Bethany Beach

BREAKING NEWS: Bids opened in inlet bridge project

With a contract for the design and construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge expected to be awarded in July, Skanska USA Civil Southeast Inc. is the apparent winning design-build team for the project, which could start construction in...

Friday, June 27, 2008 - 3:22am

One step closer to offshore wind power

It had become somewhat doubtful over the past year that Delaware would ever have an offshore wind farm. But, in a compromise reached this week, it appears the wind park could be built about 12 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach by 2012.


Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 7:18am

Renovation of dune crossings begins in Bethany

Life in Bethany Beach is nearly back to normal after the May 12 nor’easter that severely damaged the town’s new dune and stripped away a widened stretch of beach. Town Manager Cliff Graviet reported at the town’s June 20 council meeting that work...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 7:16am

Bethany council ready to vote on zoning code

Bethany Beach Town Council members met for a workshop on Monday, June 23, aiming to review proposed changes to the town’s zoning code and to decide whether to continue holding their workshop meetings.

The bulk of the proposed changes to...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 6:53am

Market masters mirror history at Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market

Dan Costello and Gene Jordin, market masters for the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market, are looking forward to the market’s 2008 season with their new logo and slogan, “Our growers, Our neighbors.” The two friends, who are also neighbors, got...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 4:59am

Too much green in the yard and less in the wallet

Late spring and early summer thunderstorms have brought a bevy of rain to the area, causing lawns to explode with growth and grass to grow well higher than a grasshopper’s eye. For some area property owners, that has meant extra time spent mowing...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 4:37am

BREAKING NEWS: Delmarva Power reaches agreement for offshore wind energy

The winds of change may soon be sweeping through Delaware with renewed force.

On Monday, June 23, the powers behind the offshore wind farm - Delmarva Power and Babcock & Brown - announced they had reached an agreement.


Monday, June 23, 2008 - 10:03am

St. Martha's plans major expansion

Turnout at Bethany Beach Town Hall on Friday, June 13, somewhat resembled a church meeting, with a capacity crowd of members of St. Martha’s Episcopal Church that pushed the meeting from an upstairs meeting room to the main town hall meeting room...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:28am

Peace of mind is priceless--and free

For Barbara Farrell of Ocean View, the Ocean View Police Department’s Senior Check-in Program is one of the best things about living near the beach.

“I’m a widow and I’m here by myself. And just knowing that they’re looking out for me, I’m...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 9:27am

O is for original

Author Wendy Ulmer is no stranger to local shores.

“We’ve been coming down since I was a little kid. I grew up in Pennsylvania and my parents brought us down to Dewey Beach for many, many years,” she said this week.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 7:20am

Carper highlights flood-insurance reform bill

In the wake of flooding that left many Bethany Beach homeowners with swimming pools for yards during and immediately after the May 12 nor’easter, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) arrived in the town May 29 to see how well the town had recovered from...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 9:21am

Gala sold out in support of Justin's Beach House

Contractors for a Cause and the Justin W. Jennings Foundation will welcome summer with a sold-out crowd at their 4th annual Gala and Auction on Friday, June 20, at 7 p.m. at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro. The fundraiser is aimed...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 6:45am

Bible school serves kids from many churches

This year’s Ecumenical Vacation Bible School (EVBS) will be called “Rainforest Adventure” and will be held at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View, at Route 26 and Central Avenue, from Monday, June 16, to Friday, June 20, from 9...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 10:44am

Chamber and Carper welcome returning vet

Last week, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper welcomed back Lance Cpl. Jonathan Steele of Selbyville, a Marine deployed to Iraq last October. The Chamber, with support from Carper, sponsored Operation Thank You, a...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 10:37am

Dune restoration work begins in Bethany Beach

Bulldozers were in place in Bethany Beach mid-week, preparing for work to commence in the rebuilding of the dune devastated in May 12’s nor’easter to a level that will sustain the town’s beachgoers as the vacation season arrives.


Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 9:02am

Bethany council considers PRD rules, traffic tie-ups

Bethany Beach Town Council members wrangled over sidewalks at their May 19 council workshop, debating whether sidewalks should be required in planned residential developments (PRDs). With two PRDs currently in the planning stages in the town, on...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 8:59am

Addy Sea seeks to purchase parking

Summer parking accommodations have been a hot issue in Bethany Beach for decades, with visitors and locals alike circling the blocks in an effort to get to the beach and visit downtown retailers. On Friday, May 23, the Bethany Beach Traffic and...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 8:38am

BBLA discusses beach project with Pratt

The Bethany Beach Landowner’s Association met on Saturday, May 24, at town hall. While the Memorial Day weekend meeting is traditionally the group’s official annual meeting, BBLA President John Himmelberg was quick to point out that this meeting...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 8:35am

Freshmen 400 walkers reach personal and fundraising goal

On Friday, May 23, three college freshmen trudged back into their native Sussex County from their North Carolina and Virginia colleges in an effort to raise money, support and awareness for the Justin W. Jennings Foundation and Justin’s Beach...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 8:14am

Bethany council approves Streetscape plan

It’s been years in the making and is likely to be a while longer in coming to fruition, but Bethany Beach Town Council members on Friday, May 16, voted to approve a final concept for the so-called Streetscape revamp of Garfield Parkway, the...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:33am

Research boat removed from beach

Workers from Delmarva Salvage Company and Tow Boat U.S. removed the damaged research liftboat Russell W. Peterson from the shore at Bethany Beach just after dawn on Friday, May 16, clearing the way for temporary repair and long-term restoration...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:05am

Mission almost accomplished at new church

Our Lady of Guadalupe, the mission church of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach, located off of Route 17, is nearing the end of its seven-year gestation.

By Monica Fleming
Our Lady of Guadalupe will soon be open for...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 7:57am

Romeo’s finds sweetheart spot for new Bethany diner

Bethany Beach now has a new offering for those looking for something to eat on the town’s west side early in the day. Romeo’s Kitchen, adjacent to Bethany Cycle and Fitness and across the street from Grotto’s Pizza on Route 26, is now open for...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 6:35am

Bethany zoning ordinance spurs preservation concerns

There was one sticking point last Friday, May 16, in what was otherwise a very perfunctory public hearing for zoning legislation in Bethany Beach: How much encouragement should the town be giving owners of older homes to preserve what some...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 6:16am

Bethany making contact on governmental concerns

Bethany Beach’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee met on Saturday, May 17, 2008 to review recent and projected legislative contacts, and other government agendas.

Town Council and committee member Bob Parsons reported that he had made...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 6:06am

BREAKING NEWS: Boat removed from beach, temporary access restored

Workers from Delmarva Salvage Company and Tow Boat U.S. removed the damaged research liftboat Russell W. Peterson from the shore at Bethany Beach just after dawn on Friday, May 16, clearing the way for temporary repair and long-term restoration...

Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 5:05am

Bethany readying for big Fourth of July

Friday, July 4, will find Bethany Beach residents and visitors very excited about this big day in the small town. The town’s population of 2,600 full-time residents explodes to more than 30,000 each Fourth of July as they celebrate the nation’s...

Friday, May 16, 2008 - 6:31am

One dead after storm ravages vessel

The Coast Guard rescued two people by helicopter Monday, May 12, when the research boat they were on broke apart and took on water about 14 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach, Del. One crewman was pronounced dead Monday after reaching the...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:52am

Coast weathers severe nor'easter

Life began to return to normal in coastal Delaware on Wednesday, as flood waters from this week’s late-season nor’easter finally began to recede and damage assessment turned into recovery. The sounds of chain saws, pumps and rakes were common...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:45am

Big Four seal the deal with ambulances

The papers are signed, and the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is one step closer to providing even more safety throughout the community. Last Thursday, officials from the “Big Four” — Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island and the Sea...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:38am

BREAKING NEWS: Research vessel beaches at Bethany, one crewman dead

The Coast Guard rescued two people by helicopter Monday when the research boat they were on broke apart and took on water about 14 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach, Del. One crewman was pronounced dead Monday after reaching the hospital. The...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 11:06am

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOS: Storm causes flooding, damage, road closures, boat beaching

Photos from the May 12-13 storm are shown in slideshow format below, with newer photos toward the end. All photos are copyright © Coastal Point, LLC, and may not be used without express permission of the Coastal Point.

