Bethany Beach


Boardwalk Arts Festival preps for 29th year

This Saturday, Sept. 8, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce will host the 29th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival, in which more than 100 artists and crafters will bring their creations together for a day of entertainment and...

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 6:44am

Timetable on beaches taking shape

Beachgoers in Bethany Beach could see beach reconstruction activity as soon as this week, according to state beach guru Tony Pratt, program administrator for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC’s)...

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 6:25am

Bethany Beach to hold elections on Saturday

Bethany Beach voters will head to the polls this Saturday, Sept. 8, to select candidates to fill three seats on the town council. Regardless of the outcome, at least one new face will be seen behind the council table starting later this month....

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - 6:22am

Special tax districts gaining popularity in county

Later this month, developers of The Estuary, a 1,052-home community tucked beside the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, will ask Sussex County Council to create a special tax district to finance infrastructure costs. A tax would only be imposed on lots...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

OVPD targets bicyclist's safety tonight

A combination of an influx of foreign students riding their bicycles to and from work daily and an inordinate amount of traffic on local roadways — primarily Route 26 — has prompted the Ocean View Police Department (OVPD) to take a pro-active...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Legislators approve 'sweeping' revenue package

State legislators approved a sweeping revenue package with the 2008 fiscal year budget this weekend, raising $572 million over the next six years to help cover a $1.5 billion shortfall in the capital transportation program and, perhaps, saving...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

First day fruitful for farmers' market

The opening day of the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market was just peachy for the local farmers, farm families and food producers who came out to sell their produces directly to the public on Sunday, July 1.

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Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Local photographer shares deep sea splendor

Many people dream of deep-sea SCUBA diving along tropical coral reefs in the Caribbean, or through the cold, mysterious waters of New England. For Janna Schneider, however, that dream has become very much a reality, and one that may ultimately,...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Fire officials block ambulance tax legislation

Leaders from Delaware fire companies statewide blocked a state bill that would have allowed residents of the Bethany Beach fire district to vote on a special tax to fund ambulance service there, officials said this week.

State Sen. George...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Library readies for expansion with help from Cottage Tour

As official negotiation of temporary leasing is confirmed and signed, the South Coastal Library, located on Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach, will be relocating during time of construction, which is expected to start this fall.

The expansion...

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - 8:00pm

Public fireworks displays offer safe, patriotic fun

The skies over coastal Delaware will light up over the Fourth of July holiday with a variety of pyrotechnics displays.

But not all of them will be legal.

Delaware is one of only five states in the country that ban all consumer...

Friday, June 29, 2007 - 11:10am

Jean Workman Richards

Jean Workman Richards of Bethany Beach passed away Saturday, June 23, 2007.

Daughter of Raymond “Sonny” and Marion “Boots” Workman, she is survived by her sister, Joanie; brothers, Ray and Kenny; her sons and daughters, Jay, Joe, Julia,...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

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

Bennetts go from grist mill to peach orchard

Traveling north on Route 20 in Dagsboro, it’s hard to miss the 2,500 peach trees that line 25 acres on the roadway’s east side. The Bennetts’ peach trees, where locals have picked their own peaches since the mid-80’s — coupled with the Parsons’...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Charity home making believers in Bethany

Summertime beach homes and family fun have always gone hand in hand, but this season, one Bethany Beach house is about to become even more welcoming than many could have ever expected.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Townhome development presented to town

Plans to build a 57-unit townhome development on Beaver Dam Road, adjacent to existing Millville town limits, came up for review by the town’s annexation committee and other neighboring property owners at a June 21 meeting.

The nearly 11-...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Madame Chef stirs up some new services

With summertime trips to the beach, it can be stressful enough organizing and hosting visits with friends and family. The last thing a lot of people want to worry with is preparing meals and dinner parties.

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Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

No holds barred at Anything Goes

While her Rehoboth store in the Village by the Sea is preparing for its 19th summer, owner Joan Thompson’s new Anything Goes in Bethany Beach will try its hand at its Route 26 location for its first big season.

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Thursday, June 28, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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