Fenwick Island


Coons presses Corps for emergency beach repair funding

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) last week asked a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official if funds left over from Hurricane Sandy might be diverted to emergency repairs of the beaches and dunes at three of Delaware’s beach towns.

During a...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:25pm

Fenwick committee split on freeboard

The Fenwick Island Charter & Ordinance Committee isn’t entirely comfortable with a proposed freeboard ordinance. In fact, the group was split on March 8 on whether they agreed with the law as written.

The town council has already...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:21pm

Fenwick houses may get higher soon as a freeboard reward

Freeboard has returned as an increasingly divisive topic at Fenwick Island Town Council meetings.

On Feb. 26, a number of residents opposed an ordinance that would allow Fenwick houses to surpass the 30-foot building height by 18 to 24...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:34pm

No more hotels (for now) as Fenwick passes moratorium

Fenwick Island will have no more than three hotels for the time being. The town council voted unanimously (with Councilman Roy Williams absent) on Feb. 26 to place a moratorium on new hotel/motel uses within town limits.

The moratorium...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:33pm

Post-storm beach repair not in the cards at present

In the wake of two storms that heavily damaged dunes and beaches in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, the potential for funding for shoring up the storm-beaten beaches remains unclear.

Last week, officials announced that...

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:15am

Fenwick council opposes seismic testing for oil and gas

Fenwick Island is the latest town to join a long list of municipalities opposing seismic testing off the Atlantic coast. Besides the potential harm to hundreds of thousands of animals, the town should not have to face the threat of a possible...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 9:50am

Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos set for 20th year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Exercise Like the Eskimos participants rush out of the water after a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1, 2015.It’s been a Bethany Beach tradition for going on 20 years now, and this New Years’ Day will be...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 8:46am

Fenwick passes hotels ordinance, denies petition

Property owners may be interested in a moratorium on hotels, even if they were dissatisfied by Fenwick Island Town Council rejecting a homeowner petition and increasing hotel/motel room density.

In a 5-2 vote on Dec. 11, the council...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:46am

Keep it simple: Fenwick committee aims for simpler rules

After a rocky 2015 election, the Town of Fenwick Island is being proactive on voter registration. The Ad-Hoc Election Committee met Dec. 4 to begin educating residents and property owners.

The August election is over, so Councilwoman Julie...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:02am

Fenwick hotels hearing reflects desire for smart growth

With some legal help, Fenwick Island residents have created a petition that could crush the proposed motel zoning ordinance.

A Dec. 4 public hearing was held on a zoning amendment that could allow existing hotels/motels to increase density...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:44am

Fenwick motel talk takes center stage this Friday

This Friday, the people will have the floor, but they’ll be discussing beds.

The Fenwick Island Town Council will host a public hearing at Town Hall on Friday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m., regarding room density in hotels and motels.

Room...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:16am

Christmas parades warm up the season

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.

All the local parades begin at 7 p.m. The Selbyville Christmas Parade is...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:15am

Fenwick to ‘SEAS the Holidays’ with event

Just because beach towns are less likely to see a white Christmas doesn’t mean they shouldn’t sing for one.

Fenwick Island is inviting residents and neighbors to a holiday gathering at the town park on Friday, Dec. 11. People can enjoy...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:10am

Employees help each other with Fenwick personnel policy

Fenwick Island’s new personnel program will help employees in need, starting with a town police officer and his baby boy.

Town Council had a special meeting Nov. 5 just to consider and approve a Donated Leave Program.

“A donated...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:14am

Fenwick considers limited hotel expansion options

The Fenwick Island Town Council has backed off its original proposal to increase permitted hotel room density in the town. On Oct. 23, they approved, 5-2, the first reading of an ordinance that allows only existing hotels to increase density, to...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:46am

Fenwick Island Town Council may put a limit on hotels

When it comes to hotels, Fenwick Island is trying to find a way to make everyone happy.

The town council will consider a new ordinance on Oct. 23 that would allow the Sands Motel to have a higher density than it does now but limit any...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:51am

Fenwick Island business committee reviews summer season

Fenwick Island’s Business Development Committee took a look at the summer season for past improvements and future ideas.

