Fenwick Island


Agenda

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at town hall. Along with committee reports and other business, the council will consider approval of a possible supplement to the General Fund Capital...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:02am

Fenwick agrees to assist with South Bethany police shortage

The Fenwick Island Police Department is the third police agency that has agreed to provide paid police coverage to South Bethany. It is a temporary arrangement as their northern neighbor rebuilds its own full-time police department.

The...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:53pm

Vantage Vacation Rentals opens new Fenwick Island office

Vantage Vacation Rentals this week announced the continued expansion of its business northward with the opening of the Vantage Fenwick Island office, located at 1209 Coastal Highway. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday,...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:59am

Earth Day 2019 brings festivals and service opportunities

Local groups are celebrating Earth Day 2019 with both festivals and days of service. This year, Earth Day falls on Monday, April 22, so there is a weekend’s worth of activities.

‘Every Day is Earth Day’ in Bethany

Bethany Beach Nature...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:44pm

Springtime Jamboree coming together for FI Lions

This year’s Springtime Jamboree — the annual two-day program featuring local country music performers — will benefit the Fenwick Island Lions Club.

The Jamboree, now in its 37th year, picks a local organization to be the beneficiary of its...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:49pm

Dump those old electronics and household chemicals at Saturday collection event

It’s time to throw out the nasty stuff — the rusty paint cans, broken stereos, prehistoric cell phones, that pile of used propane canisters, ancient pesticides and the vacuum cleaner that finally gave up.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:06am

FirstService to host seminar for community association board members

Property management company FirstService Residential will host an educational seminar for community association board members on Saturday, March 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Harpoon Hanna’s near Fenwick Island.

Legal experts Chad Toms and...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:27pm

Bayside named Community of the Year in national design competition

Bayside, a mixed-use coastal resort community in West Fenwick was named the Community of the Year in the 2018 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Bayside won the best mixed-use community...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:04am

Fenwick Freeze 2019

The Town of Fenwick Island held its annual Fenwick Freeze event on Tuesday, Jan. 1. Each year participants run into the ocean to celebrate the New Year.

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 11:50am

South Bethany follows in Fenwick’s footsteps on cell service

In order to improve cell phone coverage, major wireless companies want to add new, but smaller antennas in local towns. Leading the way in coastal Delaware, Verizon Wireless just finished helping Fenwick Island develop a permitting process for...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:49pm

Jennifer Idzi Greenawalt

Bayside’s Greenawalt receives second Lifestyle Directory of the Year award

The National Association of Homebuilder’s National Sales and Marketing Council (NSMC) this week announced Silver Award winners for The Nationals new home sales and marketing awards. The Nationals are designed to salute and honor the best in the...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 11:54am

Alice & Laila

Holiday Gift Guide

Windsor Teak

Situated right along the highway in Fenwick Island, Windsor Teak Furniture offers an escape into places far and exotic with their distinct array of furniture.

Taking a prominent position in the store is a Lutyens Bench...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:07pm

The community had the opportunity to buy specialty soups and baked goods from local restaurants during the third annual Soup for the Soul event.

Soup for the Soul raises funds for Community Food Bank

 

Brandywine Living at Fenwick Island invited the local community to their third annual “Soup for the Soul” fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 3, with the proceeds benefitting the Community Food Bank of Salem United Methodist Church.

“...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:40pm

Fenwick guard to compete at World Lifesaving Championship in Australia

“Two seconds and it’s over,” said Fenwick Island Lifeguard Emily Ruppert. “...

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 2:07pm

Fenwick undertakes revaluation for property taxes

The Fenwick Island Town Council unanimously approved a request for proposals (RFP) regarding property reassessment. 

“Our property taxes are about 34 percent of all of our revenue, which is $728,267,” said Town Manager Terry Tieman. 

...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:17pm

Turkey Trot scheduled for Thanksgiving Day

The 11th Annual Fenwick Island Turkey Trot will be held on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, at 8 a.m., with free coffee provided by One Coastal at 7:30 a.m.

The untimed 2.2-mile fun run/walk starts oceanside on Lewes Street in Fenwick...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 9:08am

DelDOT to host workshop on Fenwick sidewalks

A public workshop to solicit public input related to pedestrian pathways will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Fenwick Island Town Hall. 

The purpose of the workshop, overseen by the Delaware Department of Transportation (...

