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Rental cars are now available  at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry - on either side of the Delaware Bay.

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Newark is the only city in Delaware that requires new homes to be built with fire sprinklers. Now Lewes is considering joining them.

DelDOT and the Five Points Working Group recently met to discuss ways to make crossing Route 1 near the beach safer.

Nancy Seaver

A section of Lewes Beach may soon have a new name.


The Lewes African American Heritage Commission wants to see what’s currently known as Beach 2 renamed Johnny Walker Beach.

Delaware General Assembly

Sen. Ernie Lopez reflects on his last ten years serving Delaware's beach towns in the state senate, after he announced he won't be running for re-election next year.

Homsey Architects Photo

Camp Arrowhead in Lewes is moving to replace an aging piece of its facility.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

The state and City of Lewes are seeking public input on the environmental issues facing the town.  The goal is to make the town more resilient.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Coastal wetlands are considered key to mitigating climate change, because their plants absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it in soil even faster than forests do. But research at a salt marsh near Dover raises questions about how much of a carbon “sink” tidal wetlands really are, and if that’s changing as the climate warms.

Families who lost loved ones to COVID-19 can now get financial assistance to help with funeral expenses.

MERR Institute

Warmer weather has brought a seal colony to Delaware.


Officials with the Marine, Education, Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute say Delawareans may see more seals on First State beaches.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Flood risk is increasing in low-lying, coastal Delaware due to climate change.

But nationwide, flood insurance rates aren’t high enough to cover the growing risk, or even the risk right now. 

Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt examines the cost of flood insurance in the First State.

The city of Lewes approved its budget this week, but not without arguments over police department funding.

Part of the Junction & Breakwater Trail (Photo from Lee Ann Walling)

Work on an extension to the Junction and Breakwater Pathway begins this week.

A Sussex County nonprofit has found a permanent home for the historic Lewes railroad swing bridge.


Delaware State Parks Photo

Almost one year after the COVID-19 pandemic started, events are still being canceled.


The Great Delaware Kite Festival scheduled for April 2, 2021 is canceled - again.

The Lewes City Council is looking to change it’s charter surrounding fishing and elections.

Park bench manufactured by Eco Plastic Products of Delaware

The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes is collecting plastic recyclables.

Sussex County Council moved forward with approving a boat storage lot in Lewes.

It comes after months of debate and strong homeowner opposition to it.

Delaware’s 22nd annual Chautauqua tent shows run two successive weeks - starting this Thursday and Friday.



Lynden Prosser (Photo courtesy of Leanne Silacato Prosser)

A rising 7th grader from Lewes makes his big screen debut this weekend.


Lynden Prosser voices the main character in a Japanese anime film called “Children of the Sea."

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

A new outlook from federal oceanographic scientists reaffirms projections that coastal towns in Delaware will see more sunny-day flooding in the future.

Delaware Tourism Office

The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes is getting a facelift.


The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs started the rehabilitation effort two weeks ago with exterior work on the Museum.


Delaware Public Media

The Cape May Lewes Ferry is moving closer to normal operations; they are are easing some restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Delaware Public Media

Gov. John Carney announced Thursday that restrictions on beaches and community pools will be lifted 5 p.m. May 22, allowing them to open for Memorial Day weekend.

Karl Malgiero / Delaware Public Media

Rehoboth Beach is joining other beach towns in moving toward reopening as Memorial Day and the summer season approach.


Delaware Public Media

Delaware's beach towns are trying to get a feel for how to navigate reopening their biggest draw.  

For now, Lewes and Dewey Beach are limiting beach activity to exercising and dog walking, in line with Gov. Carney’s emergency order. 

Little Free Library/Food Pantry at Lewes Senior Activity Center (Katerine Ware Photo)

A retired University of Delaware Centers for Drug and Health Studies employee is turning the Little Free Libraries concept into a food distribution network in Sussex County. 


The goal is to help more people in need during the COVID-19 outbreak.



MERR Institute

April is the height of seal season locally and The Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation (MERR) Institute reminds people the beach is a seal’s habitat.


MERR also wants to protect staff and volunteers helping seals from contracting COVID-19.


Randy Voith Photo

A Sussex County non-profit dedicated to preserving railroad history seeks a permanent home for the Lewes railroad swing bridge.


The bridge is a historic Delaware landmark built in 1916 over the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.


James Dawson/Delaware Public Media

Punkin’ Chunkin organizers are looking at a possible return to the region after making a major move a year ago.