Bethany Beach

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

New Bethany Beach Web site taking shape

Bethany Beach Town Council Member and Communications Committee Chairman Tracy Mulligan gave those in attendance at the council’s Oct. 19 meeting a sneak peek into the future face of the town on the Internet, unveiling the current draft of the new...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:08am

Replenishment completed on Bethany's North End

Beach reconstruction activity in Bethany Beach moved back to the south this week, as Weeks Marine completed construction of a new, wider beach and a new dune running from Hollywood Street to the town’s northern boundary at Fifth Street and a...

Friday, October 19, 2007 - 9:37am

Bethany looks at changes to commission

Bethany Beach Town Council members will hear a first reading tonight of an ordinance that could change the makeup of the town’s planning commission. They discussed the proposed changes during their council workshop on Thursday, Oct. 11, with some...

Friday, October 19, 2007 - 9:28am

Ocean View water may come with an unanticipated cost

Ocean View officials are concerned the town’s property owners might get even more sticker shock than they heretofore expected when they hook up to the town’s central water service in 2008. That extra cost could come in the form of fees charged to...

Friday, October 12, 2007 - 9:00am

DNREC pushing for shorter dunes in Bethany

Bethany Beach residents and property owners continued this week to express concern over the impact of their new dune on the view from the town’s boardwalk, as work on the landmark 50-year beach reconstruction project moved to the north of the...

Friday, October 12, 2007 - 8:58am

Bethany Beach officials talk budget, stormwater

Bethany Beach’s Budget and Financial Committee discussed several financial issues at their Oct. 5 meeting, including ongoing concern about Pennsylvania Avenue’s stormwater drainage situation.

The committee addressed ideas for funding...

Friday, October 12, 2007 - 8:48am

South Coastal Library project put on hold

Construction on the expansion of the South Coastal Library in Bethany will have to be placed on the back burner for at least a few weeks, as recent bids on the project will be rejected due to non-compliance with proper bidding procedures.

Friday, October 12, 2007 - 8:44am

Bethany takes closer look at recycling

Members of the Bethany Beach Recycling committee perused the town on Tuesday, accompanied by Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA)’s senior manager of statewide recycling, Rich VonStetten, in hopes of coming to a conclusion concerning central...

Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:38am

Dune height causing concern

Area residents and interested visitors have taken to gathering along Bethany Beach’s boardwalk over the last week, to watch the progress of the town’s beach reconstruction project. They’ve lined the railing at the eastern edge of the boardwalk to...

Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:37am

Bethany discusses landscaping, construction

Members of Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) met on Sept. 20 to discuss a number of proposed ordinance changes for the town.

Among them were a proposal to require a town business license for landscaping...

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:52am

Bethany planners have vision of future

What will Bethany Beach be like in five years? In 10 years? In 20 years?

Members of the town’s Planning Commission are looking into the future these days, seeking to prepare elements of the town’s annual comprehensive plan update and...

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:51am

Bethany Beach mulls mini-golf complaints

While most of the town has welcomed the business with open arms, some of the neighbors of the new Captain Jack’s Mini-Golf in Bethany Beach aren’t too happy with it after its first summer of operation.

Cecelia Lewis and her brother Ned...

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:49am

Bethany gets lesson in emergency prep

On Saturday, Sept. 22, some Bethany residents received important information concerning family emergency preparedness. Led by Ralph Mitchell, director of public safety for Bethany Beach, residents attending a free workshop were informed of how to...

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:44am

Justin’s Beach House receives planning approval

It’s just one of five dwelling units slated for the Sand Dollar Walk planned residential development in Bethany Beach, but the spirits of all those involved were lifted Saturday, Sept. 25, when the town’s planning commission granted final...

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:40am

Breaking News: Bethany committee recommends beach smoking ban

After a month to review public comments, scientific data and their own concerns about implementation, members of Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee voted unanimously on Sept. 20 to recommend a smoking ban for the town’s...

Friday, September 28, 2007 - 3:38am

Blue Surf remodel gets overhaul

In the wake of a Bethany Beach Town Council refusal to allow a needed electrical transformer on public property, and other concerns, those looking to redevelop the landmark Blue Surf Motel on the town’s boardwalk decided that some changes to...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 5:05am

Cooper to be honored in Maritime Hall of Fame

Milton Cooper, 93, a longstanding figure among locals in Bethany Beach and surrounding areas, will soon become one of the first inductees into the Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame. Cooper and four other inductees will be awarded their Hall of Fame...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 5:00am

Area beaches soon to be reborn

A Weeks Marine hopper dredge is due to arrive off the coast of South Bethany late this week, ready to begin the work of pumping sand from the seabed at Hens and Chickens Shoals — considered one of the area’s best borrow sites for beach...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:56am

Planners mull request for guidance

Just how much accommodation can county officials make for a family tragedy and the impact it has on an estate? County planning officials are now aiming to determine the answer to that question, after Sussex County Planning and Zoning...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:54am

Olmstead gets second term as mayor

Carol Olmstead was selected to serve a second year-long term as mayor of Bethany Beach on Monday, Sept. 17, with the support of a majority of the new town council.

Olmstead, along with former Mayor and Councilman Bob Parsons and part-time...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:52am

DiFebo’s turns on the entertainment

If diners happen to stop in at DiFebo’s Restaurant and Deli in Bethany in the coming weeks, they may notice a few changes on particular nights. The summer dinner crowds may be coming to a grinding halt, but owner Jeff Osias is determined not to...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:48am

Breaking News: Bethany committee recommends beach smoking ban

After a month to review public comments, scientific data and their own concerns about implementation, members of Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Review Committee voted unanimously on Sept. 20 to recommend a smoking ban for the town’s...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:44am

Jacobsen uses expertise and experience to benefit Bethany

With news that beach replenishment will be starting soon, many in the area who hadn’t before have now heard the name of Julia Jacobsen — a long-familiar figure in Bethany Beach politics and community life, and an outspoken supporter for beach...

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:58am

Bethany spots another spotless financial review

Bethany Beach’s financial practices got yet another clean report recently with the completion of the town’s annual audit by Trace, Geary & Myers LLC (TGM).

TGM has regularly praised the town’s financial and accounting practices, in...

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:51am