Editorial


Tracking history important

Forget the bickering and political posturing in present day Ocean View for a moment, and instead wrap your mind around what made the town such a special place to begin with — the reason so many people have made it their home, as well as why...

Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 8:37am

Town out of bounds on chief

The recent vote by Ocean View Town Council to change the police chief’s contract is unsettling on many levels.

Perhaps the biggest issue for us is the disregard shown toward a binding contract between Ocean View Police Department Chief Ken...

Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:43am

Town council off to good start

The passing of the proverbial torch went on in Bethany Beach on Wednesday, and the good vibrations appeared to permeate from town hall.

Councilwoman Carol Olmstead turned down a nomination by her former Vice-Mayor Tony McClenny to remain...

Thursday, September 18, 2008 - 10:15am

County has community in mind

Hang on to your hats. It’s time to give credit to Sussex County Council.

With an eye on local economic development, the council voted on Tuesday to provide a low-interest, economic stimulus loan of $150,000 to Arrow Safety Device Co. Inc....

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 7:33am

Bethany hosts festival, election

The shoulder season is now in full swing, and downtown Bethany Beach will be the center of attention this weekend.

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, orchestrated by the people at the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, takes...

Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 8:48am

Labor Day comes with a bang

Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end to the summer season down here in our little slice of coastal paradise.

Many of the younger people are heading back to school, or preparing their children to head back, and a good bit of our...

Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 9:09am

Local police show their stuff

It would seem our sleepy little community is becoming a little less sleepy. And, thankfully, local law enforcement has stepped up to the challenge.

The Ocean View Police Department recently combined efforts with state and other local...

Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 7:00am

Georgetown meets technology

There is little doubt that technology has had an intense impact on nearly every facet of our lives.

Beginning with the invention of the wheel, continuing on with cars and airplanes and exploding in recent years with the computer chip and...

Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 10:09am

Point readers gets the job done

We knew when we stopped running the television listings a few months ago, there would be some reaction from our readers. That being said, we probably underestimated the response.

We got deluged. People called, people wrote us letters and...

Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 7:21am

World Series a must-see event

Just getting into town for a week of vacation at the shore? Or, do you live here year-round, and you’re just looking for something fun to do that doesn’t require you battling beach traffic?

Trust me, we have the perfect event for you....

Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 2:22pm

Trio leaves mark on county

The group announcement Tuesday morning that three Sussex County Council members would not be seeking re-election this year has certainly grabbed headlines and facilitated conversations throughout the community this week, and with good reason....

Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 7:12am

World Series is our series

As the Senior League Softball World Series in Roxana nears, it’s important to stress once again what a feather this is in our collective caps.

For one week out of the year, the Pyle Center is the epicenter of the softball universe, as...

Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 9:02am

Ocean View taking strong step

In response to residents’ concerns about not having an adequate say at town meetings, the Ocean View Town Council voted Tuesday night to try a four-month experimental change at its meetings that would allow for more participation from residents...

Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 7:08am

Community shows its patriotism

For what’s perceived to be a little beach community, we certainly can do the small-town patriotic event as well as anybody.

Those wishing to get into the spirit of Americana this Fourth of July will have no problem getting into it with...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008 - 3:11pm

Cluster information must go public

The State Senate and House recently passed SB 235, a bill that would disclose specific information about the eight “cancer clusters” in the state recently identified by the Division of Public Health. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner has reportedly disagreed...

Thursday, June 26, 2008 - 6:59am

Community at a loss over accident

The tragic ambulance crash Tuesday morning that claimed the lives of an 82-year-old patient and a 31-year-old paramedic sent shockwaves throughout our entire community.

There was the initial shock of hearing the news about a fatal crash...

Thursday, June 19, 2008 - 10:06am

Residents must adhere to laws

It appears the acrimony still exists in Ocean View.

Though the recent town council and mayoral elections caused many to believe that the town was heading down a less-confrontational road, public sentiment over the proposed gas station in...

Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 7:18am

Veterans clinic a real positive

A slate of dignitaries was on hand last week for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Georgetown Veterans’ Outpatients Clinics, and smiles and optimism were shared by all.

This couldn’t have come at a better time for the Department of...

Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 10:46am

Trio deserves pat on the back

It’s inspiring, really.

Three young men from this community, a year removed from walking the halls at Indian River High School, decided to walk some 400 miles from North Carolina to their homes in Sussex County. The trek seems to be the...

Thursday, May 29, 2008 - 8:44am

Our time to shine is upon us

This is a big summer season for this community.

As is the case in the majority of the nation, the real estate market has cooled. Gas prices could hinder some of our day-trippers and weekend visitors. And a general slow-down in the national...

Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 8:09am

Referendum vote this week

The Indian River School District is holding a referendum on Thursday, May 22, to generate funding for operating expenses, salaries and the implementation of full-day kindergarten.

According to a “Special Referendum Edition” of the district...

Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 8:33am

It's decision time for IRSD voters

As voters in the Indian River School District head to the polls this Tuesday, May 13, to elect representatives for three seats on the school board in Districts 4 and 5, it’s pretty clear that these candidates have the potential to have a...

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 8:37am

Let prom memories be good

Prom night carries with it the notion of magic. It’s the formal ball, the last go-around with your classmates, the mystical night with that special person. It’s about high school kids putting on their formal best, dining at that special...

Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 7:32am

Not all problems on officials

It’s really no secret that the town of Ocean View has been filled with acrimony over the past several months.

There has been rampant name-calling, at least one physical altercation at Ocean View Town Hall and several incidents of nothing...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:57am

Preparing for the year’s big event

There comes a time in each man’s life when he must look himself in the mirror, take an honest appraisal of himself and come to terms with what he truly is in the grand scheme of things. You know what I’m talking about — there’s an inevitable...

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:56am

Voters numbers tell the story

Heading into last Saturday’s Ocean View Town Council and mayoral elections, the major topic of the race was the negativity and differing opinions of the candidates. There was no question as to the importance of this election, judging by letters...

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 6:46am

It’s time to make decisions

In one of the most highly-anticipated local elections in recent memory, voters in Ocean View will select a new mayor and council member during Saturday’s election.

This one has been somewhat bitter. Acrimony and hard feelings have been...

Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 6:51am

Library project set for action

We do love it when a plan comes together.

On Friday, April 11, people will gather on Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach at 1 p.m. for groundbreaking ceremonies to celebrate the multi-million dollar expansion of the South Coastal Library.

...

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 10:06am

Towns, county using the web

At our hearts, newspapers pride themselves most on the basic premise of providing information to the citizenry.

Our purpose is not to get “the big story” or to win armfuls of awards as much as it is a mission to get the community all the...

Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 7:00am

Election is generating interest

We often bemoan the apathy shown during many local elections. There are often not enough candidates in the towns to hold elections and, when there are, voter turnout is often very low.

The truth be told, we aren’t sure if the cause of the...

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:48am

Selbyville in very good hands

When news began circulating that Gary Taylor was contemplating retiring from his position as town administrator of Selbyville, a collective gasp could be heard coming from that town. Taylor had been a fixture in Selbyville for 10 years, putting...

Thursday, March 13, 2008 - 7:55am

EDITORIAL: Route 26 businesses still strong

When plans were first announced for the sewer work along Route 26 in Millville, businesses dotting that area were understandably concerned. There was fear that the road work would not only cause traffic problems in front of their businesses, but...

Thursday, March 6, 2008 - 3:07am

EDITORIAL: County open to public comment

With the deadline approaching for Sussex County to complete its 2007 Comprehensive Plan Update, county leaders are meeting with state agencies and holding public hearings so they can move forward with having the plan ratified.

Today,...

Thursday, February 28, 2008 - 1:52am

EDITORIAL: Plenty of options in Ocean View

If there’s one town that has seen plenty of debate over the past few years, it’s Ocean View. Be it long-range financial questions, debates over the town’s police presence or just rancor amongst a few of the town’s council members, Ocean View has...

Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 2:47am

The season is now in full swing

There are times when it might appear like our justice system is more geared toward the rights of the accused than the rights of the victim. Chalk up one major victory for victims in the state of Delaware.

Earlier this week, Gov. Ruth Ann...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 1:21pm

911 Addressing still very far away

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before ... Sussex County is trying to get 911 addressing finalized for county residents.

For close to a decade, this has been a topic of discussion throughout our community. Emergency responders want a true...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 5:22am

Beebe is using right logic

Rumors have been running rampant that Beebe Medical Center had changed its mind about using a 10-acre lot along Route 26 for a medical center in our community. Well, the rumors were a little bit off — thankfully.

Instead, Beebe picked up...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 4:09pm

EDITORIAL: Town using foresight on safety

We are a reactionary species.

If something bad happens, we react. We’ve seen it with our vigilence on terrorism since Sept. 11, 2001, rumble strips on Route 1 following a fatal accident when a bicyclist was killed by a sleeping driver and...

Friday, February 15, 2008 - 10:00am

Chamber offers perfect gift

Getting an early start on the holiday season, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is already getting into the spirit of giving. And its hope is that the rest of us are ready to get on board.

The Chamber will be organizing “...

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 1:48am

Are two more county seats coming?

Rep. Gerald Hocker’s vision of two at-large Sussex County Council members might be getting a little more clear.

House Bill 42, which would add two more positions to the county council, would call for those two new positions to be voted on...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 8:08am

Let's show a little decorum

After a few months of relative peace, personalities and tension appear to be prevalent once again in Ocean View.

We understand, and actually embrace the notion, that council members will have different opinions on sometimes sensitive...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 7:05am

Primary carousel comes here

Now this is an idea with vision.

Much of the nation has been engrossed in what has become a fascinating presidential primary season.

As the first states committed their delegates, a few favorites have separated themselves from the...

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 4:05am

Cultural center could be a hit

Now this is an idea with vision.

Recognizing the growing popularity in arts in the community, as well as the absence of a general gathering spot for big groups, representatives of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation hosted a meeting in Ocean...

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:05am

Bennett saves day in Millville

It was an emotionally-charged scene in Millville Town Hall Tuesday evening.

Residents were angry about the proposed hike in property taxes, and a few business owners were upset about the proposed rental tax within the same ordinance....

Friday, January 18, 2008 - 3:38am

Get off to a quick start this year

For those of you who were fortunate enough to take part in the festivities in our coastal towns, congratulations. For those of you who didn’t, try to make certain you get down to those events next year.

The Fenwick Island Freeze has...

Sunday, January 6, 2008 - 7:35am

Get off to a quick start this year

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We do this to ourselves every year. We promise ourselves that this is the year we lose weight, or get better grades or put away some money for a rainy day. Then the new year comes, we put on our “...

Friday, December 28, 2007 - 7:57am

Town looks at parking options

Today marks the one-year anniversary of one of this community’s darkest moments — the fatal helicopter crash that claimed the lives of pilot Alisa Danielle Howell and developer/philanthropist Joshua M. Freeman.

It’s impossible to ignore...

Friday, December 14, 2007 - 8:43am

Town looks at parking options

With home sales down, and those transfer tax monies lessened, local municipalities and Sussex County government have been forced into both looking at cutting costs and increasing revenues. For beach towns, that often comes down to parking fees...

Friday, December 7, 2007 - 5:31am

Point celebrates a milestone

It’s pretty hard to believe that this is already the 200th issue of the Coastal Point. But, on the other hand, it’s pretty hard to believe it’s only been 200 issues.

Issue #1 was published on Feb. 6, 2004, and consisted of 40 pages put out...

Friday, November 30, 2007 - 7:14am

Chamber offers perfect gift

There’s no denying that this area has been adversely affected by the slowdown in the real estate market.

The impact has reached nearly every aspect of enterprise in the community and, though we all know it will bounce back in a matter of...

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 7:57am