Bethany Beach


Stormwater information coming together in Bethany

Bethany Beach residents and property owners who are curious about what the town has been and is currently doing to alleviate its drainage and stormwater woes may soon have help in understanding the complex and expensive problem.

The...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Eskimos prepare to take the plunge

Bethany Beach-area residents and visitors will take to the beach on Monday for what has become a true New Year’s tradition, along the lines of the midnight countdown, short-lived resolutions and a glass of champagne.

The annual New Year’s...

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:00pm

Pets to go on parade to kick off the fun

The younger sibling of Exercise Like the Eskimos is the annual Hometown Pet Show, which will celebrate its sixth edition in 2007. The pet show leads up to the watery plunge, providing pre-swim entertainment and an alternate mode of competition...

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany renews beach lobbying contract

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted 5-1 on Dec. 15 to renew their contract with beach-renourishment lobbyists Marlowe & Co., joining with neighboring South Bethany in extending the contract until Dec. 31, 2007, as the two coastal towns...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Re-vamps in store for Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is looking forward to some coming renovations in the town, as plans to repave Route 1, rework the Route 1/Route 26 intersection, make some fixes to the town’s boardwalk and possibly enhance drainage on Pennsylvania Avenue are all in...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

St. Ann's gift drive bringing holiday cheer for hundreds

Members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church are donning the role of St. Nick for more than 600 people once again, including roughly 90 families, in this year’s Christmas Giving Project. Volunteers are donating six to eight hours a day, organizing and...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

RSVP officials speak on preparedness

Businesses are not more important than lives. That was one of the topics when April Willey and volunteer Erik Anderson from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program spoke last Thursday at the monthly Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

Towns weigh beach lobbying contract

On the heels of a Dec. 4 meeting with Paul Ordal of beach replenishment lobbying firm Marlowe & Co. and extensive erosion from a Thanksgiving storm that dramatically affected both towns, officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany have had a...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany group aims to provide information

A revamped Bethany Beach Communications Committee held its second meeting inside just a few weeks on Nov. 29, focusing on the group’s goals for improving communication between the town and its citizens.

Council Member and new...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

Erosion underscores lobbying efforts

Bethany Beach resident Bob Parsons spent part of his Thanksgiving holiday taking photographs of beach erosion from the coastal storm that hit the area Thanksgiving Eve and continued through the weekend, wreaking havoc to dunes and boardwalk alike...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany extends beach concession contract

Bethany Beach Town Council heard a request Nov. 17 from a long-time business owner to extend his beach concession contract, which runs through 2008, for another three years, until 2011.

Ron Steen, owner of Steen’s Beach Service, told the...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Signage in Bethany Beach soon to change

In a Tuesday morning meeting on Nov. 14, the Bethany Beach Architectural Guideline Design Committee (AGDC) showed signs of cracking down on … well, signs. Results of the meeting may have local businesses making changes to the way they advertise...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Tour giving thanks for local artists

This Thanksgiving weekend will mark the 12th annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST), when 15 of the top artists and crafters in the state open their studios to the public.

The free tour runs this Friday, Nov. 24, and...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Design committee approves Blue Surf replacement plans

Since 1959, the Blue Surf motel has stood on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. And for 41 years, the same family has owned and operated the powder blue motel recognizable by anyone who has lived or visited the coastal Delaware resort.

But...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany council discusses committee size

Anyone can attend Bethany Beach committee meetings to offer input but they don’t necessarily have to be a part of that committee, town council members ultimately agreed in a workshop Monday.

Council limited the number of associate members...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

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 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Chamber members get lesson in protecting business

Sgt. Darin Cathell of the Bethany Beach Police Department offered some financial protection advice for local business owners on Thursday, Nov. 2, when Captain Pete’s in Fenwick Island hosted the monthly Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce...

Thursday, November 9, 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

Revenue shortfall forces cutbacks in Bethany

Bethany Beach officials went into Oct. 27’s six-month budget review well aware that there were revenue shortfalls looming that might call for a reevaluation of the town’s current fiscal-year budget.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet held the bad...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

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

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 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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