Monday, September 24, 2018
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Sussex County Council Approves Amended Special Events Ordinance & other Action


The Sussex County Council continued it’s public hearing on the proposed increase of forested or landscaped buffers for subdivisions or overlays. An additional 7 people added their comments to the record – most in support of the expanded buffer from 20-feet to 40-feet. No vote has been taken on the proposed ordinance.

In Old Business, the council also approved an amended ordinance for short-term special events that are permitted in specific districts – AR-1, GR, B-1, C-1, CR-1 and M. The amended sections are highlighted in yellow. Councilman Rob Arlett felt there was a lot of information to go over and made a motion to defer for 2 weeks. That motion was defeated and a vote on the amended ordinance was approved by a 3 to 2 vote – with Arlett and Councilman Sam Wilson voting against.

The council also deferred a vote on CU 2127 for Wine Worx, LLC. Councilman George Cole proposed a series of conditions for the property – including that events would only take place on the front section of the property, and only on Fridays and Saturdays and that no concerts would be allowed. The council will revisit the conditional use next week.

For months, there has been public comment during County Council meetings regarding the County Board of Adjustment. The County has also received a letter from the Delaware Coalition for Open Government, which County Administrator Todd Lawson discussed with the Council and highlighted part of the county’s 7-page response. Lawson says that the county doesn’t agree with all of the issues cited, but “if and where possible the county will consider their feedback and adjust our operations to make the necessary improvements.”

The Coalitions cited four primary issues:

  1. Access to the BOA’s key documents in a usable format, which the county found no violations of law or FOIA. However the County will explore the posting of the approved findings of fact on the docket in the near future – possibly just a few weeks.
  2. Lack of public input tot he BOA’s operation during a meeting – that public comments are not permitted, however the BOA’s makeup doesn’t allow for public comment, except during a public hearing. The BOA is a quazi-judicial board appointed by the County Council – it is not a legislative body. The BOA’s authority is derived from the powers delegated to it by the County Council.  Only the County Council can make such a change.
  3. There is no administrative mechanism or opponents of cases brought to the BOA to challenge the Board’s decisions. Lawson says this is not true – a request to rehear a case can be requested by either side within 10 days (rule 18).
  4. The BOA is not properly administering oaths and affirmations in obtaining testimony in cases. Lawson says this is not true – the oath is not required to be given by the BOA Chairman. The chair of the BOA may administer such oaths – oaths can also be administered by the Assistant County Attorney and do not invalidate the decisions made by the BOA.

Click here to see the County’s full response to the Delaware Coalition for Open Government

The County is joining Sussex County Volunteer Delaware 50+ and the State Office of Volunteerism in collecting donated items for Stockings for Soldiers at the County offices on the Circle in Georgetown. These items will be sent to deployed service members and K-9 members who are away from home during the Holiday Season. Donations will be accepted through the end of October. (CLICK HERE FOR THE SHOPPING LIST)

Director of Emergency Services, Joe Thomas related to the County Council a radio issue that is being seen by fire and ambulance companies that provide mutual aid to companies in Worcester and Wicomico Counties. This is because of a change in the radio systems used now in Maryland. Thomas has been looking for a fix for months. Motorola is offering a one-time 65% discount on a flash kit that will fix the issue that will be available until the end of the year. For 420 Sussex County radios – the cost comes to about $76,000 with the discount. Thomas recently been contacted by DEMA which has some grant funding of about $75,000 that could be reallocated towards this project.


Wheelchair Pedestrian Injured in Crash with DSP Trooper in Lewes

01-Police Investigation-Emergency Vehicle at Night © Copyright Barbol/Shutterstock_276524096
01-Emergency Vehicle at Night © Copyright Barbol/Shutterstock_276524096

A crash involving a pedestrian and a Delaware State Trooper is under investigation by State Police. Just after 5am a State Trooper was northbound on Route 1 approaching Dartmouth Drive with a green light when a 67 year old man from Lewes in a motorized wheelchair tried to cross Route 1 within the cross walk. The pedestrian failed to obey the signal and moved into the path of the Trooper’s Tahoe. The trooper tried to avoid the collision, but struck the wheelchair – ejecting the pedestrian. The victim was taken to Beebe Medical Center and is in stable condition – impairment on his part is not known. The Trooper was wearing his seat belt and was not injured.


WGMD Fishing Report 9-17-18


On Monday evening I attended the informational hearing on the Massey’s Ditch dredging project held at the Bethany Beach Library.  Folks from DNREC’s Soil and Water Conservation Department gave a good presentation on exactly what is planned, when and how it will be done.

