May 242012
 

 

Help us list the many things that make Bethany Beach and its surrounding towns (Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville, etc.) a great place to be – from “A” to “Z”!

We would love to have as many entries as possible for each letter, so feel free to add to our list by leaving a reply under the post.

is for Memorial Day Weekend! Arguably the most popular weekend to be at the beach, the unofficial kickoff to the summer gives the Quiet Resorts a slight boost in population, all while maintaining its standing as a relaxing family getaway.

Memorial Day Weekend marks the full-time return of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island’s boardwalk shops, as well as restaurants in surrounding areas such as Ocean View, Selbyville, Frankford , Millville and more.

It’s also one of America’s great cookout weekends, one of the most popular times for 5K runs, for baseball and softball tournaments and a great time to get together with family and enjoy the surf and sands of the Delaware beaches!

Of course, it’s also a time to remember and honor our fallen heroes and veterans who have served in our great military.

Let us know your favorite Memorial Day memories in the comments section below, or give us your picks for all things beach that begin with the letter M!

May 222012
 

 

As reported from the Coastal Point, The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has announced that several traffic pattern switches this week to allow for all lanes of traffic on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge to become active prior to Memorial Day weekend and to also allow for work on the new road under the bridge on the south side of the inlet to begin.

A connector road beneath the bridge has now opened, meaning northbound traffic heading from Bethany Beach will not be able to exit right into Delaware Seashore State Park. Instead drivers will have to proceed northbound over the bridge, make a U-turn at Savage’s Ditch Road, travel southbound back over the bridge, and then exit right to access the new connector road leading to the parking area, beach and bathhouse. This is expected to be in place until sometime in July, officials told the Coastal Point. 
 
Also, northbound travel lanes over the new bridge have opened and the second southbound lane will follow shortly.  This work is expected to take one or two days and is weather dependent. This lane opening marks the completion of the bridge portion of the Indian River Inlet Bridge project.

May 042012
 

The Indian River Inlet Bridge is set to open on Memorial Day Weekend, according to Coastal Point, ending years of construction and anticipation.

A dedication for the new bridge, which will also be named the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, will take place Sunday, May 6 with special guests Gov. Jack Markell, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and more expected to attend. The public is also encouraged to come out to take a look at the finished product before it becomes a four-lane functional roadway on the popular holiday weekend.

As for the expected Memorial Day reopening, the Coastal Point says:

“DelDOT officials said they hope to open all four lanes of traffic on the new bridge by Memorial Day, on a rapidly approaching deadline. Bridge lighting was also expected to be functional in May.

Bridge contractor Skanska Civil Southeast is very close to completing construction activities on the bridge and its environs, including reattaching the sand bypass system that aids the natural movement of sand and tides across the inlet. The sand bypass system must be attached to the new bridge before the old bridge is demolished.

As they finish the final work, from cleanup to light bulb replacement, crews will continue cleaning the construction site and leaving. Meanwhile, DelDOT will complete inspections and inventories, to make sure the State received what it ordered.”

This will come as great news to those incoming travelers from the North, who will see a much improved roadway and a less-cluttered journey as they head into North Bethany for their beach vacations.

 

May 232011
 

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BETHANY BEACH — As Memorial Day approaches, visitors are again returning to the coast.

Most Delaware beaches have plenty of sand, and many are set to get even more thanks to recent and upcoming replenishment projects, said Tony Pratt, shoreline administrator for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

“The condition is fairly good for recreational use this summer,” he said, noting many years ago, several of the beaches would be entering this time of year with “only a few feet of sand” between the dunes and the water.

He said with more replenishment work coming this fall, the beaches are set to be in good shape for a while — as long as no monster storms wash the sand away.

Bringing more good news, he said larger gravel brought by a renourishment project in 2005 had been carried north by currents and was now mostly scattered in the waters off Cape Henlopen.

Pratt said until recently he had been expecting budget struggles to keep the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from doing much replenishment after this fiscal year, which ends in September. But he heard recently that Delaware was “very fortunate to get a considerable amount of money” to go ahead with replenishment efforts.

In Bethany, he said a spring replenishment has plenty of sand on the beach, while South Bethany is also in fairly good condition, with more sand due in the fall. Rehoboth, Dewey and Lewes are also set to get more sand after the summer, but Kent Buckson, captain of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol, said the beach is already nice and wide.

He said the dunes were a little smaller after previous work on the beach and different placement of the dune fences had left the beach a bit wider than before.

This summer, only Fenwick will have replenishment efforts that affect the beginning of the beach season, Pratt said. With work set to be done there in June, many business owners are angry the replenishment is getting done while people will be on the beach.

“They will close off the area where they are working and move on as soon as they can,” Pratt said. “They’ll move about a block and a half a day. It might be closed in front of you for a day, but you can see the work coming.”

Buckson said replenishment projects could change wave breaks and enlarge guarding areas, but patrols were used to adapting to new conditions. Lt. Ward Kovacs of the Ocean City Beach Patrol said rough winter seas usually evened out the steeper slopes caused by replenishment.

Cold water

While waters are still cold, dangerously so for inexperienced swimmers, Kovacs said he had seen a few people already in the water. With no lifeguards on the stands until Saturday, Kovacs said a recent struggling swimmer was lucky to have been saved by patrol members who happened to be surfing in the area and doing maintenance on stands.

“They didn’t have very long,” Kovacs said. “Had the lifeguards not been there, they probably wouldn’t have made it.”

He said the cold waters mean struggling swimmers lose energy much faster and he strongly discouraged beachgoers from entering the water without guards on duty. Noting the water temperature was higher last summer than he had seen in recent years, he said it should be gradually getting warmer from here on out.

OC, Assateague

City Engineer Terry McGean said replenishment projects that finished in Ocean City around Christmas 2010 had left the beach in good condition for the summer.

Like other Delaware and Maryland beach communities, he said the Veteran’s Day storm of 2009 had brought the need for most of the recent work. In addition to other emergency sand replenishment, he said much of the lost sand had been washed back to shore naturally, reducing expenditures on scheduled replenishment during the winter.

“It’s a lot wider,” he said, noting the winter replenishment had pumped some 900,000 cubic yards of sand back onto the beach.

McGean said Assateague beaches were also in fairly good condition. He said twice a year, the Currituck, a vessel owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, brings sand from the Ocean City Inlet down to Assateague, mimicking the way sand used to flow naturally.