South Bethany

Service group looks for members

Those looking to get involved in their community may want to give the Southern Sussex Rotary at try. The world’s first service organization is looking for members in the area.

“It’s a community thing,” explained Southern Sussex member...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:24am

County BoA confirms use for equipment storage

In a case that details the kinds of conflict that can happen as an area is developed, a 1-acre property near Millville has been the source of discord between the property owner and neighbors in recent years, as they battle over an ongoing use...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:14am

Bluewater Wind acquired by NRG

In a move that garnered praise from Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware Congressional delegation, NRG Energy Inc. this week announced that it had acquired Bluewater Wind, one of the nation’s leading offshore wind development businesses, from Babcock...

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 7:08am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, high wind, high surf warnings for Delaware coast

IRSD schools closing an hour early

Due to inclement weather, Indian River School District schools will close one hour early on Thursday, Nov. 12. There will be no after school or evening activities, including adult education classes....

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 4:07am

WEATHER ALERT: Ida remnants bring high wind warning, high surf advisory, coastal flood watch for Delaware beaches

Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa.
9:43 a.m. EST, Wed., Nov. 11, 2009

... High wind warning in effect from 6 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EST Friday...

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 4:42am

County working on dog control ordinance

\With responsibility for dog control inside Sussex County transferring to county officials in January, county council members and staff began work this week on adoption of Chapter 60 of county code, the ordinance setting up the rules for the...

Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:42am

Double nor’easter slams coast

See a slideshow of the damage to Bethany Beach’s dune and shoreline

Local and county officials had already warned residents and emergency services staffs that the impact of a nor’easter that roiled off the Atlantic Coast of Delaware...

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 8:12am

Flu shots offered to IRSD students

During the week of October 19, letters and consent forms will be sent to the parents of every Indian River School District student in Grades K-12. Vaccination consent forms must be signed and returned by Friday, October 23. Parents are asked to...

Monday, October 19, 2009 - 8:55am

Indian River Inlet Bridge open house/tour postponed due to weather

Delaware Department of Transportation officials announced Friday, Oct. 16, that the open house and site tour planned for the Indian River Inlet Bridge project on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m., was being postponed until a future date that...

Friday, October 16, 2009 - 6:33am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory, Coastal Flood Watch issued for Delaware beaches/Sussex

A Coastal Flood Advisory, Wind Advisory and Coastal Flood Watch have been issued for the Delaware beach area and inland Sussex County by the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. They are as follows:

Coastal Flood Advisory

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 6:31am

Sussex Amber Alert text is a hoax

State Police and local law enforcement said Tuesday, Oct. 6, that they were receiving numerous calls concerning an Amber Alert involving a 3-year-old boy or an infant that was abducted from a Sussex County hospital. Police say that alert is a...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 6:08am

South Bethany celebrates 40 years

South Bethany residents and officials gathered, along with area dignitaries, at the town hall on Saturday, Sept. 26, to slightly belatedly celebrate a momentous event — the town’s 40th anniversary.

Coastal Point • M. Patricia Titus

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 5:13am

Volunteers ready to clean up the coastline

The 2009 Coastal Cleanup will officially kick-off this Saturday, Sept. 19. Delaware’s Coastal Cleanup is part of the Ocean Conservatory’s International Coastal Cleanup. Regionally, participants will be cleaning up 47 Delaware sites, plus 10 sites...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:25am

Vote on impervious surfaces delayed again in South Bethany

There was a little confusion about Ordinance 150-09 at South Bethany’s monthly council meeting, held last Friday. The proposed ordinance, 150-09, Chapter 145, Zoning, Article IV, is titled “General Provisions” and would add § 145-14.3, “Covering...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:09am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, rip current advisory until 9 p.m. Thursday

Coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 9 p.m. this evening

Coastal hazard message
National Weather Service, Mount Holly, N.J., 2:26 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009

Delaware Beaches-Eastern Monmouth-Atlantic Coastal Cape...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 4:21am

Banner plane crashes in Delaware Bay near Dewey

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, Delaware State Police Troop 7 troopers and Dewey Beach patrol officers were dispatched to the Delaware Bay in the area of Tower Road near Dewey Beach for reports of a plane crash. Police said single-...

