Bethany Beach


Bethany abandons Maryland Avenue

Bethany Beach Town Council Members voted unanimously to abandon the unopened section of Maryland Avenue at their March 17 meeting, making way for the combining of the town’s latest land acquisitions, the former Disciples of Christ Christian...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany moves on architecture guidelines

Working against a 180-day clock that started Feb. 10, Bethany Beach officials have plunged directly into the work needed to establish guidelines for commercial architecture before their moratorium on such construction elapses on Wednesday, Aug. 9...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany passes erosion ordinance

Bethany Beach Town Council members enacted a series of charter changes and other measures at their March 17 meeting. The bulk of the items were in the nature of housekeeping measures, officially moving forward items recommended by various...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany creates new residential height option

It’s been two months since Bethany Beach’s town council sent a proposed height allowance back to the town’s planning commission for further review, concerned about how the enticement designed to encourage a higher, 7/12 or greater roof pitch...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany passes $9 million budget

Bethany Beach is ready to roll into its 2007 fiscal year with a $9.4 million budget. Council members approved the budget at their March 17 session, adding a whole new element of green to their rare St. Patrick’s Day meeting.

Of the $9-plus...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Museum management discussed in Bethany

As the refurbished Bethany Beach Museum begins to take its final shape, so also the final shape of the group that runs it begins to be formed.

At the March 13 meeting of the Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC), Vice Mayor and...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Beebe buys land in Clarksville

Beebe Medical Center’s long-time emergency services location in Millville may be moving a few miles westward, expanding and staying open year-round, at least as a walk-in clinic. Unable to provide off-season services at the existing, and...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Hisory, art on the menu in Bethany Beach

The Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee will host another in its series of cultural events on Wednesday, March 22, at the Bethany Beach town hall.

This time out, the committee is offering a new twist on their series of...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany moves on commercial guidelines

With a moratorium in place on commercial construction in Bethany Beach and no ability to extend that measure, town officials pushed forward this week toward developing a set of design guidelines and related zoning ordinances that they hope will...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

St. Ann's community mourns priest

Parishioners at St. Ann’s Catholic Church mourned the loss of one of their priests this week, with the sudden death of Father Paul P. Iaia. The 75-year-old associate pastor had served at the Bethany Beach church for eight years and would have...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

All aboard

Anyone who drives on Route 26 in Ocean View on a regular basis has surely noticed the two train cars sitting on the north side of the road about a half-mile from Bethany Beach.

Come Memorial Day weekend, those two cars will be a part...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany committee smoothly approves $9M budget

Compared to the budget process for the 2006 fiscal year in Bethany Beach, this year’s budget process seems to be flowing with unexpected smoothness.

Town Council Secretary-Treasurer and Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Tony McClenny...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany planning proposals get off track

Recent Planning Commission action on several items the commission has voted to recommend to the town council has exasperated Lew Killmer.

The Bethany Beach town council and planning commission member showed obvious frustration with his...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany amends commercial moratorium

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted unanimously at their Feb. 17 meeting to amend a recently passed moratorium on commercial construction, to allow simple replacements and repairs after an administrative review by the town.

Town...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Art exhibit added to Bethany cultural event

Fresh on the heels of their presentation of State Archivist Russell McCabe, the Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee is preparing another cultural extravaganza. On Wednesday, March 22, local author Gordon Wood is scheduled...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

More parking changes proposed in Bethany

Among a handful of parking ordinance and fee changes considered at a Feb. 13 meeting of Bethany Beach’s Traffic and Parking Committee, Town Manager Cliff Graviet proposed more uniform hours for the town’s parking meters and permits, aiming for...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany enacts commerical moratorium

Bethany Beach has enacted a moratorium on the construction and exterior renovation of commercial structures, with a 5-0 vote on Friday, Feb. 10. (Mayor Jack Walsh and Council Member Harry Steele were absent.)

