12/14/17 Meeting Update

Thanks for the Great Support at the 12/14/17 Meeting!

Approximately 160 people packed the Margaret H. Rollins Center on 12/14/17 for the GLCC Meeting about New Road. We collected many signatures on our petitions and heard from many concerned citizens. The opposition to developing this parcel was the overwhelming and obvious sentiment of the crowd. We thank the Greater Lewes Civic Coalition for hosting this meeting and for all the support from the community. 

We are taking a break for the holidays and will release an action plan early in 2018. We have had a lot of media and citizen interest resulting from the meeting. Please continue to check our website, follow us on Facebook, and sign up for emils (if you did not sign up at the meeting). 

Visit our "How To Help" page

to see what you can do to speak up or support this cause.

We need and appreciate support and involvement from the greater Lewes community.

Thanks to our Expert Panel

The New Road Preservation Alliance had three speakers present historical, archeological, topographical and environmental information about the Groome Parcel and surrounding area. 

Thank you to Ralph Prettyman, Ron Vickers, and Mike Powell for presenting, and to our own Doug Spelman for representing us at the meeting. 

Speaker panel and topics:


Ralph Prettyman-  Local Historian and Author History of Tower Hill (Groome Church property)

Archeology studies and potential impacts

Ronald Vickers-  DNREC, State Parks, Manager Land Preservation Office & Administrator 

State Open Space Program, Retired 2016 

Why preserve Groome Church property and Great Marsh significance

Michael Powell- DNREC, Shoreline and Waterway Management Program 

Sea level rise impacts on flooding of Canary Creek, on New Road and New Rd. properties 

Press on the Meeting

To be added

Meeting Photos

See Gallery Below

Public Meeting 12/14/17


Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. 


Margaret Rollins Community Center

Meeting Room

111 Adams Ave

Lewes, De 19958

(location of old Lewes Library)

The Greater Lewes Civic Coalition is hosting this meeting to provide a forum to educate local citizens about this important issue. All are welcome at this public meeting.

12/14/17 Meeting Details


New Road Informational Meeting

to be hosted by the Greater Lewes Civic Coalition   

Date: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Time:  7:00 p.m. 

Location:  City Room at the Rollins Center  

Speakers:  Various experts   

The Greater Lewes Civic Coalition invites all area residents to attend a New Road informational meeting on December 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the City’s meeting room at the Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, formerly the Lewes Public Library, at 111 Adams Avenue in Lewes.    

The purpose of this meeting is to hear from experts on open space preservation, history, archeology, and science and from others with relevant knowledge to help the community understand the present condition of the vital New Road corridor and the potential effects of further development along it.   The goal of the Coalition is to educate the citizens of the City and of nearby communities and their elected representatives about matters of common interest.    

For more information about this meeting please contact GreaterLewes@gmail.com. 

How to Help

Please attend this important meeting and encourage friends and neighbors to do the same. Petititions will be on hand to sign. Volunteer and donation information will be available, as well. 

You can also follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/New-Road-Preservation-Alliance-Lewes-De-194546467760564/