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Ocean View mayoral candidates weigh in

Who will lead Ocean View Town Council for the next three years?
In three weeks’ time, residents will cast their ballots, deciding to either return incumbent Mayor Gary Meredith or usher in challenger Wally Brown.

The Coastal Point interviewed the candidates on March 14, in an effort to provide the voters a side-by-side comparison.

Grants available for Dagsboro water

It has been three years since referendum, and residents of Dagsboro still haven’t seen one drop of central water. However, the finish line is coming into view.
According to engineer Chuck Hauser (Davis, Bowen & Friedel), they should be cleared for hookup by late April or early May.

84 Lumber gets denied again

Representatives of 84 Lumber presented a lengthy case for an expansion at the company’s Clarksville site before the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on Thursday, March 10.

In doing so, they cited efforts to allay previously expressed concerns about such a plan. But the commissioners, by a narrow 3-2 margin, declared they were unconvinced by those arguments.

Frankford looks at directed growth

The town of Frankford has plans for expansion. Toward that end, Council Members and former-President Ron Atherton have begun working on revisions to the town’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP).

SBPD vets to have pensions

Veteran police officers of South Bethany will vest in the state pension plan three years from now, following a compromise decision at the March 11 town council meeting.
A main topic of discussion at two prior meetings, council members had debated how many years of prior service the town should “buy in” for their officers.

DNREC gives state-of-beach report

Having chased away the morning’s blustery chill with hot coffee and warm food, members of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce were all ears when the topic of their March 3 breakfast meeting turned to the future of the area’s beaches.

Ocean View finalizes budget numbers

The town of Ocean View discussed the fiscal 2006 budget one final time at a March 14 workshop, paving the way for a formal vote at next month’s council meeting (April 5).
• The town expects to bring in $1.76 million in revenues over the next year, the lion’s share from real estate taxes and real estate transfer taxes ($1.35 million).

Indian River announces second quarter honor students

The following students were recognized for their academic achievements during the second marking period at Indian River High School:

High Honors (Grade between 93-100)
SENIORS

Frankford addresses dilapidated structures

Frankford Town Council took a first formal step toward cleaning up various tumbledown, potentially dangerous houses at the March 7 council meeting.
Resident Elma Gray had approached council at the Feb. 7 meeting, asking for action on the unsightly homes.

Local towns trump state gambling laws

In light of recent controversies surrounding poker tournaments in neighboring Worcester County, the Coastal Point has reviewed the rules for communities in southeastern Sussex.

Last month, Ocean City organizers were shut down after several tournaments, supposedly benefits, produced but token donations for their purported charities.

Students now being registered for musical theater training

Clear Space Productions is now accepting applications for its Musical Theater Summer Intensive program, which will take place from July 5 to 15, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the 9th Grade Campus of Cape Henlopen High School, 820 Savannah Rd. in Lewes. The cost for the two-week program, serving K-12 students, is $250. For an application call (302) 644-3810.

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.

Fenwick aims for green light on plan

With a colorful planting plan in hand, and discussions with landscaping consultants and Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) representatives behind them, members of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee have been raring to break ground on the town’s planned median project. That is, until DelDOT representatives threw a hoe into the works at a recent meeting.

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.

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.

Second try at expansion for 84 Lumber

Owners of the Clarksville-area location of building supply company 84 Lumber were rebuffed last year when they tried to add approximately 8 acres of land to expand the facility. County officials denied the company’s requested conditional use of the parcel on the grounds it was too small.

Mountaire sewage violations scrutinized

Changes in oversight procedures cited as possible explanation

A series of sewage violations by the Mountaire Corporation were again on the Selbyville Town Council’s agenda at its March 7 meeting. But council members opted not to immediately assess the poultry company the usual administrative fines for the violations, instead seeking to make sure the town’s method of determining violations is uniform before determining the fines.

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.

Registration now open for Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for it’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour. Riders can enjoy a 20-, 35-, or 50-mile course through The Quiet Resorts. This award-winning tour offers participants a leisurely ride on flat terrain, through coastal and inland bay areas.

Ocean View church to hold revival

The Ocean View Church of Christ is holding a revival March 20 through 24, 2005. The special speaker for the meeting is Joe Guthrie from Jacksonville, Fla. Services will start at 7 p.m. each evening, Monday through Thursday.

Millville gets first look at Home Depot

Growth in Millville continues apace, and commercial neighbors will soon accompany the proposed master-planned communities (MPCs) south of Route 26.
Millville Town Council reviewed conceptual plans for a 102,000-square-foot Home Depot at the March 8 council meeting.

The store would be located adjacent to Route 17, midway between Route 26 and Burbage Road.

Community offers classes for PC rookies

Intimidated by technology, or just afraid you might break something? Instructors are here to help.

Selbyville considers easement for sewers

Selbyville officials are debating the potential need to take an additional easement from some property owners to complete work for new sewer mains in the town.

DelDOT preps Selbyville for bridgework

Within a year, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) plans to replace a bridge in downtown Selbyville. Representatives held a workshop on March 3 to explain why.

According to Project Engineer Percival McNeil, the Main Street bridge over the Sandy Branch is still in fine shape. However, the water is passing through a corrugated pipe that is not.

South Bethany talks expenses

With $1,495,000 notched for combined general administrative, public safety (police), beach patrol and public works, South Bethany town council is starting to get a firm grasp on where money will be going this fiscal year.

Registration now open for Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for it’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour. Riders can enjoy a 20-, 35-, or 50-mile course through The Quiet Resorts. This award-winning tour offers participants a leisurely ride on flat terrain, through coastal and inland bay areas.

Dagsboro looks to tighten up

Dagsboro advertised a thick agenda for the Feb. 27 town council meeting, and by the end of the meeting, council members decided it was time for a change.

Town Solicitor Tempe Steen suggested they limit their agenda by requiring that business be submitted to Town Hall several days ahead of the meeting.

Council agreed to set the cutoff at 10 working days prior.

Bits & Pieces

Bethany church holding adult Sunday school
The Bethany Beach Disciples of Christ Church is hosting adult Sunday school in the Tabernacle Lounge, located behind the church. The church itself is located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Garfield Parkway.
The classes run each Sunday through March 13, from 10:50 to 11:50 a.m., immediately following 9:30 a.m. services.

County gets charitable with budget

It’s getting to be budget time again. As part of the yearly ramp-up to County Administrator Bob Stickels’ final proposal, humanitarian organizations once again pitched their causes before Sussex County Council, on March 1.

Megan's Law in action in Ocean View

Members of an Ocean View neighborhood watch group recently went door to door in their community of Country Village, distributing fliers with information about a new neighbor.

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