Rehoboth Property Owners Vote on Ocean Outfall Referendum - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Rehoboth Property Owners Vote on Ocean Outfall Referendum

Posted:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

REHOBOTH, Del. -- Polls opened Saturday morning in Rehoboth Beach for residents to vote on a spending referendum on whether to pay for an ocean outfall pipe that would discharge treated wastewater into the ocean.

Convincing property owners that the proposed ocean outfall pipeline is worth its weight in financial responsibility may be the last hurdle for Rehoboth City officials to clear.

Much of the money to fund the pipeline's construction would come from a low interest state loan.

But a number of residents don't see eye to eye with the city including property owner Diane Schobey.

"Here we are a resort town priding ourselves on beautiful beaches and clean water," said Schobey, "and where they're projecting to put our pipe a mile out is a shoal called Hen and Chicken Shoals. That's shallow water. So I don't feel the fluid is going to disperse enough."

Brian Condon lives part time in Rehoboth. Although he too is concerned about the marine life, he says the ocean is more fitting for the outfall than the bay.

"I don't agree with putting biological active material, which is basically you know nutrients, fertilizer, in the ocean. But it's a lot better than putting in the bay and in the wetlands," said Condon,

Gregg Rosner with the Surfrider Foundation, a local conservation group, says they've done as much as they can to fight the city on the outfall's approval

One such effort included filing an appeal against the proposal only to have it rejected for lacking jurisdiction to be heard by Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Now it's up to the people.

Rosner says the group is willing to take the next steps against the city should the spending referendum pass.

"We'd have to regroup a little bit and see. It's a very long and arduous permitting process that needs to take place. There's seven permits that need to happen for an outfall. Not one, not two, as the city has claimed in public meetings, but seven. You get six, you get five, you don't get it."

Rehoboth has been court ordered to stop dumping treated wastewater into the ocean. City officials decided the best environmental and cost effective option would be to build the ocean outfall pipe.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • 'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 10:28 AM EDT2017-05-24 14:28:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:13 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:13:21 GMT

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs. However, many of those pots can quickly become "ghost" pots, sinking to the bottom of the bay and taking millions of crabs with them. These ghost pots have been a problem in the bay for decades, diminishing the crab population, and potentially costing watermen millions of dollars.

    More

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs. However, many of those pots can quickly become "ghost" pots, sinking to the bottom of the bay and taking millions of crabs with them. Those ghost pots have been a problem in the bay for decades, diminishing the crab population, and potentially costing watermen millions of dollars.

    More
  • Two Men Shot While Filming Rap Video in Dover

    Two Men Shot While Filming Rap Video in Dover

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:34:18 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:15 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:15:06 GMT

    The Dover Police Department says two people were hurt in an afternoon shooting in the Capitol Green neighborhood. 

    More

    The Dover Police Department says two people were hurt in an afternoon shooting in the Capitol Green neighborhood. 

    More
  • Laurel Police Looking for a Shoplifting Suspect

    Laurel Police Looking for a Shoplifting Suspect

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 9:11 PM EDT2017-05-25 01:11:59 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:14:36 GMT

    The Laurel Police Department is currently investigating a shoplifting incident at a Royal Farms. 

    More

    The Laurel Police Department is currently investigating a shoplifting incident at a Royal Farms. 

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Four Arrested, Two Wanted After Two Month Investigation

    Four Arrested, Two Wanted After Two Month Investigation

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 3:43 PM EDT2017-05-24 19:43:47 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:07:35 GMT
    Shamarr Willingham and Anthony Daniels are wanted for drug and weapons offenses.Shamarr Willingham and Anthony Daniels are wanted for drug and weapons offenses.

    The Dover Police Department wrapped up a two month investigation with the arrest of four suspects and charges pending for two suspects on drug and weapons offenses. 

    More

    The Dover Police Department wrapped up a two month investigation with the arrest of four suspects and charges pending for two suspects on drug and weapons offenses. ..

    More
  • Pa. Police: Georgetown Man Mocked, Then Sucker-Punched Man With Cerebral Palsy

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:43 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:43:30 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:55 AM EDT2017-05-24 15:55:06 GMT

    A Georgetown, Del. man has been arrested after authorities say he mocked and then sucker-punched a man with cerebral palsy as he walked out of a convenience store in West Chester, Pa.

    More

    A Georgetown, Del. man has been arrested after authorities say he mocked and then sucker-punched a man with cerebral palsy as he walked out of a convenience store in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

    More
  • Two Men Shot While Filming Rap Video in Dover

    Two Men Shot While Filming Rap Video in Dover

    Wednesday, May 24 2017 6:34 PM EDT2017-05-24 22:34:18 GMT
    Wednesday, May 24 2017 11:15 PM EDT2017-05-25 03:15:06 GMT

    The Dover Police Department says two people were hurt in an afternoon shooting in the Capitol Green neighborhood. 

    More

    The Dover Police Department says two people were hurt in an afternoon shooting in the Capitol Green neighborhood. 

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Cruisin' Leaves it's Mark on Ocean City

    Cruisin' Leaves it's Mark on Ocean City

    You can see the skid marks on the roads of Seaside Village in West Ocean City.

    Marks that remind residents who live there of the chaos that occurred last weekend.

    Terri Wilson who lives in one of the condo's at Seaside Village said, "Now it's just you go to the coastal highway or even here on our personal streets to see them do wheeleys and destroying our streets.

    More

    You can see the skid marks on the roads of Seaside Village in West Ocean City.

    Marks that remind residents who live there of the chaos that occurred last weekend.

    Terri Wilson who lives in one of the condo's at Seaside Village said, "Now it's just you go to the coastal highway or even here on our personal streets to see them do wheeleys and destroying our streets.

    More
  • 'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    'Ghost Pots' Hurting Chesapeake Bay's Blue Crab Population

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs.

    Every morning during crabbing season, you can see watermen gathering up their pots, collecting their catch, and putting the pots back in the water. What you cannot see is the problem: pots that have had their lines severed sit on the bay's bottom, sometimes never seen again, along with the crabs inside them.

    More

    Crabbing season is well underway, and that means hundreds of thousands of crab pots are in the Chesapeake Bay catching blue crabs.

    Every morning during crabbing season, you can see watermen gathering up their pots, collecting their catch, and putting the pots back in the water. What you cannot see is the problem: pots that have had their lines severed sit on the bay's bottom, sometimes never seen again, along with the crabs inside them.

    More
  • Woodbridge High Student Organizes "Hometown Heroes" Campaign

    Woodbridge High Student Organizes "Hometown Heroes" Campaign

    Woodbridge High School senior Jacob Johnson, inspired by his senior project, is behind a banner campaign to honor veterans from Bridgeville.

    More

    Woodbridge High School senior Jacob Johnson, inspired by his senior project, is behind a banner campaign to honor veterans from Bridgeville.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices