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

'Tis the season to be jolly and generous

This week, as we huddle around our fireplaces, Christmas trees, menorahs, Yule logs, or just an oven filled with treats cooked on our vacations, it’s also an opportune time to think about those who don’t have family to gather with them around a...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 2:58am

The time is right to lift Wichmann's censure

The Ocean View Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to lift the five-year censure of former councilman Bill Wichmann, and that sounds about right to us.

For those of you who either don’t remember, or weren’t living here at the time...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:43am

Day of infamy fades further and further away

On Dec. 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Nine years later on that date, John Adams was elected to be the second president of the United States. Lethal injection was used in an execution for the...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:54am

Day of infamy fades further and further away

On Dec. 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution. Nine years later on that date, John Adams was elected to be the second president of the United States. Lethal injection was used in an execution for the...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:54am

Entire community behind this Indians team

It’s been said that a succesful sports team can galvanize a community. Lines of race, religion, gender and socio-economic status can be erased as people can unite in getting behind the home team and either reveling together over its success, or...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:13am

Local shops and restaurants offer unique goods

The power-shopping time of the year is now officially upon us. Clear up those charge cards, roll up the coins in the giant jar in the hallway and pull together those coupons and gift cards you have been holding on to throughout the year.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:20am

Lack of insight, planning, hurts whole county

Well, it will certainly be interesting to watch ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Friday night.

The popular show will be airing a special two-hour Thanksgiving special on the Jusst Sooup Ranch building project starting at 8 p.m. That...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:39am

Gregory's ouster a gutsy call by council members

What has been expected for several months took place in Ocean View Town Hall on Tuesday night, as the town council voted 5-0 to terminate the contract of Town Manager Conway Gregory without cause.
Gregory has been somewhat of a lightning...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 3:38am

Phillips endures a tough week — more work ahead

It was a turbulent few days for Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips last week.

Things began with an alleged dispute between Phillips and Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher at the county’s GOP headquarters in Georgetown last...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:33am

DEA, local agencies making effort to protect us

According to the Delaware State Police, two men forced their way into a home on John J. Williams Highway in Millsboro last Thursday night and confronted the 41-year-old male and 33-year-old female residents of the home with handguns. The men...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:26am

Ocean View officials doing this the right way

People in Ocean View just don’t trust each other very much.

Now, we don’t mean that neighbors are hanging outside their windows with binoculars at night to spy on what the people next door are up to, though we have heard of a few similar...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:25am

Movement is getting some real legs to it now

The economy has been a basic staple of conversation for the past several years. More specifically, our awful economy has been the major topic of discussion for people of all economic levels.

There is frustration and anger amongst many...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:30am

Sometimes, the exciting story is not so much fun

Before I moved back to our little coastal oasis of Delaware in 2003, I was the editor of two weekly newspapers in the Atlanta area — the Rockdale Neighbor and the DeKalb Neighbor.
Coastal Point

The Rockdale paper was in a more rural...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 6:27am

Grimes a great choice for Lighthouse Award

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce recently awarded its prestigious Lighthouse Award to Patti Grimes, the executive director of the Carl M. Freeman and Joshua M. Freeman foundations, and we couldn’t think of a better recipient.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:26pm

The celebrity exposure in this world is too high

I. Don’t. Get. It.

Why do we have this ridiculous fascination with celebrities? Why do we care who Alec Baldwin supports in a national election? Why do we dedicate thousands of inches of copy in newspapers and on Web sites to the...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:59am

Fenwick Cottage tour a nod to town's history

There’s no secret that many of the people who call this area home have moved here from somewhere else. It’s part of the very fabric of this community that makes it such a tremendous place to live. There are the longtime locals who are set in the...

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 11:59am

Local Legion chipping in to help troops

There have been so many efforts to help our troops overseas. Republican or Democrat, the one thing most Americans agree on is that it is our troops who are in harm’s way on a day-to-day basis in service of this nation, and groups and...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:44am

County finally gets in step with state law

The winds of change are alive in Sussex County.

Under state law adopted last year, local governments and community associations were no longer allowed to require special approvals in order to allow installations such as windmills or wind...

