South Bethany

South Bethany fills treasurer spot

South Bethany Mayor Gary Jayne revealed a little-known fact at the town council’s reorganizational meeting on June 3: the town had gone without any mayor at all for two days.

As it turned out, Jayne’s term expired May 31, and though he was...

Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Rubinsohn to replace Cestone

Absentee ballots made the difference in South Bethany’s May 27 town council election, with incumbent John Fields narrowly retaining his council seat by beating out challenger Chris White, with an 11-vote margin.

In what Fields described as...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

Taste the coast

For the price of a single meal at some local restaurants, area residents and visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of food and drinks and listen to jazz music on Sunday, at an event that is becoming an early-summer staple in the Bethany...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany to take to the polls Saturday

There is no question: in 2006 a new councilman will join the South Bethany Town Council. Councilman Bob Cestone opted not to run for re-election this year, leaving his seat open for challengers to vie over this Saturday, May 27.

There were...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

SBPD monitors sex offender

Full-time residents in South Bethany are on the increase and its police department is on the job, helping to keep them safe.

But the town is now home to one resident that police are paying particular attention to, for safety’s sake.


Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany delays taking stand on windmills

It’s been more than a year since South Bethany officials first heard a controversial proposal from Winergy Power LLC to place power-generating wind turbines off the coast of Southern Delaware.

In that time, Councilwoman Bonnie Lambertson...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany enacts parking changes

After months of revisions, South Bethany’s new parking ordinance was voted into place May 12, on a 6-0 vote of the council (Councilwoman Marge Gassinger absent).

Last-minute tweaking to wording covering mopeds, motorcycles and other such...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

Ocean View officials discuss rental tax

Ocean View town officials will likely introduce an ordinance at their June council meeting that would require landlords who rent property for commercial or residential uses in town to pay a tax to the town.

Officials first talked about the...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany finalizing comp plan

The South Bethany Planning Commission made quick work of two partitioning requests at their April 24 meeting, before plunging into comments from state agencies on the town’s draft comprehensive development plan (CDP).

The Bovarini family...

Thursday, April 27, 2006 - 8:00pm

Scene set for South Bethany elections

There will be an election in South Bethany this year. Council seat and mayoral action has been quiet in neighboring Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island, with no elections there during the last election period, as no new candidates filed for the...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany adopts $3.3 million budget

South Bethany Town Council members adopted the town’s budget for the 2007 fiscal year at their April 13 meeting (held a day earlier than usual, due to the Good Friday holiday). The $3.325 million budget – on both the revenue and expenditure sides...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

South Bethany proposes $3.3 million 2007 budget

South Bethany has tallied its figures and added red ink to black, finalizing the town’s draft budget for the 2007 fiscal year at a March 23 special meeting and budget workshop.

The final totals: $3.326 million in both revenue and...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

South Bethany discusses parking change

Town Council members held a first reading for their revised parking ordinance changes at a March 10 council meeting, reviewing a series of changes suggested by Town Solicitor Dennis Schraeder and answering a few questions and concerns from the...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Budget talks for 2007 continue in South Bethany

At the second of their planned budget meetings for the 2007 fiscal year, South Bethany Town Council members heard from Maintenance Mechanic Don Chrobot as to anticipated needs from the town’s Public Works department.

Topping Chrobot’s list...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

South Bethany talks revenue for 2007

South Bethany Town Council members are squaring up the books in preparation for the 2007 fiscal year, and gathered for the first of three special meetings/budget workshops on Feb 9.

They’ll need to adopt the budget at the Thursday, April...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Subcontractor's mistake damages home

South Bethany officials want residents to know that they did not overlook an incident of construction without a permit reported at 10 North Sixth Street. The work to be done actually had a permit — just at 10 South Sixth Street.


Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

South Bethany hammers out parking ordinance

After going back and forth on proposed parking ordinance changes in recent months, South Bethany Town Council members finally reached a consensus on the draft document at a workshop held Feb. 22.

If adopted, all of the changes would go...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

South Bethany parking ordinances on table

South Bethany Town Council members continued to wrestle with planned updates to the town’s parking ordinances at their Feb. 10 meeting.

Mayor Gary Jayne said he didn’t feel the ordinance changes could be completed in time to be implemented...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

South Bethany aims to update parking code

South Bethany officials are set to take on an ordinance change regarding the town’s limited parking this week, with a first reading to potentially amend Chapter 92 of the town code set for the town council’s Feb. 10 meeting.

According to...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

CIB advises South Bethany on stormwater

Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) staff members have wrapped up study of add-on pollution filters for a stormwater management system in South Bethany – and word is they just don’t work in the field.

Town officials were hoping to boost...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

South Bethany re-ups with beach lobbyists

South Bethany Town Council members voted to renew their share of a contract with beach replenishment lobbyists Marlowe & Company at the Dec. 9 council meeting, entering their second year with extra-governmental support for local replenishment...

Thursday, December 15, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany approves plan

South Bethany has a 99.44-percent approved comprehensive development plan (CDP), as of a special meeting/workshop on Nov. 17. Town council members voted 6-0 at that meeting (Mayor Gary Jayne absent) to forward an updated CDP to the state for...

Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany hears from Sharp Energy

Sharp Energy’s Eric Mays and Ron Patrick attended this month’s South Bethany Town Council meeting, Nov. 10, to answer questions about propane service. Specifically, 1) did Sharp ever plan to extend the existing mains to serve new areas around...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Committee considers local science solutions

(1) More changes at the Fresh Pond part of the Delaware Seashore State Park, as transportation engineers prepare to mitigate wetland impacts associated with the Indian River Inlet Bridge.
(2) More support for a tidal pump to clean up South...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany catches up on central gas

Residents of South Bethany expressed an interest in central gas utility a couple years back, but time has passed, and Sharp Energy hasn’t run any new lines recently. And along some streets, they never did run any lines.
Coastal Point • SAM...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany passes referendum

The results are in, and residents of South Bethany overwhelmingly supported council’s request for permission to spend up to $970,000 for a new police station and town hall. Turnout was light — much lighter than what the town typically sees for...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany outlines evacuation route

South Bethany Police Chief Joe Deloach outlined a hurricane evacuation route for the town and immediate vicinity, at the Sept. 9 council meeting. It follows narrow roads, through several twists and turns, but may be highly effective in one regard...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

Former mayor critiques town's proposal

South Bethany Town Council played two on Aug. 12, as architect Alvin French (French & Ryan) hosted a public hearing before the regular council meeting.

In fact, the public hearing itself was a doubleheader — council is preparing to...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany considers Artesian-Verizon deal

South Bethany Town Council considered an agreement between Artesian (water) and Verizon (telephone) that could bring in some extra rent money for the town, at a July 28 workshop.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
South Bethany Town Council...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany nears finalized comp plan

Members of the South Bethany Planning Commission prepared to wrap an update on the town’s 1999 Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) at the July 18 commission meeting, with plans to deliver a few recommendations to council in coming weeks. (...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

One-stop home shop behind two doors

Like the owners of neighboring
B & R Tackle, Sea Level owner Tami Oltman has also expanded her business in the York Beach Mall in South Bethany over the years.
They share something else in common.
Coastal Point • DAN GRAYBILL...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany preps for capital project

South Bethany Town Council recapped the proposed town hall/police station project at the July 8 council meeting and advised property owners there’d be an Aug. 12 public hearing on the matter, ahead of a referendum.

In brief, the plan is...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany talks big capital project

South Bethany Town Council members met for workshop on June 30, to paint in broad strokes plans for a proposed new police station and a construction project for either a renovated or new town hall.

Mayor Gary Jayne said he was a little...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Bethany, South Bethany beaches on bubble

If property owners and officials in Bethany Beach and South Bethany were expecting the U.S. House of Representatives would help them out by providing federal funding for major beach reconstruction in the two towns, the appropriations bill...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany welcomes back guards

South Bethany Town Council marked the June 10 council meeting with a welcome back, to beach patrol captain Chris Miller, and a bon voyage recognition for Lloyd Hughes (he didn’t refile for town council this year).

Mayor Gary Jayne...

Thursday, June 16, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany talks beaches and buildings

South Bethany Town Council met twice last week, for various workshops, special meetings and reorganization. Lloyd Hughes maintained attendance through what would be his last meeting as a member of council on June 2 (he declined to file for...

Thursday, June 9, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany residents hear from candidates at meeting

With the final weeks leading up to South Bethany’s council election ticking down, candidates for the three open seats were given the opportunity to make their cases to citizens present at the May 13 council meeting. Those potential voters were...

Thursday, May 19, 2005 - 8:00pm

Lambertson reflects on first term

Elections in South Bethany are drawing near (May 28), and incumbent Council Member Bonnie Lambertson recently took time to detail her experience to date.
Coastal Point • SUBMITTED:
She is seeking reelection to a second...

Thursday, May 5, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany candidate point to openness

The atmosphere surrounding South Bethany Town Council is considerably more harmonious than it once was, according to Council Member Richard Ronan.
Coastal Point • SUBMITTED:
Filing for reelection to what would be his fifth...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany election

Once again, the town of South Bethany has attracted enough civic-minded citizens to have an election. It will be a best three-out-of-four race again this year, with Council Member Lloyd Hughes stepping down after more than 12 years.


Thursday, April 21, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany approves 2006 budgets

South Bethany Town Council approved the fiscal 2006 budgets, set the rental tax rate and adjusted various fees at the April 8 council meeting.

The town will move forward with a $1.52 million operating budget and nearly $1.44 million set...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

South Bethany reviews town plan

It’s been five years, and South Bethany’s Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) is once again up for certification. Members of the town Planning Commission gathered for a work session on the document April 11.

The commission members have...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Beach replenishment key issue at meeting

Officials from Bethany Beach and South Bethany trekked to Washington, D.C., on March 15, with the chief hope that continued close communication with the state’s legislators will help bring the $5 million in federal funds needed to keep the towns...

Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

SBPD vets to have pensions

Veteran police officers of South Bethany will vest in the state pension plan three years from now, following a compromise decision at the March 11 town council meeting.
A main topic of discussion at two prior meetings, council members had...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany police welcome new recruit

The South Bethany Police Department, down a man for nearly a year, has returned to its previous strength with the arrival of Ptlm. Josh Rowley.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
Josh Rowley is the newest face in South Bethany law enforcement...

Thursday, March 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany talks expenses

With $1,495,000 notched for combined general administrative, public safety (police), beach patrol and public works, South Bethany town council is starting to get a firm grasp on where money will be going this fiscal year.

Council held its...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany discusses public works

South Bethany’s Bob Washburn (maintenance mechanic) covered his public works wish list, as town council members continued their series of budget workshops.
Washburn’s recommendations reflected a nearly 40 percent increase from last year, to...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Town looks at police pensions

South Bethany Town Council hashed out a tentative buy-in to the state’s pension plan on Feb. 25.
The town enrolled its other employees several years ago, with a five-year buy-in.

That automatically vested them in the plan, but it...

Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

South Bethany moves fees into schedule

South Bethany Town Council took a first step toward expedited fee adjustments at the Feb. 11 town meeting.
Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY:
South Bethany Mayor Gary Jayne presents Linda Collins and Deloris ‘Dee’ Burbage on Feb. 11 with...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

Beach projects once again in jeopardy

South Bethany has joined with Bethany Beach in contracting with beach-replenishment consulting firm Marlow & Co., and the support may have proven timelier than either town expected.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released last week...

Thursday, February 17, 2005 - 7:00pm