Fenwick Island welcomes summer 2009

With the Memorial Day weekend behind us and warm temperatures and sunny skies dominating the week, local coastal towns and their businesses are welcoming the summer season of 2009 with a return to summer rules, entertainment offerings and plenty of places to shop and eat. And, as summer visitors return and part- and full-time residents head back to the beaches, Fenwick Island is no exception.

New this year, the Fenwick Island Farmer’s Market will be held every Monday throughout the summer on Coastal Highway at Essex Street next to the PNC Bank, from 8 a.m. to noon, starting June 29. (Parking regulations apply.)

Also, Fenwick Island is reminding all property owners that they must register to vote before June 30 to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. (All registrations were wiped from the town’s voter rolls late last year, in an effort to bring them up-to-date, and state and federal election registration is not valid for municipal elections.) Property owners are being invited to contact town hall for more information.

Parking permits are now available and must be used when parking on streets in the town, through Sept. 15. They must be purchased on the first day of use. Permits are required on all vehicles between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For visitors, the town offers several options for parking permits. Daily permit parking is available Monday through Thursday at a cost of $5; On Fridays, Saturdays and holidays, the charge is $10. A weekender permit is available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for $25; a weekly permit is available for $30 for seven consecutive days; a monthly permit is $100 for 30 consecutive days; and a summer permit is available for May 15 through Sept. 15 at a cost of $300. They are available at town hall.

The town is also accepting applications for bonfire permits for 2009. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No more than three bonfires per evening will be allowed in the town. The cost for the permit is $10, with a $40 deposit. Permits will be issued to residents, property owners or visitors with a rental/lease agreement who are 18 or older.

“The best lifeguards on Delmarva will be on the beach in Fenwick Island again this summer,” said Town Manager Win Abbott. “Be sure to support their competitive efforts by joining them for a Bonfire on the Beach on the evening of Sunday, July 5. We’ll have disc jockey entertainment, beverages and commemorative T-shirts for sale. You can find us on the beach at the end of Dagsboro Street.”

Also, in August, the town will celebrate Old Fenwick Island Days from Aug. 1-8. The Lighthouse will be open for tours on Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for tours. The Town Hall will be open and will have vintage photos and exhibits throughout the week. There is a walking tour of historic homes planned on Thursday, Aug. 6. Old Fenwick Island Days wraps up with a festival in the park on Saturday, Aug. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Abbott added, “There will be entertainment, oral history-telling and some truly unique items from Fenwick Island’s past!”

This year’s children’s story hour will be held five times, at the gazebo at town hall in Fenwick Island: Saturdays, June 20, July 4, July 18, Aug. 1; and Aug. 15, starting at 10 a.m.

For more information about Fenwick Island, call (302) 539-3011 or visit http://www.fenwickisland.delaware.gov online.