Ocean View


Castaways developers drop applications for controversial project

Castaways Bethany LLC has officially withdrawn their applications to Sussex County Council that would have paved the way for multi-family duplex residential units, an RV campground and a waterpark on Cedar Neck Road near Ocean View — a proposal...

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 12:00pm

Ocean View considers extending or paying for accrued vacation

The Ocean View Town Council met earlier this week to discuss possibly extending the use date for excess accumulated employee vacation days.

Town Manager Dianne Vogel said the Town’s personnel policy states that the total accumulated...

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:41am

Quiet Resorts gives largest donations to Meals on Wheels

Sussex County’s senior population got a boost recently when the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) presented its largest donation ever to help fight hunger through Cheer’s Meals on Wheels.

“We’ve never gotten anything to close...

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 3:20am

Blue Christmas service hopes to offer comfort to the lonely

For the past five years, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View has been offering a different kind of service during the holiday season — because, while the Christmas season is one of joy and hope for many, for some it may be a...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:00am

Commissioners recommend denial for Castaways project

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week recommended denial of the three applications by Castways LLC that would pave the way for Castaways Bethany, a proposed development consisting of a campground, multi-family duplex...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:24pm

Ocean View begins work on 2014 fiscal budget

The Ocean View Town Council has begun to work on the town’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year.

Town Manager Dianne Vogel said department heads met last month to discuss their goals for the town, as well as their own departments. The goals...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:21pm

Mariner's bringing live nativity to Ocean View on Dec. 18

For more than a decade, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church has been offering the community a chance to share in the Christmas story, through their Live Nativity.

“We were brainstorming one day. In one of those God-moments, somebody...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 12:56pm

Nativity Festival offers a look at the world of creches

“As you look upon your Nativity set, may you remember and celebrate God’s love for His creation. To show His abundant love, mercy and forgiveness, He became a person like us. This is what the creche symbolizes.”

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Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:33am

Ocean View grants approvals for three variances

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment met last week and unanimously approved variance requests from the land use and development code.

Robert and Kathleen Wooster, whose property is in Country Estates, submitted their application for a...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:31pm

Police Briefs-- Ocean View/Millsboro

Man arrested after allegedly fleeing police

A 27-year-old Millsboro man was arrested recently after allegedly fleeing from Ocean View police on Nov. 5.

The OVPD reported that about 8:10 p.m. on Nov. 5, officers had attempted to stop...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:26pm

Police Briefs -- Ocean View

Suspects sought in park vandalism

Police are seeking help identifying the individuals responsible for damaging property at John West Park in Ocean View. According to police, unknown people have damaged and vandalized park property on...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:24pm

Thanksgiving weekend offers peek in to local artists’ studios

From South Bethany to Bethany, Ocean View to Dagsboro, little Southeastern Sussex is full of artists willing and able to open up their working studios and galleries to people who are interested in seeing them in action, creating their...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 10:32am

Ocean View council approves increase in police officers

Earlier this week, the Town of Ocean View approved increasing its number of authorized police officers from 7.5 officers to 8.5 officers.

“This will occasionally result in being slightly overstaffed, but it will ensure the ability to...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:58am

State police seek help in identifying, apprehending gun thief

Police this week were seeking a suspect in the theft of numerous guns from G & E Hardware on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View. The white male subject was captured on surveillance cameras as he stole the guns.

The subject — believed to be...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:54am

DelDOT prepares to close Windmill Road from Nov. 19-Jan. 7

For two weeks, a large traffic sign has warned Millville-area motorists that Windmill Road is next in the Route 26 Detour Routes project. The Delaware Department of Transportation will close the road near Millville Town Hall at 7 a.m. on Monday,...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:52am

Ocean View storm patrol yields suspects in substantial burglary sting

Two local residents were arrested this week in connection with a string of burglaries plaguing the area for the last year. Jake Fox, 22, of Dagsboro and Heidi Hitchens, 24, of Frankford were recently arrested and charged with burglaries and...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:50am

County planners postpone Castaways vote again

To the dismay of many of those following the Castaways applications for the change of zones and a conditional use through Sussex County Planning & Zoning, P&Z has again decided to postpone a decision.

Sussex County Planning &...

