Dewey Beach addresses crime concerns

From the Mayor of Dewey Beach:


We’ve had a tragic week here in Dewey Beach. The first ever murder in the town’s history has shocked and saddened all of us. Our hearts go out to the family of the victim and her four year old son for this senseless tragedy. Dewey Beach Police  and The Delaware State Police have done yeoman’s work and we are grateful to them for their long hours and late nights .


As a community, we want visitors and residents alike to feel safe in Dewey Beach.  Public safety has always been a top priority for our town. I will do everything possible to support our police and Dewey Beach Patrol/ Emergency Medical Services in making the streets as safe as possible.


We’ve recently had a long time resident’s house invaded and that has given us pause.  Other members of the community have said there have been other incidents that are concerning. We need to examine what has occurred and take whatever steps are necessary to maintain the public’s trust.  The Commissioners are planning a community meeting  soon, but in the meantime I encourage any of you to contact me with your concerns. My contact information is on the town’s website.


In the meantime, I think residents and visitors should exercise the same common sense you would in any town. If you choose to drink, please do so responsibly, and please travel back to your lodging with a companion or in a group for increased safety. Do not leave your drink unattended at any time. I know bars and restaurants are required to exercise judgment in not over-serving patrons and I hope that they will re-double their efforts to monitor alcohol consumption by patrons and serve responsibly.


Dewey Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coast and generations of families have stayed and played here taking home nothing but great memories. We pledge to keep it that way.


Diane Hanson

Mayor,  Dewey Beach


Community meeting to be held Saturday, June 30 at 10:30 at Best Western Hotel

The town will hold a special community meeting this Saturday to discuss safety concerns of property owners and to consider ways to increase manpower during the busy summer season. The hope is to provide an increased police presence during the two busiest weeks of the year surrounding the July 4th holiday. The meeting will be held at the Best Western Hotel on Dickinson Avenue. 

During the Meeting, Dewey Beach Police Chief Sam Mackert will provide a presentation for increased police presence in the Town during the busiest part of the summer vacation season.   The two week period, surrounding July 4th , traditionally is the busiest time of the year in Dewey Beach.  The Police Command Staff and the Town Manager have been working together to develop a schedule that would allow the police department to increase manpower.  Options up for consideration are expected to include rearranging shifts of existing officers or calling in extra part time officers from neighboring agencies.   After this period a decision will be made if the manpower needs to remain or if it can be reduced.  

 Public safety has always been the number one priority for our community.  Todd Fritchman, Beach Patrol Captain, oversees our excellent Emergency Medical System attending to over 400 hundred calls each season.  On June 6th the Commissioners were notified the Beach Patrol received an Advanced National Certification from the United States Lifesaving Association.  Our Beach Patrol is recognized Internationally with this certification.  The Police Department works cooperatively with the Beach Patrol on a daily basis.  This season we implemented a new $30,000 communication system allowing the Police and the Beach Patrol to communicate efficiently.  The Beach Patrol can also enforce civil ordinances.


On Behalf of  the Town Commissioners I want to assure you that Dewey Beach will remain a safe vacation Community.   We welcome all visitors.   But, we will not tolerate individuals who come in to our Town and break our laws.  Come to Dewey Beach, obey the law, enjoy yourself and have a good time but, please  be respectful  to others. 

I hope to see you at the public meeting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 30th at the Best Western Hotel in Dewey Beach.

 Important Town Meetings June 29 & 30, 2012

Public Safety & Noise Ordinance on Agendas


There will be several important meetings in Dewey Beach this weekend. A Special Called Meeting to discuss Public Safety will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 30. This is an opportunity to hear a presentation by Police Chief Sam Mackert and to share your views on this subject.  Please note that, due to the summer Lifeguard schedule, this meeting will be held at the Best Western Goldleaf Hotel. 

Additionally, there will be a Friday evening Planning Commission Meeting to discuss the five-year review of the Comprehensive Plan.  This will be followed by a Town Meeting regarding possible changes to the Noise Ordinance. 

We urge our homeowners to attend these meetings and to participate in the public discussion of these issues.  Details follow:

Saturday, June 30, 10:30 AM
Special Called Meeting to Discuss Public Safety
Best Western Goldleaf Hotel Conference Room, 1400 Coastal Highway
Dewey Beach, DE

Regular Agenda: 

 (1)  Presentation of a report from Chief Mackert and the Dewey Police Department and Dewey Beach Patrol Lifeguard Captain, Todd Fritchman regarding public safety. 

(2)  Discuss and possibly vote on possible budgetary increases for public safety and contracting on an interim basis. 

(3)  Public Comments

 To view the full agenda, go to the Town's website; click on June 30.

Friday, June 29, 6:30 PM
Planning Commission Public Hearing & Regular Meeting
Lifesaving Station, One Dagsworthy Avenue, Dewey Beach, DE

Regular Agenda: 

(1)  Presentation by land use attorney John Paradee concerning his review of the Dewey Beach Comprehensive Plan as a part of the town’s 5-year review of the Plan (certified by Office of State Planning on July 1, 2007)

(2)  Convene Planning and Zoning Public Hearing to review and discuss Paradee’s Comprehensive Plan comments and recommendations.

(3) Schedule a series of workshops and public hearings to discuss reviewing, revising or amending the 2007 Comprehensive Plan.

Friday, June 29, 8 PM
(Or immediately following Planning Meeting, whichever is later)
Town Council Meeting on Noise Ordinance
Lifesaving Station, One Dagsworthy Avenue, Dewey Beach, DE

Regular Agenda: 

(1)    Presentation of a report on noise complaints during the past month. Then discuss and possibly vote to modify Article II. Noise Control subsection 117-15, Maximum noise limits as measured by sound-level meter to: (a) establish decibel DbC (bass) levels for the noise ordinance or any other changes to the decibel levels, (b) add requirement to be complaint driven, (c) change to apply to commercial entities only, and (d) possibly change violations of the noise ordinance from criminal to civil violations. 

(2)  Public Comments 

To view the complete agenda, go to the Town's website: click on June 29 Town Council Meeting.


If you cannot attend these meetings, write your Commissioners and Town Manager at the email addresses below about these very important subjects. 

Commissioner emails:  "Diane Hanson"  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , "Marty Seitz" This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , "Anna Legates"  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,"James. Laird" This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , "Joy Howell"

Town Manager email: "Robert L Stickels"


Citizens to Preserve Dewey,

Joan Claybrook, Linda Winton, Anne Duffin, Marcia Schieck, Karen Jacoby, Amy Levy

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