South Bethany


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

S. Bethany candidates address the voters before election

South Bethany voters will get to choose their leadership in the town council and mayoral elections set for Saturday, May 26. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the people choose their mayor and fill three council seats.

All six...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:41pm

South Bethany council to release portions of police policy reports

The South Bethany Town Council addressed two long-standing issues with its police department at its Friday, May 11, meeting.

Following an executive session that lasted more than an hour, the council voted to release the results of two...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:40pm

Parking permit season has officially arrived

Much like Julius Caesar would dread the Ides of March, local drivers start grumbling at the Ides of May.

Parking permits and meter requirements went into effect on May 15 in local beach towns, in a seasonal event that runs until Sept. 15...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:38pm

South Bethany candidates make their cases to voters

Two candidates for mayor and four candidates for three town council seats gave residents at the Friday, May 11, South Bethany Town Council meeting a snapshot of their hopes for the Town during a candidates’ forum.

The mayoral candidates...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:33pm

South Bethany to consider releasing police reports

In 2017, the Town of South Bethany paid thousands of dollars to have its police department and employment policies evaluated. The reports prompted the town council to change policies, police rankings and even the town charter.

Now, in 2018...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:12pm

South Bethany to have election contests for mayor and council

South Bethany’s 2018 election could be a kind of musical chairs, as six candidates have filed for four seats, but everyone running is a familiar face.

Tim Saxton could cut his current town council term in half, having entered the mayoral...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:12pm

South Bethany looks to increase parking fees, reduce free parking

Paid parking can cause consternation for motorists. But for municipalities, it’s a tool to manage crowding and earn some income.

South Bethany still has roads that do not require parking permits in the summer. With Route 1 splitting the...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:14am

Council considering SBPD issues with budget plans

The South Bethany Police Department is the subject of staffing and building discussions as the town prepares its 2019-fiscal-year budget.

Looking to trim a roughly $2.5 million budget, the town council likely will not fill a vacancy left...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:22am

Council, mayoral candidates sought in South Bethany for May election

Four town council seats are up for election in South Bethany this year, and candidates may now register to run for the three council seats and the mayor’s seat, which has a separate election in the town. The candidate registration deadline is...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:50am

Town officials looking at the bright side of summer replenishment

It was good news and bad news for local beach towns last week, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. met with local officials for an update on the planned beach replenishment projects in Bethany...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:21am

Town of South Bethany, police share paperwork in dispute

After the Town of South Bethany rejected claims from some its police officers of unfair pay and promotion practices, both sides have now released legal paperwork in the matter.

Of the SBPD’s 10 employees, the six fulltime officers sent a...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:34am

Green thumbs give a boost to South Bethany canals

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Participants in South Bethany’s Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest pose for a photo at one of the canal ends.South Bethany is rewarding green behavior. For seven years now, the Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:23am

South Bethany council rejects police claims

The South Bethany Town Council has found “no merit” to police officers’ claims of improper promotion, pay and benefits.

In a June 30 letter, the town’s six fulltime police officers alleged that they have not been paid or promoted as they...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:57am

South Bethany police demand proper pay from town

South Bethany’s six fulltime police officers are alleging they have not been paid or promoted as they should be. A June 30 demand letter from the officers centers around promotion issues for some officers and holiday pay for all officers.

...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:35am

AG’s Office scolds South Bethany for FOIA violation in staff firing

In the Town of South Bethany, the town manager oversees staff and day-to-day operations. He or she serves at the pleasure of the town council and can be fired for any reason.

But after former town manager Melvin Cusick’s contract with the...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:33am

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:54am

SB police renovation begins with moving furniture, mostly

While the South Bethany Town Council brainstorms a way to pay for a police department expansion, they’ll shuffle some rooms around for the time-being, in an effort to reduce, but not eliminate the SBPD’s liability issues.

They will swap...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:40pm

South Bethany parade to cruise local waters

To ignite Fourth of July festivities full of fun and community involvement, South Bethany will be holding its fourth annual South Bethany Boat Parade on Sunday, July 2.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the decorated boats are going to sail across the...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:46am

South Bethany elects familiar faces

On May 27, residents and property owners chose a path forward in the 2017 South Bethany Town Council election, and it’s a path they’ve been on before. They elected former councilman Timothy Saxton and incumbents Frank Weisgerber Jr. and Carol...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:36am

South Bethany Traffic Committee offers alternatives

The Town’s Traffic Committee is wrapping up its mission to improve safety and speeding in South Bethany’s Cat Hill neighborhood.

More than a year ago, they were instructed to research ideas to address traffic volume, traffic speed and...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:03am

South Bethany council: Don’t feed stray or feral cats

Most beach towns don’t want anyone to feed the seagulls, since the birds will harass humans for more food. Now, in South Bethany, people may no longer feed stray and feral cats.

Residents originally complained that some properties appeared...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:04am

S. Bethany candidates have their say before Saturday’s election

It’s time for voters to make their call, as the South Bethany town council election allows them to choose this week from five candidates vying for three seats. Polls will be open Saturday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at town hall.

The...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:09am

S. Bethany police project gets sky-high bids

Construction costs are already vexing the proposed expansion of the South Bethany Police Department building, and the project has barely been approved.

The Town opened construction bids recently, only to find that the base bids were around...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:30am

Candidate bows out from South Bethany council race

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

As South Bethany’s town council election approaches on May 27, part-time South Bethany resident and current Councilman Wayne Schrader has decided to exit the race.

Schrader is an attorney in...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 3:16am

Made By Hand to host 15th annual Fair Trade Day

Coastal Point • File Photo: Itzel Aguilar, Edgar Lopez and Chris Clark show off wood-burning art during a past World Fair Trade Day at Made By Hand in South Bethany.South Bethany business Made By Hand will be hosting its 15th annual World Fair...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:54am

Hike down memory lane: South Bethany opens history trail

South Bethany is mapping a history trail for all to see.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: South Bethany Historical Society President Bob McCarthy displays a historical photo of South bethany at the dedication of the Town’s new Trail of History....

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:11am

SB’s new town manager and clerk announced

South Bethany will welcome two new employees to Town Hall, announcing a new town manager and town clerk.

Town Manager Maureen Hartman will arrive on May 8. She’ll oversee all daily operations and report directly to town council.

She...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm

South Bethany sees six nominees for three council seats

It’s a race! Six candidates have registered for the town of South Bethany’s municipal election, scheduled for May 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Three challengers and three incumbents are on the slate.

Joseph Mormando, Sharon Polansky...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:43am

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