Fenwick Island

Fenwick to add flashing pedestrian warnings

In its ongoing efforts to improve pedestrian safety in the town, Fenwick Island’s town council on Feb. 21 approved the installation of “rectangular rapid flashing beacon” (RRFB) systems at pedestrian crosswalks at two particularly dangerous...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:15pm

Maryland to hold new hearings on offshore wind turbine height

Nearly a month after hundreds of people filled the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md., to comment on changes in plans for two wind-farm projects off the Delmarva coast, Maryland’s Public Service Commission has agreed to hold...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:53pm

Public to discuss climate change concerns, questions

Positive change can start with a frank conversation. Delaware is one of the lowest-lying states in the U.S., which means people in Delaware are more likely to see the common flooding, the saltwater inundation and the seemingly worse storms.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:33pm

Visit to the area’s past goes ‘Barefoot in Fenwick Island’

The Fenwick Island Lighthouse has stood as a landmark in the beach town for more than a century — built in 1858 and first lit a year later. Today, it is surrounded by mobile homes and beach-related businesses.

But according to Kimberly...

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 8:25am

Wind farm company meets with local contractors

The Skipjack Wind Farm project off the coast of Delmarva is still in the approval process, but its developer — the Danish firm Ørsted — gave local contractors a chance to learn more about obtaining work on the project at a networking event on...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:49pm

Fenwick council turns down mutual police assistance agreement

The Fenwick Island Town Council voted on Friday, Jan. 24, to not join a mutual assistance agreement with two neighboring towns.

The South Bethany and Ocean View town councils had previously agreed to join forces in the agreement, which...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:38am


Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Audit Committee will meet on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. at...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:19am

Fenwick officials to consider police agreement on Jan. 24

Fenwick Island’s town council heard from its own police chief last week, as well as two from surrounding towns, that a proposed mutual aid agreement would be beneficial for all three towns.

The agreement is an outgrowth of a less formal,...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:58pm

OV, SB approve police partnership

Fenwick officials still mulling agreement

Two towns have signed on, but Fenwick Island isn’t quite ready to approve a three-town police partnership. The Fenwick Island Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. to further discuss and possibly approve a...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:25am

A rundown on the proposed offshore wind farm

When it comes to discussions of the proposed offshore Skipjack Wind Farm and the related proposals to bring cables carrying the wind-generated power ashore at the Fenwick Island State Park, there seem to be two — maybe three — schools of thought...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:19am

Deadline for state park improvements survey extended

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has extended the Fenwick Island State Park Proposed Improvements Survey deadline to Jan. 15, 2020. The extension is to allow further input regarding improvements to the park that are...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:45am

Fenwick Island Town Council looks at drainage issues

Fenwick Island Town Council members and residents heard a report at the Dec. 6 council meeting regarding how municipalities can more effectively address the drainage issues common in coastal towns.

Debbie Pfeil of KCI Technologies...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:08am

Resolution asks that Fenwick be involved in wind-farm talks

The proposed wind farm off the coast of Delaware, and improvements the wind farm developer is offering to make to Fenwick Island State Park in return for access to the park for a transmitting station, were the main focus of the Friday, Dec. 6,...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:55am

Maxine Meyer of Ocean View examines a rendering of what proposed wind turbines would look like from the Bethany Beach boardwalk following an informational meeting at Indian River High School on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Public poses questions about proposed wind-farm project

Members of the public filled the auditorium at Indian River High School on Tuesday, Nov. 19, for an informational meeting regarding the proposed Skipjack Wind Farm project and related proposals for a transmission facility and improvements at...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:47am

Fenwick adopts sustainability plan for town’s future

When planning for the future, not everything has to be about growth. In adopting the new Fenwick Island Community Sustainability Plan, the town council is planning for the continued health and vibrancy of Fenwick Island.

According to DNREC...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:44am

Coastal Hwy. drainage project planned at Rt. 54 intersection

It’s dangerous to drive across flooded roadways. But people don’t feel they have a choice when Coastal Highway floods at the Route 54 intersection.

