Bethany Beach


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

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

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

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

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.
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Thursday, December 1, 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

Bethany local honored at Prime Hook

Milton Cooper — a man to be reckoned with. At age 91, Cooper admits he doesn’t go out in the duck blind anymore. But until just a few years ago, he was still out there, shotgun cocked, listening, waiting.
He said he’d started hunting ducks...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Streetscape plans presented in Bethany

Bethany Beach officials have set Dec. 10 as the date upon which two plans for the proposed “Streetscape” project for Garfield Parkway will be presented to the town council and the public.
It is to be a refresher for both entities, since it...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany council asked to support SB100

Bethany Beach Town Council members were not prepared to officially put the town behind efforts to gain two at-large seats for the Sussex County Council when the issue was put before them at their Nov. 18 council meeting.

Resident Dennis...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany considers single lot ordinance

Under the guidance of a new chairman and with new membership in place, Bethany Beach’s Charter and Ordinance Committee met Nov. 17 to proceed with updates of town codes.

Town Council Member and CORC Chairman Lew Killmer took over the...

Thursday, November 24, 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 Beach bandstand gets demolished

It’s the end of an era in Bethany, with this week’s demolition and removal of the old Bethany Beach bandstand. The old stage was getting pretty ragged around the edges, but many longtime residents are still probably a little sad to see it go....

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach replenishment timeline expected soon

One of the most-asked questions in Bethany Beach and South Bethany these days is: When will they start putting sand on the beach?

With $3 million lined up to be allocated for the two towns’ beach reconstruction project in the 2006 fiscal...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany considers parking, driveway rules

The Bethany Beach Traffic and Parking Committee (T&P) meets rarely — usually only the mandated twice a year — despite its purview over what has become an increasingly difficult summer traffic and parking situation in the town.

Though...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Committee tackles Bethany's zoning future

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission’s zoning ad hoc committee (ZAC) has only met twice, but it’s already nearing the end of its appointed task – consideration of a list of possible zoning modifications developed with area builders. The question...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Preservation efforts continue in Bethany

Efforts to preserve historical homes in Bethany Beach continue, but at a slow pace, as preservationists debate how best to proceed with grass-roots endeavors and more official efforts from the town.
Members of the Cultural and Historical...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach budget in good shape

Things in Bethany Beach — financially speaking — are right on track. That, according to town Finance Director Janet Connery, who said the town’s financial picture at the half-way point in its 2006 fiscal year is comparable to where it was for the...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach funds on the way

Property owners and residents in Bethany Beach and South Bethany are rejoicing this week, now that they are one step closer to having their dwindling shoreline replenished.

The jubilation was in evidence late Monday, as news filtered to...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach's water to be fluoridated

Bethany Beach residents will get something new in their water this week: a small amount of fluoride.

Despite a decided lack of support from town council members for fluoridation of the town’s water supply, the town makes the move this week...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany suggests increased off-street parking spaces

Only eight days after the first meeting of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission’s ad hoc committee, commission members gave the go-ahead for one of the concepts put forward by the new committee: a requirement for four off-street parking spaces...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany slip-ramp plan not endorsed

Bethany Beach officials have — at least for now — rebuffed efforts by the Sea Colony Recreation Association (SCRA) to obtain their endorsement for a major alteration of the intersection between Route 1 and Pennsylvania Avenue.

They not...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Streetscape project revived in Bethany

Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet raised hopes once again for the town’s planned “Streetscape” project at the Oct. 21 town council meeting, citing information that Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials were optimistic...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany debates antennas, guidelines

Presented with a revised set of guidelines for the formation of committees in Bethany Beach at their Oct. 21 meeting, town council members were quick to notice one particular change: an increase from two to three in the maximum number of council...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany CORC addresses driveways, fences

Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee members on Oct. 20 tackled the section of town code dealing with the registration and enforcement of driveway designations, with the input of Public Safety Officer Ralph Mitchell.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Committee revamps membership limits

Members of the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC) made a last-minute change in their recommended guidelines for committee membership in the town Oct. 20 before forwarding those recommendations to the town council.

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Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach goes keyless

Bethany Beach Town Council members approved a new keyless card entry system for town hall at their Oct. 21 meeting.

The $15,715 contract with Security Services and Technology was recommended among three bids obtained on the project. The...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local firefighters provide free smoke detectors

“Wake Up Delaware” coordinator Tom Mitten wants a working smoke detector in every single household in the state. If giving away free smoke detectors and replacement batteries is what it takes, so be it.

Every volunteer fire company in the...

Thursday, October 27, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany zoning committee begins work

Kathleen Mink emphasized that the meeting she was chairing Oct. 14 was not a formal workshop or a public meeting. Nothing decided by those on the committee will be set in stone anytime soon.

The results of the Bethany Beach Planning...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany mayor seeks feedback on project

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Walsh is looking for some feedback on one of the biggest projects his Communication Committee worked on this year: the informational brochure and magnets distributed throughout the community.

The committee featured...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany museum's future displays discussed

Information and artifacts related to the history of Bethany Beach have finally found their place once again in the cases and on the display panels of the town’s historical museum, after the $50,000 renovation project that set a revamped museum in...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Work starts on 2006 craft show

The committee organizing the Seaside Craft Show in Bethany Beach is already planning for the second edition of the event, set for June 3, 2006.

Committee members met Oct. 15 to continue efforts for marketing the event and to send out...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

Mickey's the site for Gulf states relief

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and killed many more, but in spite of mother nature’s worst, just as many have turned out to throw their support behind those in need. To that end, Mickey’s Family...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany forms group to address zoning

Members of the Bethany Beach Planning Commission at their Sept. 17 meeting officially approved the formation of an ad hoc committee to work on a proposed zoning overlay system for the town.

The system was targeted as a possible method to...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

PRD Grandfathering clarified in Bethany

Bethany Beach Planning Commission members agreed Sept. 17 to clarify the rules governing grandfathering of planned residential developments (PRDs) on properties less than 50,000 square feet in area.

The grandfathering was limited to...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Changes in the water for Bethany

There are changes in the water for Bethany Beach, and one of those changes is coming despite a less-than-enthusiastic reception from town officials.

While the town recently elected to replace the chlorine it has been using to disinfect its...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Waiting-area bars get go-ahead from Bethany

Bethany Beach Town Council members in a close vote Sept. 16 elected to strike the so-called “sunsetting” provision of the town’s recent waiting-area bar allowance.

The council had made the temporary or “sunsetting” allowance — due to...

Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 8:00pm

Local organization reins in feral cats

Bethany Town Cats (BTC) members spent a day selling jewelry and crafts — and trying to find homes for a cat or two — at the annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, last weekend. The organization never spends more than it has, noted BTC...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Art Festival all set to kick off fall season

With summer ending and storm windows sliding shut, Sussex County will soon settle into autumn’s kaleidoscopic rotunda. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, however, will not wait for the deciduous trees to beget brilliance along the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Art Festival all set to kick off fall season

With summer ending and storm windows sliding shut, Sussex County will soon settle into autumn’s kaleidoscopic rotunda. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, however, will not wait for the deciduous trees to beget brilliance along the...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

Greyhounds leave town

Bethany Beach residents Monte and Cheryl Wisbrock were for many years the local contacts for Greyhound bus tickets in “downtown” Bethany Beach. They gave it up when they moved their business (Bethany & Resort Rental Service) to the Hickman...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm