Fenwick Island News

Town of Fenwick Island, Delaware

Population:

  • 379 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Fourth Friday of the month, 3:30 p.m., town hall meeting room

Elections:

  • First Saturday in August, 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:

  • 800 Coastal Highway, Fenwick Island, DE 19944; (302) 539-3011, fax (302) 539-1305

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Audrey Serio, Mayor
  • Gene Lagnan, Vice-Mayor
  • Diane Tingle, Secretary
  • Gardner Bunting, Treasurer

  • William Weistling
  • Roy Williams
  • Todd Smallwood

Town Manager:

  • Linda Pole

Town Clerk:

  • Agnes DiPietrantonio

Finance Assistant:

  • Josie Correnti

Building Official:

  • Patricia Schuchman

Standing committees:

  • Beautification/ Parks & Recreation, Beach, Environmental, Planning, Board of Adjustments, Board of Elections, Audit, Budget, Building, Charter and Ordinance, Commercial Action, Emergency Management

Police:

  • William Boyden, Chief

Town Solicitor:

  • Tempe Steen

Emergency:

  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-2000

Beach patrol:

  • Tim Ferry, Captain
  • The Beach Patrol is on duty beginning Memorial Day weekend each summer (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) and then two more weekends thereafter, and every day through Labor Day and then two weekends after Labor Day.

Trash pick-up:

  • October through April, Monday only. May through September, Monday & Thursday. Heavy trash pickup, June 8, 9 & 10 and September 9, 10, & 11.

Curbside recycling:

  • A voluntary townwide curbside recycling program through DSWA has been instituted beginning in 2008. Property owners may sign up on the town Web site or at town hall. Pick-ups are on Fridays, weekly from May to September and bi-weekly during the other months. The Fenwick Island Lions Club also collects aluminum cans in a bin behind town hall.

Businesses look to enhance tourism as summer season arrives

As business owners on both the Delaware and Maryland shores can attest, Memorial Day weekend kicks off one of their most anticipated weekends of the year, as vacationers ready their trips to some of the best-loved beaches in the Mid-Atlantic. Earlier this month, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce hosted their monthly breakfast at Mango’s in Bethany Beach, where guest speaker and Delaware tourism director Linda Parkowski explained the dynamics of tourism within the state and what businesses particularly need to be aware of this year.

Two Beebe patients die after adverse drug reactions

Two of three patients who were adversely affected after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died. The hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Baxter International Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, in an investigation.

Fenwick explores Twitter and Facebook

Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council may soon become a bunch of “twits” – in a good way, that is. At last Friday’s regular council meeting, the council discussed the idea of introducing new-age communication throughout the town by means of a Facebook and Twitter page. Web pages for the Town of Fenwick with the social networking Web sites could provide residents with another source for acquiring information.

Fenwick names new town manager

After a months-long search, Fenwick Island this week appointed a new town manager: Wilmer E. “Win”Abbott IV, of Clayton, Del.

BREAKING NEWS: Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches until Thursday morning

Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches
Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa., 2:27 p.m. EDT, Wed., Apr. 15, 2009

... Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday...

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. has issued a coastal flood advisory... which is in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday.

Lane closed for IRIB construction, through April 24

UPDATED: The Department of Transportation advised motorists on Tuesday, April 14, that sheetpile driving would be occurring on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge this week and would require the closure of the right lane of Route 1 southbound through the work zone. The lane closure was to be in effect Tuesday, April 14, through Friday, April 24.

Fenwick moves ahead with changes

The Fenwick Island Town Council on March 27 approved a first reading of a change to Chapter 52-14, Violations and Penalties, to add the language that “any person convicted of violating Article 111 prohibitions shall be fined $250. Each day of a separate continuing violation shall be deemed a separate offense.”

Fenwick’s Keller a star of local environmentalism

Fenwick Island and its residents are no novices when it comes to the environmental movement or the idea of “going green.” The town has had an environmental committee for more than five years now, and they have a successful oyster-gardening program. Just recently, on March 29, they also celebrated the first anniversary of the culmination of their “tree triage” program.

IRSD to host Pre-School Family Night on March 26

The Indian River School District will host a Pre-School Family Night on Thursday, March 26, at Millsboro Middle School. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families and daycare providers in the Indian River School District are being invited to attend. Parents are being encouraged to bring their pre-school child to enjoy an interactive and informative evening.

BREAKING NEWS: DSP says alarming text message is a hoax

The Delaware State Police announced Thursday, March 26, that they are being inundated with telephone calls regarding a text message that has been circulating throughout Central and Southern Delaware and portions of Maryland.

Proposal would expand public safety space in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Town Council members heard a presentation of a “concept plan” for a proposed public safety building on Friday, Feb. 27, at their monthly council meeting. Last summer, the town approached the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, which has a 99-year lease for their Station 2 on Bayard Avenue, and asked if they were interested in allowing the town to use the unused parcel of land adjacent to the station for their public safety department.

Fenwick approves limited fees for solar installations

At their monthly meeting on Friday, Feb. 27, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted to consider a resolution to modify the building permit fees for the installation of solar panels.

Fenwick committee looking for rain-garden site

The Fenwick Environmental Committee met this week to discuss several places to place a demonstration rain garden in the town. They listened to a talk given by Sally Boswell of the Center for Inland Bays last October and have been discussing getting a demo garden ever since. They decided they would try to talk to several homeowners concerning a garden and also talk to the town about considering property they own that would be readily accessible for people to come and view the garden.

South Coastal Library inches to re-opening

For the past week, it’s been all work and no play for the staff of at the South Coastal Library, as the move back to their renovated location on Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach got under way. For 14 months, the library operated out of its temporary spot in the Creekside Plaza in Millville, but the move back to the 10,000-square-foot expansion – essentially doubling the original size of the building – appears to be off to a promising start that will be fully realized by the time the library reopens this spring.

Fenwick Island couple makes green power choice

OK, so a 35-foot windmill in the front yard isn’t for everybody. And for many people, even a rooftop turbine is financially out of the question. But, if coal or nuclear power just doesn’t cut it, there are others ways to “vote with your dollars.” And for Buzz and Betsy Henifin of Fenwick Island, changing electricity suppliers to one that offered an option for wind-powered electricity was even about saving money – at first.

Fenwick Island couple makes green power choice

OK, so a 35-foot windmill in the front yard isn’t for everybody. And for many people, even a rooftop turbine is financially out of the question. But, if coal or nuclear power just doesn’t cut it, there are others ways to “vote with your dollars.” And for Buzz and Betsy Henifin of Fenwick Island, changing electricity suppliers to one that offered an option for wind-powered electricity was even about saving money – at first.

Local heroes honored for their valor

In an attempt to convey the importance of the day to those not in the room, Michelle DiFebo Freeman, widow of Josh Freeman – for whom the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards have been renamed – offered a challenge to both the recipients of this year’s award and the guests at last Friday’s awards luncheon at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro: share it.

Slow progress on Route 26 improvements

The Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project has long been a hot topic for locals living and working near the beach, and for visitors to the southern Delaware shore, as it is a main way to get to there.

Building the bridge

In the Coastal Point office, tacked to a wall, is a diagram of the Indian River Inlet, labeled “Construction Update: Beginning May 2006.” The diagram marks areas of planned closure and construction for the state park, campground and marina area near the bridge over the inlet, as officials prepared for the planned replacement of the failing bridge.

Local beaches much changed in five years--5 year anniversary section

There is no question that one of the biggest changes to the Delaware shore in the last five years is the completion of major reconstruction projects for area beaches. After years of suffering from beach erosion and risk to homes near the shoreline, all of the areas municipalities received new dunes and expanded beaches, thanks to the projects sought for years by local town councils and citizens.

Chamber of Commerce helps area through busy and slow times--5 year anniversary section

Although the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has been around for about 25 years, they are celebrating a smaller five-year anniversary this week, as well. In the debut Feb. 6, 2004, issue of the Coastal Point, it was reported that the Chamber’s Board of Directors had approved plans for a 560-foot expansion to their oceanside digs.

BREAKING NEWS: Police looking for Millville man

The Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 41-year-old Millville man wanted in connection to a Failure to Stop at the Command incident and home-improvement fraud.

Fenwick corrects voter registration ordinance

The Fenwick Island Town Council met on Friday, Jan. 23, for their monthly town council meeting. Topics up for discussion at the meeting included the town’s voter registration ordinance, utility construction policies and town charter updates.