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

EDITORIAL: Still state's punching bag

Road projects in this area have been put on hold. Yes, work to be done on Routes 54 and 26, as well as Clayton Avenue in Frankford, will be pushed back due to financial considerations.

Oh, and this just in, a study done by several travel-...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

Letters: July 15, 2005

Route 26 needs help now with traffic
Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), directed to vehicular traffic planning, and to the Bethany Beach town manager’s office. It was...

Thursday, July 14, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Let's have our voters vote

At it’s most fundamental level, a democracy is simply a form of government that calls for a voting process when new legislation is adopted. In effect, a democracy runs under the simple notion that each person is a vote, plain and simple, with no...

Thursday, July 7, 2005 - 8:00pm

Celebrate actual freedom

We all hear the bemoaning of the trivialization of holidays in modern culture. Christmas is now about shopping and gifts, Thanksgiving about the stresses of travel and food preparation and Memorial Day is about a day off work and an excuse to eat...

Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: School Board vote a must

You could say local schools are getting a lot of attention right now.

From budget situations with the new Sussex Central High School, to layoffs at the schools to the outstanding achievements of students and school-run organizations, local...

Thursday, May 5, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Route 26 project is a must

In what appears to be a stone-cold slam dunk, Route 26 will have a center turning lane, from the Assawoman Canal through Clarksville, in 2010. Yes, there will be a few properties affected by the widening of the road.

No, it’s not an option...

Thursday, April 28, 2005 - 8:00pm

EDITORIAL: Millville project in good hands

Yes, Millville is indeed changing.

It’s easy to get upset at the growth the town will be experiencing in the next few years, and all of us at the paper are a little more than concerned about the changes in quality of life, traffic patterns...

Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 8:00pm


Pump sand or preserve history? Go ahead and improve the current situation, or ensure the current situation does not destroy the past?

It’s an interesting dilemna, and one that should be studied.

A few local state representatives,...

Thursday, March 31, 2005 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: March 11, 2005

Well, the 84 Lumber in Clarksville is looking to expand its operation, and Millville officials are considering requests from Home Depot for a large facility to be built near Burbage Road — where a plethora of new homes have been approved for...

Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

Editorial - March 4, 2005

Point reporter M. Patricia Titus wrote a story in this week’s paper regarding the community reaction in a few local towns to registered sex offenders living in the area. The concerned reaction by citizens is predictable and understandable.


Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Editorial: February 25, 2005

Enough is enough is enough with the shared-municipality possession of Lord Baltimore Elementary School.

The school — a true entity of history for generations of local families in the community — is currently sitting on a parcel of land...

Thursday, February 24, 2005 - 7:00pm

EDITORIAL: February 11, 2005

A loved one is hurting.

There is no pool of blood, and the individual is conscious, so a call for an ambulance is probably superfluous at this point. But ... the pain. The pain, so intense as to force tears, is enough to set off alarms in...

Thursday, February 10, 2005 - 7:00pm

EDitorial: February 4, 2005

Hey, don’t forget us!

While the pageantry and celebration at the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk on Monday was great, we’re hoping the process is by no means over.

DNREC Secretary John Hughes, Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Sen. Joseph Biden and a...

Thursday, February 3, 2005 - 7:00pm

Editorial: January 28, 2005

In an interview with Point reporter Sam Harvey this week, Rep. Gerald Hocker stated that the best way to preserve open space is to allow farmers the opportunity to actually make a living by farming — as opposed to circumstances forcing them to...

Thursday, January 27, 2005 - 7:00pm

Editorial: January 21, 2005

The people have spoken ... but, apparently, dogs are not permitted the same privilege.

Local attorney Hal Dukes, a member of the board of directors for the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary of Sussex County, donated a 5-acre parcel of land south...

Thursday, January 20, 2005 - 7:00pm