Editorial


Sometimes, the exciting story is not so much fun

Before I moved back to our little coastal oasis of Delaware in 2003, I was the editor of two weekly newspapers in the Atlanta area — the Rockdale Neighbor and the DeKalb Neighbor.
Coastal Point

The Rockdale paper was in a more rural...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:27am

Grimes a great choice for Lighthouse Award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently awarded its prestigious Lighthouse Award to Patti Grimes, the executive director of the Carl M. Freeman and Joshua M. Freeman foundations, and we couldn’t think of a better recipient.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:26pm

The celebrity exposure in this world is too high

I. Don’t. Get. It.

Why do we have this ridiculous fascination with celebrities? Why do we care who Alec Baldwin supports in a national election? Why do we dedicate thousands of inches of copy in newspapers and on Web sites to the...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:59am

Fenwick Cottage tour a nod to town's history

There’s no secret that many of the people who call this area home have moved here from somewhere else. It’s part of the very fabric of this community that makes it such a tremendous place to live. There are the longtime locals who are set in the...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:59am

Local Legion chipping in to help troops

There have been so many efforts to help our troops overseas. Republican or Democrat, the one thing most Americans agree on is that it is our troops who are in harm’s way on a day-to-day basis in service of this nation, and groups and...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:44am

County finally gets in step with state law

The winds of change are alive in Sussex County.

Under state law adopted last year, local governments and community associations were no longer allowed to require special approvals in order to allow installations such as windmills or wind...

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:34am

Bethany council election a pretty big deal

The first-ever Coastal Point Candidates Forum was held in Bethany Beach Town Hall last Friday night for the town’s coming town council election, and the results had to provide optimism for anybody with strong ties to Bethany Beach.

The...

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 2:57pm

Jazz funeral and end-of-season tradition

Labor Day weekend has long been considered the end of the summer season around here, and no event better captures that feeling than the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. The event started more than 25 years ago, as Bethany Beach entrepreneur Moss...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:14am

Plenty of information for Bethany voters

The Town of Bethany Beach will be holding a town council election on Saturday, Sept. 10. There will be five candidates vying for three seats — with challengers Tony Carmen and Tom Lennon battling incumbents Jerry Dorfman, Joe Healy and Carol...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:58pm

Route 113 bypass project back in focus

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell put the brakes on the proposed Route 113 bypass project last year following extensive news coverage by this paper and The News Journal — but that doesn’t mean improvements for Route 113 are dead.

The Delaware...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:47am

Governor's emphasis on jobs is impressive

Gov. Jack Markell has been consistently on the front lines regarding getting employers into Delaware, as well as trying to keep the ones we already have.

When Allen Family Foods declared bankruptcy in July, there were some real fears in...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:08am

Replenishment project not helping Fenwick

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing no favors for the people in Fenwick Island right now.

They finished another scheduled beach replenishment project in New Jersey earlier than planned and moved their sand-moving equipment down to...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:24pm

Referendum vote a sign of informed residents

The Town of Selbyville held a referendum on July 20 on a resolution to authorize the issuance of up to $1.4 million in bonds to provide for the installation of new drinking wells.

This stems from a study in 2009 that discovered a well in...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 10:47am

Bethany Beach again makes the grade in audit

Like any town, Bethany Beach has its troubles.

This time of year, parking enforcement is on everybody’s lips, as the vacationers complain that they are being singled out for violations, while locals believe they are. There have been some...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:39am

Letters to the Editor--July 22, 2011

Parade committee says thanks
Editor:

I am writing this letter on behalf of all committee members to express a special thanks to all those who devoted their time to make the Bethany Beach 28th Independence Day Parade a special event...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:31am

Towns making more steps toward the future now

Part of the charm of covering Millville and Ocean View over the years has been the small-town feel at meetings. Residents and town officials often referred to each other by first names, and many approvals for residents were handled with a two-...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:43pm

Bhatt stepping into a very difficult role with DelDOT

Tuesday, July 5, 2011, will probably forever be etched in the mind of Shailen Bhatt. That is the day Gov. Jack Markell formally swore in Bhatt to serve as the new secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

This is one...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:13pm

There will never be real closure in this case

When Delaware Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. last week announced a guilty verdict on all 24 charges against former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley, there was a sense that the worst was over — the doctor accused of sexually...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 4:02pm

A new era set to begin in Fenwick Island

There will be no town council election in Fenwick Island this year.

That’s not a huge news story in the grand scheme of things, as many of the towns here often find themselves with not enough candidates to hold a formal election. It’s not...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 5:52am

This weekend full of worthwhile events

The season is now fully upon us, which means there is plenty of beach, surf and fun to keep everybody pretty busy. There are a few events taking place this weekend, however, that are worth pointing out as things to do that serve a greater purpose...

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:34am

We really do need to look at our gun laws

According to a report released by three Democratic U.S. Senators earlier this week, a significant number of weapons used by Mexican drug gangs come from within our country.

The Mexican government reportedly sent 29,284 firearms...

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:31am

Students and parents stand up for teacher

We at the Coastal Point are big fans of when people stand up for what they believe is right — whether they succeed in spurring change or not. That old adage of “you can’t fight city hall” is just not true, especially if you are motivated and your...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:17am

New Indian River Inlet Bridge close to reality

Transportation officials reported earlier this week that the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is on schedule to open to traffic in December. That’s December 2011. As in, the bridge should be opening up in a few short months.

We’ll pause here...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:56pm

New parking payment methods in Bethany

Well, let’s kick this thing off by welcoming all our visitors back to town. We think you’ll find many of your old favorite dining and shopping spots just as you remember them, some new locales that are sure to please and your favorite weekly...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 11:31am

County’s legislators come up with right idea

We believe this is how politics is supposed to work.

State legislators from Sussex County have been discussing the proposed Route 113 north-south bypass that was to run south of Route 24 and parallel to Route 113 on the east side of...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:37am

Towns homecoming should be galvanizing

The Town of Ocean View will celebrate its annual Homecoming event this weekend, with a huge helping hand from the Ocean View Historical Society. The event started in the early 20th century as a way of bringing back home people who had moved away...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:25am

Letters to the Editor -- May 13, 2011

Fashion show fundraiser a success
Editor:

On behalf of the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club, I would like to thank everyone who helped make our Wrapped Up In Fashion luncheon an overwhelming success.

The event, held at Baywood,...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:19am

Better beaches and bridge on the horizon

There’s no question that summer is right around the corner now, as thoughts turn to Memorial Day weekend and beyond, into the full swing of the summer season at the beach. And with that comes concern about the impacts of two projects designed to...

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 5:11am

Local groups getting a little bit of love

We’re all about good news this week in this space.

Actually, we’re all about good stuff happening to local groups this week. Either way, it’s a positive editorial, and that’s about all you can ask for these days, right?

Let’s start...

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:24am

Time for Ocean View to pull together now

It’s over.

Voters in Ocean View turned out last Saturday to select a mayor and councilman, and ended up selecting incumbent mayor Gordon Wood to maintain his position and challenger Tom Sheeran to fill the council seat of Perry Mitchell....

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 6:20am

Ocean View election stirs up ugly feelings

This Saturday will mark an important election in Ocean View.

The mayoral seat is up for grabs, as is a town council position, and the incumbents are battling hard in both slots to hold on to their respective positions. The voters will...

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 8:01am

Email or envelope--a scam is still a scam

Most of us have had those emails reach our inboxes that promise lottery winnings as soon as we forward them our banking information so they can make the deposit right into our accounts.

Or maybe you’ve received the letter from a...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 4:53pm

State legislators staying vigilant after Bradley

We’ve all heard the term, “closing the barn door after the horse has bolted.” Basically, it means that somebody is taking a step after it is too late to produce the desired results.

Some people have argued that the steps taken by the...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 3:43pm

Information is only useful if someone knows it

Here at the Coastal Point, we’re in the information business. Our job is to bring information to you in a timely, clear, accurate and fair manner. Contrary to popular belief, we don’t know everything, and sometimes we’re reliant on government, or...

Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 12:16pm

Sunshine week celebrates open government

Sunshine Week 2011 runs from March 13-19 this year, and that is indeed a time all of us ink-bloods truly appreciate.

According to the American Society of News Editors (ASNE), Sunshine Week will “highlight ‘Local Heroes’ across America who...

Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 11:40am

Back-in parking proposal draws attention

An alternative plan to Bethany Beach’s Streetscape design would include angled parking spots that require drivers to back in when they park. A meeting in the town earlier this week featuring engineering consultants showed clearly that there are...

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 8:24am

You really can make a difference if you try

When word came out late last week that Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks was resigning, there was little surprise. She had been facing a lot of heat since news stories broke considering financial pay-outs to...

Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 5:10am

Study the issues in Ocean View election

The rhetoric machine is in full effect right now in Ocean View, which means an election is nearing. April 9, to be exact.

We’d love to just pump the brakes on this right now, and commit ourselves to not being used by the candidates as a...

Friday, February 18, 2011 - 6:55am

New announcement could help area

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced earlier this week that Delaware has been designated one of four high-priority “Wind Energy Areas” in the Mid-Atlantic region. This basically means that Delaware’s...

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 3:53am

Thank you for seven wonderful years

This week marks the seventh anniversary of our first edition of the Coastal Point.

For those of us who have been around for the duration, it often feels like it’s been twice that long — like it’s almost hard to remember life before we...

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:56am

Local hospitals make the grade in care

Hospitals across the country eagerly await the annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study — a report that studies health care provider information and releases results that tell the story of how patients are treated and...

Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:22am

Markell working hard at building jobs

Gov. Jack Markell was succesful in the private industry — working both for the Comcast Corporation and as a vice president of corporate development for Nextel. The Delaware native then went to work for his home state, serving as state treasurer...

Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 4:16am

Report on Route 113 bypass is fair, tough

Gov. Jack Markell recently received a report from his chief of staff, Thomas P. McGonigle, regarding the “U.S. 113 Noth-South Project and Property Reservations Agreements Entered into by the Delaware Department of Trasportation (DelDOT).”

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Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 3:26am

It's time for all of us to support Blue Hens

The University of Delaware football team has ridden a stingy defense, impressive running game and a precise quarterback all the way to Friday night’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision game against top-ranked Eastern Washington in Frisco,...

Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 7:08am

Splashing into a brand new (chilly) year

A new year is cleansing. You wash away the old, and start again with the new. And many like to begin the new year with a cold splash to the face.

And body. And limbs.

Two local events that are beginning to look a whole lot like...

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 5:56am

Enjoy the holidays, but please use caution

AAA Mid-Atlantic is estimating that more than 25,000 Delawareans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays this year, an increase of 3.4 percent over last year. That translates into some crowded highways, increases for...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:53pm

Legislators force DelDOT, state to review

When Coastal Point reporter Monica Scott was putting together her three-part series on the proposed Route 113 bypass project, we all knew there would be a stink about one portion of that piece that focused on payouts from the state to two...

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 3:24am

Efficiency beats out charming in the end

The Frankford Town Council voted Monday night to amend the town’s rules of procedure relating to public participation.

The changes require citizens to ask permission of the council president before speaking at a meeting, and then mandate...

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 5:01am

NRG project a win-win for all

There was a sense of jubilation in the air on Tuesday as state dignitaries and officials from NRG announced NRG’s $360 million air quality improvement project, which promises to drastically reduce air emissions from the plant.

And they...

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 3:47am

Think local for your holiday shopping

It hardly seems possible that Thanksgiving is already back upon us.

We know what happens now. We get through the holiday’s feast and spend some quality time with loved ones, and then there’s the annual month-long blur that takes place...

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 2:22pm