Bethany Beach


MVFC helping Bethany with ambulances

Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) will be dropping their ambulance service to the Bethany Beach fire district as of January 2009, placing the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) in a pressing situation where they are running...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:36am

BBVFC’s Martin dedicated to firefighting, family

Brian Martin wasn’t really looking to get into volunteer firefighting, but he has been doing it for 15 years now. Martin is currently the deputy chief of Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, and received the department’s 2007 Firefighter of the...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10:20am

Local musician with great ambitions reflects on his roots

Music — it’s all around us, and most people have found it a soothing balancer to accompany the leisure in their lives. For Frankford native Mike Givens, however, music is his life, a reassuring solace of what he’s accomplished and the promising...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10:16am

BBLA president’s D.C. expertise bears fruit

John Himmelberg never thought he would be where he is today — a Washington, D.C., lawyer and Bethany Beach homeowner who represents fruit and vegetable farmers as a farm lobbyist. But when you look at the history, it was kind of in his blood....

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 9:28am

Bethany planners take on roof pitch

After passing a roof pitch ordinance designed to encourage more variety in design and higher roof pitches in general in early 2006 and then having it repealed by the town council under pressure from a citizen petition, Bethany Beach planning...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 3:08am

DiFebo’s duo taking on chefs-in-training

After a two-year hiatus, hands-on cooking classes with Lisa and Jeff Osais from DiFebo’s are available again. There are two dates available: Sunday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, March 30.

The cooking classes can hold about 15 to 20 people.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 3:00am

Boardwalk expansion project moves forward

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted unanimously at their Feb. 15 meeting to pursue the possibility of expanding the town’s boardwalk from 12 feet in width to 20 feet in width.

The 6-0 vote (Council Member Steve Wode absent) directed...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:43am

New policy helps firefighters rescue comrade

A new procedure put into place after firefighters came to the aid of a bystander who suffered a cardiac arrest while watching efforts at a Jan. 2 fire in Millville may have saved the life of a Rehoboth firefighter.

The Jan. 2 incident, in...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:40am

Bethany council votes for smoking ban

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted 5-1 on Friday, Feb. 15, in favor of drafting legislation that would ban smoking year ’round in the town’s parks and playgrounds, and in its boardwalk bandstand area at Garfield Parkway.

Smoking...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:36am

BREAKING NEWS: Winds fell gas station awning

Strong winds Tuesday, Feb. 19, were apparently responsible for damage at the Valero gas station on Route 26 in Bethany Beach, where the steel protective structure that covers the gas pump area was felled onto the nearby sidewalk on the south side...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 8:38am

Bethany mini-golf still talk of the town

While a lawsuit is still hanging over the head of the return of miniature golf to Bethany Beach, members of the public had no objections to mini-golf becoming a flatly permitted use in the town when offered their opportunity to speak about a...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:52am

Bethany council wrangles over protocol

Bethany Beach Town Council members adopted their new protocol manual in February, with new Council Member Tracy Mulligan emphasizing that his positive vote was cast on the guarantee of a near-future review of some things he felt needed to be...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:36am

Salt Pond HOA considers golf course purchase

Residents of the Salt Pond community, just outside Bethany Beach, have been in the center of booming development in the area recently and are now seeking to reduce its impact on their way of life.

The planned development of a shopping...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 4:17pm

Four file for office in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach will have at least two new town council members this September, with the decision by Council Members Lew Killmer and Wayne Fuller not to seek re-election. Four candidates — Joseph T. Healy Jr., Carol Olmstead, J. Robert Parsons and...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 4:14pm

Officers and firefighters honored at 2008 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards

Men and women of law enforcement and fire departments undoubtedly dedicated their time and experience, risking their own lives for those of the public and for the betterment of their communities.

Coastal Point • SUSAN LYONS

The...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 8:38am

Wider beach, wider boardwalk in Bethany?

With a brand new dune to protect it, 150 to 250 feet of new beach in front of it and a new, improved bandstand capping it at Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach’s boardwalk is now the most dated of the oceanside public spaces in the town, and town...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 5:38am

Bethany turns attention to roadside safety

Along with possible boardwalk enhancements and progress on a scaled-down Streetscape plan for Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach Town Council members on Monday discussed projects that could help make the town safer for pedestrians and bicyclists....

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 5:31am

Bethany to consult legislators on BOA change

Bethany Beach officials have already made a number of changes to the town’s Board of Adjustments, requiring training for members and setting up an independent attorney to serve as legal counsel being some of the changes adopted last year.

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Friday, February 15, 2008 - 5:29am

BBVFD hopes to pick up ambulance service

As of January 2009, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company will be terminating their ambulance coverage in the Bethany Beach Fire District, a decision they announced in April of 2007, well-surpassing the mandatory 90-day notice required for...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 3:41am

Bethany planners propose more changes

The Bethany Beach Town Council is already set to talk about one set of changes to the town’s Planning Commission, as recommended by the commission earlier this year. But the planners are also recommending a further change that could take the town...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 1:50am

Vintage radio shows tune in to Bethany

The Ad Hoc Touring Theater Company, an outgrowth of Georgetown’s renowned Possum Point Players, will be turning back the clocks this week as audience members tune in to the ambiance of old-time radio broadcasts.

This Tuesday, Feb. 19,...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 7:00pm

IntraGoal Partners: Building better businesses and individuals

Operating a business can be a difficult and stressful task, between managing employee relationships, balancing time and budgeting finances. But thanks to the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and four-year business partners Mike Nally and...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 7:00pm

Breaking: Bethany council votes for smoking ban

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted 5-1 on Friday, Feb. 15, in favor of drafting legislation that would ban smoking year 'round in the town's parks and playgrounds, and in its boardwalk bandstand area at Garfield Parkway. Smoking would also...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 2:20pm

Bethany bandies boardwalk bicycle ban

While newly widened beaches may spell relief for beachgoers chafing at trying to find a clear spot on the crowded sands of Bethany Beach, the ever-increasing number of people visiting the town and its boardwalk are forcing the town to also...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 5:16am

Group wants to preserve history of Ocean View

After stepping down from the Bethany Beach Town Council during this year’s election season, Lew Killmer has now returned to his former spot at the head of the town’s planning commission. Praised for a great job and given a round of applause,...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 5:07am

Content being gathered for site

After more than a year of work, Bethany Beach’s new Web site is winding down the dates to its anticipated “go live” date of Jan. 4, 2008. Members of the town’s Communications Committee met on Nov. 6 to continue work on determining content and...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 2:02am

Bethany considers subdivision, PRD requirements

With less than a dozen large undeveloped parcels left in the town but potential redevelopment looming on the distant horizon, Bethany Beach planning commissioners in a Monday special meeting began the process of better defining the town’s...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:54am

Bethany Wetlands development plan all wet in initial review

Bethany Beach planning commissioners on Jan. 19 expressed their concerns about a lack of information and clarity in the sketch plan presented to them for the proposed Mews of Bethany community.

Stanley J. Walcek, the owner of the property...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:10am

CHEER center director fired, arrested

Longtime Coastal Leisure CHEER Center Director Sheree Stephens is no longer working at the Ocean View senior center, after being arrested at the center Jan. 11 on theft and other charges and led away from her workplace in handcuffs by state...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:09am

Beach reconstruction proceeding, despite controversy

Bethany Beach Mayor Carol Olmstead expressed her pleasure with the final stages of work on beach reconstruction in the town at the town council’s Jan. 18 meeting.

“It’s proceeding extremely well,” she said Friday, days after the planting...

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 7:43am

President's Day weekend big for Blue Surf

Rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. The redevelopment of the former Blue Surf Motel as a mixed-use condominium and retail location has not been scrapped, as has been whispered widely in the community in recent weeks. Nor has the...

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 7:40am

County aims to meet state road standards

Existing standards for public roads in Sussex County are admittedly less stringent than those imposed by the State of Delaware, but that could cease to be the case under a directive passed by the Sussex County Council at their Tuesday, Jan. 8,...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:04am

County approves medical facility near Bayside

The Sussex County Council on Jan. 8 granted unanimous approval of a conditional use for PMP Associates, which plans to bring a facility for healthcare and medical offices to a location near the intersection of Routes 54 and 20.

The 33.04-...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 4:03am

Council discusses non-comformity rules

Bethany Beach Town Council members on Monday wrestled with potential unwanted impacts from proposed changes to its code on non-conforming structures, uses and lots. They were seeking both conformity to the town code and to not unnecessarily...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 3:59am

Council pushes Streetscape plan

It’s been designed, re-designed, proposed, rejected, pushed back, put on hold and scaled back, but Bethany Beach Town Council members appear to finally be ready to move forward — at least a little — on the town’s long-anticipated Streetscape plan...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 3:57am

Bethany council ready to move on smoking ban

They’ve heard arguments on both sides of the issue for months, and after a well-attended public input session in November and equally lively discussion at their Jan. 15 workshop, the Bethany Beach Town Council appears prepared to take action on a...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 3:49am

Support growing for Bethany business plan

Bethany Beach businessman Scott Spencer is receiving support from a variety of people as he works to start a new business/community partnership designed to promote the town and help its businesses keep doing business, year-round.

The...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 3:46am

Grass planting not a cap on dune height

While major construction in the beach reconstruction project in Bethany Beach has been completed for nearly three months, recent activity on the project has stirred concerns from some of the area’s residents and property owners, as the planting...

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 3:45am

A little bit of, well, everything

Take one step into the Bethany Trading Company on Garfield Parkway and you realize immediately that you are not in a typical business. In fact, “typical” can leave your vocabulary as soon as you take stock of the merchandise adorning the walls...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 8:01am

Fun shopping can be educational

It’s easy to get swept away in this place.
For 16 years, Pitter Patter has been catering to the younger set in the Bethany Beach area. And, for 16 years, owner Betsey Clark has been morphing and mixing the store’s inventory to offer exactly...

Friday, January 11, 2008 - 7:48am

PSC to hold public hearing on water rate increase

The state’s Public Service Commission has officially set a public comment session for a requested 22.7 percent rate increase that would affect customers of the Sussex Shores Water Company, which services 1,691 customers and provides fire service...

Thursday, January 3, 2008 - 9:45am

Bethany workshop talks water, finances and Church/Neff

The Bethany Beach Town Council met Monday, Dec. 17, in a workshop to discuss future developments through town, concerning water issues and spending, as well as the status of the former Christian Church/Neff property.

“There are three...

Friday, December 21, 2007 - 4:26am

Bethany’s Web site readies for launch

As the holidays approach, so does launch day for the long-awaited revamp of the officials Web site for the Town of Bethany Beach. Members of the town’s Communication Committee have been reviewing a final draft of the new site in recent weeks, and...

Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:59am

Construction ban demolished in Bethany

In another in a series of bans suggested recently in the town, Bethany Beach town council members on Nov. 16 considered whether they might want to put a total ban on the start of all major construction in the town between Memorial Day and Labor...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:31am

Bethany CORC analyzes potential traffic build-up

On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) took a look at a few issues around town, including concerns over congestion around the eastern end of Garfield Parkway and obstructions along public rights-of-...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:28am

South Coastal Library strong at new spot

It’s been a hectic transition for South Coastal Library Director Sue Keefe and her employees to convert all of their materials from life in 10,000 square feet to only 3,000 square feet, but they’ve done it.

Coastal Point • RYAN SAXTON...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:20am

Bethany audit group eyes all the details

Bethany Beach Audit Committee members met on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to further clarify a number of new policies related to the town’s new internal auditor position.

Longtime resident, retired certified public accountant and head organizer of...

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 8:30am

Warning system gives Bethany pause

Bethany Beach council members on Nov. 16 continued discussion about a possible addition to the town’s existing lightning warning system — one that would announce itself, quite literally.

The town’s existing lightning warning system detects...

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 8:19am

Bethany considers new water tower

One of Bethany Beach’s legendary sights was the town’s old water tower, which most coming into the town from Route 26 once recognized as the signal that they had reached their seaside destination.

The old tower is no more, but the town...

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 8:16am

Bethany changes makeup of P&Z

Acting on recommendations from the 2006-2007 town planning commission, Bethany Beach town council members at their Nov. 16 regular meeting voted to make a series of changes to how the commission operates.

The most significant of those...

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 8:13am