There will be pipes laid from Massey’s Ditch across the marsh to the ocean north of Indian River Inlet to carry the dredge spoils to the beach.  A floating booster pump behind Burton’s Island will keep the dredge spoils moving.  The dredge pipe will go through a culvert under Route 1 and exit by the base of the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

The new channel will be 6.5 feet deep at mean low water and 100 feet wide. 

Bids for this project will go out soon.  The estimated cost will be between 3 and 4.5 million dollars.  The actual cost won’t be known until the bids come back.  The dredging is supposed to begin in January and finish up in March.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


Catholic Charities: Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program


Start saving money!  You can lower your home’s energy costs with help from the Delaware Weatherization Assistance Program. Catholic Charities is now taking applications in Kent and Sussex Counties. You may be eligible to receive free weatherization assistance, like insulation and weather sealing, that can make your home more energy efficient. Call to schedule an appointment at the Catholic Charities office nearest you.

Kent County, call 302-672-1782
Sussex County, call 302-856-6310


Catholic Charities: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program


Don’t be left in the cold!   If you struggle to pay your winter heating bills, call the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Catholic Charities is now taking applications statewide. You may qualify for a benefit, based on your income, household size, and type of fuel. Call to schedule an appointment at the Catholic Charities office nearest you.

New Castle County- call 302-654-9592
Kent County – call 302-672-1782
Sussex County – call 302-856-6310


WGMD Fishing Report 9-16-18


Sunday saw fair skies, but that relentless east wind just won’t lay down. 

I described what a great tournament the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen hold every year, but ran out of time to give you more information.  If you would like to fish this tournament go to and download all tournament information.

I spoke with Steve at Smith Bait and Tackle in Leipsic and he said not many people went fishing up there last week.  I had the same report from Patty at Captain Bones Bait and Tackle.  Both stores said catfish and white perch caught from the banks of the tidal rivers and creeks on bloodworms, cut bait or peeler crab were the only fish they saw all week.

Over in the Chesapeake Bay the reports were not much better.  The high tides have freed large debris from the beaches and marshes so navigation is a bit dangerous.  Live lining white perch or spot along channel edges or bridge pilings has been the most successful technique for catching rockfish.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


FREE Parking Returns to Downtown Rehoboth Today, But for How Long?

Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney.

Free parking returns to downtown Rehoboth Beach starting today, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018.  Typically parking meters would return to service on the Friday of the next Memorial Day Weekend.  However, city officials have scheduled a special meeting this Friday, Sept. 21, to discuss proposed changes to the parking meter and permit regulations as recommended by the city’s parking committee.

Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney.

The committee has recommended that parking meters and permits start on May 1, but that will certainly be a topic of discussion based on the complaints the city has already received.

For information on parking in Rehoboth Beach contact the Parking Department at (302) 227-6184.


MSP Investigating August Burglary at Mardela Speedway


Maryland State Police need your help as they continue to investigate a burglary, theft and malicious destruction of property at the Mardela Speedway on August 30th .  Police say two windows were broken to a concession stand and garage and numerous items were taken – including a tool box containing miscellaneous tools, a portable P.A. system, a hot plate, a chemical sprayer, a brown trash can on wheels and an unknown amount of drinks and hamburgers..  If you have information – contact Maryland State Police at the Salisbury Barrack.

Contact:  Trooper Huntington – 410-739-3101 ext 0


UPDATED Thurs PM : High Rip Current Advisory through Sunday Evening


Rip Current Statement


* LOCATIONS…The New Jersey Shore and the Delaware Beaches.


* SURF ZONE IMPACTS…A high risk of rip currents means
dangerous and potentially life threatening conditions exist for all people entering the surf. People visiting the beaches should stay out of the high surf.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…  A high risk of rip currents means dangerous and potentially life threatening conditions exist. It is recommended to stay out of the water today.


WGMD Fishing Report 9-15-18


Saturday was better than the forecast, but the ocean and bay were still pretty rough.  It doesn’t look like the seas will settle down before next Thursday so it’s going to be a long week.

I took a trip to Cape Henlopen State Park on Saturday afternoon and found the access road to the Navy Crossing closed, but the Herring Point access was open.  I drove up to the Herring Point parking lot and checked out the beach on both sides.  The water was almost up to the dunes on the Navy Crossing side, but still a safe distance away on the Herring Point side.  Even with the access open I only saw a few trucks between Herring Point and Gordon’s Pond.  The surf was pretty rough so I don’t think the fishing was that good.

