Bethany Beach

Bethany looks at changes to noise ordinance

Bethany Beach council members offered no formal response in March to a request for assistance from the Walsh family, who own a home next door to Captain Jack’s Mini-Golf, at the edge of the town’s downtown commercial district. But at their April...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:02am

Bethany beach replenishment delayed until June

Bethany Beach officials announced this week that the anticipated replenishment of the town’s beach to restore it to its engineered design has been delayed until June 1. The project is now slated to be finished around June 12, barring further...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:54am

South Coastal Library readies for action

The doors of the new South Coastal Library and Joshua M. Freeman Cultural Center in Bethany Beach will be opening next week for the first time. Starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 20, the South Coastal Library will once again operate at its 43...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:50am

Vaginal birth after Cesarean an uphill battle, but still possible

Suzanne Davis of Bethany Beach, after having twin boys and her third son – all delivered by cesarean section – always felt like she had missed out on something. With her twins, she went into labor early and had an emergency c-section at just 29...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:05am

Bikers prepare to 'Ride to the Tide' once again

Motorcyclists are revving up their engines this weekend, all for a meaningful purpose. The Delaware Blue Knights – Chapter I are teaming up again with Special Olympics Delaware for the third annual Ride to the Tide event, set to raise funds for...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 6:25am

BREAKING NEWS: Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches until Thursday morning

Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches
Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa., 2:27 p.m. EDT, Wed., Apr. 15, 2009

... Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday......

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:32am

Lane closed for IRIB construction, through April 24

UPDATED: The Department of Transportation advised motorists on Tuesday, April 14, that sheetpile driving would be occurring on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge this week and would require the closure of the right lane of Route 1 southbound...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 7:45am

Special events, worship highlight holy week

An Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 6 a.m. at the bandstand in Bethany Beach on Sunday, April 12, organized by member churches of the Southeast Sussex Ministerium. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at St. Ann...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:42am

New ambulances welcomed into Bethany

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, founded in June of 1948, is a volunteer organization with 77 members and a Ladies Auxiliary of almost 30 members. Through their coordinated efforts, the men and women of the company monitor every property...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 7:32am

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT - Strong thunderstorms affecting area

939 AM EDT MON APR 6 2009


Monday, April 6, 2009 - 4:38am

IRSD to host Pre-School Family Night on March 26

The Indian River School District will host a Pre-School Family Night on Thursday, March 26, at Millsboro Middle School. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Families and daycare providers in the Indian River School District are being...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:22am

Bethany adopts parking, property tax increases

Bethany Beach Town Council members last Friday voted unanimously to adopt a proposed $4.9 million budget for their 2010 fiscal year, which begins April 1. The budget includes a 3 percent increase in property taxes, from 16 to 16.5 cents per $100...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:17am

Bethany council drops Collins Avenue project

On a split vote, Bethany Beach Town Council members on March 20 voted not to proceed with a plan to create a pedestrian walkway along the south side of Collins Avenue, as recommended by a pedestrian and bicycle safety study in 2005.


Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:14am

Maxwell takes pre-school to the max

If there’s one thing Linda Maxwell wants people to know about preschool, it’s this: It’s a place where a lot of learning goes on.

Coastal Point Monica Fleming
Linda Maxwell was recently named Teach of the Year at Frankford...

Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:05am

Bethany Beach church to hold prayer vigil for peace

Bethany Beach Christian Church will be holding an Easter Prayer Vigil for Peace from 3 p.m. on Good Friday to 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

“Our focus this year for the church has been peace,” said explained organizer Bonnie Rae.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

CIB stays neutral regarding PCS suit

Citing a desire to stay objective on the matter as a potential technical resource, the board of the Center for Inland Bays will not take a formal stand on Sussex County’s lawsuit against DNREC over buffers.

The lawsuit questions DNREC’s...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009 - 3:23am

BREAKING NEWS: DSP says alarming text message is a hoax

The Delaware State Police announced Thursday, March 26, that they are being inundated with telephone calls regarding a text message that has been circulating throughout Central and Southern Delaware and portions of Maryland.

Police said...

Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 6:24am

BREAKING NEWS: Winter storm warning for area until 2 p.m., schools closed

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 5:40 a.m.:

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 2 p.m.

Additional snow will build up into our region this morning. The snow is then expected to taper to scattered...

Monday, March 2, 2009 - 12:23am

Bethany Beach aims for stimulus funding

As Rehoboth Beach prepares to complete its ongoing boardwalk renovations with $7.4 million in money resulting from the federal stimulus package, Bethany Beach officials are also hoping to tap into the $131 million granted to Delaware for highway...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:33pm

Bethany meets with geo-thermal installers

With volatile energy prices and a new nationwide interest and appreciation for green technology, geothermal heating and air systems are becoming more and more prevalent in both new construction and retrofits.

Geothermal systems have been...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:27pm

Bethany considers council term length, limits

Though the idea of term limits and changes to the length of town council members’ terms has been floated in Bethany Beach several times in recent years, the council has only recently moved to officially consider such changes. It was a topic for...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:10am

Bethany 'on solid financial footing'

While some neighboring towns are struggling to keep red ink off their balance sheets, Bethany Beach’s finances are healthy, Finance Director Janet Connery reported to the town council at their Feb. 17 workshop.

“Actions taken in past years...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 3:08am

Surf’s Up riding high through the winter

Businesses throughout the country are feeling the effects of a slumping economy, but that hasn’t discouraged Billy Lewis one bit. This year, he opted to keep the doors of his Bethany Beach business, Surf’s Up, open all year, a decision few...

Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:33am

South Coastal Library inches to re-opening

For the past week, it’s been all work and no play for the staff of at the South Coastal Library, as the move back to their renovated location on Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach got under way. For 14 months, the library operated out of its temporary...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:17pm

Contractors to offer scholarships to local students

Contractors for a Cause, a foundation devoted to giving back to the community through the works of area contractors and their associates, has been a growing effort in recent years. From their Spring Gala and golf tournaments to their work with...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:55pm

Local heroes honored for their valor

In an attempt to convey the importance of the day to those not in the room, Michelle DiFebo Freeman, widow of Josh Freeman – for whom the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Joshua M. Freeman Valor Awards have been renamed – offered a...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 3:19pm

Slow progress on Route 26 improvements

The Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project has long been a hot topic for locals living and working near the beach, and for visitors to the southern Delaware shore, as it is a main way to get to there.

Perhaps just as popular a topic a...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:41pm

Building the bridge

In the Coastal Point office, tacked to a wall, is a diagram of the Indian River Inlet, labeled “Construction Update: Beginning May 2006.” The diagram marks areas of planned closure and construction for the state park, campground and marina area...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:28pm

Local beaches much changed in five years--5 year anniversary section

There is no question that one of the biggest changes to the Delaware shore in the last five years is the completion of major reconstruction projects for area beaches. After years of suffering from beach erosion and risk to homes near the...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:26pm

Chamber of Commerce helps area through busy and slow times--5 year anniversary section

Although the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has been around for about 25 years, they are celebrating a smaller five-year anniversary this week, as well. In the debut Feb. 6, 2004, issue of the Coastal Point, it was reported that the...

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 2:21pm

BREAKING NEWS: Police looking for Millville man

The Delaware State Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 41-year-old Millville man wanted in connection to a Failure to Stop at the Command incident and home-improvement fraud.


According to the DSP, on Jan. 28,...

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 8:42am

BREAKING NEWS: Dense Fog Advisory until 8 p.m.

Issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa., 3:35 p.m. EST, Wed., Jan. 28, 2009
... Dense fog advisory now in effect until 8 p.m. EST this evening...

Warmer air over the cold ground covered with snow and sleet,...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 3:18am

Bethany Beach to require rental safety checklist

While all of the items on the new safety checklist for property owners renting out their properties in Bethany Beach are already required under town code, the move to take the extra step and require owners to certify annually that the have met...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:53am

South Coastal Library to close temporarily

The South Coastal Library is on the move again.

After 14 months in temporary quarters in Millville, the South Coastal Library will close for approximately two months, beginning Monday, Feb. 2. The closure will allow staff to begin the task...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:51am

Bethany aims to smooth the way for Blue Surf

Though construction of the revamped Blue Surf adjacent to Bethany Beach’s boardwalk has been somewhat delayed by the practicalities of construction and real estate sales in a slow market, owners of the project and town officials are hoping to...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:43am

Bethany's ambulance service off and running

It’s only been a week since the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) initiated ambulance service through its fire district, relieving the Millville Volunteer Fire Company (MVFC) a portion of their expansive coverage. But as BBVFC’s Bob...

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:44am

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.


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