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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

LB students might see delayed move

Lord Baltimore Elementary School Students have taken up residence at the recently renamed John M. Clayton School (JMC) this year, while construction crews complete an extensive renovation project at Lord Baltimore.

Those students are...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany passes referendum

The results are in, and residents of South Bethany overwhelmingly supported council’s request for permission to spend up to $970,000 for a new police station and town hall. Turnout was light — much lighter than what the town typically sees for...

Thursday, September 29, 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

Ocean View studies radio towers

Someone is raising a 50-foot-tall ham radio tower in Ocean View, less than a block away from town hall. But while some of the neighbors have expressed concerns about its appearance, not even town hall has much say in governing amateur radio...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View designs business district

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission has started work on what will eventually become a design template for the newly rezoned business district along Route 26.
The P&Z met on Sept. 15 to hash out some of the details....

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Mixed reception for multi-family projects

Despite concessions made by applicants Gregory and Patricia White, members of the Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voiced concerns about their proposed four-home multi-family project near St. George’s Church at Omar Road....

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fall golf tourney nearly sold out

Local golfers are already taking a swing at the rare opportunity to play the only tournament set at the brand new Bayside Resort Golf Club in its inaugural year.

With more than two weeks left before the Oct. 14 Annual Fall Golf Outing...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Townhouse project gets preliminary approval

Dagsboro Town Council sent a controversial, 470-unit, medium-density residential project (General’s Green) back to the drawing board last month. At this month’s council meeting, Sept. 28, they waved a 318-unit, high-density townhouse project...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Sierra Club tours Assawoman canal

About a dozen kayakers and a couple canoeists, Sierra Club members and guests, toured the Assawoman Canal on Sept. 25, for what may be one of the last trips down the canopied waterway, as it exists today. Several days earlier, the Department of...

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

PSC forecasts Artesian rate shakeout

The state Public Service Commission (PSC) is still working through a fine detail or two, still determining how much revenue growth is fair, how much is too much, for public utility Artesian Water.
The PSC chopped Artesian’s 2004 request for...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local schools pass grade

Indian River School District students continued to pace state averages, according to results from the Delaware Department of Education (DEDOE), released last week.

The spring cycle of the Delaware State Testing Program (DSTP) involves...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

County proceeds on Western Sussex study

Sussex County Council discussed a potential $500,000 contract for a Western Sussex sewer study at the Sept. 20 council meeting — specifically, the feasibility of a regional wastewater treatment facility.

Assistant County Engineer Russ...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany forms group to address zoning

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission at their Sept. 17 meeting officially approved the formation of an ad hoc committee to work on a proposed zoning overlay system for the town.

The system was targeted as a possible method to...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View looks at stormwater

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission considered three sets of plans at the Sept. 15 P&Z meeting. While they all had their quirks, stormwater issues related to a fledgling subdivision at 49 Woodland Avenue proved the central...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

PRD Grandfathering clarified in Bethany

Bethany Beach Planning Commission members agreed Sept. 17 to clarify the rules governing grandfathering of planned residential developments (PRDs) on properties less than 50,000 square feet in area.

The grandfathering was limited to...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Changes in the water for Bethany

There are changes in the water for Bethany Beach, and one of those changes is coming despite a less-than-enthusiastic reception from town officials.

While the town recently elected to replace the chlorine it has been using to disinfect its...

Thursday, September 22, 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

Event raises thousands for hurricane relief

Hundreds of local businesses came together in the last few weeks to raise funds for relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Coastal Point • DARIN J. MCCANN:
Michelle Parrill, left, and Crystal Layton, right, present a check...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

SSA rep explains government benefits

Local Rep. Gerald Hocker (38th District) hosted Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Ben Shamburger for another “town hall meeting” on Sept. 15, in the brand new auditorium of the Indian River High School.

It was warm, the air...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

'Blueberry wars' spark over signage

The berries are sweet, but the competition for customers has apparently turned sourer than all the lemons in a large meringue pie.

Frankford is the site of one battle in the county’s “blueberry wars,” with the competition between two...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Waiting-area bars get go-ahead from Bethany

Bethany Beach Town Council members in a close vote Sept. 16 elected to strike the so-called “sunsetting” provision of the town’s recent waiting-area bar allowance.

The council had made the temporary or “sunsetting” allowance — due to...

