• The annual Bethany Beach Town Council election will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, with in-person voting from noon to 6 p.m. at town hall. Three council seats are up for election this year, with at least four of the seven seats required to be held by full-time residents of the town. Council terms are two years. Anyone wishing to file as a candidate for the election must file a written Notice of Intention (Application for Candidacy) in the town manager’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 28.
Candidates must: be at least 21; a U.S. citizen; not have been convicted of a felony; have been for a period of at least six months prior to the date of the election either a permanent full-time resident of the town, or a natural person holding record title to a fee simple or life estate in real property located within the town of Bethany Beach; at the time of filing a notice of intention to seek office, be a duly registered voter under the provisions of the Town Charter (Section 5.2) and Voter Registration Ordinance (Chapter 378 of the Town Code).
• Only natural persons are allowed to vote in town elections, but only natural persons who are not identified on the Town’s tax records as an owner of real estate in the Town are required to register. They may register in person at town hall or by mail during normal business hours, except during the last 30 days before the election. Contact town hall for more information.
Absentee ballots can be obtained by filing an affidavit with the Town. Affidavits are available by calling (302) 537-3771 and are available on the town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com. Absentee ballots will not be available until after the filing deadline for candidates, which is July 28.
• The Bethany Beach Budget & Finance Committee will hold a meeting at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 29, at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes final review of the 2021 fiscal year and a review of the first quarter of the 2022 fiscal year.
The Bethany Beach Non-Residential Design Review Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes review and consideration of applications from: (1) Topsail Steamer BBD LLC, requesting approval of two new hanging signs and one sign for the new business, located at 98 Garfield Parkway, Suite #109, Blue Surf; (2) Carlos Granados, for a new wall sign for a new business, Lili’s Place, located at 99 Garfield Parkway, Unit 4; and (3) Mark Kiesewetter, for a new exterior area consisting of posts and market lights in the parking area in front of his business, Delmarva Dry Goods, located at 115 Garfield Parkway.
• The town’s summer concert series is being held only on Thursday nights this summer, but it will extend through October, with shows on Saturday nights in September and October.
• Bonfires on the Beach have moved to Friday nights in October, from 8 to 10 p.m. Movies on the Beach/Bandstand are still taking place at dusk on Mondays on the beach off Garfield Parkway, through Aug. 23, and on Fridays on the bandstand on Sept. 3, 17 and 24, also at dusk.
• The Town of Bethany Beach has passed a new ordinance restricting sizes of holes dug on the beach to 1 foot deep by 2 feet wide. The ordinance also mandates that all holes dug by beach patrons must be filled in by the beachgoers who made them, before they leave the beach.
• Beach trolley service resumed on May 29. Protective face masks are required when riding on the trolley, under guidelines and mandates for their use on public transportation. For more information on the trolley service, visit https://www.townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/5375/2018-Trolley-Brochure.
• The 2021 summer parking season has begun. Changes to parking rules in the town for the 2021 summer season include that cars displaying a residential parking permit (parking for free while displaying the permit) and cars paying to park can both park in parking spaces on oceanfront street ends and parking lots while seasonal parking enforcement is in effect. Parking fees remain the same, with parking fee payment available by mobile app or kiosk. The 15-minute parking spaces created for the summer of 2020 remain in place at this time. A map of the parking areas for the season is online at https://www.townofbethanybeach.com/DocumentCenter/View/5374/Parking-Map-2021.
• Town Hall is closed to the general public. Visitors can conduct business from the walk-up window. Face masks and other precautions are required.
• The Town of South Bethany is available at (302) 539-3653 and www.southbethany.org.
• The Fenwick Island Town Council election is set for Aug. 7, and there are eight candidates competing for four open seats. There are four incumbents and four challengers running. The incumbents are: Mayor Eugene Langan, Vice-Mayor Richard Mais and Council Members William Weistling Jr. and Mitchell Houser Sr. The challengers include Janice Bortner, Paul Breger, Natalie Magdeburger and Jacqueline Napolitano.
• The Fenwick Island Town Hall lobby set to re-open to the public, while the rest of town hall will remain closed, except by appointment. Staff will be available at (302) 539-3011 and through email.
• The Fenwick Island town website is located at www.fenwickisland.delaware.gov. The Town of Fenwick Island is also now on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/IslandFenwick or @IslandFenwick.
• The Ocean View municipal building is now open to the public to conduct regular business between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with non-vaccinated persons required to wear masks. Meetings with staff should be scheduled in advance so that they can be scheduled in the conference room to allow for appropriate distancing.
• Council meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. The Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment meets on the third Thursday of the month, when needed. Currently, all meetings are by Zoom teleconference.
• Mediacom television customers in Ocean View can get up to date information on Town activities and issues by tuning to Mediacom stations 78 or 818 to watch OVTV.
• Ocean View administrative offices can be contacted at (302) 539-9797.
• The new Town of Ocean View website is located at http://oceanviewde.gov.
• Millville Town Hall is now open to the public. Town hall’s regular hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• The Millville Town Council generally meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m.
• The Millville Planning & Zoning Commission generally meets on the second Thursday of each month, at 7 p.m.
• The Town of Millville has implemented the CodeRED emergency and general alert system. Residents are being encouraged to enroll with CodeRED by visiting the town’s website at www.millville.delaware.gov and clicking on the CodeRED icon at the bottom of our homepage.
• The Town of Millville’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/townofmillville. There is no sign-up/log-on required, it’s free and open to the public.
• The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
• Frankford Town Hall is open to the public, with precautions in place. Residents can also pay bills and fees by credit card on the town website; by delivering to the drop slot at the front door; or by U.S. mail to Town of Frankford; P.O. Box 550; Frankford DE 19945.
• The Frankford Police Department is open but is taking precautions to ensure the safety of the officers. To reach Police Chief Laurence Corrigan, call (302) 542-9866.
• The town website is at http://frankford.delaware.gov, and town hall can be reached by calling (302) 732-9424.
• Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday.
• Selbyville Town Hall and the Selbyville Police Department are now located at 1 West Church Street, Selbyville, Del. All other phone, fax and email contacts remain the same.
• The Town of Selbyville is available at (302) 436-8314 and www.selbyville.delaware.gov.
• Dagsboro Town Hall is available at https://dagsboro.delaware.gov and (302) 732-3777.
• The Millsboro Town Council generally meets on the first Monday every month at 7 p.m. in Town Hall, with an option to call in.
• The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
Indian River School District
• The IRSD Community Advisory Board meets quarterly to study academic and behavioral interventions for all district students, as well as special education services, as required by the consent order agreement in the G.W. Carver Academy lawsuit.
• Wednesday curbside meal service ended after June 2. This summer, families can look for the USDA Summer Food Service Program at sites around the region. Free meals are provided to all youth 18 or younger. Check the schedule at https://www.fns.usda.gov/meals4kids.
• Kindergarten registration has begun for the 2021-2022 school year and will be fully online this year. Details and documents can be found at the district website or by contacting the local elementary school. Kindergarten registration is for children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31, 2021. Parents registering their child must also submit electronic copies of an original birth certificate, proof of immunization and proof of residency.
• IRSD information is available at (302) 436-1000 and www.irsd.net.
• The Sussex County Council generally meets every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Georgetown.
• The Sussex County website is located at www.sussexcountyde.gov.