South Bethany


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

South Bethany plans next step for clean canal water

With five miles of canals, South Bethany has called itself the “Venice of Delaware.” But all canals don’t lead to Rome in this case, as the dead-end canals suffer from poor flushing and circulation.

That’s the challenge being addressed by...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:03am

South Bethany seeks new approach to FIRMs appeal

South Bethany’s maps aren’t leading to where it was expected.

At public urging, the town council hired an environmental consulting firm to manage the potential appeal of flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs). The Federal Emergency Management...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:02am

South Bethany to continue with Republic waste hauling

Republic Services will continue as the waste hauler for the Town of South Bethany. The company had the low bid for a five-year waste-hauling contract. The town council unanimously approved to pay the winning bid of $1,638,431 for services from...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:47am

Police ask residents to report all suspicious activity

At a recent South Bethany Town Council meeting, Sgt. Lee Davis repeatedly told residents to call the South Bethany Police Department if something seems suspicious.

“We’d rather go out 10 times” for a false alarm than miss something “...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 9:05am

South Bethany’s Hudson recieves police award

The South Bethany Police Department this week announced that Patrolman Nathan Hudson has been chosen as the recipient of the Crowe-McGrory Award.

Hudson was awarded the Crowe-McGrory on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Delaware Chapter Law...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 8:47am

South Bethany prepares for first FIRM appeal update

South Bethany planned to review the first round of scientific results this week as it decides whether to appeal its flood insurance rate map (FIRM).

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gave the Town until Jan. 20 to appeal maps that...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:21am

DSP investigating South Bethany pedestrian crash

The Delaware State Police are continuing their investigation of a crash south of Bethany Beach over the weekend.

The crash occurred on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 a.m., as Carl V. Roma, 57, of Endicott, N.Y., was traveling northbound on...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40am

South Bethany to foot the bill for potential FEMA maps appeal

It’s appeal season in South Bethany, as the town council voted this week to pay around $23,000 to potentially appeal its new flood insurance rate map (FIRM).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened the 90-day appeal period on...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:55am

S. Bethany presents a history of the society

South Bethany may be young for a local beach town, but residents still proudly study its heritage in the South Bethany Historical Society. Councilman George Junkin will give a talk on “History of the Society” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:00am

Residents question South Bethany’s acquisition of boat, Humvee

Got a spare recycling bin? Motorboat? Military-grade vehicle?

Through an overstock program, police departments are able to get free equipment that ranges from mundane to massive. But the Law Enforcement Liquidation Program moves so...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:29am

Delmarva Power washing off salt-coated North Bethany lines again

Delmarva Power crews are resuming their efforts today to pressure-wash utility lines and equipment along Route 1 between the Indian River Inlet and an area just north of Bethany Beach to remove sea salt carried inland by winds from the weekend...

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:23am

South Bethany hosts flood damage and insurance workshop

What could happen to the sea in 50 years? No one can know for sure, but South Bethany residents got tips on planning for sea-level rise at a pair of workshops on Sept. 25 and 26.

To fulfill requirements of a recent grant, the Town’s Sea...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:27pm

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

South Bethany awaits news as consultant drops FEMA case

After hiring an independent consultant to analyze its Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), the Town of South Bethany is at a standstill.


Taylor Engineering’s June report suggested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)...

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 9:08am

South Bethany celebrates canal-end beautification

For the fifth year in a row, the Town of South Bethany has recognized residents who have taken the time to help make their community a better place by adopting the town’s canal ends.
South Bethany Town Seal


Last week,...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:22am

End of the experiment: South Bethany to sell canal diffusers

It was a pioneering effort, but South Bethany’s canal diffuser experiment was a wash.

After a two-year study, air diffusers placed in the Petherton Drive canal have not significantly increased the dissolved oxygen in the nearly...

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:14am

South Bethany officer injured by unruly suspect

Police reported this week that alcohol was a factor in an incident that began as a missing-person case and ended with a severely injured police officer.

On Aug. 8, the South Bethany Police Department responded to a report of a...

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:10am

Officials cut the ribbon to open the new Assawoman Canal Trail

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Gov. Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday joined DNREC Secretary David Small, federal highway officials and community leaders and groups, to...

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 1:20am

Little library lifting literacy along the Delaware shore

Coastal Point • Submitted : A second Little Free Library just opened in South Bethany, providing more opportunities for people to have access to books.

Imagine a medium-sized wooden box, standing outdoors on a pole, in all kinds of...

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 5:51am

South Bethany council discusses boatlifts

Boatlifts seem to be popping up all around South Bethany. But there are no zoning regulations on these structures, from the size to the number a person can build.

At its July 23 workshop, the town council appointed an ad-hoc group...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:34am

South Bethany hits the pause button on bulkhead talk

It took about 2.5 hours for the South Bethany Town Council to cover regular business at their meeting on July 10, when discussions ranged from zoning to law enforcement and touched more than briefly on the continuing controversy over FEMA flood...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:24am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

Annual tour featuring 10 local homes July 22-23

Participants in the 24th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library will have the opportunity to visit 10 unique homes in the Bethany Beach area. The...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 7:51am

South Bethany investigates assault; victim thrown in canal

The South Bethany Police Department this week was investigating an assault that occurred just after midnight on Sunday, July 5. According to the SBPD, officers were dispatched around 12:48 a.m. last Sunday after they received reports that a man...

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 12:48pm

South Bethany consultant suggests further FEMA study

The Town of South Bethany may have some homework to do, if it follows the advice of an independent consultant who recently recommended new studies be made on coastal flood hazards.

