Ocean View

Ocean View budget proposed at $4.6M

No one in the audience of about 20 people on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 25, commented on the Town of Ocean View’s $4.6 million proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year, even though Council Vice President Tom Maly, filling in for the vacationing...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:34pm

From left, Avery Bare, Maggie Bare and their grandfather, John Dupont, work on the Little Free Library that will soon be a fixture at Ocean View’s John West Park.

Book exchange hits the park

Little Free Library to go up in John West Park

There’s a new attraction coming to John West Park in Ocean View, to the delight of avid readers.

The park’s first Little Free Library will be positioned in the park after the family of John Dupont of Millville, the carpenter who designed...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:57pm

Ocean View schedules budget hearing for Feb. 25

The Ocean View Town Council, at its Tuesday, Feb. 11, meeting, announced that a public hearing on the 2021-fiscal-year budget will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

A work session on the budget will follow, at 6 p.m.


Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:33pm

Courtney Wise

OVPD, DEA make arrests in Millville drug sales

Ocean View police this week announced the arrest of two Millville-area residents in connection with alleged drug sales in the Ocean View and Millville area.

According to the OVPD, on Jan. 14, in a joint investigation with the U.S....

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:27pm

Bryan Denegal

Theft suspect arrested after high-speed pursuit, crash

Delaware State Police this week said they will charge a Dover man with possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, disregarding a police officer’s signal and related charges after a high-speed chase through Ocean View late on...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:42pm

Ocean View again named safest municipality in state

The town of Ocean View has been named the safest in Delaware by HomeSnacks.net, after data was examined “from dozens of sources … to help you understand what it’s like to live in different places across America.”

Among local towns,...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:40am

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

John Reddington

Reddington readies for Ocean View mayoral run

John Reddington, a retired foreign-service officer, is the first in 2020 to announce his candidacy for mayor of Ocean View.

He said he plans to file as a candidate on Friday, Jan. 31, the first day candidates are eligible, for the seat now...

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 11:29am


Bethany Beach

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

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:19am

This year's Fire & Ice Festival expands from Bethany Beach to Ocean View and Millville, running throughout the weekend. Ice sculptures, like this icy octupus from last year's festival, will be on display on the boardwalk, at Bear Trap Dunes and at Lord's Landscaping, where the ice feature will be an ice slide.

Fire & Ice Festival going ‘Out of This World’

The 2020 Fire & Ice Festival is not only four times the size of its predecessors, it’s “Out of This World.”

That’s the theme for the festival, now in its third year, and it sets the tone for three days that not only include amazing ice...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:05am

OVPD volunteers contribute nearly $70K in work to the town

The Ocean View Police Department reported to town council members at their Tuesday, Jan. 14, meeting that OVPD volunteers logged 201 hours in December.

According to the Independent Sector, a volunteer’s time was valued at $25.43 per hour...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:08pm

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

Ocean View looks ahead with comp plan, projects

It’s going to be a busy year for the little town of Ocean View, with its often bustling, mile-long main street and allure for those who want to live at the beach.

But with captivating characteristics comes a swelling population, more...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:57pm

Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck has been with the town for one year.

Houck marks first year as Ocean View town manager

On Jan. 7, Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck marked her first full year as the Town’s top administrative official, and her 30th year working in municipal management.

In her modest way, though, she downplayed the milestone, laughing when...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:43pm

Lisa Daisey-DiFebo is flanked by her children, Luca, left, and Blaise, at the site of the new ‘forever home’ of Juicebox in Ocean View.

Juicebox has found its ‘forever home’

It’s all coming together for Lisa Daisey-DiFebo.

“I like to start with a perfect scenario and work my way back,” said Daisey-DiFebo. Her idea of the perfect scenario in this instance, by the way, is to get her new Juicebox location in...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:34pm

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

Mariner’s Bethel UMC urges people to ignore scam

The pastors of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View are warning church members to ignore an e-mail scam asking for money.

The e-mails, they said, state that donations given would be used to assist someone in exigency....

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:08am

Local businessman comes to aid of police officer

Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin is publicly thanking a local businessman who rushed to the aid of a police officer as he attempted to arrest a man who was kicking and striking him.

