- The 2020 Bethany Beach Town Council election is set for Saturday, Sept. 12, from noon to 6 p.m., with four council members to be elected this year (at least four of the seven members of the council must be residents of the town, but all may be residents of the town). Terms are for two years. This year’s council candidates are challenger Russell Evans, a part-time resident, and incumbents Faith Denault, R. Bruce Frye, Rosemary Hardiman and Lew Killmer, all full-time residents. A Candidates’ Night event, hosted by Coastal Point Executive Editor Darin McCann, is set for Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. The event will be live-streamed, with details to come. There will be no in-person audience at this year’s Candidate’s Night event.
- This year, all property owners will be receiving an affidavit in the mail to request an absentee ballot if they wish to vote in the council election by mail instead. Property owners are automatically registered to vote in town elections. Residents who are not property owners are generally eligible to vote but must have registered with the Town at least 30 days ahead of the election and can then request an affidavit.
- Details on voter registration requirements and the Sept. 12 election are online at http://www.townofbethanybeach.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=581. Information on the absentee balloting process is also available on the Town website at https://www.townofbethanybeach.com/156/Absentee-Ballot-Information. For more information, contact town hall at (302) 537-3771 or visit the Town’s website at www.townofbethanybeach.com.
- The Bethany Beach Town Council recently announced the temporary waiving of parking fees on Tuesdays from 4 to 11 p.m. during the month of August, as well as the removal of pay-to-park requirements in the town for the entire month of September. Local businesses may offer deals and specials on Tuesdays, to coincide with the free parking period.
- The Town on July 1 had approved additional restrictions on parking in the downtown commercial district to help control crowding under the state mandate for reopening the beaches and boardwalk. Parking in the beachfront lots between Atlantic Avenue and the beach is being limited to resident permits only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, but will be available for pay-to-park after 4 p.m. Parking along Atlantic Avenue itself is pay-to-park all day long. A map of the new parking configuration is available on the Town website at http://www.townofbethanybeach.com/ImageRepository/Document?documentId=5196.
- Per state order, and a new town ordinance, as of 8 a.m. on Friday, July 3, masks or protective face coverings are required along the street, in shops, in all areas of the C-1 commercial district (east of Route 1 in the Garfield Parkway area), as well as on the boardwalk and on beach dune crossings, 24/7. They are also strongly recommended for use on the beach, but are not required there, where social distancing is possible.
- Violation of the state mandate for masks is a criminal violation, while Bethany Beach’s new ordinance makes a violation a civil violation with a fine of $50 to $100. Code enforcement officers will be enforcing the mask requirement, which applies to pedestrians, runners and cyclists ages 13 or older. Masks are also not required when eating or drinking. Exceptions are also made for those unable to wear masks due to medical conditions.
- The Bethany Beach Town Council on July 1 voted to cancel the remainder of the 2020 bandstand entertainment schedule. Conditional approvals have been granted for some outside events in the fall, but those approvals will be reexamined later in the summer. On Thursday, April 30, the council had voted to cancel all special events in the town until July 15.
- The Bethany Beach Town Council on July 1 voted to not institute its trolley service for the 2020 season, as well as to not permit the unloading of outside beach shuttles.
- Bethany Beach summer exercise concessions opened for classes (on the beach only) on the weekend of June 5.
- The Town of Bethany Beach has canceled all public meetings until further notice. The council has been meeting via videoconference and will meet next on Aug. 21.
- The Town of Bethany Beach has resumed yard waste collection. Bulk and special trash pickups remain suspended until further notice. The summer trash pick-up schedule went into effect on May 1.
- The town council’s next regular monthly meeting will be Friday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. Due to social distance requirements, the council meeting room can only accommodate town council members and staff. The public may only participate electronically (toll-free telephone 1-877-309-2073, access code 443-273-373). The meeting agenda includes public comments first; then appointment of members to the FEMA Ad Hoc Committee; discussion of canal issues and possible solutions; and a possible vote on RFPs for beach access walks; but no presentation of leadership or committee reports, which are posted online.
- The Charter & Code Committee will meet Friday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. via teleconference.
- The town council’s next monthly workshop will be Thursday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m.
- Visitors are allowed inside Town Hall, on a limited basis. Face masks and other precautions are required.
- Outdoor fitness classes in South Bethany will continue. However, all other Town-sponsored social events have been canceled for the summer of 2020, to prevent the spread of COVID-19. That includes bonfires, movies on the beach, the art show and Adopt-A-Canal celebration.
- The Town anticipates that FEMA will be issuing a new set of Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) next winter. There will be a public process when that time comes.
- Bulk trash collection has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 12. Items should be placed curbside that Friday night to ensure collection. There are strict rules for bulk collection, so customers should check the Town website. For more information, call Republic Services at 1-800-762-8888 or Town Hall.
- The Town of South Bethany is available at (302) 539-3653 and www.southbethany.org.
- Until further notice, all Town of Fenwick Island buildings and offices are closed to the public, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Town staff will continue to work on site while offices remain closed to the public. Staff will be available at (302) 539-3011 and through email. Essential in-person meetings with may be arranged by appointment.
- Residents are being encouraged to make any bill payments through the Town website or U.S. mail.
- The Fenwick Island Police Department will continue to respond to calls. Contact the police officer on duty at (302) 542-8793. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
- 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.
- Ocean View has canceled its annual Cops & Goblins Halloween event for 2020, as well as the planned Holiday Market and tree-lighting event. A socially-distanced tree-lighting may be planned in its place.
