Lee weighs in on hotel height discussion


All property owners in Fenwick Island should be aware that the Town is allowing the owners of the Sands Motel to place mechanical equipment on the roof of the planned new hotel up to 6 feet above the 32-foot height limit. Hence, parts of the new hotel will be 38 feet high.

There is complete agreement in Fenwick Island that a new hotel benefits everyone. We are eager to see its completion.

However, some members of the Town Council question the process used and the decision made to allow the HVAC equipment above the height limit, of which we were not informed until after the Sands had been given permission. At the July 27 Council meeting, we formally requested a special Council meeting to discuss this process. As of yet, the mayor has not scheduled this meeting.

Additionally, there is a Board of Adjustment hearing scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at 2 p.m. to address a variance request by the Sands to exceed the height limit by 6 feet for the installation of an elevator. The location of this public hearing has been changed to the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company, 35943 Zion Church Road, Frankford, DE. All interested property owners should plan to attend.

Fenwick Island is a quaint and quiet community that values its sunrises and sunsets. We have held strictly to our height limit, which is lower than most communities. The code is written specifically allowing only a few exceptions. If we are to remain the quiet community with low rooflines, we must insist that the Town adhere to the code, examine the code, and if necessary tighten the code to preserve the 32-foot limit.

Julie Lee
Fenwick Island Town Counci