Jusst Sooup Ministry and Rev. Dale Dunning Can’t Serve Soup at Extreme Makeover Home Edition Ranch in Lewes
Jusst Sooup Ministry can’t dish out soup at its new ranch, but the Rev. Dale Dunning won’t rest on her ladles.
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Lank said he wrote a letter to Schell Brothers on Aug. 19, saying the county would have no objection to the site being permitted for a home occupation.
Lank said he and other county representatives met with the applicants (the Dunning family) on Sept. 1, just after the site was revealed. They were advised on what had happened while they were away on vacation (Extreme Makeover sends the family on a vacation during the building).
Lank said the Dunnings were told they could cook onsite and could serve off-premises, but that they could not serve on the site. He said Schell Brothers was advised that it could apply for a special use exception. The six-acre site is zoned Agricultural-Residential. That zoning typically allows agricultural and single-family homes to be built.
County regulations permitted the house that was built as well as the second house for Dunning’s son, Brooks Dunning. Because decking connected it to the main house, the second house is permitted by county code.
County code also allowed the building of the commercial kitchen constructed at the site, Lank said. A home occupation designation did not, however, allow for patrons to be served at the site.
On Nov. 8, Schell told radio host Dan Gaffney of WGDM that everything built at the Jusst Sooup Ranch met county code regulations and was built legally. “There was no attempt by Schell Brothers to deceive anyone,” Schell said. “Everything was on the up and up.”
Schell also said the controversy didn’t negate the good that the build had accomplished. The purpose of the build was to create a large commercial kitchen for Dale Dunning and her ministry. “The primary purpose was to give her a commercially approved kitchen,” Schell added.
A second purpose was to give back to the Dunnings for all they’d done for the community, Schell told Gaffney. “Dale Dunning is one of those rare people who truly puts the needs of others before her own,” Schell said.
Schell said Dunning technically wasn’t allowed to have prepared soup in her former home’s kitchen. He added that even if she were allowed to serve soup in her new home, she would still have had to take some of the soup to shelters or kitchens elsewhere because transportation is a problem for many residents.
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