Bethany Beach


WEATHER ALERT: Heavy rain, wind and seas expected ahead Sandy’s arrival

A coastal flood watch has been issued for Sussex County, including the beach areas, running through at least Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the evolution of Hurricane Sandy into a powerful storm currently predicted...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency officials preparing for storm potentially as strong as Storm of ’62

The Delaware state climatologist and DEMA held a “bridge call” with municipal officials on Friday evening, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Officials said that the latest storm track had Sandy making landfall on the Delaware...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:54pm

EOC: Hurricane Sandy poses significant threat to Delaware

As of Friday evening, Hurricane Sandy was on track to directly hit Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic in the days ahead, based on forecasts, threatening to lash the region with up to two days’ worth of hurricane-force winds, a 10-foot-high combined...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:34pm

BREAKING NEWS: Governor urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Take Saturday to prepare, advised Gov. Jack Markell, in light of expected high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy from Sunday through the early part of next week.

“It is forecasted to be a long-lasting event,” he said on Friday,...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:24pm

BREAKING NEWS: Events canceled ahead of impending storm (UPDATED)

UPDATED Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy include the following:

Both the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical School District have closed schools and offices on Monday, Oct. 29, and...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:16pm

BREAKING NEWS: Eakle calls on candidates to help plan assistance for hurricane-threatened residents

Delaware Senate District 20 candidate Rick Eakle (D) on Friday asked his fellow Sussex County candidates in the Nov. 6 elections to put aside their political differences ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Sandy and gather to plan...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 6:05am

WEATHER ALERT: Emergency officials urge alert posture as potential hurricane strike looms

State and local emergency officials are urging residents of coastal Delaware to be alert and prepare as Hurricane Sandy tracks up the Atlantic in the coming days and poses a risk of potential severe weather, up to and including possibly making...

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 5:19pm

Wags, Witches and Warlocks headed for Bethany Beach

The second annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks Festival will be held in downtown Bethany Beach on Sat., Oct. 27, with registration starting at 9 a.m. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 28.

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An Oompa Loompa stands...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 1:53pm

County P&Z takes more time to consider Castaways Bethany

There is still no decision from the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission regarding the proposed Castaways Bethany LLC mixed-use project. At their Oct. 11 meeting, Commission Chairman Robert Wheatley did say that a recommendation to the...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 3:19pm

Bethany council discusses tower, park project

As work gets ready to start on one new project in Bethany Beach, a process for another is also being determined.

Bethany Beach Town Council members on Monday, Oct. 15, discussed both the impending construction of a new water tower and the...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 3:15pm

Local knitting group making donations from scratch

A group of local knitters has been busy with their needles, hoping to be able to donate their creations to area charities in need.

Coastal Point • Maria Counts
A local group of knitters have been combining their efforts to donate...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:28pm

Point publisher Lyons honored with Lighthouse Award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Member Celebration and Awards Ceremony last week, and they honored Coastal Point publisher Susan Lyons with the Chamber’s prestigious Lighthouse Award.

Coastal Point • R. Chris...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:14pm

Bethany Beach moves into new council year

The Bethany Beach Town Council kicked off its new council year with a meeting on Sept. 21, retaining the existing slate of council members and the existing council officers, including Mayor Tony McClenny, Vice Mayor Jack Gordon and Treasurer...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:34am

Vintage fashion show and tea event to support Justin’s Beach House

Those looking for a fun girls-day-out activity can visit Lavender & Lace Antiques this weekend, for their first Tea on the Green event. On Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 4 p.m., a group of five local businesswomen are teaming up to offer an...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:29am

Annual Artisan Festival returning to Bethany

Those looking for a way to get a head start on their Christmas shopping need look no further and can even buy local while doing so on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the Bethany Beach Fire Company’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold its...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 2:58am

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe checking visitor IDs in wake of threats to doctors

Beebe Medical Center representatives on Monday afternoon notified the public that visitor IDs were being checked after a former patient allegedly threatened two physicians affiliated with the hospital through a telephone message that was left...

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 8:03am

Route 26 Working Group gets first look at project

DelDOT has turned its sights on Route 26, but this time, they gave plenty of notice.

Community leaders filled the South Coastal Library meeting room Sept. 24 to discuss the State Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, slated to begin...

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:32am

Route 26 Working Group gets first look at project

DelDOT has turned its sights on Route 26, but this time, they gave plenty of notice.

Community leaders filled the South Coastal Library meeting room Sept. 24 to discuss the State Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, slated to begin...

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:32am

Castaways project decision held up by continuing consideration

No decision has been made yet on the proposed rezoning for the Castaways Bethany project, as the county council deferred action this week while waiting for a recommendation from Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners.

Castaways...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:22am

Castaways project decision held up by continuing consideration

No decision has been made yet on the proposed rezoning for the Castaways Bethany project, as the county council deferred action this week while waiting for a recommendation from Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners.

Castaways...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:22am

Area police participating in Drug Take-Back this weekend

On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law-enforcement agencies will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

“It’s a completely anonymous way of properly...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:03am

Bethany Beach gets input on future of Church/Neff property

Ideas offered for the final shape of a park planned for the northwest corner of the intersections of Routes 1 and 26 were varied this week, when citizens turned out in Bethany Beach to offer their opinions to town council members.

“The...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 7:43am

Center for the Inland Bays to hold barbecue to say 'thanks'

Throughout the year, countless volunteers donate their time and money to the Center for the Inland Bays, and this weekend the center wants to say, “Thank you.”

On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the CIB will host its Thanks for...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 7:36am

Center for the Inland Bays to hold barbecue to say 'thanks'

Throughout the year, countless volunteers donate their time and money to the Center for the Inland Bays, and this weekend the center wants to say, “Thank you.”

On Saturday, Sept. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the CIB will host its Thanks for...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 7:36am

BREAKING NEWS - Castaways decision deferred by P&Z -- PLUS and DelDOT info available online for public comment

Sussex County Planning and Zoning once again deferred action on the Castways Bethany LLC for a proposed development consisting of a campground, multi-family duplex residential units and a waterpark to be known as Castaways Bethany, located off of...

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 10:46am

A last glimpse of community's history is lost to the ages

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can to today…” is indeed cliché and, quite possibly, one of the most over-used pieces of advice out there. And yet, that doesn’t make it any less true or less useful.

I attended a funeral last week of...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:48pm

Bethany citizenry to get chance for input on park

When the Town of Bethany Beach acquired parcels of land from the Bethany Beach Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Neff family nearly a decade ago, discussion of the future of the combined property focused on use as a park. Exactly...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:44pm

Bethany citizenry to get chance for input on park

When the Town of Bethany Beach acquired parcels of land from the Bethany Beach Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Neff family nearly a decade ago, discussion of the future of the combined property focused on use as a park. Exactly...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:44pm

Bethany voters overwhelmingly approve loan for new water tower

There was no council election in Bethany Beach this year, but that didn’t stop voters from casting ballots in nearly record numbers on Saturday, Sept. 8. The question of borrowing for construction of a new water tower was a hot enough topic to...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:56pm

Hearing on Castaways project elicits strong response

In a marathon four-hour meeting with more than 100 opponents present and hundreds more making their opinions known through letters of opposition, Sussex County Planning & Zoning commissioners this week deferred action on the application of...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:48pm

NorthEast Seafood Kitchen offering free cooking demos

Beginning this month, chef Matt Haley’s SoDel Concepts will be offering a series monthly cooking demonstrations. The first will be held on Sept. 19 at NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View.

“We started doing them last year. The owner,...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:03pm

NorthEast Seafood Kitchen offering free cooking demos

Beginning this month, chef Matt Haley’s SoDel Concepts will be offering a series monthly cooking demonstrations. The first will be held on Sept. 19 at NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View.

“We started doing them last year. The owner,...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:03pm

Water tower loan goes to the voting booth in Bethany Beach

Voters will head to the polls in Bethany Beach on Saturday, but not to cast a vote for town council, since this year’s council elections were scrapped when only incumbents filed to run. Instead, Bethany voters will be voicing their support or...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:19pm

Hearings begin on campground, cottage, amusement facility

A proposal to build a campground, multi-family dwellings and an outdoor amusement facility on 38.5 acres on Cedar Neck Road near Ocean View was set to be the subject of three public hearings this week, on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m. before the...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:17pm

Crabulous creations set to debut on Bethany boardwalk

For those not fully versed in art-world lingo, the term “mixed media” might be a little confusing or open-ended to hear. But, actually, it’s just how it sounds — using different types of materials to create fine art.

Coastal Point •...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 1:39pm

Crabulous creations set to debut on Bethany boardwalk

For those not fully versed in art-world lingo, the term “mixed media” might be a little confusing or open-ended to hear. But, actually, it’s just how it sounds — using different types of materials to create fine art.

Coastal Point •...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 1:39pm

Maryland potter making first appearance at local art festival

Art lovers perusing the works at on display at the 34th annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival this Saturday, Sept. 8, will be able to see Mea Rhee and her “Good Elephant” pottery for the first time. Rhea, from Silver Spring, Md., said that...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 1:35pm

Maryland potter making first appearance at local art festival

Art lovers perusing the works at on display at the 34th annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival this Saturday, Sept. 8, will be able to see Mea Rhee and her “Good Elephant” pottery for the first time. Rhea, from Silver Spring, Md., said that...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 1:35pm

Bethany Beach Books holds First Annual Photo Contest

This year, Bethany Beach Books is holding its First Annual Photo Contest, to see who can create the best fun and creative photo featuring the store’s own bookmarks.

“One of my employees, Amanda, she came up with it,” explained owner Jackie...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 4:04pm

Borges to display mosaic of work at Boardwalk Arts Festival

For Terri Borges of Borges Mosaic Studio, her fine-art contemporary mosaics can be thought of as an extension of her previous work in landscape architecture. She had been doing exterior mosaics in her design/build firm and decided she wanted to...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:41pm

Bethany Beach to celebrate end of summer with Jazz Funeral

This Monday, for the 27th year, Bethany Beach residents and visitors alike will celebrate the end of summer by officially “burying” it — at least until next year.

Coastal Point • File photo
The summer gravestone parades the...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:09pm

Fifth annual yART sale to be held in Bethany

Art is on the calendar and in the yard as the resort area’s official season draws to a close this Labor Day weekend. The annual yART (“art in the yard”) Sale, to be held on Sept. 1 and 2 in Bethany Beach, offers a taste of works from local...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 3:00pm

Visitors and locals alike fall in love with 'second season'

Although Bethany Beach still celebrates the “death” of another summer season each year, complete with a Jazz Funeral celebration, the season is really far from over at Labor Day.

Quite the contrary.

“Word has gotten out that...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 2:54pm

Subity resigns as Chamber director

On Monday, Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carrie Subity gave the Chamber’s board her letter of resignation.

“The hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye to all of you, the members, my wonderful staff and board of...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:58am

Tale of 'An Arab, a Jew and a Truck' hits the pages in Bethany Beach

What happens when a devout Palestinian Muslim and an American Orthodox Jew are forced by circumstance to share a tiny two-bedroom apartment in New York? Well, at the very least, there’s potential for an entertaining list of lovable characters and...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 3:50am

Former journalist bringing Southern politics to local bookstore

“To set the stage, it’s 1992. South Carolina is about to elect its first black congressman since the Civil War. And the leading contender is secretly tied to the most unlikely person you could ever imagine — this U.S. senator who has a racist...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 3:47am

Bethany officials continue to make case for water tower

Bethany Beach officials again made their case for the need for a new water tower at a public meeting on Saturday, Aug. 11, leading up to the scheduled Sept. 8 special election at which voters will get to indicate their support or disapproval of a...

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 8:18am

Lippman to hold signing at South Coastal Library

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman always knew she wanted to be a writer.

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“I wanted to be a novelist when I was really young, like 5 years old,” recalled Lippman, who said she had tried to...

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 4:16am

Bethany entertains the crowds during hot summer season

With the summer season in full swing, Bethany Beach officials have been keeping busy keeping the town in shape for the bounty of seasonal visitors, as well as its full-time residents.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet took the time at a July 20...

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:51am

Local talent to hit stage in Bethany

During the summer months, the Bethany Beach Bandstand schedule is packed with a wide variety of performances by semi-professional and professional talent. But on Aug. 17, locals and visitors alike will have the opportunity to stand on the...

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:33am