Speak Out: Rehoboth Beach reopening

Delaware’s first Memorial Day weekend in a post-COVID world went smoothly, Gov. John Carney said Monday, noting most people he saw in Rehoboth Beach were properly social distancing and following related rules. “What I saw today really impressed me with respect to how folks were wearing face coverings on the boardwalk as required and some […]

Sussex County restaurants getting prepared for restart

SUSSEX COUNTY — The countdown is underway for Monday’s Phase 1 economic reopening that allows Delaware restaurants and other retail businesses to open at 30% fire code occupancy — with social distancing and public health guidelines in place. Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts that encompasses a dozen restaurants from Rehoboth to Fenwick Island and […]

DNREC to resume state park campground rentals Monday

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will reopen its campgrounds in Delaware State Parks Monday in response to Gov. John Carney’s removal of the emergency ban on short-term rental units starting June 1. The mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers will also be lifted Monday. All state park campsites, cabins, cottages and yurts […]

Scenic Delaware: Alpacas in Milton

George Ward, of Milton, photographed two alpacas at the Walkabout Ranch in Milton on April 25.

Three beach businesses found in violation of emergency rules

REHOBOTH BEACH — While law enforcement reported a largely uneventful Memorial Day beach weekend, three area businesses were issued cease and desist orders for state of emergency violations related to COVID-19, according to authorities. On Saturday, Thelma Dale IV and Thelma Dale V Charters in Lewes and Summer Place Hotel in Rehoboth Beach received orders, […]

State lifting stay-at-home order and some other bans June 1

DOVER — Gov. John Carney on Tuesday announced the state will lift the stay-at-home order June 1, although Delawareans are still encouraged not to venture out unnecessarily. June 1 will see more than its fair share of changes: In addition to a previously announced reopening of many businesses, that day will also mark the end […]

Expectant moms face increased stress during pandemic

LONG NECK — Samantha Jones is a planner. The 26-year-old Long Neck resident makes lists. Every major choice in her life has been mapped out, organized and planned. Four years ago, she and her husband Daniel, decided they wanted a baby. They came up with a financial plan to achieve their goal. They followed it […]

Above-normal hurricane season predicted for Sussex

GEORGETOWN — While the COVID-19 pandemic is grabbing headlines worldwide, Sussex County officials are issuing an alert to another potential threat: the Atlantic Hurricane Season. The six-month-long hurricane season officially gets underway June 1, and Sussex County Emergency Operations Center Director Joe Thomas reminds the public to be ready ahead of the forecast calling for […]

Lifeguards taking precautions as Delaware beach season opens

As the Delaware beaches open this weekend, lifeguards are taking their stands once again, albeit with some extra precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We will have all our highly trained lifeguards as per usual,” said Delaware State Parks community relations coordinator Shauna McVey. “They’re being outfitted with personal protective equipment. You might see some […]

Millsboro dog park now open to pooches and public

MILLSBORO — Fifi, Spot, Fido and their owners now have their designated getaway, a fenced-in venue to walk, run and strut their stuff right in the heart of Millsboro. The town is grooming the final amenities for its public dog park now open. “There has been a ton of people there every day,” said Millsboro […]