Bethany Beach


2015 Bethany Auxiliary Artisan’s Festival preview

More than 50 local artists and craftspersons will gather at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the annual Artisan’s Festival sponsored by the BBVFC Ladies Auxiliary.

The free annual...

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 5:49am

Delmarva Power washing off salt-coated North Bethany lines again

Delmarva Power crews are resuming their efforts today to pressure-wash utility lines and equipment along Route 1 between the Indian River Inlet and an area just north of Bethany Beach to remove sea salt carried inland by winds from the weekend...

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:23am

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT closes Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced around 4:30 p.m. that, due to high water, Route 1 northbound and southbound was being closed between Bethany and Dewey Beach (including the Charles Cullen Bridge over the Indian...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 10:51am

Governor Issues limited state of emergency in Sussex County

With moderate to major coastal flooding expected at high tides today and tomorrow, along with high wind warnings along the coast, Gov. Jack Markell at noon on Oct. 2 issued a Limited State of Emergency for Sussex County, effective immediately....

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 8:25am

Gordon to serve another year as Bethany Beach mayor

Bethany Beach didn’t hold town council elections this year, as there were only three candidates who filed for the three available council seats, but just as with the council makeup for the coming year, the council executive roles will enter the...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 9:11am

Scot Sax, Suzie Brown bringing the blues to Dickens

Coastal Point • Submitted Scot Sax and Suzie Brown will be playing at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28.He was writing Grammy-winning songs and dropping visceral guitar riffs in the power pop/rock band Queen Electric. She...

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 9:32am

Bethany Blues/Mango’s crew expands dining options at Bethany’s new hotel

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Danny Somoza and Donna Serafina combined their efforts to bring 99 Sea Level to reality for a trio of partners, Dick Heidenberger, Steve Montgomery and Jim Weisgerber. The restaurant is located in the new Bethany...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:04am

A shuffling of dream jobs brings new Chamber employee

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Emilie Bonano recently joined the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce as the communications manager.As soon as Emilie Bonano realized that she enjoyed marketing, she wanted to do that in a tourist location. That...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:56am

From mammals to mosaics: Boardwalk Arts Festival rides again

Coastal Point • Submitted: Photos don’t do justice to 3-D glass artworks, where the light twinkles through this mosaic bench, by Celeste Kelly.Who says Labor Day has to be the end? The summer season continues Saturday, Sept. 12, at the 37th...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:46am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set to bid farewell to summer

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will be held on Monday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m.The annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is a time-honored Labor Day tradition, but its significance depends on your point of view.

A...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:58am

Art in the yard (yART) hits 10-year milestone in Bethany

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: MERR Director Suzanne Thurman holds a cetacean skull outside the MERR building. The marine-animal rescue organization will be the beneficiary of this year’s yART sale.This Labor Day weekend,...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:40am

Weeklong event celebrates Ellen Rice Gallery’s Bethany Beach grand opening

This Saturday kicks off a weeklong grand-opening celebration of the Ellen Rice Gallery’s move to Bethany Beach after “celebrating American creativity every day for 16 years” in Ocean View.

The event provides multiple opportunities to meet...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 9:58am

Jamboree Boys to play Bethany bandstand Saturday

How often do you get to see a state senator jam with his family and friends? Well, this weekend, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy music by the Jamboree Boys, featuring state Sen. Gerald Hocker on bass guitar.

On Aug. 29, at 7:30 p...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:31am

Dumping could close recycling center; neighbors all for it

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The recycling drop-off at Fresh Pond State Park could be taken away because of people abusing it. To Ocean Village residents, that would be a good thing.The Bethany Beach area is already at risk of losing the free...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:24am

Fire in North Bethany damages three houses, displaces residents

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Firefighters work on some hot spots still taking place the next day at the North Bethany home gutted by fire on Wednesday, Aug. 12.The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office this week was investigating a fire that...

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 9:23am

Officials cut the ribbon to open the new Assawoman Canal Trail

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Gov. Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.Gov. Jack Markell on Wednesday joined DNREC Secretary David Small, federal highway officials and community leaders and groups, to...

