgoers.


A major road widening project for Route 26 in Ocean View saw some congestion this week at the coroner of Atlantic Avenue and Central Avenue.

Construction crews had limited the roadway to just one lane as they began relocating a pipeline.  

It the first phase is expected to take up to six weeks and is part of a larger effort that will take three years to finish and will widen more than four miles of Route 26.

WBOC reports that the engineering firm says there will be no lane closures during the tourist season running from May 15th through September 30th.



            Ocean View has hired a new town manager.

            His name is Rick Konrad.

            And he is currently town manager for the city of Fruitland.

            He has been offered a 3-year term at a salary of $72-thousand with a start date of April 16th.

            He came to Fruitland two years ago…after serving as head of the Parks Division in Norfolk, Virginia.

            But he is not a new comer to the area.

            Before that he spent seven years as superintendent of parks for Wicomico County.