South Bethany


Keep safety in mind when traveling by car, bike or foot

With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.

After a number of crashes in the area last year...

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:11am

Oysters and islands focus of effort to clean up South Bethany canals

The Centre for the Inland Bays wants to improve the water quality in South Bethany’s canals, and they’re floating a couple new tools for their environmental toolbox there: islands and oysters.

CIB Restoration Coordinator E.J. Chalabala...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 9:37am

Oysters and islands focus of effort to clean up South Bethany canals

The Centre for the Inland Bays wants to improve the water quality in South Bethany’s canals, and they’re floating a couple new tools for their environmental toolbox there: islands and oysters.

CIB Restoration Coordinator E.J. Chalabala...

Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 9:37am

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

In Millsboro, a Youth 4th of July Parade will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4....

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:55am

Fireworks and festivities galore on tap for Fourth of July

Those looking for a way to celebrate Independence Day on the Delaware shore with a real bang may have trouble picking where to go to celebrate.

In Millsboro, a Youth 4th of July Parade will be held beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 4....

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:55am

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:17pm

Coastal Point launches new app: Explore Coastal Delaware

Digital may be the wave of the future for newspapers, but providing useful information through smartphones and tablets is something the Coastal Point is doing today. We launched our first-ever app this week — Explore Coastal Delaware — with an...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:17pm

Coastal Point releases new Explore Coastal Delaware app

Our new, free app -- Explore Coastal Delaware -- is now available in the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explore-coastal-delaware/id886698442?mt=...) and Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coastalpoint...

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 9:29am

Coastal Point releases new Explore Coastal Delaware app

Our new, free app -- Explore Coastal Delaware -- is now available in the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/explore-coastal-delaware/id886698442?mt=...) and Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.coastalpoint...

Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 9:29am

History is less of a mystery with new South Bethany book

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:18am

History is less of a mystery with new South Bethany book

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The South Bethany Historical Society proudly presents ‘The Best Little Beach in Delaware,’ a history book spearheaded by, from left, John Speer Jr., and Lora and Tony Caputo. The front cover shows Speer’s family in...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:18am

South Bethany swears in ‘seasoned’ town council

South Bethany welcomed Tim Saxton back to the town council during a May 31 swearing-in ceremony. In addition, Sue Callaway and George Junkin joined Saxton to renew their two-year oaths to serve the Town. And former council member Pat Voveris...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:56pm

South Bethany swears in ‘seasoned’ town council

South Bethany welcomed Tim Saxton back to the town council during a May 31 swearing-in ceremony. In addition, Sue Callaway and George Junkin joined Saxton to renew their two-year oaths to serve the Town. And former council member Pat Voveris...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:56pm

Auxiliary offers several boating certification courses

This weekend, and again in June, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-01, part of the Fifth District, is offering Delaware Safe Boating Courses, to help boaters prepare for the upcoming season.

“Basically, it’s an introduction to boating...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:55pm

Auxiliary offers several boating certification courses

This weekend, and again in June, Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-01, part of the Fifth District, is offering Delaware Safe Boating Courses, to help boaters prepare for the upcoming season.

“Basically, it’s an introduction to boating...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:55pm

Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, spokesperson for the state Guard, said that...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:41pm

Helicopters hover as Guard unit prepares for deployment

A recent increase in helicopter activity in Bethany Beach and the surrounding areas is actually a result of an upcoming deployment of Delaware National Guardsmen.

Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, spokesperson for the state Guard, said that...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:41pm

Gardeners by the Sea offer plant parents the chance to adopt hydrangeas

Those looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift need look no further. For the second year, Gardeners by the Sea will be holding their Adopt a Baby Hydrangea sale, this weekend.

“We’re always looking for innovative fundraising ideas, and...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:02am

Gardeners by the Sea offer plant parents the chance to adopt hydrangeas

Those looking for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift need look no further. For the second year, Gardeners by the Sea will be holding their Adopt a Baby Hydrangea sale, this weekend.

“We’re always looking for innovative fundraising ideas, and...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:02am

World Fair Trade Day event returning to South Bethany

World Fair Trade Day celebrates food, art and fair trade for all, and all are welcome Saturday, May 10, at Made By Hand, South Bethany’s international cooperative that sells fair-trade craft pieces from around the world.

Owner Kimberly...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:55am

World Fair Trade Day event returning to South Bethany

World Fair Trade Day celebrates food, art and fair trade for all, and all are welcome Saturday, May 10, at Made By Hand, South Bethany’s international cooperative that sells fair-trade craft pieces from around the world.

Owner Kimberly...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:55am

South Bethany beautifies canal end for Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, the South Bethany Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) landscaped a Town-owned canal end.

“This is our second year, and we’re really excited,” said Sue Calloway, a South Bethany Town Council member and chair of the...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:04am

SBHS to publish book

Members of the South Bethany Historical Society (SBHS) have been working for more than a year compiling information, interviewing longtime residents, collecting photos and raising funds to publish history of the town titled “The Best Little...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:50am

Heroin: Part two of a three-part series

“My son is addicted to heroin,” said Heather LaRoue (whose name has been changed to protect her identity), an addiction specialist at a Sussex County outpatient counseling facility.

LaRoue, who has an associate’s degree in drug and...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:53am

Heroin hits close to home

With the use of heroin growing steadily over the last few years, many people have been affected. Whether you know it or not, friends, family, neighbors, coworkers may be dealing with a hidden addiction. It could be your boyfriend, whose...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:19am

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 22 to April 25

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave....

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:54am

Saxton files for South Bethany council

SaxtonFormer South Bethany town councilman Tim Saxton has filed to run for council once again, in the May 24 election.

Saxton, a home owner in South Bethany since 1996, previously served on the town council from June 2009 through May 2011...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:09am

Voveris throws her hat into the ring for South Bethany mayor

South Bethany resident and town council member Pat Voveris filed this week to run for mayor of the town in the May 24 election.

Voveris has been a home owner in South Bethany since 1995 and has served on the town council for the past three...

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 8:41am

Food bank asks community for helping hand

This weekend, the Bethany Beach Christian Church & Conference Center will host a Fil-a-Truck event for Vethel Tabernacle Church’s Helping Hands Food Bank. The event, on Saturday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to noon, is designed to help collect food...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:12am

Cottage Café owners have plans for Route 1’s east side

The Bethany Beach area could see at least one new restaurant next year, as owners of the Cottage Café are proposing to flank Route 1 with beach eateries by building a new restaurant across the highway from the existing establishment.

...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:51am

South Bethany Historical Society announces contest

The South Bethany Historical Society (SBHS) is moving forward with plans to publish a SBHS calendar for 2015, but with a different twist. The SBHS will sponsor a photo contest of scenes taken in South Bethany. The winning pictures will be...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:26am

Coastal Point celebrates a decade of local news

A decade ago, newspaper veterans Susan Lyons and Darin McCann joined forces and created what you are currently reading — the Coastal Point.

The first cover of the Coastal Point.“Susan and I decided that the community needed a second voice...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:30am

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

South Bethany senior has built local Habitat homes from the beginning

At 87, Bob Hesaltine has helped build 100 entire houses for families in need, but he hasn’t received a dime. He is the oldest volunteer in Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Bob Hesaltine is the oldest...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 1:36pm

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

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

South Bethany announces canal beauty contest winners

Last week the Town of South Bethany announced that residents Carol Stevenson and Maryann and Dick Schmitt had won first place in the 3rd Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Carol Stevenson and Maryann...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:35pm

South Bethany holding annual Canal End Beauty Contest

South Bethany’s Community Enhancement Committee is currently hosting its 3rd Annual Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest, running through Sept. 2.

The contest was created to help spur community spirit and recognize those families who...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 5:40am

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

South Bethany considers changes to building permit fees

At their council workshop last week, South Bethany Town Council members discussed possible changes to the Town’s building permit fees.

Councilman Jim Gross said he entered into the discussion looking at simplifying and clarifying the fees...

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 3:30pm

Smyth adopts canal end for Eagle project

Tristan Smyth has been involved in Boy Scouts since he was 11 years old. Now as an active member of Ocean View Troop 281, he hopes to attain the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark
Tristan Smyth spruced up the...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 7:24am

Delaware beaches ranked No. 1 in water quality again

Delaware has always been the First State, and its beaches come in first, too. In addition to having top water quality conditions, Delaware’s own Rehoboth and Dewey beaches were recently again named superstar beaches for 2012 by the National...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 9:01am

South Bethany prepares to adopt Mediacom pact

The South Bethany Town Council held a workshop this past week and will most likely vote on a Mediacom franchise agreement at their upcoming regular council meeting.

At the workshop, the council heard from former Councilman Bob Cestone, who...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:56am

Local beach replenishment timetable still uncertain

This summer, Delaware is receiving $30 million worth of beach replenishment services from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. But the big question is when.

After losing sand from the dunes and beach to Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the East Coast...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 7:54am

S. Bethany residents concerned about steep dune crossings

The South Bethany Town Council dove into the summer season by hearing from residents at their workshop this week about sand, grass and bike racks.

Dennis Franks, who owns a house on N. 6th Street, said he was concerned with how steep some...

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 7:07am

Season's change brings new looks, new procedures and more

With the arrival of another summer season in the area’s resort towns also come a number of changes, both from the winter months and from how visitors to the area may remember things being last summer.

Perhaps the most notable changes this...

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:39am

Mother's Day weekend offers chance to adopt a baby...hydrangea

Those looking for a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift need look no further. Gardeners by the Sea is holding a special Mother’s Day sale of baby hydrangeas on Saturday, May 11.

“I thought it was a novel approach,” said Lisa Arni, who...

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 4:30am

World Fair Trade Day to be celebrated in South Bethany

Made by Hand International Cooperative will be celebrating World Fair Trade Day on Saturday, May 11, at their store in the York Beach Mall in South Bethany, from noon to 5 p.m.

Coastal Point • Submitted
Made by Hand in South...

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 3:48am

Beaches to be restored with federal funding

Exactly six months after Hurricane Sandy scrubbed the East Coast, replacing basements and roadways with floodwater and debris, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is poised to rebuild Delaware’s Atlantic shoreline.

Coastal Point • Laura...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:52am

SBPOA discusses combining efforts, resources with the Town

The South Bethany Property Owners Association (SBPOA) met last week to discuss the possible need to disband, due to the lack of volunteers to serve on the group’s executive committee.

“I do want folks to understand what would happen if we...

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 7:20am