Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach scraps Streetscape plans

After more than four years, and approximately $68,000 and countless citizen hours spent to date, Bethany Beach officials on Friday, Oct. 20, voted 6-0 to abandon the latest of several proposed plans for their downtown-enhancing Streetscape...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach prepares for funding push

As coastal Sussex Countians and voters nationwide anticipate this week’s election, Bethany Beach’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee has been preparing for a full-court press on whichever of the state’s top politicians end up as Delaware’s...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Breaking News: Mini-golf approved in Bethany Beach

In a second extended session on the application, Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments members unanimously approved on Nov. 6 the granting of a special exception for a property at Central Boulevard and N. Pennsylvania Avenue to be operated as a...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Insurers abandon coastal market

Bethany Beach Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny got a surprise recently, when the agent handling his homeowner’s insurance informed him that his policy was going to be reviewed. In a 47 year history as a customer of State Farm, McClenny said, it was the...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Candidates address voters at CBS forum

The Oct. 27 inaugural candidates’ forum of Citizens for a Better Sussex, held at Bethany Beach’s South Coastal Library, brought in political candidates from around the state, despite the fact that Friday was a busy day for candidates throughout...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

New mini-golf proposed for Bethany

Bethany Beach takes pride in its place as one of Delaware’s “Quiet Resorts.” It has never been a center for bars, dance clubs, amusement parks and other such entertainments. But Bethany Beach has been home over the years to a bowling alley,...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany looks at referendum, ballots

With an election recently behind them and a possible referendum looming on the horizon, Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) members met on Oct. 19 to discuss possible changes to town code regarding both referendums and...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach absentee ballots fail the test

When Bethany Beach Vice-Mayor and new Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) Chairman Tony McClenny offered his committee members absentee ballots and fictitious identity cards to test the town’s absentee ballot system on Oct. 19, he didn’...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany council meets under new policy

Bethany Beach’s citizens on Friday, Oct. 20, were treated to a new kind of town council meeting. After announcing each agenda item for discussion or council action, Mayor Carol Olmstead opened the floor for public comment on the issue at hand....

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Three citizens join Bethany Beach planners

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission met for the first time on Oct. 21 in its new form. Fulton Loppatto, Lonny Moore and Don Doyle joined Kathleen Mink and Town Council Member Lew Killmer on the commission, after the shake-up caused by a series...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Roof-pitch measure repealed in Bethany

Bethany Beach officials adopted a roof-height allowance in April that was intended to encourage property owners to build homes with more pitched — and generally more architecturally interesting — roofs.

But the allowance was controversial...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany man dies after moped accident

A 42-year-old Bethany Beach man died Sunday after driving his moped into the back of a parked car on Route 1 in Rehoboth.

Neil Macfarlan was driving his 2004 Venus moped on the shoulder of the highway just after 9 a.m. Sunday when he...

Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm

Miller signs WWII book in Bethany Beach

Pulitzer Prize nominee and part-time Bethany Beach resident Donald L. Miller stopped by Bethany Beach Books on Saturday to sign his popular new book “Masters of the Air,” a story of American bomber crews in World War II.
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Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Bethany Beach gets very wild

Sleep little Bethany Beach just got its wake-up call. And there would be no snooze alarm for some.

Two incumbents lost their seats in the election on Saturday. An organizational meeting found the mayor replaced — even though he wasn’t even...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Kilmer rejoins council, commission

It was a week of adjustments for Bethany Beach government, as the town council sought to fill the vacated council seat of former Mayor Jack Walsh, as well as a long slate of Planning Commission and standing committee posts that were affected by...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

Elections bring upheaval in Bethany

It’s been an explosive week in Bethany Beach government, as the Sept. 9 elections brought about substantial change not only to two of four contested council seats but also to the Planning Commission, council officers, standing committees and even...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany bandstand dedication set

It was a long time coming, but final work on the Bethany Beach bandstand was completed this past week — just in time for the annual Boardwalk Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 9.

