Bethany Beach


Bethany farmers' market to open Sunday

After weeks of anticipation and months of work, the inaugural Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market is set to open, from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, July 1, in the Mercantile Peninsula Bank parking lot in town. The market will run for eight consecutive...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislation pushes IR bridge ahead

State legislation up for approval this week would allow state transportation officials to begin work on the much-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project that was delayed again in late April.

A portion of the 2008-fiscal-year bond...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Group officially recommends long eastern bypass

The 25-member working group made up of civic leaders coming Millsboro south to Selbyville have officially recommended building a highway that will bypass U.S. 113 from north of Millsboro to south of Frankford.

Some 19 out of the members —...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Captain Quint bumps buffet in Bethany

If the Bethany bandstand sounds a little more tropical than usual this Sunday, don’t be alarmed. For their fourth year, the now eight-piece Maryland band Captain Quint will be gracing the stage to bring some island flavor to southern Delaware....

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislators pass absentee ballot amendment

Bethany Beach officials and citizens who have been closely monitoring state legislators’ consideration of amendments to state election code got a welcome bit of news late in the day on June 14, with the passage of House Bill 120 by the state...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Ambulance service tax gets boost

As expected, state Sen. George Bunting (D-20th) introduced a bill last week that would allow local residents to vote on a special tax to pay for ambulance services in the Bethany Beach fire district.

The Millville Volunteer Fire Company...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany council approves memorial race

With some key items postponed from their June agenda until at least July, members of the Bethany Beach Town Council on June 15 dealt with several items that were devoid of much controversy.

The council approved, on a 5-0 vote with Steve...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany considers beach smoking ban

Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee members on June 14 dealt with an issue that has generated controversy nationwide — the question of banning smoking on the public beach.

As smokers have generally increasingly been driven...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany narrows down referendum changes

Changes recommended for Bethany Beach’s referendum process after a successful call for repeal of the town’s height allowance for pitched roofs last year have been debated by the Charter and Ordinance Review Committee for months.

Narrowing...

Thursday, June 21, 2007 - 8:00pm

Differences remain over Route 26 sewer project

Discussion of the planned sewer expansion project on Route 26 continued at a second meeting between area business owners and county officials on Wednesday, but the various parties still appear to be a long way from a plan that would satisfy...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

Tax increase coming for ambulance service?

Legislation expected in Dover within days would allow the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company to propose a tax increase in its district to pay for ambulance service that currently is provided through the Millville Volunteer Fire Company but...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

It's audit time again in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach finances, while tighter these days, have proven so well managed by Finance Director Janet Connery that, come audit time, members of the Audit Committee are used to looking far forward rather than at the numbers immediately in front...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany tables change to BoA numbers

Bethany Beach Town Council members this week tabled what was the most controversial of the proposals to make changes to the town’s Board of Adjustments: the move from three members to five.

The increase in membership was itself generally...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach revs up for some summer fun

The finishing touches for Bethany Beach’s revitalized bandstand are coming into place this week, with final adjustments to the new sound system complete and the lighting system following in its footsteps.

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Friday, May 25, 2007 - 7:20am

Bethany museum draws volunteer docents

The appeal for new docents for the Bethany Beach town museum has been a considerable success. As of Tuesday, a dozen people had expressed interest in being among those who provide extra information about the exhibits hosted in the town hall lobby...

Friday, May 25, 2007 - 7:16am

BBVFC urged to take over ambulance service

Delaware’s State Fire Prevention Commission sent a letter to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company last week, urging the volunteer company to provide ambulance service to their district, which stretches from the Indian River Inlet Bridge to...

Friday, May 25, 2007 - 6:56am

Bethany Beach formalizes mini-golf use

With construction under way on the town’s only miniature golf course, after a two-year absence of the game, Bethany Beach officials on April 20 voted to eliminate any question about whether mini-golf is an allowed property use in the town’s...

Friday, April 27, 2007 - 9:49am

Towers lauded by emergency providers

Communication towers standing 400 feet and 480 feet tall, respectively, in Bethany Beach and Williamsville could be up by this fall and operational by early next year. State consultants said at an Ocean View public workshop last week that the...

Friday, April 13, 2007 - 8:41am

Nippes nips Ocean View Council votes

In a tight election for Ocean View Council, Richard Nippes came out on top with a narrow margin of three votes over Gordon Wood. The final count, including absentee ballots read Nippes – 112, Wood – 109 and Roxana Davis – 9. Nippes, representing...

Friday, April 13, 2007 - 8:29am

Bethany tackles election changes

“We had a code that was working and working very nicely,” said Bethany Beach Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny on March 15 to members of his Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC). McClenny was speaking of the town’s election code, which is up for...

Friday, March 30, 2007 - 10:38am

Beach project fully funded

The Delaware Congressional delegation and local officials announced late Monday night that some $14.4 million in federal funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been allocated for the anticipated Bethany Beach-South Bethany beach...

Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Farmers’ market plans for fruitful summer

After searching for weeks for a location for a potential farmers’ market in or near Bethany Beach, John Himmelberg — president of the Bethany Beach Landowners Association (BBLA) — announced at the town council meeting on March 16 that the market...

Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach passes tax increase

Bethany Beach officials have had plenty of input in the last few weeks on the recommendations by the town’s Budget and Finance Committee to double property tax rates for the 2008 fiscal year.

The move was designed to reduce the town’s...

Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany proposes amendment for mini-golf

Is miniature golf a “game of skill”? The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments ruled it to be so when they recently approved the request of a commercial property owner to develop a miniature golf course at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and...

Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Fire departments kept on their toes St. Patty’s weekend

It didn’t appear that the luck of the Irish was with local fire departments this weekend as alarms went off considerably more than usual.

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company responded Sunday evening to a fire that broke out around 8:...

Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany council discusses priorities

Despite the recommendation for tax and fee increases in Bethany Beach to help offset transfer tax revenue shortfalls, council members at the March 12 meeting were still highly focused on a number of capital projects that were among their list of...

Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach council tackles budget

With a doubling of the town’s current property tax rate, from 8 cents per $100 of assessed value to 16 cents per $100, recommended by the Bethany Beach Budget and Finance Committee for the coming fiscal year, Bethany Beach town council members...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Word on beach funding expected by Friday

Tony Pratt, program administrator of the Shoreline and Waterway Management Section of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), told the Coastal Point on March 8 that he was anticipating word this week on the...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Beach funding fairness debated statewide

While officials and citizens of Bethany Beach and South Bethany have in recent weeks been awaiting what could be a breakthrough in word on federal funding for the towns’ anticipated beach reconstruction project, some in Delaware have been asking...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach installs historic mural

After months of planning and even longer consideration, the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee recently saw the completion of one of their biggest projects: a historical mural depicting the town’s original street layout and...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Connor’s Package Store shrinks, makes way for new businesses

The Bethany Beach Commercial Design Review Committee met Friday to square away some minor adjustments to renovation construction along the 700 block of Route 26. Connor’s Package Store, which stands between Bethany Beach Video and Bethany Beach...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

Tax hike proposed in Bethany

As Bethany Beach Budget and Finance Committee members have neared the end of the town’s annual budget drafting process they — like many other area officials — knew they were looking at the possibility of a tax hike in the town’s immediate future...

Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach planners give input to county

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission is getting ready to embark on the town’s annual update of its comprehensive plan, but it’s the Sussex County comprehensive plan update that has been on their mind lately. Much of the commission’s Feb. 17...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach supports farmers’ market concept

Between their Feb. 12 workshop and Feb. 16 regular meeting, Bethany Beach Town Council members have spent considerable time lately discussing the proposed farmers’ market that might be based in the town. But much of that discussion has focused on...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany considers referendum changes

After a contentious call for referendum on the roof-pitch measure passed in 2006 by the Bethany Beach Town Council, largely over the associated roof-height allowance, some in the town were convinced their code regarding referendums needed some...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Ordinances adopted, sidewalks sidelined in Bethany

There was little, if any, concern about the two proposed ordinances that were the subject of a public hearing in Bethany Beach on Friday, Feb. 16. Both were designated as being for “housekeeping” purposes, and neither garnered even a word of...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Fireworks extravaganza set for Bethany's July 4

After two disappointing years for the Fourth of July fireworks display in Bethany Beach, Town Manager Cliff Graviet pulled out all the stops in an effort to make sure the 2007 show would go off with a bang.

An eroded beach and resulting...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Castle makes push on replenishment

The time left to wait for word on whether the Bethany Beach-South Bethany beach reconstruction project will get funding and a construction go-ahead for 2007 is down to mere hours or days. Word was expected from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach freezes out snowball sales

Warm summer days at the beach and icy confections go together like peanut butter and jelly, or bikinis and sunscreen. But the days of Bethany Beach residents and vacationers running off the beach or out of their homes at the sound of a ringing...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

ResortQuest moving — across the street

ResortQuest Delaware is opening its third Route 1 office in Bethany Beach in April. Located between Route 1 and Pennsylvania Avenue, across from Edgewater House on Sea Colony’s oceanfront, the new office will be the base for the company’s future...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany threatened by green menace

Bethany Beach property owners may be attracted to bamboo and cattails for their appeal as temperate-weather, water-loving plants that give a feel of the bays and forest, but little do many of them know that the plants are a menace to be...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany farmers' market location sought

Bethany Beach Town Council members have been eager to champion the creation of a farmers’ market in the town, as proposed last month by Delaware Department of Agriculture officials. But at their council workshop on Monday, Feb. 12, the council...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany to discuss the notion of sidewalks

The Bethany Beach Town Council recently voted to scale down its Streetscape plan for the town’s Garfield Parkway area, focusing primarily on taking utility lines below ground. At their meeting on Feb. 16, the council will consider pursuing...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

Weeks left in replenishment funding wait

It’s really in the hands of mechanics that will play out over the next 14 to 21 days.” Thus came the latest word from Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) beach guru Tony Pratt on the “expected” Bethany Beach...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

Chamber honors local heroes with awards

The Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce took time Friday Feb. 10 to honor police officers and firefighters for their heroic work and outstanding performance with local companies hosting the third annual Valor Awards, recently renamed the Joshua M...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany BoA could grow to five members

The Bethany Beach Town Council considered possible changes to the composition of the town’s Board of Adjustments at their Monday, Feb. 12, council workshop. Primary among those changes could be a move to add two members to the board, which hears...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

Singing Valentine's to guid Cupid's arrows in area

The Nautical Sounds Chorus has announced that its Barbershop Quartets will be taking to the roads of Sussex County and the Ocean City area to deliver Singing Valentines again this year.

Sweethearts and recipients will be surprised by a...

Thursday, February 8, 2007 - 7:00pm

Valentine's Day rewarding for local businesses

This coming Wednesday, love will be in the air, and that spells particularly good news for some local businesses. Many restaurants will reap the benefits, with specialized servings for couples, and there are others who look forward to Valentine’s...

Thursday, February 8, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany considers commercial ordinances

Members of Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) on Jan. 18 continued discussion of potential changes to the town’s ordinances regarding commercial activity in the town.

With its previous makeup, the committee had...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Comp plan work expands to county concerns

Bethany Beach’s Planning Commission had on its agenda for Jan. 20 some early preparation for an annual update of the town’s comprehensive plan. However, much of the discussion at the Saturday-morning meeting focused not just on the town’s future...

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 7:00pm