Bethany Beach News

Town of Bethany Beach, DE

Population:

  • 1,077 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Third Friday of the month, 3:30 p.m., Town Council Chambers

Elections:

  • First Saturday in September, alternating slate of four and three seats, two-year terms; mayor/council president chosen from among the council, with a one-year term

Town office:

  • 214 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Tony McClenny, Mayor
  • Jack Gordon, Vice-Mayor
  • Jerry Dorfman, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joseph Healy
  • Lew Killmer
  • Chuck Peterson
  • Margaret Bogan Young

Town Manager:

  • Cliff Graviet

Town Clerk:

  • Lisa A. Kail

Director of Finance:

  • Janet Connery

Building Official:

  • Susan Frederick

Public Works Director:

  • Brett J. Warner

Standing committees:

  • Audit Committee, Board of Adjustments, Board of Assessment, Budget & Finance Committee, Charter and Ordinance Review Committee, Cultural and Historic Affairs Committee, Design Review Committee for C-1 & C-2, Planning Commission,

Police:

  • Mike Redmon, Chief

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-1000

Town Office:

  • (302) 539-8011

Beach patrol:

  • Joe Donnelly
  • The Beach Patrol is on duty beginning Memorial Day weekend (on Saturday) and each day thereafter until Labor Day Monday, and each weekend through September.

Trash pick-up:

  • Every Monday during the offseason and every Monday (Zone 1) & Tuesday (Zone 2)based on two zones during the Summer season.

Curbside recycling:

  • Every other Wednesday in the offseason, and every Wednesday (Zone 1) & Thursday (Zone 2), based on two zones during the Summer season.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 22 to April 25

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Bethany Beach businesses open despite construction

Although there seems to be a lot of construction orange blazing on the streets, downtown Bethany Beach is open for business.

IRHS Grand March to be held on Bethany Beach Boardwalk

The administration, staff and students of Indian River High School are inviting the public to join them as they celebrate Prom 2014 on Saturday, May 10, at the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.

Easter Sunrise Service on the beach scheduled for April 20

Following a longstanding tradition, the Southeast Sussex Ministerium will hold an Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 20,, at 6 a.m., at the bandstand in Bethany Beach.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the sanctuary of St. Ann Catholic Church on Garfield Parkway.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 14 to April 18

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Easter Sunrise Service on the beach set for Sunday, April 20

Following a longstanding tradition, the Southeast Sussex Ministerium will hold an Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, April 20,, at 6 a.m., at the bandstand in Bethany Beach.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the sanctuary of St. Ann Catholic Church on Garfield Parkway.

Bethany bookstore participating in Book Night

Bethany Beach Books is one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries across the country supporting World Book Night 2014. On April 23 — Shakespeare’s birthday — 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 7 to April 11

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View for 3 to 5 weeks, weather pending.

Bethany streetscape projected to be mostly done by Memorial Day

Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: A sign in Bethany Beach declares to passersby that downtown businesses are open, despite the construction going on.Coastal Point • Shaun Lambert: A sign in Bethany Beach declares to passersby that downtown businesses are open, despite the construction going on.Bethany Beach officials this week underscored the Memorial Day deadline that has been a target for the town’s Streetscape improvements project, aiming to calm concerns that the project could still be ongoing when the summer season begins.

Currently, they’re in the middle of the second phase of the project, which is set to offer sidewalk and curb improvements, ADA-standard upgrades to existing curb ramps, traffic calming elements and new lighting and parking configurations.

The project was anticipated to start in September 2013; however, due to delays, construction did not begin until Dec. 2, and progress has been further hampered by the cold, wet winter. That led Town Manager Cliff Graviet to report last week that the project could potentially run past Memorial Day or need to be finished in the fall.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for March 31 to April 4

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View until May 9, weather pending.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Weather delays could push Bethany’s Streetscape into summer

There’s no question that the winter of 2013-2014 has been an unusual one for its severe weather, with extended below-freezing temperatures and numerous snowstorms. The question now is whether that weather will extend Bethany Beach’s Streetscape project so far past its original timeline that it extends into the summer season.

Library offers talk on political violence in the Middle East

Those who are interested in politics, and the current turmoil in the Middle East, will find an upcoming lecture at the South Coastal Library is tailored just for them.

“The United States & Political Violence in the Middle East” will be the topic of discussion at a presentation given by Bard O’Neill on April 3 at 6 p.m. at the library.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Central Avenue to close and other Route 26 lane changes

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a month of road closure in Ocean View, starting Monday, March 31.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at the Route 26 intersection. The road is open, but vehicles will not turn from Route 26 to Central Ave. and vice versa.

Work continues Monday to Friday, May 9, pending weather.

Justin’s Beach House starts Mortgage of the Month program

For many who drive down Route 26 toward Bethany Beach, it’s impossible not to notice that big teal Adirondack chair that sits in front of a colorful beach house.

That house, Justin’s Beach House, is a home in the Bethany Beach area designed and built to serve families with cancer, so they may have a place of respite and enjoy some fun family time.

Bethany to hear from council applicants on March 21

Would-be Bethany Beach Town Council members will have a chance to make their cases for the job to current council members on March 21 at 1 p.m., when the council convenes a special meeting to hear from those seeking to fill the seat recently vacated by longtime councilman and mayor Tony McClenny, due to health concerns.

Church to host panel on death penalty

On Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m., St. Ann Catholic Church in Bethany Beach will hold an adult panel educating against the death penalty.

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food goods for the food bank.

McClenny resigns from Bethany council to pursue treatment

Bethany Beach mayor Tony McClenny resigned his position as mayor and town council member at the conclusion of last Friday’s town council meeting, with an emotional reading of a letter addressed to his “dear friends” and detailing the information provided to him the day before by doctors at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore who are treating him for the brain tumor with which he had been diagnosed in

More volunteers needed for beach grass planting March 22

More volunteers are needed at Delaware Seashore State Park for Delaware’s annual beach grass planting event, set for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 22. The event, now in its 25th year, helps protect Delaware shorelines by planting Cape American beach grass on sand dunes at beaches along the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.