The Town commissioned an independent study regarding its...

Friday, July 10, 2015 - 10:37am

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

South Bethany council delves into rules on committees

South Bethany’s committees have been the topic of minor debate recently, so the town council decided to take an official look at their policy on June 25, by creating one.

Council Members Sue Callaway, Tim Saxton and Wayne Schrader were...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:34am

FEMA draws a crowd at South Bethany maps meeting

South Bethany Town Hall may never have seemed so small when 100 people tried to fit inside for a public meeting about the future of local flood mapping. Most of them wanted to know exactly why their flood-risk designation changed, and what they...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:57am

Little discussion, but more involvement in charter change

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: South Bethany’s new council members were recently sworn in to their first terms in office. Pictured, from left, are Frank Weisgerber, Carol Stevenson and Wayne Schrader.The South Bethany Town Council has a plan to...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:53pm

FEMA coming to South Bethany in June

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has some explaining to do.

FEMA has scheduled a public meeting at South Bethany Town Hall to discuss the new Preliminary FIRM (flood insurance rate map) on Friday, June 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. (This...

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 10:39am

South Bethany voters elect new town council members

In a South Bethany election with a broad slate of candidates, three new council members have been elected: Carol Stevenson (200 votes), Wayne Schrader (192) and Frank Weisgerber (173). They are filling three seats for which the incumbents did not...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 11:41am

South Bethany all set to elect three new council members

Three seats on the South Bethany Town Council will be up for election on May 23. Voters have their pick of six candidates: Elizabeth Baker, Don Boteler, Joel Danshes, Wayne Schrader, Carol Stevenson and Frank Weisgerber. None of the incumbents...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:38pm

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

Gardeners by the Sea to hold annual Adopt-a-Hydrangea sale for Mother’s Day

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Gardeners by the Sea will host their third annual hydrangea sale on Saturday, at York Beach Mall in South Bethany, offering a choice of ‘toddler’ and ‘teen’ hydrangeas in baby-boy blue and baby-girl pink, complete...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:37am

Earth Day in South Bethany is a community effort

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: South Bethany volunteers got down and dirty to beautify their town on Earth Day.In South Bethany, a green thumb also means blue waters. Volunteers donned gardening gloves on Earth Day to landscape along the Anchorage...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 9:23am

South Bethany council looks at lattice, taxes

The South Bethany Town Council has been looking under people’s houses lately. But homeowner’s should get upset over privacy concerns — the council is researching a new ordinance, which would affect lattice and boards around the open space under...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:37pm

Six candidates to vie for three South Bethany Town Council seats

The South Bethany Town Council will see some new faces after the May 23 election. Six residents are currently competing for three seats, but councilmembers Tony Caputo, Jim Gross and Al Rae did not file for reelection. The positions carry...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 6:20am

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

South Bethany gets a mulligan on flood maps

Just weeks before new flood maps were to be enacted in South Bethany, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to wind back the clock. FEMA has rescinded the “final determination” that previously raised the base flood elevation (...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:06pm

South Bethany talks budget — meets again March 13

South Bethany may have a budget shortfall of about $1,500 in its proposed 2016-fiscal-year budget, “but we know where to find it,” said Town Council Treasurer Tim Saxton.

On Feb. 26, he presented to the council a “fully loaded” draft...

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 9:36am

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:49am

Candidates sought for three two-year council seats in South Bethany

Town council elections are approaching in South Bethany, so candidate and voter registration has begun. Three positions are up for voting in the 2015 election, scheduled for May 23. Terms are for two years. Those council seats are currently held...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:46am

South Bethany seeks Congressional help in FEMA debate

South Bethany has tugged at its Congressional connections in an effort to induce FEMA to reconsider the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) — or rather, to disregard South Bethany’s previous communication on the matter.

After the...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:17am

Harris Teeter to close Salt Pond store

The Harris Teeter grocery store company announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its Salt Pond location near Bethany Beach in two weeks. The store is the area’s newest Harris Teeter store, open at Salt Pond Plaza since March 31, 2010, on the...

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 5:25am

South Bethany getting true 24-hour police coverage

By adding a new police officer position, South Bethany could get the true 24-hour police coverage many believe they already have. Residents broke into applause Monday afternoon after the town council narrowly voted to create a new full-time...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 8:15am

South Bethany awash in transfer tax revenue

South Bethany is expecting an additional $100,000 in revenue above its current budget, thanks to an increase in transfer taxes. That will more than cover some unexpected expenses in the 2015-fiscal-year budget, for the period ending April 30,...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 4:58pm

South Bethany police officer recognized for solving burglary case

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : For solving the crime and aiding the victim, South Bethany’s Cpl. Mark Burton recently received a Certificate of Commendation. Here, pictured is Burton, left, with South Bethany Police Chief Troy Crowson.One of the...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:04pm

South Bethany resident wants action on new floodplain numbers

Ed Bintz was excited to save money on flood insurance when FEMA planned to lower the base-flood elevation (BFE) of his South Bethany house from 12 to 10 feet. But that was short-lived, after a letter from a member of the town council prompted...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 8:53am

South Bethany’s mandatory freeboard is off the table — for now, at least

The will of the people has been heard. The South Bethany Town Council voted unanimously Nov. 20 to remove, at this time, the proposed mandatory 2 feet of freeboard from its draft floodplain ordinance.

The controversial proposal was deleted...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:26pm