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’

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

Two painful losses shake our community

It was a dark couple days for our picturesque community.

Two young women were murdered within a few days of each other, and though they don’t appear to be connected in an way, shape or form, it was still sobering.

These things just...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:29pm

Frankford offering great service to residents

Sometimes we lose sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people. Or, to put a fine point to it, sometimes government loses sight of what government is supposed to be doing for the people.

Governments are established to...

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 6:36am

Now is the right time to prepare for hurricanes

Those of us who were here last year remember watching Hurricane Irene climb the coast and appear to head right to us. The weather broadcasters were predicting several different routes Irene might take as it traveled north, and all of them...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:52am

Memorial Day not the same without the Legion

There are certain events and circumstances that take place in our community over the course of any given year that we just hate to get involved in, for various reasons. One of the touchiest, and least palatable reasons, is the “he-said, she-said...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:26pm

Despite extended recession, County looks good

Times have been tough in recent years — not just here, but everywhere. Real estate has taken a hit, the job market has been strained and people are owing more on college loans than ever before.

We have all read or seen stories on rising...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:42am

Selbyville law may not be the right answer

Selbyville’s new bar and restaurant law, which states that alcohol may not be served after 11:30 p.m., is one bourne out of both a need to protect the town’s citizens and to re-establish the reputation of the town in general.

There have...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:32pm

Bike tour demonstrates Quiet Resorts’ appeal

The annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, which was held on April 21 this year, has increasingly demonstrated its ability to both offer an option to locals looking for something to do outdoors on a spring weekend and to bring people from outside the...

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:07am

This weekend starts the busy season

Ladies and gentlemen, the season is soon upon us.

Anyone with a spectacular Coastal Point calendar (still have some in stock!) can tell you that Memorial Day weekend is only a few short weeks away. And while that used to be the unofficial...

Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 8:12am

County police coverage a difficult issue

Once again, the roles of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office have dominated headlines around the area.

The proposed HB 290 would make the law perfectly clear in Delaware that county sheriffs and their deputies would not have arrest...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:09am

County recognizes, appreciates libraries

This week has been dubbed “Sussex County Library Week,” and Sussex County Council spent some time at their meeting on Tuesday celebrating the work of the 14 public libraries that call Sussex home.

According to county officials, more than 1...

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 4:52am

Combined effort could actually save lives

The Indian River School District (IRSD) and Joshua M. Freeman Foundation will host a special program on Monday, April 16, aimed at parents to discuss bullying and teen suicide prevention. The program, called “The Choice is Yours,” will be held at...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 8:10am

Republican event in Roxana a good idea

This is a smart idea.

It’s no secret that our little corner of Delaware is a bit of a conservative bastion. The beach towns house many of the affluent fiscal conservatives who often support the Republican party, and the inland towns...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:48am

Selbyville locks down funds for new wells

The Town of Selbyville has been discussing water issues in the town for quite some time. From run-off to wastewater to water bills to the quality of the town’s drinking water, Selbyville officials have been dealing with water in some shape or...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:02am

No election in Ocean View this year, but why?

It’s probably not surprising to anyone who regularly reads our paper to see that Ocean View is the subject of our editorial this week. After all, the town has seen discord between council members, staff, residents and, yes, newspaper reporters...

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 6:19am

Bunting will leave reputation, strong legacy

State Sen. George H. Bunting Jr. (D-Bethany Beach) announced his retirement on the floor of the state Senate on Tuesday, March 13. Bunting has served as senator for the 20th District since 1996, and prior to that was a state representative from...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:29pm

Lady Indians left it all on the court this year

There’s really only so much athletes can control when in the heat of battle, particularly in a sport like basketball. They can control their energy. They can control their effort. They can play good defense. What they can’t always control is...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:30am

Local disputes must be handled better by all

State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove recently dismissed an appeal by Frankford resident and 2012 town council candidate Greg Welch in which he argued that town officials had not acted properly in refusing to delay the town’s recent election...

Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 10:36am

Searching for hidden gold in local schools

One of the things we really enjoy about being a community paper is that we can heap a great deal of attention on the young men and women from local schools who excel in athletics. In our case, we focus the vast majority of our coverage on Indian...

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:09am

Farmer's markets continuing to sprout up in the area

The Millville Town Council voted Tuesday night to hold a farmers’ market this summer, taking place on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Millville joins Bethany Beach, Millsboro, Sea Colony, Selbyville and others in the area as locations where...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:53am

DelDOT gets out the word--now it's our turn

There are differing opinions on how governments should be run, who should run them and how much responsibility they should have in our day-to-day lives. Those differences in opinion are often linked to political party affiliation or personal...

Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 3:58am

Frankford election is somewhat rare. Go vote

It’s not every day there’s a town council election in Frankford. In fact, it’s not every year there’s a town council election in Frankford. For the first time since 2003, voters in that town will come to the voting booth on Saturday, Feb. 4, to...

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 9:48am

Millville puts police department talk on hold

Millville officials have made it pretty well-known that a top priority for the town in their eyes has been to increase police presence.

With no department of their own, the town has contracted out the Delaware State Police for several...

Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 8:19am

Appeal process another hurdle for family

Attorneys for Derrick Powell, the man convicted of fatally shooting Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer in September 2009, have filed a motion in their client’s appeal to move that trial out of Sussex County. Powell was sentenced to death for...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:43am

New Indian River Inlet Bridge to open soon

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced earlier this week that soutbound traffic on Route 1 would be routed onto the new Indian River Inlet Bridge on Friday, Jan. 20. Officials said northbound traffic would be moved on to the...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:42am

That bucket list might have to be accelerated

I was going back through my New Year’s resolutions this past weekend, as well as formulating a plan on how I would explain to people how all of them are now officially dead, when a jolt of reality shot through my body.

Who needs...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:36am

Teamwork, citizen's help lead to arrest

Last week, we used this space to alert local business owners about a string of armed robberies in the area. We also emphasized that people needed to let the police do their jobs, and not try to take the law into their own hands.

As is so...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 3:35am

Police investigating series of robberies

When word got out that Fox’s Pizza Den in Millville was robbed at gunpoint on Monday, Dec. 19, much of the community was stunned. That simply isn’t the type of crime we are used to here. Oh, we’re not naive enough to believe that there is no...

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 1:40pm