South Bethany


The Long Cottage is one of the many homes available to view on the 2019 Historical Coastal Towns tour.

The Long Cottage on North Second Street welcomes you in

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Coastal Towns offer you a glimpse of earlier times in South Bethany by touring six historic cottages and the town’s Richard Hall Memorial Walkway of historic markers.   Present owners are graciously opening...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:49am

Greetings from the Peverley House

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Coastal Towns offer you a glimpse of earlier times in South Bethany by touring six historic cottages and the town’s Richard Hall Memorial Walkway of historic markers.   Present owners are graciously opening...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:47am

It was a warm, sunny evening for organizers and winners of the annual South Bethany Adopt-A-Canal/Road-End Beauty Contest.

Flowers and otters

South Bethany canals a peaceful place

“There’s an otter that lives in there,” said Carole Fischer, smiling at a South Bethany canal located near her home. “It’s really, really cute, and my grandkids just love it. He peeks up, and he dives down.”

She enjoys the canals so much...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:46am

Volunteers sought for Coastal Cleanup in South Bethany

Volunteer registration to close Sept. 2

 

Volunteers are still needed and being encouraged to join the 32nd annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Sponsored by the Delaware...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:47pm

South Bethany talks parking enforcement, town hall reno

This winter, the South Bethany Town Council hopes to iron out the final details for implementing town-wide parking permits, which will go into effect on all roads in the summer of 2020.

Although the plan was approved in 2018, the Town...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:29pm

Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Walking Tour set for Oct. 12

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the public can get a glimpse of early life in South Bethany, as six historic cottages, and the Town’s Walking Tour of historic signs, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tourgoers can see the oceanfront...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:09am

Searching for the right answers

After fatality, public questions safety of South Bethany canal road

After a local woman drove into and drowned in a South Bethany canal last month, some residents are demanding better safety precautions.

York Road has no signage indicating that it dead-ends roughly 8 meters from open water. The paved...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:15pm

Beach towns partner for pedestrian safety

Two Coastal Highway fatalities are prompting Bethany Beach and South Bethany officials to push for better safety features along Route 1. The two towns agreed to form a coalition in July to push the issue with the Delaware Department of...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:13pm

Agenda

Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach town council elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m., with voting at town hall. There are three council seats up for election this year, each with a two-year term. The seats up for...

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:44am

South Bethany PD closing the gap, continues hiring

The South Bethany Police Department is slowly climbing back upward toward a full roster of five officers and one chief. Although there is only one actual vacancy left, there are months still until everyone is fully certified to be on the road....

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:55am

South Bethany to shorten lawmaking process

Until now, the Town of South Bethany might have had the longest lawmaking process among all its neighbors: three months to officially pass an ordinance. The town council has always required three readings (official presentations) of a proposed...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:12am

South Bethany to move bike racks at property owners’ request

As part of a short-term effort to address persistent problems with bicycle parking, the Town of South Bethany will be adding bicycle racks on North 6th Street and on South 6th Street.

While they had been hoping another idea would be a...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:47am

Cyclist dies after July 4 crash in South Bethany

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was continuing to investigate a crash in South Bethany last week that led to the death of a Maryland woman.

Police said the incident occurred on Thursday, July 4, around 10:...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:55pm

South Bethany to consider better access to meetings

People could soon access online audio recordings of each South Bethany Town Council meeting. The Town is researching methods to potentially post audio files online.

“One of the things I heard during the election process was people wanted...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:21am

Stephen Urban, 10, of Millville, watches as his parents and others light candles during a July 1 vigil in memory of Linda Bravo, who was missing for two weeks before her body was found on July 28 and her car found July 28 and 29 in a South Bethany canal.

Missing Bethany woman’s body, car recovered from canal

Almost exactly two weeks after she was reported missing, the body of Bethany Beach resident Linda Bravo was found in a South Bethany canal. The next morning, divers found her car, ending an ordeal that included searches by helicopter, by boat and...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:39pm

South Bethany dealing with excess bicycles

It’s healthy, it reduces vehicle traffic and it eliminates fuel emissions.

But bicycling has somewhat inexplicably become a thorn in the Town of South Bethany’s side. The problem is bicycle parking.

“People have gotten extremely...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:26pm

South Bethany celebrates nifty 50 with festival

South Bethany was overdue for a day like this.

