South Bethany

Public fireworks displays offer safe, patriotic fun

The skies over coastal Delaware will light up over the Fourth of July holiday with a variety of pyrotechnics displays.

But not all of them will be legal.

Delaware is one of only five states in the country that ban all consumer...

Friday, June 29, 2007 - 11:10am

Legislation pushes IR bridge ahead

State legislation up for approval this week would allow state transportation officials to begin work on the much-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project that was delayed again in late April.

A portion of the 2008-fiscal-year bond...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

Group officially recommends long eastern bypass

The 25-member working group made up of civic leaders coming Millsboro south to Selbyville have officially recommended building a highway that will bypass U.S. 113 from north of Millsboro to south of Frankford.

Some 19 out of the members —...

Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 8:00pm

South Bethany looks at recycling

The process is still in the works, but the Town of South Bethany may be looking a little greener in the near future — figuratively speaking. The Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission met on Saturday, June 9, to discuss a possible town-wide...

Thursday, June 14, 2007 - 8:00pm

South Bethany focuses on wind, building

With the big kahuna of concerns for the coastal town — beach replenishment — lined up for this fall, South Bethany officials on May 25 turned their eyes toward a number of other environmental issues, organizing a number of committees to do...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:00pm

South Bethany readies for big move

South Bethany police are getting ready for their big move, as the completion of construction for the town’s new police station nears.
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Work on the new South Bethany Police Department facility is...

Thursday, May 31, 2007 - 8:00pm

South Bethany gear updated, on sale

South Bethany property owners who attend the town’s property owners’ association meeting this Saturday at 10 a.m. will also be offered an opportunity to pick up a new South Bethany T-shirt, polo shirt, sweatshirt, hat, tote or other paraphernalia...

Friday, April 27, 2007 - 10:02am

South Bethany pursuing construction scofflaws

Each month for the last several months, South Bethany property owner Tom Roach has come to the town council with complaints about construction sites where contractors have flouted the town’s ordinances regarding the cleanliness of the sites and...

Friday, April 27, 2007 - 10:01am

After reconstuction, beach funding unclear

South Bethany Mayor Gary Jayne called March 19 the town’s “red letter day,” as word came in of full funding of the anticipated beach reconstruction project there and in neighboring Bethany Beach. But with the long-awaited construction now set to...

Friday, March 30, 2007 - 10:32am

Beach project fully funded

The Delaware Congressional delegation and local officials announced late Monday night that some $14.4 million in federal funding through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been allocated for the anticipated Bethany Beach-South Bethany beach...

Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Windmills discussed in South Bethany

After an absence of several months and with discussion brewing throughout the state on the subject, the proposal for a wind farm off the coast of southern Delaware returned to the agenda of the South Bethany Town Council on March 9, with...

Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Growth changes local area

Homes line the beach in South Bethany, the bays outside of Ocean View. Central Avenue barely resembles what it was a decade ago, and houses and multi-family units have recently begun to sprout on Route 54 and the area’s back roads.


Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 8:00pm

Beach funding fairness debated statewide

While officials and citizens of Bethany Beach and South Bethany have in recent weeks been awaiting what could be a breakthrough in word on federal funding for the towns’ anticipated beach reconstruction project, some in Delaware have been asking...

Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00pm

South Bethany takes a look at expenses

South Bethany officials focused on expenses and their public works and police departments in their most recent budget meeting, on Thursday, Feb. 22, with mostly minor shifts anticipated for the expense amounts budgeted in recent years.


Thursday, March 1, 2007 - 7:00pm

Fireworks extravaganza set for Bethany's July 4

After two disappointing years for the Fourth of July fireworks display in Bethany Beach, Town Manager Cliff Graviet pulled out all the stops in an effort to make sure the 2007 show would go off with a bang.