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 8:14pm

Fenwick undertakes revaluation for property taxes

The Town of Fenwick Island unanimously approved a request for proposals (RFP) regarding property reassessment. 

“Our property taxes are about 34 percent of all of our revenue, which is $728,267,” said Town Manager Terry Tieman. 

The...

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 8:13pm

Historical Coastal Town Cottages & Lighthouse Tour

The Ocean View Historical Society held its second Historic Coastal Towns Cottages & Lighthouse Tour, featuring cottages and the lighthouse in Fenwick Island. Cottage included were: The Wilgus Cottage; The McCabe Cottage; The Outten Cottage;...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:17am

A panel comprising local business owners shared their stories of what it takes to adapt for survival in today’s economy and markets during an event held by the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce and SCORE at the Den at Bear Trap Dunes on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Local businesses adapt to survive changing times

“How many of you have heard the phrase, ‘This area has changed so much’?” asked Lauren Weaver, director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, to a roomful of entrepreneurs.

A panel of local business owners shared their success...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:11am

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Georgetown House duplex at 2 West Georgetown, behind Seaside Country Store

Mid-century duplex to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:16am

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Halpern Cottage at 1105 Bunting Avenue (oceanfront between Essex and Farmington streets).

Halpern cottage to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:02pm

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Wilgus cottage on Maryland Avenue.

Wilgus cottage to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:26am

Time ticking on early-bird discount for Hair of the Dog events

It might still feel like summer outside, but it’s never too early to start thinking about New Year’s Day traditions, whether it be looking for a new one or continuing a family favorite.

The Hair of the Dog 5K/10K, along with the Leo Brady...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:48am

Fenwick mulls cell tower options (though they’re not really towers)

Verizon Wireless wants to improve mobile coverage across coastal Delaware. This month, Verizon engineers designed two proposals to boost signals in Fenwick Island. (They only presented concept plans, but did not submit permit requests, which...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:17pm

Fenwick gets FOIA lesson

Grievances about public meetings aired

Government works for the people, and Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is how the law ensures the public gets information.

“You should not try to bypass FOIA. … It doesn’t hurt to discuss things in public,” said William Pepper...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:08pm

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Fenwick Island Lighthouse.

Fenwick Island Lighthouse a feature of Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:48am

Architectural drawings of proposed Fenwick Sands Tapestry Hotel

Fenwick BOA approves height variance for hotel

The Board of Adjustment for the Town of Fenwick Island voted 3-1 this week to approve a height variance request made on behalf of the Fenwick Sands by property owner Spiro Buas.

The Town had received 87 letters in favor of the application...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:31pm

Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Capt. Tim Ferry is stepping away from lifeguarding after 43 years.

Ferry hops down off from lifeguard stand after 43 years

It’s been 43 years since Tim Ferry first became a lifeguard along Delaware shore, and more specifically at Bethany Beach. More recently, for the past 14 years, Ferry has been the lifeguard captain in Fenwick Island, and this weekend, after 43...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:25pm

Attorney General’s Office finds no FOIA violation in Fenwick

A ruling by the Delaware Attorney General’s Office has found that five individuals associated with the Town of Fenwick Island did not violate the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by discussing a building permit application. However, the AG’s...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:10pm

Replenishment complete — some dune work continues

Pack away the ear plugs and walk a little farther. Beach replenishment is just about done on the southern Delaware coast. By widening the beach and raising the sand dunes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Philadelphia District hopes to...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:49pm

Fenwick council discusses hotel height restrictions

Building height restrictions were the hot topic at Fenwick Island’s July 27 town council meeting.

“It is my understanding that there is some gray area in the height-limit ordinance,” said Councilwoman Julie Lee, who went on to ask Bill...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 5:01pm

Shopkeeper and ‘master tinker’ Laurie Melniczek loves art, science and imagination at Craftbox in Fenwick Island.

Craftbox offers chance to get creative, with science

Love art? Love science? Love hand-on projects, whether a kid or an adult?

Craftbox packs big activity into a cozy shop in Fenwick Island but lets people be creative on their own time. Master tinkerer Laurie Melniczek wanted to create “an...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:53pm

Freeman Stage to host ‘Jedi Academy’ variety show

Recent years have demonstrated that today’s generations have at least one love in common: “Star Wars.”

