Reader puts support behind District


I agree with the concept of limited government/lower taxes with one exception — our schools. Not supporting improving our schools seems counter-productive.

On May 7 we need to support our students and teachers by funding...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:18am

Writer discusses Sussex homeless problem


We desperately need a “Sussex County Vehicular and Workforce Safe Sleeping Parking Lot” for our hundreds of employed car dwellers.

Thank you, Council President Vincent, for responding to my comments at the last Sussex County...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:17am

Resident offers umbrella safety tips


OK, I have flying beach-umbrella phobia — ask my Fenwick Island posse. Over the last several decades of enjoying the beach, I have been hit three times (not seriously hurt), several close calls to being hit, and witnessed many...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:16am

South Bethany resident picks challengers


The South Bethany town election on May 25 will be especially important for the welfare of our community, currently and for the foreseeable future.

In my view, the traditional,low-key culture of the South Bethany community...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am

Local cancer survivor keeps fighting


Spring showers bring May flowers, Mother’s Day, Springfest and Relay for Life. We are beach people and want warm and sunny weather. When we don’t get it, we become disappointed.

In another situation, cancer patients, cancer...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:14am

This is our opportunity to show support for children


One of the ingredients that made America great is its educational system. Every child has a right to good education; that’s why our school system guarantees education through high school to all America’s children. It is the...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:06am


In last week’s Coastal Point, we attributed South Bethany Mayor Timothy Saxton as saying there are two new rates, $1.01 or $1.07, based on a household using more or less than 250 gallons per year. It should have read that, “The $1.01 and $1.07 is...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:39am


In last week’s Coastal Point, we attributed South Bethany Mayor Timothy Saxton as saying there are two new rates, $1.01 or $1.07, based on a household using more or less than 250 gallons per year. It should have read that, “The $1.01 and $1.07 is...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:39am

Community embraces our magnificent environment

South Bethany has been celebrating Earth Day since about 2013, through various programs and efforts. This year, Town officials cut the ceremonial ribbons on more outdoor exercise equipment and a third outdoor Little Free Library.


Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:26am

Reaching out is easier than ever, but... better?

“U c that game”



That was an actual conversation I had with a friend last weekend. There were no text messages sent between us for almost 19 hours before that one came to my phone, and no other new ones for...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:25am

Phillips: Time to remove obstacles for voters


When the 150th General Assembly convened last January, it went to work on a slate of bipartisan proposals to reform Delaware’s elections system. These efforts caught the attention of Sen. Gerald Hocker, who recently wrote a fiery...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:18am

Phillips: Time to remove obstacles for voters


When the 150th General Assembly convened last January, it went to work on a slate of bipartisan proposals to reform Delaware’s elections system. These efforts caught the attention of Sen. Gerald Hocker, who recently wrote a fiery...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 11:18am

Editorial: Historic church reflects idea of Easter resurrection

Easter is a day to celebrate, literally, a resurrection. When you couple the meaning of the day with the fact that it annually takes place in spring, Easter naturally invites feelings of “coming back to life” and a re-birth.  

Perhaps no...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:36pm

Jamboree is approaching, and for a great cause

The annual Springtime Jamboree, presented by the Hocker family to both entertain the community and raise money for a specific local cause, will be presented for the 37th time May 3-4.

For starters, the Jamboree is a fun time, filled with...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:40pm

Spring has finally sprung. Now get out and enjoy it

According to a 2018 study conducted by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), a Project Play partner that provides custom data on youth participation to the Aspen Institute, 56.5 percent of American children ages 6 to 12...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:38pm

A shot in the arm for skilled training

One of the goals that we at SEDAC, Sussex Economic Development Action Committee, have emphasized over the years has been job opportunities for those who graduate from our high schools. We see these jobs as a real opportunity to keep our young...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:11am

Littering solutions


In response to the recent letters by Mr. Moeller and Mr. Rine on this subject [littering], all the ideas are excellent.

Practical approaches need to be taken, such as meeting with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:09am

St. Joseph’s Day thanks


The Ninth Annual St. Joseph’s Day Italian Festival on March 30, sponsored by the Ocean City Lodge of the Sons & Daughters of Italy and St. Luke’s/St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, was another big success and our best-attended to...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:09am

To Sussex County officials

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Sussex County officials and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

My name is Jim Martin, and your own county comp plan and every expert I talk to are saying we desperately need...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:08am

A lenten season reflection


As we move through the Lenten season towards the celebration of Easter, a most poignant inwardly reflective time for Christians, we should as Americans also take a moment to reflect upon the soul of our nation. Yes, soul.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:06am

We’re now officially in egg-hunting season

Those happy bursts of daffodils and forsythia can only mean one thing: Spring has finally arrived, and with it, a bumper crop of Easter egg hunts and related activities. We have gathered them up into one festive basket — so get the kids, grab...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:34pm

Easter, spring activities get rolling this weekend

It appears as if the rumors might be true, after all. There will, in fact, be a spring season this year.

Schizophrenic weather aside, there has been a bit of a warming of the air recently, and the spring sports season is now upon us, from...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:19pm

New legislation in EU increases safety — kind of

You had to know this one was coming.

Between the GPS devices in our cars and mobile-device apps showing our “estimated times of arrival” as we drive, and speed limits on some roads popping up as well on those screens, it was easy to...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:18pm

Sen. Hocker

Proposed voting changes invite fraud

As a state, Delaware faces many challenges, and we have our share of problems. Our system of voting isn’t one of them.

Despite that fact, Democrats in Dover are looking to exercise their complete control of our government to force through...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:09pm

Candidate thankful for Ocean View Candidates’ Night


I thank the Town of Ocean View and its Board of Elections for making the Candidates’ Night on March 27 at Town Hall a successful event. Thanks also to the residents who took the time to attend and ask thoughtful questions.


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:07pm

Sorority thankful for dine-and-donate support


The Preceptor Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi sorority would like to extend our heartfelt, grateful thanks to the owners, management and staff of Fins Ale House & Raw Bar in Bethany Beach for supporting our community service...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:06pm

Reader stands up for Old Hickory on the $20


Maryland’s Elijah Cummings recently reintroduced a bill to replace President Andrew Jackson’s portrait on the $20 bill with the face of another icon of freedom, Harriet Tubman. Unfortunately, in this period of political correctness...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:05pm

Pop Warner shows appreciation


As the current president of Lower Sussex Indians Football & Cheer, I would like to say how grateful we are for all the work that previous board members and volunteers have done in the past and for bringing the organization back...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:05pm

A response to March 21 editorial on Dagsboro


Yes, things are moving forward in Dagsboro! I think I can speak for the members of the Dagsboro Business Alliance (DBA) when I say, thank you for the positive response to Dagsboro’s ever-growing community.

What else is new...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:04pm

Retired teacher supports referendum


I am writing to extend my support for the Indian River School District referendum. As a retired special-education teacher and special-education coordinator from another state, I have an awareness of the impact on all students when...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:03pm

Readers on the anti-litter bandwagon


We were very pleased by the letter from Dave Moeller (in the March 22, 2019, Coastal Point) regarding the litter problem in Delaware. He nailed it!

When we were traveling to Ocean View from our previous home in Maryland in...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:02pm

A reader calls for clarity


Now more than ever, newspaper editors and their staff must check their facts prior to publishing articles.

In the most recent issue of the Coastal Point, it was reported that at a recent Town Council meeting a resident of...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 2:02pm

Council hearing new ideas on county homelessness

The topic of homelessness in Sussex County has generated more and more attention over recent years, and, though it hasn’t reached the “epidemic” levels of some areas in the country, it is a serious issue in the county that isn’t going away...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:25am

Unexplainable conclusion to unexplainable story

One of the joys of a nation like ours, in a time like today’s, is that we all have an opinion, and we all have access to a technological platform to share said opinion.

One of the drawbacks, of course, is... see above.


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:24am

A town council candidate weighs in


I am a candidate for the Ocean View Town Council and want to highlight briefly the topics of budgeting, land use and Town identity.

At its April 9 meeting, the Town Council is scheduled to approve Draft 3 of the FY2020...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:53am

As Blockbuster goes, so goes the nation?


Thank you for your [column] “Blockbuster fading away.” This inspired a reverie of lost days of Jiffy Pop stovetop and talking to the people you were with instead of texting others while offering only cursory acknowledgement of...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:53am

Responding to Lorraine Gloede’s letter


I am writing in response to Lorraine Gloede’s letter on Senate Bill 22, the National Popular Vote Bill. I attended the League of Women Voters’ event in Georgetown where a panel of three discussed the bill then pending in the...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:52am

A response to Mr. Moeller’s letter


Mr. Moeller’s letter regarding a serious problem in Delaware with litter hit home with this resident. Words cannot adequately express my feelings on this issue. It is disgusting, frustrating, disturbing and irresponsible to see...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:51am

Reader urges: Vote yes for the referendum


Fans of “Games of Thrones” will know that “Winter is Coming” was a key phrase in the series up until last season. Well, now “Winter is Here”! The key concern in the Indian River School District is “Overcrowding is Coming.”  Well,...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:50am

Need to allow early voting


As a Delawarean attending college in D.C. for the last 3.5 years, voting has not always been easy. Unfortunately, the same can be said for the thousands of Delawareans in colleges across the state and country. That’s because...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:49am

Reader thinks it’s time to share the care


I am writing in support of S.B. 27, the “Share the Care Act,” now under consideration by Delaware’s legislators.

My 94-year-old father was an active, robust family man. When various health conditions got the best of him,...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:48am

A real talk about the word ‘fake’


Are we living in a “fake” world?

President Donald Trump’s leadership in the life of the U.S.A. has been defined by one word in nearly every avenue of our lives... “fake.” Daily news sources are fake news reports? Our local...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:47am

Grise Memorial Scholarship to be granted to local student

The Preceptor Omega Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Chapter this spring will be granting the 23rd Howard D. Grise Memorial Scholarship to a qualified high school graduate. Candidates must reside in the Indian River High School attendance area and...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:01am

Don’t look now, but Dagsboro is starting to boom

Dagsboro appears to be a town on an economic upswing.

Businesses including Porto, Dagsboro Days and Jayne’s Reliable have joined the Clayton Theatre as stalwarts of the downtown area, and other new small businesses appear to be making a...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:43pm

And then there was one. Blockbuster fading away

Things come. Things go. 

That’s kind of the nature of a modern-day world that has experienced unprecedented technological advancements and a connected global economy that inspires inovation from all corners of the Earth. Capitalism expands...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:42pm

Candidate ready for Ocean View election


At the latest Ocean View council meeting, it was announced that there will be a town-wide election (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) on Saturday, April 13, for the next District 1 member. There will also be a candidates’ night on Wednesday, March...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:39pm

Appreciation of a guest column


We applaud your decision to publish [the guest column written by Jeannie Bennett Fleming of Concerned Parishioners]. As concerned Catholics, we know that this issue desperately needs all the light and action that can be devoted to...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:38pm

A letter on litter levels


This letter is in regards to a plague which affects virtually the entire state of Delaware. Almost no area or roadway escapes the ongoing severe litter problem we have in this state. Our roadways and parks look like we are mired in...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:37pm

Examining the referendum


The IRSD has scheduled another capital expense funding referendum for May 7. Please allow me to share some of my thoughts about our school district.

First, the district has no control over whether they provide an education...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:37pm

Reader says the people have spoken on referendum


On Feb. 8 the Indian River School District held a referendum to raise property taxes, and the people voted and the results (no tax increase) — the people have spoken.

The response from IRSD: We did not hear you, so let’s...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:30pm