Fenwick Island


Historical Coastal Town Cottages & Lighthouse Tour

The Ocean View Historical Society held its second Historic Coastal Towns Cottages & Lighthouse Tour, featuring cottages and the lighthouse in Fenwick Island. Cottage included were: The Wilgus Cottage; The McCabe Cottage; The Outten Cottage;...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:17am

A panel comprising local business owners shared their stories of what it takes to adapt for survival in today’s economy and markets during an event held by the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce and SCORE at the Den at Bear Trap Dunes on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Local businesses adapt to survive changing times

“How many of you have heard the phrase, ‘This area has changed so much’?” asked Lauren Weaver, director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, to a roomful of entrepreneurs.

A panel of local business owners shared their success...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:11am

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Georgetown House duplex at 2 West Georgetown, behind Seaside Country Store

Mid-century duplex to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 10:16am

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Halpern Cottage at 1105 Bunting Avenue (oceanfront between Essex and Farmington streets).

Halpern cottage to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 12:02pm

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Wilgus cottage on Maryland Avenue.

Wilgus cottage to be featured on Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 9:26am

Time ticking on early-bird discount for Hair of the Dog events

It might still feel like summer outside, but it’s never too early to start thinking about New Year’s Day traditions, whether it be looking for a new one or continuing a family favorite.

The Hair of the Dog 5K/10K, along with the Leo Brady...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 8:48am

Fenwick mulls cell tower options (though they’re not really towers)

Verizon Wireless wants to improve mobile coverage across coastal Delaware. This month, Verizon engineers designed two proposals to boost signals in Fenwick Island. (They only presented concept plans, but did not submit permit requests, which...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:17pm

Fenwick gets FOIA lesson

Grievances about public meetings aired

Government works for the people, and Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is how the law ensures the public gets information.

“You should not try to bypass FOIA. … It doesn’t hurt to discuss things in public,” said William Pepper...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:08pm

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour in Fenwick Island on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature the Fenwick Island Lighthouse.

Fenwick Island Lighthouse a feature of Historic Coastal Towns tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:48am

Architectural drawings of proposed Fenwick Sands Tapestry Hotel

Fenwick BOA approves height variance for hotel

The Board of Adjustment for the Town of Fenwick Island voted 3-1 this week to approve a height variance request made on behalf of the Fenwick Sands by property owner Spiro Buas.

The Town had received 87 letters in favor of the application...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:31pm

Fenwick Island Beach Patrol Capt. Tim Ferry is stepping away from lifeguarding after 43 years.

Ferry hops down off from lifeguard stand after 43 years

It’s been 43 years since Tim Ferry first became a lifeguard along Delaware shore, and more specifically at Bethany Beach. More recently, for the past 14 years, Ferry has been the lifeguard captain in Fenwick Island, and this weekend, after 43...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:25pm

Attorney General’s Office finds no FOIA violation in Fenwick

A ruling by the Delaware Attorney General’s Office has found that five individuals associated with the Town of Fenwick Island did not violate the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by discussing a building permit application. However, the AG’s...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:10pm

Replenishment complete — some dune work continues

Pack away the ear plugs and walk a little farther. Beach replenishment is just about done on the southern Delaware coast. By widening the beach and raising the sand dunes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) Philadelphia District hopes to...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 5:49pm

Fenwick council discusses hotel height restrictions

Building height restrictions were the hot topic at Fenwick Island’s July 27 town council meeting.

“It is my understanding that there is some gray area in the height-limit ordinance,” said Councilwoman Julie Lee, who went on to ask Bill...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 5:01pm

Shopkeeper and ‘master tinker’ Laurie Melniczek loves art, science and imagination at Craftbox in Fenwick Island.

Craftbox offers chance to get creative, with science

Love art? Love science? Love hand-on projects, whether a kid or an adult?

Craftbox packs big activity into a cozy shop in Fenwick Island but lets people be creative on their own time. Master tinkerer Laurie Melniczek wanted to create “an...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:53pm

Freeman Stage to host ‘Jedi Academy’ variety show

Recent years have demonstrated that today’s generations have at least one love in common: “Star Wars.”

And now, for the first time ever, the Freeman Stage in West Fenwick will be hosting “Jedi Academy,” a solo comedy variety show designed...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:41pm

Fenwick to celebrate birthday on Sunday

This weekend, the community at large is being invited to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Town of Fenwick Island, which was incorporated in June 1953.

Town Manager Terry Tieman said the idea to host a birthday celebration arose after...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:39pm

Gina Drago renovated Body Double in Fenwick Island for owner Liz Welsh, pictured.

Body Double gets you in the right suit for you

There are three absolutes in this wacky world of ours:

(1) Death;

(2) Taxes;

(3) Nobody likes how they look in a swimsuit.

“Even if they’re the tiniest little thing you’ve ever seen, everyone is kind of intimidated and...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:28pm

Public reminded to stay vigilant on roads after tragedies

On Saturday, May 26, a little after 10 a.m., 76-year-old Alfred Yergey III of Ocean View was riding his bicycle eastbound in the bike lane on Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), approaching Central Avenue in Ocean View.

At the same time, 65-year-...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:31pm

National company looks to acquire Route 54 mobile-home park

Private property owners generally have the right to sell their land. But what happens when hundreds of homes are located there?

After half a century, the Gray family is looking to sell the Shady Park mobile home park, just west of Fenwick...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:34pm

Fenwick officials excited for sidewalks, town anniversary

A town known for its beaches, Fenwick Island will celebrate its blue sapphire anniversary this year. The municipality was incorporated on July 8, 1953, so a major celebration is being planned for its 65th anniversary.

Everyone is being...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:28pm

Parking permit season has officially arrived

Much like Julius Caesar would dread the Ides of March, local drivers start grumbling at the Ides of May.

Parking permits and meter requirements went into effect on May 15 in local beach towns, in a seasonal event that runs until Sept. 15...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:38pm

Charles Armstrong was recently promoted to the position of executive chef at Catch 54, one of SoDel Concepts’ 10 restaurants in coastal Delaware.

SoDel Concepts promotes Armstrong to executive chef at Catch 54

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced the promotion of Charles Armstrong to the position of executive chef at Catch 54 near Fenwick Island, one of the hospitality group’s 10 restaurants.

“Charles is one of our...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:00pm

Renovations starting at lighthouse keeper’s house

Hundreds of beach houses will be renovated for this summer, as happens every summer. But there’s one home renovation near Fenwick Island that will benefit everyone.

Next door to the Fenwick Island Lighthouse, the Delaware Division of...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:52pm

Town officials looking at the bright side of summer replenishment

It was good news and bad news for local beach towns last week, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. met with local officials for an update on the planned beach replenishment projects in Bethany...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:21am

Fenwick fatality underscores pedestrian safety concerns

Police and government leaders throughout the area are trying to keep pedestrians from ending up on the wrong side of a car accident, and an incident this week underscored the need for the problem to be addressed.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:26am

Trustee spouses denied vote as Fenwick ends voter discussion

Fenwick Island election laws will not change significantly anytime soon. The town council has decided not to extend voting rights to anyone married to individuals who own their property in trusts.

In August, the council put the brakes on a...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:59am

Fenwick council to talk voter registration one last time

Fenwick Island Town Council will — perhaps grudgingly — give the voter registration topic one last chance.

The primary sponsor of the proposed charter amendment, Councilwoman Julie Lee, has decided to hit “pause” on the proposal. She moved...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 9:48am

‘An accident waiting to happen’

Make some noise — at the end of the day, if people want to fight for state funding, they may need to get organized and start contacting their legislators. That includes Fenwick Island’s desire for better-maintained waterways.

Fenwick...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 11:10am

Bringing the ‘wow’ factor

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Pizzazz by the Bay owner Victoria Thanner in her Fenwick Island shop.This tiny shop in Fenwick Island is living up to its name. Pizzazz by the Bay isn’t trying to be the ordinary gift shop. Visitors and locals are...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 10:12am

BREAKING: Fenwick cancels public hearing on election rules

The Fenwick Island Town Council has canceled its Aug. 25 public hearing and the council’s final vote on voter qualifications. In fact, the primary sponsor, Councilwoman Julie Lee, said she has decided to hit “pause” altogether on the proposed...

Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:40am

Fenwick Island to talk waterway dredging

Delaware’s waterways are important to those who use them, whether it’s the wide bays or the narrow-dug canals that snake through small towns.

But those small towns are trying to find the resources to keep the shallow waters well-dredged,...

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:33am

Fenwick drafts new voter laws to restore votes of trustees’ spouses

After two years of debating voter qualifications, Fenwick Island officials finally compromised on new guidelines that could restore votes to previous voters, without heavily diluting residents’ votes. But the town solicitor has said the latest...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 11:11am

Fenwick officials ready to tackle sidewalks again

The Town of Fenwick Island had dreams of new sidewalks to safely connect the town. Over the past decade, they added a few sidewalks, but in many places, pedestrians must still tiptoe around traffic or through parking lots.