McLaughlin said...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:03am

County Council approves Ocean View-area apartments but limits number to 16

The Sussex County Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the zoning change requested by Gulfstream Development needed to build an apartment complex in Ocean View, but sliced the number of units allowed from the requested 45 to...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 8:45am

County council defers on Ocean View-area apartments

After hearing objections to a zoning change request that would permit a three-building apartment complex to be built near Ocean View, the Sussex County Council on Dec. 10 unanimously voted to postpone their vote until next week.

They are...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:50am

Ocean View pedestrian-, bike-safety campaign to kick off in spring

A crab logo and the message “Arrive alive in DE” will be used in Ocean View’s new bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign, beginning in the spring.

The logo and message were finalized when the Town’s Planning, Zoning & Development staff...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:45am

Ocean View council works on draft capital improvement plan

Items considered for the first draft of the Capital Improvement Plan for Ocean View’s 2021-fiscal-year budget were discussed by the town council at their Tuesday, Dec. 10, meeting.

Dawn Mitchell Parks, town finance director, brought...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:40am

Ocean View police actively tackling local drug problem

In response to a drug raid in Ocean View involving the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration, and resulting in multiple arrests and the confiscation of more than 1,200 bags of suspected heroin, a local police department is...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 11:01am

Members of the Ocean View Town Council and the community go over the 2020 draft Comprehensive Plan update.

Ocean View offers comp-plan info at Dec. 2 event

The Town of Ocean View held a launch event at town hall on Dec. 2, titled Comp Plan & Cookies. Town officials said the event drew a full house of interested residents who were able to view workboards from the Town’s many outreach events that...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:21am

Ocean View to host Comp Plan & Cookies event Dec. 2

Ocean View residents can comment on, and ask questions about, the Town’s comprehensive plan, currently being updated, at Comp Plan & Cookies, scheduled for 6 p.m. on...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:44pm

James Showell, 48, of Ocean View

BREAKING NEWS: OVPD, DEA arrest four in Ocean View drug-sales investigation


The Ocean View Police Department announced on Tuesday that they had, in a joint effort with the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA),...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 6:43pm

County P&Z gives approval for apartment complex

A 45-unit apartment complex proposed for the Muddy Neck Road area in Ocean View has been recommended for approval by the county’s Planning & Zoning Commission, despite strong objection from neighbors who wrote hundreds of letters of...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 12:06pm

Ocean View is paying to repair damage, and to remove and replace siding, on the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building.

Ocean View approves bid to repair damage on Melson building

The Town of Ocean View will spend $324,000 to repair damage and to remove and replace siding on the Wallace A. Melson Municipal Building.

Because no one oversaw construction and the original siding was nailed to the concrete block with...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:42am

The next leg of the Assawoman Canal Trail is to build an ‘underpass’ of Route 26 on the canal’s west side. The scaffolding will be removed after the conclusion of a bridge painting project.

Assawoman Canal Trail to get Route 26 ‘underpass’

This winter, the Assawoman Canal Trail will get a small, but critical addition. An “underpass” will help pedestrians and bicyclists safely cross Route 26. The trail will hug the shoreline to cross under the Assawoman Canal bridge, connecting the...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:33am

Ocean View plans scaled-up holiday event

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter

Like Santa’s scurrying elves, Ocean View town officials have been busy planning the first Old Town Holiday Market & Tree Lighting, a larger and more festive celebration than events of past years....

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:31pm

Feral kitten in Ocean View tests positive for rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 5 advised Ocean View residents who reside in the Plantation Park community of a positive case of rabies in a feral kitten that came into contact with a human.

According to DPH, the...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:17pm

BREAKING NEWS: Feral kitten in Ocean View tests positive for rabies

Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) on Nov. 5 advised Ocean View residents who reside in the Plantation Park community of a positive case of rabies in a feral kitten...

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 5:49pm

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the University of Delaware Police Department and Troy Bowden of the Ocean View Police Department. Also pictured is a stuffed dog for them to train with — so, no animals were harmed in the process of taking this photo, or conducting training.

K-9 caregiving

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

The Ocean View Police Department hosted training last week to help officers tend to injured K-9 companions. Pictured, from left, are Sally Dickinson of the Veterinary Tactical Group, Raushan Rich of the...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 11:04am

An ice sculpture is on display during last year’s Fire & Ice Festival in Bethany Beach.