An eroded beach and resulting...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Castle makes push on replenishment

The time left to wait for word on whether the Bethany Beach-South Bethany beach reconstruction project will get funding and a construction go-ahead for 2007 is down to mere hours or days. Word was expected from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

Bethany Beach freezes out snowball sales

Warm summer days at the beach and icy confections go together like peanut butter and jelly, or bikinis and sunscreen. But the days of Bethany Beach residents and vacationers running off the beach or out of their homes at the sound of a ringing...

Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 7:00pm

South Bethany begins budget work

South Bethany’s town council began the town’s annual budget process last week, with the first in their planned series of budget workshops, on Feb. 8. The workshop focused on the town’s revenue picture, which has been a subject of concern in the...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

South Bethany contracts for engineers-of-record

The last time many of South Bethany’s town council members saw Bob Stickels, he was the Sussex County administrator. But on Feb. 8, Stickels was in South Bethany to offer the town the services of his new employers, engineering firm George, Miles...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

Weeks left in replenishment funding wait

It’s really in the hands of mechanics that will play out over the next 14 to 21 days.” Thus came the latest word from Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) beach guru Tony Pratt on the “expected” Bethany Beach...

Thursday, February 15, 2007 - 7:00pm

Towns weigh beach lobbying contract

On the heels of a Dec. 4 meeting with Paul Ordal of beach replenishment lobbying firm Marlowe & Co. and extensive erosion from a Thanksgiving storm that dramatically affected both towns, officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany have had a...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

South Bethany awards municipal contracts

South Bethany is one step closer to a new town hall and police station, with the awarding of a contract for the project to DiSabatino Construction, Deputy Mayor Marge Gassinger reported at the town council’s Dec. 8 meeting.

Work on the...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

Erosion underscores lobbying efforts

Bethany Beach resident Bob Parsons spent part of his Thanksgiving holiday taking photographs of beach erosion from the coastal storm that hit the area Thanksgiving Eve and continued through the weekend, wreaking havoc to dunes and boardwalk alike...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Tour giving thanks for local artists

This Thanksgiving weekend will mark the 12th annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST), when 15 of the top artists and crafters in the state open their studios to the public.

The free tour runs this Friday, Nov. 24, and...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

South Bethany grass, canal dredge addressed

South Bethany property owners are one step closer to knowing for certain when they have to cut their grass. Council members at their Oct. 13 regular meeting moved a revised ordinance forward from second to third reading.

The revised...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany hikes building permit rate

South Bethany Town Council members on Friday, Oct. 13, unanimously passed their proposed building permit fee increase — but it won’t take effect until Jan. 1, 2007.

The late move to delay implementation came amidst two council members’...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

Walkway, permit fee hike moved forward

South Bethany officials gave the preliminary go-ahead for the proposed York Road pedestrian walkway project on a 6-0 vote at their Sept. 28 special meeting/workshop.

The project would create a 2-foot-wide pedestrian walkway alongside the...

Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany reexamines fees, recycling

South Bethany Town Council members dove into a hefty sheaf of issues at their Aug. 24 special meeting/council workshop, addressing everything from fines for tall grass and municipal recycling to beachside smoking and planned canal dredge and...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Traffic issues a major concern with project

In a letter written by South Bethany residents Richard and Bonnie Kemske and addressed to Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission, the pair urged the county to deny approval of The Estuary subdivision partly because it will “overload the...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Commissioners wait on Estuary decision

When asked, only two people raised their hands Thursday night in support. Some 33 people then confirmed their opposition to the plan to subdivide 742 acres into 1,060 lots off of Camp Barnes and Double Bridges roads, near the Assawoman Wildlife...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

Replenishment effort heads to the beach and boardwalk

Federal officials seem on the slow track to funding beach reconstruction in the one remaining unreplenished project area in Delaware, with just $3.3 million in federal funding appropriated for the Bethany Beach/South Bethany project in the 2006...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Chamber wins national award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce was recently named as one of the best Chambers in the country by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, receiving a second-place award for excellence.

