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If two Wilmington dentists and their oral surgeon partner have their way, 33 acres of undeveloped land off Route 20 could become home to medical facility designed to house multiple medical specialties, an imaging center and an acute-care facility — something many in the area have been hoping would be part of its near future, as the population of eastern Sussex County continues to “go grey.”
The Viking Golf Amusements and Thunder Lagoon Waterpark have been landmarks of the area for nearly 20 years, sitting at the intersection of Routes 1 and 54, ready to tempt vacationing families with its water slides, miniature golf and concessions.
County planning officials deferred again last week a decision on a proposed revamp to the 20-year-old Viking Golf Amusements and Thunder Lagoon Waterpark at the intersection of Routes 1 and 54, just outside Fenwick Island town limits.
On Friday, Aug. 24, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to accept a town-wide, two-year recycling contract with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority. Participation by the town, though voluntary among individual citizens, was dubbed “highly desirable” by Mayor Audrey Serio.
I had a sense of déjà vu in talking with Oliver Cropper of Fenwick Island, a feeling that I was sitting across from my own grandfather, asking him about his childhood and how things have changed since then. Cropper is well-known in the Selbyville-Fenwick Island area and has been involved with the Fenwick Island Lighthouse for many of his 88 years.
Fenwick Island may be implementing a voluntary, town-wide recycling program, depending on the results of Friday’s council meeting, on Aug. 24 at 3:30 p.m. As part of the agenda, the council will take a look at a proposed contract with Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) and decide if they wish to begin a recycling program within the town limits.
Inside the gates of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, a small wheel that was once used to mechanically power the infamous light sits on display as a symbol of local history. Faded black-and-white photographs show keepers of the lighthouse dating back to the mid-19th century, when farmers tilled the adjacent land and salt flats.
Despite opposition, Fenwick Island Town Council approved an ordinance on July 27, allowing restaurants within the town to provide outside dining. The ordinance was drafted at the request of Gabriel Mancini, owner of Mancini’s Family Restaurant.
A record 460 Fenwick Island citizens voted in the town council election Saturday, placing a newcomer on the bench and leaving out a veteran of the seven-person council.
Five candidates will vie for four spots in Fenwick Island’s election in voting from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at town hall. Four of the candidates have already served on the council. Two candidates are currently serving. One candidate has never served.
Local property owners approved the creation of a new Sussex County centralized sewer district west of Fenwick, near Roxana, on Saturday by a vote of 243 to 87. Officials will begin construction on the Johnson’s Corner sewer district in the spring of 2009, with completion expected in the summer of 2010.
The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol’s lifeguard competition team garnered top finishes in five events, in competition on July 11, and qualified for the national championships in those five events.
Salvatore and Carmelita Liberto moved from a troubled Baltimore neighborhood on May 15, 2002, into a home in Fenwick West, off of Route 20. Retired, the two do not work and live on a fixed income. But on Saturday, they will be two of hundreds of residents voting on a proposed Sussex County sewer district that will cost them thousands upfront and year after year, if the district is approved.
Toting popular plastic shovels, cousins Kyle Trout and Tim Brooks, both 8 years old, stood knee deep in a hole they had dug in Fenwick Island’s beach on Saturday while their parents lounged in chairs nearby. Sitting in the shallow hole with sloped sides, Brooks said digging a hole is a fun way to pass the time.
“We’re kind of bored,” Brooks said. “So we just dig a hole.”
Fenwick Island’s Web site is beginning to look a little like eBay. In an effort to make the town’s operations more efficient, new Town Manager Tony Carson has set up an online bidding system to rid the town of older, unneeded items. Instead of merely tossing older items, such as cabinets and computer chairs, Fenwick will now auction them off online to the highest bidder.
Mother Nature spared participants in the annual Bethany Beach Fourth of July parade last week, with mild temperatures and refreshing breezes uncharacteristic of the first week of July at the Delaware shore. Bright sun, however, highlighted the day, setting a glow on the colorful floats, walking groups and bands that participated in the 2007 edition of the parade.
State legislators approved a sweeping revenue package with the 2008 fiscal year budget this weekend, raising $572 million over the next six years to help cover a $1.5 billion shortfall in the capital transportation program and, perhaps, saving some roadway projects that were left in jeopardy.
The opening day of the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market was just peachy for the local farmers, farm families and food producers who came out to sell their produces directly to the public on Sunday, July 1.
After vacating their seats on council last year amid strife, Pete Frederick and Vicki Carmean, the duo one town official described this week as “oil and water,” will be among the five candidates vying for four spots in Fenwick Island’s Aug. 4 elections.
The skies over coastal Delaware will light up over the Fourth of July holiday with a variety of pyrotechnics displays.
But not all of them will be legal.
The 25-member working group made up of civic leaders coming Millsboro south to Selbyville have officially recommended building a highway that will bypass U.S. 113 from north of Millsboro to south of Frankford.
Sometimes, the best choices are right in front of our faces. This time, it was recognized quickly and acted upon in the right manner.
After weeks of anticipation and months of work, the inaugural Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market is set to open, from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 1, in the Mercantile Peninsula Bank parking lot in town.
Only weeks after Selbyville hosted its 51st annual Old Timer’s Day, another traditional local event is nearing. Compared to Old Timer’s Day, though, the Fenwick Island bonfire is still in its blooming stages it but has hit a milestone with the fifth annual event, scheduled for 7 p.m. next Saturday.
State legislation up for approval this week would allow state transportation officials to begin work on the much-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project that was delayed again in late April.