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

A novel idea

The Dennis home, just off the beaten path at the north end of Dagsboro, is ship-shape top to bottom — the lawn looks like a putting green, the driveway is freshly seal-coated. And indoors, lady-of-the-house Joyce Taylor “J.T.” Dennis has created...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local restaurateur ventures westward

Jerry Richard, famous for his Bethany-area Big Easy restaurant (and, more recently, Outrigger’s Seafood Grille, near Fenwick) is at it again. He’s joined forces with Dagsboro resident Mike Oxbrough, and together they’re transforming the former...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

DelDOT offers explanations and apology

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) representatives described the converging factors that created this year’s $200 million budget shortfall, and subsequent placement of myriad Sussex road projects in “deep freeze,” at the annual...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local aid efforts expand

Like most communities throughout the nation, the towns of the Delaware shore are seeking to offer whatever help they can to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. From special fund-raising jars on the counters of local eateries to formal...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Billboard proposal alarms residents

Some residents and property owners in the Fenwick Island area hope their opposition to a county variance request couldn’t be any plainer if they put it on a billboard.
Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS:
Residents do not wish to see a...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford steps closer to clean-up of town

Frankford Town Council voted unanimously to move forward on a short list of uninhabited, dilapidated houses on Mill Street, at the Sept. 12 council meeting. This is step two, as Council Vice-President T. Maynard Esender pointed out. An ad hoc...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millville approves real estate offices on Route 26

Millville Town Council held another relatively succinct council meeting on Sept. 13, sans Mayor Gary Willey (out for surgery, but recovering nicely, according to Council Member Gerry Hocker).

Hocker said they’d approved two changes of zone...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local organization reins in feral cats

Bethany Town Cats (BTC) members spent a day selling jewelry and crafts — and trying to find homes for a cat or two — at the annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, last weekend. The organization never spends more than it has, noted BTC...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

SDSA welcomes new principal to fold

Incoming Principal Loriann White should provide a smooth transition at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA). Like her predecessor, Tim Fannin, White was there at the beginning.

She recalled Indian River School District...

Thursday, September 15, 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

Clothing businesses share a space in Millville

The 66-year-old J. Wilgus Dry Cleaning company has opened a new pick-up and drop-off location at the Shops of Millville (on Route 26), and embroiderers Precision Sportswear will be sharing the Wilgus storefront.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany outlines evacuation route

South Bethany Police Chief Joe Deloach outlined a hurricane evacuation route for the town and immediate vicinity, at the Sept. 9 council meeting. It follows narrow roads, through several twists and turns, but may be highly effective in one regard...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

County considers P&Z authority on plans

Can the county Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission members use subjective judgment in denying subdivision plans, if those plans technically meet code requirements?

This was the question attorney Heidi Balliet (Tunnel & Raysor)...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

New season brings other changes

As the heat of Indian summer fades and the first autumn leaves begin to fall from the trees, more changes in Delaware’s beach communities than simply the number of cars on the road and how much skin is covered by the average attire.

In...

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

Art Festival all set to kick off fall season

With summer ending and storm windows sliding shut, Sussex County will soon settle into autumn’s kaleidoscopic rotunda. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, however, will not wait for the deciduous trees to beget brilliance along the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Art Festival all set to kick off fall season

With summer ending and storm windows sliding shut, Sussex County will soon settle into autumn’s kaleidoscopic rotunda. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, however, will not wait for the deciduous trees to beget brilliance along the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View ponders tax of its own

Ocean View Town Council has been looking over its shoulder since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Transportation Trust Fund came up more than $200 million short, in July.

DelDOT Secretary Nathan Hayward announced the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fat Tuna plans to raise funds for Gulf states

Restaurateur Michelle Parrill of Fat Tuna Grill and radio exec Crystal Layton of FM-106.9, “The X,” will hold a charity auction at Fat Tuna on Saturday, Sept. 17, to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“That was supposed to be our ‘...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Two big local builders local to Katrina relief

Two major U.S. builders with local offices — Toll Brothers (Ocean View) and Centex Homes (Dagsboro) — have committed major funding to support disaster relief efforts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Centex is contributing $...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Inlet bridge becomes a two-lane road

Motorists may feel a slight pinch driving over the Indian River Inlet these days — the bridge narrowed to one lane in either direction on Sept. 6.

However, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) representative Bob King said the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lumber hikes in Katrina aftermath

Two area lumber companies weighed in last week, following diminished supply from sawmills along the Gulf of Mexico, and a spike in demand for lumber in those areas as people flooded out by Hurricane Katrina prepare to rebuild.

At Dukes...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Gas prices hit another record

While some predicted gasoline prices would reach $4 per gallon or higher nationwide and rumors of looming rationing abounded in the days following damage to oil and gas production from Hurricane Katrina, average prices nationwide and throughout...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fresh Pond restricted through 2010

Delaware Seashore State Park is mainly the marina and beaches around the Indian River Inlet. However, the park has a stepchild along the north borders of the Salt Pond as well — the approximately 800-acre Fresh Pond area.

The Department of...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm