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Fenwick Island Town Council members passed two ordinances on second readings at their October council meeting, held Oct. 23. The first of the ordinances concerns attacks by animals and the second concerns the town’s beaches.
Brothers Richard and Bryan Keith consider themselves commercial developers more than restaurateurs, but it would be hard to tell that from the success of their newest project, Mio Fratello Italian Steakhouse in west Fenwick Island. Only three months old, the restaurant is becoming a popular spot for locals and turning tables at a rate to rival long-established eateries in the area – something the brothers attribute directly to renowned chef Bert Parks, who creates the menu.
Local and county officials had already warned residents and emergency services staffs that the impact of a nor’easter that roiled off the Atlantic Coast of Delaware starting last Thursday afternoon was likely to be significant. But as the weekend wore on, two separate storms and astronomical high tide combined to damage beaches, break trees and cause flooding throughout the area.
During the week of October 19, letters and consent forms will be sent to the parents of every Indian River School District student in Grades K-12.
Delaware Department of Transportation officials announced Friday, Oct. 16, that the open house and site tour planned for the Indian River Inlet Bridge project on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., was being postponed until a future date that would be announced.
WEATHER ALERT: Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory, Coastal Flood Watch issued for Delaware beaches/Sussex
A Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory and Coastal Flood Watch have been issued for the Delaware beach area and inland Sussex County by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. They are as follows:
Fenwick Island resident Mary Pat Kyle has seen a lot since she first started to come to the Delaware coast for vacations as a young girl. After Bethany Beach got “too crowded,” according to her father, they started vacationing in Fenwick Island in 1936.
State Police and local law enforcement said Tuesday, Oct. 6, that they were receiving numerous calls concerning an Amber Alert involving a 3-year-old boy or an infant that was abducted from a Sussex County hospital. Police say that alert is a hoax.
Good things come to those who wait, and Stephen and Amy Vickers waited more than a year to get their 120-solar-panel system installed at the Seaside Country Store. The process started 18 months ago and, as luck would have it, even planning that far ahead, they just made the cutoff for a 50 percent cost-reduction program offered by the State of Delaware.
Lady Fenwick, a retail clothing and antique jewelry store in Fenwick Island, was the target of vandalism and robbery early Monday morning.
The 2009 Coastal Cleanup will officially kick-off this Saturday, Sept. 19. Delaware’s Coastal Cleanup is part of the Ocean Conservatory’s International Coastal Cleanup. Regionally, participants will be cleaning up 47 Delaware sites, plus 10 sites in Maryland and four sites in New Jersey, combing the beaches for debris that is harmful to marine life, a degradation of area beaches and just plain ugly.
Route 54 serves as a high-traffic corridor for locals and visitors throughout the year, and now a new café and coffee shop is taking advantage of that fact. West 54 Café and Espresso Bar, which opened in early July, sits alongside the Shark’s Cove Marina and Catch 54, and has become one of the area’s new hotspots for breakfast, lunch, early dinner or for a place to socialize.
Coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m. this evening
Shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, Delaware State Police Troop 7 troopers and Dewey Beach patrol officers were dispatched to the Delaware Bay in the area of Tower Road near Dewey Beach for reports of a plane crash. Police said single-engine Super Cub had been flying in mid-air when the engine shut down. They said the pilot and lone occupant, Thomas J.
The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a coastal flood advisory for the Delaware beaches. The coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. EDT this afternoon. A coastal flood watch in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday afternoon, with a high risk of rip currents today.
The geography of Fenwick Island, situated between the Assawoman Bay, Atlantic Ocean and a state line to the south, distinguishes it from surrounding towns. It also poses an issue for the town’s police force – an issue that Police Chief William Boyden is now trying to overcome.
Fenwick Island Town Council members this week held a first reading for an amendment to Chapter 116, regarding concessions and outdoor sales within town limits.
Special allowances for wind-energy systems might seem like a no-brainer in an overtly “green” town like Fenwick Island has been in recent years, but town council members paused this week to really delve into the logistics of wind turbines in a residential area.
The Citizens Advisory Committee of the Center for the Inland Bays is keeping steadfast to their priorities on cleaning up the Inland Bays watershed. At their August meeting, in continuing their advocacy for cooling tower technology at the Indian River Power Plant to reduce fish kills, for cleaning up present coal ash piles “by the best scientific way as soon as possible” and expressing their position on land use, CAC members put those priorities on the table.
Since 2006, Aquatic Marine LLC has been providing lifeguard and beach services to the shores of North Bethany and other locations throughout the area. With Sussex County’s continuing development, opportunities for Aquatic Marine have been expanding. One of owner Mike Jandzen’s recent additions has been the Sunridge pool at the Bayside community, and as their second pool prepares for its opening, Jandzen has been keeping busy.
Coastal flood warning for Delaware beaches, until 6 p.m. EDT, Sat., Aug. 29
Issued by the national weather service, Philadelphia, Pa., 8:50 a.m. EDT, Sat., Aug. 29
... High risk of rip currents...
A Small Craft Advisory is now in effect until 8 a.m. on Sunday.
Tropical Storm Danny is forecast to cause waves to increase on the coastal waters of Delaware and New Jersey. Waves are expected to reach 6 to 9 feet on Saturday, before they begin to subside slowly on Sunday.
Sussex County EOC warns Hurricane Bill could cause rough surf, strong rip currents
Warning issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa.
6:11 a.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 21, 2009:
Fenwick Island Beach Patrol (FIBP) members knew that defending their title earned at last year’s United States Lifeguard Association (USLA) national competition wasn’t going to come easy when they traveled earlier this month to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. But FIBP, along with three other patrols in Sussex County, definitely proved that they were among the best in the nation, with impressive finishes in a wide range of competitions and a fourth-place overall finish.
What do a bowling ball, a shopping cart and thousands of cigarette butts have in common? Why, they were all items picked up in last year’s Coastal Clean-up, of course!