Ocean View


Wichmann censured despite support

Ocean View Town Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to censure Bill Wichmann, despite overwhelming public support shown for the councilman at the meeting. Mayor Gary Meredith cast the deciding vote to censure Wichmann for 12 charges related to the...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Rental tax ordinance introduced in town

Ocean View Town Council introduced an ordinance on Tuesday that would implement a rental tax in the town, but council members worried about its enforcement. The tax would charge landlords 3 percent of gross rental receipts but would likely also...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Young owl finds home

Encounters with deer, snakes and foxes are all too common for residents of Savannah’s Landing, a planned community bordering wetlands and located in Ocean View. But over the past month, members of this community have come face-to-face with a...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Weichmann facing censure motion

About a week after learning of Ocean View Town Councilman Roy Thomas’ intentions to censure fellow Councilman Bill Wichmann, Town Manager Kathy Roth sent a memo to Mayor Gary Meredith and Council, stating she that feels threatened by comments...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Warranty 'void' on Ocean View generator

The Town of Ocean View narrowly avoided possible legal action late last month by paying Archer Electric the balance of the installation cost of the backup generator at the temporary police station. But problems with the generator still loom....

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Warranty 'void' on Ocean View generator

The Town of Ocean View narrowly avoided possible legal action late last month by paying Archer Electric the balance of the installation cost of the backup generator at the temporary police station. But problems with the generator still loom....

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Funding the issue for all day kindergarten

Local school boards will have the final vote to confirm if school districts want to implement a full-day kindergarten program, according to a bill passed in the General Assembly and sent to Gov. Ruth Ann Minner last week.

Originally,...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

CHEER receives some help from state

The Sussex County Senior Services organization CHEER received a 5.5 percent increase from the state this year in the Grant-in-Aid bill, which “will help,” according to CHEER Deputy Director John Culp, but doesn’t solve the problem with a possible...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Delp, Romero die from accident injuries

Dagsboro resident Robert Delp died last Thursday night from injuries sustained in a June 8 Frankford-area accident that killed four others and injured three.
Delp was taken off of life support at a Washington hospital about 5:41 p.m. on...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Homes to open for annual Cottage Tour

Homes in the Friends of the South Coastal Library’s Annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour are gaining recognition in and beyond Delmarva these days — and rightly so, according to tour spokeswoman Joan Gordon.

Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Bear Trap parade establishes identity

More than 200 people participated in the community-based Bear Trap Fourth of July parade last year, and that number is expected to grow on Tuesday. Starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the fourth annual Bear Trap parade won’t even last an hour and will...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Town's police generator causes controversy

Officials from Kelly Generator and Equipment Inc. (KGE) who recently inspected the installation of the 130-kilowatt generator at the temporary Ocean View Police Station reported that the generator is not mean for temporary use and should be...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

Fire company petitions Ocean View for help

About a month after asking the Town of Millville for support, Millville Volunteer Fire Company Fire Chief Graig Temple asked Ocean View’s town council on Tuesday to consider implementing an impact fee for the company, which is overwhelmed by...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Taste the coast

For the price of a single meal at some local restaurants, area residents and visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of food and drinks and listen to jazz music on Sunday, at an event that is becoming an early-summer staple in the Bethany...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ocean View board denies assisted-living request

Members of Ocean View’s Board of Adjustment told a town couple on May 18 that they can not extend their assisted-living business in its current location at 49 West Avenue.

After hearing extensive opposition to Lloyd and Andrea Elling’s...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

Griffith presents archaeological history

The 1998-2000 dig at the Bear Trap community in Ocean View was just another chapter in Delaware’s archaeological history but not the most recent. In 2004, a dredging project off of the coast of Lewes uncovered a spectacular find.

The...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ground broken on police station

Last Friday, on a bare lot just north of the Village of Bear Trap Dunes on Central Avenue, Ocean View town officials held a long-awaited ceremony. After a two-month-long debate about the project and a month of silence, those officials, along with...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ocean View-area salvage operation sparks fire

Members of the Millville and Roxana volunteer fire departments responded April 25 to a noontime fire at a salvage facility on Substation Road near Central Avenue, just outside Ocean View.

Special to the Coastal Point • SHAUN LAMBERT...

Thursday, May 4, 2006 - 8:00pm

'Fiasco'

An Ocean View special town council meeting on Tuesday turned into a “fiasco,” according to town mayor Gary Meredith, after new Councilman Roy Thomas brought a violation of the town’s code to the attention of the council.

Town Councilman...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

CHEER Center to hold health fair next Friday

It’s not a secret. People come to this area to retire. From Pennsylvania, to Baltimore, to Washington, D.C., people flock to the Delaware Coast to live out their lives next to sandy beaches and with a considerably shorter drive to get to those...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ocean View tables wetlands variance request

Ocean View Board of Adjustment officials on April 20 did everything but tell a couple who owns property in the town that they couldn’t build an already-planned home on the piece of property they bought last year.

After BoA Chairman Dick...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

New Giant lives up to its 'Super' name

When the Giant superstore opened on Atlantic Avenue in Millville yesterday, it was not just new to Millville residents. Millville’s Super Giant – based on its sister company’s super Stop and Shop stores – opened as a prototype for all new Giant...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Car collides with four-wheeler on Omar Road

A verbal altercation between two Clarksville-area teenagers on a four-wheeler and two Clarksville-area farmers fed up with crop damage turned into a physical altercation on April 13, as 77-year-old Merrill Gray’s car collided with an ATV driven...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ocean View resident finishes Boston Marathon

It was a moment John Turssline won’t soon forget. On Monday, the Ocean View resident lined up next to 10,000 people on the streets of Boston to compete, running in the first heat of the Boston Marathon. More than 20,000 ran in the 110th annual...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ocean View rejects addressing system

Ocean View town officials were to consider implementing Sussex County’s five-digit 911-friendly house-numbering system at Tuesday’s town council meeting, but Mayor Gary Meredith took to the microphone first and dismissed the idea.

He said...

Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Signs of design change on Route 26

Signs. Signs. Signs. Ocean View’s Route 26 design committee continues to focus its conversation on signs along the Route 26 corridor. Committee members spent about two hours talking about commercial signs along the main town road with no mention...

Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ocean View officials to address readdressing

Sussex County officials started the process more than eight years ago. In all of the un-incorporated areas of the county, they have readdressed properties with five-digit street addresses and plugged them into a county-wide map. Once updated,...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

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

Ocean View adjustment board grants, denies applications

Officials from Ocean View’s Board of Adjustment made an example out of a pair of town residents on March 16, denying a variance application for a 10-by12-foot shed.

Anne Marie Rogerson — speaking on behalf of herself and her husband, David...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

University Center studies Ocean View history

Since September, officials from the University of Delaware Center for Historic Architecture and Design have been surveying Ocean View properties for their historical significance.
Coastal Point • JONATHAN STARKEY:
The Ocean View...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View accepts police station design

A Tuesday-night workshop in Ocean View town hall proved to be the site of yet another argument about the town’s proposed 15,000-square-foot police station, which was approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission on March 16.

The...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View passes $4.9 million budget

In a special meeting on Tuesday, Ocean View’s town council voted 3-2 to narrowly approve a 2007 fiscal-year budget that has been a source of confusion and controversy in the town for weeks and could still prove misleading in the town’s bottom...

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

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

Ocean View awards contract for new police station

Though Ocean View’s town council received overwhelming support for its new police station on Tuesday and awarded the construction contract, town officials said that the floor plans of the building — but not the size — might change.

After...

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Cooperative explains difference in rates

Ocean View’s public safety, administrative and public works departments took another hit on Tuesday before the town’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee voted 5-1 to approve the new, top-down budget it will present to council on March 14....

Thursday, March 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Officials ask OV to wait on police station

On Feb. 27, Cliff Mitchell and Roy Thomas — members of Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee — sent a letter to the mayor and council, asking, among other things, to postpone awarding a construction contract for the new police...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Thomas to run for Ocean View council seat

As a business man in suburban Philadelphia for most of his life, Roy Thomas admits that he never had any intention of getting involved in town government.

Even after retiring and moving to Ocean View permanently about five years ago, he...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Alternative plan balances town budget in 2012

Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee voted 6-1 on Tuesday to approve an alternative version of the proposed 2007 budget about three weeks before it will have to make a budgetary recommendation to town council.

The top-down...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View officials question police station

When town officials opened the six bids to construct Ocean View’s new police station about two weeks ago, they were legitimately excited. The bids ranged from $1.9 million to $2.3 million, when they had expected a number closer to $4 million. And...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

DCOG parishoner organizes women's conference

Ocean View resident Laura Hattier and the 24-Seven Youth Ministry at the Dagsboro Church of God (DCOG) will hold the second in a continuing series of “Mission Possible” women’s issues discussions on Sunday, March 5.

The conferences are...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View girl hits the big time

Fifteen minutes of fame sure can last a lot longer when it’s captured on glossy pages.

Sarah Clark, 15, of Ocean View, recently got to dangle her toes in the waters of celebrity when she appeared in the pages of Sweet 16 magazine. Picked...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Local man sentenced to one year

On Feb. 10, a Superior Court judge in Georgetown sentenced an Ocean View man to one year in jail, followed by a year of home confinement, after he pleaded guilty to stealing boats, motors and supplies.

Stanley Clark, 43, pleaded guilty to...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

New art gallery to open its doors today

Jeanne Mueller has been involved with local art associations with other local artists for a long time. They attend meetings, shows and workshops together, but showing their art has never been a collective effort.
Coastal Point • JONATHAN...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View committee to present rental tax

Real estate transfer taxes again emerged as an issue on Tuesday,Feb. 7 at Ocean View’s Long Range Financial Planning Committee meeting.

Last week, town officials took about $600,000 out of the forecasted revenue budgets of 2010 and 2011...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Police station bids surprise Ocean View

When Ocean View town officials opened the six proposed bids to construct the town’s new Police station, their jaws might have hit the floor.

After estimating the construction cost for the approved 15,000-square-foot station at as much as $...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

Committee gets conservative on OV transfer tax

Usually, within 30 days of a property sale within Ocean View town limits, the transfer tax — 1.5 percent of the sold property’s worth — is deposited into the town’s bank account.

That tax has been the town’s largest source of revenue since...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View shop celebrates bird-feeding

Outside of a kitchen window in the back yard of the house where Connie Marshall grew up, her father had a bird feeder.

He didn’t take trips with his binoculars to find birds. He wasn’t even an avid bird watcher. He was just what Marshall...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View narrows budget supporters

Ocean View Town Council members met for a double-header — a special meeting and workshop — on Jan. 17, trying to set some priorities in the coming budget. In the end, they reached consensus to maintain the status quo, at least for the next couple...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

Ocean View financial committee looks ahead

Ocean View’s Long-Range Financial Planning Committee (LRFPC) didn’t approve, modify or outright reject even a single line item at the Jan. 3 meeting. But in another way, the committee took a substantial step toward what will one day become this...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm