Editorial


Selbyville moves into its new downtown digs

The Town of Selbyville has been looking to give the downtown area a little boost. By moving its town hall to the former PNC bank location at the intersection of West Church street and Main Street, the Town is putting its money where it’s mouth is...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:55pm

A happy place is invaded for the prize of gold

We all have our “happy place,” right?

You know, that place that makes you forget all the negative things in our respective lives and puts us in a mental state that make everything else at least bearable for a bit. For many in this...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:54pm

A decade later, memories of Mum hold fast

The evening before my mother died, I sat on a hard-backed chair next to her bed in a darkened room, holding her hand and watching her breathe. Soft light fell on her face, on the features that were so familiar.

A few hours earlier, as sick...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:46am

All hail the dawn of the 2019 shoulder season

It rolled in last weekend, riding on the shoulders of Operation SEAs the Day, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Bethany Beach Boardalk Arts Festival and the Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s 42nd Annual Powwow. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:46pm

Remembering a day as important as the Fourth

As a nation, we revere July 4th. Or, seeing as how I’m a big believer in “dad jokes,” I could say that we “Revere” July 4th. You know, the whole “Paul Revere” thing and all...

But I digress.

We do invest a ton of respect, patriotism...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:44pm

Let’s all help these Warriors enjoy their week

One might think that Labor Day weekend saw the end of significant families coming to our beautiful coastal oasis. One would be wrong.

This week sees the influx of 35 Very Important Families to the area — families chosen by organizers of...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:56am

There really is a silver lining in those clouds

If you’re hankering to feel negative about life, there is plenty of ammunition out there to fuel your fire.

A diving boat off the coast of California caught fire, presumably taking 34 lives. Dorian smashed the Bahamas on its way to Florida...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:55am

Use common sense when playing at the beach

They don’t “roll up the sidewalks” in the beach towns on Labor Day anymore, but this weekend is still the unofficial curtain for the 2019 summer season.

Oh, not all is lost in the beach communities. The shoulder season is now an exciting...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:44pm

For Luck, the long-term plan is long-term health

The sports world shared a collective shock last weekend when word came out that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was planning to retire at the age of 29.

Luck, one of the most-revered and highly-touted prospects to ever enter the...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:42pm

There’s a reason for those ‘Slow/No Wake’ signs

How many of you have seen a “Slow/NoWake” sign around our community? Now, how many of you have seen a boat leaving a giant wake as it passes one of these signs?

It’s probably close to unanimous on both questions.

“Most folks come...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:25pm

Fact: I keep getting out-witted by a 4-year-old

Apparently, I’m not so bright.

Granted, that isn’t exactly breaking news to those of you who regularly read this column. From one insipid digression to the next, my ongoing struggle with remedial intelligence is pretty much on display for...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:24pm

Move to home-care has some real advantages

Sussex County Council recently voted to enter Delaware’s first Mobile Integrated Healthcare program to assist patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

In a nutshell, the program will provide weekly home visits from...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:34pm

Traffic is here to stay, but we can plan better

There’s traffic.

Honestly, there’s no need to ask around. You won’t gain anything new by looking out the window, and whatever traffic app you’re using is basically obsolete this time of year. There’s traffic.

There are many people...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:31pm

Thoroughgood oversaw growth, leaves a legacy

After serving as mayor of the Town of Millsboro for the past four years, John Thoroughgood was honored at the council meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.

“I’ve always kept the town No. 1 and the taxpayers No. 2, and it all worked out for the...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:49am

Softball World Series is a true local treasure

For the 16th consecutive year, Roxana is hosting the Senior League Softball World Series. And, for the 16th consecutive year, the play has been nothing short of remarkable, while the vibe around the Lower Sussex Little League complex has been...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:39pm

Savings, tentative schedule set for Millville park

That Millville park appears to be getting closer to becoming a reality.

Council members on Tuesday, July 23, heard from the Whayland Company and consulting engineering firm George, Miles & Buhr regarding the park — and an estimated $68...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:08am

Opioid crisis was created out of sheer greed

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently released a database they have maintained to track every pain pill sold in the United States. 

From manufacturers through distributors to the pharmacy where it gets into the waiting hands of...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:07am

Bypass could be the key to downtown Millsboro

Millsboro is an exciting, growing town that has concentrated much of its corporate growth along the highway, and its new residential communities a comfortable distance away from the downtown, small-business-dominated area.

The plan has...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:41am

Anthony Sessa, a.k.a. ‘Mister Softee,’ hands out a cone-full of happiness, and nostalgia.

I’ve got a soft spot for Mister Softee

I turned the corner onto my street and heard the music from more than 40 years ago, yet it was so familiar.

“Ding-a-ding-a-ding-a-ding.”

“Mister Softee?” I said to myself, in a kind of incredulous whisper.

Indeed, it was, and...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:45pm

It is up to all of us to maximize our road safety

We sound like a broken record on this topic, but we’re just going to keep hammering on it, like it or not.

Bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists of this area need to do a better job of practicing safety. To be clear, this is not only a...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:43pm

Some people still earn their way to stardom

A video recently went viral that showed a teenage girl picking a gallon of ice cream out of a grocery store refrigerator, removing the lid, licking the ice cream and then putting it back in the refrigerator.

I really can’t stress this...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:42pm

Reader covers beach overcrowding

Editor:

Your article about South Bethany being unable to accommodate the growing number of people biking to the beach raises a key point, which is there are just too many people seeking a limited amount of beachfront space.

Yes, our...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:52pm

Reader considers bikes ordinance

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the town councils of Bethany Beach and South Bethany, and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

 

Recommend you both consider an ordnance granting bicycles the right-of-...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:52pm

Sad ending hits home for this entire community

Our community shed a collective tear this past weekend.

Though the odds seemingly got longer every day that Bethany Beach resident Linda Bravo would be recovered safely, there was still that little pang of optimism that she would be found...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:00pm

We’ve always been divided. It’s our thing

Independence.

That’s what we’re all celebrating together this week. Independence from tyranny. Independence in our ability to practice our respective faiths. Independence in thought and speech. 

 It doesn’t matter if you agree with...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:58pm

The rookie veteran in the newsroom

You’d think a woman who’s been in the newspaper business all her life wouldn’t get excited about covering a new beat, or introducing herself to town managers and police chiefs, mayors and county commissioners.

But journalists, I have found...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:54pm

The police are trying — now it’s up to the rest of us

While there can be some debate as to whether “summer” starts around here Memorial Day weekend or with the summer solstice, but there is one milestone on the calendar that really can’t be argued — July 4th is the height of the season, and it just...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:47pm

Mobile devices can be a pain in the neck

The science backs it up — young people are getting hornier by the day.

It would seem that this is as good a time as any to point out that I occasionally find myself typing things that deserve a little bit more explanation than I offered...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:45pm

Millville proposal is intriguing, and professional

Now this is an interesting concept.

The Millville Planning & Zoning Commission heard a proposal last week regarding plans for a car wash that would be located on the south side of Route 26, between the Dollar General store and the...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:05am

AARP gives thanks

Editor:

For a dozen years, the Scholarship Committee of the South Coastal Delaware AARP Chapter #5226 has given scholarships to graduating seniors at Indian River High School. It also has given scholarships to adult students at Delaware...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:46am

Old Timer’s Day returns to Selbyville this Saturday

One of the community’s longest-running and treasured events returns to Selbyville this weekend, as the 62nd edition of the Old Timer’s Day festival takes place on Saturday, June 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The traditional car competition...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:30pm

Frankford taking a major step in water service

Officials in Frankford are making a tough decision — and we agree with them.

Following decades of struggling to run its own water system for 350 homes in town, Frankford Town Council will purse having a private company take over the Town’s...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:40am

Coin-snatching and pole-sitting to infamy

I was, at one point in life, an avid coin-snatcher.

No, I didn’t rob children of their quarters at the arcade, nor did I break into the machines at the local laundromat. I never “made off” with my classmates’ UNICEF collection the day...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:39am

A letter of thanks

Editor:

I would like to send a personal thank-you to all the voters who engaged in South Bethany’s election on May 25 and congratulate all the elected council members. It was a record turnout for the town and showed that its citizens are...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:28am

Reader: Bickering, grandstanding doesn’t help

Editor:

In a letter to the Coastal Point on May 23, Mr. Ken Niehaus musters material reflecting his view of the Russian collusion and obstruction matter and concludes the Congressional “case should not be closed.”

Well, by golly, it...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:27am

This weekend provides plenty of action locally

Now that the craziness of Memorial Day weekend is behind us, the beach community can move ahead with a newer tradition for the shore — the Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show will be celebrating its 15th anniversary this weekend.

The show,...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:45pm

Another summer, another list of resolutions

There comes a time when each man must draw a line in the sand, puff out his chest and really take a stand on something, even if it might not be the most popular opinion for him to have.  

Yeah, I got nothing. I just wanted to suck you into...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 1:44pm

Editorial: Voters to have their say in South Bethany election

The South Bethany Town Council election will be held this weekend, and voters in the town will have an important say in the immediate future of how South Bethany is governed.

All together, there are eight candidates running for four spots...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:57am

Election should show where S.B. voters truly stand

Next weekend will bring a new chapter to this community’s story of 2019 — Memorial Day weekend, and the summer season that follows in its wake.

It will also bring something of import to the residents and property owners of South Bethany:...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:46am

Losing someone never really does get easy

We lose people in life.

That sounds overly simplistic, and it is. Obviously, we lose people in varying ways, to varying degrees. As kids, we lose our friends when their families move somewhere else, or they go to a different school at some...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:45am

Referendum failure leaves problems unsolved

On Tuesday, more than 9,000 voters turned out to have their voices heard in the Indian River School District’s second try at a referendum to fund construction of a sorely needed new Sussex Central High School and additional classrooms at other...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:36pm

Reader: SB election a referendum on Town’s progress

Editor:

The upcoming election in South Bethany should be a referendum on the Town’s progress. On one side are four candidates with great experience and accomplishments. On the other side there are four candidates who have attacked the...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:44am

Former mayor endorses South Bethany challengers

Editor:

Many years ago, I had the privilege of serving as the mayor of South Bethany.

Our population was less, homes were smaller, traffic congestion was not as much an issue and life seemed simpler at “The Best Little Beach in...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:44am

South Bethany incumbents, Oliver, get more support

Editor:

The upcoming South Bethany Council election has generated considerable interest, and rightly so, because substantial issues impacting the future of the town are involved.

The incumbent team of Frank Weisgerber, Carol...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:43am

Reader thankful for Bethany ambulance crews after health issue

Editor:

On Friday, April 26, I was playing tennis at the Sea Colony Tennis Center when I suddenly collapsed. Two of the other players are doctors, and they immediately tended to my needs. They quickly determined that my vital signs were...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:42am

Reader: Dog owners should consider others

Editor:

I would like to address the issue of dog owners who feel the need to treat their dogs like “humans.” I’ve witnessed over and over again dogs being placed in shopping carriages by their owners at numerous area stores. These are the...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:41am

Save the Internet Act gets local support

Editor:

I am writing to you because I want to protect our open Internet. Two years ago, the FCC under Ajit Pai repealed the net neutrality protections that make the Internet an open and free platform to connect and exchange ideas. If we...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:40am

Incumbents, Oliver get more support in South Bethany

Editor:

Spring has arrived. Flowers and South Bethany Town Council campaign signs are popping up everywhere. There are four council seats up for grabs and eight candidates running. It is encouraging to see this level of interest in serving...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:39am

Reader urges public to comment on county development regs

Editor:

Do you care about Open Space in Sussex County?

On May 14, 2019, the County Council will hold a critical public hearing on a proposed amendment to the current Cluster Development regulations. It would make it mandatory — not...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:38am

Reader says proposed gun laws won’t make state safer

Editor:

My last letter attempted to address the poorly written “assault weapon” ban, Bill No. 68, which is coming up for discussion soon. In conjunction with that bill, two other bills affecting gun-owner rights in Delaware are due for...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 11:38am