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Impact fee proposed for BB construction

Members of the Bethany Beach Budget and Finance Committee worked on fine-tuning the town’s draft budget for the 2006 fiscal year at their March 11 meeting.
Among the items tackled was a re-visioning of plans to reformat building permit fees...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Frankford looks at directed growth

The town of Frankford has plans for expansion. Toward that end, Council Members and former-President Ron Atherton have begun working on revisions to the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

According to Vice-President Thomas “Maynard...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Legion leader visits with Post 28 group

American Legion National Commander Thomas Cadmus stopped by Post 28 (Oak Orchard/Riverdale) on March 10, en route a “Support the Troops” rally in Dover.
Cadmus is midway through a tour of Legion posts in all 50 states.
Coastal Point •...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

DNREC gives state-of-beach report

Having chased away the morning’s blustery chill with hot coffee and warm food, members of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce were all ears when the topic of their March 3 breakfast meeting turned to the future of the area’s beaches....

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

HB 99 makes a comeback

The bill formerly known as H.B. 99 cleared the House Labor Committee as H.S. 1 on March 16, headed for a March 17 vote on the House floor.

H.S. 1 is titled “An act to amend (various sections) of the Delaware Code relating to discrimination...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Delaware State dances with the big boys

After narrowly defeating Hampton 55-53 in the final seconds of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference championship game on March 12, the Delaware State Hornets have earned their first ever NCAA tournament invitation.

The Hornets secured the...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Redfin renewed:

“It will be business at usual” soon at Redfin Seafood Grill’s North Bethany location, according to the restaurant’s original designer, Bryony Zeigler of SoDel Concepts.
While the last year and a half of tribulations may not yet be water...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local towns trump state gambling laws

In light of recent controversies surrounding poker tournaments in neighboring Worcester County, the Coastal Point has reviewed the rules for communities in southeastern Sussex.

Last month, Ocean City organizers were shut down after several...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Millville gets first look at Home Depot

Growth in Millville continues apace, and commercial neighbors will soon accompany the proposed master-planned communities (MPCs) south of Route 26.
Millville Town Council reviewed conceptual plans for a 102,000-square-foot Home Depot at the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick aims for green light on plan

With a colorful planting plan in hand, and discussions with landscaping consultants and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) representatives behind them, members of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee have been raring to break...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Selbyville considers easement for sewers

Selbyville officials are debating the potential need to take an additional easement from some property owners to complete work for new sewer mains in the town.
Currently, the town has an easement in the Polly Branch Road area from the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Redfin property on the auction block

The fate of North Bethany Beach restaurant Redfin Grill may be determined this weekend, when the property upon which it rests is auctioned. That auction comes as part of a court decision requiring the dissolution of the partnership that owns the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany talks expenses

With $1,495,000 notched for combined general administrative, public safety (police), beach patrol and public works, South Bethany town council is starting to get a firm grasp on where money will be going this fiscal year.

Council held its...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mountaire sewage violations scrutinized

A series of sewage violations by the Mountaire Corporation were again on the Selbyville Town Council’s agenda at its March 7 meeting. But council members opted not to immediately assess the poultry company the usual administrative fines for the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Frankford addresses dilapidated structures

Frankford Town Council took a first formal step toward cleaning up various tumbledown, potentially dangerous houses at the March 7 council meeting.
Resident Elma Gray had approached council at the Feb. 7 meeting, asking for action on the...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Locals represent well at Worcester Prep

Two high school students from the Sussex seashore are giving their hometowns good report at Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, Md.
Mason Dyer of Ocean View and Kelly Ternahan of Bethany Beach have both taken leadership roles in their...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Community offers classes for PC rookies

Intimidated by technology, or just afraid you might break something? Instructors are here to help.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The computer classes at the Roxana CHEER Center have proven popular.
Beginners can find two free...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany projects target conservation

Natural surroundings and camouflage go hand in hand, but a small stretch of Route 26 in Bethany Beach may hide the purpose of the property from the unobservant, out of sheer inconspicuousness.

What might normally appear to be a simple home...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

DelDOT preps Selbyville for bridgework

Within a year, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans to replace a bridge in downtown Selbyville. Representatives held a workshop on March 3 to explain why.

According to Project Engineer Percival McNeil, the Main Street...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Second try at expansion for 84 Lumber

Owners of the Clarksville-area location of building supply company 84 Lumber were rebuffed last year when they tried to add approximately 8 acres of land to expand the facility. County officials denied the company’s requested conditional use of...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View church to hold revival

The Ocean View Church of Christ is holding a revival March 20 through 24, 2005. The special speaker for the meeting is Joe Guthrie from Jacksonville, Fla. Services will start at 7 p.m. each evening, Monday through Thursday.

Guthrie has...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Indian River announces second quarter honor students

The following students were recognized for their academic achievements during the second marking period at Indian River High School:

High Honors (Grade between 93-100)
SENIORS
Melissa Alesi, Kathleen Berntsen, Joseph Boell,...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Registration now open for Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for it’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour. Riders can enjoy a 20-, 35-, or 50-mile course through The Quiet Resorts. This award-winning tour offers participants a leisurely ride on flat...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Students now being registered for musical theater training

Clear Space Productions is now accepting applications for its Musical Theater Summer Intensive program, which will take place from July 5 to 15, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the 9th Grade Campus of Cape Henlopen High School...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Election time in Ocean View

The Town of Ocean View will hold its annual election on April 9, from noon to 5 p.m., at Town Hall (32 West Ave.).

As it stands, Council Member Norm Amendt (Voting District 3) is running uncontested and incumbent Mayor Gary Meredith is...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local woman receives statewide award

Cheryl Miller, of Roxana, recently received statewide recognition at the Delaware State TRIO Organizations’ annual conference as the recipient of an Outstanding Service Award. Miller is a student enrichment coordinator for the Classic Upward...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

In a nutshell …

Welcome reception for writers at bookstore
On Friday, March 4, Booksandcoffee in Dewey Beach will be filled not only with books, but also with the authors of many of those books, as well as lots of enthusiastic and avid readers. The...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Registration now open for Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for it’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour. Riders can enjoy a 20-, 35-, or 50-mile course through The Quiet Resorts. This award-winning tour offers participants a leisurely ride on flat...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Students now being registered for musical theater training

Clear Space Productions is now accepting applications for its Musical Theater Summer Intensive program, which will take place from July 5 to 15, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the 9th Grade Campus of Cape Henlopen High School...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bits & Pieces

Bethany church holding adult Sunday school
The Bethany Beach Disciples of Christ Church is hosting adult Sunday school in the Tabernacle Lounge, located behind the church. The church itself is located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View reviews several ordinances

That’s a lot of ordinance.
Ocean View Town Council held first readings on two, continued discussion on two that were tabled at second reading last month and introduced three new ones at the March 1 town council meeting.

(1) Council...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Megan's Law in action in Ocean View

Members of an Ocean View neighborhood watch group recently went door to door in their community of Country Village, distributing fliers with information about a new neighbor.
Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS:
Members of a neighborhood...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick hears from DelDOT

Fenwick Island residents heard about Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) input regarding the median, crosswalks and traffic signals at the Feb. 25 town council meeting.

“We may or may not have trees,” Council Member Vicki...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany discusses public works

South Bethany’s Bob Washburn (maintenance mechanic) covered his public works wish list, as town council members continued their series of budget workshops.
Washburn’s recommendations reflected a nearly 40 percent increase from last year, to...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Town looks at police pensions

South Bethany Town Council hashed out a tentative buy-in to the state’s pension plan on Feb. 25.
The town enrolled its other employees several years ago, with a five-year buy-in.

That automatically vested them in the plan, but it...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Dagsboro looks to tighten up

Dagsboro advertised a thick agenda for the Feb. 27 town council meeting, and by the end of the meeting, council members decided it was time for a change.

Town Solicitor Tempe Steen suggested they limit their agenda by requiring that...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Suit filed against school district

When the possibility of a lawsuit against the Indian River School District and its school board arose in the fall of 2004, Rutherford Institute President John W. Whitehead told the Coastal Point his organization would in some respects welcome a...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

County gets charitable with budget

It’s getting to be budget time again. As part of the yearly ramp-up to County Administrator Bob Stickels’ final proposal, humanitarian organizations once again pitched their causes before Sussex County Council, on March 1.

Easter Seals got...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Fenwick readies environmental brochure

“Refreshing surf — sunny days on the beach — gentle breezes on the bay — glorious sunsets” ...
When Fenwick Island Environmental Committee members describe their little “jewel by the sea,” these are some of its prime attributes.

The...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Mountaire hosts gospel talent search

Mountaire Farms will be hosting its eighth annual Gospel Talent Search later this month, and there’s some serious prize money on the table again this year.
According to Mountaire’s Roger Marino, “This is something we believe in — just doing...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ancient tradition lives on in Sussex County

Fox hunting’s heyday has passed. Midnight last Thursday, the practice of hunting with dogs was outlawed in England and Wales.
Some considered the move a triumph for animal rights groups, while some considered it a blow to rural life.
...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Ocean View P&Z okays school

Lord Baltimore Elementary School is tricky.
Part of the property lays in Ocean View, part lays in Millville, part in unincorporated Sussex County.

So who approves the renovation project planned for Lord Baltimore?

Apparently,...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

School to seek Ocean View annexation

Members of the Indian River School District’s school board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to pursue annexation of Lord Baltimore Elementary School into the town of Ocean View.
The move came after discussion of the school’s renovation plans with...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany meetings enter the digital age

Bethany Beach Town Council meetings are now officially on the record, or rather the computer disc, as the town’s new recording system faced its inaugural use on Friday, Feb. 18. The system was purchased to automatically record meetings in a...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Snyder property plans revisited in Bethany

At their meeting on Saturday, Feb. 19, members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission reviewed a new sketch plan submitted by Richard Snider for his property located at 417 Central Boulevard in the town’s R-1 zone.

Snider’s property had...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Sierra Club wraps up Assawoman appeal

The Mid-Atlantic Environmental Law Center (MAELC) had its day in court on Feb. 22, completing the latest chapter in Assawoman Canal re-dredging saga.
Attorney Ken Kristl, representing the Sierra Club, echoed the concerns voiced in last year...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Lukewarm reception for Fenwick trash

A proposal for a unified front against trash problems met a tepid response from members of the Fenwick Island business community at a Feb. 17 Community Liaison meeting.

Beautification Committee Chairwoman and Town Council Member Vicky...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Band director lauds IRHS musical stars

More than a dozen Indian River High School students played and sang their way into All-State band and chorus this year, and Department Chair Mark Marvel made no secret of his pride in the talented young musicians.
Alesi
"It’s very rare...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

CORC tidies up Bethany Beach code

It was déjà vu all over again for the members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Committee (CORC) when they met on Friday, Feb. 18.

The main purpose of the meeting was to review sections of the town code to which the committee had...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Communication the key

Communications issues inside the town of Bethany Beach — both within town hall and with its citizens — are under the purview of its Communications Committee.
So, it was no coincidence that the committee at its February 22 meeting felt...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm