Members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, residents, town and state officials gathered in Bethany Beach on Monday, Jan. 31, to break ground for the company’s new fire hall.
The moving of homes in the area’s coastal towns is a relatively common occurrence, but a house move scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 11, led to the arrest of a Bethany Beach man.
While most area residents were taking great pains to stay inside last weekend — well away from temperatures in the teens, wind chills near 0, and side streets that resembled ice-skating rinks more than byways — more than two dozen firefighters, paramedics and fire police spent hours in the freezing cold in support of their mission of public safety.
Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) has a new way of doing business, and that’s thanks — at least in part — to the committee’s recent efforts to develop a mission statement.
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently asked state officials to consider significant design modifications for an improved Route 26, just as that project began rolling ever so imperceptibly forward.
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Nathan Hayward defended the existing design in a Jan. 6 response.
The Bethany Beach Planning Commission saw a number of changes at its meeting Saturday, Jan. 22. First, resident Jerry Dorfman joined the commission, appointed to the seat vacated by Lew Killmer upon his selection to the town council.
The Bethany Beach Audit Committee recommended to the town council on Jan. 21 that the town contract with auditing firm Trice, Geary & Meyers to be the town’s auditor for the coming year.
The Bethany Beach Town Council unanimously voted to renew the town’s contract with beach replenishment consultants Marlowe & Co. at the council’s Jan. 21 meeting. The contract pays the firm $3,500 per month, from January to December 2005, with a maximum of $350 per month in out-of-pocket expenses.
Bethany Beach Town Council members unanimously approved two pieces of legislation at their meeting Friday, Jan. 21.
On second reading, the council agreed to add more teeth to the enforcement of town codes and fees by beefing up its ability to revoke business licenses.
The Bethany Beach Fire Department received assistance from Millville, Rehoboth Beach and Roxana firehouses as they responded to a house fire in Bethany on Sunday, Jan. 23.
The home, owned by Sarah McGuire and Deirde McHale, was not occupied at the time of the fire.
Firefighters arrived at the scene at 6:48 p.m., and encountered heavy fire in the dwelling.
“We will not cause flooding in other areas to solve problems in Bethany Beach.”
It was important enough of a statement that Bethany Beach Town Council Member and Drainage Committee Chairman Harold Steele felt compelled to reiterate it on numerous occasions and in numerous ways in recent weeks, including at the town council meeting Jan. 21.
Town officials in Bethany Beach were reluctant to formally commit themselves to a plan to use the former Christian Church property adjacent to the town hall as “open space” when offered $250,000 to do so at the Jan. 21 town council meeting.
The future was on the minds of members of the Bethany Beach Communications Committee when they met Tuesday, Jan. 18. Having made substantial progress on a number of communications-related issues, members of the committee had been asked by Mayor and committee Chairman Jack Walsh to consider what new areas they might need to focus on in coming months.
A vision of the Bethany Beach of the future was presented to interested townsfolk Wednesday, Jan. 19, in a public hearing on motifs and themes that could be incorporated into the town code or a future architectural standard.
Population: 943 (2006 Census)
Town council meetings: Third Friday of the month, 7:30 p.m., town hall meeting room
Planning & Zoning meets: Monthly, on the Saturday after the council meeting, 9 a.m., town hall meeting room