A stop by the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park revealed a number of cars and trucks in the parking lot.  A call to Lighthouse View Tackle confirmed they saw quite a few anglers and there were some decent fish caught.  Spot on bloodworms, blues on cut bait and flounder on live minnows or mullet.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


Ellendale Voters Say Yes to Clean Water


Ellendale voters have said yes to clean water.  Voters in the proposed Ellendale water district approved a referendum – 81 to 21 on Saturday.  The results will be presented to the Sussex County Council on Tuesday, October 2 for certification and a formal resolution to adopt the district.  Once that is done, the county will begin to secure financing for the project.


Gary Persinger & David Moskowitz Win Dewey Beach’s Commissioner Race

The winners of the 2018 Dewey Beach commissioner race, Gary Persinger and David Moskowitz. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney.

Voters in Dewey Beach have selected incumbent Gary Persinger and newcomer David Moskowitz to fill the two commissioner seats that were up for grabs this election season!


The winners of the 2018 Dewey Beach commissioner race, David Moskowitz, on the left, and Gary Persinger with Mayor TJ Redefer in the center. Image courtesy WGMD/Alan Henney.

Here are the results:

  • David Moskowitz with 302 votes.
  • Gary S. Persinger, the only incumbent, had 405 votes.
  • William J. Stevens with 227 votes.
2018 Dewey Beach election totals

Dewey Beach Mayor TJ Redefer said Saturday that the candidates will be sworn-in at the organizational meeting that is currently scheduled for next Saturday, Sept. 22, but Comm. Persinger has a schedule conflict, so it could move to the following Saturday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. He hopes to have the date confirmed this Monday.


The Popular “Acoustic Jam Night” Returns to Rehoboth Beach Museum!

Image courtesy Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.

For a blast from the past, don’t miss the Rehoboth Beach Museum’s re-creation of Acoustic Jam Night, the popular musical event held at The Front Page Restaurant & Bar from 1984 through 1993. This year’s Jam Night will be on Friday, Oct. 5, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Museum.

The Jam Night will be held in the new lecture hall, which was added as part of a major renovation of the museum’s second floor.

The Front Page was a kind of melting pot of live music in its era. It fostered a lot of different kinds of music, and gave local musicians a chance to express themselves in front of an always-supportive audience,” said Terry Plowman, former owner of The Front Page. Plowman will once again emcee Acoustic Jam Night and will perform.

Musicians Kenny Thompson, Ken Schleifer, Bill Robertson, and Steve Wilson share the stage at the Rehoboth Beach Museum’s 2017 Acoustic Jam Night. Image courtesy Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.

Over the 10 years of Acoustic Jam Night, hundreds of amateur and professional musicians performed for an enthusiastic crowd every Tuesday in the summer and every Saturday in the off-season.

Original players from the Front Page era will return, including Bill Robertson, Steve Wilson, Ken Thompson, and Mike Long, all members of the house band that accompanied many of the performers. Other players will include Stuart Vining and his singing partner, Amy Felker; Walt Hetfield, music teacher at Rehoboth Elementary and a former Front Page regular; Bill Richardson, Kent Schoch, and others.

The Rehoboth Museum’s Acoustic Jam Night sells out every year, so get tickets now by calling (302) 227-7310, or stop by the museum to pay in person.

Reservations are limited. The cost is $20 and must be paid prior to the event. The museum is next to the visitor center at 511 Rehoboth Ave.  Parking is available and the museum is handicapped-accessible.

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum are a nonprofit organization. The society’s mission is to preserve and showcase artifacts that illustrated the development of the community.


It’s Dewey Beach Election Day

Dewey Beach sign Image © WGMD/Alan Henney
Dewey Beach sign Image © WGMD/Alan Henney

Dewey Beach voters go to the polls today to elect 2 members to the Dewey Beach Commission.   Incumbent Gary Persinger is challenged by newcomers David Moskowitz and William Stevens.  Courtney Riordan did not run for re-election.  The polls are open from 10 to 6pm at the Dewey Beach Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue.


Two People Injured in Dewey Beach Roof Collapse

Image courtesy Dewey Beach PD

Image courtesy Dewey Beach PD

Two people were injured when the ceiling in their bedroom collapsed.  Dewey Beach Police and Rehoboth Beach fire officials were called to the ocean block of Read Avenue after sheets of drywall and insulation fell from the ceiling.  The couple – a 79 year old man and 68 year old woman – both from Milford were able to free themselves.  Both were treated for minor injuries at Beebe Medical Center.  The cause of the collapse is under investigation – a Dewey Beach Building official and the Sussex County Building Code office are assisting.


