Fenwick Island

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

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

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

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

Fenwick committee discusses flags, event

It was a light agenda for the Fenwick Island Commercial Liaison Committee (CLC) at their Dec. 15 meeting.

Town Council Member and CLC Chairman Chris Clark unveiled a series of rough sketches that could be the basis of designs for flags the...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick denies conservation tax break

Fenwick Island Town Council considered a request from the South Schulz Wetlands Association at the Dec. 16 council meeting, but decided against supporting wetlands conservation via tax relief.
The dollar amount in question was so small that...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick Island deadlocks on front yards

Fenwick Island Town Council members debated a clarified requirement for front yard setbacks (how close to the street property owners can build something) at the Nov. 18 council meeting but ended up in a 3-3 deadlock (Council Member R. Chris Clark...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Disparate interest brought together in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council Member Chris Clark admittedly expected a bigger turnout for the Nov. 4 Your Town meeting he had helped organize in the town. But at the conclusion of the two-hour event with several dozen people in attendance, he...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick raises notion of historical committee

The meeting was on the subject of beautification, but Fenwick Island Town Council Member Chris Clark dropped in an idea that has a larger potential impact on the town than any new landscaping plans or restroom renovations.

Spurred by...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Differing approaches to new town hall in Fenwick

Two very different approaches to updating Fenwick Island’s town hall were raised at a Nov. 8 meeting of an advisory group on the issue.

Committee members were presented with revised scratch drawings from Michael Bouman of Davis, Bowen and...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Your Town meeting set for November 4 in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council Member Chris Clark and other organizers of the planned Nov. 4 Your Town follow-up meeting are hoping the second edition of the program will bring together residents, officials and interest groups from around Sussex...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick wrangles with setback wording

Fenwick Island’s recent tussle in the courts over its front yard setback requirements was behind an ordinance change proposed with a first reading at the town council’s Oct. 28 meeting.

The lengthy, 271-word sentence the town currently...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach construction project nears finish

An initial delay of several weeks on the start of Fenwick Island’s beach reconstruction project may have worked to the town’s favor. Sand lost in the recent nor’easter might just get put back in place before the project is complete.


Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Popular New Year's event set to return to Fenwick Island

After a roaring success with the inaugural edition of the Fenwick Freeze New Year’s ocean plunge, members of the town’s Beach Committee are already planning the second annual event, with a theme of “Dive Into 2006.”

Set, naturally, on Jan...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick gets serious about flooding woes

In the wake of severe tidal flooding caused by the recent nor’easter, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously (5-0, with Mayor Peter Frederick and Council Member Martha Keller absent) Oct. 28 to put a focus on the town’s flooding...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Rural design efforts continue in Fenwick

Do you like where Sussex County’s headed, or fear something’s maybe getting lost along the way? And is yours a majority — or a minority — view regarding what a plan for the county’s future should include?

There’s been some discussion along...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island officials quash robbery rumors

Rumors that Fenwick Island police were slow to respond to a Sept. 14 bank robbery in the town due to staffing and communication problems are unfounded, according to town council members.

At the Oct. 8 workshop-without-agenda, the council...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Truck parking, commercial area discussed

It was a time for revisiting a number of old issues at the Oct. 8 workshop-without-agenda (WWA) in Fenwick Island.

Resident Gail Warburton again raised the issue of delivery truck parking on Farmington and other residential side streets....

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

Giving aid

Fenwick Island police officer Jason Bergman didn’t have much warning that he would be heading to the devastated Gulf Coast region to provide relief to hurricane victims.
Special to the Coastal Point • JASON BERGMAN:
National Guardsmen...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Book discussion a hit

Joan Maloof, an environmental issues and biological sciences professor at Salisbury University, stopped at the iLand ArT gaLLerY in Fenwick Island last weekend (Oct. 1) to sign copies of her new book, “Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

FIPD continues efforts for Gulf Coast region

When Jason Bergman returned to his regular duties with the Fenwick Island Police Department last week, he had a surprise waiting for him.
Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS:
Officer Jason Bergman with some of the boxes of goods...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

It's all in business in Fenwick Island

It was a topsy-turvy day for those used to the normal flow of an agenda for the Fenwick Island Town Council. Mayor Peter Frederick turned the usual order of things on its head, starting off a new council initiative that emphasizes the performance...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick rejects more docks, boat lifts

The people spoke, and the Fenwick Island Town Council listened, voting 5-1 not to expand allowances for docks and boat lifts on the town’s canals at their Sept. 23 meeting.

The vote followed in the wake of a survey of property owners that...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island codifies apartment rule

Fenwick Island’s town council accepted a series of amendments to the town code Sept. 23, codifying what has been standard practice as regards the building and operation of apartments in the town’s commercial district.

The proposed...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Billboard plan dead in face of opposition

They didn’t have to bring in any extra seating, but the turnout of Fenwick Island-area residents in opposition to a billboard proposed near the town was apparently enough to influence the applicant: He signed in for the hearing before the Sussex...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick to weigh docks, boat lifts again

On Friday, Sept. 23, at 2:30 p.m., the Fenwick Island Town Council will hold a public hearing in the town hall to receive testimony on a proposed amendment to the town code, Chapter 160 — Zoning, Paragraph 6-b, regulations for docks and boat...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Beautification remains focus in Fenwick

Members of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee continued their efforts Monday, following up on a number of projects spearheaded by the committee and aimed at making the town even more aesthetically pleasing.

Topping the agenda for...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick council wrangles with the details

The Fenwick Island Town Council will continue to hold its informal “workshops-without-agenda” (WWA) on the second Saturday of the month, with a decision made by council members at just such a meeting Sept. 10.

Recent WWAs have conflicted...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island council votes to settle lawsuit

The Fenwick Island Town Council Friday, Aug. 26, voted to allow its insurance carrier, Scottsdale Insurance Company, to resolve the lawsuit brought by former police Maj. William Manning against the town and council members past and present.


Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick moves forward on makeover

As sand continues pumping into Fenwick Island’s beaches, the town’s streetscape has been chosen for a green makeover. The town council passed a motion Friday, Aug. 26, to approve the twofold Living Fence Project.

Fenwick Island will...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

Moving Sand: Fenwick Island begins process of building new beach

Atlantis is risen in Fenwick Island this week, as dredging outfit Bean Stuyvesant replaces sands lost to the tides over the past 13 years.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Contracting company Bean Stuyvesant goes to work on the Fenwick...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick Island studies dwellings, signs

Like newspaper editors cleaning up wire copy, Fenwick Island’s ordinance commissioners pored over pages of town codes, tweaking and tightening.

For the ordinance committee’s Friday, Aug. 19 meeting, Chairman Harry Haon, also vice president...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick stays course with council

Municipal hall resembled law school in Fenwick Island Thursday morning, Aug. 11, as the town council listened to town attorney Tempe Steen untangle the town’s law books.

After the council reconfirmed its officers — Peter Frederick as mayor...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Shining the fashion light

Jeanne Hastings, long-time resident of South Bethany, has continued to satisfy her faithful customers’ demands for interesting and fashionable clothing and accessories at her store, Lighthouse Landing, located in Fenwick Island.

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dollar deals

For the residents of coastal Delaware, Dollar Buys makes a lot of sense. One Fenwick Island couple hopes it will make a lot of cents too.
Coastal Point • JOSH MILLER:
Bud and Mary Vorhees patrol the front counter at Dollar Buys, in...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick gets the music in them

A guitarist, dressed modestly in a t-shirt and dungarees, stands in front of A Novel Idea, a book retailer in the Village of Fenwick shopping center, as he starts strumming familiar tunes. Shoppers and business owners quickly converge on the...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dredging company staging in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Mayor Peter Frederick recently offered a heads-up to folks just rolling into town — the dredging company preparing to pump up Fenwick beaches was scheduled to start hauling beach replenishment gear back and forth on Bayard Street...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Hold on a sec

A hectic hurricane season in Florida has delayed until September the start of Fenwick Island’s beach replenishment project.

Bean Stuyvesant LLC, the Louisiana-based contractor, pledged to bring in equipment for the effort on Monday, Aug. 1...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick jumps into live music

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Fenwick Town Council approved an exception to its noise ordinance that will allow live jazz in a local commercial center.

The council had approved a similar resolution — by the same 5-2 margin — at its...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Outdoor concerts approved in Fenwick

The Fenwick Island Town Council voted 5-2 in favor of a resolution Friday to allow alfresco jazz concerts on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 25 at the Village of Fenwick.

The first of the eight performances, featuring an acoustic soft-...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

FISH meets council incumbents

Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council chatted with residents Saturday, July 23, at the annual assembly of the Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH).

FISH traditionally uses the meeting to introduce residents to that year’s...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm