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.

Restaurant's off-site parking raises concerns

Fenwick Island officials and citizens offered a welcome to one of the town’s newest businesses this week, taking note of the immediate popularity of the restaurant Ropewalk. But the welcome came with a chorus of concern about the unusual step they have taken to handle limited parking at the restaurant.

Designated driver service continues to serve overserved

When Bill Fox went to buy a bus for his new business venture, he didn’t know that it would be a meaningful exchange.

Local beach replenishment timetable still uncertain

This summer, Delaware is receiving $30 million worth of beach replenishment services from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But the big question is when.

Fenwick Island cancels council election, prepares for change

There will be no election in Fenwick Island this year, although there will be some changes in the council makeup. Roy Williams is set to take over the council seat held by Vicki Carmean, who will retire after 13 years on the council, effective in early August.

FEMA lowers flood elevations in Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island streets and structures were inundated with water during Hurricane Sandy, but updates to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps in the near future could actually lower the flood elevations of many properties in the town. That could mean property owners could actually build closer to the ground than they do now.

Fenwick Island Farmers' Market open Mondays and Fridays through summer

Those who missed opening day of the Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market a few weeks ago will get another chance on Friday, as Fenwick Island’s market is one where people have a second chance each week to grab goodies that are fresh off the farm. It’s open both Mondays and Fridays in the summer, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Fox's Pizza grows with new location, expanded menu

It was only in August of 2010 that Fox’s Pizza Den opened up as a take-out pizza shop in Millville and only last summer that they expanded that shop into a restaurant and bar, but they have more growth on the horizon, with Fox’s Pizza Restaurant & Bar opening in the Harris Teeter shopping center off of Route 54 in Fenwick Island. And if they had a slogan to go with the growth, it might be this: “It’s more than just pizza!”

Paco’s Paradise heads into fourth decade in business

Paco’s Paradise in the Village of Fenwick is celebrating its 40th year in business this year. Owner John Hastings explained that he had gone to Oaxaca, Mexico, on a whim with a fraternity brother and brought some hand-embroidered shirts home. After giving them to his brother, “people wanted to buy them off his back,” and, as they say, the rest is history.

Two pedestrians killed by car near Fenwick

Two Maryland men were killed while crossing Route 54 near Fenwick Island late on Friday, June 14, when they stepped out in front of a vehicle driven by another Maryland man.

Samaritan Thrift Shop celebrating five years of bargains and benefits

Before Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made thrift-store shopping a mainstream thing once again with their song highlighting its benefits, it was already gaining speed in this area, thanks to the economy and the “regulars” who just can’t pass up a bargain. Samaritan Thrift Shop in the Williamsville Industrial Park off of Route 54 is celebrating five years in the business.

Fenwick Island Lions Club donates to Camp Barnes

Jean Bertram, president of the Fenwick Island Lions Club, at the club’s recent Ladies Day Luncheon presented a check for $1,700 to Cpl. Shawn Hatfield of the Delaware State Police, to benefit the DSP’s camp at Camp Barnes.

Season's change brings new looks, new procedures and more

With the arrival of another summer season in the area’s resort towns also come a number of changes, both from the winter months and from how visitors to the area may remember things being last summer.

Maravelli named Bethany-Fenwick Chamber Director of Membership

Last week, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce announced that Kristie Maravalli would become its new director of membership.

Beaches to be restored with federal funding

Exactly six months after Hurricane Sandy scrubbed the East Coast, replacing basements and roadways with floodwater and debris, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to rebuild Delaware’s Atlantic shoreline.

Fenwick moves forward with anchoring ordinance

Amendment hoped to prevent hazards during future flooding

Fenwick Island Town Council members voted 6-0 this week to approve a second reading of a zoning amendment that requires the anchoring of outdoor items in an effort to prevent safety hazards during flooding, after concerns were raised during the intense flooding seen in the town during Hurricane Sandy.

West Fenwick tavern, tobacco shop have run-in with truck

No one was injured in Scotty’s Bayside Tavern or the Tobacco Outlet in West Fenwick Island when a Ford pickup truck drove through two walls of the building on Friday, March 22.

Just after 9 p.m., a truck in the parking lot plowed through the front of the tobacco shop, then got lodged in the side wall connecting it and Scotty’s.

Beach Liquors adds new location in Fenwick Island

Beach Liquors has a new location in Fenwick Island, with a minor shift in ownership for the store, which is located in the Bay Plaza Shopping Center. Jerry Kappes, who owns Beach Liquors in Bethany Beach, explained that he and his wife, Jacque, and sons Michael and Scott, made the decision to buy the Bethany store on the Sunday of the Fourth of July weekend in 1999 and were open that Friday.

Freeman Stage at Bayside announces all-star summer lineup

What do Pat Benatar, Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker have to do with Delaware? This year, a lot, thanks to the Freeman Stage at Bayside.

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm expected to impact area Wednesday and Thursday

Officials with the National Weather Service are now predicting that a winter storm will impact the area between Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7. According to the NWS on Tuesday:

Fenwick council names Cannon Street Park

Fenwick Island’s newest town park officially has a new, eponymous, name: Cannon Street Park. Signage to that effect was due to be ordered this week and put in place soon in the newly completed park located on Cannon Street on the town’s west side, after a 6-0 vote of the town council.

Local first-responders honored at annual Valor Awards

They perform CPR. They investigate rape cases. They use kayaks to check on residents during hurricanes and floods. They also write grants and keep up with administrative needs, cover shifts, and go above and beyond their call of duty.

Dining at One Coastal to help raise funds for Smallwood, ALS charities

In a Fenwick Island restaurant, friends have eaten and laughed together. So it’s only fitting that when Todd Smallwood decided to run 100 miles in his friend Mark Habicht’s honor, One Coastal restaurant stepped up to fundraise.

Affinity Energy offers Chamber members a deal on power

The Millsboro Chamber of Commerce has been working with Affinity Energy Management to offer their Chamber members the opportunity to lower their energy costs through participation in a large electricity-buying group.

Consignment shop offers a bit of Now and Then

Whether people are looking for an $8 coffeemaker or a set of furniture for that condo at the beach, Now and Then, located near Fenwick Island, might just be the place to find that special something.

Local author hopes to help those 'Suffering in Silence'

In a review of Carolyn Kuhn’s book “Suffering in Silence,” one reader, “CindyS,” wrote: “I picked this book up late one evening to ‘start’ and a couple hours later I had ‘finished’ it. I could not put it down. Every emotion that someone could possibly feel was felt while reading this book. You feel anger. You feel sympathy. You cry. You laugh… all of this in just 100 pages.