South Bethany News

Town of South Bethany, Delaware


  • 449 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Town council regular meetings on the second Friday of the month, except January, at 7 p.m., in the town hall meeting room; council workshops/special meetings on the fourth Thursday of the month, except November, at 5 p.m . Workshop meeting dates and times subject to change.

Planning & Zoning meets:

  • as needed


  • Mayor elected separately from the council at the same time; alternating slates of three council seats, with two-year terms for mayor and council members

Town office:

  • 402 Evergreen Road, South Bethany, DE 19930; 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed noon to 1 p.m.; (302) 539-3653, fax (302) 539-7576

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Kathy Jankowski, Mayor
  • Sue Callaway, Mayor Pro-Tem
  • Pat Voveris, Council Secretary
  • Tony Caputo, Treasurer
  • George Junkin, Council Member
  • Al Rae, Council Member
  • Jim Gross, Council Member

Town Manager:

  • Melvin Cusick

Town Clerk:

  • Dee Burbage

Administrative Assistant:

  • Pam Smith

Finance Director:

  • Renee McDorman

Maintenance Supervisor:

  • Don Chrobot

Maintenance Employee:

  • Ron Watts

Code Enforcement/Building Inspector:

  • Joseph Hinks

Standing committees:

  • Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, Budget & Finance, Canal Water Quality, Charter & Code, Communications & Public Relations, Community Enhancement, Sea Level Rise, Storm Surge


  • Lt. Troy Crowson, (interim) Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • John Terence “Terry” Jaywork


  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-3996

Beach patrol:

  • Ryan Dacey, Captain
  • Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (5:30 on weekends)

Trash pick-up:

  • October through April — Monday; May & September — Monday & Saturday; June, July & August — Monday, Thursday & Saturday.

Curbside recycling:

  • May through September — Every Friday; Remainder of the year — Every other Friday

Yard Waste Collection:

  • Every other Wednesday

South Bethany discusses speed, house height

Although the speed limit through the portion of Route 1 in South Bethany is 35 miles per hour, some travelers disregard that limit.

South Bethany Town Council delves into FOIA

The South Bethany Town Council met with Deputy Attorney General Edward K. Black of the Delaware Department of Justice last Friday, for a question-and-answer session about the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

South Bethany still split on freeboard, house height

South Bethany was built between bayside canals and the Atlantic, so it could use some protection from high water. And, recently, the South Bethany Town Council has poured hours into creating an ordinance that would allow homeowners to raise their houses a few feet, without trapping them under the current height limit.

South Bethany thanks former mayor Jankowski

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Kathy Jankowski was honored by South Bethany Town Council for serving two years as mayor.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Kathy Jankowski was honored by South Bethany Town Council for serving two years as mayor.The Town of South Bethany honored former mayor Kathy Jankowski with a reception and proclamation before the town council meeting July 11.

“It’s great! I’m surprised. I figured people have better things to do on a Friday,” Jankowski mused.

Her successor, Mayor Pat Voveris, read a proclamation honoring Jankowski’s two years at mayor, from 2012 to 2014, including “exemplary leadership after Hurricane Sandy.”

The council and residents in attendance applauded her service.

Jankowski had already served on the town’s Planning Commission and Community Enhancement Committee, and as president of the South Bethany Property Owners Association.

She ran for mayor because “I felt like it was my time,” she said.

Jankowski was mostly inspired by “the people. I just love the people and working with them and the town staff.”

Now spending several months per year in Florida, she said she “didn’t feel right doing it remotely.”

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

Oysters and islands focus of effort to clean up South Bethany canals

The Centre for the Inland Bays wants to improve the water quality in South Bethany’s canals, and they’re floating a couple new tools for their environmental toolbox there: islands and oysters.

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an eye toward informing both visitors and longtime residents about the best the Delaware shore has to offer.

History is less of a mystery with new South Bethany book

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in 1969 with several houseguests, all leaping gleefully into the air.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in 1969 with several houseguests, all leaping gleefully into the air.“With the advent of the 21st century, it became increasingly apparent that much of South Bethany’s rich history was slipping away.”

That concern ignited the South Bethany Historical Society, and the sentence now introduces the colorful 160-page history of the small town, published just last week.

“The Best Little Beach in Delaware” includes memories of life in the quiet town, as told by the residents themselves. They remember clamming, crabbing, watching National Guardsmen train in Bethany Beach, running errands in Selbyville and tying boats to shrubbery before bulkheads were installed.

“We tried to make history fun,” said coordinator and chairman John Speer Jr.

The book includes many opinions, from those who remember throwing parties in their parents’ beach houses to those who wish today’s parties were a bit quieter.

“The founder wanted us to interview the old-timers before they all passed or left the area or started getting forgetful,” said Tony Caputo, writer, designer and South Bethany councilmember, of SBHS founder Mary Suazo.

About 20 volunteers did the writing and interviewing.

Besides full interviews and stories, pages are dedicated to homeowners’ association, neighborhood watch, tennis club, wildlife sightings, storms and much more.

Past mayors had their say, discussing hot topics of the day.

South Bethany swears in ‘seasoned’ town council

South Bethany welcomed Tim Saxton back to the town council during a May 31 swearing-in ceremony. In addition, Sue Callaway and George Junkin joined Saxton to renew their two-year oaths to serve the Town. And former council member Pat Voveris stepped up next to be sworn in as mayor.

Auxiliary offers several boating certification courses

This weekend, and again in June, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-01, part of the Fifth District, is offering Delaware Safe Boating Courses, to help boaters prepare for the upcoming season.

Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Gardeners by the Sea offer plant parents the chance to adopt hydrangeas

Those looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift need look no further. For the second year, Gardeners by the Sea will be holding their Adopt a Baby Hydrangea sale, this weekend.

World Fair Trade Day event returning to South Bethany

World Fair Trade Day celebrates food, art and fair trade for all, and all are welcome Saturday, May 10, at Made By Hand, South Bethany’s international cooperative that sells fair-trade craft pieces from around the world.

South Bethany beautifies canal end for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, the South Bethany Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) landscaped a Town-owned canal end.

SBHS to publish book

Members of the South Bethany Historical Society (SBHS) have been working for more than a year compiling information, interviewing longtime residents, collecting photos and raising funds to publish history of the town titled “The Best Little Beach in Delaware,” after the town’s longtime slogan.

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

The Heroin Takeover

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 22 to April 25

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Saxton files for South Bethany council

SaxtonSaxtonFormer South Bethany town councilman Tim Saxton has filed to run for council once again, in the May 24 election.

Saxton, a home owner in South Bethany since 1996, previously served on the town council from June 2009 through May 2011 and served as its treasurer, as well as the first chair of the Budget & Finance Committee established in 2009. The committee’s goal is to gain wider input in the Town’s budget process from owners with financial and business expertise.

Saxton has spent more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry, overseeing operations for the conduct of research programs. His work included long-range planning and budgeting.

In 2011, Saxton said, his career necessitated moving to Colorado, but he has now returned to his home in South Bethany and said he is looking forward to once again becoming a part of the town council leadership.

Voveris throws her hat into the ring for South Bethany mayor

South Bethany resident and town council member Pat Voveris filed this week to run for mayor of the town in the May 24 election.

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

Cottage Café owners have plans for Route 1’s east side

The Bethany Beach area could see at least one new restaurant next year, as owners of the Cottage Café are proposing to flank Route 1 with beach eateries by building a new restaurant across the highway from the existing establishment.