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No exception for Sea Villas driveways

Residents of the Sea Villas in Bethany Beach may have some adjustments to make in their parking practices. Members of the town’s Planning Commission voted Saturday, April 16, that the properties are not due any sort of exception from the 20-foot driveway width restriction imposed on the rest of the town.

Clear Space Productions announces second round of auditions for 'Oklahoma' ensemble cast

Clear Space Productions has announced a second round of auditions for the ensemble cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” This is an opportunity to join in professional-level performance starring established and emerging actors.

South Bethany election

Once again, the town of South Bethany has attracted enough civic-minded citizens to have an election. It will be a best three-out-of-four race again this year, with Council Member Lloyd Hughes stepping down after more than 12 years.

IRSD slims workforce

The Indian River School District (IRSD) has eliminated several positions in the wake of a budget crunch associated with the completion of the district’s two high schools.

District representatives put a positive spin on it, saying they hoped attrition (normal turnover — better offers elsewhere, for instance), retirements and the lapse of limited-term contracts would close the gap.

Filing deadline for Bethany seat is May 18

Degen resigns Bethany council seat

Bethany Beach Town Council Member Bob Degen dropped a bit of a bombshell at the council’s April 15 meeting, announcing his resignation from the council and town committees, effective May 1.

Politicos celebrate Ocean View water

It’s Earth Day once again (April 22), and various governmental representatives stopped by the new Town Hall in Ocean View a week prior, to celebrate the town’s recent financing agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Fenwick police to clamp down on alcohol

While thousands of Delaware high school students are preparing to attend proms in the coming weeks, the Fenwick Island Police Department, in partnership with the State of Delaware Office of Highway Safety, is preparing to make sure their special evening is also a safe and alcohol-free one.

Millville man arrested in road-rage incident

A 57-year-old Millville resident was arrested Saturday, April 16, at approximately 6:30 p.m. after an incident at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach.

May opening date for Ocean View restaurant

NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, the new restaurant by Matthew Haley and Bryony Zeigler (the creators of Redfin Seafood Grill in North Bethany Beach and Fish On! in Lewes), will open this May in Ocean View.

Haley and Harry Geller teamed up to develop Fish On! and now NorthEast Seafood Kitchen (NESK). The partners make up the parent company SoDel Concepts.

Waiting-area bars allowed to continue

At its April 15 meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted 5-2 to extend a provision allowing the operation of “waiting-area bars” at restaurants in the town. The contentious discussion focused on a 16-seat bar area at Bethany Blues.

Bethany considers restricting non-resident votes

Some non-resident property owners in Bethany Beach could potentially lose their right to vote on town ballot issues, if certain revisions to the town’s voting regulations are made.
The issue was raised at the April 14 meeting of the Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC), in response to concerns that the existing system might have some inequities.

Bethany grants exception due to flooding

The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments during its April 18 meeting unanimously granted an exception to Anna Mae Buhl for the moving and raising of the garage-apartment on her property at 104 Central Boulevard.

County takes a look at Riverview project

Sussex County Council took another look at the Riverview project north of Millville on April 19, but deferred action: awaiting a recommendation from the planning and zoning (P&Z) commission.

The builders are seeking a residential-planned community (RPC) overlay on approximately 80 acres of land near the Tuckahoe Acres campground (Holt’s Landing).

School board candidate advocates inclusion

Ocean View resident Lloyd Elling is strong on social consciousness, in business and in life. He went into special education for adults with disabilities with this philosophy in mind: “You can either hate it, or you can see the value that exists in those people.”
Elling is challenging Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board Member Dr. Donald Hattier for the District 4 seat

Fenwick business leaders brainstorm on future

Members of the Fenwick Island business community came together Wednesday, April 13, to discuss their vision for improving the town’s commercial area. The event was inspired by similar visioning workshops held for the town’s property owners in 2004 and, like those workshops, was facilitated by Town Council Member Harry Haon.

Jamboree Boys welcome in professionals

It’s that time once again, country music fans — time for the Hocker family’s annual Springtime Jamboree. The two-day event (April 22 and 23) will benefit Lower Sussex Little League (LSLL) this year.

Coastal Moose to get go-ahead on location

An application for a new lodge location for the Loyal Order of Moose Inc., East Sussex Lodge #2542, received preliminary approval recommendations from the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) on April 7.

Annual geranium sale now going

Spruce up your yard and garden with beautiful geraniums.

Sounds of the Atlantic Chorus of Sweet Adelines International is offering white, pink and red 6-inch pots of geraniums for sale for only $4.50.

South Bethany approves 2006 budgets

South Bethany Town Council approved the fiscal 2006 budgets, set the rental tax rate and adjusted various fees at the April 8 council meeting.

The town will move forward with a $1.52 million operating budget and nearly $1.44 million set aside for capital projects.

County puts a hold on 84 Lumber plans

Was it enough?
The proposed expansion at Clarksville’s 84 Lumber — chock full of improvements — came before Sussex County Council on April 12.

Marriage Licenses

The following couples recently appliced for marriage licenses in Sussex County:

Frankford considers four-duplex project

Frankford resident Dean Esham addressed the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission last week (April 7 P&Z meeting), asking for a change of zone to accommodate four duplexes at 65 Reed Street.

Tournament brings in scholarship funds

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Alpha Eta chapter, has raised enough money at their first-ever golf tournament to fund not one, but two, $5,000 scholarships for graduating Indian River High School seniors.

Chamber hosts forum of council members

Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce members gathered on April 7 for eggs and sausage — with a side of politics.
Sussex County Council Members George Cole (District 4) and Vance Phillips (District 5) made the trip to Doyle’s Restaurant in Selbyville for a discussion on burning topics of the day.

Meredith remains Mayor after election

Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith was sworn in for a second term at the April 12 special meeting, following a strong showing at the polls over the weekend.

Deadline nears for School Board ballots

Anyone who will need to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming Indian River School District (IRSD) School Board election will need to take certain steps — as soon as possible.

Residents of IRSD Districts 3 and 4 will vote for their candidate of choice on Tuesday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Fenwick prepares to cover its beach

With the summer only an arm’s length away, the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Committee met April 9 to review lifeguard decorum and responsibilities, discuss plans for a July 2 community beach bonfire and set parameters for the planned junior lifeguard program.

Millville gets a peak at future

One set of sketches, so many questions.
Officials and representatives of Millville Township LLC presented their sketch plans to the town council and a group of eager residents during the town’s regular council meeting on Tuesday, April 12.

Bethany discusses history

The Bethany Historical and Cultural Committee met Monday, April 11, to discuss how best to preserve the history of the beach town. Resident Jane Vincenti recently expressed an interest in having her house on First Street registered as a historic home, to preserve a bit of the past under the pressure of the expansion of new homes.

EDITORIAL: Big times ahead in Ocean View

Registered voters of Ocean View, let’s get ready to rumble.

On Saturday, April 9, voters can turn out to the new town hall in Ocean View, from noon to 5 p.m. to cast their ballots for the individual they wish to serve as the town’s mayor for the next three years. In one corner, there is the experience of incumbent Gary Meredith. In the other, there’s the upstart challenger, Wally Brown.

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