WGMD Radio Flea Market 9-15-18

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Robert – Millsboro 443-944-3513
– Bucket of vapor barrier Chapco Defender, 3 quarts + 1 qt activator – taking best offer

Bob – Millsboro 302-945-2002 lv. mssg
– Car covers – 1 flannel, indoor, 1 outdoor, red & grey, for Corvette ’02 – ’04 – $200 for both

Frank – Lewes 302-644-4905
LOOKING FOR: Texas Instrument TI-85 Graphic Calculator w instructions.

Al – Laurel 410-865-9165
FREE: 275-gal oil tank for furnace oil, gauge is inop.; tank is otherwise fully functional includes 10-gal of heating oil.
LOOKING FOR: Cargo carrier that fits onto ball receiver for rear of vehicle

Gerald – Lincoln 302-424-1516
– White 42″ lawnmower riding type – $275

Ron – Lewes 609-790-4370
– Surf rod, 11′ “Ugly stick” – $50; brand new
– Roadmaster Sterling towbar 10,000# – $500
– DeWalt 14-4 hammer drill, 2 batteries, only used twice excellent shape – $50

Carl – Millville 443-506-1488
– Pickup bed cover for Toyota Tacoma 5′ 2005-2015, brand new, black, tri-fold by Trifecta – $200.

Butch – Harrington 302-398-4586
– FREE – Approx. 2-gal of cooking oil for deep fryer.
– Gas fireplace – FREE
– 2 reel-type lawnmowers – $20



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IPAWS National Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)

The test scheduled for September 20 has been postponed to October 3.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on OCTOBER 3, 2018. The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

The WEA test message will be sent to cell phones that are connected to wireless providers participating in WEA. This is the fourth EAS nationwide test and the first national WEA test. Previous EAS national tests were conducted in November 2011, September 2016,  and September 2017 in collaboration with the FCC, broadcasters, and emergency management officials in recognition of FEMA’s National Preparedness Month.

The EAS is a national public warning system that provides the President with the communications capability to address the nation during a national emergency. The test is made available to EAS participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers, and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. The EAS message will include a reference to the WEA test:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Emergency Alert System. This system was developed by broadcast and cable operators in voluntary cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission, and local authorities to keep you informed in the event of an emergency. If this had been an actual emergency an official message would have followed the tone alert you heard at the start of this message. A similar wireless emergency alert test message has been sent to all cell phones nationwide. Some cell phones will receive the message; others will not. No action is required.”

Cell towers will broadcast the WEA test for approximately 30 minutes beginning at 2:18 p.m. EDT. During this time, WEA compatible cell phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and whose wireless provider participates in WEA should be capable of receiving the test message. Some cell phones will not receive the test message, and cell phones should only receive the message once. The WEA test message will have a header that reads “Presidential Alert” and text that says:

“THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

The WEA system is used to warn the public about dangerous weather, missing children, and other critical situations through alerts on cell phones. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration as with all WEA messages (i.e. Tornado Warning, AMBER Alert). Users cannot opt out of the WEA test.

If circumstances, such as a major weather event, cause the IPAWS National Test to be postponed, the back-up date is Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

WGMD Fishing Report 9-14-18


Posing with Toby Miller’s fish is Capt. Don Gillis, both of Dover, DE. This fish was caught out by Toby while at Site 11. This 9.5lb and 28 inch flounder using a Spro bucktail with a 6″ Gulp grub and squid strip.

While the Carolinas took the brunt of Florence on Friday, we escaped with little or no damage.  This storm will be around until the middle of next week so don’t let your guard down quite yet.

Lighthouse View Tackle on the fishing pier at Cape Henlopen State Park said one person was on the pier when I called at 4:00 PM.  That hardy angler was catching spot on bloodworms.

The Delaware Mobile Surf-fishermen will hold their 12th Annual DMS Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament on October 5, 6 and 7, 2018.  This is a great contest to become involved with as it has cash and other prizes for men, women and children. 

This year, for the first time, women may enter the Overall Division by declaring entry by noon on Sunday.  This means if you have a high score you can move to the Overall Division where the cash prizes are higher.

The cost is $40 for adults and $15 for kids 15 and under. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


Dept of Education Looking for Public Comment on SB 172

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DE Dept of Education Image courtesy of DDOE

Public comment is being taken by the Delaware Department of Education on the development of standardized school-level financial reporting.  The federal Every Student Succeeds Act and Senate Bill 172, which was passed by state lawmakers this year require development of a state-wide approach to define and report school-level expenditures, so that per-pupil expenditures can be better compared.  A public meeting is set for Sussex County at the Lewes Public Library on Thursday, October 11 from 5 to 7pm.

