South Bethany


Burbage retires from South Bethany after 33 years

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: For her years of service, Dee Burbage received tributes from state Rep. Ron Gray, left, and state Sen. Gerald Hocker on behalf of the Delaware State Legislature.Once, a Missouri man walked into South Bethany Town...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:17am

Approaching common ground with South Bethany’s cats

The draft of South Bethany’s proposed new law on feral cats begins where the complaints began: by prohibiting people from feeding wild mammals, abandoned cats or stray cats. Thus, people may continue feeding their own house pets or wild birds...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:49am

Local drum circle aiming to ‘Raise the Vibration’

A local drumming group is hoping to expand its circle on Sunday, April 2, when Made By Hand International Co-op in South Bethany will host the group, inviting anyone who wants to come and see what drumming circles are all about.

The group...

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 4:36am

South Bethany council begins budget planning for 2018

South Bethany Treasurer Don Boteler on March 10 presented the draft budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which the town council will continue discussing over the next few months, ahead of the start of the new fiscal year on May 1.

In the draft...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:46am

Few slots left for volunteer for beach-grass planting

If you’ve waited till the last minute to register for this year’s beach-grass planting, your options are quickly disappearing.

Jennifer Luoma of DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship said volunteer spots at planting sites at Cape...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:56am

South Bethany accepting candidates for 2017 council election

Three South Bethany Town Council seats will be up for election in this spring. Candidates may now submit applications to run for the office. The election will be Saturday, May 27. Candidates must register by Wednesday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. Each...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:31am

Submissions sought for South Bethany photography show

South Bethany photographers can now submit art for the Town’s “Art in the Hall” exhibit, a coastal-themed show.

The photography show is open to any professional, amateur or “avid weekend” photographer. Entrants should be residents,...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:14am

SB councilman: Feeding feral cats the focus, not euthanasia

In South Bethany, Bill Murphy was horrified to discover a colony of feral cats had broken into his house in the winter of 2013-2014.

“The house was winterized,” Murphy said at a Feb. 10 council meeting. “When we returned in the spring,...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:28am

Cusick out, as South Bethany seeks new town manager

The Town of South Bethany is looking for a new leader for Town Hall.

After an executive-session meeting on Jan. 9, the town council voted to terminate the contract of Mel Cusick, ending his tenure with the Town of more than decade. He left...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:45am

South Bethany looks at police building, streetlights, sea level

Numbers are settling into place as South Bethany plans its police station expansion, which has a tentative price tag of $232,450 (including an $18,000 contingency fund). The money is available, spread over the next two budget cycles, said Mayor...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 10:14am

SB police building not keeping up with needs, consultant says

The South Bethany Police Department doesn’t have room to properly do its job. It’s not because the SBPD suddenly grew in staff. (It hasn’t.) In reality, the police department wasn’t built for all of today’s needs.

“It has nothing to do...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 8:16am

S. Bethany talks streetlight requests and new three-way stop

The squeaky wheel gets the grease, and the dark streets get the light.

After the 2015 South Bethany Community Survey revealed that more people want streetlights, the Town Council has begun researching locations.

Canal Drive had the...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 11:10am

South Bethany increases house height, allows floating docks

After one year of discussion and research, South Bethany will allow floating boat ramps and docks. They unanimously voted Oct. 14 to amend the Town Code (Chapter 50, Bulkheads) to permit the installation of “Modular Floating Docking Systems,”...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 10:36am

It’s about competition: South Bethany increasing police pay

The South Bethany Police Department needs to up its pay scale if it wants to remain competitive with surrounding jurisdictions, said Police Chief Troy Crowson. So the town council approved a $13,031 budget amendment to increase all salaries....

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 10:12am

Beauty contest: Community decorates South Bethany canals

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The top three groups in this year’s contest pose for a photo in front of a South Bethany canal end.Inviting residents to decorate public space has given South Bethany a series of miniature parks. With five miles of...

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 3:41am

Junkin and Saxton bow out from South Bethany council

This summer, South Bethany’s election cycle saw the retirement of two active town council members: George Junkin and Tim Saxton.

“We need to thank them for hard work,” Mayor Pat Voveris said in May. “This is no easy gig sitting here.”...

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:34am

Hours extended on South Bethany traffic barricade

Finally armed with official statistics, South Bethany has doubled the hours in which the Cat Hill traffic barricade is in place.

Effective immediately, all eastbound traffic is prohibited from entering Black Gum Drive from Kent Avenue,...

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 7:30am

South Bethany parade makes a splash

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Just one of the boats that participated in the South Bethany Boat Parade on Sunday, July 3.South Bethany officials this week offered their thanks to the owners of the 17 boats that registered for the third...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 8:36am

S. Bethany to reconsider new barricade hours

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: This peppy homemade sign belies the rage that resident Sandi Roberts said she feels at the seeming lack of pedestrian safety in South Bethany’s Cat Hill neighborhood.South Bethany is prepared to block the road for...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 11:32am

South Bethany envisions a larger police building with room to work

Just starting with mockups, the South Bethany Police Department staff imagines having enough room to grow. In June, Chief Troy Crowson presented a proposal to double the size of the existing police building.

Located next to Town Hall, the...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 11:30am

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

McCabe’s celebrates 30 years in South Bethany

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Pictured, from left: Peter, Rebecca and Richard Mais are ready for the 30th year of serving South Bethany at McCabe’s Gourmet Market.The year is 1985. A young Rebecca Mais has just found out that she didn’t get the...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 8:23am

DelDOT officials to monitor South Bethany traffic patterns

Motorists shouldn’t panic when they see state officials monitoring South Bethany around Memorial Day weekend, said Town Councilman George Junkin at the May 13 council meeting.

In a three-part traffic study of the Cat Hill neighborhood,...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:37am

How to measure the houses in South Bethany?

South Bethany house height limits could soon be based on their likelihood of flooding.

While considering that change for oceanfront homes, the South Bethany Town Council has created a committee to consider using base flood elevation (BFE)...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 9:59am

Community invited to join in National Day of Prayer

On May 5, Christians around that U.S. were set to come together for the 65th annual National Day of Prayer, gathering on Thursday at noon at designated locations, to pray together.

According to the event’s website, “It is an unprecedented...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 1:50am

South Bethany cancels council election

South Bethany won’t require a 2016 town council election, as exactly four candidates have offered to fill the available three council seats and mayoral spot.

Mayor Pat Voveris and Councilwoman Sue Callaway will both keep their current...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 2:59pm

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

Super-slow or super-responsible?

Traffic is clogging a neighborhood in western South Bethany, and according to Cat Hill residents, they feel increasingly unsafe living on the narrow roads that have become a shortcut to the beach.

That’s why the South Bethany Town Council...

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 5:03am

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

Candidates can register for 2016 South Bethany election

The South Bethany Town Council has four seats up for election this spring.

Interested candidates may throw their hat into the ring by filing written notice at Town Hall during regular business hours from March 4 to Wednesday, April 13, at...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:24pm

South Bethany residents want safety, not a shortcut

Residents of Cat Hill love their idyllic beach lifestyle. With winding roads, the South Bethany neighborhood feels very off-the-beaten-path. There are no sidewalks, so people walk their dogs, jog and bicycle in the narrow streets.

And...

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 4:42am

South Bethany sign destroyed by alleged drunk driver

One of South Bethany’s welcome signs on Route 1 was destroyed after an alleged drunk-driving incident. According to the South Bethany Police Department, South Bethany resident Joan DeSantis was responsible for the single-car collision with the...

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 4:41am

Neighbors coming together for South Bethany potluck

Winters at the beach are peaceful, but sometimes quiet. So South Bethany is warming the season with its inaugural town potluck supper on Saturday, Feb. 20. The feast begins at South Bethany Town Hall at 6 p.m.

“We’re just looking forward...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:05am

South Bethany resident submits FEMA appeal

Ed Bintz first raised the alarm about a drastic change in South Bethany’s flood insurance rate map (FIRM). Now he’s submitting a second and final appeal to encourage Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to lower the numbers again.

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Friday, January 29, 2016 - 9:05am

Are sand dunes stable enough for a FEMA appeal?

South Bethany’s $10,000 appeal isn’t based on whether the sand dunes protect town. Instead, the appeal is based on whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) believes they protect it enough to lower flood insurance rates.

It...

Friday, December 18, 2015 - 6:52am

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

South Bethany plans next step for clean canal water

With five miles of canals, South Bethany has called itself the “Venice of Delaware.” But all canals don’t lead to Rome in this case, as the dead-end canals suffer from poor flushing and circulation.

That’s the challenge being addressed by...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:03am

South Bethany seeks new approach to FIRMs appeal

South Bethany’s maps aren’t leading to where it was expected.

At public urging, the town council hired an environmental consulting firm to manage the potential appeal of flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs). The Federal Emergency Management...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:02am

South Bethany to continue with Republic waste hauling

Republic Services will continue as the waste hauler for the Town of South Bethany. The company had the low bid for a five-year waste-hauling contract. The town council unanimously approved to pay the winning bid of $1,638,431 for services from...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:47am

Police ask residents to report all suspicious activity

At a recent South Bethany Town Council meeting, Sgt. Lee Davis repeatedly told residents to call the South Bethany Police Department if something seems suspicious.

“We’d rather go out 10 times” for a false alarm than miss something “...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 9:05am

South Bethany’s Hudson recieves police award

The South Bethany Police Department this week announced that Patrolman Nathan Hudson has been chosen as the recipient of the Crowe-McGrory Award.

Hudson was awarded the Crowe-McGrory on Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Delaware Chapter Law...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 8:47am

South Bethany prepares for first FIRM appeal update

South Bethany planned to review the first round of scientific results this week as it decides whether to appeal its flood insurance rate map (FIRM).

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gave the Town until Jan. 20 to appeal maps that...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 9:21am

DSP investigating South Bethany pedestrian crash

The Delaware State Police are continuing their investigation of a crash south of Bethany Beach over the weekend.

The crash occurred on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 5:30 a.m., as Carl V. Roma, 57, of Endicott, N.Y., was traveling northbound on...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40am

South Bethany to foot the bill for potential FEMA maps appeal

It’s appeal season in South Bethany, as the town council voted this week to pay around $23,000 to potentially appeal its new flood insurance rate map (FIRM).

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opened the 90-day appeal period on...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:55am

S. Bethany presents a history of the society

South Bethany may be young for a local beach town, but residents still proudly study its heritage in the South Bethany Historical Society. Councilman George Junkin will give a talk on “History of the Society” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29.

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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 11:00am

Residents question South Bethany’s acquisition of boat, Humvee

Got a spare recycling bin? Motorboat? Military-grade vehicle?

Through an overstock program, police departments are able to get free equipment that ranges from mundane to massive. But the Law Enforcement Liquidation Program moves so...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:29am

Delmarva Power washing off salt-coated North Bethany lines again

Delmarva Power crews are resuming their efforts today to pressure-wash utility lines and equipment along Route 1 between the Indian River Inlet and an area just north of Bethany Beach to remove sea salt carried inland by winds from the weekend...

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:23am

South Bethany hosts flood damage and insurance workshop

What could happen to the sea in 50 years? No one can know for sure, but South Bethany residents got tips on planning for sea-level rise at a pair of workshops on Sept. 25 and 26.

To fulfill requirements of a recent grant, the Town’s Sea...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:27pm

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