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.

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.

BREAKING NEWS: Dense Fog Advisory until 8 p.m.

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 3:35 p.m. EST, Wed., Jan. 28, 2009
... Dense fog advisory now in effect until 8 p.m. EST this evening...

Environmentalists still looking at light, power

Fenwick Island’s Environmental Committee was back to business in the new year at its meeting this past week. Some of the items on their agenda included a possible recommendation to the town council that it write a letter to state natural resources officials about the dangers of the fly-ash pit at the power plant in Millsboro. Councilwoman and committee member Vicki Carmean also put forth a motion to have an experimental rain garden created on a property in town.

Local woman killed in Fenwick fire

A Fenwick Island-area resident was killed Monday, Jan. 5, when a fire erupted in her home off Route 54, just southwest of Fenwick Island. Officials from the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office said the fire broke out about 5:57 p.m. on the second story of a two-story home on Jefferson Avenue in the unincorporated area outside Fenwick Island town limits.

Fenwick Islanders ready to freeze

Feel like freezing, Fenwick? If so, the fifth annual Fenwick Freeze, an annual New Year’s Day jump (or walk, or dip, or swim) in the ocean is set for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at the beach off of Bayard Street.

New Year’s ocean dips benefit health, too

The 13th annual Exercise Like the Eskimos and 5th annual Fenwick Freeze, in which brave souls jump into the cold waters on the Atlantic to celebrate New Year’s Day and raise some cold hard cash, are both right around the corner.

BREAKING NEWS: Bethany crash ends life of man sought by police

A 21-year-old Seaford man died in a fiery single-car crash that closed the northbound lanes of Route 1 in Bethany Beach for several hours early on Monday morning, after he fled from Ocean City, Md., police. Delaware State Police reported Monday that Elijah L. Foreman Jr. had failed to negotiate a curve in the road at Jefferson Bridge Road while traveling at high speed in a vehicle about 2:05 a.m.

Fenwick targets voting code

The Fenwick Island Town Council met on Friday, Dec. 5, for their regular monthly meeting. At the meeting, Councilman William Weistling Jr. re-introduced a first reading of Section 13-31, Registration by mail. The recently introduced ordinance had omitted a deadline for voter registration prior to a special election, instead only detailing the deadline for the town’s general elections.

Fenwick looking for additional revenue sources

The Fenwick Island Town Council held a special meeting last week to discuss possible revenue enhancement options in a time of economic concern. Financially, the town is in good shape, according to Town Manager Tony Carson, but he said they wanted be proactive and “be ahead” of any need to raise revenue.