Keeping an eye on our roots

One of the exciting things about coming to this area every year for vacation is seeing all the new things that have popped up over the year. Each summer seems to bring new restaurants, retail shops, houses and, sometimes, new weekly newspapers...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:42am

Indian River alum goes big time

There’s just something special about the “local kid done good” story. And this one’s pretty special.

Abi Buchler, who graduated Indian River High School just last year, is now a member of the Messiah College softball team. On Monday,...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:00pm

Some decisions are not easy

It ain’t easy being green.

With all due apologies to Kermit the Frog, that phrase can be muttered more and more frequently these days in terms of people trying to be environmentally conscious. Oh, there are more opportunities, and more...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:32am

Letters to the Editor -- May 8, 2009

Is sportsbetting the answer? Don’t bet on it

Sportsbetting is some of our legislators and governor’s saving grace to part of the state’s budget crisis. I am totally against this idea, especially under the current economic...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:25am

Town officials to become twits?

Fenwick Island officials are looking into the idea of improving their communication to residents and non-resident property owners through social networking Web sites.

During last Friday’s town council meeting, council members discussed the...

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 6:06am

Jamboree a great time for all

We normally like to avoid endorsing specific community events in our editorial for two reasons. First, there are so many worthwhile causes in our community that we feel it would be unfair to single out one over the others. And, second, because it...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:14am

New council in Ocean View

The recent swearing-in of Robert “Bob” Lawless to the Ocean View Town Council opens a new chapter to the leadership annals of the town, and hopefully leaves behind a period of conflict and contention that has garnered the town all-too-much...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:40am

More bus services would help

It’s very easy to be a Monday-morning quarterback. You know, just sit back, watch the decisions someone else makes, and then offer your opinion after the fact. We’re kind of doing that here today.

When Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:35am

Swann Keys ruling interesting

It’s common in this community, and just about every other area of the country, for homeowners to battle against their homeowners’ associations. However, a dispute in the Swann Keys development has seen resolution in the Delaware Supreme Court....

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:32am

Aim grant funding to MVFC

Ocean View Town Council members are contemplating their annual grant donation to the Millville Volunteer Fire Co., and there is at least some sentiment to split the grant monies to $35,000 for the fire company, and $5,000 for the Beebe Medical...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:41pm

Millville elections Saturday

We do love an election around here.

As Millville prepares for municipal elections this weekend, we’re reminded again about how important these positions are for the quality of life of all residents of the town. One look at other...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 4:04pm

Bethany does the research

Governmental bodies, on any level, are not traditionally thought of as being forward-thinkers.

They usually react to situations or events, consider potential courses of action, and move toward a solution that satisfies the most people on...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:21pm

Mitchell putting forth effort

The Ocean View draft budget that was released recently raised a few eyebrows, as it called for the elimination of two town police officers, two town employees and an increase in taxes to make up for a shortfall in the town’s finances.


Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:53am

Inlet bridge moving forward

Stop us if you’ve heard this before.

State officials made a formal announcement this week regarding the timetable for work on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge. The $150 million project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2011....

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:07pm

Frankford to stay the same

Following the disqualification of one of the three candidates vying for two seats on the Frankford Town Council, there will be no election in the town. In fact, it has been eight years since there has been a town council election in Frankford....

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:50pm

State officials on right track

This is an example of government thinking about people.

Delaware House Minority Whip Dan Short (R-Seaford) and Sen. George H. Bunting (D-Bethany Beach) have co-sponsored a bill that, if approved, would result in the state’s first “Burn...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:21am

Fenwick continuing forward

A new year often brings new ideas and new ways of doing things. Fortunately, the Fenwick Island Environmental Committee resumed their meetings this past week and appear to be continuing forward on their existing plan — to look at every option...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:42am

Ocean View on right course

We’re a little conflicted on the news this week that the Ocean View Town Council would be sending out surveys to residents regarding the town’s current financial situation.

Make no mistake about it — we are all in favor of town officials...

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 5:58am

Ambulance service starts

The “Big Four” began its new ambulance coverage on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and this can only be a good thing for the entire community.

The Big Four of Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island and Sea Colony began plans for the new...

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:35am

Economy hits all phases

The drag on the economy has hit the nation, and this community, in nearly every capacity thought possible.

Real estate has hit a dry spot, banks are tougher to get loans from, jobs are being lost, companies going out of business and people...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:22am

Thank you for a great year

Dear readers and advertisers,

As 2008 comes to a close, and many of us look back at what has been a trying time economically, both locally and nationally, we really want to thank all of you for your continued support of the Coastal Point...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:44am

Frankford Elementary a star

Perhaps it’s time the entire community stands up and takes notice of what’s been going on at Frankford Elementary School.
Named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004, Frankford Elementary has also been a state Superior school every year...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:30am

Frankford Elementary a star

Perhaps it’s time the entire community stands up and takes notice of what’s been going on at Frankford Elementary School.
Named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004, Frankford Elementary has also been a state Superior school every year...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:29am

CAPs resignation a sad day

Remember these numbers — 11,000 and $252,146.

When all 23 members of the Ocean View Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (CAP) tendered their resignations this week over a revised operations manual, the town immediately lost 11,000 volunteer hours...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:58am

Markell taking on problem

There’s no secret that Delaware has been facing a growing budget crisis. What’s less obvious is just how to go about tackling the problem.

That problem will now fall on the shoulders of Gov.-Elect Jack Markell — and if early evidence is...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:46pm

Reputation precedes Steen

Ron Steen has proved once again that taking care of people, and being accountable, has its own rewards.
The Bethany Beach Town Council voted Friday to award the town’s beach concession contract to Steen, continuing the town’s relationship...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 4:35pm

Ocean View makes strides

Are we seeing Ocean View Town Council begin to work together?

In a 4-1 vote Tuesday evening, the council agreed to a compromise in the situation regarding the contract of Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. The compromise restores the...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:17pm

When in doubt, think local

We’re soon entering a holiday season where, quite frankly, many Americans are struggling financially.

It’s tough out there, and many families are wondering just where the money is going to come from to make it a wonderful holiday....

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:43am

Voters the star of the election

People of this community and nationwide, rejoice. Your voices were heard loud and clear on election day.

Whether or not the people you voted for won their respective races, we should all take pride in the fact that voter turnout was high...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:39pm

Get out and and cast your vote

As voters go to the booths on Tuesday, Nov. 4, they will have numerous decisions to make — both on local races and national candidates.

These are not always easy. Many people elect to vote right along party lines. Others study each race...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 7:41am

Politics way out of control

Really? It’s really come to this?

That was our collective response when first hearing that Ocean View Town Council Member Roy Thomas had his tires slashed recently. We knew emotions have been running high throughout Ocean View lately, and...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:09am

Forum a chance for voters

The race for state representative of the 38th District is shaping up to be a good one.

Rep. Gerald Hocker is the incumbent for the seat, and challenger Kay Ryan is well respected in local Democrat circles. She has been campaigning hard,...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 9:02am

Police need the information

A conversation that took place in the Oct. 6 Selbyville Town Council meeting was one that the entire community should take note of — and prepare to hear more of the same in different towns around our area.

People in the Meadowview...

Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 9:40am

Tracking history important

Forget the bickering and political posturing in present day Ocean View for a moment, and instead wrap your mind around what made the town such a special place to begin with — the reason so many people have made it their home, as well as why...

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 8:37am

Town out of bounds on chief

The recent vote by Ocean View Town Council to change the police chief’s contract is unsettling on many levels.

Perhaps the biggest issue for us is the disregard shown toward a binding contract between Ocean View Police Department Chief Ken...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:43am

Town council off to good start

The passing of the proverbial torch went on in Bethany Beach on Wednesday, and the good vibrations appeared to permeate from town hall.

Councilwoman Carol Olmstead turned down a nomination by her former Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny to remain...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:15am

County has community in mind

Hang on to your hats. It’s time to give credit to Sussex County Council.

With an eye on local economic development, the council voted on Tuesday to provide a low-interest, economic stimulus loan of $150,000 to Arrow Safety Device Co. Inc....

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:33am

Bethany hosts festival, election

The shoulder season is now in full swing, and downtown Bethany Beach will be the center of attention this weekend.

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, orchestrated by the people at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, takes...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:48am

Labor Day comes with a bang

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end to the summer season down here in our little slice of coastal paradise.

Many of the younger people are heading back to school, or preparing their children to head back, and a good bit of our...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 9:09am

Local police show their stuff

It would seem our sleepy little community is becoming a little less sleepy. And, thankfully, local law enforcement has stepped up to the challenge.

The Ocean View Police Department recently combined efforts with state and other local...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 7:00am

Georgetown meets technology

There is little doubt that technology has had an intense impact on nearly every facet of our lives.

Beginning with the invention of the wheel, continuing on with cars and airplanes and exploding in recent years with the computer chip and...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:09am

Point readers gets the job done

We knew when we stopped running the television listings a few months ago, there would be some reaction from our readers. That being said, we probably underestimated the response.

We got deluged. People called, people wrote us letters and...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:21am

World Series a must-see event

Just getting into town for a week of vacation at the shore? Or, do you live here year-round, and you’re just looking for something fun to do that doesn’t require you battling beach traffic?

Trust me, we have the perfect event for you....

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:22pm

Trio leaves mark on county

The group announcement Tuesday morning that three Sussex County Council members would not be seeking re-election this year has certainly grabbed headlines and facilitated conversations throughout the community this week, and with good reason....

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 7:12am

World Series is our series

As the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana nears, it’s important to stress once again what a feather this is in our collective caps.

For one week out of the year, the Pyle Center is the epicenter of the softball universe, as...

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 9:02am

Ocean View taking strong step

In response to residents’ concerns about not having an adequate say at town meetings, the Ocean View Town Council voted Tuesday night to try a four-month experimental change at its meetings that would allow for more participation from residents...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 7:08am

Community shows its patriotism

For what’s perceived to be a little beach community, we certainly can do the small-town patriotic event as well as anybody.

Those wishing to get into the spirit of Americana this Fourth of July will have no problem getting into it with...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 3:11pm

Cluster information must go public

The State Senate and House recently passed SB 235, a bill that would disclose specific information about the eight “cancer clusters” in the state recently identified by the Division of Public Health. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has reportedly disagreed...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 6:59am

Community at a loss over accident

The tragic ambulance crash Tuesday morning that claimed the lives of an 82-year-old patient and a 31-year-old paramedic sent shockwaves throughout our entire community.

There was the initial shock of hearing the news about a fatal crash...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:06am

Residents must adhere to laws

It appears the acrimony still exists in Ocean View.

Though the recent town council and mayoral elections caused many to believe that the town was heading down a less-confrontational road, public sentiment over the proposed gas station in...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 7:18am