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Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:44am

BREAKING NEWS: Inlet Bridge, Route 1 reopen

The Delaware State Police and Department of Transportation reopened Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Fred Hudson Road/Road 360 north of Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge late Tuesday afternoon, following a detailed inspection of the...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 9:17am

ResortQuest acquires Seacoast

ResortQuest Delaware has announced its acquisition of Seacoast Realty, making it the state’s largest beach real estate brokerage. The two companies have had a substantial impact in the area’s real estate market in the past, stretching from North...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 9:09am

Chamber welcomes Deserie Lawrence

Deserie Lawrence hit the ground running, starting her new job as sales, marketing and events manager at the Bethany Fenwick Chamber of Commerce just the week before the annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 7:08am

Parrott puts a new face on Bethany icon

For more than a decade and a half, Jonathan Spivak brought exceptional American cuisine to Bethany Beach with his standout restaurant, Sedona. Now, he’s passing the award-winning eatery off to his long-time general manager, Marian Parrott. And,...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 7:02am

Old Inlet takes over as host for this weekend’s big spring fishing tourney

This year’s Spring Fishing Tournament is set Saturday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it will be hosted for the first time by Old Inlet Bait and Tackle.

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Alex Lawson, above, checks his pole during a...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 6:43am

Shore Foods getting new look in Bethany

For decades, Kathy Lawson Dryden’s family has owned the Shore Foods grocery store and neighboring bakery in downtown Bethany Beach.

What was originally a Lewes Dairy Market was purchased by her father, Alfred J. “Tut” Lawson Jr.,...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:23am

Going GREEN by the Ocean blue

At first glance, the house at 116 First Street in Bethany Beach might look like any other construction project in the beach town. Where once there was an outdated beach cottage, now sits a newly constructed, modern house in its place.


Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am

Lord Baltimore Elementary students learn to 'Just Say No'

The fourth- and fifth-graders of Lord Baltimore were treated to a special presentation on April 17, of “Tar Wars” a nationwide program that started in Colorado, designed to educate America’s youth about the dangers of smoking.

Dr. Cedrick...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 5:04am

HOA to hold grand opening for Salt Pond course

“By the people, for the people” is the mentality adopted by the homeowners of the Salt Pond community, just outside of Bethany Beach. And early this year, the land, the homes and the golf course became just that. The Salt Pond Homeowners...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 9:05am

‘Big Four’ lined up for ambulance service

Bethany Beach became the final of the so-called “Big Four” communities this week to sign on to a memorandum of understanding with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) for the provision of ambulance service through 2019. With a...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 9:00am

Bethany Beach adopts smoking ban

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted 6-1 on Friday, April 18, to adopt the smoking ban the town has spent the last seven months debating and turning into legislation. With the vote, the town became the first in the state of Delaware to ban...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:59am

Bethany weighs improvements

Bethany Beach Town Council members at their marathon April 21 workshop focused on long-lingering issues such as bicycle and pedestrian safety and the town’s Streetscape project, coming to at least tentative plans on one of the two counts.


Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:53am

FOSCL and friends celebrate library groundbreaking

The South Coastal Library celebrated its expansion with a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, April 11.

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Sussex County officials and Friends of the South Coastal Library members were on hand to celebrate...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:26am

New Bethany website found to be helpful

The new Bethany Beach town Web site was the main topic of discussion for the town’s Communications Committee at its meeting on Friday, April 18.

Councilman and Communications Committee Chairman Tracy Mulligan stated that, although Web...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:17am

Bethany planners complete code review

Bethany Beach planning commissioners this week completed a review of Chapter 245 of the town’s zoning code, readying updated code for future adoption by the town and making recommendations for major changes therein. At the top of their list, new...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 3:39am

BREAKING NEWS: Bethany adopts beach smoking ban

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted 6-1 on Friday, April 18, to adopt the smoking ban the town has spent the last seven months debating and turning into legislation. With the vote, the town became the first in the state of Delaware to ban...

Friday, April 18, 2008 - 3:38pm

‘Afternoon Delight’ aimed to raise concern, dollars

The Starland Vocal Band produced a sensation with their 1976 hit “Afternoon Delight” and, this week, a group of local women hope to break ground in their own way. On Thursday, April 24, members of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 6:51am

Local restaurants opening their doors for the season

With half of April already gone, many of the area’s restaurants are opening up again and looking forward to the 2008 summer season.

Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor
Above, a gatherinig of people enjoy some food at Baja Beach House...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 4:26am