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After weeks of anticipation and months of work, the inaugural Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market is set to open, from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 1, in the Mercantile Peninsula Bank parking lot in town.
As expected, state Sen. George Bunting (D-20th) introduced a bill last week that would allow local residents to vote on a special tax to pay for ambulance services in the Bethany Beach fire district.
Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee members on June 14 dealt with an issue that has generated controversy nationwide — the question of banning smoking on the public beach.
Bethany Beach officials and citizens who have been closely monitoring state legislators’ consideration of amendments to state election code got a welcome bit of news late in the day on June 14, with the passage of House Bill 120 by the state Senate.
“This also makes us very happy,” Bethany Beach Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny noted on Friday at the town’s regular council meeting.
With some key items postponed from their June agenda until at least July, members of the Bethany Beach Town Council on June 15 dealt with several items that were devoid of much controversy.
Changes recommended for Bethany Beach’s referendum process after a successful call for repeal of the town’s height allowance for pitched roofs last year have been debated by the Charter and Ordinance Review Committee for months.
Discussion of the planned sewer expansion project on Route 26 continued at a second meeting between area business owners and county officials on Wednesday, but the various parties still appear to be a long way from a plan that would satisfy everyone, or even most.
Legislation expected in Dover within days would allow the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company to propose a tax increase in its district to pay for ambulance service that currently is provided through the Millville Volunteer Fire Company but which the MVFC has said it will discontinue in 2009.
Bethany Beach Town Council members this week tabled what was the most controversial of the proposals to make changes to the town’s Board of Adjustments: the move from three members to five.
Bethany Beach finances, while tighter these days, have proven so well managed by Finance Director Janet Connery that, come audit time, members of the Audit Committee are used to looking far forward rather than at the numbers immediately in front of them.
The finishing touches for Bethany Beach’s revitalized bandstand are coming into place this week, with final adjustments to the new sound system complete and the lighting system following in its footsteps.
The appeal for new docents for the Bethany Beach town museum has been a considerable success. As of Tuesday, a dozen people had expressed interest in being among those who provide extra information about the exhibits hosted in the town hall lobby.
Delaware’s State Fire Prevention Commission sent a letter to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company last week, urging the volunteer company to provide ambulance service to their district, which stretches from the Indian River Inlet Bridge to the state line, according to Danny Magee, state fire commissioner for Sussex County.
With construction under way on the town’s only miniature golf course, after a two-year absence of the game, Bethany Beach officials on April 20 voted to eliminate any question about whether mini-golf is an allowed property use in the town’s commercial district.
Communication towers standing 400 feet and 480 feet tall, respectively, in Bethany Beach and Williamsville could be up by this fall and operational by early next year.
In a tight election for Ocean View Council, Richard Nippes came out on top with a narrow margin of three votes over Gordon Wood. The final count, including absentee ballots read Nippes – 112, Wood – 109 and Roxana Davis – 9. Nippes, representing District 1, will officially be sworn in to the council on the evening of Tuesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
“We had a code that was working and working very nicely,” said Bethany Beach Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny on March 15 to members of his Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC).
Is miniature golf a “game of skill”? The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments ruled it to be so when they recently approved the request of a commercial property owner to develop a miniature golf course at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Central Boulevard.
Despite the recommendation for tax and fee increases in Bethany Beach to help offset transfer tax revenue shortfalls, council members at the March 12 meeting were still highly focused on a number of capital projects that were among their list of priorities for the council to deal with in the short and long term.
The Delaware Congressional delegation and local officials announced late Monday night that some $14.4 million in federal funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been allocated for the anticipated Bethany Beach-South Bethany beach reconstruction project.