Bethany Beach News

Town of Bethany Beach, DE

Population:

  • 1,077 (2010 Census)

Town council meetings:

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

Elections:

  • 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:

  • Tony McClenny, Mayor
  • Jack Gordon, Vice-Mayor
  • Jerry Dorfman, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joseph Healy
  • Lew Killmer
  • 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,

Police:

  • Mike Redmon, Chief

Emergency:

  • 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.

Bethany reviews weather-challenged Fourth of July events

The Fourth of July holiday in Bethany Beach was a little quieter this year than in the past, with the first-ever cancelation of the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade, due to weather, and a partly weather-related scaling down of the Town’s fireworks display, which was postponed a day, also due to Hurricane Arthur.

Bethany Beach approves payment plan for hotel project

Following up on a request from developer Jack Burbage and his Bethany Beach Boardwalk Group, the Bethany Beach Town Council recently approved a payment agreement with the developers of the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel that would allow them to pay about $790,000 in building permit fees, transfer taxes and water fees in four payments over the course of three years.

First Responders triathlon-duathlon set for Sept. 21 in Bethany Beach

The third annual Bethany Beach First Responders Sprinternational Triathlon-Duathlon, sponsored by Meris Properties, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21, to benefit the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and first-responders in the fire and EMS service of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, with options to support Autism Speaks and Share-A-Lot.

Sea Colony clinic to focus on strategy, visual tactics for tennis

Research, strategy and real-world drills will converge on the court as two tennis coaches team up for a sport science clinic on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Sea Colony Tennis Center near Bethany Beach.

Bethany council envisions nature-focused design for park

Bethany Beach’s newest park will have a natural, minimalistic design, if the recommendations of the town council are followed. The council on July 18 voted to focus the Town’s search for a landscape architect to design the project on the concept of a park primarily featuring walking and biking paths, benches and landscaping.

Bethany Beach to celebrate Périers Day on July 27

Coastal Point • File Photo : The Town of Bethany Beach hosted a Day of Commemoration on Friday, July 27, 2012, to celebrate the anniversary of the twinning of Bethany Beach with Periers, France. Above, then-Mayor Tony McClenny and members of the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee enjoy the proceedings with Julianna Murphy (purple dress, front and center), her sister Alessandra (yellow) and father, Jay.Coastal Point • File Photo : The Town of Bethany Beach hosted a Day of Commemoration on Friday, July 27, 2012, to celebrate the anniversary of the twinning of Bethany Beach with Periers, France. Above, then-Mayor Tony McClenny and members of the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee enjoy the proceedings with Julianna Murphy (purple dress, front and center), her sister Alessandra (yellow) and father, Jay.On Sunday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, in observance of the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France. Downtown Bethany will be themed to be reminiscent of a street in France, with artists drawing caricature sketches on the boardwalk from 3 to 6 p.m. and French/jazz band La Vie en Rose performing on the bandstand at 5 p.m.

Périers, located in Normandy, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army’s 90th Infantry Division on July 27, 1944. The liberation came almost two months after the D-Day landing on Utah Beach. The twinning or “sister city” relationship between the two towns was established in August of 2010.

The commemorative program is free and will take place before the evening concert on the bandstand. There is no rain date. For more information, visit www.townofbethanybeach.com or call Events Director Julie Malewski at (302) 539-8011, ext. 123.

Bethany Beach Bookstore asks visitors: Where’s Waldo?

Bethany Beach Books is offering locals and visitors the chance to find the ever-elusive Waldo in downtown Bethany Beach. Those who wish to participate in the free family-friendly activity can stop by any of the 25 participating Bethany Beach shops and pick up a “passport” before starting their search.

Odd algae bloom in Salt Pond gets attention from State

Special to the Coastal Point • Monica Scott: This algae bloom in Salt Pond created quite a stir recently.Special to the Coastal Point • Monica Scott: This algae bloom in Salt Pond created quite a stir recently.To Pat Sned, whose home backs up to the Salt Pond, a large apparent algae bloom that caught her eye about a month ago seemed a little out of place. She said that, in her 15 years of owning her home, she had never noticed anything like it.

“It’s quite extensive” she said, of the yellowish muck that sits on the edges of the southeast corner of the Salt Pond. What Sned can see out her back door in the Villas of Bethany West is the area where the Bethany Loop Canal meets the Salt Pond, coming from the Bethany Beach side (behind the Army National Guard building on Route 1).

“The people from DNREC came, and they said it isn’t so unusual that it’s growing here, but none of us had ever seen a growth like that. I have not seen any growth, and never algae. My concern was “what has changed?”

She said Bethany Beach town officials and DNREC came out, but she was told the water was too shallow for them to use their machines to cut the algae.

Bicycle Connection switches gears in Bethany Beach

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Bicycle Connection carries Electro bicycles to accomodate those looking for beach cruiser bikes. They also carry Trek road bikes.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Bicycle Connection carries Electro bicycles to accomodate those looking for beach cruiser bikes. They also carry Trek road bikes.For years, Bethany Cycles, located on Route 26, was a destination for cyclists in the Bethany Beach area. Last December, the shop was bought by Bicycle Connection, which has another location in Maryland, and as a result it can now offer customers a wider variety of bicycle- and kayak- related products.

“We just have a lot more available than we had before,” said Manager Tommy Riebel. “We switched the line. We’re going back to Trek and the Electro line of bikes. They also have the Townies, which are very popular.”

The shop carries Trek road bikes and hybrids for all skill levels of riders and carries Electro as their beach cruisers, for those looking for a bike to use in the bike lane on Coastal Highway or on local boardwalks.

Not only does Bicycle Connection carry a variety of bikes, it also carries a variety of bike accessories, including bicycle shoes, seats, pumps, locks, storage bags, racks, trailers and baby seats.

“Not everybody’s got shoes,” explained Riebel. “We have some cycling shoes — shoes that also work for spin class, which is popular around here with a couple gyms.”

TRAFFIC ALERT: Emergency night work for Route 26 early Saturday, July 12

Emergency roadwork will close one lane of Route 26 on early Saturday morning, July 12.

From midnight to 7 a.m., traffic will alternate between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road in Millville. Follow flaggers and drive carefully.

Volunteers needed for Inland Bays Cleanup

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.

Bethany Beach recognized in travel magazine

In its June/July 2014 issue, National Geographic Traveler, a travel magazine with a readership of 9 million, selected Bethany Beach as one of seven beaches nationwide where “the essential beach experience endures.” Bethany is the only beach between Massachusetts and North Carolina to be recognized.

Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.

Author of book about signing with young children to appear at Bethany Beach Books

An expert on promoting early literacy for all children though sign language, Baltimore author Kathy MacMillan will sign her new book, “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Books. She will also offer a hands-on storytime for parents and kids of all ages at the store on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 night work for July 7 to 11

Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:

• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.

Welcome home!

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A procession of emergency officials and loved ones escorted Specialist Charles Mood to the Millville fire hall on Tuesday, July 2.Just before Independence Day, people lined the streets to welcome home a local firefighter and internationally traveled soldier.

People and flags waved as the Millville Volunteer Fire Company escorted Specialist Charlie Mood Jr., 28, from the Indian River Inlet to the firehouse Tuesday. His company was the last of the Delaware National Guardsmen to return from Afghanistan.

Under American flags and “Welcome Home” signs, people lined the streets from the inlet to the fire hall. Lord Baltimore Elementary School even had a small contingent, including staff and a few students.

“We didn’t know who he was, but we wanted to be part of it,” said one teacher.

“A local school supporting local people,” another man said.

“That was amazing. I loved that,” Mood said at the firehouse. “It’s good to be back.”

A Frankford resident, Mood has served with the MVFC for nearly eight years.

Route 1 rehab project means nighttime lane closures start Monday

The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that nighttime lane closures could be expected on Route 1 from North Bethany to Fenwick Island beginning Monday, July 7, as part of a $4.4 million pavement and rehabilitation project.

Bethany Beach Fourth of July celebration to feature parade, Warrior Spirit

Coastal Point • File Photo : Independence Day is celebrated with a huge parade in?Bethany Beach. These young ladies pass out candy while wearing some patriotic gear.Coastal Point • File Photo : Independence Day is celebrated with a huge parade in?Bethany Beach. These young ladies pass out candy while wearing some patriotic gear.Bethany Beach is set for an all-day Fourth of July celebration this Friday, with a parade, live music, awards ceremonies, fireworks and more.

One of the biggest events of the day will, of course, be the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade, which this year will feature Grand Marshals Phil and Marry Rossi — who have helped organize the parade for the past 10 years, leading the volunteer committee that has handed over the reins to the Town of Bethany Beach for the first time in 2014.

“It’s a great honor that they would even consider us for this,” said Phil Rossi. “I enjoyed the 10 years — we met a lot of nice people and had a lot of support from the Town to make it a success. It’s a big event, and it means so much to the Town and the visitors that come to watch the parade. The T goes all out. I think it’s great it’s continuing.”

This year’s parade theme is “anything patriotic.”

RBFS to host film festival review sessions in Bethany Beach

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society will be conducting festival film review sessions during the summer months at South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

The festival film review sessions, open to the public, are used to assist with the film selection process for the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov. 5-9).

Bethany Beach Books to host author for signing

An expert on promoting early literacy for all children though sign language, Baltimore author Kathy MacMillan will sign her new book, “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Books. She will also offer a hands-on storytime for parents and kids of all ages at the store on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m.