Castle's decision a major one

The announcement on Tuesday that longtime U.S. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del) would run for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr. could send shockwaves through both the state and the nation.

Nationally, the...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 - 3:46pm

An important month, to be sure

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), and the program has grown in leaps and bounds as awareness of the disease has grown along with it.

According to the the American Cancer Society’s Web site (www.cancer.org), NBCAM...

Friday, October 2, 2009 - 5:09am

Happy Birthday South Bethany

It’s almost hard to believe that the town of South Bethany will be celebrating 40 years of incorporation on Saturday. Has it only been 40 years?

The town has seen substantial growth over that period of time — both in houses and businesses...

Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 8:01am

Homeowners could have help

Like him or not, you have to give Gov. Jack Markell and his administration credit for trying to spur the state’s economy.

Last Thursday, Sept. 10, Markell, Superior Court President Judge James Vaughn Jr. and members of the Mediation...

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 7:57am

State bets on financial boost

Delaware officials were recently denied the opportunity by a federal court to present single-game wagers on various sporting events. But that’s not stopping the state from pushing forward on a plan to generate more revenue for our cash-strapped...

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 7:24am

Incident highlights police bravery

Most of us have done it.

You’re driving down the street, lost in your thoughts and perhaps unaware that your speedometer has crept up a little bit, and you see that police cruiser on the side of the road, pointing a radar gun in your...

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 8:51am

Expansion of VA cemetery needed

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced this week that it had awarded $1.8 million to the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery to expand its facility.
“This cemetery is a vital part of our state’s history and a tribute to all...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 4:12pm

Cooperative effort is a good sign

It’s easy to support the annual Coastal Clean-up event. Volunteers arrive at nearly 50 Delaware locations, 10 sites in Maryland and four in New Jersey to clean the beaches and restore some order to the destination spots that have seen wear-and-...

Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 6:55am

Registry changes good for many

We are almost always in favor of the public gaining access to as much information as possible, and the recent announcement by the Delaware Department of Justice and the Delaware State Police regarding upgrades to the state’s Sex Offender Web site...

Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 6:35am

World's eye turned toward Roxana

In what’s become an annual affair, the softball world will be looking to Roxana for the Senior League Softball World Series next week.
Teams from around the country, as well as Europe, Latin America and Asia will be descending onto our...

Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 6:12am

County program gets its start

Sussex County Council last week approved the first project being developed under its Moderately Priced Rental Program — a program designed to stimulate affordable rental housing for the county’s working citizens.

“I see a rental market...

Thursday, July 30, 2009 - 12:43pm

Voter eligibility gets a look

Voter eligibility has been a rather constant, if understated, subject in this community for some time.

While Fenwick Island, South Bethany and Bethany Beach allow non-resident property owners to vote, the preponderance of towns not...

Thursday, July 23, 2009 - 7:31am

Internet not a private world

While there’s no doubt that the Internet has provided us with access to instant information, a venue in which to communicate with people from distances and a source of social networking, there is also little doubt that it does come with some...

Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 8:20am

County gets major shot of help

Sussex County received a much-needed shot in the arm last week with the receipt of $19.2 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help finance wastewater projects. The money was provided by the American Recovery and...

Thursday, July 9, 2009 - 9:07am

Community steps up yet again

Tough economy? Check. Busiest time of the year? Check. Community stepping up and taking care of others?


When Contractors for a Cause held their 5th Annual Springtime Gala at Cripple Creek Country Club on Friday, June 19,...

Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 9:18am

Bluewater gets approval to star

Bluewater Wind announced Wednesday that they have received leases by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) to construct meteorological towers in the Atlantic Ocean — an important first step in determining the feasability of offshore wind projects...

Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 6:53am

SEDAST deserves our thanks

We’ve all heard over recent years about schools cutting their art and music programs to allocate that money more to the “traditional” classes. While reading, math and writing skills are certainly important tools to acquire, children’s abilities...

Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:40am

National Guard might lead way

The Army National Guard Station in Bethany Beach is setting its sights on wind power as a way to fulfill executive orders and federal mandates of using more renewable resources.

As part of the Department of Defense’s Energy Conservation...

Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 7:30am

No legs for joint police force

The Millville Town Council recently came to the consensus that they would not request discussions with the Town of Ocean View regarding a joint police force between the neighboring towns.
“A lot of citizens were calling and asking us not to...

Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 5:58am

Keeping an eye on our roots

One of the exciting things about coming to this area every year for vacation is seeing all the new things that have popped up over the year. Each summer seems to bring new restaurants, retail shops, houses and, sometimes, new weekly newspapers...

Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 10:42am

Indian River alum goes big time

There’s just something special about the “local kid done good” story. And this one’s pretty special.

Abi Buchler, who graduated Indian River High School just last year, is now a member of the Messiah College softball team. On Monday,...

Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 12:00pm

Some decisions are not easy

It ain’t easy being green.

With all due apologies to Kermit the Frog, that phrase can be muttered more and more frequently these days in terms of people trying to be environmentally conscious. Oh, there are more opportunities, and more...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:32am

Letters to the Editor -- May 8, 2009

Is sportsbetting the answer? Don’t bet on it

Sportsbetting is some of our legislators and governor’s saving grace to part of the state’s budget crisis. I am totally against this idea, especially under the current economic...

Thursday, May 7, 2009 - 7:25am

Town officials to become twits?

Fenwick Island officials are looking into the idea of improving their communication to residents and non-resident property owners through social networking Web sites.

During last Friday’s town council meeting, council members discussed the...

Thursday, April 30, 2009 - 6:06am

Jamboree a great time for all

We normally like to avoid endorsing specific community events in our editorial for two reasons. First, there are so many worthwhile causes in our community that we feel it would be unfair to single out one over the others. And, second, because it...

Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 7:14am

New council in Ocean View

The recent swearing-in of Robert “Bob” Lawless to the Ocean View Town Council opens a new chapter to the leadership annals of the town, and hopefully leaves behind a period of conflict and contention that has garnered the town all-too-much...

Thursday, April 16, 2009 - 7:40am

More bus services would help

It’s very easy to be a Monday-morning quarterback. You know, just sit back, watch the decisions someone else makes, and then offer your opinion after the fact. We’re kind of doing that here today.

When Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware...

Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 8:35am

Swann Keys ruling interesting

It’s common in this community, and just about every other area of the country, for homeowners to battle against their homeowners’ associations. However, a dispute in the Swann Keys development has seen resolution in the Delaware Supreme Court....

Thursday, April 2, 2009 - 8:32am

Aim grant funding to MVFC

Ocean View Town Council members are contemplating their annual grant donation to the Millville Volunteer Fire Co., and there is at least some sentiment to split the grant monies to $35,000 for the fire company, and $5,000 for the Beebe Medical...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 5:41pm

Millville elections Saturday

We do love an election around here.

As Millville prepares for municipal elections this weekend, we’re reminded again about how important these positions are for the quality of life of all residents of the town. One look at other...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 4:04pm

Bethany does the research

Governmental bodies, on any level, are not traditionally thought of as being forward-thinkers.

They usually react to situations or events, consider potential courses of action, and move toward a solution that satisfies the most people on...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 3:21pm

Mitchell putting forth effort

The Ocean View draft budget that was released recently raised a few eyebrows, as it called for the elimination of two town police officers, two town employees and an increase in taxes to make up for a shortfall in the town’s finances.


Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 2:53am

Inlet bridge moving forward

Stop us if you’ve heard this before.

State officials made a formal announcement this week regarding the timetable for work on the new Indian River Inlet Bridge. The $150 million project is scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2011....

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 4:07pm

Frankford to stay the same

Following the disqualification of one of the three candidates vying for two seats on the Frankford Town Council, there will be no election in the town. In fact, it has been eight years since there has been a town council election in Frankford....

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 3:50pm

State officials on right track

This is an example of government thinking about people.

Delaware House Minority Whip Dan Short (R-Seaford) and Sen. George H. Bunting (D-Bethany Beach) have co-sponsored a bill that, if approved, would result in the state’s first “Burn...

Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 2:21am

Fenwick continuing forward

A new year often brings new ideas and new ways of doing things. Fortunately, the Fenwick Island Environmental Committee resumed their meetings this past week and appear to be continuing forward on their existing plan — to look at every option...

Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:42am

Ocean View on right course

We’re a little conflicted on the news this week that the Ocean View Town Council would be sending out surveys to residents regarding the town’s current financial situation.

Make no mistake about it — we are all in favor of town officials...

Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 5:58am

Ambulance service starts

The “Big Four” began its new ambulance coverage on Wednesday, Dec. 31, and this can only be a good thing for the entire community.

The Big Four of Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island and Sea Colony began plans for the new...

Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 8:35am

Economy hits all phases

The drag on the economy has hit the nation, and this community, in nearly every capacity thought possible.

Real estate has hit a dry spot, banks are tougher to get loans from, jobs are being lost, companies going out of business and people...

Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 11:22am

Thank you for a great year

Dear readers and advertisers,

As 2008 comes to a close, and many of us look back at what has been a trying time economically, both locally and nationally, we really want to thank all of you for your continued support of the Coastal Point...

Friday, December 26, 2008 - 3:44am

Frankford Elementary a star

Perhaps it’s time the entire community stands up and takes notice of what’s been going on at Frankford Elementary School.
Named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004, Frankford Elementary has also been a state Superior school every year...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:30am

Frankford Elementary a star

Perhaps it’s time the entire community stands up and takes notice of what’s been going on at Frankford Elementary School.
Named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2004, Frankford Elementary has also been a state Superior school every year...

Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 6:29am

CAPs resignation a sad day

Remember these numbers — 11,000 and $252,146.

When all 23 members of the Ocean View Citizens Auxiliary Patrol (CAP) tendered their resignations this week over a revised operations manual, the town immediately lost 11,000 volunteer hours...

Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 3:58am

Markell taking on problem

There’s no secret that Delaware has been facing a growing budget crisis. What’s less obvious is just how to go about tackling the problem.

That problem will now fall on the shoulders of Gov.-Elect Jack Markell — and if early evidence is...

Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 3:46pm

Reputation precedes Steen

Ron Steen has proved once again that taking care of people, and being accountable, has its own rewards.
The Bethany Beach Town Council voted Friday to award the town’s beach concession contract to Steen, continuing the town’s relationship...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 4:35pm

Ocean View makes strides

Are we seeing Ocean View Town Council begin to work together?

In a 4-1 vote Tuesday evening, the council agreed to a compromise in the situation regarding the contract of Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin. The compromise restores the...

Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 4:17pm

When in doubt, think local

We’re soon entering a holiday season where, quite frankly, many Americans are struggling financially.

It’s tough out there, and many families are wondering just where the money is going to come from to make it a wonderful holiday....

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - 7:43am

Voters the star of the election

People of this community and nationwide, rejoice. Your voices were heard loud and clear on election day.

Whether or not the people you voted for won their respective races, we should all take pride in the fact that voter turnout was high...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 3:39pm

Get out and and cast your vote

As voters go to the booths on Tuesday, Nov. 4, they will have numerous decisions to make — both on local races and national candidates.

These are not always easy. Many people elect to vote right along party lines. Others study each race...

Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 7:41am

Politics way out of control

Really? It’s really come to this?

That was our collective response when first hearing that Ocean View Town Council Member Roy Thomas had his tires slashed recently. We knew emotions have been running high throughout Ocean View lately, and...

Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 8:09am