Fenwick Island

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

Bethany-Fenwick Chamber building temporarily closed due to storm damage--ONLINE ONLY

Due to damage received in Tuesday's storm, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce building is temporarily closed through at least Monday, July 25.

Chamber Executive Director Carrie Subity said the building was struck by lightning late...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 8:23am

Storm brings 'atypical' afternoon for MVFC

Although the rain was not coming down quite as hard as it had on July 4, according to Bob Powell of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, it was still “raining cats and dogs” on Tuesday afternoon, and the thunder and lightning of the sudden storm...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:44am

State eliminates daytime construction on Route 54 project

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced this week that, due to concerns voiced by many local businesses and residents, as well as state Sen. George Bunting, daytime construction activities for the Route 54 project will cease...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:40am

Area prepares for extended heat wave

Emergency officials were preparing mid-week for an anticipated spike in the heat wave that hit the area early this week, with temperatures expected to be at or above 100 degrees Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 21-23. They were urging...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:29am

Annual boat parade to cruise through Hollywood

The Fenwick Island Yacht Club is inviting all seaworthy sailors and vessels to participate in their sixth annual Boat Parade on Saturday, July 30, at 5:30 p.m. Thematically-decorated boats will meet at Seal Island and will follow a course in the...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 1:31am

BREAKING NEWS: Freeman Stage dance/music event moved to Bear Trap

Due to impending inclement weather, Friday night’s performance of The Kitchen Sink: Music & Dance with Attack Theatre at the Freeman Stage at Bayside will be moved to The Dunes Room at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes, which is...

Friday, July 8, 2011 - 8:40am

Farmers’ markets still offer great eats and friendly faces

There’s something incredibly rewarding and refined about biking to the local farmers’ market in the summertime mornings, picking up some fresh produce and returning home to prepare a healthy and filling meal. Since the Bethany Beach, Fenwick...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 3:26pm

Fenwick approves lifeguard facility, puts Mobi-mats in place

The Fenwick Island Beach Patrol will soon have an official home once again. Having used space in a shed behind Fenwick Island Town Hall as the base of operations for more than 20 years, the lifeguards will have around 640 square feet in the town’...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 3:51pm

*Fenwick Island bonfire helps kick off Independence Day weekend*

While parades and firework displays will be plentiful this weekend throughout the area’s beach communities, Fenwick Island will host another tradition that has become synonymous with the town’s summertime excitement.

The annual bonfire,...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 2:01pm

Freeman Stage to host country star LeAnn Rimes on Saturday

The Freeman Stage is hosting its first national act this Saturday evening, and tickets were still available mid-week. Two-time Grammy award-winning country artist LeAnn Rimes, who has sold more than 37 million albums, will be performing an...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 5:58am

Fresh faces and fresher produce coming to community

With the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach farmers’ markets in full swing, it was only a matter of time before the Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island markets followed suit. In addition, local growers have teamed up behind Carrie Bennett of Bennett Orchards...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 5:57am

Lack of candidates scraps Fenwick Island council elections

The Town of Fenwick Island will not have a town council election this year.

With four council seats expiring in August, only two people filed for reelection by the June 21 deadline: Vice-Mayor Todd Smallwood and Councilman Gene Langan....

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 4:55am

Carmean plans retirement from council

After serving four terms on the Fenwick Island Town Council, Vicki Carmean announced this week that she will not seek reelection. Carmean has spent eight years on the council, and more in service to Fenwick Island.

“I’ve always done it...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 4:49am

Kayak tour through Bald Cypress to benefit IRSD

Coastal Kayak, located in northern Fenwick Island along Route 1, is giving back through the fourth installment of their Paddle for a Purpose fundraiser, this Sunday, June 26.

Each Sunday in June, Coastal Kayak has held a discounted eco-...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 4:47am

Fenwick frozen yogurt shop offers healthy alternatives

This summer Fenwick Island is getting a new family-friendly dessert venue by way of HaHa’s — Healthy Alternative, Happy Attitude.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Mike and Karen Robel recently opened HaHa’s frozen yogurt shop in...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 3:47am

Bradley awaits judge's verdict in child sex-abuse case

Following just one day of trial, on June 7, former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley on Wednesday awaited the ruling of Delaware Superior Judge William Carpenter Jr. on charges of rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation of former patients....

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:32am

Fenwick exercise boot camp heating up for summer

Summer doesn’t mean that an exercise program has go on vacation, too. There is plenty of natural light and equipment found in nature — especially on the beach!

And, just in time to keep that summer exercise routing going, Fenwick Island’s...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:06am

Fenwick Island police beat

FIPD makes drug arrest after traffic stop

On Saturday, May 28, at 3:30 a.m., Cpl. Stephen Majewski of the Fenwick Island Police Department stopped a Pontiac Gram Am for alleged speeding. According to police, further investigation revealed...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 6:58am

WEATHER ALERT: Sussex County designates ‘cooling stations’ as extreme heat scorches region

Summer officially begins in two weeks, but already Sussex County is weathering its second blast of extreme heat this year, as daytime temperatures in the upper 90s – and heat indexes above 100 degrees – are expected to send residents and visitors...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 5:37am

New bridge on track to open in December

The new Indian River Inlet Bridge is on track to open to traffic in December, transportation officials reported this week, with the two sides of the bridge expected to meet sometime in October.

According to the Delaware Department of...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 4:07pm

Dying minke whale beaches itself in Fenwick Island

On the morning of May 26, onlookers, town workers, state park officials and rescue volunteers watched as a minke whale beached itself on the shore in Fenwick Island and then died, despite efforts to help the animal back into deeper waters.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:46pm

Point photographer offers up a whale of a tale from Fenwick

I am 6 feet up on a ladder when my pocket starts to ring. Well, not literally, of course – it was my mobile phone. I reach for the device, teeter and realize that it will be best left alone. No sooner do I resume my mundane task than the...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:44pm

Grant supports non-profits’ visits to Freeman Stage

The Freeman Stage at Bayside recently received a grant from the Sussex County Council to assist in their outreach program and their mission of providing a quality arts experience and education for all.

Patti Grimes, executive director of...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:07pm

Hocker finds fault with recently adopted state laws

State Rep. Gerald Hocker (R-38th) met with residents of Fenwick Island recently for one of his “Coffee’s on Me” talks that allows constituents to hear his thoughts on issues, ask questions and get updates on legislation.

He spoke of some...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:27am

Roxana Fire Company reaching new heights with 100-foot ladder

The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company has a shiny new apparatus on the way, but Tower 90 is no toy.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Clay Johnson, Chief Andy Johnson and Jamie Killen show that the new ladder truck, Tower 90, can extend...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 7:23am

Fenwick entrepeneurs bookend their lives at Bookend Café

Last year, husband-and-wife team Jeff and Janilyn Elias made a statement in Fenwick Island, introducing Indulgence, a pet and gift store in the Village of Fenwick. Seeing a need to reach out to more shoppers and keep them in the area, they have...

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 4:54am

Fenwick restaurant celebrates 30 years

A lot has changed in 30 years at the beach. Real estate has peaked, leveled and dropped; and beaches have been replenished. Storms have come and gone, buildings have been torn down and re-built and the population has exploded.


Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 5:51am

Janei’s Art Studio and Gallery has new approach to traditional studio

“You can go at your own pace, come in … and not have to filter through a class,” said Janei Folz of her new studio-gallery. “Just bring your work, get the help you want and go merrily on your way.”

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 5:42am

WEATHER ALERT: Wind Advisory and Flood Warning in effect until midnight



Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 12:43pm

WEATHER ALERT: Tornado watch, severe thunderstorm warning and wind advisory in effect

UPDATE: The tornado watch for Sussex County has been dropped as of 7:05 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a tornado watch that will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Tuesday morning for all of Delaware and...

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 11:59pm

WEATHER ALERT: Wind advisory issued for Monday afternoon

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a wind advisory that is in effect from 1 to 6 p.m. Monday, April 4. The advisory covers the southern two-thirds of Delaware, a portion of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and a portion of...

Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 9:15pm

Fenwick Wine Cellar's winery gets approval from county

Sussex County Council members this week unanimously voted to approve a conditional use that will permit operation of a winery/store for Wine Worx, operators of Fenwick Wine Cellars on Route 54 near Fenwick Island.

Owner Adrian Lobelia had...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 4:38pm

Samaritan Thrift Shop donating to many

For people who want to shop with a purpose, one option is the Samaritan Thrift Shop in the Williamsville Industrial Park on Route 54, east of Selbyville.

Coastal Point • Monica Scott
Volunteers at the Samaritan Thrift Shop in...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 2:30pm

Music feeds the souls at Charlie’s Bayside

“Charlie’s is our favorite place to be on a Friday or Saturday night,” said Norma Sevick from Clarksville. “The food is great, the prices are reasonable, the music is awesome and they treat you well. Charlie and Laura are good people, no doubt...

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 11:28am