Fire & Ice Festival to expand in its third year

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites & Holiday Inn Express and the Delaware Office of Tourism will present the next Annual Fire & Ice Festival on Jan. 24-26, 2020.

New this year, the festival...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:15am

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

Apartment complex near Ocean View set for Oct. 24 hearing

Ocean View residents opposed to a 45-unit apartment complex proposed for the Muddy Neck Road area have sent hundreds of letters to the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission, asking for denial of the zoning-change request.


Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:05pm

Shipwrecked Mini Golf & Ice Cream gets approval

The owners of Shipwrecked Ice Cream have received final site plan approval to build a nautical-themed, 18-hole miniature golf course on the same property as the ice cream shop, at 3 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Becky and Patrick Adams...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:58pm

Participants in last year’s Cops & Goblins costume contest show off their hard work.

Cops & Goblins offering food, fun and more on Oct. 26

With the fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration just over a week away, Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin is encouraging the community to join in the fun of masquerading and trick-or-treating.

“I would like to personally...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:26pm

Ocean View revs up for Cops & Goblins event

The fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration is planned for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park. In the event of rain, it will be held the next day.

Guests can masquerade in costume and enjoy free...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:21pm

Healing hits home

Vietnam War memorial replica arrives in Ocean View for visit

Around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, shouts of “Here it comes!” rang out on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View as flag-waving crowds craned their necks to see down the road.

First, an escort of law-enforcement officers on motorcycles, sirens...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:23pm

Ocean View council to discuss parking requirement at Oct. 8 meeting

The Ocean View Town Council, at a work session this week, further discussed the section of an ordinance that would set an occupancy parking limit.

“There are two parts to this ordinance. One limited the number of people to a house. The...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:47am

Tiffany Studios’, ‘Woman with Wisteria,’ is a leaded glass peice that will be on display during the tour at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Gallery One offering bus trip to Chrysler Museum of Art on Oct. 15

Gallery One representatives this week announced that reservations are now open for their Oct. 15 bus trip to the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler, they noted, is considered one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:31am

Electric line proposed under Whites Creek; hearing scheduled for Oct. 1

Public comments will be accepted for a few more days regarding Delmarva Power & Light’s request to install electric lines under Whites Creek.

Delmarva Power has requested a State of Delaware...

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 6:06pm

Neighbors raise objections to apartment complex proposed near Ocean View

Neighbors who live near property in the Ocean View area that is proposed for a 45-unit apartment complex are objecting to the owner’s request to have zoning changed from AR-1 to GR, saying apartments don’t fit in with the neighborhood.


Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:17pm

Rina Thaler’s watercolor, ‘Fenced In’ is just one of the paintings to be featured in Gallery One’s ‘Dark Shadows’ exhibit.

Gallery One to explore ‘Dark Shadows’ in October exhibit

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its October show, “Dark Shadows,” which will be open to the public Oct. 2-30.

“This month’s theme at Gallery One is not as ominous as it sounds,” gallery representatives assured. “...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:35am

Memorial service planned for 9-year-old Ocean View girl

When friends gather this weekend for the memorial service celebrating Aurora Skye Miller’s life, the family wants them clad in bright colors — especially purple, Aurora’s favorite.

“She was a happy kid,” her grandmother, Denise Limmer,...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:46pm

Alfred Yergey

Son of cyclist killed on Route 26 welcomes safety project

News that the Ocean View Town Council approved funding for a traffic safety project to make Route 26 safer for both motorists and cyclists greatly pleased the son of a local man who was killed while biking on that busy road Memorial Day weekend...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 8:50pm

The Wall That Heals will be at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 in Ocean View from Oct. 3-6.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall replica to visit

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 in Ocean View is inviting the public to visit The Wall That Heals, a large-scale travelling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and a companion mobile education center, during a...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 8:38pm

Ocean View addresses sinkhole, storm damage, drainage

Ken Cimino, director of Planning, Zoning & Development for the Town of Ocean View, during his monthly report to the town council on Tuesday, Sept. 10, said his department had responded to a report of a sinkhole in the road at The Preserve at...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:59am

Ocean View to revisit parking occupancy limit

The Ocean View Town Council will meet for a special session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, to discuss amending a parking ordinance.

At the regular meeting on Tuesday night, Mayor Walter Curran explained that there is a town ordinance...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:56am