Bethany Beach

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

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

Board to consider fire company tower

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company has a nice new (and dry) fire hall, a new ladder truck and a new, fortified communications center where members can safely monitor calls in case of a widespread emergency. But they’re still having problems...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

New traditions to debut at Bethany fourth

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade has entertained residents and visitors from far and wide for more than two decades. But the 22nd edition of the event, set for Tuesday, July 4 at noon, promises to be more entertaining than ever before....

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany bandstand ready to rock-n-roll

It’s been a long row to hoe for Bethany Beach Entertainment Coordinator Gloria Farrar and other town officials.

The town council first approved a design for a renovated bandstand and town-center plaza in early 2004. Though wishes might...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Map project may benefit July 4 parade

In a turn that was described as “a perfect fit” by Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet and a “win-win” situation by Town Council Member Tony McClenny, members of the town’s Communications Committee voted unanimously at their June 20 meeting...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Wetlands case could impact Bethany Beach

When officials and citizens of Bethany Beach tackled the issue of how to use the land owned by the town at the corner of Routes 1 and 26 at a public hearing in May, part of the equation remained an unknown.

Former mayor Joe McHugh insisted...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach looks at Sea Villas zoning

A legal opinion from Town Solicitor Terence Jaywork has rendered moot any notion of major changes in the building allowances at Sea Villas.

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission on May 27 had discussed with property owners the...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Height restrictions focus of AGDC meeting

The Bethany Beach committee charged with drafting design guidelines for the town’s two commercial districts is nearing the finish line on the project, but that doesn’t mean any sighs of relief from the committee members.

“It’s getting...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fallout from museum decision continues

The Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) convened Monday, June 12, at the Bethany Beach town hall. Committee members Jane Fowler, Jean Wode, Margaret Young, Jeri Walsh, Gloria Farrar and Vice-Mayor/CHAC Chairwoman Carol...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

BBVFC opens doors to community

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company threw open its doors on Sunday, for an open house and public safety day. Visitors from throughout the area came out to tour the new fire hall, see the company’s fire equipment up close, get a glimpse of...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany examines public input at workshop

The Bethany Beach Town Council met for its first-ever workshop on Tuesday, council members still reeling from a wave of negative feedback on a new council policy more strictly limiting public comment at their regular council sessions.


Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fire company to kick off capital campaign

All property owners within the Bethany Beach Fire District, which extends from the Indian River Bridge to the Maryland-Delaware line and from the ocean to the Inland Bays, will receive a written request for support over the next few weeks.


Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Cultured bean

Inside the doors of the Artful Bean in Bethany Beach, jazz or contemporary music usually graces the stereo system. Hand-blown glass decorates the store, along with ceramics, pottery and paintings, showcasing the work of artists from the local...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Beach projects wait on Senate action

It’s déjà vu all over again for officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany, as far as the battle for federal beach replenishment dollars goes.

Once again this year, President George W. Bush provided no federal funding for the planned...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Smooth going in Bethany Beach finances

On-site work on Bethany Beach’s annual audit began at town hall just Monday, but already things are looking good for the town.

“Financially, it was another great year,” reported Herb Geary of auditing firm Trice, Geary and Myers at the...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Crafters gear up for second annual show

Organizers of the Seaside Craft Show had their fingers crossed last year in June, with the first edition of the Bethany Beach boardwalk event. But they were blessed with fine weather and a better-than-expected turnout, marking the event’s...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany gets input on plans for property

If opinions expressed at a May 26 public workshop are representative of feelings in Bethany Beach, the town council can breathe a bit easier in that there appears to be general support for council members’ planned use for the town’s large parcel...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany gives relief for landlocked lot

The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments on Wednesday voted unanimously to grant variances to property owners Richard and Phyllis Brenneman for their lot at 305 Maplewood Court. The problem: the lot isn’t actually on Maplewood Court. Nor is it on...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany disempowers historical association

It’s been a long fight for members of the Bethany Beach Historical Association. And it’s a fight they lost on May 26, when the town council voted 5-1 to transfer all authority for operation of the town museum to the Cultural and Historical...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Veterans honored in local observances

Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS
Spectators bow their head during Memorial Day services in Fenwick Island.
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season for local beach towns, but observances held in Fenwick Island and...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Commercial guidelines well on track for Bethany

Time is ticking on Bethany Beach’s commercial construction moratorium, which is set to expire Aug. 9. Members of the town’s Architectural Guideline Development Committee for the C-1 and C-2 Zoning Districts (AGDC) are keeping that in mind as they...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany committee endorses reorganization

Bethany Beach’s town code now weighs in at a hefty 7.5 pounds, nearly filling the oversized binder in which it resides. And those who most often lug that robust tome from place to place — members of the town’s Charter and Ordinance Review...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Crowd pleaser

When he was 14 years old, Tim Hailey worked his first job as a dishwasher in a local crab house. Hailey worked in the restaurant for eight years, helping run the kitchen, and eventually he assisted the owner with inventory and ordering supplies....

