Fenwick Island

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

Serio retires from Fenwick council after a dozen years

The Fenwick Island Town Council and Town staff bid farewell to outgoing councilwoman and mayor Audrey Serio at her last meeting behind the council table on July 24. Serio was first elected to the council in 2003, having made the decision...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 4:58am

Fenwick voters to elect four town council members

Fenwick Island voters will select more than half of the town council when they take to the polls on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. at town hall. Four seats on the seven-member council are up for election this year, with six candidates in the...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:11am

Fenwick voters question registration process ahead of election

Councilwoman Diane Tingle was the first to broach the topic of Fenwick Island’s voter registration process at the July 24 town council meeting, using the “old business” segment of the meeting to refresh memories about an ordinance the Town...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:46am

House fire stuns Wolfenbarger family, generates support

The good news was that no one was injured. But the tragedy was that the Wolfenbarger family lost everything else when their brand new home burned down on Thursday, July 16.
Two separate salvage companies have determined that none of their...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:31am

Barefoot Gardeners Club hosting free children’s program in Fenwick

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sue Clark, Barbara McCoy, Carol McCloud, Mary Ellen Gonski, and Todd Sposato out front of the Barefoot Gardeners Club gardens at Fenwick Town Hall.They may be retired educators, but that doesn’t mean that these...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:32am

Fenwick DQ is a local staple and summertime treat

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Lanta Conaway, left, Brett Conaway, center, and Don Conaway, right, run the Fenwick Island Dairy Queen as a family business, with Lanta and Don’s other son, Don “D.C.” Conaway, and their daughter,...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 5:59am

ALERT: Beachgoers warned to avoid contact with Portuguese man o’ war

A number of sightings near ocean beaches over the holiday weekend and the subsequent washing ashore of several Portuguese man o’ war this week prompted DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police to issue a caution statement...

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 10:06am

Fourth of July festivities galore this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:44am

Pennsylvania child hospitalized after pedestrian accident

Pedestrians are being urged again to walk safely, especially during these busy summer months, following an incident Saturday evening that left a 9-year-old boy in critical condition.

On June 20, around 8:55 p.m., a 9-year-old boy of...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1:17pm

Growing old together

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Brandywine Senior Living helped to celebrate 519 years of marriage with eight couples on Saturday, June 13. Shown are the Pattersons, Finicles and Kriners grabbing a smooch after renewing their vows and before the...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:42pm

MSO performance at Freeman Stage to feature ‘Oz’-themed music

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou, will kick-off the eighth summer season of the Freeman Stage at Bayside at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 19. Admission costs $10 per person, with kids 18 and younger admitted free...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 5:54am

Bayside Marketplace to host Taste of Bayside on Saturday

Bayside Marketplace, located at 31225 Americana Parkway in Selbyville, is hosting a Taste of Bayside on Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The center is anchored by Harris Teeter and located at the intersection of Americana Parkway and...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:26pm

Mais appointed to fill Fenwick council seat as election looms

With just two months left before Fenwick Island voters may head to the polls to elect council members to four out of seven council seats, they’re already seeing a new face at the council table, as the council voted unanimously at their May 29...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:34am

Freeman stage offers up the arts, and volunteer opportunities

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Carla Briccotto and Mark Banaszak are among the volunteers at the Freeman Stage.The Freeman Stage at Bayside has entertained Sussex County residents and visitors since the summer of 2008. Each year...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:25am

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Bethany Beach parking...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:31pm

Atlantic Physical Therapy builds strength

Coastal Point • Submitted: At Atlantic Physical Therapy in West Fenwick, reporter Laura Walter only needs to support a fraction of her own body weight while walking on the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill.A boxing injury pulled Bobby Hammond out of...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:54am

Barefoot Gardeners to hold annual sale this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding its annual plant sale this Saturday, to raise money for the club’s community outreach projects.The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:13am

Vino & Vinyl at Fenwick Wine Cellars on May 24

Fenwick Wine Cellars will host a creative afternoon of wine and decorating lighted wine bottles with Vocal Vinyl on Sunday, May 24, at 12:30 p.m.

The $25 price of admission includes one lighted wine-bottle lamp, high quality outdoor pre-...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:16am

Karimali for Hair offers new services in new Fenwick location

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Costa and Gina Karimalis have moved their shop, Karimali For Hair from Route 54 to right on Route 1 to be able to offer customers more with added and updated space.While Karimali for Hair may be offering some new...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:32pm

Unoccupied homes used as mail drops in terrorism-related scheme

Fenwick Island Police Chief William Boyden offered a warning to local property owners at the April 24 town council meeting, noting that it had been discovered that criminals with reported connections to terrorism were using homes unoccupied...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:42pm

Feds seek input on deep-water permitting

Mid-Atlantic survey first step in oil/gas drilling
Two Texas companies have requested permission to perform surveys off the Delaware coast for potential oil and gas reserves. GX Technology Corporation and Spectrum Geo Inc. applied for...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:00am

One Coastal bringing new concepts to Fenwick for year two

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Carlie Carey and the crew at One Coastal celebrate the restaurant’s grand re-opening with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. The restaurant went through a renovation and a menu change during the off-...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:35am

Freeman takes center stage

In planning the star-studded lineup for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, Michelle Freeman said she wanted every performance to be something that she, her parents or her children would enjoy. And, with more than 50 performances being offered, the...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:29am

Zen Spa’s new ‘bar’ blowing up in Fenwick

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Brandon washes Nino Mancari’s hair at Zen Spa’s new Studio Z salon in Fenwick Island.Zen Spa’s new “blowout bar” is now in operation near Fenwick Island, gaining recognition as the only one of its kind on Delmarva...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 5:32pm

Supremo puts new spin on brick-oven pizza

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Ira Mensh's imported Italian rotating brick oven can cook a pizza at 850 degrees, bringing a new spin on local pizza.For pizza chef Ira Mensh, it’s all about the heat. And the ingredients. And, of course, the...

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:17am

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:49am

County discusses expansion of Fenwick sewer district

The Sussex County Council this week voted to defer any action following a public hearing for the planned Route 54 expansion of the Fenwick Island Sanitary Sewer District.

John Ashman, division director for the Sussex County Engineering...

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 5:09am

Fenwick sets Feb. 3 workshop on freeboard, building height

Fenwick Island officials will hold a workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. at town hall, to get input from the public on the proposed Chapter 88 flood-damage reduction ordinance that council members have been wrestling with for months.


Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 8:10am

West Fenwick locals getting hooked on Yellowfin’s

There are many bars and restaurants in the area, but it’s a little harder for a local resident find a place where “everybody knows your name,” especially along the Route 54 corridor east of Selbyville. However, there’s a new spot for the locals...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 8:06am

Sophia’s offers fine jewelry and more

People passing through Fenwick Island may have noticed more shimmer and sparkle since Sophia’s Fine Jewelry opened its doors Dec. 4, 2014, offering one-of-a-kind jewelry, service, and most importantly, a chance to make precious memories.


Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:41am

Groundbreaking set for Bayside McDonald’s

A ground-breaking ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13, for a new McDonald’s in Selbyville, to be owned and operated by The Meoli Companies. The site of the restaurant will be at 36218 Lighthouse Road, Selbyville, west of Fenwick...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 8:49am

Burglary hits Bethany-Fenwick Chamber

The Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce’s offices were broken into recently, with an estimated $4,000 worth of electronics stolen.

“We were broken into,” said Executive Director Kristie Maravalli. “It happened overnight, and they got in...

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 8:30am

Community members invited to plunge into 2015

Coastal Point • File Photo: People have literally gone ‘head over heels’ for the Exercise Like the Eskimos event in Bethany Beach over the years.This New Year’s Day, many people will flock to the beach in order to participate in the time-honored...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:56pm

Samaritan Thrift Shop wraps up another successful year of community giving

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Volunteers are all smiles at the end of another day at Samaritan Thrift Shop. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Ellen Rankin, and Ruth and Charlie Sheaffer; back row, Pat Plocek, John Regan, Sharon Page, Linda...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:17pm

CVS opens its doors at Bayside Marketplace

The Carl M. Freeman Companies this week announced the official opening of CVS/pharmacy at Bayside Marketplace, located at the southwest corner of Route 54 and Americana Parkway, across from Bayside Marketplace. The 13,281-square-foot store...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 7:44am

Local author pens second book

Following up on the success of her first book, Fenwick Island resident Fran Hasson recently published her second novel, “Mothers and Other Strangers.” The book is a follow-up to her self-published first novel, “Allawe,” which follows Marla and...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 2:57pm

Whiskey Club to hold golf tourney, whisky dinner to benefit injured pro

The Delmarva Whiskey Club will sponsor a benefit golf tournament on Jan. 24, 2015, to assist the Chad Dailey family, at the Bayside Community Golf Resort in West Fenwick. The tournament will feature a shotgun start at noon in a foursome team...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 5:02am

Fenwick Island officials begin beach planning for 2015

After a close look at advertising, Fenwick Island Town Council agreed to adjust the terms of Lifeguard Stand Sponsorship in October.

By allowing businesses to advertise on lifeguard stands, the Town first made $13,000 in 2013. That dropped...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:33pm

Fenwick may loosen building restrictions for businesses

Despite a seeming lack of building now, Fenwick Island’s Charter and Code Committee is brainstorming new business footprints for the future.

After Town Council recently rejected changes to commercial setbacks, it was back to the drawing...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:20pm

Awards, Bands and Costumes: the ABCs of a parade

Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Every year, thousands of people agree: the Selbyville Halloween Parade is the place to be. The classic tradition will return Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:58am

‘Grab a drink, grab a brush and let the fun begin’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Six ladies from the Millsboro area’s ‘Girls Night Out’ group pose with their finished paintings during PaintNite at Smitty McGee’s near Fenwick Island.It was in May when Dawn McGee, owner of West...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:02pm

DNREC struggling to maintain local beach crossings

After another summer of the trek to the ocean being a little too tall of an order for some beachgoers, Tony Pratt of DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management division stopped by Fenwick Island town hall on Sept. 26 to discuss dune maintenance...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:30pm

Arts & Jazz Festival set for Saturday at Freeman

The seventh annual Arts & Jazz Festival will hit the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick this weekend, showcasing live jazz performances and local artists.

“It’s a wonderful collaborative day,” said Patti Grimes, executive...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:39am