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

EDITORIAL: Point gets in the holiday spirit

In honor of the holidays, we offer a southeastern Sussex County rendition of a Christmas classic:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me a seagull in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to...

Thursday, December 22, 2005 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Plenty on tap in area

The season is now upon us. Fine, maybe it isn’t THE season for this community, but this coming weekend gives all of us the opportunity to jump headfirst into the holiday season.

The happenings begin Friday, with the Selbyville Christmas...

Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Turnaround is too short

Individuals running for a seat on the Dagsboro Town Council had their candidacies officially recognized Monday evening for the town election on Saturday, Dec. 3. That gives them 12 days to convince voters to select them to govern the town.


Thursday, November 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

Bethany should maintain

Like many coastal towns, Bethany Beach appears to be stuck in the midst of an aesthetic identity crisis.

The Bethany Beach Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee (CHAC) is pushing for the preservation and, perhaps more importantly,...

Thursday, November 17, 2005 - 7:00pm

There's hope for beaches

As word began circulating throughout the community earlier this week regarding $3 million in federal money heading this way for the Bethany Beach and South Bethany beach projects, a collective joy and optimism washed over local residents and...

Thursday, November 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Look inside before outside

Due to the financial shortfall recently by the Delaware Department of Transportaiton (DelDOT), talk has turned to the state possibly taking real estate transfer tax funds from Sussex County to ease the burden. That, in turn, could lead to the...

Thursday, November 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: Conference is a can't-miss

Opinions on the current and future condition of Sussex County range from a relaxed comfort level to a near-hysterical rage of “the sky is falling down.” The latter opinion is that there has been to much development, not enough invested in the...

Thursday, October 20, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Perfect time for Millville

It’s been said that the past 50 years in United States history has contained more epic changes than any other time the world has ever seen. We have seen man walk on the moon, civil rights been fought for and legally won, computers change the face...

Thursday, October 13, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Don't let disasters go away

We are a society of instant gratification. To that end, we are also a society of instant empathy.

When trouble arrives, we rally. We draw inspiration from one another and unite in common cause. Be it terrorist attacks or natural disasters...

Thursday, October 6, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: South Bethany gets the nod

When an election results in 84 percent of the vote going to one side, it’s safe to consider it an official blow-out. When the election results in residents of a small town giving their overwhelming approval for the town to spend up to $970,000 to...

Thursday, September 29, 2005 - 8:00pm

Rejoice for the good fight

We just love when people fight the good fight.

Agree or disagree with their position, there’s just something we at the Coastal Point admire when a group of individuals band together for a cause. It’s especially satisfying when they get...

Thursday, September 15, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Let's learn from tragedy

Hardly any good can come from the havoc wreaked along the Gulf shore by Hurricane Katrina. However, if anything positive does spring forth from this tragedy, let’s hope it’s an added level of vigilance and preparation for others vulnerable to...

Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Jazz Funeral a True Blast

With Labor Day weekend comes Labor Day tradition, and there might be no greater spectacle in this community throughout the course of the year than the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral.

For those unaware of the celebration, it is a time-honored...

Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Council did the right thing

Grab hold of something steady. The Coastal Point is about to praise Sussex County Council.

There are compelling arguments on both sides of the fence regarding the expansion requests made by 84 Lumber in Clarksville. Yes, there would be...

Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: The drug problem is here

For many living close to the beach, drug arrests are simply those little items in the police wraps in the community newspaper concerning anonymous people doing incomprehensible things.

Oh, every now and then the Governor’s Task Force (GTF...

Thursday, August 11, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Let's be the world's hosts

In an often defeatist and cynical world, it’s been said that no one person can change the world. The rationale behind the sentiment is that no matter how altruistic one’s intentions might be, it is impossible to change the perception or beliefs...

Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: It seems that all is well

That silence you can’t hear is coming from Bethany Beach.

With the deadline having come and gone for three open town council seats, the town is preparing once again to hunker down for another election. Only this time around, there won’t be...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Roads are more dangerous

The entire community has been buzzing about the hit-and-run incident on Route 26 last Friday night involving a young man from Belarus, who was struck by a car while riding his bike along Route 26.

Opinions have bounced from the roads not...

Thursday, July 21, 2005 - 8:00pm