Editorial


Summer orientation a win-win-win-win situation

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s International Student Committee (QRCF-ISC), with a major hand from ResortQuest, is holding a free summer orientation for international workers at Sea Colony on Wednesday, June 25, at 11:30 a.m.

“I...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 2:48pm

Shops and restaurants are fully open for business

Schools are now closed throughout much of the region, so vacation time is nearly in full-effect in our little piece of paradise by the shore. So, for those of you who are down here for the first time this season, enjoying all that we have to...

Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 9:12am

We live in a much better world because of others

Friday, June 6, marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most noted days in the history of our nation, D-Day. In fact, let’s change that thought for a second. It really marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most noted days in the history of...

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 7:41pm

Ocean View looking for developments to join town

In an attempt to clear up some confusion over borders, as well as generate a little more revenue, Ocean View officials are hoping some developments in unincorporated enclaves surrounding the town decide to join the Ocean View family.

“...

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 10:44am

Keep those who have fallen in mind this weekend

All too often, particularly in our little slice of Heaven by the shore, the meaning of Memorial Day gets lost in the shuffle.

For many in this area, Memorial Day is the three-day weekend that serves as the unofficial launch to the summer...

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 8:07am

Beahan gets well-deserved recognition for his efforts

There are a few people around this beautiful community of ours who generate a smile whenever their names are brought up in conversation. One of those names is Neil Beahan.

The principal at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts (SDSA)...

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 7:49pm

Traffic transitions make patience an even bigger virtue

We all know it’s coming:?the influx of traffic as the weather gets warmer and the summer season swings into gear. And this year (and for a few years to come), we have an added complication to our high-traffic times:?the Route 26 improvement...

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:55am

Fixing heroin epidemic falls on all of us

5-70-40.

Those are the three raw numbers that stood out to us the most as reporter Maria Counts was putting together her three-part series on the rise of heroin’s popularity in our little community (the third installment in the series can...

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:48am

Lady Indians shutting down opponents

Something very special is happening with the Indian River High School Lady Indians soccer team.

Though we know many athletes and coaches are supersticious, and we’d hate to be the cause of any bad vibes by discussing their performance, it’...

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 7:51am

Under construction, but open for business

After months of bitter cold temperatures, snow blanketing our pristine community and ice coating our roads like it was simply part of the surface, spring has officially sprung for many of us here at the beach, with Easter weekend now upon us....

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:39am

Fenwick Island becoming a model town

Watching things unfold over recent years, it becomes somewhat evident that Fenwick Island is undertaking a bit of a facelift. While not as dramatic as the massive downtown changes in Bethany Beach through the Streetscape project and impending...

Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:26am

Millville being smart with police coverage

The Town of Millville has seen a lot of change over recent years. That change does not only involve a significant shopping center on Route 26, more retail and new houses being constructed. No, the actual operations of the Town have undergone a...

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 9:11am

Towns and State must find solution to care

Rising healthcare costs have affected nearly all of us over recent years. If it’s not the cost of insurance, it’s the increase in costs of medical services, or the increased usage of prescription medication.

Whatever the case, it is...

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:52am

Students, teachers get a little longer day

Indian River School District (IRSD) officials recently made an adminstrative decision to extend the school day by 30 minutes at all of its schools to make up for eight weather-related closures this winter.

The irony was not lost on us...

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 7:35am

Justin’s Beach House looking for MOM help

This is truly the week we celebrate community efforts on this page.

As the Clayton Theatre celebrated its rebirth as a spot for digital movies this week, another community-led effort is back in the news for all the right reasons. The...

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 2:00pm

Here’s an easy way to lend a helping hand

A long, cold, relentless winter has left many of us with chattering teeth and expanding waistlines, as we burrow under our blankets, watch movies and scarf down warm comfort food.

If that describes you, consider yourself fortunate.

...

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 9:09am

McClenny brings right attitude to fight

We work very hard at this paper to maintain a sense of neutrality, both in the stories we write, and with our interactions with local public officials. By maintaining a certain degree of distance between our reporters and the subjects they cover...

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 9:49am

Local businesses investing in their future, and ours

Local businesspeople are making news this week.

The owners of the Cottage Café offered a sneak peak of their latest venture to nearby residents, who in about a year’s time may have a choice of two Poffenberger/Neville-owned restaurants on...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 8:41am

Libraries remain pertinent, vital today

One of the true gems we take for granted in this country is the public library.

The proliferation of the Internet has caused us to turn to our phones when we have a question, as opposed to running over to look through “the stacks” at...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 8:48am

From us to you — thank you, one and all

This issue marks the 10-year anniversary of the first edition of the Coastal Point, and nostalgia has been all the rage around our office for the past few weeks.

We have remembered previous employees who have passed through the Point,...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:29am

Dagsboro looks to get social this year

New Dagsboro Town Councilman Brian Baull is not taking long to put his stamp on the Town.

Baull recently presented an idea to the rest of the council that would place Dagsboro firmly on the social networking scene. By hitting people on...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:08am

School controversy a very touchy subject

When news broke last week that the principal and assistant principal at Lord Baltimore Elementary School had been put on administrative leave, one could safely say that people in our community were paying attention.

We posted a quick blurb...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:13am

Shuttle service an ideal idea for Fenwick

If there’s one not-so-secret secret that’s a bit of a negative for life in Fenwick Island, it is parking.

Or, to be more precise, a lack of parking.

The problem is most visible in the summer months, when homeowners and vacationers...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 1:22pm

Clayton fundraising a win for the community

We have an ongoing conversation in our office that one of the benefits of our line of work is that we get to see a finished product each and every week. Unlike many jobs, we have something tangible to look at — to see how we did, and what we need...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:32pm

SPCA offers plenty of volunteer opportunities

Looking back at 2013 for a second, one of the most difficult stories we covered was what was happening at the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary.

While some of the details of what exactly went down there are still a mystery to us, there was one...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 6:41am

What might 2014 have in store for our area?

Another year is nearly in the books, and we can go about this one of two ways. We can go the simple, borderline moronic route and take a look back at the year that was (see the simple, borderline moron’s column below), or we could process those...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 8:36am

The holiday of holidays is now fully upon us all

With all due apologies to Clement Clarke Moore ...

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a computer was stirring, not even Bob’s mouse;

The papers were sent to the printer with care, in hopes that our...

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 7:19am

The countdown is now officially on — shop local!

Well, the clock is officially winding down on Christmas.

There are now less than two weeks to go before the big day, and hopefully those presents you bought for out-of-towners are now en route through various delivery services, the...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:48am

It takes a village sometimes to keep us all safe

In the weeks, months and years following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a word being offered by many in national leadership was “vigilant.”

They urged us not to panic, and to not live our lives in fear, but rather to be vigilant...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:42am

’Tis the season to be thinking local for shopping

It’s become a proud American tradition.

The day after Thanksgiving, affectionately coined as “Black Friday,” sees credit cards and Christmas savings accounts explode as consumers flock to the stores to take advantage of sale prices and get...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:30am

IRHS soccer team fills community with pride

The Indian River High School soccer team truly made a community proud with their 3-0 victory over top-ranked St. Elizabeth’s last Saturday to claim a state championship.

However, judging from responses to our updates on Facebook before the...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:52am

Peer hearing the latest chapter in police case

A Delaware Council on Police Training trial board this week unanimously found Bethany Beach Police Lt. Richard Haden guilty of five of the six charges filed against him in reference to a March 3 incident with his handling of a drunk-driving...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:52pm

Sometimes, good intentions alone can’t prosper

When word came down earlier this week that the Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary would be officially closing on Dec. 1, there were a few cautious comments about this not being the first time over the past several months we have heard this. However,...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:36am

Area readies for Route 26 improvements to start

Visitors and locals alike have complained about traffic congestion and potentially dangerous conditions on Route 26 for years, particularly as the area’s summer and year-round populations have continued to increase. Now, we’re on the horizon of a...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:07am

Shoulder season great for visitors, locals

Spring and fall are affectionately referred to as “the shoulder seasons” around here.

Not the solitude and cold of winter, nor the heat and crowds of summer, spring and fall offer opportunities for local organizations and groups to host...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:42am

Shooting highlights pattern of troubles

When we received a call to the office Tuesday morning that the Delaware State Police’s Homicide Unit was outside the Southern Delaware School of the Arts, our first thoughts were that there was either a training exercise going on, or police were...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:21am

Shady Grove II gets good news, and water

Sometimes in life, those things many of us too often take for granted are the things that can have the most impact.

Take Shady Grove II in south Selbyville, for instance. Residents in the apartment complex have complained for years about...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:23pm

Millsboro to be the center of attention

Cooter is coming to Millsboro.

Actually, Ben Jones, the former U.S. congressman who played Cooter in the “Dukes of Hazzard,” will be coming along with the famed “General Lee” car to the inaugural Millsboro Country Festival on Saturday,...

Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:27am

Memories still vivid from 12 years ago

It’s one of those generational questions.

“Where were you when the towers were hit?”

It’s up there with asking somebody to remember what they were doing when Pearl Harbor was attacked, John F. Kennedy was assassinated or man walked...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:16am

Arts festival a true bell cow for community

There is so much to love about this community.

From the people who volunteer their time, services and money to help improve someone else’s standard of living to the beautiful farms that dot the landscape with their changing crops and open...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 10:27am

Labor Day Weekend is just no longer the end

At one point, Labor Day weekend marked the end of the busy season for our little oasis by the sea.

Many of the stores and restaurants closed their doors, traffic out of town was tight on that Monday and locals gathered at the Bethany Beach...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 6:12am

Attention turns to election in Bethany Beach

As the numbers came in last week on the non-binding referendum in Bethany Beach regarding a commercial lodging zone in the town, and the Bethany Beach Town Council later adopted those ordinances by a 6-1 margin, attention in Bethany is now being...

Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 7:17am

Citizens of Bethany Beach have now spoken

When the Town of Bethany Beach decided to issue a non-binding referendum regarding a proposal to rezone the property that the Bethany Arms Motel now sits on, and an adjacent property, to Commercial Lodging (CL-1), there were some raised eyebrows...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:34pm

Facts are facts, except maybe when they are not

If the 1990s was considered the “Age of Technology” and the dawn of this century was dubbed the “Information Age,” we are officially putting our stamp on this decade being dubbed “The Age of Misinformation.”

It’s staggering almost to...

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 7:19am

Safe Haven must have a real solution to survive

Stop us if you have heard this one before.

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is set to close. Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is staying open.

A few weeks ago we were alerted to the possibility that Safe Haven, facing extreme financial duress...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 9:51am

Safe Haven must have a real solution to survive

Stop us if you have heard this one before.

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is set to close. Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary is staying open.

A few weeks ago we were alerted to the possibility that Safe Haven, facing extreme financial duress...

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 7:42am

Proposed botanic gardens could be huge boost

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing last week for a conditional-use application for Southern Delaware Botanic Gardens, a proposed project to be located in an agricultural residential district in Dagsboro.

...

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 7:13am

Dual enrollment offers IR students an opportunity

High schools across the nation have long had programs in place that offered gifted students the opportunity to take college-level courses off-site to both challenge those students with more difficult work, and prepare them for what will be...

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 8:33am

OVPD doing their part to help alleviate big problem

An epidemic that certainly tore its way through our little oasis by the sea has been the abuse of prescription medication, along with the accompanying burglaries that followed, as those who became addicted became desperate for finding money any...

Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 5:42am

Is an end now in sight for Route 26 lane closures?

According to officials from Delmarva Power, and seconded by those from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT), as of June 30, there will be no more lane closures on Route 26 due to the Route 26 Mainline Project that has been somewhat...

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 8:37am