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2018 Poseidon Festival in Bethany Beach

You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Poseidon Festival, Memorial Day Weekend, May 25th – 28th.  Enjoy 4 fun-filled days of island-inspired entertainment designed to celebrate the sea and educate on ways to prepare for potential coastal emergencies.

The event kicks off on Friday, May 25th at 6:00 p.m. on the Bandstand.  Listen to the SKA/reggae sounds of The Bullbuckers.  Then stick around for our first movie of the season featuring Pirates of the Caribbean:  Dead Men Tell No Tales at dusk.

The fun continues on Saturday, May 26th.  At 10:30 a.m. the Nature Center will host mermaid activities and a book signing by Nancy Sakaduski, author of The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay.  Kids are encouraged to dress as their favorite sea creature to get a prize.

From 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. on the Bandstand Plaza attend an Emergency Meet and Greet with local experts on how to prepare for a potential coastal emergency.  See the Town’s Mobile Command Center, Search and Rescue (SAR) Jet ski, and Ranger UTV up close.  Lifeguards, police officers, firemen, and emergency personnel will be on hand to discuss ocean safety and distribute helpful handouts.

At 6:00 p.m. bask in the steel drum sounds of Trinidad North on the Bandstand followed by Jimmy Buffett tribute band, Parrotbeach at 7:30.

Sunday, May 27th return to the Bandstand from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. for the inaugural Bethany Beach Hermit Crab Derby.  Choose a crab to race or just watch the fun play out in this event run by the National Crab Racing Association and backed by Florida Marine Research.

The U.S. Navy Cruisers Band will finish out the day with a performance at 7:30.

On Monday, The VFW Post 7234 will conduct a Memorial Day service at 11:00 a.m. on the Bandstand.

Steel drum duo Island Fusion will close the festival from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Hang around for an impromptu limbo contest or conga line as we set the stage for another exciting summer season in the Town of Bethany Beach!

All events are weather related.  For more details, visit  Poseidon Festival

Beach Replenishment Update – 2018

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 between May 20 and May 25, 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. Continue reading

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, DE

Flood Insurance ProgramMany 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 or 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

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 (FIRM) 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 constructed in the floodplain since 1992 are on file in the Building Department.

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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.

Continue reading

Bethany Beach Considering Taking Over Beach Concessions

I was surprised yesterday to see a post on Facebook from the Steen family, who have been operating the beach concession for decades in Bethany Beach. The Town of Bethany Beach is proposing to take over the rental of umbrellas and beach chairs next summer – is this really a government service we need or want. “I know that umbrella has a hole in it, but that’s the one we have for you – sorry. I’m not allowed to replace it until the hole is 6 inches wide!”

There is an 11am workshop at the town hall to discuss this proposal – please attend and voice your opinion. Here is the letter I wrote to the Town Council:

“So once again, the town of Bethany Beach is considering “taking over” services that have been provided for years by a well established local small business. I don’t know who wrote the proposal arguing that the town could make more money by operating the concession and could use the funds for a storm damage reserve – it was filled with “I believe” and “I think” – and the author should have been identified on the town’s website. It would let the public better understand motivations behind the proposal.

Regardless, the arguments are weak and not compelling at all. If the town thinks we are leaving money on the table, then just put a minimum bid in the process. Just because the town council may not have done its job over the past 20 years with regard to this concession, doesn’t mean that they should swoop in now and take over a service that has been provided for years by a private company. Just fix the bid process if that is the issue.

If the issue is that you are concerned about having money for potential storm damage, just raise our ridiculously low property taxes and build a reserve fund.

The service provided by the Steen’s has been exemplary over the years. I have never heard a complaint about the beach concession. Do you really think a couple of be bureaucrats hiring 20 kids would provide a good service to our residents and visitors? I don’t think so.

I do not want or need my local government to manage umbrellas and beach chairs on the beach. Try focusing you attention on flooding, zoning, and the building inspector office. Once we get to the point where local builders will not want to build homes in the town because the inspector changes rules and makes their lives miserable, operating a beach concession will not seem that important.”

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