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George Cole has decided to wind things down at Beach Plum, the Bethany Beach store he opened in 1976.

End of an era

Cole winding down business at Beach Plum

It was business as usual at Beach Plum this week, with longtime owner George Cole bantering with guests about a variety of topics, not the least of which was Donald Trump.

Cole has a life-sized cut-out of the president in his antiques shop...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:03am

Frankford water system purchase decision requested by Feb. 3

Frankford residents and business owners have had a couple chances during the past week to get a closer look at how a proposed purchase of the Town’s water system would affect them.

Artesian Water Co. submitted a proposal in October to...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:00am

New legislative session could see reduced pet vacc requirements

The 2020 Delaware General Assembly session began last week, with a number of bills filed related to residents of Ocean View and lower Sussex County.

One of those bills is Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act, initiated by local restaurant owner...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:58am

Ocean City crowd hears wind-power plans

Hundreds of people packed a hearing in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday, Jan. 18, regarding plans by two wind-power companies to increase the height of wind turbines proposed for off the coast of Maryland and Delaware to more than 800 feet.


Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:57am

Pedestrian safety improvements slated for Route 1 in Bethany

With pedestrian and bicycle safety a major topic in the area in the past year, Bethany Beach is slated to get some significant improvements along its Route 1 corridor before the start of the 2020 summer season.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:54am


Public advised to get vaccinated, take precautions against flu

One might say the flu is nothing to sneeze at.

It’s miserable and, as of Dec. 28, 2019, had infected at least 1,083 Delaware residents this flu season, according to Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH). They noted that that number...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:52am

The MERR (Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation) Institute this week issued a reminder to the public that seals are once again present along Delaware beaches and other waterways. From December through April, it is common to see seals on the area’s beaches, docks and other locations where they can get out of the water to rest.

MERR reminds public to report, not approach, seals

The MERR (Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation) Institute this week issued a reminder to the public that seals are once again present along Delaware beaches and other waterways. From December through April, it is common to see seals on...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:40am

Traffic-safety improvement ideas for Long Neck area anticipated

Responding to constituents’ concerns about traffic safety in the Long Neck area, state Rep. Ruth Briggs King turned to DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, “imploring her to go beyond the crash data and look at the near-misses” along roads in that...

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 1:08pm


South Bethany

• The South Bethany Town Council rescheduled its Feb. 14 regular meeting to Monday, Feb. 10.

• The Town Council budget workshop meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m.

• Beach concessioners are needed for...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 4:43pm

Artesian offers $3.6 million for Frankford water plant

Frankford residents heard details about a proposal from Artesian Water Co. to take over its troubled water system at a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The water company, which is in the process of building a water treatment plant just...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:10pm

OVPD volunteers contribute nearly $70K in work to the town

The Ocean View Police Department reported to town council members at their Tuesday, Jan. 14, meeting that OVPD volunteers logged 201 hours in December.

According to the Independent Sector, a volunteer’s time was valued at $25.43 per hour...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:08pm

Old Mill Landing gets pushback at planning meeting

After a public hearing that lasted more than two hours, the public made their point: they want cautious development of Old Mill Landing North and South — if it’s even approved. Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission is considering two...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 2:03pm

Fenwick officials to consider police agreement on Jan. 24

Fenwick Island’s town council heard from its own police chief last week, as well as two from surrounding towns, that a proposed mutual aid agreement would be beneficial for all three towns.

The agreement is an outgrowth of a less formal,...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:58pm

Ocean View looks ahead with comp plan, projects

It’s going to be a busy year for the little town of Ocean View, with its often bustling, mile-long main street and allure for those who want to live at the beach.

But with captivating characteristics comes a swelling population, more...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:57pm

Proposed apartment complex near Millville heading to P&Z

Editor's note: This project has been removed from the Jan. 23 Sussex County P&Z agenda, with a tentative new hearing date of April 9.

The Pettinaro Construction Company in Newport, Del., will go before the Sussex County Planning &...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:55pm

Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck has been with the town for one year.

Houck marks first year as Ocean View town manager

On Jan. 7, Ocean View Town Manager Carol Houck marked her first full year as the Town’s top administrative official, and her 30th year working in municipal management.

In her modest way, though, she downplayed the milestone, laughing when...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:43pm

Full weekend of events planned for MLK commemoration

The 28th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Weekend will be observed with three events in Millsboro, Georgetown and Lewes, beginning on Saturday.

A parade will be held in downtown Lewes at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, and a...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:42pm

History talk going ‘Barefoot in Fenwick’

It’s easy to wonder, while walking along the beach when the crowds have gone home for the winter, what it might have been like there in the previous two centuries, before the beachfronts became as developed as they are today.

The Ocean...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:41pm

Seaside Jewish Community members Miriam Zadek, Marsha Davis and Allysa Simon pose for a photo at the synagogue’s expansion groundbreaking on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Seaside Jewish Community breaks ground on synagogue expansion

Seaside Jewish Community broke ground on the expansion of its synagogue in Rehoboth Beach on Jan. 5.

More than 150 people attended a ceremony marked by words of faith, love, and strong support for the Jewish community. They included: U.S....

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:36pm

Pictured left to right are: Judy Mullen; Sally Ledger; Muriel Pfeiffer, Vice-President of the Women’s Club of Indian River; Henrietta Belcher Stack, President of the Women’s Club of Indian River; and Andy Markovitz, Commodore of the Indian River Yacht Club .

Women’s Club of Indian River participates in community projects

The General Federation of Women’s Club, Delaware State Federation of Women’s Club, Women’s Club of Indian River have done two community projects this past month.

The first was to receive items for the USO, at the Dover Air Force Base by...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:30pm

No fear for 2020

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Revelers celebrated the dawn of a new year by jumping in the ocean. These brave souls participated in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge in Bethany Beach.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:25pm

Registration begins for Selbyville candidates, voters

Selbyville is gearing up for its 2020 town council election. Prospective candidates and voters must register at Selbyville Town Hall by Monday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m.

Anyone wishing to run as a candidate must file a written Notice of...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:14pm

The site plan of the Grotto Pizza in Peninsula Crossing that was recently approved by the Millsboro Town Council.

Grotto Pizza to open with sports bar in Millsboro

Deflecting praise for working to bring a new, 212-seat Grotto Pizza with sports bar to Millsboro, Assistant Town Manager Jamie Burk smiled and said simply, “I like pizza.”

But Town Manager Sheldon Hudson credited Burk for excellent...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:13pm

DelDOT opts for wintertime closure for Armory Road

People spoke up, and DelDOT listened. After a public outcry over a potential summertime road closure of Armory Road (Route 20) near Dagsboro, the Delaware Department of Transportation announced this week that construction will instead be...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:11pm

Millsboro council annexes elementary school

The Millsboro Town Council, at its Monday, Jan. 6, meeting discussed a number of topics in the town.


Artwork could go on exhibit


The town council heard a request from a Millsboro Art League volunteer, asking that...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:09pm

Pair of Delaware Republican officials under fire after comments

Plans are in motion to replace Chris Rowe, chairman of the New Castle County Republican Party, who resigned after posting a gay slur on Facebook just before New Year’s Day.

“I’m going to take care of that promptly,” GOP Chairwoman Jane...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:06pm

Olga and Eric Tsavdar enjoy some time with their twins, Levi and Eliza -- the first babies born at Beebe Healthcare on Jan. 1, 2020.

New year brings double bundle of joy for family

The first baby of the new year is always a big deal in a hospital maternity ward — but the first baby in a new decade is even more special. When it’s twins, and the year is 2020, that’s a lot of twos, and a lot of excitement.


Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:04pm

New Frankford police chief makes first report to council

Frankford’s new police chief announced at the Jan. 6 Frankford Town Council meeting that he is in the process of obtaining Narcan — an anti-overdose medication used to counteract opioid overdoses — for the town police vehicle.

Police Chief...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:59pm

Millsboro looks ahead to 2020 with growth and charm in mind

As they begin the new year, Millsboro officials are focusing on maintaining the town’s notable quaintness while keeping pace with brisk growth.

At the first town council meeting of 2020, a site plan was approved for Grotto Pizza to build a...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:56pm

Frankford forms appeals board to address structures

The Frankford Town Council has approved creation of a four-member Appeals Board that will investigate and hear appeals regarding dilapidated houses in the town.

The board members are Kyle Quillen, Duane Beck, Priscilla Schoolfield and Pam...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:55pm

Massey’s Ditch dredging begins

Massey’s Ditch in Long Neck, a navigation channel in the Inland Bays, will be dredged during a $3.6 million project starting this month.

Dredging was scheduled to begin the week of Monday, Jan. 6, and take 31 days.

The channel runs...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:49pm

Local roofer Steve Lannon suffered injuries during a fall in December. The injuries sustained will likely result in paraplegia, so his sister Teresa Gallagher is organizing a GoFundMe fundraiser to help with medical costs.

Funds being raised for Millville roofer after traumatic fall

As Steve Lannon — a local roofer in Bethany Beach — fights to recover after falling about 30 feet, friends are posting messages and donating to a GoFundMe account organized by his sister.

Lannon, 62, an ardent Washington Redskins fan who...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:31pm

For these young asylum-seekers, happiness can be found in a new backpack.

Local women seek support for Asylum Seekers Project

Spurred on by a desire to be of some humanitarian assistance to thousands of men, women and children asylum-seekers in Mexico awaiting entrance at the Texas border, Sussex County residents Jessica Clark and Debi Goebel found St. Peter’s & St...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:25pm

Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission will review applications for 227 single-family homes near Dirickson Creek and Bayard — proposed housing developments called Old Mill Landing South (center, highlighted) and Old Mill Landing North (just above).

Neighbors to demand responsible development at meeting

When a large group of residents speaks out about the proposed Old Mill Landing developments, they won’t be trying stop development. They say they know that’s not likely. But they planned to encourage responsible development at the Sussex County...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:41pm

A flock of brants (which are geese, according to the Google machine our editor was forced to check) soaks in some of the mild weather the area has received lately.

Winter traffic

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons

A flock of brants (which are geese, according to the Google machine our editor was forced to check) soaks in some of the mild weather the area has received lately.

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:27am

OV, SB approve police partnership

Fenwick officials still mulling agreement

Two towns have signed on, but Fenwick Island isn’t quite ready to approve a three-town police partnership. The Fenwick Island Town Council has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. to further discuss and possibly approve a...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:25am

South Bethany talking cats

Bill Murphy and his family were beyond disgusted when a colony of feral cats broke in and made themselves at home in his South Bethany house several winters ago.

“The house was winterized,” Murphy had explained several years ago. “When we...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:23am

South Bethany wants eastside parking ‘restricted to people who pay taxes’

The South Bethany Town Council is considering a residents-only parking zone on the entire east side of Route 1. As they prepare for town-wide parking permit requirements next summer, the proposed restriction was an idea to keep beachfront parking...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:21am

A rundown on the proposed offshore wind farm

When it comes to discussions of the proposed offshore Skipjack Wind Farm and the related proposals to bring cables carrying the wind-generated power ashore at the Fenwick Island State Park, there seem to be two — maybe three — schools of thought...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:19am

Pets and humans invited to state park hikes

Those whose pets are feeling the urge to get outside this winter can take them on a hike. Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting pet owners to a naturalist-guided hike in January and February. Humans and their pets can socialize while they all...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:16am

From digging in the dirt to corporate sponsorships, Friends of the Bays were honored for their contributions, pictured here with CIB staff.

From bays to board room, CIB volunteers get stuff done

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter


Delaware volunteers are using their backs, brains and businesses to help serve the local ecosystem, and on Dec. 13, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) celebrated the partnerships...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:13am

Frankford Police Chief Larry Corrigan hosted a Holiday Lunch for local families on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Frankford Town Hall. Shown getting their close-up with one of the town police cars, from left, are: Gus Catlin-Brown, Raylyn Brown, Vada Lynch, Wyatt Lynch, Raylya Brown, Chief Corrigan and Master Cpl. William Bant of the Delaware State Police Community Outreach at Troop 4.

Frankford police chief hosts community lunch

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill

Frankford Police Chief Larry Corrigan hosted a Holiday Lunch for local families on Saturday, Dec. 28 at the Frankford Town Hall. Shown getting their close-up with one of the town police cars, from left, are:...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:10am

Mariner’s Bethel UMC urges people to ignore scam

The pastors of Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View are warning church members to ignore an e-mail scam asking for money.

The e-mails, they said, state that donations given would be used to assist someone in exigency....

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:08am

BREAKING NEWS: Suspects sought in armed robbery near Frankford

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating an alleged armed robbery that occurred on Sunday night near Frankford.


Monday, December 30, 2019 - 8:55am

Participants in a past Exercise Like the Eskimos event take off to start the new year with a splash.

Community ready to Exercise Like the Eskimos for new year

As many as 300 shivering, spirited souls will participate in the 24th annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge, braving the cold Atlantic waters on New Year’s Day while raising money for scholarships.

Sponsored by the Bethany-...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:53pm

Public input sought on potential Armory Road summer closure

People can speak up now about a proposed road project that will cause a four-week detour of Armory Road, possibly during the summer of 2020.

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has set up a “virtual workshop” website for the...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:48pm

The reception area at Beebe’s Millville emergency department is beginning to take shape.

Beebe’s Millville campus on schedule for ED to open in May 2020

As the new year waits just around the corner, Beebe Healthcare is in the final months of construction of its new South Coastal Campus on Route 17 in Millville.

The project, for which construction costs had been estimated at $48 million, is...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:43pm

Selbyville Public Library will add this month’s Delaware Library Association grant to other local contributions, helping to feed the community all summer long.

Selbyville library earns grant money to feed more

In summertime, public libraries can function like a community center. The Selbyville Public Library serves up information, education, games — and they’re also winning grants to serve more meals than ever.

Thanks to several prizes and...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:37pm

The Fenwick Freeze has become a beloved tradition in Fenwick Island every New Year’s Day.

Friends’ chilly tradition now an annual event

It started with a group of friends wanting to continue their neighborhood New Year’s celebration by jumping into the ocean.

As one does.

The Fenwick Freeze has been an official town event for 16 years according to Becca McWilliams,...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:33pm

The Christmas season comes just one a year, and the holiday tree in Bethany Beach is all done up to celebrate!

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas season comes just one a year, and the holiday tree in Bethany Beach is all done up to celebrate!

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 11:15am