Veterans clinic a real positive

A slate of dignitaries was on hand last week for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Georgetown Veterans’ Outpatients Clinics, and smiles and optimism were shared by all.

This couldn’t have come at a better time for the Department of...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 10:46am

Trio deserves pat on the back

It’s inspiring, really.

Three young men from this community, a year removed from walking the halls at Indian River High School, decided to walk some 400 miles from North Carolina to their homes in Sussex County. The trek seems to be the...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 8:44am

Our time to shine is upon us

This is a big summer season for this community.

As is the case in the majority of the nation, the real estate market has cooled. Gas prices could hinder some of our day-trippers and weekend visitors. And a general slow-down in the national...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:09am

Referendum vote this week

The Indian River School District is holding a referendum on Thursday, May 22, to generate funding for operating expenses, salaries and the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

According to a “Special Referendum Edition” of the district...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:33am

It's decision time for IRSD voters

As voters in the Indian River School District head to the polls this Tuesday, May 13, to elect representatives for three seats on the school board in Districts 4 and 5, it’s pretty clear that these candidates have the potential to have a...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 8:37am

Let prom memories be good

Prom night carries with it the notion of magic. It’s the formal ball, the last go-around with your classmates, the mystical night with that special person. It’s about high school kids putting on their formal best, dining at that special...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:32am

Not all problems on officials

It’s really no secret that the town of Ocean View has been filled with acrimony over the past several months.

There has been rampant name-calling, at least one physical altercation at Ocean View Town Hall and several incidents of nothing...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:57am

Preparing for the year’s big event

There comes a time in each man’s life when he must look himself in the mirror, take an honest appraisal of himself and come to terms with what he truly is in the grand scheme of things. You know what I’m talking about — there’s an inevitable...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:56am

Voters numbers tell the story

Heading into last Saturday’s Ocean View Town Council and mayoral elections, the major topic of the race was the negativity and differing opinions of the candidates. There was no question as to the importance of this election, judging by letters...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 6:46am

It’s time to make decisions

In one of the most highly-anticipated local elections in recent memory, voters in Ocean View will select a new mayor and council member during Saturday’s election.

This one has been somewhat bitter. Acrimony and hard feelings have been...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 6:51am

Library project set for action

We do love it when a plan comes together.

On Friday, April 11, people will gather on Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach at 1 p.m. for groundbreaking ceremonies to celebrate the multi-million dollar expansion of the South Coastal Library.


Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 10:06am

Towns, county using the web

At our hearts, newspapers pride themselves most on the basic premise of providing information to the citizenry.

Our purpose is not to get “the big story” or to win armfuls of awards as much as it is a mission to get the community all the...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:00am

Election is generating interest

We often bemoan the apathy shown during many local elections. There are often not enough candidates in the towns to hold elections and, when there are, voter turnout is often very low.

The truth be told, we aren’t sure if the cause of the...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:48am

Selbyville in very good hands

When news began circulating that Gary Taylor was contemplating retiring from his position as town administrator of Selbyville, a collective gasp could be heard coming from that town. Taylor had been a fixture in Selbyville for 10 years, putting...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:55am

EDITORIAL: Route 26 businesses still strong

When plans were first announced for the sewer work along Route 26 in Millville, businesses dotting that area were understandably concerned. There was fear that the road work would not only cause traffic problems in front of their businesses, but...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 3:07am

EDITORIAL: County open to public comment

With the deadline approaching for Sussex County to complete its 2007 Comprehensive Plan Update, county leaders are meeting with state agencies and holding public hearings so they can move forward with having the plan ratified.


Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:52am

EDITORIAL: Plenty of options in Ocean View

If there’s one town that has seen plenty of debate over the past few years, it’s Ocean View. Be it long-range financial questions, debates over the town’s police presence or just rancor amongst a few of the town’s council members, Ocean View has...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:47am

The season is now in full swing

There are times when it might appear like our justice system is more geared toward the rights of the accused than the rights of the victim. Chalk up one major victory for victims in the state of Delaware.

Earlier this week, Gov. Ruth Ann...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 1:21pm

911 Addressing still very far away

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before ... Sussex County is trying to get 911 addressing finalized for county residents.

For close to a decade, this has been a topic of discussion throughout our community. Emergency responders want a true...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:22am

Beebe is using right logic

Rumors have been running rampant that Beebe Medical Center had changed its mind about using a 10-acre lot along Route 26 for a medical center in our community. Well, the rumors were a little bit off — thankfully.

Instead, Beebe picked up...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 4:09pm

EDITORIAL: Town using foresight on safety

We are a reactionary species.

If something bad happens, we react. We’ve seen it with our vigilence on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, rumble strips on Route 1 following a fatal accident when a bicyclist was killed by a sleeping driver and...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 10:00am

Chamber offers perfect gift

Getting an early start on the holiday season, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is already getting into the spirit of giving. And its hope is that the rest of us are ready to get on board.

The Chamber will be organizing “...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:48am

Are two more county seats coming?

Rep. Gerald Hocker’s vision of two at-large Sussex County Council members might be getting a little more clear.

House Bill 42, which would add two more positions to the county council, would call for those two new positions to be voted on...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 8:08am

Let's show a little decorum

After a few months of relative peace, personalities and tension appear to be prevalent once again in Ocean View.

We understand, and actually embrace the notion, that council members will have different opinions on sometimes sensitive...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 7:05am

Primary carousel comes here

Now this is an idea with vision.

Much of the nation has been engrossed in what has become a fascinating presidential primary season.

As the first states committed their delegates, a few favorites have separated themselves from the...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:05am

Cultural center could be a hit

Now this is an idea with vision.

Recognizing the growing popularity in arts in the community, as well as the absence of a general gathering spot for big groups, representatives of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation hosted a meeting in Ocean...

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:05am

Bennett saves day in Millville

It was an emotionally-charged scene in Millville Town Hall Tuesday evening.

Residents were angry about the proposed hike in property taxes, and a few business owners were upset about the proposed rental tax within the same ordinance....

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 3:38am

Get off to a quick start this year

For those of you who were fortunate enough to take part in the festivities in our coastal towns, congratulations. For those of you who didn’t, try to make certain you get down to those events next year.

The Fenwick Island Freeze has...

Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 7:35am

Get off to a quick start this year

This is the year I ... Fill in the blanks.

We do this to ourselves every year. We promise ourselves that this is the year we lose weight, or get better grades or put away some money for a rainy day. Then the new year comes, we put on our “...

Friday, December 28, 2007 - 7:57am

Town looks at parking options

Today marks the one-year anniversary of one of this community’s darkest moments — the fatal helicopter crash that claimed the lives of pilot Alisa Danielle Howell and developer/philanthropist Joshua M. Freeman.

It’s impossible to ignore...

Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:43am

Town looks at parking options

With home sales down, and those transfer tax monies lessened, local municipalities and Sussex County government have been forced into both looking at cutting costs and increasing revenues. For beach towns, that often comes down to parking fees...

Friday, December 7, 2007 - 5:31am

Point celebrates a milestone

It’s pretty hard to believe that this is already the 200th issue of the Coastal Point. But, on the other hand, it’s pretty hard to believe it’s only been 200 issues.

Issue #1 was published on Feb. 6, 2004, and consisted of 40 pages put out...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:14am

Chamber offers perfect gift

There’s no denying that this area has been adversely affected by the slowdown in the real estate market.

The impact has reached nearly every aspect of enterprise in the community and, though we all know it will bounce back in a matter of...

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 7:57am

Chamber offers perfect gift

When the bidding process for work on the expansion of the South Coastal Library was re-opened last month after some administrative issues with the winning bid, many in the community equated the problems with the library project to the bidding...