- All town buildings were closed to the public as of March 17, although staff will be on-site to answer phone calls and email. Essential in-person meetings with town staff may be arranged by appointment.
- Bills can be sent via U.S. mail or the drop box located at the Town’s Administrative Office (201 Central Avenue).
- Future meetings of the town council and committees will be addressed on a case-by-case basis, but only where urgent, and possibly by electronic means, such as phone or video conference.
- Ocean View Administrative Offices are available at www.oceanviewde.com and (302) 539-9797.
- Until further notice, Millville Town Hall will be closed to the general public immediately, to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Town staff will continue to work on-site while the offices remain closed to the public. They are available at (302) 539-0449 and through email.
- Building permit documents may be arranged by appointment.
- 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 & open to the public. The Millville town website is located at www.millville.delaware.gov.
- As of March 18, Frankford Town Hall is closed to the general public until further notice, per the current State of Emergency declared by the governor. Town employees will be working normal business hours, and residents can contact the Town Hall at (302)-732-9424.
- Frankford Town Park is closed until further notice.
- Residents can 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 will remain open but will be taking precautions to ensure the safety of the officer. To reach Police Chief Laurence Corrigan, call (302) 542-9866.
- The town website is at http://frankford.delaware.gov.
- Curbside recycling is picked up every other Tuesday.
- The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m.
- The town council’s next monthly meeting will be Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.
- Selbyville Town Hall and Selbyville Police Department are now located at 1 West Church Street, Selbyville, Del. All other phone, fax and email contacts remain the same.
- Bulk trash will not be collected monthly during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Town of Selbyville is available at (302) 436-8314 is www.selbyville.delaware.gov.
- To slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all town buildings were closed to the public as of March 17, although staff will be on-site to answer phone calls and email. All meetings have been canceled.
- Water and other bills can be paid online, sent via U.S. mail or placed in the drop box at the police department.
- Dagsboro Town Hall is available at https://dagsboro.delaware.gov and (302) 732-3777.
- The Millsboro town website is located at www.millsboro.org.
Indian River School District
- The first day of school was moved from Sept. 8 until Thursday, Sept. 17. Families have an option to participate completely by remote learning or a hybrid model with some in-school learning.
- The Board of Education will host a special meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Sussex Central High School, for the purpose of discussing school reopening plans for 2020-2021. The meeting will be open to the public but all attendees must wear face coverings and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Seating availability may also be limited.
- The Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting will be Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.
- Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now being conducted electronically through www.IRSD.net. Families without internet access should call their local school for paperwork.
- Local children may be eligible for the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. The USDA Summer Food Service provides free healthy meals and snacks to eligible children when school is not in session. Families are encouraged to call 211; call 1-866-348-6479; text the words “summer meals” to 97779; text the word “food” to 877-877 or text the word “comida” to 877-877 (for Spanish speakers); or log on to www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks for locations and more information.
- School outdoor areas and athletic facilities are reopening to the public. People must adhere to State of Emergency orders requiring cloth face coverings, have hand sanitizer available and practice social distancing.
- IRSD information is available at (302) 436-1000 and www.irsd.net.
- Sussex County government facilities reopened for limited public access as of Tuesday, June 30. Those with business at County offices should check to see if public access is available, if appointments may be required or if remote options are available. County Council and other public meetings will have an extremely limited capacity in the council chambers, and overflow crowds may be asked to wait in the lobby or outside the building. Social distancing will be observed. Remote access will be maintained during the ongoing state-of-emergency so that those who would prefer to participate remotely may do so.
- County offices are not accepting cash as a form of payment for all services. Only credit card or check payments will be accepted. For credit card payments, all surcharges will be waived until further notice to accommodate customers inconvenienced by the temporary policy.
- The Sussex County website is located at www.sussexcountyde.gov.
State of Delaware
- Beach access has been restored statewide. Per state order, masks or protective face coverings are required along boardwalks and the street and in shops, and they are strongly recommended for use on the beach. Distancing and other hygiene requirements remain in place. State officials will be limiting access to the state parks to help control crowding, and will be monitoring beachgoers to ensure appropriate distancing. Additional restrictions were to go into effect on July 3, due to problems with observing social distancing and other prevention efforts in recent weeks. Entry to the state parks will not be on a one-out-one-in basis, to avoid lines building at the park entrances.
- The State has reduced restrictions on drive-on surf-fishing, removing limits on the number of people per vehicle and once again requiring only one person in the party to be actively fishing at all times, but spacing between vehicles and parties must be maintained, and capacity restrictions for the state parks will include drive-on vehicles.
- As of Friday, May 8, entrance fees and pass requirements are once again in place for state parks and wildlife areas. Those who are receiving state or federal assistance, including unemployment insurance, are eligible for reduced fees. Parks offices and entry-fee booths remain closed, and all payments must be made online (for passes) or via credit card or payment envelope in the parks and wildlife areas.
- All four Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations are now available through kiosk, drive-through and emergency appointment only. Dealer paperwork can be dropped off for processing and picked up when notified. Inspection lanes will remain open, as no personal interaction is required, and the drive-through windows at each location will have additional staff working to process DMV-related transactions. At no time will there be more than 10 people permitted in DMV lobbies.
- To schedule an appointment for urgent business at the DMV in Georgetown that cannot wait until after the current situation passes, call: Georgetown Driver Services at (302) 853-1044; or Georgetown Vehicle Services at (302) 853-1034. Anyone who is feeling ill is being asked to not visit public facilities and avoid public transportation. For more information on the state’s response to the Coronavirus, visit de.gov/coronavirus.