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State Rep. Steve Smyk The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to Close for Beach Nesting Season

Date: March 11, 2017


February 28, 2017
Lewes Fire Company Station 2 is located at 32198 Janice Road, Lewes.
Speak with the Governor Thursday Evening
Join State Rep. Steve Smyk and State Sen. Ernie Lopez as they host a community meeting with Governor John Carney Thursday evening.
The gathering will take place at Lewes Fire Company, Station 2, beginning at 7 p.m.  (See map, above.)
The governor's appearance is part of an ongoing series of "Budget Reset" events the chief executive is attending to speak with Delawareans about the state's budgetary challenges.
Current projections show a $350 million gap between expected obligations and anticipated revenue for the next fiscal year that begins July 1st.
Before leaving office in January, former Gov. Jack Markell presented a plan to close that gap through steps that largely relied on higher taxes and shifting more state expenses to county governments and school districts.
Gov. Carney will be presenting his own budget proposals in the coming weeks.
"I'm glad the governor is making himself available to our constituents," Rep. Smyk said.  "Given the size of the deficit that is currently projected, and some of the unpopular proposals suggested by former Gov. Markell to address it, I think local residents have a lot of questions than can only be answered by our state's chief executive."
Piping Plover and chicks.
Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service



The Point at Cape
Henlopen State
Park to Close for
Beach Nesting
The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park will close beginning Wednesday for the benefit of threatened and endangered beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.
The closure also impacts a stretch of ocean beach and dunes as well as a half-mile of bay shoreline. 
The nesting habitat on the ocean side will re-open September 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until October 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter.  
The state divisions of Parks & Recreation, Fish & Wildlife and Watershed Stewardship have been working together since 1990 to implement a management plan to halt the decline of beach-nesting and migratory shorebird populations.  The Point has been closed annually since 1993. 
For more information, contact Cape Henlopen State Park at 302-645-8983. 
2017 Delaware Fishing Guide Now Available
The 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide and fishing rulers are available at fishing license agents throughout the state, including sporting goods, bait & tackle, and hardware stores.
Anglers also can also access the guide online by clicking here.
Inside the full-color, magazine-sized guide, anglers will find detailed information on Delaware's fishing license requirements and how to obtain a Delaware Fisherman Information Network (F.I.N.) number, as well as sections on tidal and freshwater sport fishing, fishing regulations and general angling information.
This year's guide also showcases additions to the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament and Live Release program.
The public is reminded that the regulations in the printed guide are subject to change after the guide has been published.
What's New for 2017
  • All limits and seasons are subject to change at anytime. Anglers can expect regulation changes for Tautog, Blueline Tilefish and Summer Flounder in 2017. These changes were not available at the time of printing; however, the online version of the fishing guide is updated regularly and can be accessed by clicking here.
  • Anglers are reminded that federal rules now specify all Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) not retained must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, by cutting the line near the hook or by using a de-hooking device, in either case without removing the fish from the water.
Before you go fishing, crabbing, or clamming in Delaware you must:
  • Purchase a 2017 Delaware fishing license and keep it with you while fishing.
  • Get a free 2017 FIN number (automatically generated with the purchase of an individual license) and keep it with you while fishing.
  • If fishing for freshwater trout, get a 2017 trout stamp and affix it to your license.
Please be aware that:
  • Delaware does not have fishing license reciprocity with other states. You must have a Delaware fishing license to fish, crab or clam in Delaware.
  • Delaware does not recognize Federal FIN numbers or FIN numbers from other states. You must have a free Delaware FIN.
  • You must have a New Jersey FIN number if you fish in New Jersey waters of Delaware Bay.
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