Examining the referendum


The IRSD has scheduled another capital expense funding referendum for May 7. Please allow me to share some of my thoughts about our school district.

First, the district has no control over whether they provide an education...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:37pm

Reader says the people have spoken on referendum


On Feb. 8 the Indian River School District held a referendum to raise property taxes, and the people voted and the results (no tax increase) — the people have spoken.

The response from IRSD: We did not hear you, so let’s...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:30pm

Reader asks Collins: Why are you bringing back the ‘Blue Route’?

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to state Rep. Rich Collins and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

I was deeply concerned to hear of your planned resolution to the House of Representatives to study the...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:28pm

Local police rightfully recognized for their efforts

When discussing what makes our community such an attractive place to live, the answers one might hear most frequently center on the beach, inland bays, low taxes, good schools and public safety.

HomeSnacks.net analyzed crime statistics...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:55pm

The rise and fall of some celebrities is deserved

Raise your hand if you thought “Full House” and “Desperate Housewives” would make their way into the national headlines this week.

Granted, our unnatural and unhealthy obsession with all things celebrity does force questionable items into...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:54pm

Summer feels a little closer with Freeman release

This is not a community that requires a lot of raw data to determine if it is the summer season or not.

Weather aside, one can look at any of our roads and know right away if it’s summer. Or visit a local restaurant. Or walk along one of...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:35pm

I thought I had been yelled at by the very best

I am not a man who possesses many skills.

The changing of a lightbulb has been my crowning achievement in terms of home-improvement efforts, and that did not come without a torrent of obscenities, a plethora of broken lightbulbs and what...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:31pm

The sex-abuse crisis and ordinary lay-Catholics

Toward the end of February 2019, Pope Francis met in Rome with about 124 church leaders, focusing on the sex-abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church. The purpose of this long-awaited summit was to provide a teaching moment to the hierarchy that...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:00am

Business Professionals of America providing futures for young leaders

Have you ever wanted to get involved in an organization that would help you with your leadership skills? If you answered yes, then Business Professionals of America is for you! They offer scholarships, experience and many amazing opportunities....

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:58am

On Senate Bill 22


Senate Bill 22, the National Popular Vote Bill, is back! It will be heard in committee on Wednesday, March 6, at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Caucus Room. The public is encouraged to write their state senators and/or make their opinions...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:39am

Thanks from the IRB Boosters


The Indian River Band Boosters and band members would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our local community for supporting our 11th annual bingo event, held at the Millville Volunteer Fire Hall on Saturday, March 2.


Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 10:33am

Valor Awards celebrate our true local heroes

The Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards, presented by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, took place at the Cove at Bayside last week, and, once again, it served as a clear reminder that this entire community owes a debt to the first-...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:44pm

Story is about much more than Robert Kraft

Do you ever just sit down, take a look at the world around you and think, “Wow. Is it really possible that I’m not as screwed up as I always thought I was?”

That’s probably a perverse and petty way to look at life. To almost wish worse...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:42pm


South Bethany Town Manager Maureen Harman was incorrectly identified as “Maureen Hart” in the Feb. 15, 2019, article “South Bethany approves new police ranks and hires.” We apologize for the error, especially since we hate when people flub our...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:57am

Tech versus privacy — the battle rages on

Foiled by a napkin!

Actually, “foiled” probably isn’t even the right word there. It kind of implies that the material in question was indeed foil, like a piece of Reynolds Wrap or some other “tin-like” product, whereas the substance in...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:54am

Possible Millsboro switch is an idea to consider

Millsboro officials are discussing an idea that would result in moving the Town’s administrative offices into the location where the current police department sits, while moving the Millsboro Police Department to the site of the current Millsboro...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:37pm

We are our own biggest enemy these days

Want to hear a secret?

Seriously. I have some information for you. I didn’t really think it was that big of a secret, to be honest with you, but apparently it really is. You ready? OK, here we go.

Republicans aren’t racists, and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:36pm

Referendum defeat leaves problems unsolved

Indian River School District voters turned out by the thousands on Tuesday to voice their wishes on a proposed tax increase to fund desperately needed construction of a new high school and new classrooms at others. By a margin of around 600...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:42pm

Looking back at 15 years of community news

“Fifteen years ago, Darin, Shaun and I were standing in a printing plant in Dover, watching the first issue of the Coastal Point come off the press. We had worked the entire night before, going home only long enough for a quick shower after we...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:39pm

Night to Shine is a beacon for community

There are nights to shine, and there are “Nights to Shine.” Fortunately, for our community, the latter will soon be upon us.

The Third Annual Night to Shine event, thanks to a partnership between the Ocean View Church of Christ and the Tim...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:24am

I’m already getting an appetite for the big game

Thanksgiving does two things for me each year: It causes me to re-evaluate my eating and exercise habits as I inevitably wake up at some point on the floor with a piece of pumpkin pie stuck to my chin, and I set about making a New Year’s...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:23am

This January weekend offers plenty of fun

The common refrain in regards to living in our little slice of Heaven in the winter is that there isn’t a lot to do, but at least you don’t have to deal with traffic. While we can’t offer sure-fire predictions on traffic patterns this weekend, we...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:16am

Like him or loathe him, Brady rises to the top

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl.

Before you start, I know: Coach Bill Belichick is also heading to another Super Bowl, and for all of Tom Brady’s excellence, drive...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:15am

A response to Dobson


A little late to react, but that letter from George Dobson has in it the silliest, let alone most shortsighted comments I have seen in a good long time.

Tax parents with children in school and drop the tax when the child...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:34am

Reader: ‘Illegals’ are a threat to America


So Los Angeles teachers are complaining about overcrowded classrooms in a district where 85 percent of the children are considered “at risk.” Too bad, L.A.! What do you expect, when you’re in a sanctuary state?

When you keep...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:32am

Special holiday thanks


Thank you to everyone who helped fill Santa’s Book Bag with 400 new books for babies, children and teenagers this holiday season. The books were distributed through the Edward W. Pyle Social Services Center, Frankford; the Dagsboro...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:31am

A letter to Steele


A school bond referendum is scheduled for a vote on Feb. 5 seeking to raise funds for badly needed and worthy public school needs. A positive vote will increase property taxes in Sussex County, with estimates varying.


Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:30am

King left behind a legacy that will always endure

On April 4, 1968, America lost a piece of its heart. 

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., by James Earl Ray, setting off a barage of riots, mourning and anger. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:49am

Point of no return — Times are tough, but the human spirit is amazing

There’s a lot going on in the world today that just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

We have thousands and thousands of federal employees unable to work because they are being used as pawns by both sides of our political divide, and...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:48am

There are options to fight those energy bills

We’re all kind of watching what, if anything, will happen with potential snow in the area this weekend, but, all things considered, it has been a mild winter to this point.

Of course, we all know that can change in an instant. Temperatures...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:47pm

We get to make our own choices, for good and bad

Life is often about choices.

We can have good luck or bad luck, huge opportunities or slivers of opportunity. We can be blessed to be born with the proverbial “silver spoon” in our mouths, or face an uphill climb that requires us to work...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:45pm

New event could be benefit for community

Next Saturday, Jan. 12, the Millville Volunteer Fire Co. will host its first Outdoorsman Marketplace — an event they hope will be succesful enough that it will become an annual fundraiser for the department.

In the interests of full...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:51pm

Another year, another list of New Year’s resolutions

It doesn’t really matter, does it?

In the grand scheme of things, does Jan. 1 really represent anything significantly different than Dec. 31? If it’s not your birthday or anniversary or any other date of individual importance, does Jan. 1...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:50pm

Let your New Year’s memories be good ones

There are a few days each year which are simply meant to be celebrated. And certainly near the top of that list is New Year’s Eve.

It is a fun mental exercise to just “cast out” the events and stresses of one year, and welcome in the...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:42pm

We can find that ‘Christmas spirit’ in many ways

It’s been said that each year in a person’s life is like a chapter in that individual’s biography.

Within each chapter often comes joy, sadness, anger, hope and despair. The wide-ranging emotional kaleidoscope that colors our lives is part...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:21pm

Is tech making life easier, or busier?

Everybody is busy. Everyone I talk to is overwhelmed, overworked and overcommitted. I know that I feel that way most of the time. You can’t even get any sympathy from anyone, because if you bring up how busy you are, they just go into a rant...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:59pm

Schools audit reports: No news is good news for Districts

It’s not the most dramatic of reports, but the annual audits of local school districts at least show good recordkeeping for construction projects.

The Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) recently released its annual stack of...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:28pm

Thank you, one and all, for another great year

Another Christmas season is fully upon us, and we want to take a moment to thank all of you for your support, business and sense of community over the year. 

Wrapping up our 15th year, we are pleased to report that the Coastal Point...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:07pm

Point of No Return — We can find that ‘Christmas spirit’ in many ways

So, what exactly is the “Christmas spirit?”

The term has been around much longer than I have, and speaks to a state-of-mind more than anything that can be definied quantitatively. In 1964, United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:03pm

Guest Column — State boards critical to good governance — get involved

On Nov. 28, I attended my last meeting of the Cash Management Policy Board in my capacity as state treasurer. At the end of the two-hour meeting, Chairman John Flynn reflected on his 38 years of serving on the Board: “Compared to the previous 34...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:52pm

Bob’s still making life better for everyone

I’m going to make your life a little better today.

No, you won’t be receiving a small fortune by simply emailing me your Social Security number and a small check. Nor will I be sharing with you any dramatic weight-loss or fountain-of-youth...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:50pm

‘A date which will live in infamy’ does just that

This week’s Coastal Point has a publication date of Dec. 7, 2018. For many, that “Dec. 7” date holds special significance.

Really, it should hold significance for all of us.

It was Dec. 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:48pm

Classic rivalry takes a back seat to no other game

Behold, the greatest game of all.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the respective football teams from West Point and Annapolis will face off on the gridiron for the 119th time, as Army and Navy will play at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia —...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:45pm

Letter — A local thank-you


To our neighbors, friends and local business partners — just a note to thank you for your generous donation to our fundraising efforts for victim-support programs and research.

The success of our fundraisers depends on...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:40pm

Growing up in the digital age

From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have faced challenges growing up.

In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:05pm


In our Nov. 16 issue’s Selbyville Middle School field hockey coverage, we incorrectly identified the Indians’ goal scorer in their 1-1 tie with Millsboro. The goal was actually scored by Kendall Cathell. We apologize for the error, and offer...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:44pm

Speed limit change necessary, now and later

It doesn’t seem like a very big thing, but it really is.

When the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently lowered the speed limit on Muddy Neck Road from 45 mph to 35, they were not only listening to a request from the...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:41pm

Point of No Return — Theme days and months are great — up to a point

Well, happy Small Monkey Thursday. Or, Take Out the Trash Friday. Or, Squish Mud Between Your Toes Sunday. Or, whatever day you happen to be reading this article.

After Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:41pm

Agenda — Nov. 30, 2018

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes: setting dates for March/April cultural evenings; a report regarding...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:27am


In the Nov. 9, 2018, article “South Bethany to consider town-wide parking permits,” we erroneously reported that Sue Callaway initially favored townwide parking permits. In fact, she did not initially support this, although she came to change her...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:49pm