The moratorium was limited to...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

No union in sight for Bethany Beach police

It literally could not have been a closer vote when Bethany Beach Police Department officers cast their ballots in a unionization decision on Feb. 8.

With 51 percent or more of the eight non-administrative full-time officers needing to...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach adds internal auditor

Bethany Beach is looking into adding another layer to its existing audit controls. The town’s Audit Committee held a meeting with accountant Craig Boyce on Thursday to consider what Boyce might do as a secondary oversight on town finances, in...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Book sale on schedule for Bethany library

Last year, the Friends of the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach made about $7,000 from its book sale, one of the signature fundraisers for the group.

The money from the two annual sale periods goes to programs or things as simple as...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Renewal of vows to highlight Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day will be even more romantic than usual at the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center this year. On Feb. 14, a half-dozen couples plan to renew their wedding vows, with the center and anyone who wishes to attend ready to support and celebrate...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Phobias are true challenges to overcome

A woman in Bethany Beach would like to see her son more often. He lives in Suburban Washington but a trip that takes most people three hours to drive takes him double the time. That is because his route takes him north on I-95 instead of east on...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bush budget proposal eliminates beach funding one more time

It’s become an annual tradition, like the Memorial Day weekend rush to the shore, the Bethany Beach Fourth of July parade or children returning to school in the fall. But the news from President George W. Bush’s annual budget recommendations is...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany unveils 2006 draft budget

Bethany Beach officials unveiled the town’s draft budget for the 2007 fiscal year Jan. 27, in the first round of discussions by the Budget & Finance Committee.

Overall, the budget calls for modest increases in both expenditures and...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Hearing for zoning issues set in Bethany

Bethany Beach has a heavy slate of public hearings set for Friday, Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. The hearings will lead up to a special council session set for 4:30 p.m. that same day, at which at least some of the hearing issues will be voted upon by the...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Local rockers head for battle

Bethany Beach resident Colin Carroll, taking a turn on the bass, has joined forces with guitarist Dennis Alexander of Long Neck, lead singer Ben Leisey and drummer Mark Amendt (both of Georgetown), and they’re headed for the ongoing Emergenza...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Boesch steps down from planning post

When Bethany Beach Planning Commission Chairman Phil Boesch suddenly stepped down from his post on the commission at their Jan. 21 meeting, the obvious question for most observers was whether the move had anything to do with recent conflicts over...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany planners move ahead under new leadership

The resignation of Bethany Beach Planning Commission Chairman Phil Boesch at the commission’s Jan. 21 meeting was sudden, but the commissioners quickly reorganized and charged ahead with an agenda full of zoning issues, under the new leadership...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Mural to provide ambiance at Bethany museum

A mural representing the historical Bethany Beach may soon adorn the town’s museum. The decorative element is one of the final pieces of the puzzle as the renovated and renewed museum settles in to its location in the renovated town hall lobby....

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Local officials lobby for fed water act

Bethany Beach officials are taking new steps toward ensuring shoreline protection projects — such as their long-awaited beach reconstruction — are supported and funded through the federal government.

First, at their Jan. 20 council meeting...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Draft election rules trouble resort towns

Bethany Beach Town Council Member Lew Killmer has a bone to pick with proposed state regulations governing how municipal elections are run.

Killmer recently noted his attendance at a Sussex County Association of Towns meeting where the...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Charter changes line up after CORC action

The Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) is finally seeing the end results of some of their hard work, with plans to submit changes in the town charter to the state senate, Town Council Member and CORC Chairman Lew Killmer...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany proposes commercial moratorium

Bethany Beach officials have been expressing concern about the appearance of the town’s commercial district for more than a year. And they may buy themselves some time to deal with the situation under a proposed moratorium on changes to the...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany approves ordinances, sets hearing

Bethany Beach Town Council members approved two code changes at their Jan. 19 meeting, following a quiet and sparsely attended public hearing that night.

With a unanimous vote (6-0, with Mayor Jack Walsh absent), they approved a new...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany moves to alter parking, driveway regs

Bethany Beach’s somewhat notorious — and yet relatively unknown — ordinance requiring the registration of driveways with the town may be on its way out. The recommendation to drop the rule came from the town’s Traffic and Parking Committee at its...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

Bethany to get taste of Big Easy

New Orleans may still be deep in the process of recovering from last summer’s devastating hurricanes, but local musician Don Sharp is aiming to bring a bit of Big Easy flavor to the Bethany Beach Town Hall next week, with a performance of his...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

BBPD officers pursue unionization step

It’s a small-town police department in an idyllic resort town, but some Bethany Beach police officers want the benefits of unionization. They took a step toward that recently, with the signing of interest cards by at least 30 percent of the eight...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Closer, but still no beach replenishment timetable

U.S. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) brought good tidings to Bethany Beach this week, in officially announcing some $3.1 million for the planned Bethany Beach-South Bethany beach reconstruction project in the federal budget for the 2006 fiscal year....

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

Zephyr takes home the top trophy on windy day

It was the big prize, and it went home with the big dog.

Zephyr, the Bernese mountain dog, won both the title of Best Gallon-Sized Pet and the trophy for the People’s Choice at the 5th Annual Hometown Pet Show, held Sunday in conjunction...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

Eskimo splash hits 10th year on Sunday

The New Year’s holiday is one of the favorite times of the year for people to get a fresh start, a clean break from old habits and a wide-eyed perspective on the year ahead.
Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO:
Participants get in the ocean and...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm

Changes on horizon

Bethany Beach may soon tackle the aesthetics of the town’s commercial district with the same kind of attention it has recently given to the looks of its residential areas — and it’s not a moment too soon, as some of the town’s landmark commercial...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany renews beach lobbying contract

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted quickly and unanimously Dec. 16 to renew the town’s contract with beach renourishment consultants and lobbying firm Marlowe & Co.

With Mayor Jack Walsh absent from the meeting, Vice-Mayor Carol...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany planners dispense zoning proposals

After putting forward a series of proposed zoning changes from its Zoning Ad-Hoc Committee (ZAC) in recent weeks, Bethany Beach Planning Commission members were left with the decision of what to do with some lingering loose ends from the...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

Jury still out on streetscape design

Bethany Beach citizens and town council members were presented with information on and a direct comparison of two plans for the planned Streetscape project for Bethany Beach’s Garfield Parkway this week, at a Dec. 10 special meeting of the...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

Big Easy to bid adieu this weekend

They’ve had a good run at the Big Easy Seafood and Steakhouse, but owner Jerry Richard recently announced he’d pass the torch after this weekend: Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10.
This weekend will be patrons’ last chance to enjoy the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Streetscape plans up for review in Bethany

Bethany Beach residents and officials will get a new perspective on a long-running plan for the town at a special meeting set for Saturday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the town hall. The long-touted Streetscape project for Garfield Parkway will be the...

Thursday, December 8, 2005 - 7:00pm

Events set to kick off Bethany holidays

Bethany Beach will open its arms to the spirit of the holidays this weekend with the annual Holiday Happenings, set for Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4.

Saturday’s events will focus on the family, with a fun-filled lineup of...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Local to read at South Coastal Library

Ocean View resident and poet Joan Springer can’t say enough about the children’s programs at the South Coastal Library.
“I think the library’s trying to get children interested in reading at a very young age,” Springer commended.
...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

Planners move to provide aid

Bethany Beach Planning Commission members found a way out of a difficult situation at their Nov. 19 meeting, agreeing to put forward an ordinance amendment that would allow an expedited Board of Adjustments hearing in cases requiring an emergency...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany West becomes focus for flooding

Pennsylvania Avenue is Bethany Beach’s most notorious area for major flooding problems, but those visiting the town’s post office during heavy rain events will have to wait a little longer for any attempts at improvement.
Engineers have re-...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm