Bethany Beach

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

Arrests made in string of robberies

Delaware State Police and officers from the Ocean View Police Department this week arrested two Ocean View-area residents in connection with a string of armed robberies at businesses throughout the area.

Police said they arrested Tervone...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:07am

Local family hopes to educate about premature births

More than half a million babies are born prematurely — before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Bethany resident April Fels never thought that her second child, Trustin, would be one of those babies.

Trustin Fels was roughly the size of his mother’s...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:50pm

Longstanding Chamber guide aids visitors and locals alike

The Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce has been printing a Quiet Resorts Visitors Guide since 1977, and currently the Chamber, which serves approximately 800 area businesses, is working on their 35th edition.

“We just keep building upon...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:45pm

Inaugural Hair of the Dog run kick off 2012 entertainment

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) has established a number of movements to improve the community, through fundraising efforts that supply organizations and individuals with grants, donations and scholarships. Now in its 10th year,...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:32pm

Brave souls prepare to Exercise Like the Eskimos Sunday

Depending on the region you’re in, you may exclaim “Alaapaa!” or “Ikkii!”, loosely translated from the Eskimo-Aleut languages, commonly associated with regions of Alaska, Greenland or the Canadian Arctic, to “Wow, that’s cold!” But there’s no...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:21pm

Children’s books aim to capture local family favorites

Visitors to Delaware’s beaches like to leave with wonderful memories of their time spent, and most want to take a piece of that vacation with them. With all the local shops, it isn’t hard to find a souvenir or fluorescent T-shirt with a favorite...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:34pm

Homeowners hear about limits on coastal insurance

Bethany Beach homeowners have begun discussing a rising problem: insurance companies not renewing policies in coastal areas. Delaware Deputy Insurance Commissioner Gene Reed explained to members of the Canal Association and other Bethany home...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:36am

Bethany employee arrested on sexual contact charges

Delaware State Police this week arrested the Town of Bethany Beach's public safety director on charges of unlawful sexual contact after he allegedly made inappropriate sexual contact with a female acquaintance during a work-related holiday party...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:08am

BREAKING NEWS: Survey results show Bethany citizenry favors Assawoman Canal Trail

Bethany Beach officials on Dec. 15 announced the results, to date, from a survey the Town sent out to its citizens on Nov. 9 regarding support and opposition to the proposed Assawoman Canal Trail project, which would run along the Assawoman Canal...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 6:19am

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour nets Chamber recognition award

On. Dec. 6, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ocean to Bay Bike Tour received the Southern Delaware Tourism Recognition Award from the Southern Delaware Tourism Board, based on the event’s impact to local tourism.


Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:00am

Local man arrested in string of burglaries

Selbyville police arrested Jeffrey Paddock, 49, of Ocean View on Wednesday, Nov. 23, for his alleged involvement in a string of local burglaries.

Coastal Point: Paddock

According to the Delaware State Police, Paddock “would pry...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:19am

Bethany considers changes to fencing regulations

Good fences may make good neighbors, but with the potential for neighborly conflict over fencing already proven, Bethany Beach Planning Commissioners are now tackling the town’s fencing ordinance, or, rather, the relative lack of one.


Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:17am

Child or child-at-heart, Bethany offers choice of Holiday Happenings

How do you celebrate the holidays? Are family-friendly festivities your goal, or does a warm, jazzy atmosphere light your fire?

The Town of Bethany Beach is inviting people to celebrate both ways at its annual Holiday Happenings. The...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 2:15am

Bethany adopts new signage ordinance, clarifies zoning definitions

Bethany Beach Town Council members this week voted to adopt an amendment to the town’s signage ordinance that deals with non-conforming signage that has been granted legal, grandfathered status. The ordinance, approved unanimously on Nov. 18,...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:40am

Bethany Beach planners brainstorm on FAR possibilities

Bethany Beach Planning Commission members this week continued discussion of whether the town should make use of the building control known as floor-area ratio (FAR), in an effort to control the trend of constructing “extra-large” houses.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:11am

Bethany council offers coffee and a chance to comment

The menu featured coffee, juice, doughnuts, pastries and plenty of questions and comments for council members on the morning of Nov. 14, when the Bethany Beach Town Council hosted its first-ever Coffee and the Council event, designed to offer an...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:26am

Christmas gets tropical, once again, in Bethany Beach

With Christmas right around the corner, many of the same things are going to be on everyone’s mind: shopping, family, food and... the Caribbean? If you know how the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) celebrates Christmas, then you know it...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 6:22am

SEDAST celebrating 17 years with renowned artists

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-27, some of the area’s most recognized artists and craftspersons will show their thanks and appreciation by opening the doors to their homes and studios in the 17th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 3:25am

Bethany wrangles with future of special-events signage

Special events in Bethany Beach could get some more prominent advertising, if the town council follows through with a proposal to move the Town’s primary advertising venue from the lifeguard station at the end of Garfield Parkway to one or more...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:49am

DelDOT reps speak to Chamber about projects

Representatives from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spoke to members of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 3 about the progress of both the Indian River Inlet Bridge project and the Route 26 Mainline improvements...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:12am

Thanksgiving activities help keep fitness in mind

Thanksgiving Day is a time for friends, family and food, but organizations such as Seashore Striders, Sea Colony and hipAHA in Fenwick Island are also hoping to bring fun and fitness into the equation, once again.

Special to the Coastal...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 2:16am

SEDAST melds a variety of artistic talents

The upcoming holiday weekend will once again welcome tourgoers on the 17th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST), in which 16 well-established, local artists will open the doors of their homes and studios to the public,...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 2:04am

Bethany offering up coffee and a free bus ride

Citizens of Bethany Beach will have an opportunity to meet and catch up with their representatives on the town council this week, as the Town hosts its first-ever “Coffee with the Council” on Monday, Nov. 14, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the town hall....

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:49am

Annual Trail Run to race through Assawoman

Those looking to combine a chance to enjoy the sights and sounds of the area’s natural wonders and get some exercise at the same time may want to consider signing up for the 9th Annual Mariner’s Bethel Trail Run at Camp Barnes and the Assawoman...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:09am

First public groups tour completed inlet bridge

Dressed in hardhats, gloves and reflective vests, a group of 20 civilians crossed the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, from end to end, for the first time. They grinned as a DelDOT tour guide led them across the newly completed 10-foot closure pour...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:53am

SEDAST merges a mix of media into artists’ tour

At the end of the month, artists participating in the annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) will be opening the doors of their homes and studios to guests, displaying their workspaces and works of art. From painters and...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:27am

ALERT: Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for 2 p.m. -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:20am

Freeman Stage to host Blue Jupiter Saturday

The Blue Jupiter musicians don’t need any instruments. Their voices do all the work.

The a cappella pop-jazz-funk quartet will perform Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Arts and Science Building of Delaware Technical and Community College...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:43am

SEDAST comes back to the area for 17th year

The SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) will be returning to Sussex County late next month, as more than a dozen artists open the doors to their homes and galleries to the public.

Coastal Point • File Photo

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 7:45am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 to close near Indian River bridge, in both directions, 7 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday

Delaware’s Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, there will be a shift in traffic patterns on Route 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The shift will be implemented to ensure...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:05am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 near Inlet to close at 9 p.m.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1, near the Indian River Inlet will close at approximately 9 p.m. tonight, due to high storm tides, report  officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Neither the...

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10:33am

Bethany holds hearing on Assawoman Canal Trail concept plan

Property owners with homes along the Assawoman Canal have continued to express their concerns and opposition to the proposed development of a public pedestrian and bike trail along the banks of the canal, and a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 17,...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:38am