Date Published: 
December 2, 2016

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council has canceled its December meeting.

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed Dec. 23-26 for Christmas.

• The Town of Bethany Beach’s recent survey regarding specific design elements for the proposed “Central Park” has been completed and tabulated. To see the results, visit To see the survey as presented, including illustrations, visit (No further survey responses are being accepted.)

The public can view on the Town website the presentation by Oasis Design Group to the Bethany Beach Town Council, soliciting input for preliminary concept development for the features and organization of “Central Park,” at the intersection of Routes 1 and 26. The URLs for the four presentation segments are (and 31, 32 and 33).

• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season ended Sept. 15 and will return on May 15, 2017.

• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach ended on Sept. 30 and will resume on May 15, 2017.

• The regular meetings of the Bethany Beach Town Council and Planning Commission are now being broadcast, with video, over the Internet via the Town’s website at, under Live-Audio Broadcasts. Both meetings are at town hall.

South Bethany

• The Planning Commission will meet Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m. for a public hearing.

• The Communications & Public Relations Committee will meet Monday, Dec. 5, at 9 a.m. The agenda includes the 2017 Polar Plunge; 2017 winter potluck; progress report on flag; budget; and more.

• The Budget & Finance Committee will meet Monday, Dec. 5, at 3 p.m. The agenda includes discussion of the 2018 fiscal year and costs associated with the proposed police building expansion.

• The town council’s next regular meeting is Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

• Recycling is collected biweekly, continuing on Friday, Dec. 9.

• Yard waste is picked up biweekly, continuing on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

• The Traffic Ad-hoc Committee will meet Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m.

• South Bethany is again forming a plunge team for Exercise Like the Eskimos on Jan. 1. Register at on the “Events” page for the “South Bethany” team and contact for details.

• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach ended Oct. 15 and will resume May 15, 2017.

• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at

Fenwick Island

• The Fenwick Island Environmental Committee will meet Thursday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m. The agenda for the meeting includes an update on pine wilt disease; a cigarette butt count summary; a review of summer events; and other projects.

• The Charter & Ordinance Committee will meet Friday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 a.m. The meeting’s agenda includes Charter Section 9, “Voting”; Chapter 61, Article I “Building Permits”; Chapter 112 Parking “Handicap Spaces”; and review of Comprehensive Plan items.

• The town’s holiday celebration is set for Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., with a tree-lighting and caroling in the park.

• The town council has two days of executive sessions, on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, regarding personnel matters, as well as a possible public vote on related issues.

• The Board of Adjustment will meet Friday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. for re-organization, appointment of positions and review of rules. A 2:30 p.m. public hearing will be held regarding Fenwick Limited Partnership’s request for variance of a side setback at 1606 Coastal Highway, for a 2-foot encroachment for the installation of an enclosed wheelchair lift. Plans may be viewed at Town Hall during business hours.

• The town council’s next regular meeting is Friday, Dec. 9, at 3:30 p.m. Public hearings will begin at 3:15 p.m. to accept comments on two proposed ordinances. There is a proposed amendment to Town Code Chapter 160, “Zoning,” to increase the number of allowable bathrooms in a single-family dwelling from four bathrooms to five full bathrooms and one half-bathroom. There is also a proposed amendment to Chapter 160-8(9)(b)[1][a] to require a fence between the rear of commercial properties and adjacent residential properties. Copies of the proposed amendment are available at Town Hall during regular hours.

• Town hall is a Toys for Tots drop-off location. People can drop off new, unwrapped toys in the box in the lobby to help a less-fortunate child smile at Christmas.

• The new Fenwick Island town website is located at The Town of Fenwick Island is now on Twitter, at or @IslandFenwick.

Ocean View

• The Town of Ocean View’s Facebook page can be found at

• The Ocean View town website is located at


• The town council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m.

• The town council’s next workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m.

• The Millville town website is located at


• The Millsboro town website is located at


• Town Hall will be closed Dec. 6 for staff training.

• The Dagsboro Christmas Parade is set for Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. with floats, music and Santa Claus. The parade route is from Indian River High School (Clayton Avenue) to the Dagsboro Fire Hall (Clayton Street). The rain date is Friday, Dec. 9. Details are available on Facebook or by contacting

• There will not be a town election on Dec. 3. The seats up for election will be filled by incumbents Norwood Truitt and William Chandler.

• The town council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., at Bethel U.M. Church.

• The Town of Dagsboro website is at


• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday, continuing Dec. 13.

• The Town of Frankford website is located at


• The Selbyville Christmas Parade is set for Friday, Dec. 2. Santa’s House opens from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The parade starts at 7 p.m., with floats, marching bands, fire trucks, antique cars and Santa Claus. The parade route is along Church Street, from Town Hall to Main Street. Details and parade registration are available at

• The town council’s next regular meeting is Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

• Curbside recycling is collected every other Wednesday, continuing Dec. 7.

• Bulk trash is collected on the first Wednesday of each month. Households may put out one bulk item, such as a television, each month.

• The Town website is at

Indian River School District

• The Nov. 22 public referendum to address a current-expense issue with a proposed 49-cent increase per $100 of property tax assessment was defeated by a margin of 20 votes among more than 6,000 cast.

• The Indian River School District’s Special Education Task Force will host parent focus group meetings on Wednesdays, Feb. 8, 2017, at Georgetown Middle School; and March 22, 2017, at Millsboro Middle School. All of the meetings are at 6 p.m.

• Elementary school progress reports will be issued Dec. 9.

• Parent conferences will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 (special schools), Dec. 13 (middle schools), Dec. 14 (high schools) and Dec. 15 (elementary schools).

• Committee meetings are scheduled for Monday, Dec. 12, at the Indian River School District Educational Complex in Selbyville: Policy at 4 p.m.; Curriculum at 5 p.m.; Buildings & Grounds at 6 p.m.; and Finance at 7:30 p.m.

• The IRSD Board of Education will meet Monday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.

• There is no school for students Dec. 26 to Jan. 2.

• The school district website is

• The district website is at

Sussex County

• Agendas, minutes and audio, as well as live streaming of all County meetings, may be found online at

State of Delaware

• Continuing work on the Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, DelDOT has resumed daytime lane closures. Closures can be expected from 9 a.m. to 8 a.m. the following morning. Motorists are being encouraged to use detour routes to avoid delays when lane closures are in place.

Overall, the 4-mile-long project includes the reconstruction of Route 26 (Atlantic Avenue) from Clarksville to the Assawoman Canal and widened 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. George & Lynch has been building the 4-plus-mile project from Assawoman Canal in Bethany Beach to St. George’s U.M. Church in Clarksville.

Regular Route 26 project meetings have concluded. The public can get email updates from DelDOT via the project page for the Route 26 project at For additional Route 26 project information or concerns, residents and businesses can contact Ken Cimino at (302) 616-2621, or or at 17 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 2, in Ocean View.