• The Bethany Beach Town Council will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes second readings and possible council votes on an ordinance to amend Chapter 223 (Beach), Article II (Unlawful Activities), Section 3 (B) (Throwing of Objects) of the Bethany Beach Town Code to give discretion to lifeguards regarding playing ball or other throwing games on the beach; and on an ordinance to amend Chapter 223 (Beach) Article VI (Surfing), Section 14 (B-1) (Surf leash required; permitted hours) of the town code, prohibiting surfing when lifeguards are on duty.
• The Bethany Beach Planning Commission will meet next on Saturday, Aug. 16, at 9 a.m. at town hall.
• The annual election for the Bethany Beach Town Council will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6, noon to 6 p.m., to elect four council members to two-year terms. The five candidates include incumbents Jack Gordon, Rosemary Hardiman, Lew Killmer and Margaret Bogan Young, and challenger Bruce Frye. The Coastal Point will host a Candidates’ Night event at town hall on Friday, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m., with a live audio broadcast over the Internet via the Town’s website.
• The 36th Annual Boardwalk Arts Festival in downtown Bethany Beach will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. Hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, this event will include more than 100 fine artists, as well as a farmers’ market, wine tasting and children’s corner.
• Construction on the Bethany Beach Streetscape project has concluded for the summer, until a planned Oct. 14 resumption of work in the beach block “loop” of Garfield Parkway. The improvements are part of a $2.4 million project designed to improve pedestrian and vehicle safety.
• Lifeguards are on duty on town beaches from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
• The Town has compiled the results of its park survey regarding the former Christian Church/Neff property. They are available online at http://www.townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/1890.
• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast over the Internet via the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com, under Live-Audio Broadcasts.
• Bethany Beach began its pay-to-park season on May 15. Pay stations are up and operational, as are meters for metered spaces and the Park Mobile smartphone pay-to-park system was also expected to be operational early this summer.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach resumed May 15 and will run until Sept. 30.
• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach resumed May 15 and will last until Oct. 15.
• Parking permits are required from May 15 to Sept. 15, where posted.
• Trash pick-up has returned to its summer schedule, with trash being collected every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Pick-up of recyclable materials is now done every Friday. Yard waste is picked up every other Wednesday.
• Lifeguards are on duty until Labor Day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends. The handicapped-accessible walkway to the beach is located at S. 3rd Street. Those needing them may request a beach wheelchair at the nearest lifeguard stand. The chairs are available during lifeguard hours only and should be used only for transport on and off the beach.
• The South Bethany Historical Society is asking anyone with historical items or stories of interest about South Bethany to share their memories for documentation and preservation purposes to contact Bob Johansen at (302) 539-8294 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at www.southbethany.org.
• The Fenwick Island Town Council will hold its next regular meeting on Friday, Aug. 22, at 3:30 p.m. at town hall.
• Fenwick Island has curbside pickup of recyclables each Friday during the summer.
• With the opening of Fenwick Island’s new Cannon Street Park and its ADA-compliant kayak launch, the Town is offering a map of the park and kayaking routes that can be accessed via the new launch. View the map online at http://fenwickisland.delaware.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2513.
• The Town of Fenwick Island no longer allows the burning of a cigarette, cigar, pipe or other matter or substance that contains tobacco on its beach or in its parks. There is a fine of $100 for each instance. Signs will be posted at the entrance to locations where smoking is prohibited.
• The Fenwick Island town website is located at www.fenwickisland.org.
• The Town of Fenwick Island is now on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/IslandFenwick or @IslandFenwick.
• The Town of Ocean View will not hold any meetings for the month of August.
• A Concert in the Park with Oh Boy! will be held on Aug. 18, at 6 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 281 will be selling hotdogs and sodas, while Mr. Tastee will be on hand serving free ice cream.
• The Ocean View town website is located at www.oceanviewde.com.
• A Dirt Road Outlawz concert will be held on Aug. 16 at the Millsboro Town Center from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person and may be purchased by calling (302) 934-6777.
• The Town of Millsboro will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
• The next regular Millville Town Council meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m.
• The Millville Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
• The Town of Millville has one position available on the Planning & Zoning Commission. Member must be at least 18 years old, a property owner or a bona fide resident of the Town of Millville with an interest in urban and rural planning and development. The commission addresses zoning, land use and development issues within the Town of Millville. Regular meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Interested candidates should submit a letter of intent to Millville Town Hall or call (302) 539-0449.
• The Millville Farmers’ Market’s is open on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. adjacent to town hall.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing Aug. 26.
• The Frankford Town Council will hold its next monthly meeting on Monday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company.
• The Town of Frankford website is located at www.frankfordde.us.
• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing Aug. 20.
• The next regular Selbyville Town Council meeting is Monday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m.
• The Town website is at www.TownOfSelbyville.com.
• The next Dagsboro Town Council meeting will be Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center.
• The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Bethel Center.
• Sealed bids for the Sussex Street Drainage Culvert Replacement Improvement Project will be received by the Town of Dagsboro until 2 p.m., Aug. 15, when they will be publicly opened and read aloud. For details, contact URS at (302) 933-0200, ext. 101, or Town Hall at (302) 732-3777.
• The Town of Dagsboro website is at www.townofdagsboro.com.
Indian River School District
• The next regular school board meeting is Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. at Indian River High School.
• Committee meetings will be held at the IRSD Educational Complex in Selbyville on Monday, Sept. 8: Curriculum at 3:15 p.m.; Policy at 4:30 p.m.; Buildings & Grounds at 6 p.m.; and Finance at 7 p.m.
• The first school day for students for the 2014-2015 school year is Tuesday, Sept. 2.
• The district website is at www.irsd.net.
• The Sussex County Council will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 10 a.m. at the county administrative building on the Circle in Georgetown.
• The Sussex County Board of Adjustment will meet on Monday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. The meeting will include a public hearing for a special-use exception to place an off-premise sign and a variance from the minimum side-yard setback, height requirement and square footage requirement for an off-premise sign for Creative Concepts of Bethany Beach.
• The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Thursday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m.
• Agendas, minutes and audio, as well as live streaming of all County meetings, may be found online at www.sussexcountyde.gov. The entire council packet is now being made available on Mondays, mid-day, before the weekly Tuesday council meeting.
State of Delaware
• As part of DART’s Transit Redesign Plan, Delaware Transit Corporation (DTC) is seeking public input on proposals to increase existing service between Delmar and Georgetown, and consider pilot flex bus services in the Georgetown, Millsboro and Seaford area. The proposed transportation options would be in addition to current DART fixed route and para-transit services. Public hearings will be held later this summer to present proposals. Learn more at 1-800-652-3278, option 2, for Customer Relations. Dial 711 to reach DTC through Delaware Relay Services.
• Nighttime lane closures can be expected on Route 1 from North Bethany to Fenwick Island, as part of a $4.4 million pavement and rehabilitation project, which involves replacement of crossroad pipes, milling the existing road surface, full-depth patching of existing road failures and placement of a full-width asphalt overlay.
The work includes construction of a right turn lane from Route 1 southbound to Fred Hudson Road; Route 1 northbound and southbound from Fenwick Island town limits to York Road/Logan Street in South Bethany; Route 1 northbound and southbound from Fifth Street in Bethany Beach to 3R’s beach entrance in North Bethany; Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach from Route 1 to South Bethany town limits.
The project also includes replacement of crossroad pipes on Route 1 from Fenwick town limits to York Road/Logan Street in South Bethany and Route 1 from Fifth Street in Bethany Beach to 3R’s beach entrance in North Bethany.
Nighttime lane closures on Route 1 will be limited to the hours of 9 p.m. until 6 a.m., Sunday evenings until Friday mornings. As work progresses past Sept. 8, officials said, daytime lane closures will occur from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The construction is anticipated to be complete by late November (based on 140 calendar days for the contract), officials said. Motorists were being encouraged to check online at www.DelDOT.gov for construction updates and real-time travel information for this project and others.
• Construction on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project has shifted to a summer schedule, with no daytime lane closures. Nighttime work is currently utilizing flaggers to guide traffic in certain areas from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., Monday to Thursday nights (Friday mornings), including realignment of the intersections of Route 26 with Central Avenue and Cedar Drive. The nighttime work hours now begin an hour later than they did prior to July 20. Sunday night work has been added to the schedule, from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Monday morning.
Overall, the 4-mile-long project includes the reconstruction of Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) from Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal and will widen the existing two-lane roadway to include two 11-foot travel lanes with 5-foot shoulder/bike lanes and a 12-foot wide continuous shared center left-turn lane.
Construction is scheduled to last for at least 2.5 years. George & Lynch is building the 4-plus-mile project from Assawoman Canal in Bethany Beach to St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville. Foul weather, such as rainstorms and blizzards, could push the schedule beyond than the planned September 2016 end date.
Regular Route 26 project meetings will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall. The public is being encouraged to attend or to get email updates from DelDOT via the project page for the Route 26 project at www.deldot.gov. For additional Route 26 project information or concerns, residents and businesses can contact Ken Cimino at (302) 616-2621, or Kenneth.email@example.com or at 17 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 2, in Ocean View.