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:01am

New bridge survives Hurricane Sandy

On Oct. 30, Gov. Jack Markell announced that after much concern, it has been determined that the Charles W. Cullen Bridge, also known as the Indian River Inlet Bridge, did not sustain any structural damage during Hurricane Sandy.

“One of...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:23am

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:23am

Hurricane Sandy swings hard, community still standing

After anticipating Hurricane Sandy for days in advance, expecting the worst and hoping for the best, the area was hit with winds and rain from the brunt of the storm for most of the day and into the night on Monday as she made landfall near...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:09am

AfterGlo Spa to host holistic expert 'Dr. Tom' for seminars

AfterGlo Spa & Wellness Center in Ocean View will be hosting Dr. Tom Baldwin in the coming weeks for seminars on everything from the secret to weight loss to myths of modern medicine.

“Dr. Tom” graduated from the University of Maryland...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Ocean View reports minimal damage from hurricane

Ocean View police are reporting this morning that the Ocean View area suffered very little damage from Hurricane Sandy.

According to Police Chief Ken McLaughlin, several homes in the Cottages and along the White’s Creek did experience...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 7:00am

BREAKING NEWS: Ocean View offers Sandy situation report, nabs burglary suspects amid storm

Ocean View police offered a situation report Monday morning, as the area awaited the arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

Police reminded motorists that Gov. Jack Markell instituted a Level 2 Driving Restriction beginning 5 a.m. Monday morning,...

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 5:06am

WEATHER ALERT: Flooding and wind warnings in effect as conditions worsen from looming Sandy

A coastal flood warning is in effect until midnight Monday night, as the eye of Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall south of Atlantic City, N.J., according to National Weather Service officials. A flood watch is in effect through Tuesday...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 9:29pm

BREAKING NEWS: Level 2 Driving Restriction starts at 5 a.m.; only essential personnel permitted on roads

Gov. Jack Markell has ordered a Level 2 Driving Restriction begining as of 5 a.m., Monday, October 29,2012. Until further notice, no motor vehicles should be operated on any road in the State of Delaware unless operated by essential personnel: "...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 8:27pm

BREAKING NEWS: Delaware National Guard continues preparation

The Delaware National Guard is continuing to position troops and equipment as #SandyDE approaches.

“Within the next 12-18 hours, we will have approximately 250 support personnel in place and ready to assist with the needs of the state and...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 10:52am

WEATHER ALERT: Electric utilities offer tips for storm preparation

The Edison Electric Institute, the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, offered the following tips for local residents ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and the anticipated related power outages:

If a severe...

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 3:15am

BREAKING NEWS: Route 1 between Bethany and Dewey being closed now

High water across Route 1 north of Indian River Inlet Bridge has forced Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to begin the process of closing Route 1 between Dewey & Bethany Beach. Please share with others who may be affected.

Sunday, October 28, 2012 - 1:41am

BREAKING NEWS: County offers detailed evacuation zones map, shelter and evacuation plans

Gov. Jack Markell has issued a limited state of emergency and a mandatory evacuation order for flood-prone area within .75 miles of Sussex County’s coastline and major waterways, effective at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, as Hurricane Sandy continues...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:29pm

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe Medical Center prepares for Hurricane Sandy, cancels elective procedures

Beebe Medical Center has announced Hurricane Sandy-related cancellations, including:
• All elective surgery and elective cardiac catheterizations scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, will be canceled.
• All Beebe satellite locations,...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 1:13pm

BREAKING NEWS: Mandatory evacuation ordered on Delaware coast

Gov. Jack Markell announced at 5 p.m. on Saturday that Delaware was entering a limited state of emergency to facilitate an evacuation over a 24-hour period. Beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday night, communities within .75 miles of the coast in Sussex...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 12:44pm

WEATHER ALERT: Heavy rain, wind and seas expected ahead Sandy’s arrival

A coastal flood watch has been issued for Sussex County, including the beach areas, running through at least Monday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, the evolution of Hurricane Sandy into a powerful storm currently predicted...

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 3:02am

BREAKING NEWS: Emergency officials preparing for storm potentially as strong as Storm of ’62

The Delaware state climatologist and DEMA held a “bridge call” with municipal officials on Friday evening, in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. Officials said that the latest storm track had Sandy making landfall on the Delaware...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:54pm

EOC: Hurricane Sandy poses significant threat to Delaware

As of Friday evening, Hurricane Sandy was on track to directly hit Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic in the days ahead, based on forecasts, threatening to lash the region with up to two days’ worth of hurricane-force winds, a 10-foot-high combined...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 3:34pm

BREAKING NEWS: Governor urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Take Saturday to prepare, advised Gov. Jack Markell, in light of expected high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy from Sunday through the early part of next week.

