Bethany Beach

Bandstand concerts scrapped due to delays

Just last week, Bethany Beach officials were still hopeful that the summer’s bandstand concert schedule might come off as planned, or nearly so, despite delays with the town’s bandstand renovation project. The new bandstand was nearing completion...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

New store offers clothing options

For a decade, Jessica Barbour and Sherry Christensen have worked together in Bethany Beach, selling women’s clothing. But, at the Rose Garden, they were just employees. Since early this month, they started selling clothes together once more. This...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany fine-tunes commercial guidelines

As Bethany Beach nears the midway point in its 180-day commercial building moratorium and a mandated public report on progress toward new commercial architecture guidelines, the draft plan is reaching the fine-tuning stages.

Members of...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Chamber unveils energy consultant

Delmarva Power commercial customers who join the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce electric cooperative could save anywhere from 8 to 25 percent on their current energy bills, officials said Monday.

The Chamber announced on Monday...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Anglers hope 13th annual tourney means luck

Surf-fishermen from throughout the region will have a new focus this weekend, beyond the state’s proposed saltwater fishing license. They’ll be eyeing a potential $25,000 payoff for landing a Delaware state-record bluefish in the 13th Annual...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Carper, Castle survey local beaches

Elected officials on the local and national level joined with representatives of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week to celebrate the success of one beach...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Chamber votes to form commercial co-op

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s board voted unanimously on Wednesday to form an electric cooperative for Delmarva Power commercial customers, pending contract approval.

Chamber officials would not release specific...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Sea Villas non-compliance up for discussion

Bethany Beach planning officials are once again examining how to deal with discrepancies between the standards, covenants and deeds in the Sea Villas community and the town’s standard residential zoning ordinances.

The initial proposal for...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Blue Surf redevelopment concept unveiled

Plans to redevelop the landmark Blue Surf Motel on Bethany Beach’s boardwalk, in part, spurred the town to pass a moratorium on commercial construction and consider architectural guidelines for their commercial district.

And at an April 25...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

BBVFC tower is one step closer

Just in time for the dedication of their new fire station on Sunday, members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company got some good news: the Bethany Beach Town Council unanimously voted April 21 to support the company’s application for a...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Commercial guidelines taking shape in Bethany Beach

Members of the Bethany Beach Architectural Guideline Development Committee for the C-1 and C2 Zoning Districts (AGDC) worked to refine their initial concepts of the guidelines at an April 25 meeting with consulting architect Jeff Schoellkopf....

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany residents reminded to maintain swales

Bethany Beach’s most recent work reviewing town ordinances came down to one resounding bottom line: Property owners in the town need to remember that they’re responsible for the upkeep on the swales and drainage ditches that abut their properties...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany approves height allowance

Members of the Bethany Beach Town Council approved on April 21 a revised version of the controversial residential height allowance proposed by the town’s Planning Commission and Zoning Ad Hoc Committee (ZAC), with a 5-1 vote.

The change...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Charity motorcycle run returns to Bethany

DiFebo’s Restaurant in Bethany Beach will host its second annual motorcycle run to support education for the children of fallen police officers this weekend, on Sunday, April 30.

Last year’s police-escorted ride and post-ride barbecue was...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Architechure guidelines developing in Millville

Work is under way on Bethany Beach’s proposed new architectural guidelines for its commercial district. The Architectural Guideline Development Committee for C-1 and C-2 Zoning Districts (AGDC) met April 13 – the first gathering of the group...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

New digs, truck for BBVFC

Local firefighters risk their lives on a regular basis, and stay ready to drop whatever they’re doing, to help protect the lives and property of residents and visitors alike. And they do it for no pay.
Coastal Point • M. PATRICIA TITUS:...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach considers map publication

Bethany Beach officials have a variety of mapping projects in the works, and along with zoning descriptions and official maps for town documents and infrastructure documentation, there may be yet another map in the town’s near future.


Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Struggle over Bethany museum continues

The relationship between Bethany Beach’s Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) and the Bethany Beach Historical Association (BBHA) has always been complicated.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
The display spot for some of Bethany...

Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Locals check out Route 26 update from DelDOT

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials once again rolled out preliminary plans for Route 26 improvements, from Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal (between Ocean View and Bethany Beach), on March 27.

The department’s made...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

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 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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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