Bethany Beach

Local restaurants opening their doors for the season

With half of April already gone, many of the area’s restaurants are opening up again and looking forward to the 2008 summer season.

Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor
Above, a gatherinig of people enjoy some food at Baja Beach House...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 4:26am

Art show jury goes high-tech

May 1 is the last day for artists to apply for a position in the 30th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. And those who apply for the coveted spots on the town’s boardwalk come time for the art festival, and for the judges who pick from...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 5:40am

Bethany Idol hits a high note among local singers

As the eliminations continue prime time on Fox, “American Idol” fans are tuning in and casting their votes. Each week, viewers listen attentively, eyes and ears glued to their televisions in what has been dubbed one of the largest reality TV...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 4:15am

Restaurants cater to organic products for health, taste and economy

There’s a growing awareness throughout the food market today, and it’s quickly making its way into restaurants, as well. Restaurant owners, patrons and farmers alike are all learning and sharing the benefits of organic products in our diets....

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 8:39am

Firefighters respond to blaze

Bethany Beach firefighters and those from numerous other nearby volunteer agencies from Millville and Selbyville to Rehoboth and Ocean City, Md., responded on Friday night, March 21, to a house fire at 17 Heather Lane in North Bethany.


Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:37am

BBPD asking for citizen review and input

The Bethany Beach Police Department is asking citizens and visitors for their input on the department and its officers. The new Web-based citizen satisfaction survey was introduced March 20 on the town’s revamped Web site and asks respondents to...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 6:38am

Rhodes a familiar face in Bethany

It would be difficult to find anyone familiar with the Delaware resort area who has never seen or heard of Rhodes 5&10 — the all inclusive store on the main strip of Bethany Beach, next to the downtown bank branch. What even those familiar...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 6:34am

Fenwick environmentalists study options

The Fenwick Island Environmental Committee met on Wednesday, March 12, at town hall to discuss a number of environmental issues, including their “tree triage” program, ways to save on energy, how to get to the town’s population of renters to...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 11:16am

Bethany approves height variance for surveyor error

The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments approved on March 18 a variance for a home at 202 Fourth Street in the town’s R-1 district to exceed its 31-foot height limit by nearly 5 inches. The home, owned by Timothy and Martha Lelko, was planned to...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 11:02am

Bethany shop aims to help with Wholesome Habits

Diane Clark of Wholesome Habits understands that her store just outside Bethany Beach may be a little intimidating to newcomers, but as many people are finding out, the full-line, health-conscious store provides a variety of products and a...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 8:32am

Bethany officer indicted on theft, other charges

A Bethany Beach police officer has been indicted by a Sussex County grand jury on 51 charges related to alleged falsification of paid overtime and medical reimbursement vouchers worth approximately $3,100. Patrolman Robert Talbot, 29, turned...

Friday, March 14, 2008 - 7:59am

Bethany Beach gets a visit from pinniped guest

An approximately 1-year-old harp seal was spotted numerous times on the south end of Bethany Beach’s shoreline on Monday, March 10, prompting Suzanne Thurman, the executive director of the Lewes-based Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 8:08am

DNREC: Wait for possible dune reduction 'prudent'

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) officials responded this week to a letter sent recently by Lt. Col. Gwen Baker, Philadelphia district commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to the Town of Bethany...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 8:03am

Conservative budget drafted in Bethany Beach

As Bethany Beach moves to the public hearing stage for its draft budget for the 2009 fiscal year, the most recent draft of the document calls for $4.8 million in revenue for the town’s general fund — just 0.2 percent above the 2008 budget’s...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 8:02am

Open for business at the big red barn

As they head south on Route 1 through Fenwick Island, the white words “Country Store,” set off by the red barn-like storefront beckon people to come in and check out what all the fuss is about. It takes an equally big sign to stop them from...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:10am

CIB announces grant opportunities

The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has announced its 2009 Request for Proposals. During the past decade, the Center for the Inland Bays has awarded more than $1,080,000 for local scientific research, restoration, and education projects through...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:06am

Updated: Dune height reduction likely years away, if ever

Those hoping for a reduced height for the new dune in Bethany Beach received some bad news on Tuesday, as the town received a communication from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that indicates that a reduction in dune height is not on the near...

Friday, March 7, 2008 - 1:54am

New inlet bridge to be in use before 2012

Work on two early phases of the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is revving up, with removal of excess soils from the existing faulty embankments set to begin the first week of April and work begun last week on geotechnical...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:56am

Connors ready to welcome Rita’s, two other businesses

New commercial construction has begun in Bethany Beach, with plans to accommodate a few more businesses. By summertime, the owners of the Connor Mall, next to DiFebo’s restaurant, intend to bring a few more stores to Bethany Beach, including Rita...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:49am

Sewer project having only minor impacts on Route 26 businesses

Though the prospect of partial road closures raised deep concerns in area businesspeople when the project was announced last year, it has been business pretty much as usual along Route 26 since the start of the Millville sewer project on Jan. 2....

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:48am

Registration open for 19th Annual Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

As spring finally warms and greens the Delmarva Peninsula, bicyclists from all over the mid-Atlantic region will shift into gear and head to Fenwick Island. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour is a favored...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:39am

Seacoast Realty announces January top producers

Seacoast Realty, a Carl M. Freeman Company, announced January’s Top Producers for all eight Seacoast Realty locations at a recent sales meeting.

Robert Kauffman received top honors for No. 1 Listing Volume for the month of January.


Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 4:05am

Dune height reduction likely years away, if ever

Those hoping for a reduced height for the new dune in Bethany Beach received some bad news on Tuesday, as the town received a communication from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that indicates that a reduction in dune height is not on the near...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 2:52am

Nationally known comedians to perform at the Bistro

It’s the return of comedy at Bear Trap Dunes on Wednesday, March 5, with headlining acts Pat O’Donnell and Jeff Pirrami, “The Fat Rat Bastard,” performing to a limited 120 seats.

Pat O’Donnell is a professional comedian and has been seen...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:40am 2.0 unveiled

Welcome to 2.0! If you’ve visited our Web site in the last few weeks, you’ll already have noticed the appearance of the first phase of months of behind-the-scenes work by our staff on The Point’s Web presence.


Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:28am

Mystery surrounds whereabouts of bathtub

Reward: Stolen bathtub. Last seen about five years ago. Very heavy. May have come with its own ghost.

Coastal Point • Submitted
The owners of the Addy Sea are searching for this bathtub.

That about sums up the...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:37am

MVFC helping Bethany with ambulances

Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) will be dropping their ambulance service to the Bethany Beach fire district as of January 2009, placing the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) in a pressing situation where they are running...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:36am

BBVFC’s Martin dedicated to firefighting, family

Brian Martin wasn’t really looking to get into volunteer firefighting, but he has been doing it for 15 years now. Martin is currently the deputy chief of Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, and received the department’s 2007 Firefighter of the...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10:20am

Local musician with great ambitions reflects on his roots

Music — it’s all around us, and most people have found it a soothing balancer to accompany the leisure in their lives. For Frankford native Mike Givens, however, music is his life, a reassuring solace of what he’s accomplished and the promising...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 10:16am

BBLA president’s D.C. expertise bears fruit

John Himmelberg never thought he would be where he is today — a Washington, D.C., lawyer and Bethany Beach homeowner who represents fruit and vegetable farmers as a farm lobbyist. But when you look at the history, it was kind of in his blood....

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 9:28am

Bethany planners take on roof pitch

After passing a roof pitch ordinance designed to encourage more variety in design and higher roof pitches in general in early 2006 and then having it repealed by the town council under pressure from a citizen petition, Bethany Beach planning...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 3:08am

DiFebo’s duo taking on chefs-in-training

After a two-year hiatus, hands-on cooking classes with Lisa and Jeff Osais from DiFebo’s are available again. There are two dates available: Sunday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, March 30.

The cooking classes can hold about 15 to 20 people.


Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 3:00am

Boardwalk expansion project moves forward

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted unanimously at their Feb. 15 meeting to pursue the possibility of expanding the town’s boardwalk from 12 feet in width to 20 feet in width.

The 6-0 vote (Council Member Steve Wode absent) directed...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:43am

New policy helps firefighters rescue comrade

A new procedure put into place after firefighters came to the aid of a bystander who suffered a cardiac arrest while watching efforts at a Jan. 2 fire in Millville may have saved the life of a Rehoboth firefighter.

The Jan. 2 incident, in...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:40am

Bethany council votes for smoking ban

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted 5-1 on Friday, Feb. 15, in favor of drafting legislation that would ban smoking year ’round in the town’s parks and playgrounds, and in its boardwalk bandstand area at Garfield Parkway.


Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:36am

BREAKING NEWS: Winds fell gas station awning

Strong winds Tuesday, Feb. 19, were apparently responsible for damage at the Valero gas station on Route 26 in Bethany Beach, where the steel protective structure that covers the gas pump area was felled onto the nearby sidewalk on the south side...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 8:38am

Bethany mini-golf still talk of the town

While a lawsuit is still hanging over the head of the return of miniature golf to Bethany Beach, members of the public had no objections to mini-golf becoming a flatly permitted use in the town when offered their opportunity to speak about a...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:52am

Bethany council wrangles over protocol

Bethany Beach Town Council members adopted their new protocol manual in February, with new Council Member Tracy Mulligan emphasizing that his positive vote was cast on the guarantee of a near-future review of some things he felt needed to be...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:36am

Salt Pond HOA considers golf course purchase

Residents of the Salt Pond community, just outside Bethany Beach, have been in the center of booming development in the area recently and are now seeking to reduce its impact on their way of life.

The planned development of a shopping...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 4:17pm

Four file for office in Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach will have at least two new town council members this September, with the decision by Council Members Lew Killmer and Wayne Fuller not to seek re-election. Four candidates — Joseph T. Healy Jr., Carol Olmstead, J. Robert Parsons and...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 4:14pm

Officers and firefighters honored at 2008 Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards

Men and women of law enforcement and fire departments undoubtedly dedicated their time and experience, risking their own lives for those of the public and for the betterment of their communities.

Coastal Point • SUSAN LYONS


Friday, February 15, 2008 - 8:38am

Wider beach, wider boardwalk in Bethany?

With a brand new dune to protect it, 150 to 250 feet of new beach in front of it and a new, improved bandstand capping it at Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach’s boardwalk is now the most dated of the oceanside public spaces in the town, and town...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 5:38am

Bethany turns attention to roadside safety

Along with possible boardwalk enhancements and progress on a scaled-down Streetscape plan for Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach Town Council members on Monday discussed projects that could help make the town safer for pedestrians and bicyclists....

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 5:31am

Bethany to consult legislators on BOA change

Bethany Beach officials have already made a number of changes to the town’s Board of Adjustments, requiring training for members and setting up an independent attorney to serve as legal counsel being some of the changes adopted last year.


Friday, February 15, 2008 - 5:29am

BBVFD hopes to pick up ambulance service

As of January 2009, the Millville Volunteer Fire Company will be terminating their ambulance coverage in the Bethany Beach Fire District, a decision they announced in April of 2007, well-surpassing the mandatory 90-day notice required for...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 3:41am

Bethany planners propose more changes

The Bethany Beach Town Council is already set to talk about one set of changes to the town’s Planning Commission, as recommended by the commission earlier this year. But the planners are also recommending a further change that could take the town...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 1:50am

Vintage radio shows tune in to Bethany

The Ad Hoc Touring Theater Company, an outgrowth of Georgetown’s renowned Possum Point Players, will be turning back the clocks this week as audience members tune in to the ambiance of old-time radio broadcasts.

This Tuesday, Feb. 19,...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 7:00pm

IntraGoal Partners: Building better businesses and individuals

Operating a business can be a difficult and stressful task, between managing employee relationships, balancing time and budgeting finances. But thanks to the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and four-year business partners Mike Nally and...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 7:00pm

Breaking: Bethany council votes for smoking ban

Bethany Beach Town Council members voted 5-1 on Friday, Feb. 15, in favor of drafting legislation that would ban smoking year 'round in the town's parks and playgrounds, and in its boardwalk bandstand area at Garfield Parkway. Smoking would also...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 2:20pm

Bethany bandies boardwalk bicycle ban

While newly widened beaches may spell relief for beachgoers chafing at trying to find a clear spot on the crowded sands of Bethany Beach, the ever-increasing number of people visiting the town and its boardwalk are forcing the town to also...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 5:16am