Public comment will be limited to five minutes per person; DOE will accept written comments at any of the meetings or via email by Friday, October 12th to with “SB 172 Public Comment” in the subject line.


Two Arrested on Drug Charges by Milford PD

Image courtesy Milford PD

Image courtesy Milford PD

Milford Police on patrol spotted a vehicle in the area of Northwest 10th Street and learned the vehicle registration was suspended.  During a traffic stop, officers contacted the driver, 32 year old Kevin Woods of Bridgeville and passenger, 24 year old Marshay Johnson of Dover and learned that Woods’s license was suspended.  The officer spotted drug paraphernalia in the driver’s door and detained both.  A search of the vehicle turned up a loaded 38 Special, 386 bags of heroin, over 18 grams of cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, Naloxone pills and suboxone strips and a large amount of cash.  Both are charged with a laundry list of offenses and are being held in default of bond.


DAFB Hosting Hurricane Florence Relief Units from Around the Country


Dover Air Force Base is hosting several Air National Guard units from across the country in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts.  As of Friday, Dover AFB provided staging to C-130 search and rescue aircraft, HH-60 helicopters and C-17 cargo aircraft from Air National Guard units in Alaska, California and New York.  And those members will soon depart to support affected areas.


Delaware Man Sentenced in Wicomico Sex Abuse Case

A closeup of the lock of a brick jail cell with iron bars and a door with a locking mechanism - Photo: © Copyright Linked Pixels/Shutterstock

Image courtesy Wicomico County State’s Attorney

A Delaware man has been sentenced to 35 years after he was convicted by a Wicomico County jury in July.  Anding was found guilty of sexual abuse of a minor and 3 counts of 3rd degree sexual offense after an incident in September of 2017 with a child under the age of 8 – in the child’s home.  He will also be required to register as a Tier 3 sex offender for life.


WGMD Fishing Report 9-12-18


Cousins, Alexis and Jeb Zolper, both from Rehoboth Beach, DE fished out at the Lightship with chunks of mullet to bring in this catch of mahi. The largest fish weighed 3lbs and was caught by Alexis.

Thursday saw winds and seas increase as the outer bands of Hurricane Florence move towards the Carolina Coast.  As this is written on Thursday afternoon it looks like the storm will miss Delaware, but the effects will be felt over the next two or three days.  In other words, another weekend down the drain.

I did hear that the Katydid took the Wednesday group out on Wednesday and they caught some flounder.

A call to Lighthouse View Tackle on the pier at Cape Henlopen State Park reveled the mullet are beginning to run out of the bay and are schooling up around the pier.  As you might expect, bluefish are hot on their tails.  Spot are still in good supply on bloodworms and short flounder are still caught on live minnows.  As of Thursday afternoon they had not heard anything about closing the state park. 

On Monday, September 17, an informational hearing on the Massey’s Landing dredge project will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 PM at the South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach. 

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report


Propaganda & the American Revolution Discussion Coming to R.B. on Tuesday

Image courtesy Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.

Propaganda, a method of persuasion that attempts to influence the emotions, attitudes, opinions, and actions of people is used for ideological, political and/or commercial purposes.

Modern-day propaganda has many media resources to influence the thought processes of the populace.  During the era of the American Revolution, the American colonies had a flourishing network of newspapers and printers who specialized in the use of propaganda on behalf of the Patriots and somewhat for loyalists.

Image courtesy Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.

On September 18, at 2 p.m., the Rehoboth Beach Museum will present historian John Gauger discussing the use of propaganda during the American Revolution.  Gauger has collected examples of propaganda proliferated during the American Revolution.  The program will consist of a slideshow and lecture.

Gauger is a retired professor of history and political science at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Allentown and Muhlenberg College.  He recently appeared at the museum with a lecture on the history of the Electoral College.

For reservations call the museum at 302-227-7310. The museum is next to the Information Center at 511 Rehoboth Ave in downtown Rehoboth Beach.


UPDATED Thurs PM: One NCCo Road Still Closed for High Water


The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces to motorists that the following roads are closed due to high water on the roadway. Once the water has receded to safe travel levels; the roadway will be reopened to motorists.

New Castle County
Airport Road between Commons Boulevard and I-95


DelDOT’s App
Motorists can adjust their routes or travel times by using DelDOT’s Smartphone application. The DelDOT App is available for Apple & Android smart phones and tablets. You can download free at the Apple and Google Play stores or go to

Live Traffic Conditions
Those interested can view “Live Traffic” conditions in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties at and listen to WTMC-1380 AM.