At a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH) on Saturday, July 24, questions ranged from whether one candidate would be able to respectfully disagree with another council member who happens to be her mother, to how the town should address its flooding issues.

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Four candidates running for seats on the Fenwick Island Town Council have filed a seven-point complaint with the Town’s Board of Elections. The charges listed in the complaint, filed July 23, include improper handling of absentee ballots, incomplete explanations of voting regulations and wha…

The owner of the Fenwick Shores hotel in Fenwick Island has appealed the May decision of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner to deny a request for a variance for a pool bar atop the hotel.

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Meet the Candidates” event on Saturday, July 17, at 9 a.m. Due to the closure of Fenwick Island Town Hall to the public, the forum will be hosted in the Chamber parking lot, with a rain date to be determined.

With Gov. John Carney’s announcement that COVID-19 restrictions will largely be lifted on July 13, Fenwick Island Town Manager Teresa Tieman told the Fenwick Island Town Council this week that the office staff has been getting “a lot of questions” about whether the Town will continue with sp…

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At the request of the Fenwick Island Police Department, the Delaware State Police Criminal Investigations Unit on Friday, June 25, was investigating an early-morning shooting incident inside town limits that damaged a home and left a vehicle on fire, with two Maryland men in the custody of O…

Nearly seven months after a seven-hour public hearing, the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has ruled against a Fenwick Island hotel’s request for a variance for an outdoor bar.

Fenwick Island homeowners are voicing opposition to allowing shuttle services to operate in the town, following a request from an area business to provide such a service.

The Fenwick Island Town Council has opted to cancel the town’s annual beach bonfire for the second year in a row, citing concerns about social-distancing enforcement and other concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The developer of the Skipjack wind farm, proposed for construction 19.5 miles off the coast Delaware, has announced that it now plans to have the wind farm up and running by the end of 2026.

The Fenwick Island Town Council meeting on Friday, Dec. 4 — which had little on the actual agenda — erupted into a virtual verbal wrestling match between the mayor and a council member over past meeting minutes.

Days after a marathon Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (ABCC) hearing on a liquor license for the new Fenwick Shores hotel, the Fenwick Island Town Council continued to hear objections to the way the Town handled the hotel’s construction-related approvals.

After a hearing Tuesday, Oct. 20, that lasted nearly seven hours, the Fenwick Shores hotel in Fenwick Island was granted a liquor license for the bar inside the hotel, while Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chairman John Cordrey deferred a decision on the hotel’s pool bar.

Surrounded by family members, as well as police officers from across the state, town employees and town officials, Fenwick Island’s new police chief, John Devlin, took the oath of office in the gazebo at the Fenwick Town Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The Fenwick Island Town Council at its Friday, July 24, meeting voted to reactivate a moratorium on new hotels and motels for two more years. The council also voted to grant a building permit extension to a hotel currently under construction.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control has released the results of a survey that included questions about the possible location of an electrical interconnection facility at Fenwick Island State Park, bringing power from a proposed offshore wind farm, as well…

Fenwick Island has canceled its 2020 town council election, which had been scheduled for Aug. 1. No challengers filed to run in the election, so incumbents Gardner Bunting, Vicki Carmean and Bernie Merritt will retain their seats on the council with new two-year terms.

As state officials moved toward the reopening of businesses and relaxing restrictions on beaches, Fenwick Island officials discussed details of the how the town will proceed into the summer months at the Friday, May 22, Town Council meeting.

Referring to the town’s COVID-9 policy for its employees, Fenwick Island Town Manager Terry Tieman said at a March 27 Town Council meeting “this is a policy I thought I’d never have to adopt.”

Fenwick Island homeowners brought concerns about a proposed pool bar in the new hotel being built in the town, as the Town Council held its first meeting by conference call since state-ordered restrictions on meetings went into place as safety measures in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Town of Fenwick Island buildings will be closed to the general public effective Monday, March 16. That includes Town Hall, the Public Works Building and the police station. According to the Town website, the town manager, in consultation with the mayor, will evaluate continued office closure…

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With the recent struggle to get funding to relieve overcrowding at several Sussex County schools, Gov. John Carney says he understands why people downstate might be frustrated at his multi-million-dollar proposal for Wilmington schools, but he argues that it’s a situation unlike any other.

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In its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the town, Fenwick Island’s town council on Feb. 21 approved the installation of “rectangular rapid flashing beacon” (RRFB) systems at pedestrian crosswalks at two particularly dangerous intersections.

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Nearly a month after hundreds of people filled the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md., to comment on changes in plans for two wind-farm projects off the Delmarva coast, Maryland’s Public Service Commission has agreed to hold new hearings on the projects.

When 12-year-old Sebastian Munro strolls through Fenwick Hardware on Route 54 like he owns the place, nobody minds.

Bayside, a mixed-use coastal resort community in West Fenwick was named the Community of the Year in the 2018 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Bayside won the best mixed-use community award and then the grand award of the night for Co…

A public workshop to solicit public input related to pedestrian pathways will be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 to 11 a.m. at Fenwick Island Town Hall.

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After years of acting as individual advisors to the Town's building official, the Fenwick Island Building Committee is now meeting as a cohesive unit — pending a town council decision on whether to keep it around at all.

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Verizon Wireless wants to improve mobile coverage across coastal Delaware. This month, Verizon engineers designed two proposals to boost signals in Fenwick Island. (They only presented concept plans, but did not submit permit requests, which Fenwick will require for wireless infrastructure.)

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Government works for the people, and Delaware's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is how the law ensures the public gets information.

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A town known for its beaches, Fenwick Island will celebrate its blue sapphire anniversary this year. The municipality was incorporated on July 8, 1953, so a major celebration is being planned for its 65th anniversary.