Fenwick Island

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

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?


Thursday, July 13, 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

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

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

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

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

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

Signs of flexibility in Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island Town Council members made an adjustment to the town’s signage ordinance at their April 28 meeting, permitting business owners to share their allotted square-footage of signage between as many as three separate signs.


Thursday, May 4, 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

Proposed elections and fishing regs concerns

While the bulk of the Fenwick Island Town Council’s April 8 workshop-without-agenda (WWA) focused on the town’s commercial district and its comprehensive development plan, the meeting’s open format naturally made it the venue for discussion of...

Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick's commercial future a concern

With the open format of Fenwick Island’s workshops-without-agenda (WWAs), nearly anything can come up for informal discussion and often does. At the town council’s April 8 WWA, the topics focused around the town’s commercial district and how it...

Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Beautification efforts continue in Fenwick

Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee has been industriously trying to spruce up the coastal town over the last year. They’ve already accomplished much, pushing for the median beautification project that was completed last year, installing...

Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island residents split on FAR

Fenwick Island residents appear to be divided on the issue of floor-area ratio (FAR). The proposed control on overall home size has been instituted in other coastal towns, such as neighboring South Bethany and Rehoboth Beach. But it is inevitably...

Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fenwick dune crossing idea gets go-ahead

Fenwick Island officials have made some headway with their quest for a standard dune crossing at Bayard Street.

Though U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) officials...

Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Changes in Fenwick's commercial district

Part-time home owners and seasonal visitors to Fenwick Island may have a few surprises awaiting them when they arrive in the coastal town with warmer weather. For some, the changes will be a total surprise; for others, they will simply be the...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick pursues storage for garbage trucks

Fenwick Island residents may be a little closer to bidding a fond farewell to some of their neighbors — not human neighbors, but the town’s garbage trucks, which have sparked complaints about odor and unsightliness at their current storage area...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Experts advise Fenwick town manager search

Fenwick Island is seriously considering getting a town manager to run the town’s day-to-day operations and take some of the administrative burden off the mayor and council members. And they’re calling in the experts to ensure they know all they...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Island beach re-vamp nearly done

After years of hopes, plans and lobbying, the massive beach reconstruction project in Fenwick Island has entered its final phase. Only a few tasks remain to be completed, with the beach replenished, dunes rebuilt and stabilizing sea grass planted...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Shamrock Shanty promotes all things Irish

When Pat Griffiths and her parents, Steve and Audrey, opened the Shamrock Shanty in West Ocean City about 15 years ago, the family-oriented business sold merchandise for people of all ethnic backgrounds.

But gradually, that changed....

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Color, vegetation to spring up in Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island Beautification Committee members are ready to move forward with their latest project designed to improve the looks of the beachside town: a series of decorative banners to add a splash of design and color to Coastal Highway year-...

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick's town manager search gets underway

Fenwick Island’s search for a town manager proceeded this week with a March 6 meeting of the first of two committees tasked with the project.

Former Town Council Member Edward “Buzz” Henifin chairs the committee and led off the meeting...

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick forms town-manager search commitee

The change to a town manager-style of administration has long been under discussion in Fenwick Island, and that remained the case at the town council’s Feb. 24 meeting. The move to finally make the change was set to take a giant leap forward at...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick to search for town manager

For three years, Fenwick Island Mayor Peter Frederick and Councilman Harry Haon have performed many of the administrative duties for the town.

They have taken care of hiring employees, among other personnel duties. They have helped install...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick down on building-permit funds

Outside of property and rental receipt taxes, Fenwick Island town officials expected money brought in from building permits to be their largest source of revenue this year.
But after bringing in more than $216,000 in the 2005 fiscal year,...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Island approves first floor-area reading

Fenwick Island Town Council voted 4-2 on Jan. 27 to approve the first reading of a floor area ratio ordinance, legislation that would limit the size of new homes built in the town.
The council said it will look to the community for feedback...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Clark clarifies his endorsement of Isaacs Glen

Fenwick Island Town Council Member Chris Clark sought to clarify this week the basis of his public support for the proposed Isaacs Glen development outside Milton.

The 1,600+ unit cluster subdivision has remained highly controversial —...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Seaside Inn elevator denied again

Owners of the Seaside Inn in Fenwick Island have been trying to put in an elevator since the building was originally constructed. Though the hotel is now under new ownership and management, that desire was again thwarted this week in yet another...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick residents split on home size, coverage ordinance

Some Fenwick Islanders in attendance at last weekend’s special council meeting (Jan. 14) were already steamed over new state regulations that would limit homeowners’ ability to build on the seaward (and apparently, bayward) side of their lots....

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

County planners give thumbs-up to gift shop

There may soon be a new gift shop along Route 54 outside of Fenwick Island. Members of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) unanimously recommended approval at their Jan. 4 special meeting for a conditional use that allows...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Freeze a splash in second year

There were two challenges at the Fenwick Freeze this New Year’s Day. First, the obvious: getting into ocean water that topped out around 40 degrees. Second: getting the event to live up to its well-attended inaugural edition, despite air...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Island readies for second Freeze

In 2005, Fenwick Islanders kicked off their new year with a splash — a literal one. The town’s first New Year’s Day ocean swim event was a roaring success, drawing hundreds of people to the beach on an unseasonably warm morning that first day of...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm