Bethany Beach


Streetscape project set to transform Bethany beginning in 2013

Bethany Beach is enjoying the height of its summer season, and it’s doing so with a few new amenities this year, including new streetlights, underground utility wires, a newsstand area and additional parking. But a little more than a year from...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 8:15am

Local beaches among top in nation for water quality

Delaware’s beaches ranked first in the U.S. in water quality for the year 2011 in a report issued last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Out of 30 states ranked, the state had the fewest water quality samples that exceeded...

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 10:52am

Skimboarders learn tricks of the trade with Skim Jam in Bethany

As experienced riders can attest, the Delaware shoreline isn’t the most ideal place to “hang 10” when it comes to the surfing world. The shape of the ocean floor and the geographic makeup of the coast does not provide the sets that surfers seek...

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 8:12am

Judge affirms denial of At&T tower near Bethany Beach

Property owners in the Sea Pines Village community and nearby Bethany Beach came out victorious last week in the latest round of legal wrangling over a cellular communications tower that AT&T had hoped to erect on property just east of Route...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 8:17am

Bethany park project begins with removal of trees

As summer visitors arrive in Bethany Beach in full force, the Town is beginning one of the preliminary steps toward creation of a new public park that will someday offer recreational options for visitors and residents alike.

In preparation...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 7:50am

Bethany council to vote on location for new water tower

Bethany Beach officials and citizens met recently to discuss both a proposal to build a new water tower and where that tower should be built. At a public meeting on June 9, council members heard a presentation from Town Manager Cliff Graviet,...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 7:33am

Fish Tales Home Decor makes a splash in downtown Bethany

Almost two decades ago, Diane Ternahan and her husband, Bob, opened the doors of Fish Tales in Bethany Beach, with the downtown apparel and gift store boasting trendy clothes and ocean-side fashion, along with gift ideas and toys. But limited...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 4:50am

Keeley finds herself at the shore

Like many who want to have the best of both worlds by not having to wait until retirement to live at the beach, Alana Keeley, a financial advisor with Edward Jones, recently moved her office from the city to the shore — from Bowie, Md., to...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 4:40am

South Coastal Library gets ‘geeked’

Last week, the South Coastal Library kicked off their summer reading program by having the Geek-mobile visit the library.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
‘What do you Geek?’ Bookmobile and South Coastal Library employees promote...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 4:27am

Nation's birthday to be honored with parade, Bethany-beach style

For just shy of three decades, the Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade has been entertaining thousands, celebrating the holiday with floats, cyclists and bands, leading to a fireworks finale to cap off the evening. On Wednesday, July 4, the 29th...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 4:15am

Firecracker 5k sparking interest in Bethany Beach this holiday week

This weekend, the holiday crowds will be heading back to the beaches for the Fourth of July, and for the fourth straight year, the town of Bethany Beach will host the annual Firecracker 5K run and 3K walk. Based in downtown Bethany, the Fourth of...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 4:05am

Black Pearl hits the high seas in Fenwick Island and surrounding towns

Captain Jack Sparrow may have been the one who first introduced us to the Black Pearl on the high seas, but Bill Fox has brought his own Black Pearl to the streets of Fenwick Island. The customized mini-school bus has been decked out to resemble...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 3:57am

Beach-blanket movie showings offer family fun in Bethany Beach

This summer, Bethany Beach has added to its list of entertainment for residents and visitors by hosting Movies on the Beach.

“Other beach towns in the area have had them. I had investigated them a while ago, and the town manager picked up...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 3:44am

Workshop offers help for homeowners with failing septic systems

Homeowners in Sussex County are being invited to a free public workshop on June 27 on financial assistance available to replace failing septic systems. The workshop will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the First State Community...

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 8:19am

Be a lifeline, donate blood now

Blood donations can mean life for many people, from cancer patients to accident victims. And this summer, the Blood Bank of Delmarva will tour Delaware to make giving quick and easy. The nearest regular donation center is in Salisbury, Md., but...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:12pm

Coastal farmers’ markets appear all set to grow in 2012

Summer has officially arrived, and with that area’s coastal farmers’ markets are starting up. The Fenwick Island Farmer’s Market will start Monday, June 25, at 8 a.m. The mid-week market at the Marketplace at Sea Colony will open Wednesday, June...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:10pm

Indian River Lifesaving Station offers programs galore

The Indian River Life-Saving Station may be a well-kept secret in the Quiet Resorts, but the programs the Delaware State Parks’ site has to offer hold appeal for residents and visitors alike.

“All of our programs are popular,” said Site...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 3:48pm

Chef Matt serves up a taste of Sedona

Although Chef Matthew Lehfeldt (pronounced lay-felt), was born in Washington, D.C., he was raised in Iran.

“My father was in the Foreign Service,” he said. “We had a Sri Lankan cook who amazed me. He had a passion for cooking that...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 3:27pm

International tastes come together at 14 Global

For locals and visitors alike, the summer months around the Delaware beaches often translate to relaxing in the sun, enjoying time with family and friends and, of course, great eats. But one new restaurant in Bethany Beach is offering a dining...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 3:12pm

Junior lifeguard programs merge fun with beach safety on Delaware shores

Sunny afternoons on the beach mean rest and relaxation to hundreds of thousands making their way to the Maryland and Delaware shores each summer, but for a select few, the summertime means hard work. Each and every summer, lifeguards monitor the...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 2:51pm

Bethany Beach committee keeps the past alive in the present

With the hands on the clock of time quickly lunging forward into the summer season, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historic Affairs Committee is gearing up for a few months of historical excitement.

Among the goals for the group is...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:23am

BREAKING NEWS: Bradley appeal heard by state Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court stood in recess on June 13 after hearing arguments in the appeal of Earl Bradley.

Last August, the former Lewes pediatrician was sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus an additional 164 years in prison, on five...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 8:18am

When the curtain rises, the crowds roll in for local shows

As the warm summer season approaches, the temperate month of June brings with it the promise of surf, sun and lounging poolside. But what do many find themselves doing on summer nights? Looking for entertainment, of course! And they can find just...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:32am

Ask a lifeguard: Why do lifeguards keep swimmers away from dolphins?

A question similar to this was posed to me in an email from a reader at the end of last summer. He has a good point, in that we don’t hear about dolphin “attacks” per se. So, what’s the danger? Why shouldn’t we interact with dolphins that swim by...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 4:46am

Restaurant shakes things up with bellydancing

Turquoise restaurant is kicking things up a notch with bellydancing performances every Wednesday night this summer.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Viviana Matthews bellydances her way through the tables at Turquoise restaurant in...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 4:21am

Justin’s Beach House kicks off summer season with newlyweds

As the Memorial Day weekend ushered in visitors, new and old, to the Delaware beaches, and the warm summer sun continues to shine down on the locals throughout the community, residents and visitors alike are reminded how beautiful and appealing...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:16pm

Seaside Craft Show returning to Bethany for eighth year

This Saturday, June 2, downtown Bethany Beach and its boardwalk will once again be brought to life with an array of artistic talent, as the 8th Annual Seaside Craft Show features fine crafts from across the country. The juried event will...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:13pm

Chamber and Fenwick Island partner to hold movie nights this summer

In May, the Fenwick Town Council unanimously approved “Fenwick Flicks,” partnering with the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce to offer a free monthly movie on the beach in the coastal town.

“We wanted to create an event in Fenwick Island...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:10pm

State offers updates on statewide pathways projects

Those traveling along Fred Hudson Road north of Bethany Beach may have noticed some work in the area in recent weeks. DelDOT maintenance crews have been making a final connection in the path from Delaware Seashore State Park across Fred Hudson...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 2:29pm

Tickets available for 21st Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

One of the noted events of summer in Southern Delaware is the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, and this year’s tour, celebrating the benefit’s 21st year, is promised to be special. The 21st Annual Tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 2:20pm

Quiet Resorts offers orientation to foreign workers

Anyone who has lived in or visited the Delaware shore for any length of time likely knows that international students make up a large portion of summertime employees in the area. With the workers coming from all over the world, it can be...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:31am

A bridge for this century: Charles W. Cullen Bridge opens at Indian River Inlet

After months of limited traffic, the Indian River Inlet Bridge appears on track to fully open all four lanes by Memorial Day weekend.

Coastal Point • File Photo
Pedestrians and bicyclists enjoy the trip over the new Charles W. Cullen...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 6:35am

Shore Foods continues a family tradition a half-century in the making

In a resort community where the majority of the business is concentrated in four to five months each year, finding success that will last for decades can be tricky. Maintaining a steady and successful “mom-and-pop” operation for a half-century,...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:59am

Bethany Beach eyes library property for water tower expansion

Bethany Beach Town Council is looking at acquiring South Coastal Library land for the new water tower. At the workshop May 15, Town Manager Cliff Graviet reviewed the cost-effective plan with council.

“We believe it’s possible to construct...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:43pm

Guest Column -- Indian River Inlet Bridge a treasure of the Delaware coast

On Sunday, May 6, more than 2,000 people joined me to celebrate the history and the future of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at the Indian River Inlet. The history of this location is one of several different bridges, an ever-changing environment...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:21pm

Bethany Massage provides clients with the right touch

With the summer season nearly upon us, plenty of locals and visitors to the area will be gearing up for plenty of rest and relaxation, and Dianna Moesle, owner of Bethany Massage and Healing Arts, hopes to reverberate that tranquil and soothing...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 3:49pm

Club offers local moms support and friendship

It can seem like moms can do it all, but sometimes even the best mom needs a helping hand. And the Bethany Beach Mom’s Club International was formed last September to help give local mothers the added support that they might need.

“A...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:11am

CIB to host 4th Annual Diamondback Dash

Why did the turtle cross the road, you ask? Perhaps the reason is to participate in the 4th Annual Greene Turtle Diamondback Dash 5K.

On May 19, rain or shine, runners and walkers alike can help raise money to help protect the local...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 5:50am

Night of Magic to benefit BBVFC

If you’re looking for a fun family night out that will also help support the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, consider a family night of magic at Dickens Parlour Theatre.

Coastal Point • Submitted
Richard Bloch will perform at a...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 5:15am

IR Inlet bridge dedication draws nearly 2,000 visitors

Delaware officials welcomed the public to a once-in-a-lifetime event atop the new Indian River Inlet Bridge on Sunday, May 6. Nearly 2,000 visitors walked, bicycled or scootered across the unopened roadway at the official dedication of the new...

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 8:54am

Old Inlet celebrates 50 years of fishing in the area

Over the last half-century, fishing along the Delaware and Maryland coastline has been a growing business, and very few, if any, can say they know it better than Amos “Butch” Evans, owner of Old Inlet Bait and Tackle, just north of the Indian...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:02am

Bethany Beach readies for summer season — with movies

With only about eight weeks left before summer arrives, the Town of Bethany Beach is revving up for the 2012 season. Repair of the town’s dunes and dune crossings, as well as its lifeguard headquarters, and enhancements to the Garfield Parkway...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:01am

Patsy’s seeks hidden-gem musicians for summer performances

Musicians eager to entertain at the shore could get to enjoy the spotlight at Patsy’s restaurant in Bethany Beach.

Owner Patsy Dill Rankin is inviting musicians to audition for the summer season, to “give people a chance to play in front...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:38am

Bethany considers adding beachfront movie nights this summer

With the summer season looming, the focus in Bethany Beach is turning to getting the town ready for the arrival of vacationers and the entertainment the town offers to the entire area. And Town Manager Cliff Graviet is looking to add an offering...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 5:54am

Earth Day celebration planned at Bethany Beach Nature Center

The Bethany Beach Nature Center will be hosting an Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p .m.

The Bethany Beach Nature Center Club, BBNC, made up of kids ages 8 and older, has been planning the event under the...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 4:36am

Bethany Beach is no longer a secret paradise to the world

Who knew?

Bethany Beach, Del. was recently named one of the “Best Secret Beaches on Earth” by Travel and Leisure magazine and one of their “Favorite Family Beaches.”

Yes, that’s on the entire Earth.

U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper (D...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 7:49am

Bethany’s Blue Crab gets shucking

For the better part of the last decade, the Blue Crab in downtown Bethany Beach has been dishing up heaps of the tasty crustacean for customers who keep coming back, again and again. But as they enter their ninth summer, owner Tim Haley has big...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 6:59am

Restaurants help customers to get in ‘The Loop'

There is a multitude of dining options at the beach. So why not try them all?

Four local restaurants are partnering to present The Loop, a night of dining across the area. On Friday, April 27, diners will be able to sample food and drinks...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:02am

Inland Bays Foundation seeks members to help in mission

The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:19am

Bunting looks back at 28-year career

Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:16am