South Bethany, DE
South Bethany is located in Sussex County, New Jersey and according to the 2010 United States census; the town posted a population of 449 people and as of mid 2012, the year round population was 600 people. Geographically, South Bethany is considered part of the Salisbury, Delaware Metropolitan statistical area.
South Bethany is called the “best little beach in Delaware and the town motto is “more smiles to the miles.
Children who reside in South Bethany are educated in the Indian River School System
There are 7 colleges and university within 100 miles of South Bethany including Delaware State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
South Bethany is a popular area for year round and seasonal living. The homes in South Bethany range from affordable to luxurious. Many of the properties are within easy access to the water front.
South Bethany was formed as an unincorporated entity in 1952 when the Hall family purchased 130 acres from the Delaware Shore Land Corporation and named the development South Bethany. By 1959 the development boasted 500 property owners. In 1969 the town was incorporated and remains almost exclusively residential. Municipal sewer construction began in 1972 and in 1977, South Bethany received a federal grant that allowed the town to construct a Town Hall. Paradise Shores and York Beach were annexed in 1972 to South Bethany and Sussex County immediately placed a building permit moratorium on construction within 1,000 feet of the ocean. Today, South Bethany is a thriving residential / vacation resort.
Parks and Recreation
South Bethany and the surrounding Sussex County area is a beach lovers paradise. The area boasts a variety of water and water front activities
such as swimming, surfing and water skiing. The Bethany Boardwalk and Bandstand are both popular areas for live entertainment. The South Bethany area includes Fenwick Island State Park which is 344 acres of paradise. The park
is open during daylight hours and features fishing, boating and swimming. There are also traditional golf and disc golf course, as well as hiking and biking trails.
Attractions and Activities
One of the most popular attractions
in the South Bethany area is the World War II Observation tower. Used during the war to track and monitor activity at sea, the tower is open to the public. Visitors will enjoy 360 degree views of the Sussex County area.
The most event in Sussex County is the annual 3 day Punkin Chunkin Festival. Teams of Pumpkin Chunkins throw pumpkins for distance with mechanical means. The event attracts visitors from all over the country. The event is specifically designed to raise funds for scholarships and funding for youth and community based programs.