With the often-delayed project finally finished, town...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany vote split on incumbents

Posted Saturday, September 9, 7 p.m.

Results: Tony McClenny – 446; Steve Wode – 446; Tracy Mulligan – 415; Jerry Dorfman – 407; Lew Killmer – 402; Harry Steele – 401; Charles Gravatte – 334; Joseph Healy Jr. - 311

Bethany Beach...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany voters to head to the polls

Bethany Beach voters will head to the polls on Saturday, in what is perhaps the most contentious election in the town’s recent past.

With some citizens expressing deep dissatisfaction with the current council and its recent decisions,...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany shakeup continues with Trodden resignation

Posted Monday, September 11, 3:30 p.m.

Dramatic fallout from Sept. 9’s Bethany Beach Town Council elections continued into Monday morning, as Planning Commissioner Steve Trodden delivered a letter to the Coastal Point office containing...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Walsh resigns from Bethany council

Posted Sunday, September 10, 7 p.m.

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Walsh said of Saturday’s town council election results, “It’s a shocker,” referring to the ouster of incumbents Harry Steele and Lew Killmer from the council.

But Walsh...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Eight to vie for four Bethany council seats

Bethany Beach will hold its annual election for town council members on Saturday, Sept. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. at town hall. There are four seats up for grabs, with four incumbents (Jerry Dorfman, Lew Killmer, Tony McClenny and Harry Steele) and...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Replenishment effort heads to the beach and boardwalk

Federal officials seem on the slow track to funding beach reconstruction in the one remaining unreplenished project area in Delaware, with just $3.3 million in federal funding appropriated for the Bethany Beach/South Bethany project in the 2006...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany planners take issue with process

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission started its Aug. 19 meeting with one fewer commissioner than most would have expected.

Chairwoman Kathleen Mink made the surprise announcement that Dave Evans — appointed to the commission about six...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach enjoys a quiet night

With a recent history of meetings that made headlines as critics became increasingly vocal, Bethany Beach officials experienced a decidedly downbeat Aug. 18, despite a full menu of public hearings and council votes.

There were no...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach looks at disorderly homes

Bethany Beach officials are scrutinizing the issue of so-called “disorderly” houses, looking at both problems with noise and concerns about overcrowding in the resort town’s rental homes.

To discuss the former, Bethany Beach Police Chief...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Chamber wins national award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce was recently named as one of the best Chambers in the country by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, receiving a second-place award for excellence.

The ACCE hands out awards for...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Hurricane preparation key

A beautiful summer Saturday afternoon might have seemed like an odd time to focus on stormy weather, but the Bethany Beach Police Department’s Capt. Ralph Mitchell said he’d planned the three-hour seminar on emergency preparedness to coincide...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Checking out the life saving station

Someone once told me, “Change is not optional.” This was in reference to technology, but we often do not realize just how much our lives have changed in the last 100 years. The Indian River Life Saving Station represents an era in ocean commerce...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Towns use internet to reach their citizens

It’s become a tool of convenience. People use the Internet to buy shoes, check the scores of sports games, book plane flights and even compare hotels without leaving their homes.

And sometimes, people even check agendas of upcoming town...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Estuary unveils state/county disconnect

Though there is local opposition to the proposed Estuary development off Double Bridges Road near South Bethany, the area is clearly marked for development in Sussex County’s land-use plan, as a portion of the Environmentally Sensitive Developing...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Notice, input issues plague Bethany meeting

Bethany Beach officials were again faced with criticism and dismay from constituents over issues of public input at an Aug. 7 special meeting that had originally been called for a possible vote on the town’s proposed commercial architectural...

Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany adopts commercial guidelines

Bethany Beach Town Council members used refined wording at an Aug. 7 special meeting to resolve for themselves a split between the town’s planning commission and a committee appointed to develop guidelines for architecture in the commercial...

Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dorgan signs his books in Bethany Beach

A line developed at one side of Bethany Beach Books on Saturday as town residents, visitors and store workers patiently awaited Sen. Byron Dorgan’s (D-N.D.) arrival to sign “Take This Job and Ship It.,” his book about the loss of American jobs...

Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

Architectural committee, commissioners at odds

With the Aug. 9 expiration of the commercial construction moratorium in Bethany Beach looming on the horizon, the rush is on to get a clean final draft of the proposed guidelines that will channel the future architecture of the town’s downtown...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Eight file for Bethany Beach council seats

Just one year ago, the citizens of Bethany Beach were dealing with the appearance of relative quietude in Bethany Beach election news. No one filed to run against the three incumbents, making for the perception that most were content with their...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany petition draws criticism from officials

“The qualified voters of the Town of Bethany Beach shall have the power to require reconsideration by the Town Council of any adopted ordinance and to approve or reject it at an election as provided herein…”

So says Chapter 24.1 of the...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Businesses sign on for new rate

After receiving a rate of less than 10 cents for the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s electric cooperative last week, Chamber Executive Director Karen McGrath jumped in her car, turned on her cell phone and started making calls.


Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany court can exceed MR density rules

Sussex County council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to zone six units on about 1.28 acres of land near Bethany, allowing Bethany Court LLC to exceed the maximum density set for a MR, Medium Density Residential District.

Bethany Republican George...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Setback an issue as guidelines near adoption

A single component of the proposed architectural guidelines for Bethany Beach’s C-1 commercial districts remained to be finally decided this week, before the package goes to the town council for a possible vote after an Aug. 7 public hearing....

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sidewalk sales, disorderly tenants discussed

Sidewalk sales and disorderly tenants were the focus of the Bethany Beach’s July 20 Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) meeting.

The committee took up the matter of sidewalk sales first. CORC member John Gaughan pointed out that...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Co-op rate under 10 cents

Despite rising temperatures and growing concern in the Middle East region, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has solidified a rate of 9.897 cents per kWh without a demand charge for the 76 members of its electric cooperative.


Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

BBVFC gets 60-foot tower approved

After literally years of wrangling with the Town of Bethany Beach, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company got the go-ahead last week for its new communications tower.

The 60-foot structure is just half the size of the one the BBVFC...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach planners retool guidelines

In a marathon special session, the Bethany Beach Planning Commission on July 7 performed a page-by-page review of the proposed architectural guidelines for the town’s C-1 and C-2 commercial zoning districts, making their own recommendations for...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Severe storms scuttle Bethany fireworks

Crowds gathered early on the sands near the Bethany Beach boardwalk on Tuesday, hoping to stake their claim to the best spots to watch the annual Fourth of July fireworks display. But Mother Nature had something else in mind.

Shortly after...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Chamber co-op draws 76 members

Some 60 members joined the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce-led electric cooperative in the last week before the June 30 registration deadline. Now, 76 members representing 181 accounts make up the co-op effort, which might bid for...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Gas prices don't affect coastal tourism

Thousands of people walked along the Bethany Beach boardwalk throughout the extended July 4 holiday weekend. Visitors and locals alike lined up to watch the Bethany Beach and Bear Trap parades on Tuesday. And vehicles carrying Maryland,...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Homes to open for annual Cottage Tour

Homes in the Friends of the South Coastal Library’s Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour are gaining recognition in and beyond Delmarva these days — and rightly so, according to tour spokeswoman Joan Gordon.

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Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

The Daytripper meets James Farm

It is quite amazing the number of places that are just a short trip from Bethany Beach that people know little or nothing about. All you have to do is to head inland a bit to the areas we know as the “inland bays.”

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Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Service cuts probable for CHEER center

Senior services could be cut in Sussex County because of level funding at the state and CHEER’s rising costs. State officials told CHEER to expect $1.07 million in grants and aid for its nutrition program from the 2007 fiscal-year state budget (...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm