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: Tidal flooding anticipated ahead of Dec. 2-3 storm

Second storm expected around Dec. 5

Sussex County emergency officials are urging coastal residents and property owners to be alert to weather conditions for the next several days.

Grand Jury returns indictments for murder of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer

“Today, the Sussex County Grand Jury returned a 14-count indictment charging Derrick Powell with 1st Degree Murder, among other charges, for the Sept. 1 shooting that killed Georgetown police officer Ptl. Chad Spicer and injured Georgetown police officer Cpl. Shawn Brittingham,” Attorney General Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III announced on Monday, Nov. 23.

Ida leaves mark along Delaware’s coast [PHOTO SLIDESHOW]

Last weekend’s storm may not have impacted the Delaware shore the way the Storm of 1962 rolled up the coast, but restoration and recovery are definitely an eminent part of the weather’s aftermath.

County seeking damage reports

Sussex County emergency managers are asking property owners and residents affected by last week’s coastal storm to report any damage to homes, businesses, cars or other property so officials can gain a clear picture of the extent of destruction wrought by the worst nor’easter to hit the region at least since 1998.

Route 1 reopens, most other area roads deemed passable

The Delaware Department of Transportation has updated its list of roadways closed due to this week's storm, announcing that, about 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, all lanes of Route 1 in the area of the Indian River Bridge had been reopened.

Inland flooding and beach erosion remain after storm [PHOTOS]

Property damage from Nor'Ida appears limited

Property owners and residents in low-lying areas of coastal Delaware continued this weekend to feel the impact of what many are calling Nor’Ida – former Hurricane Ida, turned nor’easter – despite the scaling back of the storm to a stiff breeze and a light misting of rain on Saturday, Nov. 14.

WEATHER ALERT (UPDATED): Bevy of Sussex roads closed due to high water, storm damage

The Delaware Department of Transportation has issued an extensive list of road closures in Sussex County due to this week's storm. The list was updated on Sunday, Nov. 15.

WEATHER ALERT (UPDATED): Storm breaches dunes at Bethany, South Bethany, Fenwick and Inlet Bridge [PHOTOS]

Route 1 to remain closed for most of weekend, local roads severely flooded

The remnants of Hurricane Ida continued to wallop the Delaware coastal area on Friday, Nov. 13, with winds expected to continue to average around 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.

WEATHER ALERT: Delawareans urged to take care of pets, livestock, poultry in tropical storm

Friday’s state of emergency is not a hurricane, but the weather is severe, and Elainea Goldthwaite, Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) Delaware Animal Response coordinator, is urging Delawareans to be mindful of their pets and livestock as the tropical storm runs its course.

WEATHER ALERT: Sussex County continues to see storm effects, more flooding expected

Sussex County emergency officials on Friday morning, Nov. 13, were continuing to monitor the major coastal storm affecting the region, but said they were optimistic that once the early morning high-tide cycle was complete, conditions might gradually improve over the next 24 hours.

WEATHER ALERT: State of emergency declared for Sussex, Kent counties

Gov. Jack Markell has declared a state of emergency for Kent County and Sussex County to better enable response to the current storm, effective at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12.

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal storm battering Sussex County (photos) -- IRSD schools closed Friday

County emergency officials urge those in low-lying areas to relocate

Route 1 closed in both directions at IRIB

Delaware Department of Transportation officials have completely closed Route 1 at the Indian River Inlet Bridge as of 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. The road is closed both northbound and southbound and in all lanes. No estimated time for reopening of the road has been announced.

Band-Jam Trivia offers entertaining alternative for restaurant patrons

As cooler weather rolls in and the heavy traffic of summer dwindles, local restaurants are looking for alternative ways to cater to their customers, especially in the current economy.

Charlie’s Bayside melds fresh food, great views and low prices

Since 1993, Charlie Getz’s Fenwick Island restaurant has provided customers with fresh food, a breathtaking view and affordable prices. What sets Charlie’s Bayside aside from other local establishments, however, touches on Getz’s simplistic mindset and welcoming personality.

Family, local vet pull together for Myriah

Long gone are the days when a pet was sick, there was little else to do but put them “down” or put them “to sleep.” Now, with the technological advances similar to that of human medicine, dogs and other companion animals can have a shot at longer, more fullfilling lives.

Girls just want to do some good at Sedona

Thursday, Nov.19, from 6-10 p.m., Sedona Restaurant will be hosting their eighth annual “Girls Just Want to Have Fun Night.” The restaurant will be closed to other patrons for the event.

Hocker’s offers savings of food and gas

Starting Nov. 13, Hocker’s and G&E will be offering customers a gas rewards program. For every $100 spent, customers will receive 10 cents per gallon off of gas purchased at Hocker’s or G&E. Through the Hocker’s G&E Gold Card customers will be able to save on various items throughout both stores and pay a discounted price on gas.

Service group looks for members

Those looking to get involved in their community may want to give the Southern Sussex Rotary at try. The world’s first service organization is looking for members in the area.

“It’s a community thing,” explained Southern Sussex member Dominique Kimball. “But it is also national and international.”

County BoA confirms use for equipment storage

In a case that details the kinds of conflict that can happen as an area is developed, a 1-acre property near Millville has been the source of discord between the property owner and neighbors in recent years, as they battle over an ongoing use that the property’s owner says has existed there for nearly a half-century.

Bluewater Wind acquired by NRG

In a move that garnered praise from Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware Congressional delegation, NRG Energy Inc. this week announced that it had acquired Bluewater Wind, one of the nation’s leading offshore wind development businesses, from Babcock & Brown and Arcadia Windpower.

WEATHER ALERT: Ida remnants bring high wind warning, high surf advisory, coastal flood watch for Delaware beaches

Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa.
9:43 a.m. EST, Wed., Nov. 11, 2009

... High wind warning in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EST Friday...

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a high wind warning... Which is in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EST Friday.

County working on dog control ordinance

\With responsibility for dog control inside Sussex County transferring to county officials in January, county council members and staff began work this week on adoption of Chapter 60 of county code, the ordinance setting up the rules for the county’s new dog-control operations.

Fenwick adopts policies on beach, animals

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.