When Clerk of the Peace Loretta Wootten started conducting weddings in the new county building on Bay Road, the absence of a dedicated place to perform the ceremonies became apparent.??  


When Clerk of the Peace Loretta Wootten started conducting weddings in the new county building on Bay Road, the absence of a dedicated place to perform the ceremonies became apparent.??   

A well-traveled hallway near the entrance of the building was the chosen spot for the ceremonial arch and it was not uncommon for county employees to sidestep weddings in progress during the week.??   

That’s all changed.??   

With help from Levy Court and county staff, the arch has been moved out of the hallway and into a roughly 12-by-20-foot room with seating for nine.??   

“I’ve been wanting to have it in a more private area for some time,” Wootten said.

“But everyone has their own space and didn’t want to give it up.”??   

Chance had it that the planning staff was able to relinquish a room on the first floor. It was a minimal expense to take down a projector and repaint the room where Wootten conducts many wedding ceremonies, now off the beaten path.??   

“This was the best and most feasible option,” she said.??   

Levy Court commissioners talked about finding a private place for the wedding ceremonies in September.??   

“I think it’s great that they have their own little room because you don’t need a bunch of people going by and that elevator making noise,” said Commissioner Harold K. Brode. “A wedding is something people never forget.”??   

The clerk of the peace conducts approximately 500 weddings per year and most, she said, are done at the county’s administrative complex.??   

The former county building on Federal Street in Dover had a quaint courtyard with a fountain Wootten said gave ceremonies a sense of intimacy. Now, when the weather is nice, they sometimes stand near the fountain outside the new building.??   

Wind direction, however, is important since the new fountain is much larger than the former.??   

“It’s a little noisier with the traffic and you have to make sure you know which way the wind is blowing or else you may get wet,” Wootten said.?