Bethany Beach


Winter's chill arrives in time for local Eskimos

The Eskimos are the indigenous people who traditionally inhabited the circumpolar region of Russia, Alaska, Canada and Greenland. The harsh climate of the far north forced these peoples to face bitter cold and freezing winds. Drawing on a bit of...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 4:02am

DiFebo clan takes on dining at Bear Trap

The DiFebo name has become a culinary icon throughout the area, and now they’re adding a little more to their plate. This weekend, the family will debut as the new owners of Difebo’s Bistro on the Green at Bear Trap Dunes, bringing a lot of love...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:46am

Bethany-related web sites fill the internet

The Bethany Beach Communications Committee has done much in recent years to improve the amount and quality of communication coming from the town to its citizens, and now that a major revamp of the town Web site is complete, the group is looking...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:42am

Blue Surf construction moving ahead

Construction on the re-envisioned Blue Surf in Bethany Beach is well under way, with hopes of having the retail and condominium complex that replaced the landmark boardwalk-fronting motel occupied before the 2009 summer season.

Coastal...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:40am

New Year’s ocean dips benefit health, too

The 13th annual Exercise Like the Eskimos and 5th annual Fenwick Freeze, in which brave souls jump into the cold waters on the Atlantic to celebrate New Year’s Day and raise some cold hard cash, are both right around the corner.

But these...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 5:26am

BREAKING NEWS: Bethany crash ends life of man sought by police

A 21-year-old Seaford man died in a fiery single-car crash that closed the northbound lanes of Route 1 in Bethany Beach for several hours early on Monday morning, after he fled from Ocean City, Md., police. Delaware State Police reported Monday...

Monday, December 15, 2008 - 4:00am

New book celebrates appeal of Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is a strange mix of timeless history and new tradition. Each year, the beach community swells as more and more people escape their previously hectic city lives for a taste of seaside serenity. And for many who have been taken in by...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:58am

CIB committee looks at fly ash, wastewater treatment options

The Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the Delaware Center for Inland Bays met on Friday, Dec. 5, in Lewes. The committee and members of the public heard from Scott Andres of the Delaware Geological Survey; David Goss, executive...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:36am

Local bands offer music for a good cause

Scattered throughout the coastal area are countless venues offering quality entertainment. Oftentimes, however, what is advertised as “local” entertainment is far from local. Talent agencies from major cities can make it difficult for independent...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:47pm

DiFebo's offers culinary education to kids

DiFebo’s Restaurant and Deli has established itself as a local staple for more than a decade, as a place for fine dining and sophisticated outings. Just last week, however, they added to their repertoire, catering to the younger generation. Jeff...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:38pm

Bethany again awards beach concession to Steen's

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted to go with history and reputation on Nov. 21 and grant Ron Steen and Steen’s Beach Service a contract for the town’s beach concessions from March 2009 through September 2014, allowing the company to rent beach...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 4:48pm

Bethany proceeds with plan for checklist

The Bethany Beach Town Council held a first reading on Nov. 21 of an ordinance to replace subsection 85-3 (b) of the town code with a new subsection that will require owners of rental properties to certify, as part of the rental licensing process...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 4:43pm

SEDAST returns with fresh faces

With families and friends returning to the shore for the holiday weekend, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. But, for many, the Thanksgiving holiday brings with it something else: The SouthEastern Delaware Artist...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:52pm

Trotters gear up for another holiday run

While running a 5K is one of the last things on most people’s mind after devouring a hearty Thanksgiving meal, that’s precisely what hundreds are planning to do this weekend, all in the name of charity. Sea Colony’s Sixth Annual Turkey Trot will...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 3:44pm

St. Ann’s youth group bags the true meaning of Thanksgiving

Often, when Thanksgiving rolls around, it’s easy to forget the meaning of the holiday and instead to stress about how long the turkey will take or which relatives must be visited this year. It’s easy to get swept up in the moment of how cook the...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 2:24pm

Bethany council considers capital priorities

Bethany Beach Town Council members met on Monday, Nov. 17, to consider a number of pending issues, with likely the most important among them being how they wish to prioritize the town’s capital funds in the coming year or more. With...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:22pm

Bethany's founding church ready for update

When members of the Disciples of Christ Christian Church headed for the Delaware shore as a place for religious retreats in 1901, it led to the eventual founding of the Town of Bethany Beach, which even now houses the church’s conference center...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:19pm

Bethany woman cuts a fine figure

What is it that inspires people to do great things? Are they driven by a social stigma to be better than the rest, or is it a more personal drive which propels them? For one local mom, it’s simply the desire to do – the human aspiration to tackle...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:27pm

Popular First State sandwich shop moving into Bethany

Everyone has their specific tastes when it comes to that quintessential sandwich — perfectly sliced cold-cuts, piping hot cheesesteaks, an endless supply of toppings for just the right flavor. No other shop born in the state, however, has become...

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:22am

BREAKING NEWS: Georgetown's Circle area now closed ahead of Biden's Return Day visit

Organizers of Sussex County’s annual Return Day festivities in Georgetown confirmed Wednesday, Nov. 5, that Vice-President-Elect and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be attending this year’s event. The news confirmed rumors that have...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 5:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Obama, Biden, Castle, Markell, Denn, Stewart, Parish, Hocker and Atkins top vote-getters in elections

The votes are in!

In a historic election year, Americans have elected the first-ever African-American president and the first-ever vice-president from Delaware, and Delawareans overall contributed to that victory with their own votes,...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 4:47am

Wilgus aims to take worry out of home ownership

In a coastal community there are many things for a property owner to worry about. Weather conditions are often harsh; houses are often rented out; and, often, the home owners are living elsewhere for many months of the year. Tim Hill is the...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 7:11am

Boardwalk-widening bids to be opened Oct. 29

The issue of possibly widening Bethany Beach’s boardwalk by 8 feet has yet to generate a consensus in the town, and town council members agreed on Oct. 20 to hold off on deciding when and how to proceed with the idea until at least next month....

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:26am

Bethany continues record of laudable audits

It won’t come as a surprise to many who keep an eye on Bethany Beach’s finances, but the town yet again this year earned positive marks from its auditing firm, Trice, Geary & Myers. Members of the town’s Audit Committee met in recent weeks to...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:05am

Bethany planners kick off new term

The Bethany Beach Planning Commission met on Saturday, Oct. 18, for the first monthly meeting of their 2008-2009 term.

The commission welcomed new member John Gaughan, who was formally appointed to the commission by Mayor Tony McClenny,...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 6:31am

If life hands you rain, plant a rain garden

What is a rain garden? How is it different than a pond? Who should plant one?

Sally Boswell, education and outreach coordinator for the Center for Inland Bays, answered all these questions and more for the Fenwick Island Environmental...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 8:59am

Chilean native and local favorite releases second album

Isabel Umanzor recently held a release party at for her original CD “Siete Días” at Salsa Matteo’s in Bethany Beach. Umanzor has been working on this, her second CD, for almost two years, recording it at the AMI Seagull Studios at Salisbury...

Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 7:45am

Storm causes beach erosion, flooding

An unnamed storm that lashed the area with high winds and heavy rain late last week, combined with the offshore force of Hurricane Kyle, caused significant beach erosion and flooding along the Delaware coast and inland bays. The late-September...

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 9:17am

BREAKING NEWS: Storm causes beach erosion, flooding

An unnamed storm that lashed the area with high winds and heavy rain late last week caused significant beach erosion and flooding along the Delaware coast and inland bays. The late-September storm, despite falling during hurricane season and...

Monday, September 29, 2008 - 4:37am

Bethany to honor past council members

Bethany Beach’s town hall will soon honor past town council members, with a unanimous vote by the current council on Sept. 19 to spend about $26,000 to create a “memorial wall” that will list members of the council from 1923 to the present — and...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:59am

Bethany Blues brings BBQ to the gridiron

For years, Bethany Blues has established themselves as one of the most talked-about restaurants in the region. And in upcoming weeks, they will be giving back to the community in a big way.

“We have a number of kids working here who go to...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:53am

CIB board softens recommendation on landfill

The Board of Directors for the Center for Inland Bays bypassed a resolution put forth by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on Tuesday, Sept. 23, and instead passed a different motion, with a vote of 3-2.

The CAC approved a resolution...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:51am

Pre-construction begins on Inlet Bridge

Gov. Ruth Ann Minner, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) Secretary Carolann Wicks, state and local officials, residents and others were on hand at a Sept. 17 event to unveil the design for a new bridge over the Indian River Inlet and...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:47am

Big Peaches helps out family in a big way

Life undoubtedly works in mysterious ways, and no one knows that better than Ray Butler and his family. Only two months ago, Butler — a devoted husband and father of three kids, sixth-grade social studies teacher at Millsboro Middle School and...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:38am

Friends plan gathering to celebrate life of Powell

The spirit of Billy Powell will be celebrated on Saturday, Oct. 4, in Bethany Beach. Powell, a 1972 graduate of Indian River High School in Frankford, and a past Bethany Beach lifeguard and captain, died of melanoma in September 1983 at the age...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 9:17am

Emergency officials urge preparation for looming storm

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center mid-week was monitoring a developing storm system off the eastern United States that threatened to bring heavy rain, gusty winds, and prolonged higher-than-normal tides to the region for the next...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 8:21am

McClenny takes the reins in Bethany Beach

After serving two years as the mayor of Bethany Beach, Councilwoman Carol Olmstead stepped aside Wednesday, opening the floor for any of five of her fellow council members to take the lead role in the town’s government. Declining Vice-Mayor Tony...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:40am

New inlet bridge plans unveiled

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, many area professionals and residents had their questions (and prayers) answered as state and local officials unveiled the new plans for the long-anticipated Indian River Inlet Bridge project.

Coastal Point •...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:32am

Ryan’s small-business roots core to campaign

For Kay Ryan, running for representative for the state’s 38th District will be like an extension of the last seven years of her life before her retirement.

Special to the Coastal Point • John Dux
Candidates for state office, Bryon...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:26am

Little Red School House celebrates 20 years

It’s hard to miss the Little Red School House, complete with an antique school bell on top, on Bayard Road. The building, which blends in with the scenery and looks as if it were an actual restored school house, was, in fact, built just 20 years...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 9:57am

Popular local bread gets new local outlet

By popular demand, Old World Breads is now available at Good Earth Market in Clarksville. On Fridays and Saturdays, Steve Kogler’s Old World Breads, famously known and sought-after at the area farmers’ markets — especially for the cinnamon...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 7:24am

Community pulls together for a cause

Earlier this summer, on July 17, 29-year-old Megan Hammel was tragically killed in a car accident at Five Points in Lewes, leaving behind three children, all younger than 8. This week, musicians, business owners and members of the community will...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 6:35am

BREAKING NEWS: McClenny becomes mayor in Bethany Beach

After serving two years as the mayor of Bethany Beach, Councilwoman Carol Olmstead stepped aside Wednesday, opening the floor for any of five of her fellow council members to take the lead role in the town’s government. Declining Vice-Mayor Tony...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008 - 7:27am

Young, Killmer, McClenny and Gordon elected in Bethany

Two of three incumbents seeking re-election to the Bethany Beach Town Council were ousted on Saturday, with Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny the only incumbent on the ballot to retain his seat. And, after narrowly failing to unseat Mayor Carol Olmstead...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 8:16am

Storm has minimal local impact

With Tropical Storm Hanna already clear of the Delmarva Peninsula as late afternoon and evening arrived on Saturday, Sept. 6, residents and visitors alike turned out by the dozens to check out the storm-tossed waves of the Atlantic and see what,...

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:17am

BREAKING NEWS: Young, Killmer, McClenny and Gordon elected in Bethany

Two of three incumbents seeking re-election to the Bethany Beach Town Council were ousted on Saturday, with Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny the only incumbent on the ballot to retain his seat. And, after narrowly failing to unseat Mayor Carol Olmstead...

Saturday, September 6, 2008 - 1:12pm

BREAKING NEWS: Tropical storm leaves minimal impact on Delaware coast

Update, Sept. 6, 7:14 p.m. -- With Tropical Storm Hanna clear of the Delmarva Peninsula as late afternoon and evening arrived on Saturday, residents and visitors alike turned out by the dozens to check out the storm-tossed waves of the Atlantic...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 11:54pm

Tropical storm watch in effect; 3 to 5 inches of rain, 40 mph winds expected

The Sussex County Emergency Operations Center is continuing to monitor the movement of Tropical Storm Hanna, which is forecast to track along the East Coast this weekend and bring gusty winds and heavy rain to Delaware. Forecasters expect...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 10:12am

Art festival canceled due to tropical storm

While the annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival has traditionally has enjoyed great weather, Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce representatives on Friday morning announced the cancellation of this Saturday's 2008 festival, due to the...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 8:13am

UPDATED: Artists ready to take to the boardwalk

Note: This event has been canceled due to Tropical Storm Hanna.

This Saturday, artists and crafters from across the region will come together for the 30th year of a summer tradition in Bethany. The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival,...

Friday, September 5, 2008 - 5:51am