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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

Bethany gets 'clean' annual audit report

Newly selected auditing firm Trice, Geary & Meyers reported a “clean opinion” at the annual Audit Committee meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The report, which included a balance sheet, a summary of accounting policies and supporting schedules...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Former lifeguards angle into surf industry

Two ex-Bethany Beach lifeguards and lifelong friends, Russell Evans and Cliff Hardwick, weren’t satisfied with a brand and a pending line of WaveKing gear and clothing for the ocean-going crowd.
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Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ternahan launches clothing label

Bethany resident Bob Ternahan is an American History major, not a fashion designer — but he’s come out with some distinctive designs for the “Ahan” clothing label nonetheless.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Bob Ternahan and his younger...

Thursday, August 11, 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

Year-old gardening club bearing fruit

The fledgling Gardeners by the Sea gardening club has yet to celebrate its first anniversary (Sept. 9), but the membership is getting full, and the club has already signed on to help out a local charity.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
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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

Bethany discusses character

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission met with area developers and architects Wednesday, Aug. 3, to discuss the options for enforcing design guidelines that would help maintain the character of the town.

Developers were asked to offer...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany considers Artesian-Verizon deal

South Bethany Town Council considered an agreement between Artesian (water) and Verizon (telephone) that could bring in some extra rent money for the town, at a July 28 workshop.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
South Bethany Town Council...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View accepts police station plans

It was a night for the Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (CAP), and to review plans for a soon-to-be 15,000 square foot police station, at the Aug. 2 Ocean View Town Council meeting.
Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin came forward to recognize...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

County wrangles road responsibilities

Sussex County Council pointed out Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) shortcomings at the Aug. 2 council meeting, as County Administrator Bob Stickels prepares to add his requests to DelDOT’s Five-Year Capital Transportation...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville moves to improve water and sewer

After a public hearing Monday, Aug. 1, the Selbyville Town Council approved a resolution to proceed with plans to borrow more than $2 million for improvements to the town’s water and sewer distribution systems.

The council has proposed...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Carper talks health care costs at chamber

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) stopped by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 1, for a mixed bag discussion ranging from transportation to health care.

“The role of government is to do for the people what they can’t do for...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford water woes continue: "terrible"

Frankford Town Council reported less than stellar service from the town’s venerable water plant and pressure from a private utility at the Aug. 1 council meeting.

When Council President Robert Daisey asked Council Member Jesse Truitt for...

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

Environmentalists canvass Bethany Beach

Pedestrians in downtown Bethany Beach on July 29 may have stumbled through a handful of clipboard-wielding environmentalists en route the boardwalk. Most folks breezed by, but for anyone who later entertained second thoughts, these young...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach is getting the 'Blues'

If one is riding down Route 1 with the windows down, there is a chance of catching a whiff of what seems to be barbeque. And chances are the smell is coming from Bethany Blues.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL:
There's just something so...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford adopts 2006 budget

Frankford Town Council President Robert Daisey presented a $366,300 operating budget for the coming year showing considerable line item adjustments, and a nearly 10 percent bottom line increase in expenditures since fiscal 2005, at a budget...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

County considers moderately-priced housing

Sussex County Council took another baby step toward a moderately-priced housing program at a public workshop on July 26.

Council members took no official action, but reached majority agreement that they would be asking County Attorney...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

IRSD talks renovations

The Indian River School District School Board met on July 26 to discuss — among a variety of items — the progress of local school renovations and to release the district’s Delaware State Testing Program results.

The new Indian River High...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro hears from public on development

Dagsboro residents once again braved the heat to participate in local government on July 26, piling into the Bethel Center for another four-hour town council meeting.

Different groups had particular interest in this or that topic of...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

No changes for Bethany council makeup

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Walsh, Vice-Mayor Carol Olmstead and Council Member Wayne Fuller will each serve another two-year term on the Bethany Beach Town Council, as they were the only applicants for the three vacancies left by the coming...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Appeals board rules on canal dredging

The long saga that is the Assawoman Canal dredging project concluded on July 26 — at least, as far as the state’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is concerned.

The quasi-judicial EAB handles things whenever someone appeals a decision...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Gas prices decline from record high

Gas prices retreated from record highs this week, dropping a modest 2 cents for the average price of regular unleaded gasoline across the state, from the July 19 record of $2.37 per gallon to $2.35 on July 27.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Chandler questions agenda

A draft document recommending changes to a rarely-used procedure generated disproportional controversy — and a mild rebuke from Main Street resident William Chandler regarding town council’s handling of the matter — at the July 25 Dagsboro town...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View approves Lord Baltimore

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission ushered plans for renovations at Lord Baltimore Elementary School through the preliminaries, and approved the site plan as a final (with a few conditions) at the July 21 P&Z meeting....

Thursday, July 28, 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

Dagsboro adopts new road width standards

Town Council adopted a packet of graduated road-width specifications at the July 25 council meeting. Developers had previously designed streets based on a set standard – 34 feet wide from curb to curb, on 50-foot rights-of-way.

The new...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bringing people together

Al Casapulla’s Subs, Steaks & Pizza is well known for its award-winning sandwiches and other ambrosial Italian fare. But on Monday nights, the Millville deli adopts the flavor of Eastern Europe.
Coastal Point • JOSH MILLER:
Al...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Marvel remembers Sussex past

George “Bun” Marvel remembers things most people never knew. At 90, Marvel’s memory remains crystal clear, and his account of a truly “slower, lower” Sussex County illustrates what a difference a few generations can make.

Marvel was born...

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

Open space approved as use for properties

At a special meeting Monday, July 25, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted on development recommendations for the former Christian Church and Neff properties acquired by the town in the last year.

The recommendations will provide the...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany nears finalized comp plan

Members of the South Bethany Planning Commission prepared to wrap an update on the town’s 1999 Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) at the July 18 commission meeting, with plans to deliver a few recommendations to council in coming weeks. (...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Council returns and hears grant requests

Sussex County Council returned from summer break to an agenda full of grant requests, and one request for a loan, at the July 19 council meeting.

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Ed Kee picked up a $10,000 check, which he...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Competing teams, final details for World Series being finalized

Most of the logistics of Senior League Softball World Series have been figured out. All that is left is to determine which teams will be playing at the championship event.

“Right now it looks like we know Puerto Rico and Poland are coming...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Employers pass the hat for injured student

Ocean View Deli and Restaurant employee Dzmitry Fedarkevich is recovering and in stable condition following the July 15 hit-and-run that threw him from his bicycle and into the hospital with a hip injury and head trauma.

It may be a while...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

ARB concept rejected in Bethany Beach

During their meeting on July 16, the Bethany Beach Planning Commission eliminated the possibility of creating an architectural review board (ARB) that would provide style guidelines for area developers and instead decided to focus on ways of...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Artists take the heat

For the past three years, artists at The Melting Pot in Dagsboro have been working within their custom-designed studio to keep a unique art form alive.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Some work created by Phil Adkins
The shop’s...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fishing taxes create reef system

It’s but a short drive out of the Indian River Marina to several artificial reef structures created by the state division of Fish and Wildlife (part of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, or DNREC).

DNREC...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Gas prices hit new record high in July

Record gasoline prices were reached again this week, with average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware hitting $2.37 as of July 19, according to figures from AAA Mid-Atlantic. That topped the national average of $2.31 per...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Cottage Tour chair readies for round two

Sussex County has increased funding to the South Coastal Library by nearly 11 percent this year.
However, that budget supports just 11 staff members (four full-time, six part-time and a custodian) — not nearly enough people to handle this...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millsboro agency merges with Bethany Travel

Cindy McCabe only just (in March) opened her Dream Vacations location in Millsboro — and she’s already expanding into the Bethany Beach-Ocean View-Millville area.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Melinda Johnson, left and Cindy McCabe are...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Assawoman dredging approval trumps appeal

Epilogue language in the state’s 2006 bond bill (a budget for capital projects, primarily) may have interrupted a state-appointed Environmental Appeals Board action.

According to attorneys on both sides of the appeal, and Department of...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Line-dancing class to benefit fire company

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is in the midst of a new building campaign and needs as much help as they can get to raise money for their updated fire hall.

Enter 79-year-old Iris Mooney.

Mooney will be teaching a six-week...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Blueberry Lane star of show

The Blueberry Lane Berry Farm, west of Frankford on (what else) Blueberry Lane, hosted its third annual blueberry festival on July 16 and 17 — the “Red, White & Blueberry Bluegrass & Blueberry Magic Food & Family FunFest & Craft...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View B&B marks five years

Mark and Pat Culp said the happiest day of their lives was in 2000, when they threw away their cell phones, laptops and beepers and came to the Ocean View area to get away from it all.
Five years later, their bed-and-breakfast business is...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean Awareness Days set for Bethany Beach

Ocean Awareness Days are coming to Bethany Beach once again this year. The National Aquarium in Baltimore will be setting up shop on the boardwalk Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 25, 26 and 28.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on those days, the...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Barbershop comes to the beach

Local singing group Nautical Sounds has been singing out of Ocean View for the past 16 years, sharing their traditional barbershop-style tunes to generate an appreciation for a form of music that was most popular more than a century ago.

“...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Barbershop comes to the beach

Local singing group Nautical Sounds has been singing out of Ocean View for the past 16 years, sharing their traditional barbershop-style tunes to generate an appreciation for a form of music that was most popular more than a century ago.

“...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Changes on tap for Route 54

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) has granted a “taproom” liquor license for what is slated to become Scotty’s Bayside Tavern, west of Fenwick Island on Route 54.

Commissioner John Cordrey outlined comments and concerns from...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm