Fenwick Island

Inland Bays Foundation seeks members to help in mission

The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:19am

Bunting looks back at 28-year career

Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:16am

Fenwick council discusses stormwater and dune fencing

Last week, the Fenwick Island Town Council held the first reading of a proposed ordinance relating to stormwater management.

Councilman William Weistling said the council had attempted to pass a similar ordinance a few months ago but held...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:07am

BREAKING NEWS: Body of missing Maryland man found in Assawoman Bay

The body of missing Maryland man Nicholas R. Townsend, 23, of Ocean City,  was found about 12:30 p.m. on March 17 in the Assawoman Bay off Ocean City.

Townsend was last seen about 4 a.m. March 2 as he and Matthew Bullen were canoeing in...

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 7:28am

Burke takes over in Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island has a new face in town. Last week, Merritt Burke stepped in as the new town manager.

Burke, who has a master’s degree, in public administration from the University of Delaware and a bachelor’s degree in political science...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:22pm

Fenwick location adds convenience for Ruddo’s Golf

As the weather warms and a mild winter transitions into spring, more and more golfers will be hitting the links, and with the opening of Ruddo’s Golf in Fenwick Island, PGA professionals John Ruddo and Bret Marshall are looking forward to another...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:09pm

Ocean City man missing after stolen canoe capsizes near Fenwick Island

An Ocean City, Md., man went missing in the early hours of March 2 after the canoe he was in reportedly capsized in the bay near Fenwick Island.

Nicholas Townsend, 23, was last seen on the Assawoman Bay, 100 yards offshore, behind the...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:21am

Shoppers seeing green at Fenwick’s Shamrock Shanty

The Irish are a proud people, as Pat Griffith, owner of Shamrock Shanty, will attest. Her Irish-themed shop, now in its third year at the Ocean Bay Plaza in Fenwick Island, remains open year-round, but it’s the time from late February through...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:09am

Fenwick woman ready to go roll for roll

Fenwick Island’s Sue Studz already knows that oven #19 at the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is hers. Surrounding her in the Peabody Orlando Hotel ballroom at the end of March will be 99 other ovens and simulated kitchens — but no running water...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 7:41am

Valor awards highlight selfless acts of heroism

Each and every day, members of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS services put their own lives on the line to ensure welfare of members of the community. Oftentimes their deeds go unnoticed except by those who experience...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 2:11am

Fenwick to apply for grant for Mobi Mats

The Fenwick Island Town Council met last week to discuss whether or not the Town should apply for a match-grant that would help the Town pay for and install Mobi Mats to aid people crossing the dune to and from the beach.

Interim Town...

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 8:21am

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.


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