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Taste the coast

For the price of a single meal at some local restaurants, area residents and visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of food and drinks and listen to jazz music on Sunday, at an event that is becoming an early-summer staple in the Bethany...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach moves on town map project

Bethany Beach was recently given the all-clear by representatives of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce to take up a map project for the town. The Chamber didn’t intend to continue its own project, they were told, and wouldn’t see any...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bandstand concerts scrapped due to delays

Just last week, Bethany Beach officials were still hopeful that the summer’s bandstand concert schedule might come off as planned, or nearly so, despite delays with the town’s bandstand renovation project. The new bandstand was nearing completion...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

New store offers clothing options

For a decade, Jessica Barbour and Sherry Christensen have worked together in Bethany Beach, selling women’s clothing. But, at the Rose Garden, they were just employees. Since early this month, they started selling clothes together once more. This...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany fine-tunes commercial guidelines

As Bethany Beach nears the midway point in its 180-day commercial building moratorium and a mandated public report on progress toward new commercial architecture guidelines, the draft plan is reaching the fine-tuning stages.

Members of...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Chamber unveils energy consultant

Delmarva Power commercial customers who join the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce electric cooperative could save anywhere from 8 to 25 percent on their current energy bills, officials said Monday.

The Chamber announced on Monday...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Anglers hope 13th annual tourney means luck

Surf-fishermen from throughout the region will have a new focus this weekend, beyond the state’s proposed saltwater fishing license. They’ll be eyeing a potential $25,000 payoff for landing a Delaware state-record bluefish in the 13th Annual...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Carper, Castle survey local beaches

Elected officials on the local and national level joined with representatives of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week to celebrate the success of one beach...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Chamber votes to form commercial co-op

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s board voted unanimously on Wednesday to form an electric cooperative for Delmarva Power commercial customers, pending contract approval.

Chamber officials would not release specific...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sea Villas non-compliance up for discussion

Bethany Beach planning officials are once again examining how to deal with discrepancies between the standards, covenants and deeds in the Sea Villas community and the town’s standard residential zoning ordinances.

The initial proposal for...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Blue Surf redevelopment concept unveiled

Plans to redevelop the landmark Blue Surf Motel on Bethany Beach’s boardwalk, in part, spurred the town to pass a moratorium on commercial construction and consider architectural guidelines for their commercial district.

And at an April 25...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

BBVFC tower is one step closer

Just in time for the dedication of their new fire station on Sunday, members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company got some good news: the Bethany Beach Town Council unanimously voted April 21 to support the company’s application for a...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Commercial guidelines taking shape in Bethany Beach

Members of the Bethany Beach Architectural Guideline Development Committee for the C-1 and C2 Zoning Districts (AGDC) worked to refine their initial concepts of the guidelines at an April 25 meeting with consulting architect Jeff Schoellkopf....

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany residents reminded to maintain swales

Bethany Beach’s most recent work reviewing town ordinances came down to one resounding bottom line: Property owners in the town need to remember that they’re responsible for the upkeep on the swales and drainage ditches that abut their properties...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany approves height allowance

Members of the Bethany Beach Town Council approved on April 21 a revised version of the controversial residential height allowance proposed by the town’s Planning Commission and Zoning Ad Hoc Committee (ZAC), with a 5-1 vote.

The change...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Charity motorcycle run returns to Bethany

DiFebo’s Restaurant in Bethany Beach will host its second annual motorcycle run to support education for the children of fallen police officers this weekend, on Sunday, April 30.

Last year’s police-escorted ride and post-ride barbecue was...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Architechure guidelines developing in Millville

Work is under way on Bethany Beach’s proposed new architectural guidelines for its commercial district. The Architectural Guideline Development Committee for C-1 and C-2 Zoning Districts (AGDC) met April 13 – the first gathering of the group...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

New digs, truck for BBVFC

Local firefighters risk their lives on a regular basis, and stay ready to drop whatever they’re doing, to help protect the lives and property of residents and visitors alike. And they do it for no pay.
Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS:...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach considers map publication

Bethany Beach officials have a variety of mapping projects in the works, and along with zoning descriptions and official maps for town documents and infrastructure documentation, there may be yet another map in the town’s near future.


Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Struggle over Bethany museum continues

The relationship between Bethany Beach’s Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) and the Bethany Beach Historical Association (BBHA) has always been complicated.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The display spot for some of Bethany...

Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany abandons Maryland Avenue

Bethany Beach Town Council Members voted unanimously to abandon the unopened section of Maryland Avenue at their March 17 meeting, making way for the combining of the town’s latest land acquisitions, the former Disciples of Christ Christian...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany moves on architecture guidelines

Working against a 180-day clock that started Feb. 10, Bethany Beach officials have plunged directly into the work needed to establish guidelines for commercial architecture before their moratorium on such construction elapses on Wednesday, Aug. 9...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Locals check out Route 26 update from DelDOT

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials once again rolled out preliminary plans for Route 26 improvements, from Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal (between Ocean View and Bethany Beach), on March 27.

The department’s made...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany creates new residential height option

It’s been two months since Bethany Beach’s town council sent a proposed height allowance back to the town’s planning commission for further review, concerned about how the enticement designed to encourage a higher, 7/12 or greater roof pitch...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany passes $9 million budget

Bethany Beach is ready to roll into its 2007 fiscal year with a $9.4 million budget. Council members approved the budget at their March 17 session, adding a whole new element of green to their rare St. Patrick’s Day meeting.

Of the $9-plus...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Museum management discussed in Bethany

As the refurbished Bethany Beach Museum begins to take its final shape, so also the final shape of the group that runs it begins to be formed.

At the March 13 meeting of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC), Vice Mayor and...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm