Bethany Beach

Annual Easter Sunrise Service on the beach all set

Following a long-standing tradition, the Southeast Sussex Ministerium will hold an Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday, March 31, at 6 a.m., at the bandstand in Bethany Beach. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:47am

Antonioli joins ReseortQuest Real Estate Marketplace

ResortQuest Real Estate announced this week that Christina Meiklejohn Antonioli has joined the firm’s Marketplace office on Coastal Highway near Bethany Beach.

A Sussex County native, Antonioli was raised near Fenwick Island and said she...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:17am

Sea Colony to host series of tennis tournaments this spring

Sea Colony Tennis Center, located just south of Bethany Beach, has announced it will host a trio of United States Tennis Association- (USTA-) sponsored tournaments in April and May.

The Sea Colony Junior Challenge, for boys and girls ages...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:14am

Bethany considers fee exemption for churches, non-profits

By M. Patricia Titus
With its history firmly rooted in the presence of church groups in the resort town, modern-day Bethany Beach is now having to consider how much of a break it wants to give to religious groups when it comes to town fees...

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:15am

Hearing set on changes ahead of Bethany Arms redevelopment

The citizens of Bethany Beach will get a chance to weigh in on a proposal to redevelop the Bethany Arms Motel into a flagship hotel when the town council holds a public hearing on Friday, March 15, at 4 p.m., to hear comment on six proposed...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 9:22am

Delaware Supreme Court hears AT&T cell tower appeal

Last week, the Delaware Supreme Court heard an appeal filed by New Cingular Wireless PCS to allow erection of an AT&T cell phone tower on property just south of Bethany Beach.

Attorney Richard A. Forsten, representing AT&T, said...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 9:20am

Bethany Dental welcomes new associate

Last summer, Bethany Dental Associates welcomed dentist Matt Baran into their practice as their newest general dentist. Baran completed his undergraduate degree at Bucknell University and graduated from Temple University, where he did his dental...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 6:37am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter storm expected to impact area Wednesday and Thursday

Officials with the National Weather Service are now predicting that a winter storm will impact the area between Wednesday and Thursday, March 6 and 7. According to the NWS on Tuesday:

• Low Pressure from the Midwest is expected to...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 4:47am

Local beauty queen resigns title amidst rumored scandal

Melissa King of Bethany Beach — who had been crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013 in November — resigned her crown this week, after a sexually-explicit video that allegedly included her surfaced on the Internet, according to and various...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 8:06am

Bethany Beach church welcomes public to anti-racism workshops

Bethany Beach Christian Church is currently hosting a three-part workshop series on racism awareness. The public is being invited to join in the discussion and learn more on the remaining two Monday-night sessions, continuing March 4 and 11, from...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 8:01am

Local first-responders honored at annual Valor Awards

They perform CPR. They investigate rape cases. They use kayaks to check on residents during hurricanes and floods. They also write grants and keep up with administrative needs, cover shifts, and go above and beyond their call of duty.


Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:59pm

Tropical Icebreaker to benefit Justin's Beach House

The warm-hearted can beat the winter blues this Saturday, Feb. 23 — all for a good cause — by attending the Tropical Icebreaker at Mango’s to support Justin’s Beach House. For $35 ahead of time or $40 at the door, participants can enjoy a Jimmy...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:31pm

Affinity Energy offers Chamber members a deal on power

The Millsboro Chamber of Commerce has been working with Affinity Energy Management to offer their Chamber members the opportunity to lower their energy costs through participation in a large electricity-buying group.

“Ed Jackson came to...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:45pm

Justin's Garden gets a hand from the Barefoot Gardeners

The Barefoot Gardeners are always ready to help a garden in need — an attitude that led to the group’s Feb. 9 donation to Justin’s Beach House.

Coastal Point • Submitted
Craig Nantais, right, accepts a check from the Barefoot...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:11pm

Indian River Life Saving Station offers seaside valentines

On Friday, Feb. 8, the Indian River Life Saving Station will be offering a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

“Sailor valentines are basically a mosaic of usually seashells and other things you might find on the beach. Some people...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:32am

Route 26 Working Group discusses early action work

Delaware Department of Transportation officials, community leaders and state legislators gathered in Millville on Jan. 29 for the second Route 26 Working Group meeting ahead of construction of the Route 26 Mainline Improvements project. Even...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:55am

Bethany officials recommend removing hurdles for project

Bethany Beach officials are moving expediently on a request from developer Jack Burbage to clear the way over some zoning hurdles that could keep him from transforming the Bethany Arms motel into a beachfront Marriott or Hilton hotel.


Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:54am

Bethany Beach to expand trolley fleet for better reliability

Bethany Beach will be adding a third trolley to its fleet of summertime transportation this summer, with the approval by the town council this week of a contract to purchase the third trolley for $166,917. The third trolley isn’t planned for use...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:28am

Bethany Beach details new definition for garages

Addressing issues raised in a Board of Adjustments hearing last month, Bethany Beach Planning Commission members on Jan. 9 worked to develop an improved definition of an “accessory structure,” aiming to make it entirely clear in the town code...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:51am

Bethany Beach native crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013

Melissa King, a 2012 Indian River High School graduate who lives in the Bethany Beach area, was recently crowned Miss Delaware Teen USA 2013. King will represent Delaware in the Miss Teen USA contest in July, with her platform of “Finding the...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 3:24am

WEATHER ALERT: High wind warning issued for tonight, gusts up to 55 mph predicted

A high wind warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for 7 p.m. Wednesday evening to 4 a.m. Thursday. Winds are predicted to be from the south at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 55 mph.

The strongest winds are expected...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 3:07am

BREAKING NEWS: Referendum public meeting postponed until Monday

The Indian River School District's public referendum meeting originally scheduled for Jan. 24 has been postponed due to inclemenent weather. It has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at East Millsboro Elementary School.


Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:19am

Beebe gets another Distinguished Hospital Award for excellence

For the fourth year in a row, Beebe Medical Center has received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Beebe is the only hospital on Delmarva to receive the award four years running, and the distinction puts them...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:50pm

Hocker hosts first 'Coffee's on Me' as state senator

Same-sex marriage? Check. Gun control? Check. IRSD referendum? Check.

“What do you want to talk about?” said state Sen. Gerald Hocker (R-20th), to the audience at his latest “Coffee’s on Me” talk. “Gun control? Video lottery machines at...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:44pm

First-responders train for large-scale emergencies

On the cold, rainy afternoon of Jan. 18, about 40 emergency responders geared up at Ocean View Police Department to prepare for an event they hope never happens. They were finishing a two-day seminar on managing casualties in a large-scale...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:40pm

Farrar retiring as Bethany Beach entertainment director

Many people may know her as the “Bandstand Lady,” but Gloria Farrar is much, much more than that. And after more than a dozen years with the Town of Bethany Beach as its entertainment director, she said she has decided to pass the baton on to...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:34pm

Flagship hotel proposed for downtown Bethany

Efforts to enhance business and year-round activity in downtown Bethany Beach have been expanded in recent years, with new events and town officials working with downtown business owners to encourage people to come downtown, shop downtown and eat...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 4:46am

Free SAT diagnostic test to be held at South Coastal Library

For high school students looking to improve their SAT scores, an SAT practice diagnostic test might be just the ticket.

This weekend, a free SAT practice test will be administered at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach by Jim Weeks...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:37am

WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Watch issued, up to 6 inches of snow predicted Thursday

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Thursday afternoon through late Thursday night, Jan. 17, projecting snow accumulations of between 2 and 6 inches.

The NWS is predicting that rain will mix with snow starting...

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 8:40am

BREAKING NEWS: Four men arrested for Plantation Park home-invasion

Delaware State Police detectives have arrested four suspects in a home-invasion robbery that occurred in Plantation Park near Frankford on Thursday evening.

According to police, the incident occurred around 9:05 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10,...

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 6:44am

BBVFC seeks new members

Looking for a way to get more involved in the community? The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is always seeking new people who have a personal desire to serve in a challenging, meaningful way, and an upcoming open house will give the public...

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:13am

Ring in the New Year by exercising like the Eskimos

The 17th annual Leo Brady Exercise like the Eskimos will be held in Bethany Beach on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

“It actually started out as a Kiwanis event,” said Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Operations and Events Manager Helen Ball. “Then a...

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:07am

AARP chapter donates to several organizations

The AARP’s South Coastal Chapter 5226 held their December luncheon meeting at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club last week and gave donations to several local organizations, including Meals on Wheels, the South Coastal Library, the Millville...

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 5:33am

St. Martha's readies for expansion in downtown Bethany

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach will be getting a makeover soon, with demolition of their 1,200-square-foot vicarage and its replacement with a 5,400-square-foot social hall, kitchen, nursery and offices.

The Rev. Mary L....

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 5:17am

Bethany BoA splits on ‘detached’ garage

Bethany Beach Board of Adjustment members were divided last week on the issue of what constitutes a “detached garage” and whether the related town code regarding accessory structures is ambiguous.

The BoA on Wednesday, Dec. 12, heard the...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:34am

Hair of the Dog to run through Bethany Beach again

The 2nd annual Hair of the Dog 5K/10K will take place on Jan. 1 in downtown Bethany Beach.

“This is a charity event for the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation,” explained Race Director Rick Hundley, who has also served on the board of...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:31am

Bethany grants variance needed for sale of 1953 home

When can 10 inches be the difference between selling a house and not selling a house? When those 10 inches are the amount the house intrudes upon legal setbacks, as a case before the Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments proved last week.


Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:20am

Christmas dinner can be Off the Hook this year

If cooking for a full house this Christmas doesn’t sound like fun, or maybe your brood is slowly getting smaller as children move away and do their own thing, why not order in? Off the Hook Market in Bethany Beach is offering ready-to-cook...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 5:37am

FOSCL makes book donation easy with drive-through service

Book lovers can donate to a local cause and skip some of the heavy lifting, thanks to the Friends of the South Coastal Library. In preparation for their semiannual book sale this coming February, the Friends group will be collecting gently used...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:54am

Streetscape project expected to begin in February

Bethany Beach officials announced recently that a new, “very aggressive” schedule for construction of the Streetscape project had been sent to the Town by consultants JMT, with construction now expected to begin in February on the north side of...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:33am

Bethany takes a second look at holiday construction fines

By M. Patricia Titus

News Editor

They weren’t shopping for it, but six construction companies working in Bethany Beach on Black Friday got a little “gift” from the Town, and it came with its own bill: a ticket for doing construction...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:29am

Bethany recognizes mistake, drops citations

People who love Bethany Beach truly love Bethany Beach.

They mention how quiet the town is, or how well the beach is maintained or the quaint shops downtown that add to a terrific walking experience on a sunny day. The quaintness and peace...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 6:22am

Quilting group helping comfort victims of Hurricane Sandy

Tiny Tots a volunteer group of about 45 women affiliated with St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Bethany Beach has been busy quilting, but they’ve now put their mission of making baby quilts on hold for a bit.

Coastal Point • Monica Scott

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:30am

Bethany ready for Holiday Happenings this weekend

Holiday traditions run the gamut — everything from special dishes for a holiday meal to games played on a special day or the way that holiday tree is selected and trimmed. And, in coastal Delaware, there are religious services, charity events,...

Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:10am

Justin's Garden is next project for beach

Since 2010, Justin’s Beach House has provided respite for families in need, and organizers are now working to create a back yard that matches that spirit.

The Justin W. Jennings Foundation plans to transform the entire yard of the home...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:43pm

Bethany council confirms Church/Neff property as future park

The Bethany Beach Town Council this week approved a resolution confirming the future use of the former Christian Church and Neff properties as a park, though what exactly that park will contain or look like remains to be determined.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:29pm

Thanksgiving weekend offers peek in to local artists’ studios

From South Bethany to Bethany, Ocean View to Dagsboro, little Southeastern Sussex is full of artists willing and able to open up their working studios and galleries to people who are interested in seeing them in action, creating their...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:32am

QRCF offers up another merry Caribbean Christmas

What better way to kick off the holiday season than to spend a little time in the Caribbean, enjoying food, drinks and music? It’s an opportunity presented just once a year in coastal Delaware. On Dec. 1, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:28am

County planners postpone Castaways vote again

To the dismay of many of those following the Castaways applications for the change of zones and a conditional use through Sussex County Planning & Zoning, P&Z has again decided to postpone a decision.

Sussex County Planning &...

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:01am

Following distinguished service career, Drew still serves

This Veterans Day, like many, conjures up images of soldiers laying down their life for their country, of core values like honor, courage and commitment, of old men that relive their time at war fondly, but with a mist in their eyes as they tell...

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:05am