Sunday, September 13, 2009 - 4:11am

South Bethany considers aeration to improve canals

South Bethany has dredged its canals to improve navigability, briefly added water jets to try to improve water flow and considered a multi-million-dollar tidal pump project that would flush the stagnant waters to the sea, but the latest idea to...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:32am

Meetings set for input on Assawoman Canal pathway

For those interested in sharing their views on the proposed Assawoman Canal Pathway project, the first of several informational meetings will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Ocean View Town Hall, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The towns of Bethany...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:10am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood advisory/watch through Thursday afternoon; Rip currents likely

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., has issued a coastal flood advisory for the Delaware beaches. The coastal flood advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. EDT this afternoon. A coastal flood watch in effect from Thursday morning...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 6:01am

CAC keeps up pressure on inland bays issues

The Citizens Advisory Committee of the Center for the Inland Bays is keeping steadfast to their priorities on cleaning up the Inland Bays watershed. At their August meeting, in continuing their advocacy for cooling tower technology at the Indian...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 7:31am

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, rip-tide warning for Delaware beaches

Coastal flood warning for Delaware beaches, until 6 p.m. EDT, Sat., Aug. 29
Issued by the national weather service, Philadelphia, Pa., 8:50 a.m. EDT, Sat., Aug. 29
... High risk of rip currents...

The rip current risk is high...

Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 6:56am

WEATHER/MARINE ALERT: Area under Special Marine Alert, effects of TS Danny expected through weekend

A Small Craft Advisory is now in effect until 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Tropical Storm Danny is forecast to cause waves to increase on the coastal waters of Delaware and New Jersey. Waves are expected to reach 6 to 9 feet on Saturday, before they...

Friday, August 28, 2009 - 3:48am

Experts, citizens examine ideas for cleaning up South Bethany canal

Canvassing the neighborhood by car and by boat, teams consisting of members of the Center for Inland Bays and the Center for Watershed Protection, DelDOT employees, engineers and interested citizens started their assessment of stormwater retrofit...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 3:24pm

WEATHER ALERT: Coastal flood, rip-tide warning for Delaware beaches

Sussex County EOC warns Hurricane Bill could cause rough surf, strong rip currents

Warning issued by the National Weather Service, Philadelphia, Pa.
6:11 a.m. EDT, Friday, Aug. 21, 2009:

Long-period ocean swells, generated by...

Friday, August 21, 2009 - 4:00am

Bike safety, thefts a concern in South Bethany

At the height of the summer season, with bicycles almost as popular a mode of transportation as motor vehicles, the topics of bicycle safety and bicycle thefts were high on the list of concerns for South Bethany residents at the town council’s...

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 7:07am

Planning under way on town's anniversary

A small group of South Bethany residents have begun planning a celebration of the town’s 40th anniversary, tentatively set for next month.

The town’s actual 40th anniversary passed this spring, largely unremarked, but resident Carolyn...

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 6:59am

Volunteers being sought for annual Coastal Clean-up

What do a bowling ball, a shopping cart and thousands of cigarette butts have in common? Why, they were all items picked up in last year’s Coastal Clean-up, of course!

Representatives from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and...

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 6:37am

Volunteers get oysters growing to help clean local waterways

“Honey, did you remember to water the oysters?”

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
Dr. Allan Allenspach points out a baby oyster about same size as his fingernail. The oysters are grown in floats on shells until they reach about 1 to 1.5...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:22am

Delaware beaches get high marks for water quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council has issued its 2009 report, “Testing the Waters,” listing Delaware beaches as first in beachwater quality.

Although good news for Delaware, the report also finds that overall, the reported number of...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 6:17am

Accident causes ash cloud release at IR power plant

On Tuesday, July 28, just after 8 a.m., an inspection port on a silo at the NRG-owned Indian River Generating Station (power plant) near Millsboro malfunctioned while employees were performing routine maintenance, allowing fly ash to escape while...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:57pm

BREAKING NEWS: Ash cloud released at IR power plant

Around 8:15 on Tuesday morning, July 28, while employees at the Indian River Indian River Generating Station near Millsboro were performing routine maintenance on an ash silo, an inspection port on the silo failed, causing ash to land on the...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 8:23am

Busy time for South Bethany beach patrol

“It’s surprising how busy the beach patrol has been,” commented South Bethany Town Manager Mel Cusick on July 10, as he presented the monthly activity report of the town’s lifeguards.

As of July 9, the SBBP had made 27 thus far in its...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 5:55am

This week's Beach and Bay Cottage Tour

For nearly two decades, the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour has been benefitting the Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL), which has, in turn, served as a crucial element of the library’s tremendous expansion and recent reopening. The South...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 7:35am

Ocean View conducts bicycle safety checkpoint

In an ongoing effort to educate cyclists about safety and the rules of the road, the Ocean View Police Department held a bicycle safety checkpoint Thursday, July 9, between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Route 26 in Ocean View.

Coastal Point •...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 6:25am

South Bethany to make drainage improvements

South Bethany Town Council members, during a special meeting on June 23, voted to authorize the use of up to $15,000 in existing Municipal Street Aid funds to make improvements to street drainage in several flooding-prone areas of the town.


Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 9:12am

Steel workers keep inlet bridge local

Assembling the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is a daunting task. But for a handful of local workers, the undertaking is a sigh of relief in a struggling economy.

Coastal Point • Submitted
ES Steel, in Federalsburg, Md., is doing...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:58am

BREAKING NEWS: Mosquito spraying planned throughout area

Weather permitting; the Mosquito Control Section of the State of Delaware is planning insecticide application during daylight hours on Wednesday, June 10, and Thursday, June 11, 2009. Application of Altosid 20% (Methoprene) are to take place with...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 8:23am

New SB council gets to business

With three new faces on the South Bethany Town Council, there was plenty to accomplish at the council’s organizational meeting on Saturday, May 30.

Mayor Gary Jane led the first meeting with new council members Timothy Saxton, Robert...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 6:09am

Saxton, Youngs and Headman elected in South Bethany

Amidst the bustle of Memorial Day weekend, residents and property owners in South Bethany made time to cast a vote in what became one of the town’s best election turnouts. Residents, candidates and council members alike met outside South Bethany’...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:39am

BREAKING NEWS: Saxton, Youngs, Headman win in South Bethany

The South Bethany Town Council will have three new faces when the council reorganizes for its 2009 term in the coming weeks, along with a familiar face returning to the council's ranks. In voting on Saturday, May 23, voters selected candidates...

Monday, May 25, 2009 - 9:55am

Businesses look to enhance tourism as summer season arrives

As business owners on both the Delaware and Maryland shores can attest, Memorial Day weekend kicks off one of their most anticipated weekends of the year, as vacationers ready their trips to some of the best-loved beaches in the Mid-Atlantic....

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 3:59pm

UPDATED: South Bethany proposes smaller tax increase

UPDATE: South Bethany Town Council adopted the proposed budget on a 6-0 vote on May 16, with Councilman John Fields absent.
On Friday, May 8, the South Bethany Town Council met to present their updated draft budget for the 2010 fiscal year...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 4:45pm

Two Beebe patients die after adverse drug reactions

Two of three patients who were adversely affected after receiving the drug heparin from premixed IV bags at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes around May 8 died. The hospital has since been cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 11:32am

All can be fair in business

There’s something different about things that are hand made. Things an artisan took pride in and worked on with skill and with calculation — things that have a story.

Coastal Point • Monica Fleming
These custom pieces of pottery were...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:07am

Nine candidates vying for S.B. council seats

In an election year fraught with citizen concern about finances and more, South Bethany will have nine candidates for the four available seats on the town council – one of the most contended elections in the town in years. One of those seats has...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:24am

South Bethany reconsiders proposed tax hike

A strong showing of 67 concerned residents arrived at South Bethany Town Hall last Thursday evening, April 9, to approach the council with their unease about the proposed 154 percent property tax increase planned for the 2010 fiscal year.


Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:47am

BREAKING NEWS: Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches until Thursday morning

Coastal flood advisory for Delaware beaches
Issued by the National Weather Service
Philadelphia, Pa., 2:27 p.m. EDT, Wed., Apr. 15, 2009

... Coastal flood advisory in effect from 10 p.m. this evening to 6 a.m. EDT Thursday......

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 9:32am

Lane closed for IRIB construction, through April 24

UPDATED: The Department of Transportation advised motorists on Tuesday, April 14, that sheetpile driving would be occurring on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge this week and would require the closure of the right lane of Route 1 southbound...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009 - 7:45am

South Bethany considers 154 percent tax hike

On Thursday, April 9, at 7 p.m. (after Coastal Point press time), the South Bethany Town Council was set to hold their regularly scheduled council meeting. Among the items on the agenda for the meeting was discussion and possible approval of the...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:38am

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT - Strong thunderstorms affecting area

939 AM EDT MON APR 6 2009


Monday, April 6, 2009 - 4:38am