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Frankford adopts 2006 budget

Frankford Town Council President Robert Daisey presented a $366,300 operating budget for the coming year showing considerable line item adjustments, and a nearly 10 percent bottom line increase in expenditures since fiscal 2005, at a budget...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

County considers moderately-priced housing

Sussex County Council took another baby step toward a moderately-priced housing program at a public workshop on July 26.

Council members took no official action, but reached majority agreement that they would be asking County Attorney...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

IRSD talks renovations

The Indian River School District School Board met on July 26 to discuss — among a variety of items — the progress of local school renovations and to release the district’s Delaware State Testing Program results.

The new Indian River High...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro hears from public on development

Dagsboro residents once again braved the heat to participate in local government on July 26, piling into the Bethel Center for another four-hour town council meeting.

Different groups had particular interest in this or that topic of...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

No changes for Bethany council makeup

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Walsh, Vice-Mayor Carol Olmstead and Council Member Wayne Fuller will each serve another two-year term on the Bethany Beach Town Council, as they were the only applicants for the three vacancies left by the coming...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Appeals board rules on canal dredging

The long saga that is the Assawoman Canal dredging project concluded on July 26 — at least, as far as the state’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is concerned.

The quasi-judicial EAB handles things whenever someone appeals a decision...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Gas prices decline from record high

Gas prices retreated from record highs this week, dropping a modest 2 cents for the average price of regular unleaded gasoline across the state, from the July 19 record of $2.37 per gallon to $2.35 on July 27.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Chandler questions agenda

A draft document recommending changes to a rarely-used procedure generated disproportional controversy — and a mild rebuke from Main Street resident William Chandler regarding town council’s handling of the matter — at the July 25 Dagsboro town...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View approves Lord Baltimore

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission ushered plans for renovations at Lord Baltimore Elementary School through the preliminaries, and approved the site plan as a final (with a few conditions) at the July 21 P&Z meeting....

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Outdoor concerts approved in Fenwick

The Fenwick Island Town Council voted 5-2 in favor of a resolution Friday to allow alfresco jazz concerts on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 25 at the Village of Fenwick.

The first of the eight performances, featuring an acoustic soft-...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Dagsboro adopts new road width standards

Town Council adopted a packet of graduated road-width specifications at the July 25 council meeting. Developers had previously designed streets based on a set standard – 34 feet wide from curb to curb, on 50-foot rights-of-way.

The new...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bringing people together

Al Casapulla’s Subs, Steaks & Pizza is well known for its award-winning sandwiches and other ambrosial Italian fare. But on Monday nights, the Millville deli adopts the flavor of Eastern Europe.
Coastal Point • JOSH MILLER:
Al...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Marvel remembers Sussex past

George “Bun” Marvel remembers things most people never knew. At 90, Marvel’s memory remains crystal clear, and his account of a truly “slower, lower” Sussex County illustrates what a difference a few generations can make.

Marvel was born...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

FISH meets council incumbents

Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council chatted with residents Saturday, July 23, at the annual assembly of the Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH).

FISH traditionally uses the meeting to introduce residents to that year’s...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

Open space approved as use for properties

At a special meeting Monday, July 25, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted on development recommendations for the former Christian Church and Neff properties acquired by the town in the last year.

The recommendations will provide the...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany nears finalized comp plan

Members of the South Bethany Planning Commission prepared to wrap an update on the town’s 1999 Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) at the July 18 commission meeting, with plans to deliver a few recommendations to council in coming weeks. (...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Council returns and hears grant requests

Sussex County Council returned from summer break to an agenda full of grant requests, and one request for a loan, at the July 19 council meeting.

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Ed Kee picked up a $10,000 check, which he...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Competing teams, final details for World Series being finalized

Most of the logistics of Senior League Softball World Series have been figured out. All that is left is to determine which teams will be playing at the championship event.

“Right now it looks like we know Puerto Rico and Poland are coming...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Employers pass the hat for injured student

Ocean View Deli and Restaurant employee Dzmitry Fedarkevich is recovering and in stable condition following the July 15 hit-and-run that threw him from his bicycle and into the hospital with a hip injury and head trauma.

It may be a while...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

ARB concept rejected in Bethany Beach

During their meeting on July 16, the Bethany Beach Planning Commission eliminated the possibility of creating an architectural review board (ARB) that would provide style guidelines for area developers and instead decided to focus on ways of...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Artists take the heat

For the past three years, artists at The Melting Pot in Dagsboro have been working within their custom-designed studio to keep a unique art form alive.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Some work created by Phil Adkins
The shop’s...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fishing taxes create reef system

It’s but a short drive out of the Indian River Marina to several artificial reef structures created by the state division of Fish and Wildlife (part of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, or DNREC).

DNREC...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Gas prices hit new record high in July

Record gasoline prices were reached again this week, with average prices for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Delaware hitting $2.37 as of July 19, according to figures from AAA Mid-Atlantic. That topped the national average of $2.31 per...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Cottage Tour chair readies for round two

Sussex County has increased funding to the South Coastal Library by nearly 11 percent this year.
However, that budget supports just 11 staff members (four full-time, six part-time and a custodian) — not nearly enough people to handle this...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Millsboro agency merges with Bethany Travel

Cindy McCabe only just (in March) opened her Dream Vacations location in Millsboro — and she’s already expanding into the Bethany Beach-Ocean View-Millville area.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Melinda Johnson, left and Cindy McCabe are...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Assawoman dredging approval trumps appeal

Epilogue language in the state’s 2006 bond bill (a budget for capital projects, primarily) may have interrupted a state-appointed Environmental Appeals Board action.