Attendance at the Sept. 24 meeting was slightly sparse, as it was expected some business owners were finishing the end...

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:20am

Fenwick Island hotel ordinance passes first reading

Limitations teeter on the table

The Town of Fenwick Island took the first step this week toward loosening its hotel ordinance, which would help a local business owner renovate and upgrade the Sands Motel. A majority of the council voted on Sept....

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:39pm

Fenwick Island talks elections, dredging, communications

The Fenwick Island Town Council election is over for 2015, but discussions of it aren’t quite in the past.

Having reviewed the 2015 election with the town solicitor, Mayor Gene Langan addressed the public at the council meeting on Sept. 25...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:17pm

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT closes Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:51am

Governor Issues limited state of emergency in Sussex County

With moderate to major coastal flooding expected at high tides today and tomorrow, along with high wind warnings along the coast, Gov. Jack Markell at noon on Oct. 2 issued a Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County, effective immediately....

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 8:25am

Newlyweds prepare for baby’s birth — and heart surgery

Like any parents, Stephen and Amanda Lowe are delighted to be having their first child together in October. But their baby boy has a long road ahead, starting with open-heart surgery within days of his birth.

Still in the womb, baby...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 9:10am

Gun ordinance passes Fenwick committee

The Fenwick Island Town Council may consider a new gun ordinance prohibiting the public from carrying firearms inside town buildings, including the police department.

On Sept. 1, the Charter & Ordinance Committee agreed to recommend...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 10:11am

A shuffling of dream jobs brings new Chamber employee

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Emilie Bonano recently joined the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce as the communications manager.As soon as Emilie Bonano realized that she enjoyed marketing, she wanted to do that in a tourist location. That...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:56am

From the classroom to the lifeguard stand

Coastal Point • Submitted: Tim Ferry (white shorts) with two Fenwick Island LIfeguards and State Rep. Ron Gray at the Aug. 28 town council meeting in Fenwick Island.Since the age of 15, Tim Ferry has been guarding Delaware beaches. That was 40...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:40am

Some wary as Sands Motel asks Town for room to grow

For more than 60 years, the Sands Motel in Fenwick Island has operated with fewer than 40 rooms. The current town code prevents new owner Spiro Buas from rebuilding a hotel with more than 39 rooms, which is a third less than the other hotels in...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:56am

Fenwick gets a flood insurance update

Fenwick Island Town Council members got an earful on Aug. 28, regarding flood insurance, motels and the recent election.

Resident Pete Frederick shared his concerns over the August election, including voter qualification, registration and...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:23am

Fenwick Island elects four, but not the ‘Fenwick Four’

More than half of Fenwick Island’s eligible voters cast ballots in the Aug. 1 town council election, responding to a month of intense campaigning by the six candidates running for four seats.

Incumbents Richard Mais (251 votes),...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:26am

Fenwick adopts $1.8M budget for 2016, no tax increase

The Fenwick Island Town Council approved the Town’s fee schedule and financial plan for the 2016 fiscal year at a July 24 council meeting, including a $1.8 million operating budget, $262,000 in capital improvements and new funding for...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:03am

Serio retires from Fenwick council after a dozen years

The Fenwick Island Town Council and Town staff bid farewell to outgoing councilwoman and mayor Audrey Serio at her last meeting behind the council table on July 24. Serio was first elected to the council in 2003, having made the decision...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 4:58am

Fenwick voters to elect four town council members

Fenwick Island voters will select more than half of the town council when they take to the polls on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. at town hall. Four seats on the seven-member council are up for election this year, with six candidates in the...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:11am

Fenwick voters question registration process ahead of election

Councilwoman Diane Tingle was the first to broach the topic of Fenwick Island’s voter registration process at the July 24 town council meeting, using the “old business” segment of the meeting to refresh memories about an ordinance the Town...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:46am

House fire stuns Wolfenbarger family, generates support

The good news was that no one was injured. But the tragedy was that the Wolfenbarger family lost everything else when their brand new home burned down on Thursday, July 16.
Two separate salvage companies have determined that none of their...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:31am

Barefoot Gardeners Club hosting free children’s program in Fenwick

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sue Clark, Barbara McCoy, Carol McCloud, Mary Ellen Gonski, and Todd Sposato out front of the Barefoot Gardeners Club gardens at Fenwick Town Hall.They may be retired educators, but that doesn’t mean that these...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:32am

Fenwick DQ is a local staple and summertime treat

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Lanta Conaway, left, Brett Conaway, center, and Don Conaway, right, run the Fenwick Island Dairy Queen as a family business, with Lanta and Don’s other son, Don “D.C.” Conaway, and their daughter,...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 5:59am

ALERT: Beachgoers warned to avoid contact with Portuguese man o’ war

A number of sightings near ocean beaches over the holiday weekend and the subsequent washing ashore of several Portuguese man o’ war this week prompted DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police to issue a caution statement...

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 10:06am

Fourth of July festivities galore this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:44am

Pennsylvania child hospitalized after pedestrian accident

Pedestrians are being urged again to walk safely, especially during these busy summer months, following an incident Saturday evening that left a 9-year-old boy in critical condition.

On June 20, around 8:55 p.m., a 9-year-old boy of...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1:17pm

Growing old together

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Brandywine Senior Living helped to celebrate 519 years of marriage with eight couples on Saturday, June 13. Shown are the Pattersons, Finicles and Kriners grabbing a smooch after renewing their vows and before the...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:42pm

MSO performance at Freeman Stage to feature ‘Oz’-themed music

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou, will kick-off the eighth summer season of the Freeman Stage at Bayside at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Admission costs $10 per person, with kids 18 and younger admitted free...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 5:54am

Bayside Marketplace to host Taste of Bayside on Saturday

Bayside Marketplace, located at 31225 Americana Parkway in Selbyville, is hosting a Taste of Bayside on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is anchored by Harris Teeter and located at the intersection of Americana Parkway and...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:26pm

Mais appointed to fill Fenwick council seat as election looms

With just two months left before Fenwick Island voters may head to the polls to elect council members to four out of seven council seats, they’re already seeing a new face at the council table, as the council voted unanimously at their May 29...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:34am

Freeman stage offers up the arts, and volunteer opportunities

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Carla Briccotto and Mark Banaszak are among the volunteers at the Freeman Stage.The Freeman Stage at Bayside has entertained Sussex County residents and visitors since the summer of 2008. Each year...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:25am

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Bethany Beach parking...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:31pm

Atlantic Physical Therapy builds strength

Coastal Point • Submitted: At Atlantic Physical Therapy in West Fenwick, reporter Laura Walter only needs to support a fraction of her own body weight while walking on the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.A boxing injury pulled Bobby Hammond out of...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:54am

Barefoot Gardeners to hold annual sale this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding its annual plant sale this Saturday, to raise money for the club’s community outreach projects.The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:13am

Vino & Vinyl at Fenwick Wine Cellars on May 24

Fenwick Wine Cellars will host a creative afternoon of wine and decorating lighted wine bottles with Vocal Vinyl on Sunday, May 24, at 12:30 p.m.

The $25 price of admission includes one lighted wine-bottle lamp, high quality outdoor pre-...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:16am

Karimali for Hair offers new services in new Fenwick location

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Costa and Gina Karimalis have moved their shop, Karimali For Hair from Route 54 to right on Route 1 to be able to offer customers more with added and updated space.While Karimali for Hair may be offering some new...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:32pm

Unoccupied homes used as mail drops in terrorism-related scheme

Fenwick Island Police Chief William Boyden offered a warning to local property owners at the April 24 town council meeting, noting that it had been discovered that criminals with reported connections to terrorism were using homes unoccupied...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:42pm

Feds seek input on deep-water permitting

Mid-Atlantic survey first step in oil/gas drilling
Two Texas companies have requested permission to perform surveys off the Delaware coast for potential oil and gas reserves. GX Technology Corporation and Spectrum Geo Inc. applied for...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:00am