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.

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

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“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.

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.