Letter to the Editor: DE Turf needs evaluation

Before any additional money is given to DE Turf, there needs to be an independent evaluation of all the assumptions upon which the DE Turf is based. If, within a few years, the tournament sponsor fees can go up to $150,000, then why not up to $400,000 by 2021? DE Turf is on the wrong […]

Speak Out: DE Turf controversy

A public forum held Thursday night by the DE Turf sports complex’s management to discuss the proposed Kent County lodging tax drew several dozen attendees to Polytech High School, where more than 20 attendees voiced support and opposition for the plan. At issue was the recently passed state legislation that allows Kent County to institute […]

Letter to the Editor: Why benefit just DE Turf?

Dear Sen. Paradee and Rep. Lynn: Why are you so active in giving away money to DE Turf per Senate Bill 178? This legislation you introduced is to tax all hotel visitors to Kent County up to 3% for the sole purpose of funding DE Turf activities. Why just this organization when we have so […]

Letter to the Editor: A baffling proposal

The (proposed) Kent County hotel tax that will be provided to Delaware Turf baffles me. Why would the legislature enable a new tax that goes to a private entity? A new interchange was built for this venue then several hundred thousand to build a “Park and Ride” lot that can be used for “overflow” parking […]

Speak Out: for Turf

Legislation approved 20-0 by the Senate Wednesday would authorize Kent Levy Court to establish a tax on hotels and similar establishments and to then direct that revenue to the DE Turf. The bill would enable Kent County to place a tax of up to 3 percent on hotels, motels and tourist homes, with the proceeds […]

DE Turf celebrates 102,000 visitors in 2018

DOVER — A blue and green Brooks Banta jersey will be the first to go up in DE Turf’s ring of honor. Bill Strickland unveiled the honor Wednesday at the Greater Kent Committee’s legislative luncheon after sharing updates and memories of the strides and struggles of the sports complex near Frederica. Mr. Banta, president of […]

Levy Court extends lease on DE Turf lot

FREDERICA — Kent County Levy Court commissioners agreed unanimously Tuesday to combine the leases of two separate parcels of county-owned land used by the DE Turf Sports Complex in Frederica, thus extending the lease on a 3.5 acre lot rented to the complex last year. Initially, the county leased 92 acres of county-owned land to […]

DE Turf marks one-year anniversary, hosts Special Olympics clinic

FREDERICA — Approximately 100 Special Olympics athletes from three local schools gathered at the DE Turf Sports Complex Thursday morning for a sports training clinic. The athletes, representing Kent County Community School in Dover, the John S. Charlton Program School in Camden and the Howard T. Ennis School in Georgetown, showcased their skills by competing […]

South Frederica Interchange at DE Turf opens

FREDERICA — The oh, so long awaited pathway for safe travel in and out of DE Turf opened Tuesday. The $18 million South Frederica grade-separated intersection between Del. 1 and Del. 12 (Frederica Road) provides easier access to and departure from the multi-purpose sports complex, which backers stressed for years was crucial to the project’s […]

Planning panel eyes controversial rezoning near DE Turf again

DOVER — After having most of their 25-acre property near the DE Turf Complex in Frederica rezoned from agricultural conservation to general business last July, Robert and Catherine Murphy are seeking another amendment. At their 6:30 p.m. meeting today, the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) is scheduled to vote on a new proposal that would rezone […]