Ocean View News

Town of Ocean View, Delaware

Population:

  • 1882 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m.; town hall meeting room

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • Third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., town hall meeting room

Elections:

  • Second Saturday in April; mayor is elected separately from council members, at the same time; council members run by district, but voters can vote for candidates in any district; two-term limits on mayor and council

Town office:

  • 201 Central Avenue, Ocean View, DE 19970; (302) 539-9797

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council:

  • Walter Curran, Mayor
  • William Olsen, Distrcit 1
  • Frank Twardzik, District 2
  • Tom Maly, District 3
  • Carol Bodine, District 4

Town Manager:

  • Dianne Vogel

Town Clerk:

  • Donna Schwartz, CMC

Finance Director:

  • Lee Brubaker

Administrative Official:

  • Charles McMullen

Standing committees:

  • Planning Commission
  • Board of Adjustments
  • Board of Elections

Police:

  • Ken McLaughlin, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Dennis Schrader

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-1111

Water service:

  • Central water service is active and connection is mandatory.

Trash pick-up:

  • No municipal trash service; private haulers, with varied collection days

Recycling:

  • No townwide recycling; curbside recycling offered in conjunction with trash pick-up by haulers (statewide)

Ocean View considers legislation

Ocean View Town Council members passed three ordinances and studied some draft legislation floating around Dover at the May 3 council meeting.

Ocean View prepares for potential disasters

Relax — no one has suggested any likelihood of a disaster striking this area. However, as husband and wife team Tom and Pat Sheeran pointed out, that’s the problem — there’s no way to predict.

Best to be prepared, and the Sheerans showed Ocean View residents how do go about that at an April 21 workshop on disaster preparedness.

Ocean View considers upscale restaurant

Restaurateur David Harkness presented plans for the Oak Arbor Inn at the corner of Woodland Avenue and Route 26 last week — first, before the Ocean View Board of Adjustment (BOA) and then before the town’s Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission.

May opening date for Ocean View restaurant

NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, the new restaurant by Matthew Haley and Bryony Zeigler (the creators of Redfin Seafood Grill in North Bethany Beach and Fish On! in Lewes), will open this May in Ocean View.

Haley and Harry Geller teamed up to develop Fish On! and now NorthEast Seafood Kitchen (NESK). The partners make up the parent company SoDel Concepts.

Politicos celebrate Ocean View water

It’s Earth Day once again (April 22), and various governmental representatives stopped by the new Town Hall in Ocean View a week prior, to celebrate the town’s recent financing agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

EDITORIAL: Big times ahead in Ocean View

Registered voters of Ocean View, let’s get ready to rumble.

On Saturday, April 9, voters can turn out to the new town hall in Ocean View, from noon to 5 p.m. to cast their ballots for the individual they wish to serve as the town’s mayor for the next three years. In one corner, there is the experience of incumbent Gary Meredith. In the other, there’s the upstart challenger, Wally Brown.

Meredith remains Mayor after election

Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith was sworn in for a second term at the April 12 special meeting, following a strong showing at the polls over the weekend.

Ocean View talks water

A central water system for Ocean View took another giant leap forward this week, as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) representatives talked financing at the April 5 town council meeting.

USDA’s Denise MacLeish and Lisa Fitzgerald summarized all the conditions and provisos as succinctly as possible, but there were many.

Acting class returns to Ocean View

Following up on the first series of sold out classes on the Craft of Acting in both Lewes and Ocean View, Clear Space Productions, a non-profit theatre arts organization in Rehoboth Beach, has announced additional classes in April.

Ocean View continues zoning modifications

Ocean View Town Council adopted two new zoning ordinances at the April 5 town council meeting, one regarding business signage and the other restricting multifamily development.

The sign ordinance will give multiple businesses on the same parcel more leeway than code as it previously existed.

Ocean View P&Z pushes amenities

A 22-townhouse project came before Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) for final review on March 17. P&Z members questioned several aspects of the plan, but eventually agreed to consider it approved, contingent upon their receipt of three final items.

Ocean View finalizes budget numbers

The town of Ocean View discussed the fiscal 2006 budget one final time at a March 14 workshop, paving the way for a formal vote at next month’s council meeting (April 5).
• The town expects to bring in $1.76 million in revenues over the next year, the lion’s share from real estate taxes and real estate transfer taxes ($1.35 million).

Ocean View mayoral candidates weigh in

Who will lead Ocean View Town Council for the next three years?
In three weeks’ time, residents will cast their ballots, deciding to either return incumbent Mayor Gary Meredith or usher in challenger Wally Brown.

The Coastal Point interviewed the candidates on March 14, in an effort to provide the voters a side-by-side comparison.

Locals represent well at Worcester Prep

Two high school students from the Sussex seashore are giving their hometowns good report at Worcester Preparatory School in Berlin, Md.
Mason Dyer of Ocean View and Kelly Ternahan of Bethany Beach have both taken leadership roles in their final year at Worcester.

Ocean View church to hold revival

The Ocean View Church of Christ is holding a revival March 20 through 24, 2005. The special speaker for the meeting is Joe Guthrie from Jacksonville, Fla. Services will start at 7 p.m. each evening, Monday through Thursday.

OPEN UP

Former POW hopes vets will talk things out

Nick Tosques of Ocean View endured some rough times during the Korean War.
And yet, after spending more than two-and-a-half years in Camp #1, Changsong, North Korea, his outgoing nature has survived.

Ocean View reviews several ordinances

That’s a lot of ordinance.
Ocean View Town Council held first readings on two, continued discussion on two that were tabled at second reading last month and introduced three new ones at the March 1 town council meeting.

Election time in Ocean View

The Town of Ocean View will hold its annual election on April 9, from noon to 5 p.m., at Town Hall (32 West Ave.).

As it stands, Council Member Norm Amendt (Voting District 3) is running uncontested and incumbent Mayor Gary Meredith is running for reelection against challenger Wally Brown.

Megan's Law in action in Ocean View

Members of an Ocean View neighborhood watch group recently went door to door in their community of Country Village, distributing fliers with information about a new neighbor.

Ocean View Planning and Zoning moves on signs

Ocean View Town Council is cleared to move forward on a new sign ordinance, following a thumbs-up from the Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission on Feb. 17.

The ordinance came about as a result of Jeff Clark’s application for a variance before the Board of Adjustment (BOA) back in December.

School to seek Ocean View annexation

Members of the Indian River School District’s school board voted 6-0 Tuesday night to pursue annexation of Lord Baltimore Elementary School into the town of Ocean View.

Ocean View P&Z okays school

Lord Baltimore Elementary School is tricky.
Part of the property lays in Ocean View, part lays in Millville, part in unincorporated Sussex County.

So who approves the renovation project planned for Lord Baltimore?

Apparently, Ocean View.

Ocean View nears final budget plan

Ocean View Town Manager Kathy Roth presented three different five-year budget plans to the long-range financial planning committee on Feb. 15.
In version one, there were no rate increases. The town would stick with existing revenue sources.

Mayor has his hands full

Technically, Ocean View Mayor Gary Meredith is number one.
Ocean View has been around a while (founded in 1893), but until 2002, no mayor before Meredith had ever been chosen by popular election.

He downplayed any significance, though, calling it “more like the answer to a trivia question.”

Ocean View talks land use

Progress, and possible minimum design standards for landscaping, signs and even architecture, dominated the Feb. 15 workshop in Ocean View.

The roundtable discussion on Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) issues attracted the entire town council, the entire Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission, town staff and new hire land use planner Kyle Gulbronson.