Under blue skies and a hot sun, friends and neighbors gathered at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the municipality on June 30.

A year’s worth of planning culminated in a celebratory...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:20pm

Celebrating Independence

South Bethany’s annual Boat Parade sailed through the town canals on June 29. As always, the theming really made these float.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:17pm

Bravo's vehicle being pulled from a South Bethany canal.

Police confirm Bravo, car found in South Bethany

The body of a Bethany Beach woman who had been missing for two weeks was found in a South Bethany canal just before 6 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

Approximately 16 hours later, Linda Bravo’s car was found in the canal, not far from where her...

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 3:42pm

South Bethany to celebrate 50 years with boat parade, party

Nobody loves South Bethany as much as the people who call it their home (or second home). The town will celebrate its 50th anniversary of incorporation this weekend with the annual Boat Parade on Saturday and anniversary street fair on Sunday....

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:52pm

South Bethany chasing down rental taxes

South Bethany has joined a long list of municipalities wondering if homeowners are really paying all the taxes they owe. It’s a tricky situation that’s not always easy to prove: Is someone renting their house to vacationers, and do they owe...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:18am

Celebrating the appointment of South Bethany’s new police chief are, from left, Mayor Tim Saxton, Police Chief Jason Lovins, his wife, Ali Lovins, and outgoing council member Gerald ‘Jerry’ Masiello.

South Bethany introduces its new police chief

South Bethany Town Council members were beaming as they introduced the Town’s new police chief, Jason Lovins, at a public welcome reception on June 14. 

“He just continued to rise to the top in the interview process,” said Mayor Tim Saxton...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:16am

Weathered wood furniture warms the more contemporary pieces of metal and stone in this canalfront home, which will be featured on the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7

Canal views welcome visitors in this five-bedroom South Bethany home

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

After vacationing in South Bethany...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:20am

Seal of South Bethany, Del.

South Bethany elects two new council members

South Bethany voters have elected two new town council members, as well as re-electing two incumbents, in the Town’s May 25 election.

Carol Stevenson (447 votes), Frank Weisgerber (also 447) and Richard “Dick” Oliver (436) won the seats...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:37pm

S. Bethany candidates have the final word before Saturday

Four seats will be contested in the 2019 South Bethany Town Council election, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Terms all begin on June 1.

There are six candidates for three seats (carrying a two-year term): Jane...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:58pm

South Bethany chooses local man for new police chief

South Bethany’s new police chief comes from just down the street. Jason Lovins will be departing Dewey Police Department to take the job, which was offered and accepted on May 20.

South Bethany Town Council held a special meeting that day...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:00pm

Agenda

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at town hall. Along with committee reports and other business, the council will consider approval of a possible supplement to the General Fund Capital...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:02am

S. Bethany candidates participate in forum

A candidate’s forum on Friday, May 10, ahead of the upcoming South Bethany Town Council election, was punctuated by tense exchanges between candidates, as well as between candidates and homeowners 

The forum is traditionally held whenever...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:59am

South Bethany approves agreement for supplemental police

The South Bethany Town Council this week unanimously approved an agreement with the Fenwick Island Police Department for the FIPD to provide assistance to South Bethany while that town builds its police force back up following an exodus of all...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:54am

Election should show where S.B. voters truly stand

Next weekend will bring a new chapter to this community’s story of 2019 — Memorial Day weekend, and the summer season that follows in its wake.

It will also bring something of import to the residents and property owners of South Bethany:...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:46am

Coastal Point • Submitted Four en suite bedrooms grace this renovated South Bethany home, which will be featured during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peak No. 2

Family’s space ‘grows’ with this recent renovation

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

Four years after purchasing a cozy...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:11am

CIB’s Walch to discuss estuary science at South Bethany event

All are welcome to a free program titled “Get on Board with the Bays” by Marianne Walch of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), as the South Bethany Women’s Club hosts the talk on environmental education and science on Thursday, May 16...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:54pm

Fenwick agrees to assist with South Bethany police shortage

The Fenwick Island Police Department is the third police agency that has agreed to provide paid police coverage to South Bethany. It is a temporary arrangement as their northern neighbor rebuilds its own full-time police department.

The...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:53pm

Neighboring towns, state police come to South Bethany’s aid

Over the past three years, concerns regarding the South Bethany Police Department have been debated at town council meetings, scrutinized by many and reported in the Coastal Point. Former mayors and town councils have wrestled with the issues....

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:33pm

Reader: SB election a referendum on Town’s progress

Editor:

The upcoming election in South Bethany should be a referendum on the Town’s progress. On one side are four candidates with great experience and accomplishments. On the other side there are four candidates who have attacked the...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:44am

Oliver gets endorsement in SB election

Editor:

As noted in the Coastal Point pages, the upcoming May 25 election in South Bethany is an important event. I am writing to encourage voters to favorably consider Dick Oliver for a position on the town council.

Dick is a...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:36am

Reader urges South Bethany voters to elect new council

Editor:

As an owner since 1973, I have great concern about our government.

This council has not been transparent, informative or fiscally responsible, and has not led our town to greener pastures.

Last year, I saw a very...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:33am

Frank Weisberger stands with the Little Free Library he carved, alongside South Bethany Councilmember Sue Callaway.

South Bethany Earth Day celebrates self-improvement

People can exercise their body and brains while walking around South Bethany. For Earth Day 2019, the ribbons were cut on more outdoor exercise equipment and a third outdoor Little Free Library.

“South Bethany is our favorite place on the...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:38am

South Bethany Police Department’s Patrick Wiley was recently promoted to sergeant. He’s accompanied here by guest Linda Weeks and Mayor Tim Saxton.

South Bethany aims to rebuild a quality police department

Sgt. Patrick Wiley received a standing ovation when he faced the public at the April 12 South Bethany Town Council meeting, as officials and residents honored his promotion from corporal, the only fulltime officer still on patrol.

“We are...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:34am

Community embraces our magnificent environment

South Bethany has been celebrating Earth Day since about 2013, through various programs and efforts. This year, Town officials cut the ceremonial ribbons on more outdoor exercise equipment and a third outdoor Little Free Library.

“South...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:26am

South Bethany has eight candidates for four seats

Four seats will be contested in the 2019 South Bethany Town Council election.

The election is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Candidates include a mix of men and women, incumbents and challengers, residents and...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 10:54am

South Bethany adopts budget with stable taxes, borrowed police

After months of discussion, the South Bethany Town Council on April 12 quickly passed their 2020-fiscal-year budget. Treasurer Don Boteler said he was proud to announce the $2.463 million balanced budget, which begins on May 1.

This year,...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:45pm

SB taps retired police chief for temporary police admin

Ocean View agrees to paid police service

South Bethany officials are moving forward to rebuild the town’s police department after nearly the entire department resigned in the last year.

At a special meeting on April 9, the South Bethany Town Council voted to hire a temporary...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:56pm

OV enters into MOU with South Bethany for police coverage

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Town of South Bethany to offer Ocean View officers to help supplement police coverage in the neighboring town.

“At the request...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:51pm

Candidates can enter South Bethany race

The South Bethany Town Council has four of seven seats up for re-election this year. Candidates can now toss their hats into the ring for the 2019 race.

The deadline to file paperwork at Town Hall is Wednesday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. The...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:09am

South Bethany Police Chief Troy Crowson

BREAKING NEWS: Police chief departs South Bethany

Police Chief Troy Crowson has officially departed from his position at the South Bethany Police Department.

The announcement was posted midday on April 1 on the Town website:

“This morning, Chief Troy Crowson tendered his retirement...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:41pm

Candidates can enter South Bethany race

The South Bethany Town Council has four of seven seats up for re-election this year. Candidates can now toss their hats into the ring for the 2019 race.

The deadline to file paperwork at Town Hall is Wednesday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m. The...

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:49am

South Bethany seeks multi-pronged security plan while rebuilding PD

South Bethany will try a little of everything to keep the town secure this year, including, frankly, a little outsourcing.

After March 16, the police department will have one chief, one officer and four vacancies, after two more police...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:14pm

More officers leave SBPD as council reacts to FOIA complaint

Two more officers will soon part ways with the South Bethany Police Department. As of Friday, March 1, both Sgt. Alfred “Lee” Davis and Officer (Ptlm.) Nate Hudson had given their two weeks’ notice.

At this point, the SBPD will start...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

South Bethany approves new police ranks and hires

South Bethany is paving a solid path forward for its police department, as the town council has unanimously approved a new rank and salary scale, plus several candidates for two vacant positions.

After the probationary period, there are...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:52pm