Fenwick Island


Mission Accomplished

After years of construction, delay and turbulent waters, the Indian River Inlet Bridge opened to traffic last Friday, with Gov. Jack Markell taking the maiden ride across its span.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
State Sen. George H...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:35am

BREAKING NEWS: Route 54 paving work pushed forward to this weekend

In an effort to move the Route 54 Improvement Project toward completion, the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 5, that contractor Mumford & Miller, will be doing paving operations this weekend.  Unseasonably warm...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:38am

Arrests made in string of robberies

Delaware State Police and officers from the Ocean View Police Department this week arrested two Ocean View-area residents in connection with a string of armed robberies at businesses throughout the area.

Police said they arrested Tervone...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:07am

Longstanding Chamber guide aids visitors and locals alike

The Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce has been printing a Quiet Resorts Visitors Guide since 1977, and currently the Chamber, which serves approximately 800 area businesses, is working on their 35th edition.

“We just keep building upon...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:45pm

Brave souls gear up for Fenwick Freeze to support town's guards

The lifeguards of Fenwick Island – some of the finest in the state and surrounding region – have for years been representing Sussex County at the national lifeguard championships. And, for nearly a decade, residents, homeowners, family members...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:29pm

Bayside Chapel events put a twist on the holiday

From music to the Christmas story, Bayside Chapel near Selbyville is offering modern holiday fun for the whole family this Sunday.

The events begin with the Itzel family in concert at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Based in Frederick, Md...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 2:16am

Local man arrested in string of burglaries

Selbyville police arrested Jeffrey Paddock, 49, of Ocean View on Wednesday, Nov. 23, for his alleged involvement in a string of local burglaries.

Coastal Point: Paddock

According to the Delaware State Police, Paddock “would pry...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:19am

Fenwick Island Lions Club celebrates 25 years of community

On Nov. 21, the Fenwick Island Lions Club celebrated its 25th anniversary of service to the community. During their celebratory luncheon, Past President Bruce Schoonover gave a presentation on the history of the Fenwick Island chapter.

It’...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:24am

Burglars hit shops in the Villages of Fenwick

Three shops in the Villages of Fenwick were burglarized on Nov. 21, and the object of the heist seems to have been pretty straightforward: cash registers. Janilyn Elias, owner of the Bookend Café and nearby Indulgence, said that, at Bookend Café...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:12am

Fenwick Island tree-lighting ceremony gets scaled back

The Fenwick Island Town Council decided on Nov. 15 that the Town would not hold its annual Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony but would instead perform the tree-lighting in a lower-profile event.

“I didn’t know if you wanted to do...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:28am

DelDOT reps speak to Chamber about projects

Representatives from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spoke to members of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 3 about the progress of both the Indian River Inlet Bridge project and the Route 26 Mainline improvements...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:12am

Thanksgiving activities help keep fitness in mind

Thanksgiving Day is a time for friends, family and food, but organizations such as Seashore Striders, Sea Colony and hipAHA in Fenwick Island are also hoping to bring fun and fitness into the equation, once again.

Special to the Coastal...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 2:16am

BREAKING NEWS: Troopers looking for men suspected of following girls in Keenwick by the Bay

The Delaware State Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for two suspicious male subjects who have reportedly followed several female juveniles in the Keenwick by the Bay development near Fenwick Island.

According to the DSP,...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 2:24am

Fenwick officials consider mandatory drainage plan

Stormwater management is coming to the forefront of environmental concerns and municipal affairs, and there may be no grandfather clause for Fenwick Island property owners.

The Town Council this week approved the first reading of a...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 3:43am

Spate of burglaries has Selbyville-area family wanting to spread awareness

Home-invasion. Burglary. Robbery. Just read the police beat in any newspaper to see that what used to be once-in-a-while crimes have seemingly become all-too-frequent as the area grows and the population grows with it. Julie Dugan and her family...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:45am

First public groups tour completed inlet bridge

Dressed in hardhats, gloves and reflective vests, a group of 20 civilians crossed the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, from end to end, for the first time. They grinned as a DelDOT tour guide led them across the newly completed 10-foot closure pour...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:53am

ALERT: Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for 2 p.m. -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:20am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 to close near Indian River bridge, in both directions, 7 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday

Delaware’s Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, there will be a shift in traffic patterns on Route 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The shift will be implemented to ensure...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:05am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 near Inlet to close at 9 p.m.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1, near the Indian River Inlet will close at approximately 9 p.m. tonight, due to high storm tides, report  officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Neither the...

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10:33am

Retention pond for road project raises some concerns

For Keenwik Sound resident Robert Lowe, the retention pond northeast of the Harris Teeter on Route 54 is cause for concern. As a volunteer working on pond maintenance for his own development, he said, he knows it takes time and money to maintain...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:19am

Indian River Inlet project set to bridge the gap

It’s getting a lot harder for people driving across the Indian River Inlet Bridge to see through the gap between north and south sides of the new bridge as they drive past, with the time for the final concrete pour of the project nearing and just...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:53am

Fall fun is all in the family at Johnson’s Country Market

On Saturday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Johnson’s Country Market will hold its annual Family Fun Day.

“We’ve have been doing the Family Fun Day for eight years,” explained Keith Johnson, one of the market’s owners.

The premise...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:35am

No shortage of candidates for Fenwick job

The first phase of Fenwick Island’s town manager search is almost complete.

Nearly 100 candidates have already submitted applications to the Town, according to Mayor Audrey Serio. The final day for submissions is Saturday, Oct. 15, after...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:18am

Fenwick Island police increasingly helping state troopers

This summer, Fenwick Island Police Department saw a marked increase in time its officers spent assisting the Delaware State Police. During the regular Fenwick Island Town Council meeting Sept. 16, Police Chief William Boyden described why FIPD is...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:52am

Fenwick Island breaks ground for public safety building

Fenwick Island got a fast start on its new public safety building. Town ordinances prevent some types of construction before Labor Day, so officials broke ground early on Tuesday, Sept. 6, quickly making way for the builders to begin the...

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 3:32am

Carolina Street still a staple in Fenwick Island after nearly 20 years

For the better part of two decades, Carolina Street in Fenwick Island has been outfitting homes and gardens with an eclectic mix of one-of-a-kind pieces, including artwork, furniture, jewelry, home decor, woodworks, pottery and much more.

...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 2:07pm

State’s first-ever hurricane leaves damage, flooding in its wake

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene as torrential rains and gale-force winds cleared on Sunday morning, dealing generally with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs – a considerably...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 3:35am

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 7:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Area begins recovery from Hurricane Irene, with mostly minor damage reported

Coastal Delaware began its recovery from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, dealing with localized flooding and power outages, as well as downed trees and broken limbs. Gov. Jack Markell lifted a travel ban and evacuation orders for at-risk areas as of...

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 2:50pm

BREAKING NEWS: Power remains out in Bethany, parts of Ocean View; no damage to boardwalk, OV homes

From Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin (7 a.m. Sunday):

At this time, no damage to property has been reported in Ocean View.  Power outage remains east of West Avenue in Ocean View and throughout Bethany Beach.

Reports from the...

Sunday, August 28, 2011 - 1:33am

BREAKING NEWS: Power outages, flooding continue; police enforcing travel restrictions

From Ocean View Police Department (11:45 p.m.):

Over the past hour, winds and rain subsided.  Police patrols were initiated and all roadways in town are reported to be open.  Power is still out on the east side of West Avenue and in...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 6:35pm

BREAKING NEWS: Non-emergency travel prohibited after 6 p.m., Level 2 restrictions go into effect

Level 2 driving restrictions will be in place in Sussex County starting at 6 p.m.; then in Kent County starting from 8 p.m.; and in New Castle County starting from 10 p.m. This means that non-emergency travel will be prohibited.   Those who are...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 11:27am

BREAKING NEWS: Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, tornado warning briefly issued, more safety information released

Indian River Inlet Bridge closing, conditions deteriorating as Irene approaches

As conditions across Delmarva have started to deteriorate with the approach of Hurricane Irene, the Delaware Department of Transportation has announced that...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 9:47am

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation-zone residents should be out now; conditions worsening ahead of Irene's arrival

Hurricane Irene begins making its way into Sussex County
Those evacuating at-risk areas should be out; conditions will worsen quickly as day progresses

The first effects of Hurricane Irene are beginning to spiral into Sussex County...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 4:32am

WEATHER ALERT: Hurricane warning, flood watch in place as Irene looms

The National Weather Service has issued a Hurricane Warning and Flood Watch for the area, as Hurricane Irene comes ashore and heads toward Delmarva. The storm has been downgraded to a Category 1 storm, but it remains near Category 2 strength,...

Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Evacuation of Sussex County continues, those within .75 miles of water must leave now

The evacuation of Sussex County’s most vulnerable areas continued Friday evening as Hurricane Irene, now slightly weaker but still a very dangerous storm, remained on a collision course with the eastern United States, including Sussex County and...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 3:49pm

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation for communities within 3/4-mile of water

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell has declared a mandatory evacuation for much of the Coastal Point readership area. Everyone in towns including Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, North Bethany, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Long Neck, Oak Orchard,...

Friday, August 26, 2011 - 6:59am

WEATHER ALERT: DEMA -- Review emergency plans, supplies, monitor weather, surf conditions

As of a final update from state emergency officials for Thursday night, the projected path of Hurricane Irene continued to place the powerful storm slightly to the east of Delaware’s Atlantic Coast, however, emergency management officials and...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 3:28pm

EMERGENCY ALERT: Delaware orders coastal evacuation, declares state of emergency

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell issued an evacuation order for visitors in Sussex County on Thursday evening as the most significant tropical threat to the region in years continued its march toward the East Coast, expected to bring with it hurricane-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 12:34pm

WEATHER ALERT: Visitors urged to postpone plans, leave area now

Due to the impending and potentially very dangerous Hurricane Irene, all those who planned to visit Delaware the weekend of Aug. 26-28 are being urged to postpone plans immediately. Gov. Jack Markell and emergency management officials stated mid-...

Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:23am

Preparations underway for Sept. 17 Coastal Cleanup event

Don’t know what to do with that ugly old bridesmaid dress? How about that old VCR? Here’s a thought — throw it in the ocean!

Coastal Point • Monica Scott
Matt Likovich of Delmarva Power shows off this year’s t-shirt design for...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 3:03pm

Marshal: Catch 54 fire caused by heat exposure from stove

On Aug. 2, Catch 54 restaurant, one of seven SoDel Concepts restaurants on the Delaware coast, suffered $1 million in damages due to a fire, which the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office has now determined resulted from the “extended exposure of...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:59pm

Beach replenishment zips through Fenwick Island

After many complaints about the untimely nature of a sudden and unexpectedly early Fenwick Island beach replenishment, the project is equally suddenly done.

Town Manager Win Abbott said the project finished on Friday, Aug. 12, and on...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:59am

Fenwick Island set to begin search for new town manager

Fenwick Island will keep the same town council for another year, but the town will soon be getting a new town manager.

Current Town Manager Win Abbott has accepted the position of town manager in Milton, so, after giving 60 days’ notice on...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 4:07am

Holly's Treasure Chest brings its finds to Fenwick Island

It may only have been a month since Holly’s Treasure Chest opened up in Fenwick Island, but customers are already finding what they are looking for there, and then some. Located along Coastal Highway, adjacent to the former Libby’s restaurant,...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:13am

Fire damages, closes bayside restaurant Catch 54 -- watch video

One of a handful of restaurants owned by local restaurateur Matt Haley was heavily damaged this week in a fire that started on Tuesday evening, while staff and patrons were in the building. Firefighters from the Roxana and Bethany Beach volunteer...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:32pm

Early start to replenishment causes uproar in Fenwick

Beachgoers in Fenwick Island started getting a little more sand to rest and recreate upon this week, but the timing was far from welcome for many of those impacted by the work.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Sand is being pumped...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:27pm

Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop exudes feel-good, classic vibe in Fenwick

For the past several years, Atlantic Shoals Surf Shop has been catering the Chincoteague Island area in Virginia, where owner Fletcher Birch grew up. Now, with a location in Fenwick Island opening up this season, Birch is bringing a feel-good...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 2:44pm

Remember When takes customers back to yesteryears

It is said that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. For Mary Anne Hess and her sons, their business is the past, and as they’re proving, repetition is not always a bad thing.

This summer, the family opened Remember When, a...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:52am

Tour de Har rolling through the area once again

For many people, summertime is all about spending time with family and friends, getting outside, enjoying nature and living life to the fullest. Few seized that opportunity like Harry Walls, a devoted husband and father of four who lost his...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 6:28am