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The Fenwick Island Town Council decided on Nov. 15 that the Town would not hold its annual Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony but would instead perform the tree-lighting in a lower-profile event.
Representatives from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spoke to members of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 3 about the progress of both the Indian River Inlet Bridge project and the Route 26 Mainline improvements project.
Thanksgiving Day is a time for friends, family and food, but organizations such as Seashore Striders, Sea Colony and hipAHA in Fenwick Island are also hoping to bring fun and fitness into the equation, once again.
The Delaware State Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for two suspicious male subjects who have reportedly followed several female juveniles in the Keenwick by the Bay development near Fenwick Island.
Stormwater management is coming to the forefront of environmental concerns and municipal affairs, and there may be no grandfather clause for Fenwick Island property owners.
Home-invasion. Burglary. Robbery. Just read the police beat in any newspaper to see that what used to be once-in-a-while crimes have seemingly become all-too-frequent as the area grows and the population grows with it. Julie Dugan and her family know that all too well. She said coming to the family’s vacation home outside Selbyville has been far from relaxing these past few months, since the house been burglarized four times in the past two years and three times in the past two months alone.
Dressed in hardhats, gloves and reflective vests, a group of 20 civilians crossed the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, from end to end, for the first time. They grinned as a DelDOT tour guide led them across the newly completed 10-foot closure pour, which connected the two halves of the new bridge. Motorists had become accustomed to seeing the incomplete north and south sections move closer together until Oct. 18, when the closure pour was completed.
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert sound, the recorded message on broadcast media will state, “This is a test.” The audio message will be the same for both radio and television.
TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 to close near Indian River bridge, in both directions, 7 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday
Delaware’s Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, there will be a shift in traffic patterns on Route 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The shift will be implemented to ensure continued road safety due to dune erosion adjacent to the northbound lanes, they said.
Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1, near the Indian River Inlet will close at approximately 9 p.m. tonight, due to high storm tides, report officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).
For Keenwik Sound resident Robert Lowe, the retention pond northeast of the Harris Teeter on Route 54 is cause for concern. As a volunteer working on pond maintenance for his own development, he said, he knows it takes time and money to maintain them, but he says it is worth the effort.
It’s getting a lot harder for people driving across the Indian River Inlet Bridge to see through the gap between north and south sides of the new bridge as they drive past, with the time for the final concrete pour of the project nearing and just 10 feet of space remaining between the two cantilevered portions of the bridge deck.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Johnson’s Country Market will hold its annual Family Fun Day.
The first phase of Fenwick Island’s town manager search is almost complete.
This summer, Fenwick Island Police Department saw a marked increase in time its officers spent assisting the Delaware State Police. During the regular Fenwick Island Town Council meeting Sept. 16, Police Chief William Boyden described why FIPD is more frequently leaving town boundaries to assist the state police.
Fenwick Island got a fast start on its new public safety building. Town ordinances prevent some types of construction before Labor Day, so officials broke ground early on Tuesday, Sept. 6, quickly making way for the builders to begin the construction of the new structure.
For the better part of two decades, Carolina Street in Fenwick Island has been outfitting homes and gardens with an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind pieces, including artwork, furniture, jewelry, home decor, woodworks, pottery and much more.
Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene as torrential rains and gale-force winds cleared on Sunday morning, dealing generally with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs – a considerably lesser impact than had been feared from the first hurricane to hit the state in recorded history.
Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, dealing with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs. Gov. Jack Markell lifted a travel ban and evacuation orders for at-risk areas as of 11 a.m. on Aug. 28, advising caution for those who did choose to travel.
From Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin (7 a.m. Sunday):
At this time, no damage to property has been reported in Ocean View. Power outage remains east of West Avenue in Ocean View and throughout Bethany Beach.
From Ocean View Police Department (11:45 p.m.):
Over the past hour, winds and rain subsided. Police patrols were initiated and all roadways in town are reported to be open. Power is still out on the east side of West Avenue and in Bethany Beach. Many trees have fallen, however, at this time there has been no report of damage.
Level 2 driving restrictions will be in place in Sussex County starting at 6 p.m.; then in Kent County starting from 8 p.m.; and in New Castle County starting from 10 p.m. This means that non-emergency travel will be prohibited. Those who are evacuating from flooding or flood-prone areas, including to shelters, are exempt.
BREAKING NEWS: Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, tornado warning briefly issued, more safety information released
Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, conditions deteriorating as Irene approaches
As conditions across Delmarva have started to deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Irene, the Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that the Indian River Inlet Bridge could be closed as early as 3 p.m. on Saturday but would definitely be closed by 4 p.m.
BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation-zone residents should be out now; conditions worsening ahead of Irene's arrival
Hurricane Irene begins making its way into Sussex County
Those evacuating at-risk areas should be out; conditions will worsen quickly as day progresses