Town Council Election to be Held Saturday, September 8, 2018, with absentee balloting now open.


At each contested election, BBLA poses questions to candidates, compiles their answers verbatim into a newsletter, adds information on voting procedures, and mails the newsletter to all house holds in town. The print version should arrive in mid August so it is available for absentee balloting. 


In addition, BBLA provides the Newsletter in electronic form to its members. Click here to see the Candidates Newsletter


BBLA encourages citizens to become knoledgable on all candidates and to vote. Voting is easy in the town, both in person on Sept 8 or by stopping at Town Hall between now and Sept 8. Absentee balloting may also be done by mail. 


Bethany Beach property owners who are listed on the Town’s property tax list are not required to register to vote in Town elections.

Click here for voting procedures, including voting by absentee ballot. 


The six candidates for the four open seats are:

Faith M. Denault (resident),

 Larry Fishel (non-resident)

R. Bruce Frye (resident)

Rosemary Hardiman (resident)

Lew Killmer (resident)

James E. Sirkis (resident)





The 2018 Annual Meeting was held  on  Sat June 23 at South Coastal Library with a large turnout of approximately 80 people


Click here to see the Presidents Report on Behalf of the Board, It includes the meeting agenda, comments on transitions within the BBLA Board, as well as significant activities in the past year in each of BBLA's four major purposes. Members approved the bylaws change and elected the following as BBLA officers: President-Patrick McGuire; Vice President-Kathy Sierra; Treasurer-Susan Fried; Recording Secretary- Mary Louise Embrey; Membership Secretary-Tracy Mulligan.


Members received presentations on beach replenishment and on Tidal and Rainwater Flooding.  Click here for the presentation from Charlii Miller of ECSI on Tidal and Rainwater Flooding in Bethany Beach.



Rebuilding of dune and beach completed. Crossover and handicap ramp work continues. 

The town has done an excellent job of making information available to citizens about the beach replenishment and the associated work of crossovers, fence, handicapped ramps, etc. Their latest update includes

"The rebuilding of our dune and beach is completed and was certainly needed. We can once again enjoy a wide and accommodating beach. But the project is not over yet. The project not only calls for beach and dune replenishment but also calls for the USACE sub contractor to install dune fence and construct new crossovers." These crossovers are now under construction, at a rate of two per day- the town will install mats at the crossovers as needed. The town advised that "unfortunately construction on our handicap ramps at Ocean View Parkway and Wellington Parkway will not begin until later in the summer"

The most recent info, updated every day or so, is available on the Town website




Background information on Flooding in Bethany Beach


BBLA Members received a presentation on Tidal and Rainwater Flooding at the 2018 annual meeting. Click here


The Army Corps of Engineers did a study on the “viability of implementing flood risk management solutions for the tidal and coastal storm flooding problems that occur with the Town of Bethany Beach Delaware.".  It is our understanding that the Town has its engineer reviewing the study. Click here for the study


Here is basic information from the Town on flooding, -posted in 2010 and still useful.




Bethany Beach enacts an ordinance placing restrictions on tents and canopies on the beach.  


“The ordinance allows standard size umbrellas and so-called baby tents as the only shading devices allowed on the beach in Bethany Beach. The ordinance would prohibit all other shading devices including, but not limited to, cabanas, canopies, pavilions, sportsbrellas, tarps, tents or similar devices or any materials mounted on supports.

The Town will be enforcing this restriction on tents and canopies this summer. But because this is a new ordinance, people erecting a prohibited tent or canopy on the beach will simply be asked to take the device down and will not be cited if they comply with the request.”

Click here for more information.