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South Bethany in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Key Dates and Events in the Town's History

"The Best Little Beach In Delaware"

 
 
Key Dates and Events in the Town's History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 16, 2020
1. Key Dates and Events in the Town's History Marker
Inscription.  
1952: Mr. & Mrs. Richard Hall purchase 130 acres and name it South Bethany
1952: Construction of the South Bethany canals begins and lasts until 1962
1959: Property owners number 500
1962: "The Perfect Storm" aka "Storm of the Century" devastates Delaware's entire coast
1965: Governor Charles Terry Jr. signs a bill allowing the incorporation of South Bethany
1966: Homeowners defeat first referendum to incorporate
1969: Homeowners approve referendum to incorporate South Bethany and the State approves
1969: First Town Election held for 7 Commission seats, including the first Mayor
1969: "Town Office" opens in May Felerski's house (5 N. 2nd St.) and remains there until 1978
1969: Homes number 250 with 15 full-time residents
1971: Life Guards first hired to protect beach and bathers
1972: Sussex County places a moratorium on building permits within 1000 feet of the ocean to ensure restoration of the primary dune
1972: Installation of sewer lines starts and all homeowners
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1972: York Beach and Paradise Shores annexed
1974: Severe Nor'easter buffets beach with considerable beach & street damage
1974: Bayside Tennis Club opens
1977: Sewer system completed
1977: First two traffic lights installed at the North and South ends of Town on Rt. 1
1977: Town receives a federal grant to build a Town Hall on land donated by Mrs. Hall
1978: First Town Hall and office dedicated on the land where today's Town Hall is located
1980: Ocean freezes and canals freeze over – a recorded first
1981: Delaware Supreme Court lifts the moratorium on permits for construction on the dune
1981: And 1982, Nor'easters plague beach & severely damage Ocean Drive

1982: Sharp Energy begins providing underground propane gas to residents
1983: Sandpiper Village annexed
1983: South Bethany Property Owners Association (SBPOA) formally organized
1983: Serious Nor'easter pounds Town and drops over a foot of snow
1983: 1,282 properties; homes number 748 with 105 full-time residents
1985: Rip rap mandated for all ocean front homes to protect Ocean Drive
1985: Beach replenishment program gives Town an engineered
Key Dates and Events in the Town's History Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), May 16, 2020
2. Key Dates and Events in the Town's History Marker
beach to recover lost sand
1985: Cat Hill area annexed and Cat Hill Development opens
1986: Cat Hill Water Company constructed
1992: Cat Hill conveys 22 acres of wetland to the Town
1992: Neighborhood Watch forms as part of SBPOA
1992: Worst Nor'easter to date; mandatory evacuation is declared
1998: Artesian Water constructs water tower and provides water service from street
1998: Chesapeake Utilities installs lines for future ability to provide gas by Sharp Energy
1998: Severe storm pounds beach and a mandatory evacuation is declared
1999 First beach replenishment implemented by Army Corps of Engineers
2003: Nor'easter strikes again and the National Guard helps South Bethany
2004: Underground gas storage facility installed behind the Town Hall
2008: Current Town Hall and separate Police building dedicated
2008: "Fifty Year" beach replenishment includes 16 foot protective dune
2010: The Town purchases Richard Hall Memorial Park from the Hall family heirs
2011: Bio-retention gardens and extensive landscaping added to Route 1
2012: "Super Storm Sandy" brings worst bayside flooding in memory with 800 homes affected
2014: SB Historical
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Erected by The Town of South Bethany, Delaware.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEnvironmentGovernment & PoliticsLaw EnforcementRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1952.
 
Location. 38° 31.275′ N, 75° 3.704′ W. Marker is in South Bethany, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Russell Road just west of Evergreen Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 133 Evergreen Rd, Bethany Beach DE 19930, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Bethany's Historic Roots (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in South Bethany Through the Years (within shouting distance of this marker); South Bethany's Local Government Evolves Over the Years (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); South Bethany in the 21st Century (about 400 feet away); Townsend House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Scott House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ringler's Theatre (approx. 1.2 miles away); You Are Not Forgotten (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Bethany.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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