UPDATED: Sussex County Council to Recognizes Caroling on the Circle Food Drive Supporters & Approves 2 MOUs


Representatives from Rehoboth Beach Elementary School with their plaque for collecting over 2000 food items during Sussex County’s Annual Food Drive
Image courtesy Sussex County Government / Photo credit: Chip Guy

UPDATED – 01/31/23 – The Sussex County Council ended January honoring the groups who helped to raise some of the over 18,000 food items collected during the 2-month long Sussex County Annual ‘Pack the Pod’ Food Drive in November and December. Rehoboth Beach Elementary School collected over 2000 food items and received a plaque from the Council for their efforts.

Since the 1980s the Caroling on the Circle Annual Food Drive has raised over 785,000 items for local food pantries – and all that’s collected stays here in Sussex County.

Information from the Sussex County Government

The Council considered two Memorandums of Understanding. One is forming a partnership with DNREC related to a dredging project at White Creek near Bethany Beach. The project would remove up to 75,000 cubic yards of material to deepen the navigation channel. The creek links the Indian River Bay and the Assawoman Canal. Sussex County will contribute $1-million, which comes from the County’s accommodations tax, of the total $4.7-million cost. This project is set to begin soon and is required to be completed by the end of March, due to habitat and wildlife restrictions.

The second MOU is between the County and the Bay Beach Association (BBA) related to the federal Water Resources Development Act of 2022 (WRDA) implementation. Sussex County’s share is $30,000. The BBA is made up off Delaware Bay Coastal Communities in both Sussex and Kent Counties and was formed to collectively preserve and protect the unique character of the Delaware Bay coast by focusing on the preservation of the coastal ecosystems that are at risk due to sea level rise, more frequent coastal storms, wildfires, and saltwater intrusion. The WRDA bill contains specific initiatives designed to assist the Delaware coastal regions. Kent Levy Court has already approved their contribution. Sussex County Council approved the MOU during this week’s meeting and signed the paperwork before the meeting ended.

There was a public hearing during the morning session for the proposed Salt Air Expansion of the Sussex County Unified Sanitary Sewer District – Millville area. The project is proposed at 95 single family homes and has preliminary subdivision approval. There was no comment made from the public and the council approved the expansion with a unanimous vote.

The Sussex County Council is scheduled to meet next Tuesday at 10am in the County Administration Building on The Circle in Georgetown.


The Sussex County Council meets Tuesday in Georgetown. County Administrator Todd Lawson will recognize the groups supporting the Caroling on the Circle Food Drive. The Council will also consider two memorandums of understanding. One is with DNREC and relates to the White Creek dredging project. The other with the Bay Beach Association and is related to WRDA (Water Resources Development Act of 2022) implementation. At 10:15 there is a public hearing on the Salt Air (Hunters Creek) Annexation of the Sussex County Unified Sanitary Sewer District – Millville Area.

There is no afternoon session.

The Council meets at 10am in the County Administration Building on the Circle in Georgetown.

Sussex County Council Agenda