Bethany Beach

Bethany takes a look into town's future

The future of development and zoning in Bethany Beach has been an ongoing topic of discussion in the town. In recent years, town officials and property owners have repeatedly returned to the topic of the need for zoning changes, architectural review boards (ARBs) and development guidelines.

Chamber planning hardhat cocktail party

It’s been a noisy, dusty week at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Construction crews have torn out the old flooring and gutted the bathrooms in preparation for continuing renovations at the Visitors Center (Route 1, Fenwick Island).
Staff members said they’d endured worse (including drafty conditions while crews framed out the east side of the building).

Bethany's 'dog days' go unchanged

Members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Committee (CORC) voted Friday, March 18, to keep in place the town’s existing date for permitting dogs on the beach after the summer season.

Bethany passes budget, flurry of items

Bethany Beach Town Council members vote unanimously Friday, March 18, to enact a series of measures, on issues ranging from how the town’s records can be distributed to how its investments are made.
Topping the list of items addressed by the council was the town’s proposed budget for the 2006 fiscal year.

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 in the town.

Redfin renewed:

Founder Haley takes back the reins at North Bethany restaurant

“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.

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 final year at Worcester.

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 land and building.

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 in the traditional beach cottage style is, in fact, the town’s new nature and conservation center.

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 format that can be more easily accessed and searched.

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.

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.

Bethany comprehensive development plan discussed

Availability of document, church plans debated

Bethany Beach officials might have expected to hear at least a few complaints from those unsatisfied with elements of the final draft of an updated Comprehensive Development Plan for the town. But complaints from those who hadn’t yet seen the plan were something they really hadn’t anticipated.

BBPD organizes security program

While federal beach reconstruction funding for the town may be in jeopardy, the Bethany Beach Police Department (BBPD) has been the happy recipient of a $49,000 grant for homeland security.

Police, firefighters receive Valor awards

Representatives of local towns and public-safety organizations, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and its members gathered Friday, Feb. 11, to honor members of area fire companies and police departments for their work in the community.

Oral histories focus in Bethany

Members of the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) met on Monday, Feb. 14, to discuss a variety of ongoing projects under the group’s oversight.

Redfin put on the auction block

An auction date has been set for the North Bethany Beach property that is currently home to popular restaurant Redfin Grill. As part of a court decision calling for dissolution of the partnership that owns the property, it will be auctioned Saturday, March 12, by Emmert Auction Associates in Rehoboth Beach.

Bethany 2006 budget nearing finalization

A meeting of the Bethany Beach Budget and Finance Committee (BFC) kicked off Tuesday, Feb. 15, with discussion of the town’s investment policy. The policy is due to be approved by the town council at a future meeting, and the committee gave some final polish to the draft on Tuesday.

Bethany sets hearing on development plan

The creation of a comprehensive development plan for Bethany Beach will take one more step on Friday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m., when a public hearing calling for comment on the final draft plan is held. The hearing is set for the town meeting room in Bethany Beach Town Hall.

BBVFC breaks ground on new fire hall

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.

Bethany man has run-in with moving house

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.

Gas leak puts BBVFD out in the cold

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.

CORC establishes new procedures

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.

DelDOT responds to BFCC's center lane request

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.

Boesch takes over as planning chair

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.

Bethany selects new auditor

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.

Bethany renews contract with lobbyist

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.

License revocation ordinance approved

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.

Fire Report

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.

Bethany dam project creates concern

“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.

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