The ACCE hands out awards for...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Estuary unveils state/county disconnect

Though there is local opposition to the proposed Estuary development off Double Bridges Road near South Bethany, the area is clearly marked for development in Sussex County’s land-use plan, as a portion of the Environmentally Sensitive Developing...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Hurricane preparation key

A beautiful summer Saturday afternoon might have seemed like an odd time to focus on stormy weather, but the Bethany Beach Police Department’s Capt. Ralph Mitchell said he’d planned the three-hour seminar on emergency preparedness to coincide...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany goes on attack with Estuary

More than three years after Sussex County Council denied the rezoning of a monstrous development — then named The Palisades — off Double Bridges Road in the “environmentally sensitive developing area” near the Assawoman Wildlife Refuge, the...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

White joins South Bethany planners

He may have lost his bid for a seat on the South Bethany town council this year, but Chris White succeeded in raising his profile in the town to the point where he became an appointee to one of the town’s other high offices.

Mayor Gary...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

Towns use internet to reach their citizens

It’s become a tool of convenience. People use the Internet to buy shoes, check the scores of sports games, book plane flights and even compare hotels without leaving their homes.

And sometimes, people even check agendas of upcoming town...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany looks at code enforcement

Code enforcement issues topped concerns from citizens at the South Bethany Town Council meeting on July 14.

Kicking off the property-owners’ participation segment of the meeting, Resident Frank Fay inquired as to exactly how and when the...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Coastal towns consider recycling programs

South Bethany residents seeking convenient recycling options may want to go ahead and sign up for the Delaware Solid Waste Authority’s new statewide curbside recycling program.

At the town’s monthly council meeting on July 14, Mayor Gary...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany nears vote on ordinances

South Bethany officials moved one step closer to passing two ordinances, with second readings at a record-settingly brief 45-minute June 9 town council meeting.

The first ordinance is considered a “housekeeping amendment,” to bring town...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany fills treasurer spot

South Bethany Mayor Gary Jayne revealed a little-known fact at the town council’s reorganizational meeting on June 3: the town had gone without any mayor at all for two days.

As it turned out, Jayne’s term expired May 31, and though he was...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Beach projects wait on Senate action

It’s déjà vu all over again for officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany, as far as the battle for federal beach replenishment dollars goes.

Once again this year, President George W. Bush provided no federal funding for the planned...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Rubinsohn to replace Cestone

Absentee ballots made the difference in South Bethany’s May 27 town council election, with incumbent John Fields narrowly retaining his council seat by beating out challenger Chris White, with an 11-vote margin.

In what Fields described as...

Thursday, June 1, 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

South Bethany to take to the polls Saturday

There is no question: in 2006 a new councilman will join the South Bethany Town Council. Councilman Bob Cestone opted not to run for re-election this year, leaving his seat open for challengers to vie over this Saturday, May 27.

There were...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

SBPD monitors sex offender

Full-time residents in South Bethany are on the increase and its police department is on the job, helping to keep them safe.

But the town is now home to one resident that police are paying particular attention to, for safety’s sake.


Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany delays taking stand on windmills

It’s been more than a year since South Bethany officials first heard a controversial proposal from Winergy Power LLC to place power-generating wind turbines off the coast of Southern Delaware.

In that time, Councilwoman Bonnie Lambertson...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany enacts parking changes

After months of revisions, South Bethany’s new parking ordinance was voted into place May 12, on a 6-0 vote of the council (Councilwoman Marge Gassinger absent).

Last-minute tweaking to wording covering mopeds, motorcycles and other such...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ocean View officials discuss rental tax

Ocean View town officials will likely introduce an ordinance at their June council meeting that would require landlords who rent property for commercial or residential uses in town to pay a tax to the town.

Officials first talked about the...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany finalizing comp plan

The South Bethany Planning Commission made quick work of two partitioning requests at their April 24 meeting, before plunging into comments from state agencies on the town’s draft comprehensive development plan (CDP).

The Bovarini family...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm