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The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.
This drill has been in the making for at least 5 years and has taken countless hours of coordination between the departments, owner and government agencies.
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) last week asked a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official if funds left over from Hurricane Sandy might be diverted to emergency repairs of the beaches and dunes at three of Delaware’s beach towns.
The South Bethany Town Council has four seats up for election this spring.
Interested candidates may throw their hat into the ring by filing written notice at Town Hall during regular business hours from March 4 to Wednesday, April 13, at 4:30 p.m. There is no registration fee.
Residents of Cat Hill love their idyllic beach lifestyle. With winding roads, the South Bethany neighborhood feels very off-the-beaten-path. There are no sidewalks, so people walk their dogs, jog and bicycle in the narrow streets.
One of South Bethany’s welcome signs on Route 1 was destroyed after an alleged drunk-driving incident. According to the South Bethany Police Department, South Bethany resident Joan DeSantis was responsible for the single-car collision with the sign on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 11:11 p.m.
Winters at the beach are peaceful, but sometimes quiet. So South Bethany is warming the season with its inaugural town potluck supper on Saturday, Feb. 20. The feast begins at South Bethany Town Hall at 6 p.m.
“We’re just looking forward to a good turnout and lots of good fellowship,” said Lisa Saxton, a member of the Town’s Communications & Public Relations Committee.
Ed Bintz first raised the alarm about a drastic change in South Bethany’s flood insurance rate map (FIRM). Now he’s submitting a second and final appeal to encourage Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to lower the numbers again.
South Bethany council votes, 4-3, to appeal FEMA flood maps
South Bethany’s $10,000 appeal isn’t based on whether the sand dunes protect town. Instead, the appeal is based on whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) believes they protect it enough to lower flood insurance rates.
It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.
With five miles of canals, South Bethany has called itself the “Venice of Delaware.” But all canals don’t lead to Rome in this case, as the dead-end canals suffer from poor flushing and circulation.
That’s the challenge being addressed by the Canal Water Quality Committee, led by Town Councilman George Junkin.
South Bethany’s maps aren’t leading to where it was expected.
At public urging, the town council hired an environmental consulting firm to manage the potential appeal of flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gave the Town until Jan. 20 to appeal maps that would place oceanfront homes in a higher flood zone than expected.
Republic Services will continue as the waste hauler for the Town of South Bethany. The company had the low bid for a five-year waste-hauling contract. The town council unanimously approved to pay the winning bid of $1,638,431 for services from May 1, 2016, to April 30, 2021.
At a recent South Bethany Town Council meeting, Sgt. Lee Davis repeatedly told residents to call the South Bethany Police Department if something seems suspicious.
“We’d rather go out 10 times” for a false alarm than miss something “because someone doesn’t want to bug us,” Davis said. “You guys are our eyes and ears.”
The South Bethany Police Department this week announced that Patrolman Nathan Hudson has been chosen as the recipient of the Crowe-McGrory Award.
Hudson was awarded the Crowe-McGrory on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Delaware Chapter Law Enforcement Day luncheon, hosted by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) Chapter 54 in Wilmington.
South Bethany planned to review the first round of scientific results this week as it decides whether to appeal its flood insurance rate map (FIRM).
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gave the Town until Jan. 20 to appeal maps that have been unpopular since they were first publicized in 2014.
The Delaware State Police are continuing their investigation of a crash south of Bethany Beach over the weekend.
It’s appeal season in South Bethany, as the town council voted this week to pay around $23,000 to potentially appeal its new flood insurance rate map (FIRM).
South Bethany may be young for a local beach town, but residents still proudly study its heritage in the South Bethany Historical Society. Councilman George Junkin will give a talk on “History of the Society” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.
Got a spare recycling bin? Motorboat? Military-grade vehicle?
Power interruptions may occur during cleaning process
Delmarva Power crews are resuming their efforts today to pressure-wash utility lines and equipment along Route 1 between the Indian River Inlet and an area just north of Bethany Beach to remove sea salt carried inland by winds from the weekend nor’easter.
What could happen to the sea in 50 years? No one can know for sure, but South Bethany residents got tips on planning for sea-level rise at a pair of workshops on Sept. 25 and 26.
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet).
Coastal flood warnings in effect along Atlantic Coast and Delaware Bays
With moderate to major coastal flooding expected at high tides today and tomorrow, along with high wind warnings along the coast, Gov. Jack Markell at noon on Oct. 2 issued a Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County, effective immediately. State offices will remain open, and no driving restrictions are being implemented; however, localized road closures may occur as conditions warrant it.
After hiring an independent consultant to analyze its Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), the Town of South Bethany is at a standstill.
For the fifth year in a row, the Town of South Bethany has recognized residents who have taken the time to help make their community a better place by adopting the town’s canal ends.
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