South Bethany Beach

Don Rush

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - The replenishment of Delaware's beaches has been delayed again, pushing the project further into peak season for the area.

WBOC-TV reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' website now lists June 1 as the start date for the first stage of the project, at Bethany Beach. In February, Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Steve Rochette said a limited number of dredges nationwide had delayed the schedule for work in Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island.

Don Rush

BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Complications will force replenishment of Delaware's beaches to stretch into their peak season this year.

Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Steve Rochette tells The News Journal of Wilmington that a limited number of dredges nationwide has delayed the schedule for work in Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island.

Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet also attributed the delays to obtaining permits and funding. He says the first stage will begin mid-May in Bethany Beach, and take 28 days.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Long-awaited beach replenishment projects in Delaware are expected to get underway early next year.

Beaches and dunes in Bethany, South Bethany and Fenwick Island were damaged by strong storms, including a nor'easter in October 2015 and Winter Storm Joaquin in January 2016.

The projects will involve dredging 1.2 million cubic yards of sand from approved offshore borrow areas. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $17.2 million contract to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co.

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Three Delaware beach towns have gotten approval to repair their beaches this fall after a series of damaging storms two years ago.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the resorts are Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach and South Bethany Beach.

There will be no cost to the state.      

The repair work is federally funded and will fall under the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies program.

That allows the Army Corps of Engineers to carry out the repairs.

Work on the beaches is expected to begin this fall with completion some next spring.

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There will be no more smoking on the beaches or boardwalk of South Bethany Beach.

The town council approved the measure on Friday and it applies to products ranging from cigarettes and cigars to e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

That is anything that can be heated and inhaled.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the move is part of a major trend along the Delmarva coastline.

One council member pointed to a survey that found 72 percent of the 14-hundred property owners approved of the ban.

If you’re a smoker South Bethany Beach is considering banning the habit from its beaches and their walkways.

Council member Frank Weisgerber has sponsored a measure and noted that the town is the last coastal resort to still allow smoking on the shore.

He told WBOC that when Ocean City put the ban into effect including their boardwalks it was time to act.

A survey that was sent out to the town’s homeowners came back with a 72 percent approval of the ban.

The first reading for the ordnance is set to take place at Friday’s council meeting.

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The South Bethany Beach town council has approved moving ahead with exploring an appeal of the new flood maps drawn up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The environmental engineering firm Woods Hole Group was authorized to come up with a strategy at a workshop in late October.

During yesterday’s meeting the company said that the best approach would be to emphasize the protection afforded to home by the dunes on the beach.

The firm said that was not factored into the assessment by FEMA.

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There are some new military style vehicles around South Bethany Beach.

They have been acquired by the local police department and include a military grade boat and a Humvee.

WBOC reports they would be used for emergencies such as evacuations during stormy weather.

During flooding when the National Guard does not step in the vehicles will help police navigate the streets.

Police Chief Troy Crowson told the television station that they will also allow his officers to carry out inspections rather than borrow or rent a boat.

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South Bethany Beach is looking at banning smoking on its beaches.

Currently there are restrictions on smoking along the other beaches on Delmarva.

The town has sent out a survey that asks a number of questions ranging from adopting smoking restrictions and banning alcohol on the beach to a tax increase for improvements along the shore.

WBOC reports that South Bethany Beach would be the last to ban smoking on the shore.            

In 2011 Bethany Beach began the ban which was followed by the rest of the state beaches.

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The South Bethany Beach Town Council decided to postpone legislation that is meant to protect homeowners against flooding for more than three hours.

WBOC reports that the council was set to vote on the two ordinances on Wednesday.

A town committee presented their data at the meeting but the legislation was met with opposition who said they believe action was premature.

The ordinance would have required that all new at-risk homes add an additional three feet of elevation to the base of the structure on top of the requirement by the Flood Insurance Rate Map.