Bethany Beach

Bethany drone law up for vote on Friday

At their meeting on Friday, June 17, the Bethany Beach Town Council will consider new rules restricting the operation of unmanned aircraft — drones — within town limits, which could make it among the first municipalities in the state to adopt...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:56pm

Bethany resident recalls town’s journey through history

Coastal Point • Submitted: Margaret Young has considered Bethany Beach her home since she was 1 year old and has watched the area change extensively over her time there.Bethany Beach has been a home to Margaret Young since she was just 1 year old...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:45pm

Plans well under way for Bethany's annual Fourth of July event

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning the 33rd annual event and is seeking participants. The event will take place on Monday, July 4.

The 2016 theme is “Celebrate Your Right to Vote.” The committee...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:05pm

Boardwalk Arts Festival adds arts and antiques tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with new presenting sponsor, Schell Brothers, for the 38th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, to...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:09pm

Summer events for teens and tweens at the South Coastal Library

The staff of the South Coastal Library is inviting teens to participate in their 2016 Summer Reading Program, with sign-up now under way.

Participants in the summer reading program for those ages 12 to 18, “Get in the Game,” can read...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 5:40am

Local emergency services, law enforcement train together

Last week, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and the Bethany Beach Police Department, along with the Ocean View Police Department and South Bethany Police Department, joined together for a three-day training session on tactical emergency...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:12am

Expansive views of the Indian River Bay highlight this waterfront home

Coastal Point • Submitted: Diners sitting at this Indonesian mahogany table in this Cottage Tour home enjoy unobstructed views of the bay.(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 7:04am

Bethany council approves relocation plan for cottage

Bethany Beach has settled the lawsuit regarding the relocation of the historic Dinker Cottage for use as a museum, but the issue isn’t history quite yet, as opponents of the location continued to object to the project at the May 20 meeting of the...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:26am

Bethany Beach Town Council takes aims at drones

As Bethany Beach welcomed in the new year with its inaugural beach-ball drop on Jan. 1, a not-so-welcome guest appeared: an unmanned aircraft — also known as a drone.

Some bystanders assumed it was the Town’s own “mobile aerial camera,”...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:24am

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:04am

Bethany, Sea Colony farmers’ markets ready to start

The Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market and the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony are set to reopen June 12 and 15, respectively, sharing many of the same growers in a producers-only showcase of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.


Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:03am

Hockers acquire former Harris Teeter property

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: The Hocker family has reached an agreement to purchase Salt Pond Plaza, which includes the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter.In a mystery that rivaled “Who shot J.R.?” and “Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?”...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:02am

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show set for June 4

The 12th annual Seaside Craft Show will be held in downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee, the juried fine crafts show will feature more...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 5:57am

Bethany prevails in settlement of lawsuit over cottage relocation

The Bethany Beach Town Council on May 12 unanimously approved a settlement in the lawsuit against it by neighbors of the Town-owned Maryland Avenue Extension property planned to become the new home to the historic Dinker Cottage.


Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:40am

Storms leave Bethany with limited handicapped access to beach

With DNREC’s work on the town’s storm-battered beaches complete, Bethany Beach officials said Town staff have been working to reconstruct steps at nine dune crossing locations in recent weeks, but handicapped access to the beach will still be...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:07am

Bethany Beach to host Poseidon Fest/EMS Day on May 21

The Town of Bethany Beach is teaming up with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company to offer a special day of awareness on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Greek mythology, Poseidon was the sea god who protected...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:00am

Bethany seeking participants for Fourth of July parade

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 33rd annual event and is seeking participants. The event will take place on Monday, July 4.

The 2016 theme is “Celebrate Your Right to Vote.” The committee...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 9:18am

Fire company offering paychecks to combat shortage

Many coastal businesses are hiring extra help for the summer season. And, for once, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) is among them.

The BBVFC wants to hire part-time firefighters for the warmer months. They’re requesting...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:55am

BREAKING NEWS: Bethany prevails in settlement of lawsuit over Dinker Cottage relocation

The Bethany Beach Town Council on May 12 unanimously approved a settlement in the lawsuit against it by neighbors of the Maryland Avenue Ext. property planned to become the new home to the historic Dinker Cottage.

In exchange for the...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:02am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 1

Coastal Point • Submitted : Architectural features abound in this new home in Bethany Beach, which will be featured on the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.

New home offers ocean views for long-time visitors

(Editor’s note: This...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 9:14am

Operation SEAs the Day prepares for Warrior Beach Week

Although it may be hard to believe, this September, Operation SEAs the Day will be welcoming its fourth installment of warrior families to Bethany Beach.

The mission of Operation SEAs the Day is “to organize and facilitate a beach week...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:05am

Inspection of Indian River Inlet Bridge to require nighttime bridge closures

DelDOT contractor Pennoni Associates Inc. will be inspecting the Charles W. Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet starting April 28. As part of the inspection, there will be short duration closures of the entire bridge in both the northbound...

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:59am

Bethany to host ‘Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong’

On Tuesday, April 19, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Saul Broudy, “Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong.” The event will take place in Town Hall at 214 Garfield Parkway...

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 4:36am

Cat Hill residents to get surveys on 11th ‘speed hump’

Residents of the Cat Hill section of South Bethany will soon receive surveys regarding possible traffic-calming strategies for the area, which for years has been used as a shortcut from Route 1 to Kent Avenue, leading west from South Bethany....

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:42am

FEMA rejects South Bethany’s flood map appeal

South Bethany has had trouble stemming the tide. Just as storms battered their protective sand dunes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completely rejected their appeals to downgrade the new flood insurance rate map (FIRM).


Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:41am

Humans helping their habitat at Earth Day events

Earth Day is a 46-year tradition designed to show Mother Earth some love.

People can plan an eco-friendly project of their own (plant a tree and turn off a light bulb), but local towns and groups are also hosting Earth Day events all month...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:33am

Local towns win park/playground grants from DNREC

Local park projects are getting their day in the sun after the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced its 2015 grant awards. Across the state, DNREC’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:05am

Beth’emian Rhapsody

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Lili Oller is all smiles about her new store, Water Lili, on the Bethany Beach boardwalk.It just kind of worked out.

The space for her store of 10 years in Rehoboth Beach was being renovated. There was a...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 9:12am

Freeman preps to break ground on pool, fitness center

Carl M. Freeman Companies recently announced plans for a new 19,000-square-foot fitness center and indoor pool at Bayside Fenwick Island, an award-winning resort golf community in Selbyville. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Friday,...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:39am

Neighbors sue to stop Bethany’s relocation of historic cottage

Property owners hoping to keep a historic Bethany Beach cottage out of their back yards have filed a lawsuit against the Town of Bethany Beach, seeking immediate injunctive relief.

The lawsuit was filed March 10 in the Delaware Court of...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:46am

Bethany adopts budget, creates and funds reserves

Bethany Beach is now officially saving up for a literal rainy day, with the creation and funding by unanimous votes on March 18 of the new Storm Emergency Relief Fund (SERF), which would be used to repair infrastructure damaged in a natural...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:45am

Bethany Beach formally closes Maryland Avenue Extension

Having heard from the community in recent weeks their positions on both sides of the question of whether to close the “paper street” called Maryland Avenue Extended or the Maryland Avenue Extension as a site for relocation of the historic Dinker...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 8:43am

Bethany Beach bandstand concert lineup announced

The Summer Concert Series on the Bethany Beach bandstand will once again offer a diverse lineup for 2016. The stage will feature 50 acts designed to entertain audiences of all ages every weekend throughout the summer, officials announced this...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 7:07am

Bethany gets Corps’ answer on flooding concerns

It’s about a half-inch thick and years in coming (many years, when the larger picture is considered) and, in it, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offers an answer to Bethany Beach about its ongoing flooding problems:

There’s not much they...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:36am

Bunny Palooza 5K/10K to hop off this Saturday

Coastal Point • File Photo: A group of costumed Bunny Palooza runners pose for a pre-run photo during the 2014 event.The Bunny Palooza 5K/10K is getting under way just in time for Easter, making its way to Bethany Beach this Saturday, March 26....

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 5:18pm

Fire companies to hold live-fire drill on Saturday 3/19

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company announced that they are hosting a live-fire drill on Saturday, March 19, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the now-vacant Twin Cedars Apartments, located at 36112 Zion Church Road near Frankford.

Friday, March 18, 2016 - 11:48am

Bethany considers tax increase to create storm fund

Bethany Beach Town Council members have been finalizing the Town’s 2017-fiscal-year budget ahead of a possible vote to adopt the budget at their March 18 meeting. (The Town’s 2017 fiscal year begins on April 1 and ends March 31, 2017.) This week...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:36pm

Bethany can’t handle loss of wetlands, public says

Bethany Beach is running out of space for floodwater to go, said residents who oppose a proposal to fill 1.92 acres of non-tidal forested wetlands for a multi-family residential development.

They spoke at a March 4 public hearing regarding...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:26pm

Coons presses Corps for emergency beach repair funding

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) last week asked a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official if funds left over from Hurricane Sandy might be diverted to emergency repairs of the beaches and dunes at three of Delaware’s beach towns.

During a...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:25pm

Bethany to hold hearing Monday on proposed 2017 budget

The Bethany Beach Town Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year on Monday, March 14, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The Budget & Finance Committee will then meet on Tuesday, March 15, for any revisions, and...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 5:13pm

Army of volunteers ready to plant the beach

Coastal Point • File photos: Dune grass is planted by hand — one bunch at a time.The good news for organizers of the state’s annual beach grass planting day, set for Saturday, March 19, all along the coast, is that all volunteer slots have been...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 4:43pm

Neighbors concerned about proposed BBPD shooting range

The Bethany Beach Police Department went before the Sussex County Board of Adjustment earlier this week, with the hopes of receiving a special-use exception to operate a shooting range on a property it owns in unincorporated Frankford.


Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:35pm

Post-storm beach repair not in the cards at present

In the wake of two storms that heavily damaged dunes and beaches in Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, the potential for funding for shoring up the storm-beaten beaches remains unclear.

Last week, officials announced that...

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 8:15am

Gallery offers ‘An Afternoon with John Pollard’

Looking for something relaxing to do this Saturday at the beach?

Longtime Bethany Beach bandstand performer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist and Cole Younger Band founder John Pollard will perform throughout the afternoon...

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 6:37am

Bethany council gets a peek at proposed Central Park

Coastal Point • M. Patricia Titus: An aerial perspective of the proposed Central Park project in Bethany Beach, as prepared by Oasis Design Group.A possible future vision for Bethany Beach’s proposed “Central Park” was unveiled last week, as the...

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 4:43am

Bunny Palooza 5K/10K set for March 26 in Bethany Beach

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the fifth annual Bunny Palooza! 5K/10K run/walk will take place on Saturday, March 26, the Saturday morning before Easter. The Bunny Palooza home base is at the Bethany...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 8:05am

Sea Colony’s March Madness to benefit Boys & Girls Club

Sea Colony’s indoor courts will be rockin’ Saturday evening, March 19, for the center’s annual March Madness free tennis event and fundraiser.

Open to the public for all ages and skill levels, March Madness features music, food and games...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 8:34am

Town again voices opposition to proposed Mews at Bethany

The Bethany Beach Town Council has formally made known its opposition to a development of six four-unit multi-family structures proposed to be built off Garfield Parkway on property that contains forested wetlands — 1.9 acres of which would be...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:55pm

FOSCL to hold semiannual book sale next weekend

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) are preparing for their semiannual book sale. The sale benefits the South Coastal Library’s library programming and other expenses that would otherwise not be funded through Sussex County. The sale...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:01pm

Registration set to open for Bike to Bay Tour 2016

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce this week announced NV Homes/Ryan Homes as the presenting sponsor for the 27th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour. To be held on Saturday, April 16, in downtown Bethany Beach, cyclists have the choice of a...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:24am