Agenda


Bethany Beach

• A Bethany Beach Town Council election will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Candidates who filed to run in 2018 include residents Faith M. Denault, Jerry Dorfman (former councilman), R. Bruce Frye (an incumbent), Rosemary Hardiman (an incumbent), Lew Killmer (an incumbent) and James E. Sirkis, and non-resident Larry Fishel. There are four seats up for election in 2018. Mayor Jack Gordon did not file for re-election.

• On Friday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France. La Vie En Rose will perform American standards and French jazz songs on the bandstand stage starting at 7:30 p.m. Several downtown restaurants will also participate in the event by creating French-inspired dishes. The Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market will also have vendors featuring French items — look for the French flags.

• The beach replenishment project in Bethany Beach is complete. Beach crossovers are now being reconstructed by the Corps contractor to make them more pedestrian-friendly and accessible. As of July 23, the wooden ramp at Ocean View Parkway was closed for handrail installation. The vehicular crossover at Ocean View Parkway was open for beach access. As of July 24, the crossings at Cedarwood Street and Wellington Parkway were closed until completion.

The project calls for a hard walkable surface to be constructed for each beach crossover involved in the replenishment. Until the clay-based surface begins to degrade and collect sand, the Town cannot put down its Mobi Mats, which require the sand to keep them in place. The Town plans to place the mats as conditions become suitable on each crossover. Construction on the handicapped access ramps at Ocean View Parkway and Wellington Parkway was planned to begin later in the summer.

• Bethany Beach will be enforcing a newly adopted restriction on tents and canopies this summer, prohibiting shading devices other than an umbrella no larger than 8 feet in diameter and no taller than 7.5 feet high, and “baby tents” no larger than 36 inches in any dimension.

This summer, people erecting a prohibited tent or canopy on the beach will be asked to take the device down and will not be cited if they comply with the request. Those who refuse to comply can be issued fines of $50 to $100. Prohibited devices include, but are not limited to: cabanas, canopies, pavilions, “sportsbrellas,” tarps, tents or similar devices, or any materials mounted on supports.

• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season returned on May 15 and will end Sept. 15. There are no changes to parking fees or procedures from the 2017 summer season.

• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach resumed on May 15. They will end on Sept. 30.

• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast, with video, over the Internet via the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Live-Audio Broadcasts. Both meetings are at town hall. Additional meetings, such as committee meetings, may also be broadcast and/or recorded, and may be available on the website. The town council will meet next on Aug. 17, with the Planning Commission to meet on Aug. 18.

 

South Bethany

• The town council had a workshop meeting set for Thursday, July 26, at 3 p.m.

• Beach replenishment in the Town of South Bethany was estimated to end around July 29, but may end earlier, with a potential start date for work in Fenwick Island of July 26. The Town provides daily crossover closure announcements on its Facebook page and website. Beachgoers are being asked to not attempt to go within the enclosed areas and obey all instructions from the beach patrol. Signs will be posted when and where he beach is closed. As of July 24, there were closures at Indian Street, Jamaica Street, Kewanee Street and Logan Street.

Construction is scheduled 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During construction, a 1,000-foot portion of the beach will be closed, in a “rolling” closure, which will move as the repair and replenishment work is completed. The most recent estimate for the work now completed in Bethany Beach was that 165 feet of beach was being repaired and restored every 24 hours, assuming optimal weather conditions and no equipment problems. The original estimate was 200 feet every 24 hours.

• Town Council’s regular meeting will be Friday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m.

• Trash is collected on Monday, Thursday and Saturday in the summer. Recyclables are collected on Fridays. Yard waste is picked up biweekly, continuing Wednesday, Aug. 8.

• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach resumed on May 15 and will end Oct. 15.

• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.

 

Fenwick Island

• As of July 25, beach replenishment work in Fenwick Island was scheduled to begin on July 26, weather permitting. The replenishment is expected to take approximately 13 days to complete, also dependent on weather. The Town’s beach patrol has stated that their beach assistance service will continue as normal to all open beach areas. They will continue to pick up patrons on their designated street and transport them to the closest open beach area/crossover. Beach patrons should still call the lifeguard cell phone (302-462-6942) to request assistance.

Full lifeguard coverage will continue on all open beach areas, and the Junior Lifeguard sessions will continue as well. Beach closures will be posted daily on Twitter, Facebook and the Town website. Fenwick Island staging and storage areas include the beach end of East Indian Street, East Farmington Street and East Bayard Street.

Construction is scheduled 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During construction, a 1,000-foot portion of the beach will be closed, in a “rolling” closure, which will move as the repair and replenishment work is completed. The most recent estimate for the work now completed in Bethany Beach was that 165 feet of beach was being repaired and restored every 24 hours, assuming optimal weather conditions and no equipment problems. The original estimate was 200 feet every 24 hours.

