Fenwick Island


Trust issues: Fenwick loses candidates to ownership law

Fenwick Island had six candidates for its 2016 town council election — until the Town determined that two of those would-be candidates are ineligible because of property ownership technicalities.

In the Aug. 6 election, voters will select...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 11:48am

Fenwick Flicks bringing free fun to the whole family

Sponsored by the Anne Powell Group, Fenwick Flicks will feature three movies this summer, along with pre-movie activities, on the beach at Bayard Street in Fenwick Island.

To kick off the summer, “Minions” will be shown on Tuesday, July 12...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 9:37am

BREAKING NEWS: Six candidates to vie for Fenwick Island council seats

Once again, Fenwick Island has six candidates for its town council election, set this year for Aug. 6.

Voters can vote for up to three candidates from the following: Gardner Bunting (incumbent), Vicki L. Carmean, Kevin Carouge, Charles W....

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 4:43am

Election committee criticized after voting restriction proposed

Just weeks after Fenwick Island’s Ad-hoc Election Committee recommended two changes to the Town’s voting requirements, the mayor moved to disband the committee. He ultimately agreed to wait till a review of the issue by the town attorney.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:26am

Coast Guard to offer free boat safety checks June 25

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 12-01, will conduct Vessel Safety Checks on Saturday, June 25, at Island Watersports, 36084 Harpoon Road, Fenwick Island, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Trained and qualified Coast Guard Auxiliarists will on...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 6:37am

Boardwalk Arts Festival adds arts and antiques tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with new presenting sponsor, Schell Brothers, for the 38th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, to...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:09pm

Fenwick talks money, approves budget and fire company fee

Money talks, and the Fenwick Island Town Council talked money at their May 27 meeting.

The council approved the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Plan, with a balanced budget of $2,026,775.

There have been no real estate property tax rate...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:33am

Shorter than expected, Route 54 sidewalks still an improvement

Route 54 isn’t very pedestrian-friendly. Near Fenwick Island, the two-lane road is narrow, with shoulders, but lacking sidewalks or a center turn lane. Joggers and cyclists must share the road shoulders with regular traffic travelling at least 35...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:30am

Fenwick Island tries to protect trees from fatal pest

Coastal Point • Laura Walter In Fenwick Island, pinecones and bare branches are all that remain after this black pine tree died from an infection carried by beetles.In the back yard of an attractive beach house in Fenwick Island, Mary Ellen...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:20am

Candidates can register for 2016 FI election

Candidates can now throw their hats into the ring for the 2016 Fenwick Island Town Council election, scheduled for Aug. 6. The three seats up for election are currently held by Gardner Bunting, Diane Tingle and Bill Weistling.

Candidates...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 10:38am

New owners, same tradition at Fenwick Crab House

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Todd Hays, left center, and Pat McArdle, right center, pose with some happy customers after taking over the Fenwick Crab House.The secret Fenwick Crab House crabcake recipe is locked away in a safe at an...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 10:14am

Rt. 54 sidewalk improvements subject of June 6 public workshop

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) invites the public to attend a public workshop to receive information about the Final Design for various proposed lighting, striping, and pedestrian improvements on Route 54 in Fenwick Island....

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 8:55am

Fenwick’s proposal to increase some voter rights, limit others

Discussion is just beginning on a suggestion to change voting requirements in Fenwick Island, based on land ownership.

The Ad-hoc Election Committee has asked the town council to consider not allowing residents to vote in town council...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:28am

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:04am

Crash near Fenwick injures motorcycle driver

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was investigating a motorcycle crash near Fenwick Island that seriously injured a Maryland man.

The DSP said their preliminary investigation determined that the incident...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 9:53am

Fenwick council talks politics, legal fees, summer plans

A very large check was presented to Town of Fenwick Island on April 22.

Representatives of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) came to present a $21,293 matching grant for Fenwick’s new...

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 9:26am

Humans helping their habitat at Earth Day events

Earth Day is a 46-year tradition designed to show Mother Earth some love.

People can plan an eco-friendly project of their own (plant a tree and turn off a light bulb), but local towns and groups are also hosting Earth Day events all month...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:33am

Fenwick Island approves height increase with freeboard

The Fenwick Island Town Council has approved a change in the Town’s old 30-foot building height limit. Depending on who tells the story, the change was rushed through in five weeks, or spread over 15 months.

Either way, buildings can now...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:10am

Local towns win park/playground grants from DNREC

Local park projects are getting their day in the sun after the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced its 2015 grant awards. Across the state, DNREC’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:05am

Freeman Stage announces lineup for ninth season

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Michelle Freeman announces the 2016 roster of entertainers who will perform at Freeman Stage at Bayside this summer. The launch party has become an event unto itself each year.After a great deal of anticipation,...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:58am

Fire companies to hold live-fire drill on Saturday 3/19

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.
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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 11:48am

Coons presses Corps for emergency beach repair funding

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) last week asked a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official if funds left over from Hurricane Sandy might be diverted to emergency repairs of the beaches and dunes at three of Delaware’s beach towns.

During a...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:25pm

Fenwick committee split on freeboard

The Fenwick Island Charter & Ordinance Committee isn’t entirely comfortable with a proposed freeboard ordinance. In fact, the group was split on March 8 on whether they agreed with the law as written.

The town council has already...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:21pm

Fenwick houses may get higher soon as a freeboard reward

Freeboard has returned as an increasingly divisive topic at Fenwick Island Town Council meetings.

On Feb. 26, a number of residents opposed an ordinance that would allow Fenwick houses to surpass the 30-foot building height by 18 to 24...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:34pm

No more hotels (for now) as Fenwick passes moratorium

Fenwick Island will have no more than three hotels for the time being. The town council voted unanimously (with Councilman Roy Williams absent) on Feb. 26 to place a moratorium on new hotel/motel uses within town limits.

The moratorium...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:33pm

Post-storm beach repair not in the cards at present

In the wake of two storms that heavily damaged dunes and beaches in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, the potential for funding for shoring up the storm-beaten beaches remains unclear.

Last week, officials announced that...

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:15am

Fenwick council opposes seismic testing for oil and gas

Fenwick Island is the latest town to join a long list of municipalities opposing seismic testing off the Atlantic coast. Besides the potential harm to hundreds of thousands of animals, the town should not have to face the threat of a possible...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 9:50am

Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos set for 20th year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Exercise Like the Eskimos participants rush out of the water after a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1, 2015.It’s been a Bethany Beach tradition for going on 20 years now, and this New Years’ Day will be...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 8:46am

Fenwick passes hotels ordinance, denies petition

Property owners may be interested in a moratorium on hotels, even if they were dissatisfied by Fenwick Island Town Council rejecting a homeowner petition and increasing hotel/motel room density.

In a 5-2 vote on Dec. 11, the council...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:46am

Keep it simple: Fenwick committee aims for simpler rules

After a rocky 2015 election, the Town of Fenwick Island is being proactive on voter registration. The Ad-Hoc Election Committee met Dec. 4 to begin educating residents and property owners.

The August election is over, so Councilwoman Julie...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 4:02am

Fenwick hotels hearing reflects desire for smart growth

With some legal help, Fenwick Island residents have created a petition that could crush the proposed motel zoning ordinance.

A Dec. 4 public hearing was held on a zoning amendment that could allow existing hotels/motels to increase density...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:44am

Fenwick motel talk takes center stage this Friday

This Friday, the people will have the floor, but they’ll be discussing beds.

The Fenwick Island Town Council will host a public hearing at Town Hall on Friday, Dec. 4, at 2:30 p.m., regarding room density in hotels and motels.

Room...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:16am

Christmas parades warm up the season

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.

All the local parades begin at 7 p.m. The Selbyville Christmas Parade is...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:15am

Fenwick to ‘SEAS the Holidays’ with event

Just because beach towns are less likely to see a white Christmas doesn’t mean they shouldn’t sing for one.

Fenwick Island is inviting residents and neighbors to a holiday gathering at the town park on Friday, Dec. 11. People can enjoy...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:10am

Employees help each other with Fenwick personnel policy

Fenwick Island’s new personnel program will help employees in need, starting with a town police officer and his baby boy.

Town Council had a special meeting Nov. 5 just to consider and approve a Donated Leave Program.

“A donated...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:14am

Fenwick considers limited hotel expansion options

The Fenwick Island Town Council has backed off its original proposal to increase permitted hotel room density in the town. On Oct. 23, they approved, 5-2, the first reading of an ordinance that allows only existing hotels to increase density, to...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:46am

Fenwick Island Town Council may put a limit on hotels

When it comes to hotels, Fenwick Island is trying to find a way to make everyone happy.

The town council will consider a new ordinance on Oct. 23 that would allow the Sands Motel to have a higher density than it does now but limit any...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:51am

Fenwick Island business committee reviews summer season

Fenwick Island’s Business Development Committee took a look at the summer season for past improvements and future ideas.

Attendance at the Sept. 24 meeting was slightly sparse, as it was expected some business owners were finishing the end...

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 10:20am

Fenwick Island hotel ordinance passes first reading

Limitations teeter on the table

The Town of Fenwick Island took the first step this week toward loosening its hotel ordinance, which would help a local business owner renovate and upgrade the Sands Motel. A majority of the council voted on Sept....

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:39pm

Fenwick Island talks elections, dredging, communications

The Fenwick Island Town Council election is over for 2015, but discussions of it aren’t quite in the past.

Having reviewed the 2015 election with the town solicitor, Mayor Gene Langan addressed the public at the council meeting on Sept. 25...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:17pm

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT closes Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:51am

Governor Issues limited state of emergency in Sussex County

With moderate to major coastal flooding expected at high tides today and tomorrow, along with high wind warnings along the coast, Gov. Jack Markell at noon on Oct. 2 issued a Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County, effective immediately....

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 8:25am

Newlyweds prepare for baby’s birth — and heart surgery

Like any parents, Stephen and Amanda Lowe are delighted to be having their first child together in October. But their baby boy has a long road ahead, starting with open-heart surgery within days of his birth.

Still in the womb, baby...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 9:10am

Gun ordinance passes Fenwick committee

The Fenwick Island Town Council may consider a new gun ordinance prohibiting the public from carrying firearms inside town buildings, including the police department.

On Sept. 1, the Charter & Ordinance Committee agreed to recommend...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 10:11am

A shuffling of dream jobs brings new Chamber employee

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Emilie Bonano recently joined the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce as the communications manager.As soon as Emilie Bonano realized that she enjoyed marketing, she wanted to do that in a tourist location. That...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:56am

From the classroom to the lifeguard stand

Coastal Point • Submitted: Tim Ferry (white shorts) with two Fenwick Island LIfeguards and State Rep. Ron Gray at the Aug. 28 town council meeting in Fenwick Island.Since the age of 15, Tim Ferry has been guarding Delaware beaches. That was 40...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:40am

Some wary as Sands Motel asks Town for room to grow

For more than 60 years, the Sands Motel in Fenwick Island has operated with fewer than 40 rooms. The current town code prevents new owner Spiro Buas from rebuilding a hotel with more than 39 rooms, which is a third less than the other hotels in...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:56am

Fenwick gets a flood insurance update

Fenwick Island Town Council members got an earful on Aug. 28, regarding flood insurance, motels and the recent election.

Resident Pete Frederick shared his concerns over the August election, including voter qualification, registration and...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:23am

Fenwick Island elects four, but not the ‘Fenwick Four’

More than half of Fenwick Island’s eligible voters cast ballots in the Aug. 1 town council election, responding to a month of intense campaigning by the six candidates running for four seats.

Incumbents Richard Mais (251 votes),...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:26am

Fenwick adopts $1.8M budget for 2016, no tax increase

The Fenwick Island Town Council approved the Town’s fee schedule and financial plan for the 2016 fiscal year at a July 24 council meeting, including a $1.8 million operating budget, $262,000 in capital improvements and new funding for...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:03am