This tradition has to stop now

The recent accidental shooting of a young woman in the community brings to light a disturbing and insipid tradition in the area — people shooting off firearms to mark the new year.

The gist of this, apparently, is to fire live rounds into...

Friday, January 5, 2007 - 9:10am

EDITORIAL: Selbyville becomes fan-friendly

We live in an age where information is of the utmost importance. With that need for information at the tip of our fingers, technology has led a revolution through the Internet, multi-tasking cell phones and PDAs and various other means of...

Thursday, December 28, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: A legacy that won’t ever go away

It’s been said that a person’s legacy should not be the life he lived, as much as the lives he touched. Using that formula, it’s a no-brainer to call Josh Freeman’s abbreviated life an unmitigated success.

We’ve all read and heard about...

Thursday, December 21, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Replenishment should be priority

The joint contract between the towns of South Bethany and Bethany Beach and the beach replenishment lobbying firm Marlowe & Co. is due to expire on Dec. 31, and questions are arising as to whether or not the towns should extend the...

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Council needs to stop madness

Have we finally reached the point of absurdity?

Rezoning of a 265-unit development proposed for just south of Millville — called The Lakelyns — was shot down by Sussex County Planning & Zoning (P&Z) in October because of the need...

Thursday, December 7, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL — The weekend of all weekends

Feel like getting into the spirit of the holidays? Well, this is the weekend for you.

The community has seemingly come to a collective decision to spread the joys of the holiday over the next three days, and the ambitious reveler could...

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

Steen a fixture in community

We are a community on the move. Growth has brought in new faces, and seen a few others leave in its wake. We have watched new buildings go up, and others come down to make room for the new. It has brought prosperity and services, and has created...

Thursday, November 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

This idea should be explored

School district referendum.

Those three simple words can stir up quite a bit of conversation these days. Here in the Indian River School District, residents have consistently been supportive of whatever the district feels is imperative for...

Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Take time out for veterans

If the Coastal Point had a collective hero, it would probably be Leo Brady.

Yes, the man whose name is attached to the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual event when man meets icy ocean on New Year’s Day (and raises money...

Thursday, November 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Election a time for all voices

Here we go — the time for posturing, campaigning and political support is coming to a head with Tuesday’s election. The ultimate symbol of democracy at work is fully upon us, as we step into the voting booths and cast our ballots for those we...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Letters: June 3, 2006

An open letter to our local state officials

Our group is writing to request legislative attention, and legislative changes, to the current uncompetitive electricity rate structure in Delaware.

Please let me make it...

Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Committee doing the right thing

When talk turns to rejected absentee ballots, the nation often feels a collective chill. When the talk centers on ballots in one of our own municipalities, that chill can get a little more intense.

The Bethany Beach Charter and Ordinance...

Thursday, October 26, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: County mainstay hangs it up

Oh, we do love bashing Sussex County Council in this space. We live to tackle the council on votes regarding development, and we simply adore questioning the rationale behind some of the decisions regarding public utilities.

However, when...

Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Millville touches a few issues

There is no town in this community undergoing more change than Millville. To be more precise, there might be no town in this state undergoing such a drastic makeover.

Consider the approval of a few new developments, which will forever...

Thursday, October 12, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Plenty of praise to go around

We’re in a pretty good mood this week, so this issue’s editorial is going to focus on some positive things.

Let’s start out in Selbyville, where both a kindergarten teacher and a childcare professional were among the 11 winners of this...

Thursday, October 5, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Labels not worth all this time

Dagsboro Town Council is currently researching exactly what qualifies establishments as a sports bar. The question appears to focus around televisions and the sports events being aired on said televisions at the Whistle Stop downtown.


Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Project shows planning needed

Back and forth. Then forth and back.

We’ve all seen the dance between developers and governments play out before us over the years regarding what’s permissable and what’s not concerning zoning laws. Case in point is the recent struggle...

Thursday, September 21, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Priorities must be evaluated

Ours is not always a perfect system.

There are circumstances within our judicial system that don’t always seem fair, decisions made on international levels that may or may not have been made with all the necessary information at hand and...

Thursday, September 7, 2006 - 8:00pm

Dredging might be a reality

It seems almost fitting that as another summer season winds down with the traditional jazz funeral in Bethany Beach, another near-tradition is beginning to find it’s own conclusion — the periodic question as to whether or not the Assawoman Canal...

Thursday, August 31, 2006 - 8:00pm

One soon here, the other set

This year’s election season might seem to be pretty quiet in comparision to years past, but competition for seats in local municipalities is going strong and heavy. Bethany Beach Town Council will hold its election on Saturday, Sept. 9, and...

Thursday, August 24, 2006 - 8:00pm

Education key with storms

If the horrible storms that tore through the Gulf Coast last fall have taught us anything, it’s the need to devise a plan to move people out of an area quickly, and to get rid of the water as fast as possible.

Apparently, the lessons are...

Thursday, August 17, 2006 - 8:00pm

District schools make grade

Indian River School district officials were pleased to hear recently that 11 schools in the district were rated “superior” following the results of the 2006 Delaware Student Testing Program scores being released.

To put this in its proper...

Thursday, August 10, 2006 - 8:00pm

It's time for governor's help

We’ve all seen the difference in gas prices between Delaware and Maryland these days. It’s not a small one — as the cost of gasoline across the line in Ocean City, Md. is often 30 to 40 cents per gallon cheaper than at our local gas retailers. It...

Thursday, August 3, 2006 - 8:00pm

Keep this in perspective please

There was once a time when conversation about Bethany Beach focused on beach crowds, traffic, parking and development. Though the other topics are still alive and breathing, discussion over roof pitches and maximum house heights are now all the...

Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Certainly, a tale of two cities

Dickens would have certainly been intrigued by the current climate in Ocean View.

As for the best of times, the town is doing its part to improve safety conditions for area bicyclists this summer — many of whom happen to be foreign workers...

Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

A good call by town officials

The pressure was most certainly on to show fireworks.

Throngs of people migrate to Bethany Beach every year this week to watch the fireworks explode into a vibrant kaleidoscope of color and wonder above the ocean, and town officials had...

Thursday, July 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: We should all care about this

Sometimes, we use this space to advance an idea we feel would better the community. Other times, we rail against things that we perceive to be wrong. This time, we’re calling out for help.

Due to rising costs in fuel and salaries, state...

Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Watchful eye is really needed

It seems that public utilities are in the public eye quite a bit these days.

If it’s not the installation and cost of sewer or water services, it’s the increased rates for Delmarva Power customers. If we’re not discussing road condiditions...

Thursday, June 22, 2006 - 8:00pm

Roth deserves this county job

Say what you wil about Sussex County Council — and we’ve said a lot in this space —, there is no disputing that the administrative side of the county has run as smooth as it does anywhere. Credit Sussex County Administrator Bob Stickels and his...

Thursday, June 15, 2006 - 8:00pm

Officials take right course

In a democracy, citizens vote in their political leaders to vote on their behalf. The leaders study issues, take input from their constituents and make decisions based on what they feel is in the best interest of the people they represent.


Thursday, June 8, 2006 - 8:00pm

Beware of pizza purchases

You know those little pizza kits groups sell to raise money for different organizations throughout the area? They’re cool, right? The pizza tastes pretty good, the kids in the house love watching the pizza come to life in front of their eyes and...

Thursday, June 1, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Community enjoying a roll

It was the best of times. It was the ...

No, it’s been the best of times for this community as of late.

Earlier this month, four students from Indian River High School went off to Orlando, Fla., to participate in a small business...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Get out and have some fun

Here it is. The last weekend before Memorial Day.

For many of us who work in the area, this is the last refuge of peace before we dive headlong into a summer of long days at work and ... well, another long day beginning the very next...

Thursday, May 18, 2006 - 8:00pm

By the people, for the people

There are those instances where the democratic process works out just fine. Take the past week in this area, for instance.

Nearly 2,400 people voted in the May 9 election for Indian River School District School Board. Correction — nearly 2...

Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 8:00pm

Value in embracing diversity

Civil-rights activist and Navy sonar technician Lanier Phillips reminded students in Selbyville recently about the struggles of African-Americans to receive equal treatment in this country during its turbulent past and even today. Phillips’ story...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 - 8:00pm

Elections spring into the limelight

The changing of the seasons is full upon us, and with that change brings warmer weather, loads of pollen and a few intriguing local elections.

South Bethany Town Council Member Bob Cestone recently confirmed he will not be seeking re-...

Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 8:00pm

Another cash-grab for the county

In the latest of obvious money-motivated decisions, Sussex County Council voted 4-1 on Tuesday to approve a bonus-density-for-cash program — a cluster-oriented program that allows for up to four units an acre on AR-1 lands, provided the developer...

Thursday, April 6, 2006 - 8:00pm

New season, new faces in area

As March leaves us through the back door, April comes sauntering in through the front — armed with a bouquet of flowers and a smile of optimism.

Such is the case every year, as April drums up the momentum to another busy season, bringing...

Thursday, March 30, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: New season, new faces in area

As March leaves us through the back door, April comes sauntering in through the front — armed with a bouquet of flowers and a smile of optimism.

Such is the case every year, as April drums up the momentum to another busy season, bringing...

Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Beebe purchase a reason to smile

Though the ultimate purpose and design of the facilities are still in doubt, news that Beebe Medical Center recently purchased a 10-acre parcel in Clarksville is still plenty of cause for celebration and optimism.

According to Beebe...

Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Election season slow to start

The elections for the Indian River School District School Board and some local town councils are beginning to take form, and the 2006 election season promises to be full of at least some level of intrigue. But some of the most prominent positions...

Thursday, March 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Not the time now to change plans

The bids for the job have been presented and the financing decided. It would seem that all is a “go” for the new Ocean View police station.

Well, maybe.

Cliff Mitchell, a member of the Ocean View Long Range Financial Planning...

Thursday, February 23, 2006 - 7:00pm

Energy prices are a quick hit

If there’s one topic that’s been getting attention throughout the state lately, it’s the announcement by Delmarva Power that it is planning to implement a 59 percent increase in rates this May. We’re only going to add to that conversation today...

Thursday, February 16, 2006 - 7:00pm

Beaches need fed help now

Once again, our community awaited word on whether or not we would be obtaining money for beach replenishment from the president’s proposed budget. Once again, the door slammed in our collective face.

The Bethany Beach/South Bethany...

Thursday, February 9, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Town incomes tough to call

Town budgets are interesting. No, really, they are.

We are all very intent on where the money goes — police, infrastructure, miscellaneous projects, etc. Towns must juggle the priorities of these things when deciding their budgets because...

Thursday, February 2, 2006 - 7:00pm

Frustration understandable

Former Bethany Beach Planning Commission Chairman Phil Boesch exemplified the frustrations of many local planners last Saturday when he resigned his position partly because he felt town officials disregarded the findings or opinions of his...

Thursday, January 26, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: More troopers a strong start

If there’s one thing we can all agree with, it’s that Sussex County Council has been consistent in its belief that the county sheriff’s office should not be a “true” law enforcement operation.

The council has said repeatedly over the years...

Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 7:00pm

A day for all to truly embrace

Most of the nation celebrates the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, and it is a day none of us should stand by and let pass without at least thinking of the man’s efforts.

While some other leaders of that time...

Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Warts and all, the system is ours

Let’s face some facts. The judicial system of this country might indeed be the best and most fair one in the history of civilization, but it is also undeniably flawed. The constant evolving of the law over the years has allowed some loopholes in...

Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Point turns 100 ... well, kind of

Dear readers,

We not only close out 2005 with this edition of the Coastal Point, we also celebrate our 100th issue. This is an important milestone for us.

It has been our honor to serve this community for these first 100 issues, and...

Thursday, December 29, 2005 - 7:00pm