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:

  • Gene Langan, Mayor
  • Richard Mais, Vice-Mayor
  • Diane Tingle, Secretary
  • Gardner Bunting, Treasurer
  • William Weistling
  • Roy Williams
  • Julie Lee

Town Manager:

  • Merritt Burke

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.

WEATHER ALERT: Governor declares state of emergency as area braces for 1 to 2 feet of snow, strong winds

All non-emergency vehicles ordered off all roads in Delaware as of 10 p.m. Friday night

State of Emergency declared for state as of 8 p.m., vehicles ordered off roads as of 10 p.m.

Gov. Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency covering the entire state of Delaware effective at 8 p.m. Friday, with vehicles ordered off the roads as of 10 p.m.

WEATHER ALERT: Blizzard warning in effect Friday and Saturday, up to 18 inches of snow, strong winds forecast

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly has issued a blizzard warning, which is in effect from 4 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday. The previous winter storm watch is no longer in effect.

A storm system developing over the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday will pass off the Carolina coast Friday night and then continue to the northeast on Saturday.

Fenwick considers adding beach rental concession

The Fenwick Island Town Council met on Monday, Feb. 1, to discuss the possibility of allowing beach equipment rentals on the town’s beaches. They decided on Monday to ask the opinion of Town Solicitor Tempe Steen on the notion’s viability and planned to have another special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m., followed by an executive session.

Fenwick couple gets two kinds of green

For Fenwick Island Town Councilwoman Vicki Carmean and her husband, Wayne, getting solar panels has been something they have thought long and hard about, and in the end, as with many decisions, money was the deciding factor.

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm watch in effect from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a winter storm watch that is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday evening.

WEATHER ALERT: IRSD schools closed on Wednesday

Due to inclement weather, all Indian River School District schools will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 3. All 12-month employees should report two hours late.

WEATHER ALERT: Delaware readies for more snowfall with 1 to 3 inches forecast and possible weekend storm

With a weather advisory from the National Weather Service in effect, state agencies on Tuesday were preparing to meet the challenge of yet more snow.

The National Weather Service Mt. Holly office issued a winter weather advisory for Delaware that was to be in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday evening to 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

WEATHER ALERT: Schools closed Monday, additional closures expected

Due to inclement weather, all Indian River School District schools will be closed on Monday, Feb. 1. All 12-month employees are not required to report.

Other Monday closures, as they are reported to Coastal Point:
Cape Henlopen School District -- closed
Little Hearts Learning Center, Millville - closed

WEATHER ALERT: Road conditions remain dangerous; 8-13 inches of snow on the ground, below-freezing temps continue

National Weather Service officials are warning of icy roads on Sunday morning. With very cold temperatures in place, any snow from the storm Saturday night that melts on Sunday will freeze on roadways and other untreated surfaces. Caution was advised for those traveling on Sunday. Drivers should be alert for any icy conditions.

WEATHER ALERT [UPDATED]: Winter storm warning in effect through Sunday morning, 5-8 inches of snow predicted

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a winter storm warning for snow, which is in effect from 9 a.m. Saturday morning to 4 a.m. Sunday. The previous winter weather advisory is no longer in effect.

WEATHER ALERT: Winter weather advisory issued for Saturday snow of 2-4 inches

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a winter weather advisory for snow, which is in effect from 7 a.m. Saturday to midnight Saturday night.

Low pressure developing along the Texas Gulf Coast on Friday afternoon was expected to track northeastward Friday night and Saturday, and to move off the Carolina coast early Saturday night.

Fenwick moves forward with new ordinances

The Fenwick Island Town Council approved a first reading for two ordinances at their Jan. 22 council meeting: Chapter 95 – Hazardous Materials and Chapter 102 – Lighting. Councilman Bill Weistling Jr., who heads the town’s Charter and Ordinance Committee, said these were two more of the ordinances the committee had found needed to be looked at during their review and update of town codes.

Pratt: Fenwick Island beaches in good shape

Fenwick Island dunes and beach are in good shape, according to Tony Pratt of DNREC, but Pratt said, as a whole, the coastal community needs to be diligent that beaches stay a priority. Pratt spoke with the Fenwick Island Town Council about the importance of the dunes and beach nourishment at the council’s Jan. 22 meeting and explained his concerns about federal funding for repairs from the November hurricane/nor’easter, or Nor’Ida, as it has become known.

Second farm winery in state aims to become a Fenwick staple

At the start of the new year, Adrian Mobilia introduced the area to Fenwick Wine Cellars, a local farm winery that’s also much more. Located along the Route 54 corridor, the winery and tasting room – although still new – is something he thinks could evolve into one of the region’s most popular spots in a matter of months.

Brandywine keep things going for public

Brandywine Assisted Living at Fenwick Island aims to offer an affordable, elegant environment for its elder residents, but the facility’s involvement in the surrounding community reaches even further, opening its doors to the surrounding community for a variety of events.

WEATHER ALERT [UPDATED]: Schools closed and caution advised, with winter weather advisory in effect until noon

Due to snow, all Indian River School District schools are now closed on Friday, Jan. 8. Officials had previously announced a two-hour delay. All 12-month employees should report at their regular time. The Cape Henlopen School District is also closed on Friday, with staff reporting on a two-hour delay.

Abuse victims, parents urged to contact state hotlines immediately

On Dec. 23, Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III held a press conference to update the public on the investigation of Lewes pediatrician Dr. Earl B. Bradley. In addition, Biden provided information about victim services that are available to community members who have been affected by the case.

Fenwick Islanders ready to Freeze for fun

Who says there is nothing to do in the winter at the beach? There’s always a quick dip in the ocean!

WEATHER ALERT: Snow/rain mix across eastern Sussex, State of Emergency in Kent, New Castle counties

As heavy snow continued to blanket the entire state on Dec. 19, state officials said agencies were working hard to keep the primary roads passable and tending to stranded motorists. Additionally, Gov. Jack Markell declared a State of Emergency for New Castle and Kent counties, effective at 3 p.m. Saturday.

BREAKING NEWS: Additional 24 charges filed against Lewes pediatrician in rape, exploitation cases

Bradley committed to Sussex Correction Institute in lieu of $2.9M cash bail

Lewes pediatrician Dr. Earl B. Bradley was charged with an additional 24 charges on Friday, Dec. 18, after turning himself in to Delaware State Police Troop 4 detectives on Friday morning.

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm watch issued

National Weather Service, Mount Holly, N.J., 3:30 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009

A winter storm watch will be in effect from late Friday night through late Saturday night. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch.

Green energy supply growing in Fenwick

Since the adoption of a renewable-energy ordinance in Fenwick Island, there have been three permits issued for solar energy systems – one commercial and two residential – and there are two more permits for such systems pending, according to building official Pat Schuchman. One is a geothermal heat and photovoltaic energy system (with 18 solar panels and two water collectors) at Councilwoman Vicki Carmean’s house.

High Stakes gets bigger

As the old adage says, “Less is more.” But for local business owner Brian Deluca, who has found success in the recent expansion of his Fenwick Island hotspot High Stakes Bar and Grill, more is more.