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On a 3-to-2 vote the Sussex County Council has approved a $1.5 million loan to the Sussex Sports Center Foundation.

The money allows for a new sports complex to be constructed off Sand Hill Road in Georgetown.

The agreement requires the foundation to use its own money to match the loan.

WBOC reports that those who opposed the 56 acre project said they did not believe there had been enough public input and questioned whether it was worth the money.

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The Sussex County Council delayed its consideration of a special events ordinance due to a power outage yesterday afternoon.

The measure would define events ranging from concerts and rodeos to carnivals.

WBOC reports that many attended the public hearings scheduled for yesterday but they were canceled due to safety concerns.

The television station reports that Delmarva Power said a small fire caused a breaker to trigger the outage.

Consideration of the special events ordinance will be rescheduled for next year.

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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.

The Sussex County Council gave the green light to the Arbor-Lyn development near Rehoboth Beach

But it going to be smaller.

WBOC reports the council cut the density to four units per acre.

That means there will only 142 units – down from the initial proposal of 202.

They will include single family homes, townhouses and apartment buildings.  

There had been opposition from local residents who feared the impact of the density and the traffic congestion.

The development is located between, Route 24 and Old Landing Road.

The Sussex County Council delayed action on the proposed Arbor-Lyn development.

There was a proposal to reduce its density.

But the four council members present wound up in a 2-2 tie.

Council member Joan Deaver was not present to break the vote.

The development would include single family home, townhouses and condominiums.

WBOC reports that council member George Cole said he was concerned about traffic congestion with the proposal’s density.

Project manager Roger Gross told the council that the density was similar to nearby developments.       

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The stakes could be high for Delmarva when it comes to the effects of climate change in the wake of the election of Donald Trump to the White House.

The Republican has declared climate change “a hoax” perpetrated by the Chinese.

On the peninsula great efforts have gone into plans for dealing with the loss of coastline.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the three states have serious vulnerable areas ranging from the wetlands along the Delaware Bay Shore and the Chesapeake Bay to Virginia’s coastal barrier islands.

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The rape and abuse charges filed in a lawsuit against former Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips has been dismissed by the agreement of both parties.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that 20 year old Katelynn Dunlap claimed that the events took place just after she turned 18.

Kurt Heyman, the attorney for Phillips, told the paper that there was no admission of liability or payments.

When asked if this was a vindication for his client Heyman said people would have to draw their own conclusions.

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Sussex County has been reminded that it should not provide grants to religious groups.

The Wisconsin based group Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter pointing out that the County Council gave a $25-hundred grant to Greenwood’s Grace-N-Mercy Ministries for a summer camp in late June.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is the second time this year that the group has issued a warning to the county council that such grants are unconstitutional.


The million square foot Overbrook Town Center appears to be dead.

The Sussex County Council turned down a rezoning request for the plan for the retail center yesterday.

The developer TD Rehoboth LLC could still appeal to the Chancery Court.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the vote was four to one with council member Rob Arlett voting to approve the rezoning.

Council member Joan Deaver said that the retail center is not part of the existing commercial corridor and exceeds anything else along Route 1.

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Sam Wilson has returned to the Sussex County Council this week after a two month absence.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he suffered a stroke in October last year and spoke stiffly while wearing a brace on his first appearance at a council meeting.

He will serve as the council’s vice president -- a position he had last year.

While he was gone the council put off a number of votes on land-use applications.

Council president Michael Vincent said that the panel would resume its usual review of the applications.