South Bethany


South Bethany promises police effort is under way

Tired of the public asking about police-department challenges, the South Bethany Town Council finally made an announcement: They’re working on it.

“Activity has been going on since July of this year, but it’s not ready to bring out,” said...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:51pm

South Bethany looking to improve beach crossings

South Bethany officials want to make the town’s sand dunes easier for people to access. Senior citizens, children and people with balance issues are having trouble crossing.

“In certain places, the grade is too high, and they really could...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:45pm

South Bethany considering requiring parking permits town-wide

Now that summer is over, the South Bethany Town Council will heave the topic of parking permits back onto the table.

Besides increasing parking fees last spring, the Town hasn’t yet moved forward with plans to purchase an outdoor permit...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:24pm

Let’s let the process play out in South Bethany

One year ago, there were six officers in the South Bethany Police Department. It’s been widely suggested that the Department requires five active officers to provide 24-hour coverage to its citizens, and that number does not seem to be in dispute...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:03pm

South Bethany passes on police candidate, still needs two

It’s taken months to choose a candidate to fill one of two vacancies in South Bethany Police Department. On Oct. 25, South Bethany Town Council unanimously voted to reject the proposed candidate.

Because personnel is discussed in executive...

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 5:12pm

South Bethany police concerns loom, but new hires are in works

Troy Crowson pointed to the headline story in this month’s The Police Chief magazine: an article on retaining employees with non-paycheck items, such as take-home vehicles, and opportunities for advancement and education.

“We had all this...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:37pm

Masiello brings law-enforcement experience to South Bethany council

Gerald “Jerry” Masiello has joined the ranks of South Bethany Town Council.

He was appointed Oct. 12 to fill a seat that Wayne Schrader vacated, for personal reasons, several months into his two-year term. Masiello will serve until the...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:49pm

Verizon, South Bethany discuss best path to service improvements

As Verizon Wireless continues its quest to improve mobile coverage across coastal Delaware, they have begun discussions at the Town of South Bethany.

In the past year, Verizon’s Bonnie Metz also helped the Town of Fenwick Island write a...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:34pm

South Bethany town council, police force both short on members

The Town of South Bethany currently has one vacancy on its town council and two in its police department.

“Wayne Schrader has stepped down from the town council due to family issues he needs to deal with on a personal level. We have...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 3:14pm

Retiring Public Works Supervisor Don Chrobot was recently honored for his dedication to the Town of South Bethany.

South Bethany bids farewell to Chrobot, welcomes Stiffler

After 13 years of managing all physical aspects of the Town South Bethany, Don Chrobot has retired as public works supervisor.

Both the town council and his coworkers applauded Chrobot as he recently accepted a resolution in honor of his...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 1:00pm

South Bethany considering farming out canal maintenance

South Bethany’s canals are a public resource, just like the roads or the parks, and Town Council Member Frank Weisgerber suggested recently that the town council consider a maintenance plan (and probably a budget) to actually take care of those 5...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:39pm

South Bethany canals got some love from residents in the 2018 annual Adopt-a-Canal contest. Here, town officials, volunteers and donors gather at the winning Kent Place location.

South Bethany canals enjoy a peaceful pop of color in beautification contest

Who says gardening has to be on one’s own property? Each year, South Bethany invites people to help beautify the town in the annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road-End Beauty Contest.

What might otherwise be a lump of grass or scraggly trees has become...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:11pm

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

Movie on the Beach in South Bethany to feature ‘Coco’

Editor's Note: Due to inclement weather, this event was rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15, at South 2nd Street, South Bethany.

 

South Bethany residents and visitors are being invited to a Movie on the Beach hosted by the Town of...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:20pm

South Bethany considers stricter property maintenance code

A broken staircase was the final straw.

In South Bethany, Joe Hinks is responsible for building inspections, permits and penalties. Then he discovered that a faulty outdoor staircase in an oceanfront home had been repaired with no more...

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 12:04pm

Widgeon grass has been discovered in South Bethany canals. Although good for the environment, the grass is causing headaches locally by tangling in boat propellers.

Juggling the unwanted discovery of eco-friendly species

What’s worse than a weed that nobody wants? For South Bethany, it’s a weed that everyone wants.

“We have a presence in our canals in the southern end… It’s the first time we’ve seen it,” Frank Weisgerber told his fellow South Bethany Town...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 4:14pm

In South Bethany, five generations of women smile at the matriarch’s house .

South Bethany woman, 102, meets great-great-granddaughter

Vinnette Fowler’s family describes her as a social butterfly. She loves having company, and her South Bethany home has been her family’s go-to destination for decades.

This month, the 102-year-old enjoyed the best type of family visit:...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 3:32pm

U.S. Senator Tom Carper visits the beach replenishment at Bethany Beach.

Carper visits Bethany Beach to see replenishment project

South Bethany next on the list

Bulldozers headed to South Bethany this week, with that town set as the next stop in this summer’s major beach replenishment project.

After several weeks of pumping sand from offshore borrow sites, the Great Lake Dock & Dredge Company...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:33pm

Volunteers move quickly to relocate a loggerhead sea turtle’s eggs so they would survive high tide, on Sunday, July 8.

Loggerhead sea turtle makes history with South Bethany nest

Michael Hess was walking along the Fenwick Island beach at James Street on Sunday, July 8, before sunrise, searching for hidden treasure with his metal detector. His normal routine was interrupted by an unusual sight ahead of him.

Upon...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 6:19pm

Kim Royster demonstrates an exercise at South Bethany's new fitness area, while her husband and daughter, Mel and Tory, look on.

South Bethany opens outdoor fitness area

South Bethany visitors can now feel the burn in the shade. Outdoor exercise equipment was recently installed next to South Bethany Town Hall, open for public use.

The adult fitness area includes spots for push-ups, sit-ups, balance beam...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:32pm

South Bethany Town Hall will serve as an art gallery for the next three weeks.

Get the picture? South Bethany photography show returns

When she photographs, Kira Kaplinski wants to show people the beauty of coastal Delaware.

“The whole area is inspiration. It’s so beautiful. I just love this town,” said Kaplinski, an IT consultant who bought a South Bethany house about...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:19pm

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

South Bethany voters pick Saxton for mayor

Callaway, Boteler, Schrader win council seats

Although they’re all familiar faces, South Bethany’s town council got a shake-up in the 2018 elections held on Saturday, May 26.

Councilman Tim Saxton defeated incumbent Mayor Patricia “Pat” Voveris, 388-238, to claim the mayor’s seat....

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 3:29pm

S. Bethany candidates address the voters before election

South Bethany voters will get to choose their leadership in the town council and mayoral elections set for Saturday, May 26. Polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the people choose their mayor and fill three council seats.

All six...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:41pm

South Bethany council to release portions of police policy reports

The South Bethany Town Council addressed two long-standing issues with its police department at its Friday, May 11, meeting.

Following an executive session that lasted more than an hour, the council voted to release the results of two...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:40pm

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

South Bethany candidates make their cases to voters

Two candidates for mayor and four candidates for three town council seats gave residents at the Friday, May 11, South Bethany Town Council meeting a snapshot of their hopes for the Town during a candidates’ forum.

The mayoral candidates...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:33pm

South Bethany to consider releasing police reports

In 2017, the Town of South Bethany paid thousands of dollars to have its police department and employment policies evaluated. The reports prompted the town council to change policies, police rankings and even the town charter.

Now, in 2018...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 4:12pm

South Bethany to have election contests for mayor and council

South Bethany’s 2018 election could be a kind of musical chairs, as six candidates have filed for four seats, but everyone running is a familiar face.

Tim Saxton could cut his current town council term in half, having entered the mayoral...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:12pm

South Bethany looks to increase parking fees, reduce free parking

Paid parking can cause consternation for motorists. But for municipalities, it’s a tool to manage crowding and earn some income.

South Bethany still has roads that do not require parking permits in the summer. With Route 1 splitting the...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:14am

Council considering SBPD issues with budget plans

The South Bethany Police Department is the subject of staffing and building discussions as the town prepares its 2019-fiscal-year budget.

Looking to trim a roughly $2.5 million budget, the town council likely will not fill a vacancy left...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:22am

Council, mayoral candidates sought in South Bethany for May election

Four town council seats are up for election in South Bethany this year, and candidates may now register to run for the three council seats and the mayor’s seat, which has a separate election in the town. The candidate registration deadline is...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:50am

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

Town of South Bethany, police share paperwork in dispute

After the Town of South Bethany rejected claims from some its police officers of unfair pay and promotion practices, both sides have now released legal paperwork in the matter.

Of the SBPD’s 10 employees, the six fulltime officers sent a...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:34am

Green thumbs give a boost to South Bethany canals

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Participants in South Bethany’s Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest pose for a photo at one of the canal ends.South Bethany is rewarding green behavior. For seven years now, the Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:23am

South Bethany council rejects police claims

The South Bethany Town Council has found “no merit” to police officers’ claims of improper promotion, pay and benefits.

In a June 30 letter, the town’s six fulltime police officers alleged that they have not been paid or promoted as they...

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:57am

South Bethany police demand proper pay from town

South Bethany’s six fulltime police officers are alleging they have not been paid or promoted as they should be. A June 30 demand letter from the officers centers around promotion issues for some officers and holiday pay for all officers.

...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:35am

AG’s Office scolds South Bethany for FOIA violation in staff firing

In the Town of South Bethany, the town manager oversees staff and day-to-day operations. He or she serves at the pleasure of the town council and can be fired for any reason.

But after former town manager Melvin Cusick’s contract with the...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:33am

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

SB police renovation begins with moving furniture, mostly

While the South Bethany Town Council brainstorms a way to pay for a police department expansion, they’ll shuffle some rooms around for the time-being, in an effort to reduce, but not eliminate the SBPD’s liability issues.

They will swap...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:40pm

South Bethany parade to cruise local waters

To ignite Fourth of July festivities full of fun and community involvement, South Bethany will be holding its fourth annual South Bethany Boat Parade on Sunday, July 2.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the decorated boats are going to sail across the...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:46am

South Bethany elects familiar faces

On May 27, residents and property owners chose a path forward in the 2017 South Bethany Town Council election, and it’s a path they’ve been on before. They elected former councilman Timothy Saxton and incumbents Frank Weisgerber Jr. and Carol...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:36am

South Bethany Traffic Committee offers alternatives

The Town’s Traffic Committee is wrapping up its mission to improve safety and speeding in South Bethany’s Cat Hill neighborhood.

More than a year ago, they were instructed to research ideas to address traffic volume, traffic speed and...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:03am

South Bethany council: Don’t feed stray or feral cats

Most beach towns don’t want anyone to feed the seagulls, since the birds will harass humans for more food. Now, in South Bethany, people may no longer feed stray and feral cats.

Residents originally complained that some properties appeared...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:04am

S. Bethany candidates have their say before Saturday’s election

It’s time for voters to make their call, as the South Bethany town council election allows them to choose this week from five candidates vying for three seats. Polls will be open Saturday, May 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at town hall.

The...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 11:09am

S. Bethany police project gets sky-high bids

Construction costs are already vexing the proposed expansion of the South Bethany Police Department building, and the project has barely been approved.

The Town opened construction bids recently, only to find that the base bids were around...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:30am

Candidate bows out from South Bethany council race

By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter

As South Bethany’s town council election approaches on May 27, part-time South Bethany resident and current Councilman Wayne Schrader has decided to exit the race.

Schrader is an attorney in...

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 3:16am

Made By Hand to host 15th annual Fair Trade Day

Coastal Point • File Photo: Itzel Aguilar, Edgar Lopez and Chris Clark show off wood-burning art during a past World Fair Trade Day at Made By Hand in South Bethany.South Bethany business Made By Hand will be hosting its 15th annual World Fair...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 10:54am

Hike down memory lane: South Bethany opens history trail

South Bethany is mapping a history trail for all to see.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: South Bethany Historical Society President Bob McCarthy displays a historical photo of South bethany at the dedication of the Town’s new Trail of History....

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 10:11am

SB’s new town manager and clerk announced

South Bethany will welcome two new employees to Town Hall, announcing a new town manager and town clerk.

Town Manager Maureen Hartman will arrive on May 8. She’ll oversee all daily operations and report directly to town council.

She...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 12:00pm