Bethany Beach

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.


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

Two-part Civil War series to be held in Bethany

Local Civil War historian Tom Ryan will present the first talk of a two-part series titled “The Impact of the Civil War in Cities and Towns Across America” at the South Coastal Library on Thursday, April 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“We try and...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 4:29am

Proposed fitness park in Bethany sees strong opposition

The weather has been warming up, but Bethany Beach residents gave a cold shoulder this week to a proposal that would offer another active recreation option to the town’s residents and visitors. The proposed exercise park and trail, which would be...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:20pm

BunnyPalooza to offer hopping good time for athletes

The turn of the year brought out plenty of ambitious individuals who wanted to get a head-start on their resolutions. More than 600 runners and walkers turned out in downtown Bethany Beach on New Year’s Day for the 1st Annual Hair of the Dog 5K...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:06pm

IR Inlet Bridge complete; touch-up work continues

Many motorists were excited to begin driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge in late January when it initially opened to limited traffic, but roadwork will continue throughout spring, and locals got a progress report from Delaware...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:20am

Sea Crest gets new owner, maintains decades of tradition

As the saying goes, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” And Liz Hammond, long-time employee and manager of Sea Crest in Bethany Beach, knew a good thing when she saw it. The boutique and gift shop in downtown Bethany was up for sale briefly...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:28am

Bethany Beach asking for input on new path proposal

Bethany Beach citizens will get the chance on March 13 to offer their input on a proposed pedestrian pathway that is aimed at adding even more active lifestyle options for those living in and visiting the town, and it’s not the Assawoman Canal...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:23am

Bethany approves funding for flooding feasibility study

Bethany Beach Town Councial members this week approved expending $55,000 in town funds to pay for the town’s portion of a study on the ways – if any – that the persistent flooding problems in the areas around Route 1 on the north side of the...

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:14am

Bethany BoA denies request to exceed lot coverage limit

The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustment on Feb. 8 denied an application for a variance to the maximum 40 percent lot coverage requirement.

The application was filed by Ralph Timmons of Hickory Hill Builders on behalf of homeowner Wallford...

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 5:49am

St. Ann's exploring 'Mary in the Movies' on March 8

“You made Mary real with your stories about your favorite images of art, photography and film. Suddenly she was no longer a statue or an image in a flat painting. She became a living and breathing woman that I could relate to. Thank you.”


Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 5:18am

South Coastal library offers many resources for local cooks

The word “free” catches people’s attention. I spend lots of time in the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach. I no longer purchase cooking magazine subscriptions, because so many of the recipes are for chicken; since I’m allergic to chicken, I...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 3:23am

Bethany Beach Books recognized by SBCA

For more than 20 years, Bethany Beach Books has been one of the most recognizable and frequented shops in downtown Bethany Beach, and it shows. The store was recently recognized with the 2011 Best of Business Award in Bookstores in Bethany Beach...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 3:07am

Valor awards highlight selfless acts of heroism

Each and every day, members of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS services put their own lives on the line to ensure welfare of members of the community. Oftentimes their deeds go unnoticed except by those who experience...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 2:11am

Local dentist to educate students

The American Dental Association has marks the month of February as National Children’s Dental Health Month, and to help spread the word about the importance of good dental health, Dr. Lois James and five staff members from her Ocean View practice...

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:41am

Mission Accomplished

After years of construction, delay and turbulent waters, the Indian River Inlet Bridge opened to traffic last Friday, with Gov. Jack Markell taking the maiden ride across its span.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
State Sen. George H...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:35am

Bethany Beach council rejects AT&T antenna proposal

Bethany Beach Town Council members this week voted unanimously to reject a proposal from Velocitel to host AT&T’s cellular antenna equipment on the town’s water standpipe.

The decision came at the council’s Jan. 20 meeting, after the...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:23am

Bethany council endorses Assawoman Canal pathway concept

Bethany Beach Town Council members this week unanimously approved a resolution supporting concept of the proposed recreational path along the Assawoman Canal, but they did so through a modified resolution that limits the town’s commitment to the...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:21am

Bethany considers crackdown on licensing scofflaws

Bethany Beach officials are getting tough on those who don’t get required rental or business licenses from the town by the deadlines – or, in some cases, at all.

Councilman Lew Killmer on Jan. 20 introduced an ordinance and a fee change...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:10am

Bethany moving ahead with planning for a new water tower

Early this week, as Bethany Beach Town Council members prepared to discuss and possibly vote at their Jan. 20 meeting on whether the Town will host AT&T’s cell phone equipment on its water standpipe, attention turned not to the existing...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:57am

Bethany Beach looks to get splashy with new banners

Bethany Beach Town Council members this week continued their discussion of how the town might be able to better advertise the events it hosts without continuing to add to the damage done by placing banners on the lifeguard station, as has been...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:51am

Center for the inland Bays taps Bason to be the new director

The Center for the Inland Bays this week named Chris Bason as its new executive director. Bason has been acting director of the CIB since October and was selected after a four-month search.

Coastal Point: Bason

Bason follows Ed...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 6:00am

Beach replenishment work continues on in Bethany

Beach replenishment work in Bethany Beach under the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is once again under way, using federal dollars to pump sand onto the beach, where it is to be moved by state workers as needed to restore the beach and dune after...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:46am

BREAKING NEWS: Route 54 paving work pushed forward to this weekend

In an effort to move the Route 54 Improvement Project toward completion, the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 5, that contractor Mumford & Miller, will be doing paving operations this weekend.  Unseasonably warm...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:38am