Bethany Beach

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


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.


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.


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

Pay stations get little coin-sideration in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach officials have toyed for years with the idea of replacing some or all of the town’s 1,038 parking meters with pay stations, as nearby Rehoboth Beach did two years ago under Main Street renovations.

With significant start-up...

Friday, November 16, 2007 - 5:21am

Library construction improves by $400,000

After the South Coastal Library expansion project was briefly put on the back burner due to faltering bid procedure last month, Sussex County Engineer Mike Izzo was pleased to report on the favorable update of the process. He addressed the issue...

Friday, November 16, 2007 - 5:20am

Pizza with a purpose

Many restaurants in the area are doing their part to raise money for the expansion of the South Coastal Library and Joshua M. Freeman Cultural Center on Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach, providing a variety of one-night charity events.


Friday, November 9, 2007 - 2:14am

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, November 8, 2007 - 1:23pm

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, November 8, 2007 - 1:08pm

Potter brings back original style to art tour

Kim Doughty, owner of The Artful Bean in Bethany Beach, has enjoyed a two-and-a-half year run at the coffee shop. It’s her artistic creativity and imagination, however, that are proving to be her true calling. Doughty has been creating pottery...

Friday, November 2, 2007 - 6:34am

Beach reconstruction nears Bethany’s south end

Work on beach reconstruction in Bethany Beach neared completion of the initial construction phase mid-week, as workers from Weeks Marine approached Cedarwood Street at the town’s south end with efforts to widen the beach and build a new 16-foot-...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:21am

Beach smoking ban to be aired publicly

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted at their Oct. 19 meeting on the issue of a smoking ban for the town’s beaches, ocean, boardwalk, bandstand, parks and playgrounds. But the vote wasn’t the one smoker’s-rights proponents have feared since the...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:14am

Bethany approves recycling contract

Bethany Beach residents and visitors will be able to kick of the new year with a new environmentally friendly habit: curbside recycling. Starting Jan. 1, 2008, the Delaware Solid Waste Authority will pick up recyclables from a single 65 gallon...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:14am

Dog park proponents barking up wrong tree

Supporters of creating a dog park in the Bethany Beach did not get the support from the town council that they may have hoped for on Oct. 19. After previously raising the idea as one possible use at the undeveloped town-owned property at Routes 1...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:11am

Group hopes to boost second season

Scott Spencer, owner of Bethany Beach gift shop Of All Things!, wants to give his business life that extends well beyond the summer season, and he’s prepared to get his hands dirty to do it.

Spencer came to the Oct. 20 Bethany Beach...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:10am

Bethany Beach may give verbal warning

Bethany Beach installed a new lightning warning system this summer, designed to warn police and lifeguards that a lightning-producing storm is in the vicinity so that they can clear the town’s beach and boardwalk and thus reduce the chances of...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:09am