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Tony Russo

  • Small businesses thrive in downtown Rehoboth

    REHOBOTH BEACH — When Herb and Shirley Chappelear founded Christmas Spirit in the 1970s, the family aspect of running it was important to them. Their son, Scott, felt the same way. When he decided to give the business up, he also decided he wasn’t going to put it on the market. “He said, ‘Either you […]
  • 🔒 Latino small business invest in Sussex’s future

    Marlen and Jose Camacho weren’t certain what they wanted to do when they set out together on the entrepreneurial journey, but they knew they needed to work for themselves. In that way, they’re pretty typical of the growing Latino community in the country, where 25 percent of new businesses are started by Latinos. For the […]
  • 🔒 Housing remains top concern to attract J-1 visa workers

    More than 1,800 foreign students came to the Delaware beaches to work under the J-1 visa program in 2019. Last year, there were 437, and local business owners noticed. The Alliance for International Exchange (AIE) reported that there were an insufficient number of J-1 workers nationwide. Fewer than 40,000 students came to the United States […]
  • 🔒 Atlantic General straddles line for recruitment, patients

    FENWICK ISLAND — As building booms in eastern Sussex County, Delaware health care systems are racing to build new facilities, attract employees and offer new services. They are increasingly facing more competition too, as one Maryland hospital is quietly campaigning for Delaware doctors and patients from over the state’s southern border. Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) […]
  • Rehoboth to undertake boardwalk commercial activity study

    REHOBOTH BEACH – The Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk Committee recently agreed to undertake a commercial activity study on city-wide events that  affect the boardwalk operations and businesses. Chairman Jay Lagree said during the March 22 committee meeting that certain events that crowd up the boardwalk may hurt businesses on the boards and require a lot […]
  • Rehoboth officials draft permanent outdoor dining regs

    Masks are now optional, but whether that means people are ready to sit in a crowded restaurant remains to be seen, and the clock is ticking for restaurant owners in Rehoboth Beach.  The emergency laws that suspend outdoor dining rules implemented during the pandemic are set to expire on April 1. With no new outdoor […]
  • 🔒 New Millville shopping center aims to support ‘boardwalk’

    MILLVILLE – Although Millville has an increasing number of year-round businesses to accommodate the growing 12-month community, whether you’re just visiting for the week or living here all summer, making the drive over to Bethany Beach can be a drag. The recently approved Millville Square shopping center is the latest piece of the town’s plan […]
  • 🔒 La Plaza leads way in nurturing Latino business community

    GEORGETOWN — When their plan to redevelop a section of Georgetown to spark economic development in the area was rejected by the town’s mayor and council, Mary Dupont and her colleagues at La Plaza Latina could have thrown up their hands and moved on. Instead, they decided to regroup and try a different approach to […]
  • 🔒 Commissioners to decide on proposed Rehoboth hotel 

    REHOBOTH BEACH – Whether or not a parking lot is zoned residential or commercial very rarely matters, but when the plan is to build something on top of that parking lot, things can get a little tricky. That’s the heart of the problem faced by the city of Rehoboth Beach and the developers who want […]
  • 🔒 New Lewes apartments mark progress on affordable units

    LEWES – Sussex County Community Development Director Brandy Nauman has been involved in the effort to encourage developers to include affordable housing in their projects for more than a decade. With the opening last month of Coastal Tide Apartments near Five Points, she hopes the county is on its way to getting more affordable housing […]

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