Editorial


Pedestrian fatalities should be a wake-up call

Two Maryland men were killed just outside Fenwick Island this week. Another man was killed while walking his dogs near Dewey Beach last week. Yet another man was struck while straddling the shoulder and traffic lane just a few weeks ago.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 6:13am

South Bethany dune needs a hand right now

Without a doubt, this is the busy time of year for us.

Businesses, shops and restaurants are more busy than at any other time of the year. Residents find themselves entertaining company much more than in the winter. And town and local...

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 7:02am

School district to ramp up security next year

Safety at our schools has been a growing concern in this nation ever since the horrors at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999.

We have seen shootings by students, plans for explosive devices, teachers being attacked and, of course,...

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 8:02am

Letters to the Editor: May 31, 2013

Burbage thanks all for opinions
Editor:

Anyone who reads a local Bethany Beach-area newspaper is probably aware that there is proposal in place to build a new oceanfront hotel in the Quiet Resorts.

When completed, there would...

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 7:58am

County officials report property taxes unchanged

Sussex County officials presented their proposed $117.7 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year on Tuesday. The proposed budget is down approximately 3 percent from this current year’s because of some reductions in sewer assessment rates.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 6:48am

Paddles galore this weekend, for a great cause

You might have heard something about a zoning issue in Bethany Beach that could get voted on Friday afternoon. While that has gotten a lot of attention locally, there is something else happening this weekend that might be of interest to you....

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:03am

Respect, compromise, and cooperation are key

It’s rarely quiet in our little world of small-town politics here at the Delaware shore. If it’s not election rhetoric or budget debates, it’s controversy over taxes, utility service, the internal power struggles of municipal or county government...

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 6:36am

County makes strong push for jobs with grants

We have seen signs of an improving economy as of late. Real estate is starting to see some good trends, the summer rentals appear to be strong this summer and some businesses have reported that things are looking up so far. However, what is...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:37am

Collins showed courage in his big decision

When news leaked earlier this week that NBA player Jason Collins had “come out of the closet” in a Sports Illustrated article, talking heads across these fruited plains nearly exploded.

There was talk of Collins being a hero for his...

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 9:33am

Odyssey of the Mind teams make us all proud

Perhaps we have gotten to the point of taking the Indian River School District’s Odyssey of the Mind teams for granted.

This year, the district sent five teams to the state finals on March 23 at Smyrna High School. Two of those teams, the...

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:58am

Both major parties reaching out to the citizens

We notice that the attention on politics tends to wane, especially around here, as the weather begins to change and we move a little further away from last November’s elections. And that’s fine, as the rhetoric meter hit exceedingly high in those...

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 8:51am

Keep downtown Bethany Beach in mind this spring

For those of you who haven’t been to downtown Bethany Beach recently, you might be surprised if you find yourself there because of all the construction. The town’s long-awaited beautification effort is now under way, and the long-term prospects...

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 8:51am

Sheriff loses another court battle--time to move on

Delaware Superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves issued a ruling on Tuesday that sided with Sussex County government in their ongoing battle with Sussex County Sheriff Jeffrey Christopher regarding Christopher’s office having constitutional...

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 4:17am

Entire community has an opportunity to really shine

There has been cautious optimism throughout this community over the coming summer season.

A slightly-improving economy, coupled with New Jersey and New York beaches still trying to recover from Hurricane Sandy’s violent path, is leading...

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 10:11am

IRSD passes independent audit with flying colors

The last Indian River School District referendum passed by about a 2-1 vote, but it was met with more vocal opposition than any we can remember in the past.

Perhaps it was just a sluggish economy talking, as people were reluctant to pay...

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 9:09am

This might not be a problem -- or it could be a big one

The Town of Ocean View is taking a walk down memory lane. Their hope, we suspect, is that it goes much smoother this time around.

Mayor Gordon Wood presented a written directive to the Ocean View Town Council Tuesday night stating that...

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 7:53am

First responders valor is deserving of awards, and more

There’s no question that, when it’s your home, your money, your child, your life being threatened by an emergency, you appreciate the efforts put into catching a criminal, putting out a fire, restarting a heart. But it’s easy to forget when it’s...

