Bethany Beach


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

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 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

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 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

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

Bethany marks 20th year for Jazz funeral

Every year for the past 20, locals have given summer a proper send-off on Labor Day, with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral (Monday, Sept. 5 this year).
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Jazz musicians make their way down the boardwalk in...

Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 8:00pm

All steam ahead in Bethany Beach

Friday night was good to incumbents in Bethany Beach. The town council’s three officers — Mayor Jack Walsh, Vice Mayor Carol Olmstead and Secretary-Treasurer Tony McClenny — all won reconfirmation at the 7 p.m. reorganization meeting, which...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Writing minds nurtured at library

As rain clouds took leave of the morning sky overhead the South Coastal Library on Saturday, Aug. 20, a brainstorm took shape inside.
Coastal Point • RUSLANA LAMBERT:
Writers participate in a workshop on poetry and fiction.
The...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany planners consider grandfathering tune-up

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission members revisited grandfathering at the Aug. 20 meeting, having discovered a possible loophole. Building Inspector John Eckrich said Town Attorney J. Terence Jaywork was looking into the matter, and they’d...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Family and friends applaud ironman

It’s getting to be Make-A-Wish Triathlon time again (Sept. 24), and Sea Colony resident Peter O’Dunne will likely run again this year — but not before neighbors and family embarrass him a little for his recent accomplishments in sport.
...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany forges committe form at meeting

It took a few hammer strokes, but the Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance Review Committee (CORC), having studied underlying issues of mission, formation and composition, settled on some bedrock committee guidelines at the Aug. 18 CORC meeting....

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany girls gets national recognition

Athletics have always been a training ground for youngsters to learn how to conduct themselves throughout their lives. They may not always win or play as much as they like, but sports teach an important lesson: how to work as a team. Physical...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany looks to organize

Before holding its regularly scheduled monthly meeting, the Bethany Beach Town Council will gather at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 19, to name a mayor, vice mayor and secretary-treasurer.

The appointed officers, nominated and ratified by the...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany police nab shoplifing suspect

The Bethany Beach Police Department (BBPD) curtailed what appears to have been a long-running shoplifting activity, targeting any number of local jewelry stores and retail shops, predominantly in Bethany Beach.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany gets 'clean' annual audit report

Newly selected auditing firm Trice, Geary & Meyers reported a “clean opinion” at the annual Audit Committee meeting Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The report, which included a balance sheet, a summary of accounting policies and supporting schedules...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Former lifeguards angle into surf industry

Two ex-Bethany Beach lifeguards and lifelong friends, Russell Evans and Cliff Hardwick, weren’t satisfied with a brand and a pending line of WaveKing gear and clothing for the ocean-going crowd.
Special to the Coastal Point • SUBMITTED:...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ternahan launches clothing label

Bethany resident Bob Ternahan is an American History major, not a fashion designer — but he’s come out with some distinctive designs for the “Ahan” clothing label nonetheless.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Bob Ternahan and his younger...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany discusses character

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission met with area developers and architects Wednesday, Aug. 3, to discuss the options for enforcing design guidelines that would help maintain the character of the town.

Developers were asked to offer...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Environmentalists canvass Bethany Beach

Pedestrians in downtown Bethany Beach on July 29 may have stumbled through a handful of clipboard-wielding environmentalists en route the boardwalk. Most folks breezed by, but for anyone who later entertained second thoughts, these young...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany Beach is getting the 'Blues'

If one is riding down Route 1 with the windows down, there is a chance of catching a whiff of what seems to be barbeque. And chances are the smell is coming from Bethany Blues.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL:
There's just something so...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

No changes for Bethany council makeup

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Walsh, Vice-Mayor Carol Olmstead and Council Member Wayne Fuller will each serve another two-year term on the Bethany Beach Town Council, as they were the only applicants for the three vacancies left by the coming...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Open space approved as use for properties

At a special meeting Monday, July 25, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted on development recommendations for the former Christian Church and Neff properties acquired by the town in the last year.

The recommendations will provide the...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm