Fenwick Island


Fenwick comp plan work now under way

Roughly two-thirds of Fenwick Island’s property owners do not live in the Delaware coastal town full-time. Updating those taxpayers with meeting dates and comprehensive plan progress was a primary concern — among many — of the mostly full-time...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bear Trap brings back popular home tour

Village of Bear Trap Dunes’ home owners are looking beyond this holiday week toward the coming holiday season, and are again decorating their houses with lights, Christmas trees and décor, as part of plans to host the fourth Bear Trap-sponsored...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Work on Fenwick comp plan starts Saturday

Fenwick Island residents, town officials and other interested parties will soon get to have their first say on a town comprehensive plan.

After delay beginning the plan and much discussion about the necessity of one, work on Fenwick...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick reports better-than-expected revenues

Fenwick Island residents received a little sunshine on a rainy Friday as Finance Administrator Gary Esposito announced a solid month for real estate transfer tax revenues, at the Oct. 27 town council meeting. According to Esposito, the previous...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick comprehensive plan to start soon

After months of discussion, the seven newly-appointed Fenwick Island planning commissioners and an Aspen, Colo., company will soon begin work on the town’s first, and state-mandated, comprehensive plan.

The plan will “lay the groundwork,”...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Chamber golf outing popular at Bayside

The Bethany Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Fall Golf Outing next Thursday, Oct. 12, but spots are already limited in the popular event. Chamber officials said late last week that only six foursomes were remaining for the...

Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick holds off again on IPA

The Fenwick Island town council again put off the approval of a contract with the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA) for comprehensive plan work at the town council meeting on Friday, Sept. 22.

The state-...

Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sands Motel buyer asks for input

Fenwick Islanders have expressed increasing concern over the viability of the town’s commercial district in recent years, as the pace of commercial-to-residential conversion has accelerated under the weight of increasing residential property...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick still split on comp plan

Fenwick Island officials remain split on how to pursue some kind of town comprehensive plan, judging by commentary at a Sept. 9 workshop-without-agenda (WWA).

Former Mayor Peter Frederick raised the issue at the WWA, saying council members...

Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick gives neither inch nor mile

Members of the Fenwick Island Board of Adjustments (BoA) were quick to respond to concerns about setback variances with a statement of fact: In the last two years, only a single variance has been granted by the board.

And they kept that...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island splits on planning process

Council Member Chris Clark might have unexpectedly become the first appointed member of Fenwick Island’s new Planning Commission at the council’s recent reorganizational meeting, but town officials appear to want to take further decisions on the...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Serio becomes mayor of Fenwick Island

Everything old is new again in Fenwick Island. In their Aug. 18 reorganizational meeting, the newest members of the Fenwick Island Town Council were sworn in and joined four continuing members to unanimously select veteran Council Member Audrey...

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

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

Bunting, Tingle, Weistling elected in Fenwick

Fenwick Island has three new town council members set to come in at an Aug. 18 reorganizational meeting. With 266 votes cast at the polls on Aug. 5 and another 59 absentee-ballot votes counted, voters elected Gardner Bunting, Diane Tingle and...

Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

Five to vie for Fenwick town council seats

Fenwick Island voters will take to the polls on Saturday, Aug. 5, to elect three new town council members to replace the three incumbents who stepped down this election season.

There are five candidates for the three seats, including long...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick to begin search for town manager

In a special town council meeting on July 20, Fenwick Island town council voted to approve a job description of a future town manager and start a search for qualified candidates.

A committee appointed by council earlier this year has been...

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.

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Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Jazz finds a home in Fenwick Island

Floating on the gentle breeze, jazz notes emanating from the Jazz Pioneers’ instruments put smiles on the faces of audience members at the Fenwick Island’s community park on Saturday, July 22. Four of the band’s seven members played at the free...

Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick kicks off child ID program

The Fenwick Island Police Department has become the first police department in the state of Delaware to engage in a full-fledged digital child identification and safety program.

Officers kicked off the program on Thursday, July 13, with a...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Coastal towns consider recycling programs

South Bethany residents seeking convenient recycling options may want to go ahead and sign up for the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s new statewide curbside recycling program.

At the town’s monthly council meeting on July 14, Mayor Gary...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island home to unique yacht club

Founded in 1961, the Fenwick Island Yacht Club is not a typical yacht club: it has no clubhouse, no boat slips, nor a precise address, but does have many enthusiastic members. An association of about 90 families, the Fenwick Island Yacht Club...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick candidates introduce themselves

The five candidates vying for three Fenwick Island council seats in the upcoming Aug. 5 election paraded in front of a full meeting room at town hall on Saturday, introducing themselves to their potential constituents at the annual meet-the-...