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:27pm

BeebeCAREs offers optimism for healthcare

One of the trickiest puzzles this country has been trying to solve focuses on healthcare. How can the most amount of people get the best available care without bankrupting our nation, closing hospitals and putting insurance companies at risk?...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 1:53pm

County helps as many as possible with surplus

Sussex County Council recently found itself staring at a budget surplus of $854,000 — a situation many governmental and private entities would like to find themselves in, we imagine. The good news for those of us who happen to reside in Sussex...

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 3:42am

Letters to the Editor: February 1, 2013

CRI denies continuing connection with Fink
Editor:

This letter is in response to a reader who took issues with Shaun Fink’s appointment with the Indian River School Board. She took umbrage to the fact that Shaun Fink used to work for...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:19am

County taking right steps in proposed hearing

Sussex County will be holding an additional hearing on the proposed expansion of the Millville Sanitary Sewer District, and we are big fans on how they are going about it.

For starters, John Ashman, the director of utility planning for the...

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:18am

Referendum important, but it's up to you to vote

Voters in the Indian River School District (IRSD) will have the opportunity to make their voices heard at the booths next week regarding a major capital improvement and current expense referendum.

The referendum proposes a property tax...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 1:28pm

Community has the chance to shine two more times

When word came down last month that the Big League Softball World Series would be coming to Roxana this summer, the general reaction of the community was one of pride.

People were proud that the powers-that-be selected this area to be the...

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 3:46am

Clayton more than just a movie theater around here

The idea of citizens helping fund a private corporation has typically raised eyebrows — just look at the controversy swirling around the bank and auto industry bailouts of the past few years, for instance. Those bailouts focused on the infamous...

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:40am

Selbyville woman a strong inspiration, role model

Weather permitting, Selbyville’s own Alyssa Murray is in Las Vegas right now, performing public appearances and preparing for the Miss America competition on Saturday, Jan. 12.

In addition to making a name for herself outside of Delaware...

Thursday, January 3, 2013 - 3:17am

Roxana to double its world exposure this August

They must be doing something right over in Roxana.

The Executive Committee of the Little League International Board of Directors last week approved relocating the Big League Softball World Series to the Pyle Center. This will take place at...

Thursday, December 27, 2012 - 6:06am

This community is always in ‘the season of giving’

Presents wrapped? Menu set? Travel itinerary locked in firmly?

There is no day during the year that surpasses the dramatic build-up of Christmas, and hopefully all of you have gotten yourselves in a position where you can just relax and...

Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 6:30am

Planners vote against Castaways project

After months of hearing arguments concerning a proposed campground and water park on Cedar Neck Road, the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted last Thursday night to recommend denial to the three applications submitted...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 1:16pm

We must never forget the horrors of Pearl Harbor

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese put into motion “Operation Hawaii,” which later became known as “Operation Z.” It’s been said that planning for this operation began as early as January of that year, and that the Japanese planned to attack on a...

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:44am

Shop local this season, for so many reasons

It’s Thanksgiving week, which means Black Friday and the subsequent “mad dash to Christmas” is also beginning this week.

Many of you have been salting away money all year to help make Christmas as wonderful as possible for your loved ones...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 12:42pm

Police fighting the good fight in tough battle

Sometimes, criminal cases are solved by investigators chasing down leads or forensics teams finding that microscopic piece of evidence that can link a crime with a suspect. Well, at least, that’s what they tell us on television and in the movies...

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:36am

Pets should be taken under consideration

Now that we’ve had a little time to register exactly what happened to the area last week during Hurricane Sandy, we can make a little bit more of an informed opinion.

In short, we are ecstatic. Gov. Jack Markell and his staff acted quickly...

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 6:47am

Have your voice heard by casting a ballot

There’s little doubt that Tuesday, Nov. 6, will be a day of note across this nation. Emotions have been high on the Presidential race, obviously, as well as all the other national seats up for grabs. In Delaware, there is a struggle between the...

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 7:24am

Are you that guy? Aggressive drivers need a timeout

We’ve all seen someone who does it. Many of us know someone who does it. And at least some of us are the people who do it. Aggressive driving. It’s a term that hasn’t been in the common vernacular that long, even if the behaviors it encompasses...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:59pm

Castaways project generating public input

Are you one of those people who just love to get into arguments with your friends and neighbors? Want to know how to get one started in this area pretty quickly?

Mention the proposed Castaways Bethany project. That should do it for you....

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 3:09pm

The Way Home offers help, savings for the State

Those who pay attention to prison numbers know that recidivism rates are high — the state’s Department of Correction, in fact, has a recidivism rate of 21 percent. That means that more than one in five released inmates ultimately return to prison...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 2:22pm

Junior firefighter's death a blow to the community

The Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Company lost one of its own last week, when 17-year-old junior firefighter Justin Townsend was killed in a single-car accident while responding to a brush fire.

“The brave men and women who served with him in...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:27am

Election season nears and a local needs a hand

There are two points we have consistently hit on in this space over the years — voting in local and national elections is important if you care about how things are being run, and this community consistently rises to the top to help out a...

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 8:01am

Triathalon Dualthlon could be a major boon to area

This weekend will see the unveiling of the first Bethany Beach First Responders Triathlon-Duathlan, and its presence in the community should not be ignored.

For starters, it will be hard to ignore because the bike and run portions of the...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 4:59pm

Democracy is alive and well in Sussex Couny

For those who love celebrating the freedoms of democracy in this nation, there were plenty examples of it in action over the past week.

Locally, the people of Bethany Beach voted on a referendum concerning the Town borrowing money for a...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 2:39pm

The future is still right ahead of you, IR seniors

The 2012-2013 school year got off to a rough start for many local students. The first day of school was followed by a memorial service for a would-be senior girl who passed away a few days before school began, and many of them attended the...

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 3:10pm

Labor Day weekend offers unique opportunities

There are always plenty of things to do in our community, particularly in the summer season.

From the beach to our fabulous local restaurants and shops, right down to your favorite little quirky newspaper, there are any number of ways you...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 4:32pm

Subity's departure from Chamber leaves a void

The community will be losing a familiar face soon, following the resignation of Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carrie Subity.

Subity submitted her letter of resignation on Monday, and cited personal reasons for...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:38am

The Coastal Point mourns the loss of one of its own

If you didn’t notice already, there is a black box commemorating the death of Jeffrey Seyfert on the flag of our front page this week.

Jeff had been in charge of the delivery of our paper since the first one was published on Feb. 6, 2004...

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:44am

Senior League Softball World Series takes stage

We have a lot to be proud of in this community — especially in terms of having so much to showcase for visitors when they come to the beach every summer.

There is the ocean, and all that comes with it. The inland bays and inlet, where...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 3:26pm

Beebe discusses new facilities, Route 17 parcel

Beebe Medical Center CEO Jeffrey Fried and Beebe Director of External Affairs Alex Sydnor spoke to Sussex County Council members this week about Beebe’s plans to expand services in Georgetown and Millsboro.

Sydnor told Council that they...

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 8:21am

Open government becoming more realistic

For those of you who desire more transparency in government, particularly locally, two seperate decisions in the past week are making that much more possible.

On Friday, July 13, the Delaware Attorney General’s Office released an opinion...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 3:27am

Ocean View considers family ties in hiring

The Town of Ocean View, while also busying themselves with the little task of hiring a new town manager, also recently held a first reading on an ordinance amending the personnel policy relating to nepotism.

In the proposed ordinance, the...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 8:13am

Letters to the Editor -- June 29, 2012

Reader: Hearing a ‘kangaroo court’
Editor:

You had to be at the hearing to hear the testimony of witnesses and evidence to know that the decision by the Sussex County Board of Personnel had observers shaking their heads at the total...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 8:04am

Enjoy the day but practice some caution

There’s really no arguing how significant a holiday Independence Day is every year for this community.

The Fourth of July is the ultimate in summer experiences, and we consider ourselves the ultimate place to be during the summer....

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 8:03am