And now, for the first time ever, the Freeman Stage in West Fenwick will be hosting “Jedi Academy,” a solo comedy variety show designed...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:41pm

Fenwick to celebrate birthday on Sunday

This weekend, the community at large is being invited to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Town of Fenwick Island, which was incorporated in June 1953.

Town Manager Terry Tieman said the idea to host a birthday celebration arose after...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:39pm

Gina Drago renovated Body Double in Fenwick Island for owner Liz Welsh, pictured.

Body Double gets you in the right suit for you

There are three absolutes in this wacky world of ours:

(1) Death;

(2) Taxes;

(3) Nobody likes how they look in a swimsuit.

“Even if they’re the tiniest little thing you’ve ever seen, everyone is kind of intimidated and...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:28pm

Public reminded to stay vigilant on roads after tragedies

On Saturday, May 26, a little after 10 a.m., 76-year-old Alfred Yergey III of Ocean View was riding his bicycle eastbound in the bike lane on Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), approaching Central Avenue in Ocean View.

At the same time, 65-year-...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:31pm

National company looks to acquire Route 54 mobile-home park

Private property owners generally have the right to sell their land. But what happens when hundreds of homes are located there?

After half a century, the Gray family is looking to sell the Shady Park mobile home park, just west of Fenwick...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:34pm

Fenwick officials excited for sidewalks, town anniversary

A town known for its beaches, Fenwick Island will celebrate its blue sapphire anniversary this year. The municipality was incorporated on July 8, 1953, so a major celebration is being planned for its 65th anniversary.

Everyone is being...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:28pm

Parking permit season has officially arrived

Much like Julius Caesar would dread the Ides of March, local drivers start grumbling at the Ides of May.

Parking permits and meter requirements went into effect on May 15 in local beach towns, in a seasonal event that runs until Sept. 15...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:38pm

Charles Armstrong was recently promoted to the position of executive chef at Catch 54, one of SoDel Concepts’ 10 restaurants in coastal Delaware.

SoDel Concepts promotes Armstrong to executive chef at Catch 54

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced the promotion of Charles Armstrong to the position of executive chef at Catch 54 near Fenwick Island, one of the hospitality group’s 10 restaurants.

“Charles is one of our...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

Renovations starting at lighthouse keeper’s house

Hundreds of beach houses will be renovated for this summer, as happens every summer. But there’s one home renovation near Fenwick Island that will benefit everyone.

Next door to the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, the Delaware Division of...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:52pm

Town officials looking at the bright side of summer replenishment

It was good news and bad news for local beach towns last week, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. met with local officials for an update on the planned beach replenishment projects in Bethany...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:21am

Fenwick fatality underscores pedestrian safety concerns

Police and government leaders throughout the area are trying to keep pedestrians from ending up on the wrong side of a car accident, and an incident this week underscored the need for the problem to be addressed.

...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:26am

Trustee spouses denied vote as Fenwick ends voter discussion

Fenwick Island election laws will not change significantly anytime soon. The town council has decided not to extend voting rights to anyone married to individuals who own their property in trusts.

In August, the council put the brakes on a...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:59am

Fenwick council to talk voter registration one last time

Fenwick Island Town Council will — perhaps grudgingly — give the voter registration topic one last chance.

The primary sponsor of the proposed charter amendment, Councilwoman Julie Lee, has decided to hit “pause” on the proposal. She moved...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 9:48am

‘An accident waiting to happen’

Make some noise — at the end of the day, if people want to fight for state funding, they may need to get organized and start contacting their legislators. That includes Fenwick Island’s desire for better-maintained waterways.

Fenwick...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:10am

Bringing the ‘wow’ factor

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Pizzazz by the Bay owner Victoria Thanner in her Fenwick Island shop.This tiny shop in Fenwick Island is living up to its name. Pizzazz by the Bay isn’t trying to be the ordinary gift shop. Visitors and locals are...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 10:12am

BREAKING: Fenwick cancels public hearing on election rules

The Fenwick Island Town Council has canceled its Aug. 25 public hearing and the council’s final vote on voter qualifications. In fact, the primary sponsor, Councilwoman Julie Lee, said she has decided to hit “pause” altogether on the proposed...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:40am

Fenwick Island to talk waterway dredging

Delaware’s waterways are important to those who use them, whether it’s the wide bays or the narrow-dug canals that snake through small towns.

But those small towns are trying to find the resources to keep the shallow waters well-dredged,...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:33am