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.

Drug take-back offered at local police departments

On Saturday, Oct. 26, a number of area police departments are participating in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. According to the DEA’s Web site, “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.”

Hickman receives Lighthouse Award at Chamber member celebration

Todd Hickman received the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lighthouse Award during the annual Members Celebration and Awards Ceremony, held at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green on Oct. 17.

Residents of The Refuge concerned about proposal for new apartments

A number of residents have voiced their concerns regarding the possible construction of two apartment buildings behind The Refuge community off of Route 54.

Ropewalk ties seafood with tavern experience in Fenwick

After netting close to two decades of success in Baltimore, the owners of Ropewalk Tavern have made a comfortable addition, introducing their culinary know-how and warm environment to Fenwick Island with the Ropewalk Oyster House. Taking over the location where Captain Pete’s once stood in early June this year, Ropewalk aims to bring a welcoming aura paired with an adaptive menu, thanks to general manager Molly Thomas and corporate executive chef, Frank Campanella.

Home-based businesses hold ribbon-cutting at Chamber

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed four new home-based businesses with a ribbon-cutting on the deck of the Chamber’s office near Fenwick Island. Kevin McCourt of Cogitation LLC, Russell Lacey of Electric Advisors Inc., Lise O’Connell of SendOutCards and Ronald Lewis of Sustaining Support LLC joined together to announce and celebrate their ventures into the Quiet Resorts business community.

‘Sounds of the Past’ to come alive

A trip down memory lane for some people is also a historical record for others. And Sound United Methodist Church has invited locals to tell their stories at Sounds of the Past II, a Living History event, on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.

“It’s all about remembering Sussex County … years ago,” said organizer Beverly Mattox.

Banks to take over as acting director of Chamber

Earlier this week, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce announced that Executive Director David Martin was resigning his position due to personal reasons.

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Incoming Chamber Board President Kami Banks of Banks Wines & Spirits has taken on the role and responsibilities of acting executive director until Martin’s replacement is in place. Banks said she is confident that, with the staff’s help, the Chamber will continue to provide its membership with quality services.

Three new builders join NVHomes at Bayside

Carl M. Freeman Companies announced this week the addition of three new builders to the community of Bayside, near Selbyville.

Simmer Time takes the pot, with fondue and more

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Route 54’s newest restaurant aims to introduce people to the art of fondue without dipping too deeply into their wallets. Simmer Time offers people a cozy dining atmosphere to enjoy dunking their favorite foods or snacking on others.

“Do you like cheese, meat and chocolate? How can you go wrong?” said Mike Gable, executive chef.

Part of Route 54 to be closed starting Monday

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) this week advised motorists of daytime lane closures on Route 54/Road 58/Lighthouse Road in the Selbyville area for the installation of a crossroad pipe at Sand Cove Road (Route 394).

Lifeguards get a night in the spotlight

Chamber honors guards who go above and beyond

For the first time, local lifeguards got to shine in the night, as the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Lifeguard Award Ceremony as a standalone evening event.

Freeman Stage to end season with ballet, doo-wop, fireworks

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, with the help of Opera at Morgan and the Morgan State University Choir, will help to celebrate the conclusion of another successful season at the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

Windsor teak offers furniture for outdoor living

When looking for outdoor furniture, buyers are often seeking something made well, something that will last and something that will look good. Teak — a hard, closely grained wood that is high in natural oils — is a seemingly perfect choice.

Barefoot Gardeners hold children's story time

On Wednesday, July 31, the Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding a children’s story time, with stories, songs and activities at the Fenwick Island Town Park at 10 a.m.

Fenwick beach replenishment work to begin as soon as next week

Fenwick Island officials were told this week that work on the planned beach replenishment project being coordinated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin there as soon as late this coming week or perhaps the following week and will likely take three to four weeks. A specific start date and location was still not available, but officials said recently that they hope the resulting beach closures and inconvenience to beachgoers can be minimized.

Delaware beaches ranked No. 1 in water quality again

Delaware has always been the First State, and its beaches come in first, too. In addition to having top water quality conditions, Delaware’s own Rehoboth and Dewey beaches were recently again named superstar beaches for 2012 by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the non-partisan international environmental group that annually assesses all beaches in 30 coastal states.

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.