Friday, November 16, 2007 - 5:17am

Chamber offers perfect gift

Getting an early start on the holiday season, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is already getting into the spirit of giving. And its hope is that the rest of us are ready to get on board.

The Chamber will be organizing “...

Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 1:38pm

Medical help is on the way

For all the talk about over-development and inadequate roads for the area’s population, this community has very few problems that actually impact the quality of life. Sure, housing is expensive here and salaries are low, but those are problems...

Friday, November 2, 2007 - 6:12am

Town in good shape with chief

For years, William Dudley’s name was synonymous with law enforcement in Dagsboro. When Dudley announced his resignation as chief of the town’s police department, there was a valid reason to be concerned regarding the direction of the department...

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 7:03am

Start the bidding ... well, soon

There certainly seems to be a problem around us regarding governmental bidding processes.

As state officials prepare to begin anew the bidding process for the construction of a new Indian River Inlet Bridge, county officials are now...

Friday, October 12, 2007 - 8:42am

Keep decisions final and fair

This happens from time to time.

Something gets approved by one governmental body or another, and complaints arise after the fact. Sometimes, people just missed the approval process the first time, and never got an opportunity to voice...

Friday, October 5, 2007 - 10:33am

County right with ‘clean hands’

Sussex County Council got it right on Tuesday went they went with an ordinance that requires people be completely paid up and in good standing to the county before they can have any permits approved.

We know there are those who argue that...

Friday, September 21, 2007 - 4:41am

Fenwick makes the right move

We get on a lot of leaders in this community for not using vision in their planning because, well, they rarely use vision on their planning. However, one would have to be impressed by the plans that Beebe Medical Center has for its new...

Friday, September 14, 2007 - 5:39am

Fenwick makes the right move

Making a move that is both environmentally responsible and resident-friendly, the Fenwick Island Town Council voted unanimously to accept a two-year, town-wide recycling contract with the Delaware Solid Waste Authority. The cost of the program...

Friday, August 31, 2007 - 7:21am

A fresh start needed at school

Labor Day is fast approaching, and the sight of school buses making their way down local roads and children carrying books will be filling the eye.

It’s an exciting time for children and parents alike. Likewise, many of our local...

Friday, August 24, 2007 - 8:46am

Time to turn back on the light

We’re a society that treasures its landmarks.

From a giant needle in Seattle, to an arch to nowhere in St. Louis to a totem pole in Bethany Beach, people are proud of the landmarks in their communities, and others are anxious to come see...

Friday, August 17, 2007 - 10:29am


King Farm, industrial park issues clarified

There has been some confused discussion on the proposal to integrate what is known as the King Farm into the Sussex County Industrial Airpark.

Having served as both a...

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 12:51pm

We must keep the Series here

If you haven’t had the opportunity yet to go watch a game or two at the Senior League Softball World Series, trust us, you’ll want to do so soon.

The atmosphere is absolutely electric — fully loaded with exuberant fans, excited players and...

Saturday, August 11, 2007 - 12:49pm

Leaders must focus on leading

We really try to avoid the trap of getting involved in personality skirmishes around here. There is a general feel around the office that we attempt to avoid the infamous “he said-she said” debates between residents, and our reporters try to look...

Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 1:51pm

Beebe is using the right logic

Rumors have been running rampant that Beebe Medical Center had changed its mind about using a 10-acre lot along Route 26 for a medical center in our community. Well, the rumors were a little bit off — thankfully.

Instead, Beebe picked up...

Friday, July 27, 2007 - 10:11am

Dictionary offers all new options

English is a language of adaptation. The language itself is a conglomeration of already-established dialects, and has continued to grow as it assimilates itself to jargon, new technology and conversational fads. It’s a beautiful thing, in that...

Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 6:10pm

We can all help with the World Series

In what’s becoming an annual tradition in the community, organizers are preparing for the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana. Adding some spice to the mix is the arrival of ESPN to broadcast the action to the rest of the world.


Thursday, July 19, 2007 - 6:16pm