Thursday, July 20, 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.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Debate continues over Fenwick FAR survey, vote

Fenwick Island officials were still dealing with criticism this week of June 23’s 3-2 vote to adopt floor-area-ration (FAR) restrictions on properties in the town. At a July 8 workshop-without-agenda, the very first citizen question was as to...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

For Seaport Antique owners: ‘It’s time’

Ask Holly McIntyre, the general manager of Seaport Antique Village. The questions are constant. Who bought the land? What’s replacing the shop? Why, after 37 years, regular customers ask, is the classic antique shop closing?

Coastal...

Thursday, July 13, 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

Fenwick bonfire lights up the night

They came by twos and threes, fives and sixes, as the sun set over homes in Fenwick Island on Saturday, July 1. In groups large and small, residents and visitors to the coastal town headed to the sands, though the day’s spectacular beach weather...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick to start fun with annual bonfire

As neighboring Bethany Beach and Ocean View gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, Fenwick Island is taking the holiday festivities to its wide and sandy shores, with the fourth Annual Fenwick Island Town Bonfire, set to take place...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick incumbents opt out of election

Fenwick Island citizens were in for something of a shocker when the names of the candidates for the town council’s Aug. 5 election were revealed. None of the three incumbents whose terms are set to expire threw their hats back into the ring....

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island council enacts FAR limits

Floor-area ratio (FAR) limits proposed in Fenwick Island stirred controversy from the start, and that had not changed by the time the town council passed them into law on June 23 in a 3-2 vote.

The council’s survey of citizens proved yet...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bonfire, junior lifeguard program on tap in Fenwick

The Fenwick Island Beach Committee met Saturday, June 3, at the Town Hall, to discuss upcoming events for the summer season.

The most prominent topic on the day’s agenda was the annual family bonfire, to be held on Saturday, July 1, on the...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Concern over Fenwick Island FAR continues

Opposition to proposed floor-area ratio restrictions in Fenwick Island continued to be voiced this month, at the town council’s June 10 workshop-without-agenda.

Resident Diane Tingle said she was particularly concerned with how the...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick takes a look at tax hike

Fenwick Island officials are considering a 20 percent property tax hike to help bolster the town’s revenue during a period when the failings of non-recurring revenue sources such as real estate transfer taxes are becoming ever clearer and more...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick aims for "no frills budget"

Fenwick Island does not have a budget shortfall, Town Treasurer Audrey Serio clarified at a June 10 council workshop-without-agenda (WWA).

Serio said the $300,000 figure that had been mentioned in connection to the town’s draft budget for...

Thursday, June 15, 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

Fenwick Island looks to trim budget

Fenwick Island Budget Committee members were looking to cut the fat from the draft 2007 fiscal-year budget when they met on Wednesday, May 24. Some $80,000 worth of tentative budget line items were placed on the table, but the committee members...

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

Committee recommends Fenwick town manager

After months of research and interviews with experts on municipal management, the Fenwick Island Town Manager Search Committee is nearly ready to make its recommendations to the town council. And the key element of those recommendations has been...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick FAR put on hold for survey

Amid continued concern from citizens about the potential impact of floor-area ratio on their properties and the division the issue has caused in the town, members of the Fenwick Island Town Council on May 19 voted unanimously (Theo Brans absent)...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick grants variance

Like many of its neighboring coastal towns, Fenwick Island has had problems with stormwater and drainage. With an eye toward lessening those problems, the town has long had on the books an ordinance banning impermeable surfaces inside residential...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick goes to survey

Fenwick Island’s controversial proposal to control home size with a floor-area ratio (FAR) netted calls for a referendum at this month’s second public hearing.

With a crowd of those strongly opposed to FAR supplementing a previously...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick officials to dip into savings

Just as transfer tax revenues continue to disappoint, Fenwick Island town officials are depending more heavily on those taxes to balance a proposed 2007 fiscal-year budget.

Peter Frederick said that the town might have to use as much as $...

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

Fenwick officials concerned over revenue

The Lady Indians softball team has upped the ante once again. They’ve beaten the defending state champion Sussex Central Golden Knights 2-0 on their way to a perfect 10-0 record, and the excellence displayed on the field has transferred into the...

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

Fenwick banner project moves ahead

Fenwick Island’s main drag will soon sport some colorful accents, if plans from the town’s Beautification and Commercial Liaison committees move forward apace.

Councilman Chris Clark said April 27 that he was just seeking to narrow to...

Thursday, May 4, 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