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 5:02pm

Opposition growing to proposed wind farm

Opposition to plans for onshore transmission facilities at Fenwick Island State Park for the proposed Skipjack offshore wind farm project is growing in the weeks following a public presentation on the project and its potential impact on the state...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:51am

Rainy Halloween forecast splits local trick-or-treat times

It’s a holiday where people freely give candy to whomever knocks on their door. As local residents prepared for Halloween 2019 this week, the Delaware State Police reminded families, drivers and those handing out treats to...

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 2:04pm

Multiple towns consider partnership for police coverage

It’s not a regional police force, but three coastal towns are considering a partnership to improve police coverage.

The Ocean View and Fenwick Island police departments have already been helping to fill gaps in South Bethany during a...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:07pm

DelDOT to install highway lights to address Route 1 safety concerns

Every pedestrian injury and cyclist fatality that occurs on Route 1 is another heartbreak for the people tasked with keeping the public safe.

Just as the Towns of Bethany Beach and South Bethany were organizing a road-safety campaign this...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:45pm

Homeowner group objects to wind-farm proposal

A homeowners’ group has raised a series of objections to a proposal by a wind-farm developer for an estimated $15 million to $18 million project in Fenwick Island State Park.

The Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH), which...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:54pm

State park improvements proposed as part of project

The public was offered a chance on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to get a look at a proposal for improvements at Fenwick Island State Park — a proposal that is tied to plans for a wind farm off the Delaware-Maryland coast.

An open house on the...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:09pm

Open house on FI State Park improvements, partnership set for tonight

The public will have a chance on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to get a look at a proposal for improvements at Fenwick Island State Park — improvements that are tied to plans for a wind farm off the Delaware-Maryland coast.

The project, estimated to...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 11:40am

Open house on FI State Park improvements, partnership set for tonight


The public will have a chance on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to get a look at a proposal for...

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 10:23am

Open house to introduce proposed Fenwick state park improvements

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, to review potential improvements to Fenwick Island State Park as part of a public-private partnership. The open house will take place at...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:15pm

Wishner named general manager of Papa Grande’s in Fenwick

Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced that Stevie Wishner is the new general manager at Papa Grande’s Coastal Taqueria near Fenwick Island.

“Stevie has been a tremendous addition to our team over the last few...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:48am

Inaugural Jeep Rally for Respect set to ride to Fenwick on Sept. 7

The first-ever Jeep Rally for Respect, benefiting Special Olympics Delaware, will be held this Saturday morning, Sept. 7.

Dozens of Jeeps are expected to participate in the police-escorted ride that starts at the Delaware Seashore State...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 8:54am

Fenwick to add crosswalk signage in safety effort

As with its neighboring towns, the subject of crosswalks on Coastal Highway has come up in Fenwick Island, with law-enforcement officials, council members and residents expressing concerns about increases in near-accidents and injuries involving...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:45pm

Fenwick moves ahead with channel dredging plan

The Fenwick Island Town Council has agreed to hire a Lewes engineering firm to design, bid and manage the dredging of two channels crucial to the ability of boats to navigate waters in that area.

The council voted at its Friday, Aug. 23,...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:57pm

Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market awards box of veggies

The Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market recently gave away a box of vegetables to a market visitor. The winner was Karen Lucas of Bethany Beach, pictured, second from left, who received her prize from, from left: Henry Bennett of Bennett Orchards,...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:37am

Bethany-Fenwick Chamber to honor 2019 beach lifeguards

The Big Chill Beach Club and La Vida Hospitality, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, was set to host the 2019 Lifeguard Award Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The annual event honors the...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 10:44am

All the money raised at an Easterseals fundraiser in Fenwick Island will stay in the community to serve adults and children with disabilities.

Easterseals fundraiser helps people of all ages

In 2019, Easterseals celebrated a 100-year legacy of helping people with disabilities lead more normal lives. On Aug. 9, the Sussex County branch of the national nonprofit hosted a dine-and-donate fundraiser at Warren’s Station restaurant in...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 10:38am

Weistling, Langan, Houser and Mais win council seats

Fenwick Island voters on Saturday, Aug. 5, re-elected their current mayor and vice-mayor, while a former council member and a challenger took the remaining seats, winning over two incumbents.

The vote totals:

• William Weistling:...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:09pm

Fenwick candidates get the last word

Six candidates are vying for four openings on the Fenwick Island Town Council in the election to be held on Saturday, Aug. 3. The candidates are Mitchell ‘Mike’ Houser, Eugene Langan, Julie Lee, Richard Mais, William Weistling and Roy Williams....

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:44pm

Fenwick Island government replacing the old with the new

By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter


The Fenwick Island Town Council at its Friday, July 26 meeting approved the purchase of a new phone system to replace one that is about 24 years old and to sell two vehicles and purchase...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:36pm


Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach town council elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m., with voting at town hall. There are three council seats up for election this year, each with a two-year term. The seats up for...

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:44am

Children learn about the box turtle from Meghan Rhode of Assateague State Park.

Fenwick storytime events keep kids interested

The Barefoot Gardeners Children’s Storytime visited Fenwick Island Town Hall on Wednesday, July 10, as 20 children participated in a meet-and-greet with Ranger Meghan Rhode from Assateague State Park, who introduced the children to several of her...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 9:38am

Fenwick candidates speak to the issues at FISH forum

The slate of six candidates vying for four spots on the Fenwick Town Council in next month’s election include a mix of incumbents and former council members, as well as two newcomers.

The candidates, Mitchell “Mike” Houser, Eugene Langan,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:49am

Barefoot Gardeners to host storytime in Fenwick

The Fenwick Island Barefoot Gardeners Club has announced the dates for their summer 2019 Children’s Storytime in Fenwick Island Town Park.

Storytime will run in the Fenwick Island gazebo every Wednesday in July at 10 a.m., on July 3, 10,...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:55pm

Fenwick council election set for Aug. 3

Fenwick Island will have a town council election in 2019, after six candidates registered to run in the Saturday, Aug. 3, election, with four of seven seats up for grabs. Candidates certified on June 19 include the four incumbents, Gene Langan,...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:08am

FI Lions award $15K in scholarships to IRHS seniors

Each year, the Fenwick Island Lions Club sets aside, as part of their annual budget, funds to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding seniors of Indian River High School.

“To choose the recipients of the scholarships is always a...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:41am

Fenwick candidates can file for election

Candidates have until June 19 to register for the upcoming Fenwick Island Town Council election. There are four seats up for election in 2019. Each position has a term of two years. The seats up for election this year are currently held by Gene...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:46pm

Christina and Mark Wallisch, along with son Blake, are the new owners of a Mosquito Joe insect control franchise.

Fenwick couple takes aim at local mosquitos

When Mark and Christina Wallisch moved to Fenwick Island a year ago, the key to the seasonal business they were looking for was literally in the air around them.

Although they treasured the relaxed lifestyle and proximity to the beach of...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:40pm

The Grove showcases plans for community pool

On Thursday, May 23, The Grove at Fenwick Island hosted a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce at the site of its community pool and fire pit, to be open early this summer. The Grove at Fenwick Island is a development...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:18am

Bruce in the USA to perform Sept. 6

Operation SEAS the Day to attend as special guests

The Freeman Stage announced this week that Bruce in the USA will perform at the venue in West Fenwick on Friday, Sept. 6, when honored guests from Operation SEAs the Day will be in attendance.

Operation SEAs the Day is a beach week even...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 10:25am

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

It takes a village

Family, employees come together at Fenwick Hardware

When 12-year-old Sebastian Munro strolls through Fenwick Hardware on Route 54 like he owns the place, nobody minds.

In fact, they smile, because he does own the place.

In a twist of fate that no one would wish on a young boy, much...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 1:03pm


Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Town Council will meet at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 17, at town hall. Along with committee reports and other business, the council will consider approval of a possible supplement to the General Fund Capital...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:02am

Fenwick agrees to assist with South Bethany police shortage

The Fenwick Island Police Department is the third police agency that has agreed to provide paid police coverage to South Bethany. It is a temporary arrangement as their northern neighbor rebuilds its own full-time police department.


Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:53pm

Vantage Vacation Rentals opens new Fenwick Island office

Vantage Vacation Rentals this week announced the continued expansion of its business northward with the opening of the Vantage Fenwick Island office, located at 1209 Coastal Highway. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday,...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:59am

Earth Day 2019 brings festivals and service opportunities

Local groups are celebrating Earth Day 2019 with both festivals and days of service. This year, Earth Day falls on Monday, April 22, so there is a weekend’s worth of activities.

‘Every Day is Earth Day’ in Bethany

Bethany Beach Nature...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:44pm