“It is forecasted to be a long-lasting event,” he said on Friday,...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:24pm

BREAKING NEWS: Events canceled ahead of impending storm (UPDATED)

UPDATED Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy include the following:

Both the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical School District have closed schools and offices on Monday, Oct. 29, and...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:16pm

BREAKING NEWS: Eakle calls on candidates to help plan assistance for hurricane-threatened residents

Delaware Senate District 20 candidate Rick Eakle (D) on Friday asked his fellow Sussex County candidates in the Nov. 6 elections to put aside their political differences ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Sandy and gather to plan...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 6:05am

WEATHER ALERT: Emergency officials urge alert posture as potential hurricane strike looms

State and local emergency officials are urging residents of coastal Delaware to be alert and prepare as Hurricane Sandy tracks up the Atlantic in the coming days and poses a risk of potential severe weather, up to and including possibly making...

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 5:19pm

Ocean View dedicates solar carport

Earlier this week, the Town of Ocean View, along with state officials, dedicated the town’s solar carport.
“Sunny days are more important than ever to Ocean View today,” said Ocean View Mayor Gordon Wood. “An old English proverb goes, ‘Make...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:56pm

Ocean View adjusts employee salaries

The Town of Ocean View held a special meeting this week at which they unanimously approved the total amount of funds budgeted for compensation adjustments for salaries of all employees, in accordance with the salary structure they had previously...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:47pm

County P&Z takes more time to consider Castaways Bethany

There is still no decision from the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission regarding the proposed Castaways Bethany LLC mixed-use project. At their Oct. 11 meeting, Commission Chairman Robert Wheatley did say that a recommendation to the...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 3:19pm

Firefighters make fire prevention awards to LB students this week

Last week, Lord Baltimore Elementary students crowded into their gymnasium for the culmination of fire prevention week, with an awards ceremony for students.

Coastal Point • Maria Counts
Firefighters from local companies stand...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 3:12pm

Ocean View to dedicate solar carport next Tuesday

On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, along with the Town of Ocean View, will hold a private dedication of the Town’s solar carport.

In 2010, the Town of Ocean View was awarded an...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:51pm

Point publisher Lyons honored with Lighthouse Award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual Member Celebration and Awards Ceremony last week, and they honored Coastal Point publisher Susan Lyons with the Chamber’s prestigious Lighthouse Award.

Coastal Point • R. Chris...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 2:14pm

Ocean View Town Council acts on consultant’s salary study

The Ocean View Town Council voted 4-0 this week to approve and implement the compensation study — a 43-page document suggesting that the Town maintain a 14-grade pay structure — conducted by consultant Charles Hendricks.

Mayor Gordon Wood...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:30pm

OVPD holds Watch meeting following string of burglaries

In the past month, Ocean View has been hit with a string of thefts by what police said they believe are suspects looking for cash, and Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin held a Neighborhood Watch meeting earlier this week to urge residents to...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:27pm

VFW Soupmaster To Bowen shares his love of cooking

When I recently highlighted recipes from members of VFW Post #7234 at Quillens Point in Ocean View, I met Chef Tom Bowen, who prepares meals Tuesdays through Saturdays all year ’round. I asked him to share some of his recipes with us.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 12:59pm

Ocean View P&Z recommends restaurant waiting-area ordinance to council

The Ocean View Planning & Zoning Commission met recently to unanimously recommend that an ordinance amending the Land Use and Development Code of the town by restricting the use of outdoor seating areas and providing for “waiting-area bars”...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:06am

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe checking visitor IDs in wake of threats to doctors

Beebe Medical Center representatives on Monday afternoon notified the public that visitor IDs were being checked after a former patient allegedly threatened two physicians affiliated with the hospital through a telephone message that was left...

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 8:03am

Route 26 Working Group gets first look at project

DelDOT has turned its sights on Route 26, but this time, they gave plenty of notice.

Community leaders filled the South Coastal Library meeting room Sept. 24 to discuss the State Route 26 Mainline Improvements Project, slated to begin...

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 6:32am