Rehoboth to hear permit request May 16
The Rehoboth Beach commissioners will hold a permit of compliance hearing at 7 p.m., Friday, May 16, in the city commissioners’ room, for Flying A BBQ and Crabs, a new restaurant to be located at 251 Rehoboth Ave.
Attorney James Becker has requested the permit on behalf of owner Jay Caputo to operate a restaurant with a patio.
The commissioners will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance further defining the width of a lot when determining how much to increase the side yard setbacks for any lot with more than 52.5 feet of street frontage and a lot area of 5,250 square feet.
In old business, the commissioners will consider the request of Nick Caggiano Sr. to have lights at the Verrazzano Monument at the Boardwalk and Olive Avenue, as well as hear an update of the citywide property reassessment.
Cape school district voters go to the polls
Cape Henlopen School District voters go to the polls Tuesday, May 13, to select a new at-large board member for a five-year term. Voting is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Rehoboth Elementary School in Rehoboth, Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes and Mariner Middle School in Milton.
Running for the seat now held by Sara Wilkinson, who is not seeking re-election, are, in alphabetical order, Bob Bennett, Terri Carey, Alison Myers, Meyer Persow and Juan Saez.
Andy Lewis was unchallenged for his Area C seat that covers Lewes and greater Lewes toward Angola.
Bennett of Lewes has three children in the school district. He is a supervisor with Sunoco Logistics in Marcus Hook, Pa. Carey is a lifelong Milton resident who has three children in the Cape school district.
She works for the Public Defender’s Office in Georgetown. Myers of Lewes has four children, two in the district.
She is a stay-at-home mom. Persow is a retired federal employee who lives in Lewes. He is the general manager of Hobos Restaurant & Bar. Saez is a lifelong Milton resident who is co-owner of Saez and Sons LLC. He has three children and is raising a niece and two nephews.
Residents 18 years or older are eligible to vote with identification.
Lewes mayor hosts Bike to Work Day May 16
Jim Ford will, for the last time as Lewes mayor, host Bike to Work Day at 8:30 a.m., Friday, May 16. May is National Bike Month and May 12-16 is National Bike to Work Week. Anyone interested in participating should meet at Ford’s home at 910 Savannah Road at 8:15 a.m. Helmets are mandatory and the ride will follow an easy flat route through town to City Hall on Third Street. Every rider will receive a commemorative T-shirt that recognizes Bike to Work Day in Delaware. For more information, contact Tyler at 302-645-7572.
Lewes trailhead workshop set
The Delaware Department of Transportation will hold a public workshop on the proposed Lewes trailhead and facility from 4 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at the Lewes Public Library. This is Phase I of the Georgetown to Lewes Rail with Trail. The project proposes to construct a 10-foot-wide, multiuse path from the east of Savannah Road to Gills Neck Road.
The path will run parallel along the active rail corridor north of the track except in between Kings Highway and Monroe Avenue intersections, where the path crosses and runs on the south side near the proposed Lewes Public Library and proposed future trailhead connection. The multiuse path is for non-motorized use only, only granting access for emergency vehicles and periodic rail maintenance vehicles; equestrians are prohibited. Comments will be received at the workshop or may be sent via email to email@example.com.
Highland Heights public hearing May 14
The Lewes Planning Commission will hold a public hearing for the proposed Highland Heights development at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, in the second floor conference room of the Lewes Public Library. The applicant is seeking to develop 18.5 acres of land between W. Fourth Street and Seagull Drive into 34 single family lots. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.
Lewes scenic byways group meets May 13
The Lewes Scenic & Historic Byways Ad-Hoc Committee will meet at noon, Tuesday, May 13 at city hall. The group will continue to discuss open space and development, the character-defining features of the byway and strategy ideas for preservation and enhancement. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.
Lewes sister city celebrates anniversary
To honor the 750th anniversary of the Battle of Lewes in Lewes, England, the City of Lewes will hold a simultaneous celebration at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 13 on the front lawn of the Hiram Rodney Burton House at 110 Shipcarpenter St. Mayor Jim Ford will give a proclamation and the men’s chorus, The Nautical Sounds, will perform part of the “The Sword of Freedom” composition. This will be done at the same time The Everyman Ensemble men’s choir in Lewes, England performs the composition to demonstrate musical solidarity between two towns in the UK and the U.S.
Lewes bike committee meets May 14
The Lewes Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 14 at city hall.
The group will discuss the use and placement of a “silent policeman” at city crosswalks. They will also consider a request to place a handicap spot in front of 331 Mulberry St. For more information, call city hall at 302-645-7777.
Town of Milton to kick off comprehensive plan
The town of Milton is starting to develop its comprehensive plan and is reaching out to the community to participate in the process.
Communities across the state are required to have comprehensive plans that reflect the dreams and aspirations of each town and lay out concrete and specific guidelines that help communities make land-use decisions to realize those dreams.
“While this is a statutory requirement, it also makes good sense,” said Milton Mayor Marion Jones. “The process – if done correctly and with lots of community involvement – can really unite the town behind a vision that reflects the shared hopes and various perspectives of its residents. That’s what we’re hoping to accomplish here.”
The town invites residents to participate in a series of open community meetings at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 12; Tuesday, May 20; and Monday, June 9, and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 12. A meeting Wednesday, Aug. 13, is also planned at a time to be determined.
All meetings will take place at the Milton Library, 121 Union Street.
The first meeting will give residents the opportunity to learn about how the planning process will unfold and what specific issues will be covered. The subsequent public meetings will dig down more deeply into those issues.
14th District Democratic Committee to hold fundraiser
The public is invited to Come to the Cabaret, a fundraiser hosted by the 14th District Democratic Committee Thursday, May 22, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Irish Eyes at Lewes. Cape Region singer Viki Dee will provide entertainment for the event. Complimentary hors d’oeurves and cash bar will be available. Tickets are $40 pre-sale and $45 at the door.
Anyone interested in tickets should contact Tom O’Hagan at 302-645-1267.