Bethany Beach News

Town of Bethany Beach, DE


  • 1,077 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

  • Third Friday of the month, 3:30 p.m., Town Council Chambers


  • First Saturday in September, 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:

  • 214 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Web site

General e-mail inquiries

Town Council 2013-2014:

  • Jack Gordon, Mayor
  • Lew Kilmer, Vice-Mayor
  • Jerry Dorfman, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joseph Healy
  • Rosemary Hardiman
  • Chuck Peterson
  • Margaret Bogan Young

Town Manager:

  • Cliff Graviet

Town Clerk:

  • Lisa A. Kail

Director of Finance:

  • Janet Connery

Building Official:

  • Susan Frederick

Public Works Director:

  • Brett J. Warner

Standing committees:

  • Audit Committee, Board of Adjustments, Board of Assessment, Budget & Finance Committee, Charter and Ordinance Review Committee, Cultural and Historic Affairs Committee, Design Review Committee for C-1 & C-2, Planning Commission,


  • Mike Redmon, Chief


  • 911

Non-emergency police contact:

  • (302) 539-1000

Town Office:

  • (302) 539-8011

Beach patrol:

  • Joe Donnelly
  • The Beach Patrol is on duty beginning Memorial Day weekend (on Saturday) and each day thereafter until Labor Day Monday, and each weekend through September.

Trash pick-up:

  • Every Monday during the offseason and every Monday (Zone 1) & Tuesday (Zone 2)based on two zones during the Summer season.

Curbside recycling:

  • Every other Wednesday in the offseason, and every Wednesday (Zone 1) & Thursday (Zone 2), based on two zones during the Summer season.

Feds seek input on deep-water permitting

Mid-Atlantic survey first step in oil/gas drilling
Two Texas companies have requested permission to perform surveys off the Delaware coast for potential oil and gas reserves. GX Technology Corporation and Spectrum Geo Inc. applied for permits to do deep-penetration seismic surveys on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.

Bethany Nature Center to host Earth Day Celebration on April 18

The 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Bethany Beach Nature Center on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Under the Big Top, there will be nature games, crafts, raffles and prizes. There will also be up-close encounters with Liz and her raptors, and James with his honeybees. Readers can visit the Nature Book Table to find books “free to a good home.”

Fun Car Rallye III to benefit Justin’s Beach House

For the third year in a row, a car rallye will be held to support Justin’s Beach House, a respite home in Bethany Beach for families impacted by cancer.

The Justin’s Beach House Poker and Fun Car Rallye III was created by Ocean View residents Bob and Nancy Lueckel.

Christian Church Conference Center arrives

Last fall, the Christian Church Conference Center’s new Alexander Cambell Hall was completed in Bethany Beach. This Saturday, the church is inviting the public to visit the new facility.

“It’s a very nice building,” said Alexis Distler, program manager. “It turned out just as we wanted it to.”

LB Lionesses collecting shoes for water

It’s time to clean out those closets and maybe donate some old shoes to a good cause. The Lord Baltimore Lioness Club will host a used shoe drive Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m. at South Coastal Library. The service club has also invited teenager Emma Rider to give a firsthand account of her experiences in transforming old shoes into clean water.

Last day to pre-register for Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Run/Walk

With the official rain-or-shine race day set for Saturday, May 9, the deadline to pre-register for the Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Run/Walk has arrived.

Homeless found shelter in Bethany Beach this winter

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Stone House, part of the Bethany Beach Christian Chuch complex, served as a homeless shelter during the winter for nearly 40 people. The shelter was run by SOUL?Ministries, with the help of the Southeast Sussex Ministerium, comprised of a number of area churches.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Stone House, part of the Bethany Beach Christian Chuch complex, served as a homeless shelter during the winter for nearly 40 people. The shelter was run by SOUL?Ministries, with the help of the Southeast Sussex Ministerium, comprised of a number of area churches.For five months, nearly 40 different people in the Sussex County area who were homeless had a warm, dry place to sleep and a hot meal every day, in downtown Bethany Beach.

SOUL (Serving Others Under the Lord) Ministries, an outreach ministry for those who are homeless or in need, teamed up with the Southeast Sussex Ministerium to use Stone House — one of the vacant beach houses on the campground of the Christian Church Conference Center — as a shelter for those who would otherwise be out in the cold.

The home sleeps 16, with six bedrooms and four bathrooms on the second floor and two handicapped-accessible bedrooms on first floor that share a bathroom. There is a fireplace, kitchen, dining area and two meeting areas.

“When we thought ‘shelter,’ we were thinking one big room with a bunch of cots,” said Eric Snyder, who helped form SOUL a few years ago of the initial push to create a new southern Sussex shelter. “Never did we think we’d be offered a whole house.”

Bethany adopts $8.4M budget, parking and water hikes

The Bethany Beach Town Council at its March 20 meeting unanimously approved the budget for the Town’s 2016 fiscal year, which begins April 1. The budget calls for $8.4 million in revenue, with $7 million going to operating costs and $1.4 million to capital projects and debt repayment.

Council Treasurer Jerry Dorfman noted that that budget before the council, including proposed increases in parking and water use rates, had been recommended for adoption by the Budget & Finance Committee.

The fee increases add 25 cents per hour to the parking rate, raising it to $1.75 per hour, with commensurate increases in the costs for daily and weekly parking passes and for shuttle buses from outside communities. (Rehoboth Beach recently raised its metered parking rates from $1.50 per hour to $2 per hour.)

Bunny Palooza 10K/5K set for April 4 in Bethany Beach

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the fourth annual Bunny Palooza! will be held on Saturday, April 4, starting at 8:30 a.m., with the 10K run kicking off at 8:30 and the 5K run/walk at 9:30 a.m., both at Parkwood Avenue and Atlantic Avenue in downtown Bethany Beach, ending on the Bethany Beach boardwalk.

Bethany Beach budget up for a vote on Friday, March 20

The Bethany Beach Town Council will look to adopt its budget for the 2016 fiscal year this Friday, March 20, during the regular monthly council meeting.

Local brides to get help with weddings

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Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their love for one and other, but the logistics of planning can be difficult.
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Suspect sought in attempted robbery at G&E last week

The Delaware State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect in the attempted robbery of Hocker’s G&E Supermarket that occurred early last Thursday evening.

Police said the incident occurred around 8:20 p.m. on Feb. 26, when a male suspect entered the supermarket on Cedar Neck Road and approached a 49-year-old female employee at the counter.

Bethany Blues shows off newly renovated bar with grand-reopening party

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : General Manger Nate Williams was joined by staff and Chamber members to celebrate the grand re-opening of Bethany Blues in downtown Bethany Beach last Friday night.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell : General Manger Nate Williams was joined by staff and Chamber members to celebrate the grand re-opening of Bethany Blues in downtown Bethany Beach last Friday night.Bethany Blues kicked-off their grand-reopening party at their Bethany Beach location last Friday night, introducing the neighborhood to their newly renovated downstairs bar area.

At the event, attendees were able to enjoy a Bethany Blues menu featuring all their old favorites in the brand new bar — now equipped with 12 TVs, 15 beers on tap and an overall more welcoming atmosphere, according to General Manager Nate Williams.

“People are blown away by it,” said Williams. “Everybody’s been very supportive of how we changed it. They feel like it’s more warm and inviting.”

In addition to more TVs and nearly tripling their draft beer selection, the restaurant took both aesthetics and functionality into account in the revamped design, replacing not only the bar itself but the booths in the bar area with high-top tables.

“The bar was kind of an island, so we pulled the bar top off, and it juts out and goes straight back. That whole back area is brand new,” explained Williams. “We knocked out a wall and got rid of booths and put in high-top tables to make it more like a pub area.”

Bethany approves signage for Ocean Suites hotel

More than a dozen signs spread across the two buildings of the new Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel on the town’s boardwalk were up for approval at the Non-Residential Design Review Committee (DRC) meeting on Feb. 13.

Harris Teeter to close Salt Pond store

The Harris Teeter grocery store company announced on Tuesday that it would be closing its Salt Pond location near Bethany Beach in two weeks. The store is the area’s newest Harris Teeter store, open at Salt Pond Plaza since March 31, 2010, on the heels of its first local store opening in West Fenwick.

Coastal Athlete joins area fitness scene

Those looking to make good of their New Year’s resolutions to get healthy and fit will find a unique opportunity at Bethany Beach’s new Coastal Athlete, a personal training studio.

Bethany Beach Books ready to drop new reads on customers’ doorsteps

The excitement of receiving a long-awaited package in the mail can be palpable. And Bethany Beach Books hopes to give book-lovers the chance to get excited each month with a new book subscription service, called the Book Drop.

Party with a Purpose mixes fun with fundraising effort

Party with a Purpose will be throwing a charity bash on Thursday, Feb. 5, inviting locals to an evening of celebrating “Foundations of Friendships” at Sedona in Bethany Beach.

Community members invited to plunge into 2015

Coastal Point • File Photo: People have literally gone ‘head over heels’ for the Exercise Like the Eskimos event in Bethany Beach over the years.Coastal Point • File Photo: People have literally gone ‘head over heels’ for the Exercise Like the Eskimos event in Bethany Beach over the years.This New Year’s Day, many people will flock to the beach in order to participate in the time-honored tradition of taking the plunge into the Atlantic Ocean to ring in 2015.

On Jan. 1, the Town of Fenwick Island will hold the Fenwick Freeze at the beach just off Bayard Street.

Those who wish to participate may on the register day of the event, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The cost is $25 per person, and participants will receive a Fenwick Freeze beach towel. Everyone will run into the ocean at 10:30 a.m.

Now in its 11th year, the Freeze supports the Fenwick Island Lifeguard National Competition Fund.

Tim Ferry, captain of the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol, said the swim used to support both the beach patrol and Sussex County EMS teams but now solely donates the money to the patrol.

Special Olympics Delaware recognizes Sea Colony

With sunny skies and moderate temperatures, 215 people participated in Sea Colony’s 12th Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, held annually on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The event, which benefits Special Olympics Delaware, has become a tradition. Certificates were presented to the first-, second- and third-place male and female winners from age groups ranging from 9-and-younger to 80-and-older.