Bethany Beach


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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

Addressing project almost complete

Assigning new addresses to 127,000 Sussex county homes is apparently a small task when it is compared with gathering the phone numbers for those homes. County officials need to receive — and are now working on getting — 127,000 phone numbers to...

Thursday, February 1, 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

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

Farmers' market proposal welcomed in Bethany

Delaware Department of Agriculture officials are eager to continue expansion of the state’s farmers’ markets, and they want to make Bethany Beach one of the latest sites to bring farmers and consumers together over fresh fruits and vegetables....

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany decides to scrap town map project

Members of the Bethany Beach Communications Committee voted unanimously on Jan. 24 to scrap previous plans to cooperate in the creation of an advertising-supported town map.

The proposal from map publishers Village Profile had been...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Stormwater information coming together in Bethany

Bethany Beach residents and property owners who are curious about what the town has been and is currently doing to alleviate its drainage and stormwater woes may soon have help in understanding the complex and expensive problem.

The...

Thursday, January 25, 2007 - 7:00pm

Eskimos prepare to take the plunge

Bethany Beach-area residents and visitors will take to the beach on Monday for what has become a true New Year’s tradition, along the lines of the midnight countdown, short-lived resolutions and a glass of champagne.

The annual New Year’s...

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:00pm

Pets to go on parade to kick off the fun

The younger sibling of Exercise Like the Eskimos is the annual Hometown Pet Show, which will celebrate its sixth edition in 2007. The pet show leads up to the watery plunge, providing pre-swim entertainment and an alternate mode of competition...

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:00pm

St. Ann's gift drive bringing holiday cheer for hundreds

Members of St. Ann’s Catholic Church are donning the role of St. Nick for more than 600 people once again, including roughly 90 families, in this year’s Christmas Giving Project. Volunteers are donating six to eight hours a day, organizing and...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany renews beach lobbying contract

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted 5-1 on Dec. 15 to renew their contract with beach-renourishment lobbyists Marlowe & Co., joining with neighboring South Bethany in extending the contract until Dec. 31, 2007, as the two coastal towns...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Re-vamps in store for Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is looking forward to some coming renovations in the town, as plans to repave Route 1, rework the Route 1/Route 26 intersection, make some fixes to the town’s boardwalk and possibly enhance drainage on Pennsylvania Avenue are all in...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

Towns weigh beach lobbying contract

On the heels of a Dec. 4 meeting with Paul Ordal of beach replenishment lobbying firm Marlowe & Co. and extensive erosion from a Thanksgiving storm that dramatically affected both towns, officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany have had a...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

RSVP officials speak on preparedness

Businesses are not more important than lives. That was one of the topics when April Willey and volunteer Erik Anderson from the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program spoke last Thursday at the monthly Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany group aims to provide information

A revamped Bethany Beach Communications Committee held its second meeting inside just a few weeks on Nov. 29, focusing on the group’s goals for improving communication between the town and its citizens.

Council Member and new...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

Erosion underscores lobbying efforts

Bethany Beach resident Bob Parsons spent part of his Thanksgiving holiday taking photographs of beach erosion from the coastal storm that hit the area Thanksgiving Eve and continued through the weekend, wreaking havoc to dunes and boardwalk alike...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany extends beach concession contract

Bethany Beach Town Council heard a request Nov. 17 from a long-time business owner to extend his beach concession contract, which runs through 2008, for another three years, until 2011.

Ron Steen, owner of Steen’s Beach Service, told the...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Signage in Bethany Beach soon to change

In a Tuesday morning meeting on Nov. 14, the Bethany Beach Architectural Guideline Design Committee (AGDC) showed signs of cracking down on … well, signs. Results of the meeting may have local businesses making changes to the way they advertise...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Tour giving thanks for local artists

This Thanksgiving weekend will mark the 12th annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST), when 15 of the top artists and crafters in the state open their studios to the public.

The free tour runs this Friday, Nov. 24, and...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Design committee approves Blue Surf replacement plans

Since 1959, the Blue Surf motel has stood on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. And for 41 years, the same family has owned and operated the powder blue motel recognizable by anyone who has lived or visited the coastal Delaware resort.

But...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm