Bethany Beach


Bethany aims to eliminate cars as beach storage

Bethany Beach officials are looking to tackle another of the town’s parking problems, with the first reading this week of a proposed ordinance that would prohibit vehicles being left parked in front of private properties in the town for an...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:33am

Bethany Beach park survey finalized by town council

Bethany Beach citizens could soon be getting a notice in the mail, asking for their input on what’s been dubbed Bethany Beach Central Park, the former Christian Church/Neff property on the northwest corner of the intersection of Routes 1 and 26...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:29am

BREAKING NEWS: Changes made in Lord Baltimore principal, assistant principal

The parents and guardians of students at Lord Baltimore Elementary School received an automated phone call from Indian River School District Superintendent Susan Bunting on the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 15, informing them that changes were being...

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 5:23am

Beachgoers, mariners urged to let sleeping seals lie

The Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Institute Inc. (MERR) is reminding beachgoers and boaters that seals are once again in the area. Delaware has four different species of seals that visit area waterways during the winter months...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 12:31pm

Local business collecting books for service members overseas

In the new year, Bethany Beach Books is working to actively support U.S. troops serving abroad.

“We are extremely excited for this new community project,” said Amanda Zirn, media relations coordinator for the store.

Zirn said the...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:20pm

Bethany Beach forms police grievance committee

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously on Dec. 20 to establish a Police Disciplinary Grievance Committee.

“These regulations provide a grievance process that allows a police officer to appeal internal disciplinary punishments,”...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 8:40am

Former Bethany lifeguard buys a ticket to adventure

Former Bethany Beach lifeguard Logan Burke has saved a panicked young girl from being raked over a jetty and potentially drowning during a nor’easter. He's woken up in the middle of the night to two Indonesian intruders standing over his bed in...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 8:20am

Bethany Beach hotel design vote up for approval vote on Dec. 13

A final exterior design for the proposed Bethany Beach Hotel is taking shape as developers work to obtain approval from the Town’s Non-Residential Design Review Committee (DRC), which could come as soon as Dec. 13.

At their meeting on Dec...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:53am

Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes offers ‘Grinch’ showing to benefit Clayton Theater

Bethany Beach Books — a local, independent bookstore — has partnered with the Bethel Tabernacle Church (BTC) in Frankford to bring a showing of Universal Studios, “The Grinch” to the Clayton Theatre, in the hopes of helping to “Save the Clayton...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:49am

Turkey and tubes

Sussex County surfers score over Thanksgiving holiday

A northeast swell had Sussex County surf lineups looking like Southern California on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — minus the sunshine and balmy temperatures.

Coastal Point...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 4:34am

BBVFC ambulance service fee to increase in coming year

Residents of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s ambulance district — encompassing the towns of Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island, and the private Sea Colony community — can expect to see an increase in the ambulance service...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:33am

Caribbean Christmas to kick off holiday season in island style

For the past eight years, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation has raised funds for charitable causes with their annual Caribbean Christmas event, held at Mango’s Beach Bar & Grille in Bethany Beach.

“Caribbean Christmas is a...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:22am

Artist tour celebrating 19 years this Thanksgiving

This holiday weekend, art aficionados can stay warm in creative style while getting an early start on holiday shopping during the 19th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST).

“When it started, a group of seven local...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:10am

Long & Foster’s Bethany office a Toys for Tots collection site

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. recently announced that its Bethany Beach office has launched its annual toy drive to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots campaign. Toys may be dropped off seven days a week, Monday through...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 5:39am

Bethany adopts new requirements for CL-1 zone

The Bethany Beach Town Council this week adopted changes to the code regarding its newly created CL-1 Commercial Lodging district, which was designed to allow for and address plans to redevelop the former Bethany Arms Motel property and an...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:57am

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