Fenwick Island News

Town of Fenwick Island, Delaware

Population:

  • 379 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Friday of the month, 3:30 p.m., town hall meeting room

Elections:

  • First Saturday in August, alternating slate of four and three seats, two-year terms; mayor/council president chosen from among the council, with a one-year term

Town office:

  • 800 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944; (302) 539-3011, fax (302) 539-1305

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Gene Langan, Mayor
  • Richard Mais, Vice-Mayor
  • Diane Tingle, Secretary
  • Gardner Bunting, Treasurer
  • William Weistling
  • Roy Williams
  • Julie Lee

Town Manager:

  • Merritt Burke

Town Clerk:

  • Agnes DiPietrantonio

Finance Assistant:

  • Josie Correnti

Building Official:

  • Patricia Schuchman

Standing committees:

  • Beautification/ Parks & Recreation, Beach, Environmental, Planning, Board of Adjustments, Board of Elections, Audit, Budget, Building, Charter and Ordinance, Commercial Action, Emergency Management

Police:

  • William Boyden, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Tempe Steen

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-2000

Beach patrol:

  • Tim Ferry, Captain
  • The Beach Patrol is on duty beginning Memorial Day weekend each summer (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) and then two more weekends thereafter, and every day through Labor Day and then two weekends after Labor Day.

Trash pick-up:

  • October through April, Monday only. May through September, Monday & Thursday. Heavy trash pickup, June 8, 9 & 10 and September 9, 10, & 11.

Curbside recycling:

  • A voluntary townwide curbside recycling program through DSWA has been instituted beginning in 2008. Property owners may sign up on the town Web site or at town hall. Pick-ups are on Fridays, weekly from May to September and bi-weekly during the other months. The Fenwick Island Lions Club also collects aluminum cans in a bin behind town hall.

Fenwick drafts $1.437 million budget

Fenwick Island Town Council and Budget Committee members met Tuesday, June 7, to make final tweaks to the town’s budget for the 2006 fiscal year. The final draft budget is scheduled to be presented to the town at the council’s June 24 meeting, in anticipation of the end of the 2005 fiscal year in July.

Fenwick hosts Delaware MADD reps

Delaware Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) founder Dolly Banks addressed locals gathered for the Fenwick Island Town Council meeting on May 20 – two days after the eighth anniversary of the death of her 23-year-old son, Michael.

Fenwick officials discuss renovations

As promised at the April meeting of the Fenwick Island Town Council, Mayor Peter Frederick raised the issue of renovations to the town hall at a May 14 “workshop-without-agenda” (WWA).

Fenwick considers outdoor dining seating

Fenwick Island Town Council Member and Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) Chairman Harry Haon asked his committee members a simple question: Was there a way for the town to allow restaurateur Gabby Mancini to accomplish the business goals he had in mind in asking the town to allow an outside eating area at Mancini’s?

Fenwick restaurant offers a bite ... and view

According to Shark’s Cove owner Eddie O’Malley, the view is the easy part. This upper story restaurant, just west of the “Fenwick Ditch” (and around the block on Bennett Avenue) hosts a natural panorama on the Little Assawoman Bay, and plenty of glass.

Day to Remember--Fenwick restaurant celebrates Greek Easter

Things were jumping at Captain Pete’s last Sunday — it was Greek Easter and, like every year, owners Peter and Helen Charuhas made it a day to remember.

Fenwick makes move to expand dock allowances

Many Fenwick Island property owners who were not previously permitted to have a dock at their canal-side or lagoon-side properties may soon have that option. The Fenwick Island Town Council, at its April 22 meeting, heard a first reading of a proposed ordinance change that would allow docks on canals 50 feet in width or wider.

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.

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.

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.

Fenwick blooming with beautification projects

With spring sprung in coastal Delaware, the attention of Fenwick Island’s Beautification Committee has turned to making the town even more clean, attractive and brightly blooming. Members of the committee met Tuesday, April 5, to discuss the status of ongoing projects and near-future plans.

Fenwick Island brainstorms on budget

The earliest stages of drafting Fenwick Island’s budget for the 2005-2006 fiscal year began Saturday, April 2, with a workshop aimed at determining the town’s overall needs. The process should be approximately 30 days in length, targeting adoption of the budget in June.

Fenwick signage talks proceed

Even Building Official Patricia Schuchman agrees it may be time for some accommodations in how Fenwick Island’s commercial signage works. But what those changes might be — and how they come about — is still in the earliest stages of discussion.

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).

Fenwick talks meetings and sporting event

A joking suggestion that members of the Fenwick Island Town Council lead off their March 12 “workshop without agenda” (WWA) by canceling the WWA actually got some serious attention from the council members.

The suggestion was made mostly in jest, upon discovering that all but one of the council members were present, but only three community members had shown up for the meeting.

Medians move forward in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council tentatively awarded a $135,000 Route 1 median landscaping project to Greenscape Landscape at the March 18 council meeting.
Engineer Chuck Hauser of Davis, Bowen & Friedel (DBF) said he was still checking references for the company, but he didn’t expect any problems there.

Hauser said Greenscape’s bid was within what the town had budgeted for the work.

Fenwick considers event for lighthouse

Fenwick Island Town Council heard a proposal for an “aquathlon” to benefit the Fenwick Island Lighthouse Foundation at the March 18 town council meeting.
Kent Buckson of Surf Racer Sports presented the plan for a half-mile swim/five kilometer run through town, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 20.

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.

Fenwick hears from DelDOT

Fenwick Island residents heard about Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) input regarding the median, crosswalks and traffic signals at the Feb. 25 town council meeting.

“We may or may not have trees,” Council Member Vicki Carmean stated.

Fenwick readies environmental brochure

“Refreshing surf — sunny days on the beach — gentle breezes on the bay — glorious sunsets” ...
When Fenwick Island Environmental Committee members describe their little “jewel by the sea,” these are some of its prime attributes.

Lukewarm reception for Fenwick trash

A proposal for a unified front against trash problems met a tepid response from members of the Fenwick Island business community at a Feb. 17 Community Liaison meeting.

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.

Mancini requests Fenwick's okay on patio

Fenwick Island doesn’t currently allow its restaurants to serve alcohol on outdoor patios, but if restaurateur Gabbie Mancini has anything to say about it, Mancini’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Restaurant will be the first in the town to do so.

Fenwick looks to beef up crowd

Fenwick Island Town Council Member Martha Keller would like more residents and property owners to attend council meetings. And she thinks that effort should start by having the meetings when more people are in town — namely on weekends, instead of on Friday afternoons, as they are currently.

Ferry to head beach patrol in Fenwick

Fenwick Island has changed the procedures for selecting the people in charge of its beach patrol, and a familiar face will be at the head.
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