Friday, August 21, 2015 - 1:20am

Teen musician takes to iTunes and YouTube

Elliot Rhoads is 17, a summer resident of the Bethany Beach area and a singer/songwriter. And, now, he’s looking to rocket up the iTunes charts with his second song, a cover of “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.

Rhoads also released a...

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 5:16am

Morris joins Bethany Beach council in electionless 2015

Bethany Beach will not hold town council elections in 2015. With three seats up for election this year, only three candidates filed to run: incumbents Joseph Healy and Chuck Peterson, and resident Jerry Morris, who will fill the seat held...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:23am

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival set for Sept. 12

Coastal Point • File Photo : Last year’s Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival had the boardwalk and Garfield Parkway circle packed with artists and crafters from all over the country.The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:03am

Bethany beach to celebrate Periers Day on July 27

On Monday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach, Del., and Periers, France.

Downtown Bethany will become more reminiscent of a street in France, with caricature...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 8:25pm

Dana’s Pantry opens up the cupboard on the Bethany Beach boardwalk

You never know what you’re going to stumble upon at Dana’s Pantry. But to Dana Banks, who also owns The Parkway restaurant right down the block, that’s kind of the point.

“Originally, I wanted to have 100 percent what I wanted to have in...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:59am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

Annual tour featuring 10 local homes July 22-23

Participants in the 24th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library will have the opportunity to visit 10 unique homes in the Bethany Beach area. The...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 7:51am

ALERT: Beachgoers warned to avoid contact with Portuguese man o’ war

A number of sightings near ocean beaches over the holiday weekend and the subsequent washing ashore of several Portuguese man o’ war this week prompted DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation Natural Resources Police to issue a caution statement...

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 10:06am

Fourth of July festivities galore this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:44am

This is your final warning: Recycling center could close

A few careless people could ruin things for everyone, as the recycling drop-off at Fresh Pond could close entirely if people continue dumping garbage there.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) maintains 61 recycling drop-off centers...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:37am

Jetty Deli brings ‘the sandwich experience’ to the Bethany boardwalk

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: The Jetty Deli & Coffee Shop held its ribbon cutting and grand opening event on Tuesday, June 30.You’ve picked up your fresh popcorn. You’ve ordered your boardwalk french fries and you’ve even washed...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 7:49am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral to benefit American Red Cross

The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral has chosen the American Red Cross of Delmarva as the beneficiary of funds to be raised at its Sept. 4 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral Silent Auction.

The 2015 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will be celebrated on Labor...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 6:02am

ACTION group upset with County not appealing AT&T decision

Ocean View resident Kathy Vengazo recently spoke before the Sussex County Council on behalf of the Allied Communities to Improve our Neighborhoods (ACTION) to voice their upset at the council regarding the council’s decision to not appeal the...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 1:15pm

Bethany Boathouse casts off with grand opening

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Brent Poffenberger, Tom Neville, chamber members and patrons celebrate at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Bethany Boathouse on June 18. Bethany Boathouse is located across the street from their other...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:19pm

Firecracker 5K returning to benefit Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade

Coastal Point • File Photo: Runners and walkers take-off during last year’s Firecracker 5K.The Firecracker 5K has enjoyed steady success since it launched seven years ago, and this Sunday the 5K run and 3K walk looks to be just as popular as ever...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 11:16am

Former Ravens cheerleader pleads guilty to rape charge

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Molly Shattuck, center, walks out of the Sussex County Courthouse behind her attorney, Eugene Maurer.Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck, 48, pled guilty to one count of Rape in the Fourth Degree...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 10:20am

FOSCL preparing for annual summer book sale

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) will be hosting their semi-annual book sale in August to support programming at the South Coastal Library. The sale features all types of books — from children to teens, non-fiction, fiction,...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:57am

BREAKING NEWS: Rehoboth man believed to have drowned at IR marina

The DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police mid-week were investigating the apparent drowning Tuesday afternoon of an 86-year-old Rehoboth Beach man who reportedly fell overboard while working on his docked boat at the...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 8:36am

South Coastal unveils summer reading programming

The South Coastal Library is inviting community members to “Escape the Ordinary” this summer, with a wide array of summer programming that offers everyone in the family something fun to do at their local library.

“It’s a way to keep your...

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:10am

Bethany kicks off summer season with ribbon-cutting

Coastal Point • M. Patricia Titus: From left, DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, Bethany Beach Mayor Jack Gordon and U.S. Sen. Tom Carper cut the ribbon on Bethany Beach’s Streetscape project.It was a day more than a decade in the making, as...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 11:46am

Bethany’s Loop Canal gets ‘au naturel’ wetlands restoration

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : To the left is the narrow Loop Canal, to the right, log barriers that will slow the wave action in Salt Pond and help build up this protective strip of land.A new project along Bethany Beach Loop Canal could see the...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 8:45am

Memorial Day service to be held on Bethany bandstand

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 will host a Memorial Day service at the Bethany Beach bandstand on Monday, May 25. The free service begins at 11 a.m., and the entire community is being invited to attend.

“It gives us an opportunity...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:48pm

In case you missed it, there have been some changes here

Plenty has happened around the community over the off-season. In case you’ve been out of town, or have just been too busy to stay on top of things, here are some of the items that could most affect your summer season.

Bethany Beach parking...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 1:31pm

Farmers’ markets in Bethany, Sea Colony set to kick off season

Bethany’s two homegrown farmers’ markets are set to reopen in June, sharing many of the same growers in a producers-only showcase of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Offering an array of locally grown produce and locally made...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:13am

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show set for June 6

The 11th annual Seaside Craft Show will be held in downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee, the juried fine crafts show will feature more than 100...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:07am

Bethany Beach prepares for annual Independence Day fun

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 32nd annual event and is seeking volunteers. The event will take place on Saturday, July 4. The 2015 grand marshals will be Phil and Mary Rossi, in recognition...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:01am

EMS Day returning to Bethany Beach on Saturday, May 16

People can peek behind the scenes and pick up safety tips at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company on EMS Day 2015.

The “EMS Strong” open house is set for Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the fire hall. The free,...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:25am

Gardeners by the Sea to hold annual Adopt-a-Hydrangea sale for Mother’s Day

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Gardeners by the Sea will host their third annual hydrangea sale on Saturday, at York Beach Mall in South Bethany, offering a choice of ‘toddler’ and ‘teen’ hydrangeas in baby-boy blue and baby-girl pink, complete...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:37am

As Streetscape is completed, Bethany eyes parking lots

Town Manager Cliff Graviet announced on April 17 that the long-planned and long-running Streetscape project in Bethany Beach was officially complete — except for a few “punchlist” items.

Graviet told the council at their monthly meeting...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:29pm

A look at striping Streetscape

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Road workers put in some care on the striping project.Newly constructed roads and sidewalks need hours, if not days, to set properly. But after that, the painted white lines can dry in just three minutes, noted road...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:25pm

Put something friendly in the ground: CIB Native Plant Sale returns with cocktail party

Coastal Point • File Photo: Gardeners galore shop the native plants at a previous sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve off Cedar Neck Road.Native plants are the best of both worlds; they bring natural beauty and wildlife to the back yard,...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:31am

Feds seek input on deep-water permitting

Mid-Atlantic survey first step in oil/gas drilling
Two Texas companies have requested permission to perform surveys off the Delaware coast for potential oil and gas reserves. GX Technology Corporation and Spectrum Geo Inc. applied for...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:00am

Bethany Nature Center to host Earth Day Celebration on April 18

The 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Bethany Beach Nature Center on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Under the Big Top, there will be nature games, crafts, raffles and prizes. There will also be up-close...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:37am

Fun Car Rallye III to benefit Justin’s Beach House

For the third year in a row, a car rallye will be held to support Justin’s Beach House, a respite home in Bethany Beach for families impacted by cancer.

The Justin’s Beach House Poker and Fun Car Rallye III was created by Ocean View...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:02pm

Christian Church Conference Center arrives

Last fall, the Christian Church Conference Center’s new Alexander Cambell Hall was completed in Bethany Beach. This Saturday, the church is inviting the public to visit the new facility.

“It’s a very nice building,” said Alexis Distler,...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:01pm