On July 7, most...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 11:06am

Maryland woman suffers broken leg as car rolls into canal

A 76-year-old Stevensville, Md., woman suffered a broken leg on Sunday, July 30, when the car she had been driving rolled over her leg as it crashed into a canal at Treasure Beach Campground.

The incident occurred around 7:15 p.m. on...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 8:22am

Local musicians get their time under the lights

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Mama’s Black Sheep jams out on stage during the first Locals event at the Freeman Stage at Bayside.For the fifth season, the Freeman Stage at Bayside in Selbyville is hosting its Locals under the Lights...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:52am

State plans for Fenwick lighthouse and keeper’s home

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Island Lighthouse’s keeper’s house, on the left, will become a public historical site, if state historians can get their plans, and finances, approved.In days gone by, sailors looked for the beacon on dark...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:45pm

Area police warn people about driveway paving scam

Asphalt is the latest on the list of new scams. Con artists are travelling door-to-door to promise driveway paving services, but they just don’t deliver.

In Selbyville, “Subjects portrayed themselves as contractors for the municipality and...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:54am

Health screenings coming to West Fenwick

Residents living in and around West Fenwick can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with screenings by Life Line Screening. The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company will host...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:04am

Fenwick to consider allowing two votes per trust

Voting reform has passed its next hurdle in Fenwick Island: the Charter & Ordinance Committee will recommend to the town council that the Town allow two votes per trust.

It all began in 2008, with a change to Fenwick Island’s town...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:16pm

Barefoot Gardeners Club offering free Story Time in Fenwick

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Susan Henickle reads a book about the American flag to the children.

The Barefoot Gardeners Club hosted its first Story Time in the Park of the summer season on the morning of Wednesday, July 5, at the...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:25pm

MGT & Co. Toggery bringing luxury brands from land and sea to Fenwick Island

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Michael Thanner and ‘Gracie’ are bringing some land and sea style to Fenwick Island.Dress like John F. Kennedy. Speak like Ernest Hemingway. Work like Ralph Lauren. And party like Gatsby.

That’s the mantra...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 8:16am

Fenwick to change beach rules for umbrellas, tents, smoking

It’s a debate that’s been working its way down the Delaware coast. And Fenwick Island is the latest town to consider limiting oversized umbrellas and tents on the beach.

The Fenwick Island Town Council approved on June 23 a first reading...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:00am

Public invited to Fenwick Island comp plan workshop

Every municipality in the state of Delaware is required to write a comprehensive plan, and Fenwick Island is now preparing its 10-year plan update.

The public is being invited to a comprehensive plan workshop on Saturday, May 20, from 9 to...

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 8:57am

Barefoot Gardeners’ Plant Sale sprouting up this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: These are just some of the plants that were available during a past Barefoot Gardeners Plant Sale.Fenwick Island’s Barefoot Gardeners will hold their annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13, kicking off a summertime...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:59am

Fenwick talks insurance savings, beach rules, Earth Day

The Town of Fenwick Island will save some money by switching to public program of worker compensation. The Town expects to save at least $10,000 by leaving its current $75,000 workers-comp plan for the DeLea Founders Insurance Trust (DFIT), a...

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:58am

Free bilingual paralegal service benefits Selbyville

Because of the large number of non-English-speaking crime victims locally, Community Legal Aid Society Inc., will now provide free bilingual paralegal services once a week at Selbyville Town Hall.

“We’re pretty proud. It’s us and Seaford....

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:28am

Smoke test coming to a Fenwick Island sewer near you

Concerned that stormwater may be leaking into the Fenwick Island sewer system, officials are proposing to smoke out the problem.

People have been complaining about a stinky, gaseous smell at various spots along Route 1’s commercial zone....

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:23am

Exterminator scam terminated before real damage done

This scam is a real pest, for citizens and contractors.

Fenwick Island police recently encountered a new kind of scam involving pest control. In this scam, the perpetrator asks a pest control company to check for mice in what is supposedly...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:12am

Few slots left for volunteer for beach-grass planting

If you’ve waited till the last minute to register for this year’s beach-grass planting, your options are quickly disappearing.

Jennifer Luoma of DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship said volunteer spots at planting sites at Cape...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:56am