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Beach Repair Update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Philadelphia District has announced the schedule for the much-needed repair of our beach. The work on our beach is slated to begin May 15, 2018 and is scheduled to be completed within 28 days.

This project, which costs $19,284,320, also includes dune and beach repair to South Bethany and Fenwick Island and will restore 1,437,000 cubic yards of sand to our beaches.

The work on this project will begin in Bethany Beach, move to South Bethany and then to Fenwick Island. Work is scheduled to be completed in Fenwick Island by mid to late July.

The work for the project involves dredging sand from approved offshore borrow areas. The sand is pumped through a series of pipes onto the beaches.  The sand is then graded into a dune and berm template designed to reduce potential storm damages to infrastructure, businesses and homes.

Pipe and other construction equipment will be moved to our beach and staging areas in mid April. Continue reading

Town of Bethany Beach – Flood Protection Information

TOWN OF BETHANY BEACH

FLOOD PROTECTION INFORMATION

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.
  1. 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.
  1. Handouts from FEMA concerning questions about the National Flood Insurance Program are available from the Building Department.
  1. Completed elevation certificates for buildings in Special Hazard Flood areas constructed in the floodplain since 1992 are on file in the Building Department.
  1. The Town of Bethany Beach uses the CodeRED Emergency Notification System which includes the feature CodeRED Weather Warning.  The CodeRED Weather Warning will automatically call citizens when severe weather (tornado, flash flood, and severe thunderstorm) warnings are issued by the National Weather Service for your address.  The CodeRED Weather Warning System calls only when warnings are issued and only if your address is in the path of the storm.  Bethany Beach residents can also sign up for CodeRED Weather Warning while signing up for CodeRED. Citizens can sign up on the Town’s web site.
  1. If requested, the Building Inspector and/or the Director of the Public Works Department will visit a property to review its flood problems and explain ways to prevent flood damage.  The Building Inspector can be reached at 302-539-8780.  Public Works can be reached at 302-539-1339.

FLOOD INSURANCE

The Town of Bethany Beach participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and flood insurance is available at a reduced rate to all homeowners in the Bethany Beach area.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved a 10 percent rate reduction on the cost of flood insurance for all properties in Special hazard Flood areas in the town.  The Town of Bethany Beach received the NFIP rate reduction for implementing measures aimed at reducing property damage caused by flooding and increasing public awareness of flood risk.

Bethany Beach received a Class 8 rating on the NFIP’s Community Rating System. The Community Rating System is a voluntary incentive program that recognizes community floodplain management activities that exceed minimum program requirements.  Contact the Town Building Department for additional information.

FLOODPLAIN DEVELOPEMENT / PERMITS REQUIRE 

In order to prevent flood damage, all development in the floodplain is required to meet current National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) standards for flood proofing and all new work is required to first obtain a building permit from the Town.  Those properties located ocean front may also be required to submit plans and an application to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Controls (DNREC) for review and approval.  Building permit applications can be found on the Town’s website.

SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENT/DAMAGE REQUIREMENTS

Existing buildings with proposed “substantial improvements” or repair of “substantial damage” are also required to be brought into compliance with NFIP requirements for new construction.

Substantial improvement is defined as any combination of reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvement of a structure taking place during the ten-year period immediately preceding the date the permit application is

submitted, the cumulative cost of which equals or exceeds 50% of the reasonably estimated market value of the structure before the improvement or repair is started.  This term includes structures which have incurred “Substantial Damage”, regardless of the actual repair work performed.  The term does not, however, include any project for improvement of a structure to correct existing violations of state and local health, sanity or safety code specifications which have been identified prior to the application for a development permit by the local code enforcement official and which are the minimum necessary to assure safe living conditions.

Substantial damage is defined as damage of any origin sustained by a structure whereby the cost of restoring the structure to its before-damage condition would equal or exceed 50%of the market value of the structure before the damage occurred.

FOR YOUR REFERENCE

Town of Bethany Beach website – www.townofbethanybeach.com

The Town code is available from this site and Chapter 453. Flood Damage Prevention contains definitions and information related to construction in flood prone areas

NFIP insurance information –www.floodsmart.gov

You are able to search for an insurance agent, learn about risk and see what flood damage really costs

FEMA – www.fema.gov

This is FEMA’s website used to get the most recent Flood Insurance Rate Map and Flood Insurance Study information throughout the nation.  Available non-regulatory Flood Risk Products can also be downloaded from here.

Ready.gov – www.ready.gov/

The online tool created to assist everyone in creating a ready kit for evacuation from home or work.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control – www.dnrec.delaware.gov

 

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.