Bethany Beach


Residents asked to be vigilant against burglaries

In the off-season, many area police departments — including Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island and South Bethany — offer home checks for residents who may be away from their homes.

“Unfortunately, what’s happening with a lot of these burglaries...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:55am

Groundbreaking held for $5M revamp of National Guard facility

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Delaware National Guard’s Bethany Beach Training Site on Monday, to celebrate the start of construction for the Regional Training Institute for the 193rd Regiment (RTI).

“The 193rd provides...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:55am

DelDOT receives $5.25M in bridge settlement

It’s been 10 years since the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) first hired Figg Bridge Engineers to design a new bridge to span the Indian River Inlet. And, on Oct. 25, DelDOT announced that it will receive a $5.25 million settlement...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:45am

Police trial board finds Haden guilty on five of six charges

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a Delaware Council on Police Training trial board, based on the evidence presented, unanimously found Bethany Beach Police Lt. Richard Haden guilty on five of six charges lodged against him by the by Bethany Beach Police...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 2:04pm

AT&T tower application heads back before BoA

It will be déjà vu all over again for parties involved in the cell tower controversy near Bethany Beach on Monday, Nov. 18, when the Sussex County Board of Adjustment will once again hold a public hearing on a special-use exception application...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 2:02pm

Surfin’ Snowman run coming to Bethany Beach

The Seashore Striders and the producers of the Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon-Aquabike event (Rick Hundley, Ernie Felici and Tim Bamforth) are now planning the Surfin’ Snowman 5-mile run and Santa’s Helper 2-mile family fun...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:05pm

BREAKING NEWS: Police board finds BBPD’s Haden guilty on five charges

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, a Delaware Council on Police Training trial board, based on the evidence presented, unanimously found Bethany Beach Police Lt. Richard Haden guilty on five of six charges lodged against him by the by Bethany Beach Police...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 11:22am

Haden hearing scheduled for next week in Bethany Beach

Next Tuesday, Bethany Beach police Lt. Richard Haden will have a hearing on Nov. 12, at 9 a.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall.

Haden was indicted on an assault charge in April and turned himself in to Capital Police in Georgetown that same...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 11:24am

Chamber, QRCF to welcome New Year with full slate

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2014: the 3rd Annual Hair of the Dog Run and the 18th Annual Leo Brady Exercise...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:58am

Sabor spices things up in Bethany Beach

Great food, drinks and atmosphere are three elements many restaurateurs strive for, though they can be tricky to achieve. But for husband and wife duo Jim and Lynn Rickards, this isn’t their first rodeo.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark:...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:49am

PAWS comes to South Coastal Library to help out kids

The South Coastal Library will be hosting an ongoing event once a month to help encourage children to read, with the help of a friendly dog.

PAWS for Reading is a program under Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services, or PAWS for...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:34am

Bethany Beach to conduct survery on park amenities

It’s been eight years since officials in Bethany Beach began discussing the vision and potential uses for a piece of property that has been called the “gateway” to the town – the 6-acre former Neff and Christian Church property at the northwest...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:02am

FOP Lodge 16 to hold dine-and-donate effort at Cottage Café

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #16 will hold a dine-and-donate event at the Cottage Café near Bethany Beach.

Starting at 5 p.m., 15 percent of the evening’s sales to supporting diners will be donated to the...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:00am

Sand lost to nor’easter gone with the wind in Bethany

Bethany Beach Town Manager Cliff Graviet reported to the town council at their meeting on Oct. 18 that he is not expecting beach replenishment contractors to return to Bethany to replace sand lost in the mid-October nor’easter.

He told the...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 8:51am

Bethany hotel gets a review, workshop planned for Nov. 2

Bethany Beach’s new hotel has a long way to go before a building permit is even approved. The most recent step was a look at the hotel’s exterior design. Bethany’s Non-Residential Design Review Committee (DRC) met Oct. 11 to review developer Jack...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:13am

Fans can ‘Remember the Titans’

With a 2000 Disney film depicting the team’s place in an America struggling with racial integration, the nation’s most famous high school football team may be the 1971 Titans. A decade beyond “Remember the Titans,” the original team still...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:11am

Drug take-back offered at local police departments

On Saturday, Oct. 26, a number of area police departments are participating in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) National Take Back Initiative. According to the DEA’s Web site, “National Prescription Drug Take-Back...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:05am

Hickman receives Lighthouse Award at Chamber member celebration

Todd Hickman received the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Lighthouse Award during the annual Members Celebration and Awards Ceremony, held at DiFebo’s Bistro on the Green on Oct. 17.

