Bethany Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

Coastal Point • PAUL...

Thursday, July 6, 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

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

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

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

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

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