South Bethany

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

South Bethany continues mandatory freeboard discussion

The South Bethany Town Council will be continuing its discussion of requiring 2 feet of mandatory freeboard following a change in some council members’ minds after their Oct. 23 workshop.

As the Town of South Bethany participates in the...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:46am

Surprise South Bethany vote returns mandatory freeboard to table

Barely three months after South Bethany gave people the option to build taller homes with flood-resistant freeboard, Town Council is considering mandatory freeboard.

Not all councilmembers are happy about it.

After many months and...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:36pm

South Bethany looks at FEMA regulations, Smart911

In a conversation echoing that heard in other town councils across Delaware, South Bethany is beginning to think about federal flood requirements.

“FEMA has required all communities in Delaware in the flood insurance program to update...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:29am

South Bethany offering Civil War talk on Tuesday, Oct. 21

The Underground Railroad was an integral part of the Civil War, and next Tuesday, Clara Small will discuss its legends and facts at an event hosted by the South Bethany Historical Society. The talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p....

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:08am

Familiar face to lead South Bethany Police Department

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : New South Bethany Police Chief Troy Crowson is sworn in to his new position by Mayor Pat Voveris on Friday, Oct. 10.South Bethany’s newest police chief is homegrown, with 26 years of experience in the South Bethany...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:04am

Canal contest winners create a community in South Bethany

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : South Bethany’s Sue Callaway was proud to honor winners of the annual canal-decorating contest. She stands (left to right) with runners-up, Pat Weisgerber and Carol Stevenson, Michael Lord of Lord’s Landscaping, and...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:31am

Community ready to warmly welcome Wounded Warrior families

If ever I am lost and find myself in Heaven,

Let it spell Bethany

If ever I am shallow and in need of warm greeting,

Let it spell Bethany

If ever an Angel graces me with a helping hand,

Let it spell Bethany...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:59pm

Full slate of primary elections set for Sept. 9

In an unusually busy primary election day for Delawareans, voters on Sept. 9 will decide which candidates will represent their parties in more than a half-dozen races in November, including candidates for U.S. senator, State Treasurer, Delaware...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 1:58pm

South Bethany opens its own little library

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : South Bethany resident Lori Cicero came up with the idea to put a little library near town hall, and the town’s Community Enhancement Committee agreed to have one installed. Residents and visitors can stop by and...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 8:52am

South Bethany invites community to learn about ferry

For 50 years, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry has been helping travelers cut miles off of a trip along the Atlantic coast. And, on Thursday, Sept. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., the South Bethany Historical Society (SBHS) will host a free history talk on the...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 8:32am

South Bethany offers unique way to enjoy art

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : South Bethany is taking a creative path to beautifying the town.Those who have walked the streets of South Bethany lately have been able to enjoy some unique art on Ocean and Seaside drives — in the form of art...

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 8:49am

South Bethany to hold fourth annual ‘beauty contest’

Driving through South Bethany, motorists often notice the beautifully landscaped canal and road ends. The continued beautification of the areas has been carried out through the work of the town’s Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) and...

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 9:56am

South Bethany discusses speed, house height

Although the speed limit through the portion of Route 1 in South Bethany is 35 miles per hour, some travelers disregard that limit.

On July 10, the driver was spotted speeding while headed southbound on Route 1 — at 103 mph. At last Friday...

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 8:27am

South Bethany Town Council delves into FOIA

The South Bethany Town Council met with Deputy Attorney General Edward K. Black of the Delaware Department of Justice last Friday, for a question-and-answer session about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The meeting covered a variety...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:40am

South Bethany Town Council delves into FOIA

The South Bethany Town Council met with Deputy Attorney General Edward K. Black of the Delaware Department of Justice last Friday, for a question-and-answer session about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The meeting covered a variety...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 10:40am

South Bethany still split on freeboard, house height

South Bethany was built between bayside canals and the Atlantic, so it could use some protection from high water. And, recently, the South Bethany Town Council has poured hours into creating an ordinance that would allow homeowners to raise their...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:15am