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Todd Hickman...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 9:03am

QRCF Caribbean Christmas fundraiser set for Dec. 7

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the ninth annual Caribbean Christmas event will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mango’s, located at Garfield Parkway and the boardwalk in downtown Bethany...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 8:50am

Home-based businesses hold ribbon-cutting at Chamber

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed four new home-based businesses with a ribbon-cutting on the deck of the Chamber’s office near Fenwick Island. Kevin McCourt of Cogitation LLC, Russell Lacey of Electric Advisors Inc...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:55am

Streetscape project to resume in Bethany Beach this week

After a summer-long hiatus and a short delay requested by the Town and some of its businesses, Bethany Beach’s Streetscape project will begin again this week with pre-construction work.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet said most of the first...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:41am

Bethany Beach Artisan Festival returning for sixth year

This weekend, locals and visitors can get a head start on holiday shopping at the sixth annual Bethany Beach Artisan Festival.

Coastal Point • Submitted: Photographer Maureen Ickrath poses next to one of her own photos. Ickrath is one of...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:16am

Library offers computer classes this fall, winter

The South Coastal Library is offering free, introductory computer classes. In addition, an iPad Users Group meets at the library on a monthly basis.

The classes are offered on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings, on a rotating...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 6:38am

Vietnam War history series offered at library

Next Thursday, history buffs can visit the South Coastal Library to hear a lecture about U.S. involvement in Vietnam given by Bill Gudelunas. The free lectures will be presented on Thursdays, Oct. 10 and 17, beginning at 6 p.m., complete with...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:41am

Bethany bike shop employee biking across U.S.

Jack Kerouac did it by hitchhiking. Che Guevara did it on a motorcycle. But Romanian native and Ocean Cycles of Bethany Beach mechanic Simon Istvan is traveling cross-country on his bicycle.

Coastal Point • Submitted: Simon Istvan worked...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:14am

Sea Colony to host Junior Autumn Classic tournament

Sea Colony Tennis Center, located just south of Bethany Beach, is set to serve up its latest United States Tennis Association (USTA) sponsored tournament this fall, the Sea Colony Junior Autumn Classic, on the weekend of Oct. 12-13.

The...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 8:08am

Bethany election favors incumbents, supporters of zoning change

Coastal Point • M. Patricia Titus: From left, Joe Healy, Jerry Dorfman and Chuck Peterson celebrate their election victories.Bethany Beach voters this week again decided to add just a dash of the new to the status quo, re-electing Councilmen...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:38am

State agencies discussing pedestrian safety concerns on Route 1

Pedestrian safety has been a particular point of concern this year. In 2012, there were a total of 30 pedestrian fatalities in the state, according to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS), and within the last six months, there have been at...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:29am

Preparation under way for First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon

The Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon, presented by Meris Properties, is back in action on Sept. 22, benefiting the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Triathlon-duathlon participants get...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 6:12am

BBPD’s Haden acquitted of alleged assault on suspect

Last week, after an almost eight-hour-long jury trial, Bethany Beach Police Department Lt. Richard Haden was acquitted of charges that he had assaulted a suspect in custody at the police department this spring.

On Wednesday, Aug. 28,...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:34am

Six candidates battle for three seats on Bethany council

Bethany Beach voters will head to the polls this Saturday to vote in the town’s annual council election. On Sept. 7, from noon until 6 p.m., voting will be taking place at town hall. Three council seats are up for election this year, with six...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:28am

Boardwalk Arts Festival expands with food, wine and kids’ activities

This weekend marks the 35th Annual Boardwalk Arts Festival in downtown Bethany Beach. Held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this year’s event will include more than100 fine artists, featuring paintings, woodwork, metal, clay, baskets...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:24am

Jazz Funeral to bid an easygoing farewell to summer

When trombonist Kay Meade first joined the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, she was initially too shy to play. But when someone recognized her as a trombonist, another musician immediately offered his own horn.

Coastal Point • File Photo: The...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 7:13am

Wounded veterans getting a break at the beach

September may be the most pleasant time of year at the beach. The summer rush is over, but the warmth lingers. It’s the perfect time to begin a new tradition for wounded veterans: Operation SEAs the Day.

The program has one simple mission...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 7:12am

Annual ‘art in the yard’ sale to benefit Contractors for a Cause

Those looking for some local art this Labor Day weekend are in luck, with the annual two-day yART Sale in Bethany Beach.

Coastal Point • File Photo: This photo of Northern Wings was taken at the 2010 yART Sale. Northern Wings uses...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 6:02am

Children’s area, farmers’ market featured at Boardwalk Arts Festival

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 35th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, presented by WSFS Bank, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. The annual fine arts festival will feature jewelry, glass, pottery...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 5:56am

Herlihy gears up for hurricane season, reflects on Sandy

The summer months bring plenty of sun, tourists and revenue to the shores of Delaware. What they don’t bring plenty of, however, is surfable waves. After a long and flat three months of summer, local surfers trade in their fun shapes, dust off...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 5:18am

Bethany approves commercial lodging zone for Bethany Arms

The Bethany Beach Town Council last Friday voted to adopt a series of three ordinances that will pave the way for the redevelopment of the Bethany Arms Motel property as a flagship oceanfront hotel in a project proposed by local developer Jack...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:34am

Lifeguards get a night in the spotlight

For the first time, local lifeguards got to shine in the night, as the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Lifeguard Award Ceremony as a standalone evening event.

Each of seven local beach patrols honored their top...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:29am

Bethany adopts deposit for building permit review costs

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously this week to adopt an amendment to the town’s building code that impacts fees charged building permit applicants by the Town.

The council last month had adopted changes to the fees that...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:21am

Bethany’s ‘Woodie’ landmark featured in print debuting at yART Sale

The wooden Indian that serves as the unofficial gatekeeper at Bethany Beach’s busiest intersection is celebrated in a new limited-edition silkscreen print by Erick Sahler Serigraphs. It debuts Labor Day weekend at the yART Sale in Bethany.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:07am

New children’s book features sights of the Delaware beaches

“No Kite in Sight,” a new children’s book about the Delaware beaches, is now for sale. The book is a mystery about Tim and Kate, a brother and sister who are flying a kite at the beach. Their kite string breaks, sending the kite soaring out of...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:05am

Bethany council considers advice for future candidates

The annual town council election in Bethany Beach is looming, but the current council members are already looking ahead to future elections and how they can best convey to potential council candidates the measure of responsibility they will have...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 5:51am

Bethany Beach voters show strong support for commercial lodging zone

Ballots in Bethany Beach’s non-binding referendum on the possible establishment of a commercial lodging (CL-1) district on the Bethany Arms Motel property and an adjacent one streamed in this week ahead of an Aug. 12 deadline to be counted. And...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:06pm

Point to host Candidates’ Night

The Coastal Point will host Bethany Beach Candidates’ Night on Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall. All seven candidates for the three available council seats have been invited to attend the event, which will be broadcast live...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:02pm

Silent Auction to kick off Jazz Funeral weekend

The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral Silent Auction on Friday, Aug. 30, and the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, are designed to help make the final weekend of the traditional summer season “fun and exciting.” (An overview of...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 12:38pm

FOSCL hosting popular book sale to support South Coastal Library

The Friends of the South Coastal Library will be holding their Summer Book Sale on Aug. 15 through Aug. 17, in order to raise funds to help support the library.

The sale was set to start on Thursday, Aug. 15, running from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 12:32pm

LWV to host film screening for anniversary of 19th Amendment

Aug. 26 marks the 93rd anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. In honor of all the women and their male supporters who campaigned for 72 years to win that right, the League of Women Voters of Sussex...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 12:31pm

First Responders Triathlon-Duathlon all set for Sept. 22

The second annual Bethany Beach First Responders Sprinternational Triathlon-Duathlon, sponsored by Meris Properties, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Triathlon-Duathlon will benefit Bethany Beach’s first responders in the fire and EMS...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 12:20pm

Safety concerns along Route 1 net talk about speed limit change

Recently, residents of unincorporated North Bethany have voiced their concerns about the speed limit along Route 1 between Bethany Beach and the Indian River Inlet Bridge.

In a letter to the editor of the Coastal Point published on July 19...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 4:07pm