Additional information on the beach renourishment process is available at https://fenwickisland.delaware.gov/files/2018/07/201807021403.pdf.

• There will be no 2018 town council election. The incumbents were the only candidates who filed, so Gardner Bunting, Bernie Merritt and Vicki Carmean will begin their new two-year terms in August.

• The town council’s next regular meeting will be Friday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m.

• Town Hall is now selling Fenwick Island flags, measuring 2-by-3 feet, for $25.

• Parking permits are required from May 15 to Sept. 15. Parking permits are now available at the Fenwick Island Police Department. When picking up resident permits from the FIPD, people should bring a valid ID. Anyone picking up permits for another person will need to supply a letter from them indicating they are allowed to pick up the permit. The new outdoor kiosk also sells hourly, daily, weekly or summer permits.

• People are being encouraged to prepare for the hurricane season by visiting www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-preparedness.

• The Fenwick Island town website is located at www.fenwickisland.delaware.gov. The Town of Fenwick Island is also now on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/IslandFenwick or @IslandFenwick.

 

Ocean View

• A free Concert in the Park featuring Delmarva Big Band will be held at John West Park on Friday, July 27, at 6 p.m. Those who attend are being encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs.

• An informational meeting regarding drainage in the Woodland Park community will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m. at town hall.

• Town offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

• The Town of Ocean View’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofoceanview.

• The Ocean View town website is located at www.oceanviewde.com.

 

Millville

• Residents, property owners and business owners are being asked to complete an online survey. The results will help guide writing of the 10-year Comprehensive Plan, covering a variety of issues, including land use, housing, transportation, utilities, town and community services, economic development, recreation and more. A Comprehensive Plan is an official statement about Millville’s future that is used to direct future development decisions, as required by law. The online survey is available on the Town website.

• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.

 

Frankford

• Social workers from DHSS will be available at the Frankford Public Library on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to assist with SNAP, Purchase of Care, energy assistance, long-term nursing care and more. People can stop by to learn what community support is available for them and their family.

• The Town of Frankford has contracted with the Delaware State Police for 12 hours of police coverage per week. Coverage will include three-hour shifts on four days each week.

• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing Aug. 7.

• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.

 

Selbyville

• The town council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m.

• The Town of Selbyville has a ball field located on Park Street that can be used for organized recreational organizations. Any organization can download an application form and return it to Town Hall. There is no fee for the permit, and it is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

• Social workers from DHSS will be available at the Selbyville Public Library on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. to assist with SNAP, Purchase of Care, energy assistance, long-term nursing care and more. People can stop by to learn what community support is available for them and their family.

• Bulk trash is collected on the first Wednesday of each month. Households may put out one bulk item, such as a television, each month.

• Community Legal Aide Society will provide free legal services for legal or undocumented immigrants who have been victims of crime. Services are available on Tuesdays at the Selbyville Police Department. For additional information, contact the police department at (302) 436-5085 or visit the Town website.

• The Town website is at www.Selbyville.Delaware.gov.

 

Dagsboro

• The Town website is at www.dagsboro.delaware.gov.

 

Millsboro

• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.

 

Indian River 

School District

• The next regular monthly meeting of the Indian River School District Board of Education will be Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.

• The district website is at www.irsd.net.

 

Sussex County

• The Sussex County Council will next meet on Tuesday, July 31, at 10 a.m.

• The Sussex County Board of Adjustment will meet on Monday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. 

• The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m.

• The Sussex County website is located at www.sussexcountyde.gov.

 

State of Delaware

• The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is inviting Millsboro-area residents and all other interested parties to a public workshop on the proposed rehabilitation of Bridge 3-507 on U.S. 113 over Iron Branch (near La Tonalteca and Hardee’s). The workshop will be July 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Millsboro Town Hall & Civic Center, 322 Wilson Highway, Millsboro.

DelDOT will present details of the proposed rehabilitation and request public feedback. Construction would impact U.S. Route 113 southbound lanes, likely in the spring of 2019. The Virtual Workshop will be available online at https://deldot.gov/information/projects/bridges/US113_BR3-507/vw/index.s... beginning on Thursday, July 26, and will be accessible for at least 30 days.  Feedback may be submitted at the workshop; by emailing dotpr@state.de.us; or by mailing DelDOT Community Relations; P.O. Box 778; Dover, DE 19903.

• The daily Beach Bus service has begun for the season, providing bus service from Lewes to Ocean City, Md., and Millsboro to Georgetown, seven days a week from around 5 a.m. to 3 a.m., until Sept. 9.

The parking fee remains at $10 for the Rehoboth Park & Ride lot, which includes up to four daily bus passes for free. Parking is also available at the Lewes Park & Ride, free of charge, but people parking there must pay the fare when boarding the bus.

Route 305, the Beach Connection, provides service from Wilmington, Middletown and Dover to the Lewes and Rehoboth Park & Ride lots on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays until Labor Day.