South Bethany


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

South Bethany council reveals some of its intent for police

With rumors flying during the month-long winter council recess, the South Bethany Town Council finally tipped its hand, a little, regarding plans for the town’s police department.

In a townwide email sent on Jan. 21, the mayor and council...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:33am

South Bethany follows in Fenwick’s footsteps on cell service

In order to improve cell phone coverage, major wireless companies want to add new, but smaller antennas in local towns. Leading the way in coastal Delaware, Verizon Wireless just finished helping Fenwick Island develop a permitting process for...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:49pm

Citizens doubt council’s commitment to policing

Tempers flared in South Bethany Town Hall this week as some members of the public worried over the future of the South Bethany Police Department. Although the town council emphasized last month that they’re working on a new plan, some property...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:22pm

South Bethany promises police effort is under way

Tired of the public asking about police-department challenges, the South Bethany Town Council finally made an announcement: They’re working on it.

“Activity has been going on since July of this year, but it’s not ready to bring out,” said...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:51pm

South Bethany looking to improve beach crossings

South Bethany officials want to make the town’s sand dunes easier for people to access. Senior citizens, children and people with balance issues are having trouble crossing.

“In certain places, the grade is too high, and they really could...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:45pm

South Bethany considering requiring parking permits town-wide

Now that summer is over, the South Bethany Town Council will heave the topic of parking permits back onto the table.

Besides increasing parking fees last spring, the Town hasn’t yet moved forward with plans to purchase an outdoor permit...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:24pm

Let’s let the process play out in South Bethany

One year ago, there were six officers in the South Bethany Police Department. It’s been widely suggested that the Department requires five active officers to provide 24-hour coverage to its citizens, and that number does not seem to be in dispute...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:03pm

South Bethany passes on police candidate, still needs two

It’s taken months to choose a candidate to fill one of two vacancies in South Bethany Police Department. On Oct. 25, South Bethany Town Council unanimously voted to reject the proposed candidate.

Because personnel is discussed in executive...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 5:12pm

South Bethany police concerns loom, but new hires are in works

Troy Crowson pointed to the headline story in this month’s The Police Chief magazine: an article on retaining employees with non-paycheck items, such as take-home vehicles, and opportunities for advancement and education.

“We had all this...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:37pm

Masiello brings law-enforcement experience to South Bethany council

Gerald “Jerry” Masiello has joined the ranks of South Bethany Town Council.

He was appointed Oct. 12 to fill a seat that Wayne Schrader vacated, for personal reasons, several months into his two-year term. Masiello will serve until the...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:49pm

Verizon, South Bethany discuss best path to service improvements

As Verizon Wireless continues its quest to improve mobile coverage across coastal Delaware, they have begun discussions at the Town of South Bethany.

In the past year, Verizon’s Bonnie Metz also helped the Town of Fenwick Island write a...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:34pm

South Bethany town council, police force both short on members

The Town of South Bethany currently has one vacancy on its town council and two in its police department.

“Wayne Schrader has stepped down from the town council due to family issues he needs to deal with on a personal level. We have...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:14pm

Retiring Public Works Supervisor Don Chrobot was recently honored for his dedication to the Town of South Bethany.

South Bethany bids farewell to Chrobot, welcomes Stiffler

After 13 years of managing all physical aspects of the Town South Bethany, Don Chrobot has retired as public works supervisor.

Both the town council and his coworkers applauded Chrobot as he recently accepted a resolution in honor of his...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:00pm

South Bethany considering farming out canal maintenance

South Bethany’s canals are a public resource, just like the roads or the parks, and Town Council Member Frank Weisgerber suggested recently that the town council consider a maintenance plan (and probably a budget) to actually take care of those 5...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:39pm

South Bethany canals got some love from residents in the 2018 annual Adopt-a-Canal contest. Here, town officials, volunteers and donors gather at the winning Kent Place location.

South Bethany canals enjoy a peaceful pop of color in beautification contest

Who says gardening has to be on one’s own property? Each year, South Bethany invites people to help beautify the town in the annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road-End Beauty Contest.

What might otherwise be a lump of grass or scraggly trees has become...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:11pm

Replenishment complete — some dune work continues

Pack away the ear plugs and walk a little farther. Beach replenishment is just about done on the southern Delaware coast. By widening the beach and raising the sand dunes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Philadelphia District hopes to...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:49pm

Movie on the Beach in South Bethany to feature ‘Coco’

Editor's Note: Due to inclement weather, this event was rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15, at South 2nd Street, South Bethany.

 

South Bethany residents and visitors are being invited to a Movie on the Beach hosted by the Town of...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:20pm

South Bethany considers stricter property maintenance code

A broken staircase was the final straw.

In South Bethany, Joe Hinks is responsible for building inspections, permits and penalties. Then he discovered that a faulty outdoor staircase in an oceanfront home had been repaired with no more...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:04pm

Widgeon grass has been discovered in South Bethany canals. Although good for the environment, the grass is causing headaches locally by tangling in boat propellers.

Juggling the unwanted discovery of eco-friendly species

What’s worse than a weed that nobody wants? For South Bethany, it’s a weed that everyone wants.

“We have a presence in our canals in the southern end… It’s the first time we’ve seen it,” Frank Weisgerber told his fellow South Bethany Town...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:14pm

In South Bethany, five generations of women smile at the matriarch’s house .

South Bethany woman, 102, meets great-great-granddaughter

Vinnette Fowler’s family describes her as a social butterfly. She loves having company, and her South Bethany home has been her family’s go-to destination for decades.

This month, the 102-year-old enjoyed the best type of family visit:...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:32pm

U.S. Senator Tom Carper visits the beach replenishment at Bethany Beach.

Carper visits Bethany Beach to see replenishment project

South Bethany next on the list

Bulldozers headed to South Bethany this week, with that town set as the next stop in this summer’s major beach replenishment project.

After several weeks of pumping sand from offshore borrow sites, the Great Lake Dock & Dredge Company...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:33pm

Volunteers move quickly to relocate a loggerhead sea turtle’s eggs so they would survive high tide, on Sunday, July 8.

Loggerhead sea turtle makes history with South Bethany nest

Michael Hess was walking along the Fenwick Island beach at James Street on Sunday, July 8, before sunrise, searching for hidden treasure with his metal detector. His normal routine was interrupted by an unusual sight ahead of him.

Upon...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:19pm

Kim Royster demonstrates an exercise at South Bethany's new fitness area, while her husband and daughter, Mel and Tory, look on.

South Bethany opens outdoor fitness area

South Bethany visitors can now feel the burn in the shade. Outdoor exercise equipment was recently installed next to South Bethany Town Hall, open for public use.

The adult fitness area includes spots for push-ups, sit-ups, balance beam...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:32pm

South Bethany Town Hall will serve as an art gallery for the next three weeks.

Get the picture? South Bethany photography show returns

When she photographs, Kira Kaplinski wants to show people the beauty of coastal Delaware.

“The whole area is inspiration. It’s so beautiful. I just love this town,” said Kaplinski, an IT consultant who bought a South Bethany house about...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:19pm

Public reminded to stay vigilant on roads after tragedies

On Saturday, May 26, a little after 10 a.m., 76-year-old Alfred Yergey III of Ocean View was riding his bicycle eastbound in the bike lane on Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), approaching Central Avenue in Ocean View.

At the same time, 65-year-...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:31pm

South Bethany voters pick Saxton for mayor

Callaway, Boteler, Schrader win council seats

Although they’re all familiar faces, South Bethany’s town council got a shake-up in the 2018 elections held on Saturday, May 26.

Councilman Tim Saxton defeated incumbent Mayor Patricia “Pat” Voveris, 388-238, to claim the mayor’s seat....

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:29pm