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Welcome to The Refuge at Dirickson Creek! More than a destination, a community should be welcoming and inspire residents toward common goals. Our community’s website is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource for current and potential residents, and for the public. We encourage all residents to be involved in making The Refuge the best it can be!
Homeowners should visit the Neighborhood News page to read about important events and issues that are of interest. 
Please visit the NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS to view our progress!
** Lawn Maintenance - Friendly Reminder **
"Friendly Reminder" for all homeowners to initiate Spring Cleanup and Lawn Maintenance activities. We ask homeowners to review and adhere to Covenant Section 7.22 - Lot Maintenance "...Owners of a Lot shall be responsible for the appearance of such Lot of Lots..." to avoid receiving a notice of violation. Many of you have begun these activities and the BOD and your neighbors appreciate your efforts.!
We have a Beautiful Community! Let's work together to keep it looking Great!
Home & Garden Club Spring Garden Tour
Thursday, April 25th to Thursday, June 7th, 5:30 PM at Gardens of the Refuge
Refuge Spring Garden Tour is open to all Refuge homeowners. Those who would like to have their gardens on the tour contact Barbara at The Tour will be at the end of April or the beginning of May because spring weather is fluid, the date may be changed to accommodate the lovely Wisteria blooming time in Lynn Lebrun's lush spring garden where refreshments will be served.
May Ladies Luncheon
Wednesday, May 22nd
Join us for the May Ladies Luncheon!
Date:   Wednesday, May 22nd
Time:   12:00 noon
Place:   Sunset Grille, West Ocean City (We will be seated upstairs on the water)
Separate checks will be issued, ordering will be from the regular menu
RSVP by May 7th:
Memorial Weekend Happy Hour and Veterans Ceremony
Friday, May 24th, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Refuge Pool

The Refuge HOA pool opens for swimming on Memorial Day Weekend. Come Celebrate!

The Refuge HOA Social Committee invites you to please join us for the annual Memorial Weekend Happy Hour and Veterans Ceremony at the pool on Friday, May 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Please bring a dish to share and your own beverages. Please no glass dishes or bottles!

The Social committee will supply the paper plates, utensils and napkins.

Music by The DJs Rick Bohs and Bob Murphy

We hope to see you there! Happy Hour Flyer


Refuge Annual Yard Sale
Saturday, May 25th

Refuge Community Yard Sale Event 8AM - 12PM


Book Club
Thursday, May 30th
Meeting in the Clubhouse
Start Time: 10:30 am
End Time: 1:00 pm

Home & Garden Club Ferry to Cape May & Trolly Tour
Tuesday, June 11th at Lewes Cape May Ferry
Morning Ferry to Cape May. Trolly tour and afternoon tea returning on the 6:00 PM ferry. Details to follow when the 2019 ferry schedule is available.
Home & Garden Club Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, June 27th, 7:00 PM at to be determined
Quarterly business meeting.
Home & Garden Club How to may Apple Roses in Puff Pastry
Thursday, July 25th, 7:00 PM at Home of Elaine Zavalets 37385 Harmony Dr.
Elaine will demonstrate how to create apple Roses in puff pastry. Tea tasting and refreshments will be served
Adult Pool Party - Pool Closing at 5 pm
Sunday, August 25th

The pool will close at 5 pm on Aug 25 to allow for the Adult Pool Party from 6 - 9 pm.


Home & Garden Club Plant Swap and meeting
Thursday, September 26th, 110:00 AM at Club House
Presentation by Delaware Botanic Garden board member, popular speaker and author, Ruth Clausen on deer resistant and ornamental plants similar to the ones you have and the deer love. Following the presentation we will have the Plant Swap in the Refuge Club House Parking lot

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The following information may be of interest to Current as well as Future Homeowners:


Please see the attached document for information about being aware and prepared in case of evacuation due to weather or other emergency.

Sussex County Open Space Hearing:
On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the County Council will hold a critical public hearing on a proposed amendment to the current Cluster Development regulations. Do You Care About Open Space in Sussex County? If so please read this document and plan to attend the public hearing to make your voices heard!

Old Mill Landing South Development:

The community has previously expressed an interest in the development proposed for the area around the Junction of Old Mill Bridge Road and Miller Neck Road as well as the attached bank of Dirickson Creek.

The Old Mill Landing South project submitted to Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission on January 4, 2019 is the same as the Old Mill Bridge South project submitted to the Delaware State Preliminary Land Use Service (PLUS) on August 6, 2018. 

Here is the link to the PLUS application:  

Under Instructions, Selection Options, use Select by PLUS ID and scroll down and select 2018-08-06. Click the Project Name box in the middle column. An aerial picture of the site appears on the right side of the page. 

You may write a letter to the P&Z Commission and/or testify at the hearing, which is scheduled for:

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6pm

Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting

County Council Chambers

2 The Circle

Georgetown, DE

Please confirm the date by checking the Agenda for that P&Z meeting on or after October 17, 2019 at this site:

Refuge HOA Mailbox Replacement Parts Update:

Refuge homeowners interested in replacement parts ONLY for the Mailbox, please contact Jim Heinlein at by March 15, 2019. Additional information: Mailbox Replacement Part