Sussex County officials presented their proposed $117.7 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year on Tuesday. The proposed budget is down approximately 3 percent from this current year’s because of some reductions in sewer assessment rates.
And ... they’re off!
You might have heard something about a zoning issue in Bethany Beach that could get voted on Friday afternoon. While that has gotten a lot of attention locally, there is something else happening this weekend that might be of interest to you.
There are several things that inspire me again and again in this community.
Reader calls for rent justification bill
Rent justification, HB 33, is the only way to level the playing field between owners of manufactured home parks and the people who own their own home and rent the land under it.
There are things in life I’ve always been able to count on, no matter what might have been happening in the world.
It’s rarely quiet in our little world of small-town politics here at the Delaware shore. If it’s not election rhetoric or budget debates, it’s controversy over taxes, utility service, the internal power struggles of municipal or county government, debates between the merits of growth and an existing way of life... The list goes on and on.
Reader questions merits of beach replenishment
Last week’s front-page article announcing the federal allocation of monies for the 2013 beach replenishment in Delaware marginalized some of the larger economic and environmental issues inherent in a project of this magnitude.
We have seen signs of an improving economy as of late. Real estate is starting to see some good trends, the summer rentals appear to be strong this summer and some businesses have reported that things are looking up so far. However, what is needed is jobs.
And they might be coming.
Longtime property owner speaks out
The Ocean View Town Council held its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday night, and swore in Geoff Christ and Bill Olsen as councilmen.
Christ will resume his council duties representing District 2 after running unopposed. He was also sworn in as the mayor pro tem of the town.
IRHSAA thankful for support with event
Reader: The little man has an uphill battle
The worldwide housing recession began at the end of 2008 when the citizens were ordered by the government to bail out the big banks.
Reader offers food for thought on Bethany
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Bethany Beach Landowners Association and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.
I would like to submit the following questions for the April 13 forum about the rezoning proposals related to the Burbage/Hotel project:
Perhaps we have gotten to the point of taking the Indian River School District’s Odyssey of the Mind teams for granted.
This year, the district sent five teams to the state finals on March 23 at Smyrna High School. Two of those teams, the high school squad and one formed of elementary school students, qualified for the world championships May 22 to 25 at Michigan State University.
Once again, another shoulder season appears to have been skipped.
Who is the guy who voted for that team?
We notice that the attention on politics tends to wane, especially around here, as the weather begins to change and we move a little further away from last November’s elections. And that’s fine, as the rhetoric meter hit exceedingly high in those elections, and it is nice to see people turn to other interests.
I’m fascinated by polls.
Reader discusses proposed campground
BBLA to host meeting on zoning changesEditor:
Questions and concerns have been raised recently about a number of proposed changes in residential and commercial zoning provisions in the Bethany Beach Town Code. The changes, which were recommended by the Town Planning Commission, are pending before the Town Council for decision, which may occur as early as April 19.
For those of you who haven’t been to downtown Bethany Beach recently, you might be surprised if you find yourself there because of all the construction. The town’s long-awaited beautification effort is now under way, and the long-term prospects for downtown appear positive.
However, the present is a little iffy.
It hasn’t been an easy couple years on the national stage for the state of Delaware.
Delaware Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves issued a ruling on Tuesday that sided with Sussex County government in their ongoing battle with Sussex County Sheriff Jeffrey Christopher regarding Christopher’s office having constitutional authority to make arrests.
Ah, spring. This is the season that can tantalize one’s senses more than any other.
Bethany resident has questions on project
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the mayor and town council of the Town of Bethany Beach and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication. The writer owns a home on Hollywood Street, adjacent to the Bethany Arms property.
In the interest of “public health,” a new law was supposed to go into effect in New York City on Tuesday that banned the sale of sugary drinks in containers holding more than 16 ounces. That ban, however, was squashed by New York Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling, when he blocked the restriction, calling it “arbitrary and capricious.”
Chamber puts support behind Bethany project
Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Bethany Beach Town Council and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.
On behalf of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, I am writing to express the Chamber’s support for the proposed hotel project in downtown Bethany Beach.
The last Indian River School District referendum passed by about a 2-1 vote, but it was met with more vocal opposition than any we can remember in the past.