Bethany Beach

Bethany making contact on governmental concerns

Bethany Beach’s Intergovernmental Relations Committee met on Saturday, May 17, 2008 to review recent and projected legislative contacts, and other government agendas.

Town Council and committee member Bob Parsons reported that he had made...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 6:06am

BREAKING NEWS: Boat removed from beach, temporary access restored

Workers from Delmarva Salvage Company and Tow Boat U.S. removed the damaged research liftboat Russell W. Peterson from the shore at Bethany Beach just after dawn on Friday, May 16, clearing the way for temporary repair and long-term restoration...

Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 5:05am

Bethany readying for big Fourth of July

Friday, July 4, will find Bethany Beach residents and visitors very excited about this big day in the small town. The town’s population of 2,600 full-time residents explodes to more than 30,000 each Fourth of July as they celebrate the nation’s...

Friday, May 16, 2008 - 6:31am

One dead after storm ravages vessel

The Coast Guard rescued two people by helicopter Monday, May 12, when the research boat they were on broke apart and took on water about 14 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach, Del. One crewman was pronounced dead Monday after reaching the...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:52am

Coast weathers severe nor'easter

Life began to return to normal in coastal Delaware on Wednesday, as flood waters from this week’s late-season nor’easter finally began to recede and damage assessment turned into recovery. The sounds of chain saws, pumps and rakes were common...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:45am

Big Four seal the deal with ambulances

The papers are signed, and the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company is one step closer to providing even more safety throughout the community. Last Thursday, officials from the “Big Four” — Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island and the Sea...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:38am

BREAKING NEWS: Research vessel beaches at Bethany, one crewman dead

The Coast Guard rescued two people by helicopter Monday when the research boat they were on broke apart and took on water about 14 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach, Del. One crewman was pronounced dead Monday after reaching the hospital. The...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 11:06am

BREAKING NEWS PHOTOS: Storm causes flooding, damage, road closures, boat beaching

Photos from the May 12-13 storm are shown in slideshow format below, with newer photos toward the end. All photos are copyright © Coastal Point, LLC, and may not be used without express permission of the Coastal Point.

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Monday, May 12, 2008 - 10:44am

BREAKING NEWS: Inlet Bridge, Route 1 reopen

The Delaware State Police and Department of Transportation reopened Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Fred Hudson Road/Road 360 north of Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge late Tuesday afternoon, following a detailed inspection of the...

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 9:17am

ResortQuest acquires Seacoast

ResortQuest Delaware has announced its acquisition of Seacoast Realty, making it the state’s largest beach real estate brokerage. The two companies have had a substantial impact in the area’s real estate market in the past, stretching from North...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 9:09am

Chamber welcomes Deserie Lawrence

Deserie Lawrence hit the ground running, starting her new job as sales, marketing and events manager at the Bethany Fenwick Chamber of Commerce just the week before the annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 7:08am

Parrott puts a new face on Bethany icon

For more than a decade and a half, Jonathan Spivak brought exceptional American cuisine to Bethany Beach with his standout restaurant, Sedona. Now, he’s passing the award-winning eatery off to his long-time general manager, Marian Parrott. And,...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 7:02am

Old Inlet takes over as host for this weekend’s big spring fishing tourney

This year’s Spring Fishing Tournament is set Saturday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it will be hosted for the first time by Old Inlet Bait and Tackle.

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Alex Lawson, above, checks his pole during a...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 6:43am

Shore Foods getting new look in Bethany

For decades, Kathy Lawson Dryden’s family has owned the Shore Foods grocery store and neighboring bakery in downtown Bethany Beach.

What was originally a Lewes Dairy Market was purchased by her father, Alfred J. “Tut” Lawson Jr.,...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:23am

Going GREEN by the Ocean blue

At first glance, the house at 116 First Street in Bethany Beach might look like any other construction project in the beach town. Where once there was an outdated beach cottage, now sits a newly constructed, modern house in its place.


Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:03am

Lord Baltimore Elementary students learn to 'Just Say No'

The fourth- and fifth-graders of Lord Baltimore were treated to a special presentation on April 17, of “Tar Wars” a nationwide program that started in Colorado, designed to educate America’s youth about the dangers of smoking.

Dr. Cedrick...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 5:04am

HOA to hold grand opening for Salt Pond course

“By the people, for the people” is the mentality adopted by the homeowners of the Salt Pond community, just outside of Bethany Beach. And early this year, the land, the homes and the golf course became just that. The Salt Pond Homeowners...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 9:05am

‘Big Four’ lined up for ambulance service

Bethany Beach became the final of the so-called “Big Four” communities this week to sign on to a memorandum of understanding with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) for the provision of ambulance service through 2019. With a...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 9:00am

Bethany Beach adopts smoking ban

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted 6-1 on Friday, April 18, to adopt the smoking ban the town has spent the last seven months debating and turning into legislation. With the vote, the town became the first in the state of Delaware to ban...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:59am

Bethany weighs improvements

Bethany Beach Town Council members at their marathon April 21 workshop focused on long-lingering issues such as bicycle and pedestrian safety and the town’s Streetscape project, coming to at least tentative plans on one of the two counts.


Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:53am

FOSCL and friends celebrate library groundbreaking

The South Coastal Library celebrated its expansion with a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, April 11.

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Sussex County officials and Friends of the South Coastal Library members were on hand to celebrate...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:26am

New Bethany website found to be helpful

The new Bethany Beach town Web site was the main topic of discussion for the town’s Communications Committee at its meeting on Friday, April 18.

Councilman and Communications Committee Chairman Tracy Mulligan stated that, although Web...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:17am

Bethany planners complete code review

Bethany Beach planning commissioners this week completed a review of Chapter 245 of the town’s zoning code, readying updated code for future adoption by the town and making recommendations for major changes therein. At the top of their list, new...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 3:39am

BREAKING NEWS: Bethany adopts beach smoking ban

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted 6-1 on Friday, April 18, to adopt the smoking ban the town has spent the last seven months debating and turning into legislation. With the vote, the town became the first in the state of Delaware to ban...

Friday, April 18, 2008 - 3:38pm

‘Afternoon Delight’ aimed to raise concern, dollars

The Starland Vocal Band produced a sensation with their 1976 hit “Afternoon Delight” and, this week, a group of local women hope to break ground in their own way. On Thursday, April 24, members of the Alpha Zeta Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 6:51am

Local restaurants opening their doors for the season

With half of April already gone, many of the area’s restaurants are opening up again and looking forward to the 2008 summer season.

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Above, a gatherinig of people enjoy some food at Baja Beach House...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 4:26am

Art show jury goes high-tech

May 1 is the last day for artists to apply for a position in the 30th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. And those who apply for the coveted spots on the town’s boardwalk come time for the art festival, and for the judges who pick from...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 5:40am

Bethany Idol hits a high note among local singers

As the eliminations continue prime time on Fox, “American Idol” fans are tuning in and casting their votes. Each week, viewers listen attentively, eyes and ears glued to their televisions in what has been dubbed one of the largest reality TV...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 4:15am

Restaurants cater to organic products for health, taste and economy

There’s a growing awareness throughout the food market today, and it’s quickly making its way into restaurants, as well. Restaurant owners, patrons and farmers alike are all learning and sharing the benefits of organic products in our diets....

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 8:39am

Firefighters respond to blaze

Bethany Beach firefighters and those from numerous other nearby volunteer agencies from Millville and Selbyville to Rehoboth and Ocean City, Md., responded on Friday night, March 21, to a house fire at 17 Heather Lane in North Bethany.


Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:37am

BBPD asking for citizen review and input

The Bethany Beach Police Department is asking citizens and visitors for their input on the department and its officers. The new Web-based citizen satisfaction survey was introduced March 20 on the town’s revamped Web site and asks respondents to...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 6:38am

Rhodes a familiar face in Bethany

It would be difficult to find anyone familiar with the Delaware resort area who has never seen or heard of Rhodes 5&10 — the all inclusive store on the main strip of Bethany Beach, next to the downtown bank branch. What even those familiar...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 6:34am

Fenwick environmentalists study options

The Fenwick Island Environmental Committee met on Wednesday, March 12, at town hall to discuss a number of environmental issues, including their “tree triage” program, ways to save on energy, how to get to the town’s population of renters to...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 11:16am

Bethany approves height variance for surveyor error

The Bethany Beach Board of Adjustments approved on March 18 a variance for a home at 202 Fourth Street in the town’s R-1 district to exceed its 31-foot height limit by nearly 5 inches. The home, owned by Timothy and Martha Lelko, was planned to...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 11:02am

Bethany shop aims to help with Wholesome Habits

Diane Clark of Wholesome Habits understands that her store just outside Bethany Beach may be a little intimidating to newcomers, but as many people are finding out, the full-line, health-conscious store provides a variety of products and a...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 8:32am

Bethany officer indicted on theft, other charges

A Bethany Beach police officer has been indicted by a Sussex County grand jury on 51 charges related to alleged falsification of paid overtime and medical reimbursement vouchers worth approximately $3,100. Patrolman Robert Talbot, 29, turned...

Friday, March 14, 2008 - 7:59am

Bethany Beach gets a visit from pinniped guest

An approximately 1-year-old harp seal was spotted numerous times on the south end of Bethany Beach’s shoreline on Monday, March 10, prompting Suzanne Thurman, the executive director of the Lewes-based Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 8:08am

DNREC: Wait for possible dune reduction 'prudent'

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) officials responded this week to a letter sent recently by Lt. Col. Gwen Baker, Philadelphia district commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to the Town of Bethany...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 8:03am

Conservative budget drafted in Bethany Beach

As Bethany Beach moves to the public hearing stage for its draft budget for the 2009 fiscal year, the most recent draft of the document calls for $4.8 million in revenue for the town’s general fund — just 0.2 percent above the 2008 budget’s...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 8:02am

Open for business at the big red barn

As they head south on Route 1 through Fenwick Island, the white words “Country Store,” set off by the red barn-like storefront beckon people to come in and check out what all the fuss is about. It takes an equally big sign to stop them from...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:10am

CIB announces grant opportunities

The Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) has announced its 2009 Request for Proposals. During the past decade, the Center for the Inland Bays has awarded more than $1,080,000 for local scientific research, restoration, and education projects through...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:06am

Updated: Dune height reduction likely years away, if ever

Those hoping for a reduced height for the new dune in Bethany Beach received some bad news on Tuesday, as the town received a communication from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that indicates that a reduction in dune height is not on the near...

Friday, March 7, 2008 - 1:54am

New inlet bridge to be in use before 2012

Work on two early phases of the construction of the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is revving up, with removal of excess soils from the existing faulty embankments set to begin the first week of April and work begun last week on geotechnical...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:56am

Connors ready to welcome Rita’s, two other businesses

New commercial construction has begun in Bethany Beach, with plans to accommodate a few more businesses. By summertime, the owners of the Connor Mall, next to DiFebo’s restaurant, intend to bring a few more stores to Bethany Beach, including Rita...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:49am

Sewer project having only minor impacts on Route 26 businesses

Though the prospect of partial road closures raised deep concerns in area businesspeople when the project was announced last year, it has been business pretty much as usual along Route 26 since the start of the Millville sewer project on Jan. 2....

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 10:48am

Registration open for 19th Annual Ocean-to-Bay Bike Tour

As spring finally warms and greens the Delmarva Peninsula, bicyclists from all over the mid-Atlantic region will shift into gear and head to Fenwick Island. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Ocean-To-Bay Bike Tour is a favored...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 5:39am

Seacoast Realty announces January top producers

Seacoast Realty, a Carl M. Freeman Company, announced January’s Top Producers for all eight Seacoast Realty locations at a recent sales meeting.

Robert Kauffman received top honors for No. 1 Listing Volume for the month of January.


Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 4:05am

Dune height reduction likely years away, if ever

Those hoping for a reduced height for the new dune in Bethany Beach received some bad news on Tuesday, as the town received a communication from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that indicates that a reduction in dune height is not on the near...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 2:52am

Nationally known comedians to perform at the Bistro

It’s the return of comedy at Bear Trap Dunes on Wednesday, March 5, with headlining acts Pat O’Donnell and Jeff Pirrami, “The Fat Rat Bastard,” performing to a limited 120 seats.

Pat O’Donnell is a professional comedian and has been seen...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:40am 2.0 unveiled

Welcome to 2.0! If you’ve visited our Web site in the last few weeks, you’ll already have noticed the appearance of the first phase of months of behind-the-scenes work by our staff on The Point’s Web presence.


Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 2:28am