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.

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.

Mio Fratello brings Italian flavor to the shore

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.

Double nor’easter slams coast

See a slideshow of the damage to Bethany Beach’s dune and shoreline

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.

Flu shots offered to IRSD students

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.

Indian River Inlet Bridge open house/tour postponed due to weather

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:

Kyle revamps book on area history

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.

Sussex Amber Alert text is a hoax

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.

Seaside Country Store gets sun-powered

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.

Break-in, theft at Fenwick business

Lady Fenwick, a retail clothing and antique jewelry store in Fenwick Island, was the target of vandalism and robbery early Monday morning.

Volunteers ready to clean up the coastline

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.

West 54 Café helps Fenwick area wake up

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.

Banner plane crashes in Delaware Bay near Dewey

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.