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 election in 2019 are currently held by full-time residents Joseph Healy and Jerry Morris, and part-time resident Patrick Sheplee. In addition to the three incumbents, full-time resident Lee Bunting has also filed to run. At least four of the seven total council members must be residents of the town, but all may be residents. Voters can vote for up to three candidates.

Those wishing to vote in the Sept. 7 election must be: 18 or older; and either a freeholder in the town for at least 90 days prior to the election or a full-time resident for at least six months prior to the election.

Bethany Beach property owners who are listed on the Town’s property tax list are not required to register to vote in Town elections. Residents of Bethany Beach who do not own property must register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. Residents may register at Town Hall or request a mailed registration form by telephone, mail or by email.

Absentee ballots may be requested via affidavit, which can be obtained from Town Hall or online at, and must be filed no later than noon on election day, at which point they can be provided with an absentee ballot via mail or in person. The ballot must be filed before polls close on the day of the election.

• On Friday, July 26, the Town of Bethany Beach officially broke ground on Central Park, located at the northwest corner of Routes 1 and 26. In 2012, the town council adopted a resolution that outlined their vision for the park, which included benches, fountains, open pavilions and a small playground area. Subsequent polls of more than 1,500 property owners, along with multiple public meetings prompted the final designs created by Kercher Engineering. A-Del Construction Co. will carry out the plans, which can be found on the Town website at Construction is expected to take six months to complete.

• Bethany Beach Town Hall is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season returned on May 15. It will end again on Sept. 15.

• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach and boardwalk in Bethany Beach resumed on May 15. They will end again on Sept. 30.


South Bethany

• There are two vacancies in the Planning Commission. Terms are for two years, and meetings are typically bi-monthly. Major roles of the Planning Commission include preparing the Town’s 10-year Comprehensive Plan (last approved in 2016) and its five-year updates; providing updates on the status of the goals in the plan; possibly participating in studies and reporting on findings; and occasional hearings on land use issues, lot partitioning or lot separation. Send questions or to submit a brief resume by Aug. 2 to the town manager, Maureen Hartman, at

• The town council’s next regular meeting will be Friday, Aug 9, at 6 p.m.

• The town council’s next workshop meeting will be Thursday, Aug. 22, at 3 p.m.

• The Town of South Bethany is now accepting applications for full- and part-time certified police officers and seasonal employment in Public Works, the Beach Patrol (lifeguards) and the Police Department. Visit the Town website for details.

• Prohibitions on dogs on the beach resumed May 15. They will end Oct. 15.

• The Town of South Bethany’s website is located at



• The town council’s next regular meeting will be Monday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m., starting with a public hearing for Section 200-76 of the town zoning code. The Town proposes to move “private clubs, lodges or meeting halls” from allowable uses to conditional uses (for which the Town can impose certain requirements).

• Bulk trash is collected on the first Wednesday of each month (one item per household, like a television).

• The new town website is


Indian River School District

• The next regular monthly meeting of IRSD Board of Education will be Monday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.

• The Citizens Budget Oversight Committee meets quarterly. Meetings are open to the public and are held at the Indian River Educational Complex in Selbyville.

• The new property rate for the 2020 fiscal year has decreased by several cents, to $3.035 per $100 of assessed property values. (Sussex County property values have not been reassessed in decades, so the assessed value is much lower than the real estate value.)

• In summer, offices are open for extended hours Mondays to Thursdays, and closed on Fridays.

• The school district website is