South Bethany

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

Route 1 drainage, pedestrian improvements to begin March 2

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced this week that contractor A-Del Construction Company Inc. on March 2 will begin a transportation alternative program (TAP) for water quality improvements to the Anchorage Canal...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:56pm

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

South Bethany talking cats

Bill Murphy and his family were beyond disgusted when a colony of feral cats broke in and made themselves at home in his South Bethany house several winters ago.

“The house was winterized,” Murphy had explained several years ago. “When we...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:23am

South Bethany wants eastside parking ‘restricted to people who pay taxes’

The South Bethany Town Council is considering a residents-only parking zone on the entire east side of Route 1. As they prepare for town-wide parking permit requirements next summer, the proposed restriction was an idea to keep beachfront parking...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:21am


Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 23-25, for the Christmas holiday, and on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, for New Year’s Day.

• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season ended on Sept....

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:06am

South Bethany barricade challenged, Town focuses on safety

South Bethany’s traffic barricade may carry the weight of law, but that doesn’t mean everyone likes it. Every summer morning, to control traffic on the narrow residential streets of the Cat Hill neighborhood, cars are forbidden from entering...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:46pm

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

South Bethany gets permission for Route 1 bike racks

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

Parking space is at a premium in South Bethany, even for bicycles. After months of researching the topic, the town’s Planning Commission made its first round of recommendations to safely increase bicycle...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:41am

South Bethany mulls speed limit reduction, wireless antennas, town hall renovation

Over the course of two days, Oct. 10 and 11, the South Bethany Town Council met for a total of 5.5 hours, and they covered major ground.

To enhance road safety, Police Chief Jason Lovins has suggested lowering the speed limit on all town-...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:47am

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

Artesian aims to address water quality concerns in South Bethany

After South Bethany residents received a surprise notification from their water company, Artesian Water staff attended a town council meeting on Oct. 11 to better explain the violation.

“Although this incident is not an emergency, as our...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:00pm

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

  Having completed police academy, Officer Terik Fullerton was congratulated by South Bethany Police Department, pictured here with Chief Jason Lovins.

South Bethany hires final recruit for academy, introduces new officer

Graduation accomplished! As the South Bethany Police Department continues to rebuild, they celebrated Officer Terik Fullerton’s graduation from the Delaware police academy. He completed the six-month program in August, with high honors.


Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:58pm

Come on in to the Bohner Cottage in South Bethany

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Coastal Towns offer you a glimpse of earlier times in South Bethany by touring six historic cottages and the town’s Richard Hall Memorial Walkway of historic markers.   Present owners are graciously opening...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:58am

The Long Cottage is one of the many homes available to view on the 2019 Historical Coastal Towns tour.

The Long Cottage on North Second Street welcomes you in

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Coastal Towns offer you a glimpse of earlier times in South Bethany by touring six historic cottages and the town’s Richard Hall Memorial Walkway of historic markers.   Present owners are graciously opening...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:49am

Greetings from the Peverley House

On Saturday, October 12, 2019, Historic Coastal Towns offer you a glimpse of earlier times in South Bethany by touring six historic cottages and the town’s Richard Hall Memorial Walkway of historic markers.   Present owners are graciously opening...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:47am

It was a warm, sunny evening for organizers and winners of the annual South Bethany Adopt-A-Canal/Road-End Beauty Contest.

Flowers and otters

South Bethany canals a peaceful place

“There’s an otter that lives in there,” said Carole Fischer, smiling at a South Bethany canal located near her home. “It’s really, really cute, and my grandkids just love it. He peeks up, and he dives down.”

She enjoys the canals so much...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:46am

Volunteers sought for Coastal Cleanup in South Bethany

Volunteer registration to close Sept. 2


Volunteers are still needed and being encouraged to join the 32nd annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Sponsored by the Delaware...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:47pm

South Bethany talks parking enforcement, town hall reno

This winter, the South Bethany Town Council hopes to iron out the final details for implementing town-wide parking permits, which will go into effect on all roads in the summer of 2020.

Although the plan was approved in 2018, the Town...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:29pm

Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Walking Tour set for Oct. 12

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the public can get a glimpse of early life in South Bethany, as six historic cottages, and the Town’s Walking Tour of historic signs, will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tourgoers can see the oceanfront...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:09am

Searching for the right answers

After fatality, public questions safety of South Bethany canal road

After a local woman drove into and drowned in a South Bethany canal last month, some residents are demanding better safety precautions.

York Road has no signage indicating that it dead-ends roughly 8 meters from open water. The paved...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:15pm

Beach towns partner for pedestrian safety

Two Coastal Highway fatalities are prompting Bethany Beach and South Bethany officials to push for better safety features along Route 1. The two towns agreed to form a coalition in July to push the issue with the Delaware Department of...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:13pm


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

South Bethany PD closing the gap, continues hiring

The South Bethany Police Department is slowly climbing back upward toward a full roster of five officers and one chief. Although there is only one actual vacancy left, there are months still until everyone is fully certified to be on the road....

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:55am

South Bethany to shorten lawmaking process

Until now, the Town of South Bethany might have had the longest lawmaking process among all its neighbors: three months to officially pass an ordinance. The town council has always required three readings (official presentations) of a proposed...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:12am

South Bethany to move bike racks at property owners’ request

As part of a short-term effort to address persistent problems with bicycle parking, the Town of South Bethany will be adding bicycle racks on North 6th Street and on South 6th Street.

While they had been hoping another idea would be a...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:47am

Cyclist dies after July 4 crash in South Bethany

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit this week was continuing to investigate a crash in South Bethany last week that led to the death of a Maryland woman.

Police said the incident occurred on Thursday, July 4, around 10:...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:55pm

South Bethany to consider better access to meetings

People could soon access online audio recordings of each South Bethany Town Council meeting. The Town is researching methods to potentially post audio files online.

“One of the things I heard during the election process was people wanted...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 10:21am

Stephen Urban, 10, of Millville, watches as his parents and others light candles during a July 1 vigil in memory of Linda Bravo, who was missing for two weeks before her body was found on July 28 and her car found July 28 and 29 in a South Bethany canal.

Missing Bethany woman’s body, car recovered from canal

Almost exactly two weeks after she was reported missing, the body of Bethany Beach resident Linda Bravo was found in a South Bethany canal. The next morning, divers found her car, ending an ordeal that included searches by helicopter, by boat and...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:39pm

South Bethany dealing with excess bicycles

It’s healthy, it reduces vehicle traffic and it eliminates fuel emissions.

But bicycling has somewhat inexplicably become a thorn in the Town of South Bethany’s side. The problem is bicycle parking.

“People have gotten extremely...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:26pm

South Bethany celebrates nifty 50 with festival

South Bethany was overdue for a day like this.

Under blue skies and a hot sun, friends and neighbors gathered at the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the municipality on June 30.

A year’s worth of planning culminated in a celebratory...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:20pm

Celebrating Independence

South Bethany’s annual Boat Parade sailed through the town canals on June 29. As always, the theming really made these float.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:17pm

Bravo's vehicle being pulled from a South Bethany canal.

Police confirm Bravo, car found in South Bethany

The body of a Bethany Beach woman who had been missing for two weeks was found in a South Bethany canal just before 6 p.m. on Friday, June 28.

Approximately 16 hours later, Linda Bravo’s car was found in the canal, not far from where her...

Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 3:42pm

South Bethany to celebrate 50 years with boat parade, party

Nobody loves South Bethany as much as the people who call it their home (or second home). The town will celebrate its 50th anniversary of incorporation this weekend with the annual Boat Parade on Saturday and anniversary street fair on Sunday....

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:52pm

South Bethany chasing down rental taxes

South Bethany has joined a long list of municipalities wondering if homeowners are really paying all the taxes they owe. It’s a tricky situation that’s not always easy to prove: Is someone renting their house to vacationers, and do they owe...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:18am

Celebrating the appointment of South Bethany’s new police chief are, from left, Mayor Tim Saxton, Police Chief Jason Lovins, his wife, Ali Lovins, and outgoing council member Gerald ‘Jerry’ Masiello.

South Bethany introduces its new police chief

South Bethany Town Council members were beaming as they introduced the Town’s new police chief, Jason Lovins, at a public welcome reception on June 14. 

“He just continued to rise to the top in the interview process,” said Mayor Tim Saxton...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:16am

Weathered wood furniture warms the more contemporary pieces of metal and stone in this canalfront home, which will be featured on the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7

Canal views welcome visitors in this five-bedroom South Bethany home

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

After vacationing in South Bethany...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:20am

Seal of South Bethany, Del.

South Bethany elects two new council members

South Bethany voters have elected two new town council members, as well as re-electing two incumbents, in the Town’s May 25 election.

Carol Stevenson (447 votes), Frank Weisgerber (also 447) and Richard “Dick” Oliver (436) won the seats...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 2:37pm

S. Bethany candidates have the final word before Saturday

Four seats will be contested in the 2019 South Bethany Town Council election, scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Terms all begin on June 1.

There are six candidates for three seats (carrying a two-year term): Jane...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:58pm

South Bethany chooses local man for new police chief

South Bethany’s new police chief comes from just down the street. Jason Lovins will be departing Dewey Police Department to take the job, which was offered and accepted on May 20.

South Bethany Town Council held a special meeting that day...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:00pm


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

S. Bethany candidates participate in forum

A candidate’s forum on Friday, May 10, ahead of the upcoming South Bethany Town Council election, was punctuated by tense exchanges between candidates, as well as between candidates and homeowners 

The forum is traditionally held whenever...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:59am

South Bethany approves agreement for supplemental police

The South Bethany Town Council this week unanimously approved an agreement with the Fenwick Island Police Department for the FIPD to provide assistance to South Bethany while that town builds its police force back up following an exodus of all...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:54am

Election should show where S.B. voters truly stand

Next weekend will bring a new chapter to this community’s story of 2019 — Memorial Day weekend, and the summer season that follows in its wake.

It will also bring something of import to the residents and property owners of South Bethany:...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:46am

Coastal Point • Submitted Four en suite bedrooms grace this renovated South Bethany home, which will be featured during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 24-25.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peak No. 2

Family’s space ‘grows’ with this recent renovation

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 24 and 25 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

Four years after purchasing a cozy...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:11am