Public Hearing: Lawton Family Marina

Date and Time:
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
6:00 pm


, Delaware

The Division of Water will conduct a virtual public hearing (Docket #2021-P-W-0001) on an application for a Subaqueous Lands Lease, Marina Permit and Operations and Maintenance Plan for a 10-slip marina in Herring Creek. Public comment period closed.

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The applicant (Lawton Family Marina – Joe Ribinsky) proposes to construct a new 10 slip marina consisting of a 4 foot wide by 120 foot long pier, six (6) 2 foot wide by 24 foot long finger piers, two (2) boat lifts with 4 associated pilings each and 16 free-standing mooring pilings and to authorize a 16 foot wide by 10 foot long concrete boat ramp in Herring Creek located northwest of the terminus of Sisters Lane, Millsboro, Sussex County, DE.

For additional information on this matter and to review this application contact Julie R. Molina, Division of Water, Wetlands and Subaqueous Lands Section, 89 Kings Hwy., Dover, DE 19904, by phone at (302) 739-9384, or by email at

Those wishing to offer verbal comments during DNREC public hearings must pre-register no later than noon of the date of the virtual hearing at or by telephone at 302-739-9295.

The Department will accept public comment through the close of business on Thursday, March 11, 2021. Comments will be accepted in written form via email to, or by using the online form at, or by U.S. mail to the address below.

Docket #2021-P-W-0001

Public Hearing Officer

Lisa A. Vest
DNREC Office of the Secretary
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901


Public Hearing Transcript

DNREC Exhibits

Exhibit 1: Governor’s State of Emergency Proclamation and news release authorizing public bodies to meet electronically

Exhibit 2: State Law (7 Del.C. Chapter 72) and State Regulations (Regulations Governing the Use of Subaqueous Lands) (Marina Regulations)

Exhibit 3: Application

Exhibit 4: Public Notice of the project, public notice of the hearing published in the Delaware State News and in the News Journal and placed on the State Public Meeting Calendar

Exhibit 5: DNREC Presentation

Exhibit 6: Public Comments Received Prior to Hearing

Applicant’s Exhibits

Exhibit 1

Public Comments

Marti Williams (2/12/2021)

Claude O’Connor (2/24/2021)

Dennis Nemeth (2/25/2021)

Carlo and Tessie Businelli (3/8/2021)

Engle Family (3/8/2021)

Joe and Sandra Ribinsky Jr. (3/8/21)

Joe and Mindy Ribinsky III (3/9/21)

Matt Brittingham (3/9/21)

Samuel Paynter, Sr. (3/9/2021)

Samuel Paynter, Jr. (3/9/2021)

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