According to attorneys on both sides of the appeal, and Department of...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Line-dancing class to benefit fire company

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is in the midst of a new building campaign and needs as much help as they can get to raise money for their updated fire hall.

Enter 79-year-old Iris Mooney.

Mooney will be teaching a six-week...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Blueberry Lane star of show

The Blueberry Lane Berry Farm, west of Frankford on (what else) Blueberry Lane, hosted its third annual blueberry festival on July 16 and 17 — the “Red, White & Blueberry Bluegrass & Blueberry Magic Food & Family FunFest & Craft...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean View B&B marks five years

Mark and Pat Culp said the happiest day of their lives was in 2000, when they threw away their cell phones, laptops and beepers and came to the Ocean View area to get away from it all.
Five years later, their bed-and-breakfast business is...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Ocean Awareness Days set for Bethany Beach

Ocean Awareness Days are coming to Bethany Beach once again this year. The National Aquarium in Baltimore will be setting up shop on the boardwalk Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, July 25, 26 and 28.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on those days, the...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Barbershop comes to the beach

Local singing group Nautical Sounds has been singing out of Ocean View for the past 16 years, sharing their traditional barbershop-style tunes to generate an appreciation for a form of music that was most popular more than a century ago.

“...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Barbershop comes to the beach

Local singing group Nautical Sounds has been singing out of Ocean View for the past 16 years, sharing their traditional barbershop-style tunes to generate an appreciation for a form of music that was most popular more than a century ago.

“...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

Changes on tap for Route 54

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) has granted a “taproom” liquor license for what is slated to become Scotty’s Bayside Tavern, west of Fenwick Island on Route 54.

Commissioner John Cordrey outlined comments and concerns from...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Area ranks third nationally in summer traffic

Vacationers to the Delaware/Maryland shore who think they are spending more time on the road and less time relaxing on the beach may be right.

A national report released on June 30 listed the area as the third worst for summertime traffic...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Crabbers catch and release dicovery

The Delmarva Peninsula is renowned for its fishing, and thousands of fishermen flock to its shores in hopes of bagging a monster striper, giant tuna or feast’s-worth of blue crabs. But on July 8, Chester Baughman and Jeff Minette of Carlisle,...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

P&Z director takes a look back

Growth and development are always hot topics in southeastern Sussex County. The real estate boom has proven a double-edged sword, bringing economic prosperity, but also increased traffic and environmental impacts.
Coastal Point • SUBMITTED...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Man overboard rescued by anglers

The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, through the U.S. Coast Guard station at the Indian River Inlet, has reported the recovery of angler Greg Ryan on Saturday, July 9, by a civilian fishing boat.
Special to the Coastal Point • JAMES DAVIS: A...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Selbyville sewer/water bond hearing set

The Selbyville Town Council will hold a public hearing next month to weigh borrowing more than $2 million for sewer and water distribution projects.

The open forum on the issue, approved unanimously at the town council meeting held Monday...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Air show practice claims two lives

An accident during practice maneuvers has claimed the lives of two Vultures Formation Team pilots, according to the Delaware State Police (DSP).

Two trios in V-formation passed over and under without incident, DSP reported. But, following...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Realtors get recognition from top rung

News of a June charity event at the Bethany Beach Long and Foster real estate office made it to not only local papers and television stations, but to the White House as well.

The agents at the office recently received a letter from...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Tours offer private peek at nature

Whether it’s an exploratory trip through the Indian River Bay’s sandbars, a sunset boat tour or a hassle-free outing to downtown Dewey Beach, Back Bay Tours offers private boat trips that allow adventurous vacationers and locals a chance to see...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fire guts decades-old cottage

No one was injured Monday afternoon when an electrical fire, sparked by an overturned utility pole, eviscerated a beach bungalow at the corner of Fenwick and Bunting avenues in Fenwick Island.
Special to the Coastal Point • JENNIFER LEHMAN...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

One-stop home shop behind two doors

Like the owners of neighboring
B & R Tackle, Sea Level owner Tami Oltman has also expanded her business in the York Beach Mall in South Bethany over the years.
They share something else in common.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Frankford revisits dilapidated houses

Frankford Town Council members revisited the issue of dilapidated houses at the July 11 council meeting, as Fire Hazard Inspection Committee Member Elma Gray reported the preliminary list of problem buildings had been compiled.

She stopped...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Inlet station is 'always ready'

The United States Coast Guard is the oldest maritime security force in the United States, dating back to Aug. 4, 1790.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL:
The front of the Coast Guard's 21-foot inflatable rigid hull boat.
Its original...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany to host car-seat safety tutorial Saturday

The Bethany Beach Police Department and members of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will provide an important educational — and fun for the kids — event on Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., behind the fire hall at 212 Hollywood Street...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Competiton spurs local guards

Lifeguards — perhaps more so than any other emergency responders — bear an immediate and personal responsibility for their wards: they’re already on the scene when something goes wrong, and that makes it hard to beg excuse.
Coastal Point •...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany preps for capital project

South Bethany Town Council recapped the proposed town hall/police station project at the July 8 council meeting and advised property owners there’d be an Aug. 12 public hearing on the matter, ahead of a referendum.

In brief, the plan is...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick shop goes gluten-free

The Village of Fenwick — a little enclave of shops and eateries just north of the Maryland-Delaware line on Route 1 in Fenwick Island — has a new addition: To Life!
It’s a coffee shop and espresso bar.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Fenwick fishing club continues to organize

The Fenwick Island Fishing Club, still in its early stages of formation, held its second meeting Saturday, July 9.
Thus far, the club has determined its purpose: to have people join in a formal organization as a surf- and saltwater-fishing...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm