Last week the Town of South Bethany announced that residents Carol Stevenson and Maryann and Dick Schmitt had won first place in the 3rd Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest.
“It’s just a nice way to meet neighbors,” said Maryann Schmitt of participating in the adopt program. “When you don’t have small children or dogs, you tend not to meet your neighbors as much. This way, you get to know your neighbors and help beautify the town.”
South Bethany Councilwoman Sue Callaway said that residents judged a total of 20 canal/road ends for the beauty contest.
“We had 156 people vote,” she said. “That was definitely more than last year.”
As a prize for receiving first place, the canal end adopters were presented with a $100 gift card from Mike Lord of Lord’s Landscaping.
The canal end, which features native plants, including winterberry, ice plants, hibiscus, black-eyed Susans and Indiana hawthorn, was a labor of love for the entire street.
“It gives us a sense of community. People would come by and say, ‘Oh, it looks so great!’ I say, ‘thank you! Here’s a broom. You can pick a weed,’” Stevenson said with a laugh. “It really did bring out people from the community. It belongs to Bayshore Drive.”
Callaway said 23 of the town’s 48 canal ends have now been adopted by residents. The adoption program was started three years ago, as a way for the Town to get residents more involved in the community while also helping to maintain and landscape some of the town’s common areas.
“Each one has its own personality — they’re not cookie-cutter. It has really made a difference in the town,” Callaway said, “just from comments we get from residents, noticing what a difference it makes, how different it looks.”
For more information on adopting a canal or road end, visit the Town’s website at www.southbethany.org or call Town Hall at (302) 539-3653.