Bethany Beach

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

Olmstead re-elected by slim margin

Amid a statewide shift to new municipal absentee balloting procedures and in the wake of a 2006 election noted for the rejection of dozens of absentee ballots, absentee votes were the deciding factor in Sept. 8’s Bethany Beach Town Council...

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:46am

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 14, 2007 - 5:44am

Real estate agent bringing second office to Bethany

Whether they’re a full-time resident or vacationer, it’s virtually impossible for people along southern coastal Delaware not to have come across Vickie York’s name at some point or another.


Friday, August 31, 2007 - 7:37am

Woodturner carves his way back into Boarkwalk art festival

Tom Frey has always enjoyed working with his hands. He spent most of his years tuning up cars in auto body shops. It was a dirty, demanding job — not one that most would technically refer to as “artsy” or “crafty.”

Coastal Point • RYAN...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 9:28am

The Whipporwill: A Bethany original

Chances are you’ve driven past it before. You might have even taken the time to notice its relatively small stature in comparison to its neighbors. However, there are few who know the actual story of the Bethany Beach’s Whippoorwill, and even...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 9:25am

Citizens taking sides on beach smoking

Most of those talking to local officials about proposed beach smoking bans have been said to support the idea, but Bethany Beach and South Bethany council and committee members got an earful from the opposition on Aug. 16, when Bethany’s Charter...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 9:21am

Ocean View brings forth drainage project

Last Wednesday evening, Aug. 15, a special meeting was called in Ocean View to present to the community plans for efforts to improve drainage, and to address concerns of the citizens. The meeting, presented by town engineer Alan Kercher and...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 9:15am

Bethany committee recommends recycling

Bethany Beach officials have until no later than Oct. 1 to decide if they want to begin a townwide recycling program, if they want to take advantage of current rates from the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, at $1 per pickup per residence.


Friday, August 24, 2007 - 9:10am

Bethany planners recommend commission change

Though 2007 has been relatively quiet for Bethany Beach’s Planning Commission, conflict between the town’s planners and its council in 2006 set the stage this week for commissioners to recommend a major change to how the commission operates....

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 9:02am

Book lovers throng to library sale

Volunteers with the Friends of the South Coastal Library are used to big crowds at the group’s annual used book sale benefiting the library. Each year, between $4,000 and $5,000 in funding is generated by the sale of about 4,000 books donated by...

Friday, August 17, 2007 - 11:17am

Boy on bike hit by car on Route 1

Just after 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, a young boy on a bicycle was struck by a automobile along the northbound lane of Coastal Highway near Ninth Street.

Coastal Point • DARIN. J. MCCANN
An emergency helicopter lands on Route 1...

Friday, August 17, 2007 - 10:58am

Photographer prepares for festival debut

An extended Irish family serves as the backbone that supports Maureen Dyer Ickroth’s faith, beliefs and newfound passion for photography. She has enjoyed the opportunity to practice her craft so much that she has earned a spot this year as one of...

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 1:06pm

St. Ann's bazaar returns with nautical quilt

The Parish of St. Ann’s in Bethany Beach is renowned for their summer bazaar, and this year, there doesn’t look to be any disappointment for those who look forward to the event each year.

Coastal Point • RYAN SAXTON
Fil Ryan (far...

Friday, August 3, 2007 - 2:08pm

Novak comes to Bethany Beach

Infamous Washington political journalist Robert Novak appeared at Bethany Beach Books on Sunday to sign his, perhaps surprisingly, candid memoir, titled “The Prince of Darkness.” The memoir chronicles Novak’s life as a journalist from his...

Friday, August 3, 2007 - 2:01pm

Bethany seeing huge summer downtown

Downtown Bethany Beach has been very busy this summer, and it may get a little busier. Town Manager Cliff Graviet reported at the council’s July 20 meeting that in all the ways the town measures its transient summer population, business has been...

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 9:12am

Bethany Beach limits non-resident votes

Bethany Beach officials on July 20 adopted a variety of changes to the town’s voting and referendum rules, aimed at maximizing the ability of some citizens to vote while restricting the votes of some non-residents and better ensuring that future...

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 9:11am

Harry hysteria hits home

Hundreds gathered outside Bethany and Fenwick bookstores as Friday turned into Saturday last week to get their hands on the seventh and final chapter in the Harry Potter saga, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

Standing, and sometimes...

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 7:18am

Blue Surf gets mixed reception

While Bethany Beach officials have been supportive of plans to redevelop the landmark oceanfront Blue Surf Motel as a mixed condominium-retail area, the McCabe family and builder Coleman Bunting struck out on two of four requests made to the town...

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 7:08am

Mini-golf business scores complaints

The return of miniature golf to Bethany Beach this summer garnered a warm response from most of the town, with residents citing the need for family-friendly activities in the downtown area after the town’s only course closed after the summer of...

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 5:38pm

Bethany approves refendum changes

Bethany Beach Town Council members on July 20 considered sweeping changes to the town’s rules regarding referendums.

In the wake of the successful petition last year for referendum over a controversial provision in the town’s new...

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 5:34pm

Blue Surf asking town for transformer space

The redevelopment of the landmark oceanfront Blue Surf Motel in Bethany Beach started off with a bang last year, with resounding approval by the town’s Design Review Committee of a plan mixed retail/residential space in a style that some consider...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:41pm

Native plants complete chamber renovation

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce began much-needed building renovations in 2005, aiming to nearly double the size of the Chamber’s office and better meet the needs of the booming number of visitors and businesses that make use of the...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:40pm

Harry Potter madness kicks off

Tucked in back rooms, hidden from hordes of crazed fans, local bookstores are stilling quietly holding onto their most prized possession of the year and likely of the new millennium. Late tonight, though, hundreds of copies of “Harry Potter and...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:38pm

Bethany Beach police ready for night out

On Thursday, July 26, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Bethany Beach Christian Church’s conference center, across from Bethany town hall, will be filled with families and public safety officers for the Bethany Beach Police Department’s annual Night Out....

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:24pm

Deadline nears for Bethany Beach candidates

Potential candidates for seats on the Bethany Beach Town Council have less than a week to make up their minds about whether they’re going to make a run for a council seat this year, with a deadline to file their Application for Candidacy at town...

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:23pm

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

The chance to grab tickets for the 16th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour is quickly dwindling. This year, 10 homes throughout the Bethany and Fenwick areas will be featured, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of the South Coastal Library....

Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 3:02pm

Gunn attracts a crowd in Bethany

A line wrapped around the side of Bethany Beach Books last Friday evening, with residents and visitors eager to get a word in with Tim Gunn, co-star of Bravo’s successful fashion design reality show, “Project Runway.”

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Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Annual 4th of July parade a cool change

Mother Nature spared participants in the annual Bethany Beach Fourth of July parade last week, with mild temperatures and refreshing breezes uncharacteristic of the first week of July at the Delaware shore. Bright sun, however, highlighted the...

Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

Fabulous Dialtones call in this weekend on the bandstand

As anyone who has seen their show knows, there’s nothing monotonous about the Fabulous Dialtones, the 9- to 10-piece rock-and-roll band that will embellish the Bethany Boardwalk bandstand this weekend for the seventh straight year.

Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 8:00pm

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

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

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