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Flood Insurance Information – Bethany Beach

Town of Bethany Beach

The following information was recently sent to all Bethany Beach town residents and I thought it would be a handy reference and a good summary for clients and realtors:

Many areas in the Town of Bethany Beach are low lying and/or are located in Special Hazard Flood areas (SHFA) and are prone to flooding during storms and heavy rains.  Most areas lying north or Garfield Parkway (Route 26) and east of Route 1 are in coastal AE and AO zones. Properties fronting on the ocean may be in a Coastal V and/or AO zones.  Areas west of Route 1, specifically in Bethany West and Turtle Walk have recently been added to the SHFA and are in an AE zone.   If you are in a SHFA, you should know about services available to you and how to protect yourself and your property from flooding.

FLOOD SERVICES

The Town of Bethany Beach offers the following services:

  1. Flood Maps and information have been provided to the South Coastal Library and are available for review.
  2. The Building Department, located on the first floor of Town Hall also has current Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and can assist with determining a site’s FIRM zone and the base flood elevation or depth.  The Building Inspector can be reached at 302-539-8780.
  3. Handouts from FEMA concerning questions about the National Flood Insurance Program are available from the Building Department.
  4. Completed elevation certificates for buildings in Special Hazard Flood areas constructed in the floodplain since 1992 are on file in the Building Department.

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I’m Going to be a Guest Bartender

BartenderOn Thursday, June 4th, please come to the Cottage Cafe in Bethany Beach to support the 2015 Long & Foster Community Service Day, whose charity beneficiary this year is Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.  They will be taking donations and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the foundation.

From 5:30 to 8:30 PM, your guest bartenders will be Steve Alexander – ResortQuest Real Estate, Joe Maggio – Maggio Shields Real Estate, Billy Scott – Scott and Shuman and yours truly from the Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team.

What could be better than that?  Yeah, I know – quite a few things 🙂

So, let’s have some fun and join Steve, Joe, Billy and Jeff at the Cottage Cafe next Thursday evening.

See my Facebook Post here:  Guest Bartender Event

As of March 31, 825 homes were sold thus far in Sussex County for a total of more than $275 million.

Rising Home SalesThe Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) has announced a 9% increase in the number of homes sold in the first quarter of 2015 compared to 2014.  825 homes have been sold for more than $275 million and the average sales price increased by over 18% from $246,198 to $262,330.

The strong increase in selling price, while good news for sellers, was probably the result of a change in the mix of sales when compared to the same period in 2014.  Homes closer to the beach markets in eastern Sussex County has much higher selling prices than the county as a whole and this may indicate a stronger resurgence in sales in the resort markets.

Click below for the link to the full press release:

Local real estate market enjoys steady gains over same period a year ago

 

Stockings for Soldiers

Stockings for SoldiersThe Jeff Baxter Mortgage Team is supporting the 11th annual Stockings for Soldiers.  Please see the accompanying list for items that are needed.

We will be accepting donations through this Friday, November 22nd at our offices in the Taggart Professional Building – 32895 S. Coastal Highway, Suite 201A, Bethany Beach, DE  19930.  Call me at 302-542-8250 for more information.

Stockings for Soldiers is a Delaware non-profit corporation and we are serving as a drop point only.  Anything dropped off by Friday will be sent to the non-profits headquarters’ were volunteers will gather to put together the packages for our troops in Afghanistan.

Last year, over 1000 great volunteers helped us to mail out 1,500 boxes packed with over 12,000 homemade, personalized Christmas Stockings that were filled with over 48,000 pounds of Goodies. We also made and shipped 1,200 polar fleece blankets and 500 knitted hats for our troops.

For more information on the Stockings for Soldiers go to http://www.stockingsforsoldiers.org.

Bethany Beach Flood Insurance Information

Flood Insurance ProgramThe following information was provided by the Town of Bethany Beach regarding flood insurance:

FLOOD PROTECTION INFORMATION

Many areas in the Town of Bethany Beach are low lying and/or are located in Special Hazard Flood areas and are prone to flooding during storms and heavy rains.  Most areas lying north of Garfield Parkway (Route 26) and east of Route 1 are in a coastal AE zone. Properties fronting on the ocean may be in a coastal V zone.  If you are in a flood plain, you should know about services available to you and how to protect yourself and your property from flooding.

FLOOD SERVICES

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Classic Car Show to Benefit Operation SEAs the Day – Warrior Beach Week

Classic Car Show Flyer_Page_1OPERATION SEAs THE DAY is a beach week for our soliders and veterans (and their families) who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving our country.  The 2014 Warrior Beach Week will be held September 2-7, 2014 in Bethany Beach, DE.

The First Annual Cripple Creek Classic Car Show is benefiting this worthy cause.  We will have food, raffles and music and the awards ceremony will include a Veteran’s Pick for Best in Show.

I’m very proud to be a co-sponsor with Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, The Allison Stine Team, and the Law Offices of Scott & Shuman