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Bethany police nab shoplifing suspect

The Bethany Beach Police Department (BBPD) curtailed what appears to have been a long-running shoplifting activity, targeting any number of local jewelry stores and retail shops, predominantly in Bethany Beach.

Dredging company staging in Fenwick

Fenwick Island Mayor Peter Frederick recently offered a heads-up to folks just rolling into town — the dredging company preparing to pump up Fenwick beaches was scheduled to start hauling beach replenishment gear back and forth on Bayard Street over the next few days.

Former lifeguards angle into surf industry

Two ex-Bethany Beach lifeguards and lifelong friends, Russell Evans and Cliff Hardwick, weren’t satisfied with a brand and a pending line of WaveKing gear and clothing for the ocean-going crowd.

Frankford looks at crime

Frankford, Del. — a small rural town, population less than 750, no taverns, plenty of churches, a feed mill and a brand new high school. And, as any real estate agent will tell you, it’s minutes from the beach.

Frankford water woes continue: "terrible"

Frankford Town Council reported less than stellar service from the town’s venerable water plant and pressure from a private utility at the Aug. 1 council meeting.

When Council President Robert Daisey asked Council Member Jesse Truitt for his report on water, Truitt pulled no punches — “It’s terrible,” he said.

Hold on a secBy Josh Miller

A hectic hurricane season in Florida has delayed until September the start of Fenwick Island’s beach replenishment project.

Environmentalists canvass Bethany Beach

Pedestrians in downtown Bethany Beach on July 29 may have stumbled through a handful of clipboard-wielding environmentalists en route the boardwalk.

South Bethany considers Artesian-Verizon deal

South Bethany Town Council considered an agreement between Artesian (water) and Verizon (telephone) that could bring in some extra rent money for the town, at a July 28 workshop.

Frankford adopts 2006 budget

Frankford Town Council President Robert Daisey presented a $366,300 operating budget for the coming year showing considerable line item adjustments, and a nearly 10 percent bottom line increase in expenditures since fiscal 2005, at a budget hearing on Aug. 1.

County wrangles road responsibilities

Sussex County Council pointed out Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) shortcomings at the Aug. 2 council meeting, as County Administrator Bob Stickels prepares to add his requests to DelDOT’s Five-Year Capital Transportation Improvement Program.

Carper talks health care costs at chamber

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) stopped by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 1, for a mixed bag discussion ranging from transportation to health care.

Fenwick jumps into live music

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Fenwick Town Council approved an exception to its noise ordinance that will allow live jazz in a local commercial center.

Bethany discusses character

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission met with area developers and architects Wednesday, Aug. 3, to discuss the options for enforcing design guidelines that would help maintain the character of the town.

Developers were asked to offer their opinions on specific architectural features and suggest ways to put together these desirable or undesirable elements into objective requirements.

Bethany Beach is getting the 'Blues'

If one is riding down Route 1 with the windows down, there is a chance of catching a whiff of what seems to be barbeque. And chances are the smell is coming from Bethany Blues.

Ocean View accepts police station plans

It was a night for the Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (CAP), and to review plans for a soon-to-be 15,000 square foot police station, at the Aug. 2 Ocean View Town Council meeting.
Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin came forward to recognize the gang of uniformed CAP members with a proclamation.

Selbyville moves to improve water and sewer

After a public hearing Monday, Aug. 1, the Selbyville Town Council approved a resolution to proceed with plans to borrow more than $2 million for improvements to the town’s water and sewer distribution systems.

Ocean View approves Lord Baltimore

The Ocean View Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission ushered plans for renovations at Lord Baltimore Elementary School through the preliminaries, and approved the site plan as a final (with a few conditions) at the July 21 P&Z meeting.

County considers moderately-priced housing

Sussex County Council took another baby step toward a moderately-priced housing program at a public workshop on July 26.

Council members took no official action, but reached majority agreement that they would be asking County Attorney James Griffin to draft the program elements into ordinance form, thus starting the legislative process.

Dagsboro adopts new road width standards

Town Council adopted a packet of graduated road-width specifications at the July 25 council meeting. Developers had previously designed streets based on a set standard – 34 feet wide from curb to curb, on 50-foot rights-of-way.

Dagsboro hears from public on development

Dagsboro residents once again braved the heat to participate in local government on July 26, piling into the Bethel Center for another four-hour town council meeting.

Different groups had particular interest in this or that topic of discussion, but of interest to nearly every resident in attendance was the proposed General’s Green development — a 470-unit mixed-use development.

Marvel remembers Sussex past

George “Bun” Marvel remembers things most people never knew. At 90, Marvel’s memory remains crystal clear, and his account of a truly “slower, lower” Sussex County illustrates what a difference a few generations can make.

Appeals board rules on canal dredging

The long saga that is the Assawoman Canal dredging project concluded on July 26 — at least, as far as the state’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) is concerned.

The quasi-judicial EAB handles things whenever someone appeals a decision handed down by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

Open space approved as use for properties

At a special meeting Monday, July 25, the Bethany Beach Town Council voted on development recommendations for the former Christian Church and Neff properties acquired by the town in the last year.

Chandler questions agenda

A draft document recommending changes to a rarely-used procedure generated disproportional controversy — and a mild rebuke from Main Street resident William Chandler regarding town council’s handling of the matter — at the July 25 Dagsboro town council meeting.

Chandler’s draft policy covered the way in which the town issues certificates of compliance.

Outdoor concerts approved in Fenwick

The Fenwick Island Town Council voted 5-2 in favor of a resolution Friday to allow alfresco jazz concerts on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 25 at the Village of Fenwick.

The first of the eight performances, featuring an acoustic soft-jazz trio playing from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., will be Tuesday, Aug. 2.

IRSD talks renovations

The Indian River School District School Board met on July 26 to discuss — among a variety of items — the progress of local school renovations and to release the district’s Delaware State Testing Program results.

Bringing people together

Al Casapulla’s Subs, Steaks & Pizza is well known for its award-winning sandwiches and other ambrosial Italian fare. But on Monday nights, the Millville deli adopts the flavor of Eastern Europe.

No changes for Bethany council makeup

Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Walsh, Vice-Mayor Carol Olmstead and Council Member Wayne Fuller will each serve another two-year term on the Bethany Beach Town Council, as they were the only applicants for the three vacancies left by the coming expiration of their terms in September.

FISH meets council incumbents

Members of the Fenwick Island Town Council chatted with residents Saturday, July 23, at the annual assembly of the Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH).

Gas prices decline from record high

Gas prices retreated from record highs this week, dropping a modest 2 cents for the average price of regular unleaded gasoline across the state, from the July 19 record of $2.37 per gallon to $2.35 on July 27.

According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, nationwide, prices have fallen off 3 cents from the record average attained July 14 at $2.32, down to $2.29 as of July 27.

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