Walsh supports town council incumbents
As a former town councilman and mayor of Bethany Beach, I am pleased to offer my endorsement to Jerry Morris, Joseph T. Healy and Patrick E. Sheplee for re-election to the town council.
I very am impressed with the interest, knowledge and dedication that they have brought to the job!
In that regard, here is a fair measure of what’s been accomplished and some of what’s being planned through their efforts over the past years:
• Beach replenishment and dune restoration. Although the Town has a 50-year commitment with the Army Corps of Engineers, annual funding for the project is never a sure thing. The town council, working with our state and federal officials, as well as the newly re-formed ACT (Association of Coastal Towns — consists of all of the coastal towns, as well as Henlopen Acres), together were able to secure funding not only for Bethany Beach, but South Bethany, as well as Fenwick Island. All of this has resulted in a newly expanded beach.
• Streetscape South Atlantic, Cedarwood and possibly South Pennsylvania. The town council determined from previous pedestrian traffic studies that South Atlantic Avenue is a high-volume pedestrian and biking route that lacked proper sidewalks and bike paths. In addition, Atlantic Avenue itself was in need of repaving. Accordingly, sidewalks and bike paths were created, as well as the repaving of the street, for the first time using porous asphalt that will properly drain the street surface after a moderate rain event.
The final touches to South Atlantic Avenue were made including the proper restriping of the parking spaces along South Atlantic that also has an added benefit of creating additional parking spaces, as well as adding sidewalks and bike paths on Cedarwood. This project was accomplished without the need to borrow money. Plans are being developed to also update South Pennsylvania and North Atlantic Avenues.
• Developing Central Park. Plans were prepared and approved by the town council for the development of the town park located on the corner of Route 1 and Route 26. These plans were evaluated in a town-wide survey, which resulted in an acceptable configuration by the townspeople. The town council recently approved funding for the construction for the installation of a pavilion in the park. Construction of the park is currently under way.
• Dinker/Irving house. Working with the Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC), the Town has acquired the historic Dinker/Irving house that once served as the post office for the town. The Town paid to have the historic home moved to Town-owned property and is in the process of updating the home, to be used as a public meeting facility, as well as a place to display and store town-related history.
The credit for these accomplishments needs to be shared by the town council members, including Joe Healy, Jerry Morris and Patrick Sheplee, along with the leadership of Cliff Graviet, the town manager, and his very competent staff.
These candidates, in my opinion, when re-elected, will continue to provide the energy, experience and leadership qualities needed to optimize the governmental process that will help to continue to improve the quality of life for the Town of Bethany Beach.
Please join me in re-electing Jerry Morris, Joseph Healy and Patrick Sheplee to the town council in the upcoming election to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Town Meeting Room, 214 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, Del.