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:34am

Bethany council election a pretty big deal

The first-ever Coastal Point Candidates Forum was held in Bethany Beach Town Hall last Friday night for the town’s coming town council election, and the results had to provide optimism for anybody with strong ties to Bethany Beach.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 2:57pm

Jazz funeral and end-of-season tradition

Labor Day weekend has long been considered the end of the summer season around here, and no event better captures that feeling than the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. The event started more than 25 years ago, as Bethany Beach entrepreneur Moss...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:14am

Plenty of information for Bethany voters

The Town of Bethany Beach will be holding a town council election on Saturday, Sept. 10. There will be five candidates vying for three seats — with challengers Tony Carmen and Tom Lennon battling incumbents Jerry Dorfman, Joe Healy and Carol...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 2:58pm

Route 113 bypass project back in focus

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell put the brakes on the proposed Route 113 bypass project last year following extensive news coverage by this paper and The News Journal — but that doesn’t mean improvements for Route 113 are dead.

The Delaware...

Thursday, August 18, 2011 - 6:47am

Governor's emphasis on jobs is impressive

Gov. Jack Markell has been consistently on the front lines regarding getting employers into Delaware, as well as trying to keep the ones we already have.

When Allen Family Foods declared bankruptcy in July, there were some real fears in...

Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 6:08am

Replenishment project not helping Fenwick

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is doing no favors for the people in Fenwick Island right now.

They finished another scheduled beach replenishment project in New Jersey earlier than planned and moved their sand-moving equipment down to...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 3:24pm

Referendum vote a sign of informed residents

The Town of Selbyville held a referendum on July 20 on a resolution to authorize the issuance of up to $1.4 million in bonds to provide for the installation of new drinking wells.

This stems from a study in 2009 that discovered a well in...

Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 10:47am

Bethany Beach again makes the grade in audit

Like any town, Bethany Beach has its troubles.

This time of year, parking enforcement is on everybody’s lips, as the vacationers complain that they are being singled out for violations, while locals believe they are. There have been some...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:39am

Letters to the Editor--July 22, 2011

Parade committee says thanks

I am writing this letter on behalf of all committee members to express a special thanks to all those who devoted their time to make the Bethany Beach 28th Independence Day Parade a special event...

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 2:31am

Towns making more steps toward the future now

Part of the charm of covering Millville and Ocean View over the years has been the small-town feel at meetings. Residents and town officials often referred to each other by first names, and many approvals for residents were handled with a two-...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 4:43pm

Bhatt stepping into a very difficult role with DelDOT

Tuesday, July 5, 2011, will probably forever be etched in the mind of Shailen Bhatt. That is the day Gov. Jack Markell formally swore in Bhatt to serve as the new secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

This is one...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 4:13pm

There will never be real closure in this case

When Delaware Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. last week announced a guilty verdict on all 24 charges against former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley, there was a sense that the worst was over — the doctor accused of sexually...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 4:02pm

A new era set to begin in Fenwick Island

There will be no town council election in Fenwick Island this year.

That’s not a huge news story in the grand scheme of things, as many of the towns here often find themselves with not enough candidates to hold a formal election. It’s not...

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 5:52am

This weekend full of worthwhile events

The season is now fully upon us, which means there is plenty of beach, surf and fun to keep everybody pretty busy. There are a few events taking place this weekend, however, that are worth pointing out as things to do that serve a greater purpose...

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:34am

We really do need to look at our gun laws

According to a report released by three Democratic U.S. Senators earlier this week, a significant number of weapons used by Mexican drug gangs come from within our country.

The Mexican government reportedly sent 29,284 firearms...

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 7:31am

Students and parents stand up for teacher

We at the Coastal Point are big fans of when people stand up for what they believe is right — whether they succeed in spurring change or not. That old adage of “you can’t fight city hall” is just not true, especially if you are motivated and your...

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 7:17am

New Indian River Inlet Bridge close to reality

Transportation officials reported earlier this week that the new Indian River Inlet Bridge is on schedule to open to traffic in December. That’s December 2011. As in, the bridge should be opening up in a few short months.

We’ll pause here...

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 3:56pm

New parking payment methods in Bethany

Well, let’s kick this thing off by welcoming all our visitors back to town. We think you’ll find many of your old favorite dining and shopping spots just as you remember them, some new locales that are sure to please and your favorite weekly...

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 11:31am

County’s legislators come up with right idea

We believe this is how politics is supposed to work.

State legislators from Sussex County have been discussing the proposed Route 113 north-south bypass that was to run south of Route 24 and parallel to Route 113 on the east side of...

Friday, May 20, 2011 - 6:37am

Towns homecoming should be galvanizing

The Town of Ocean View will celebrate its annual Homecoming event this weekend, with a huge helping hand from the Ocean View Historical Society. The event started in the early 20th century as a way of bringing back home people who had moved away...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:25am

Letters to the Editor -- May 13, 2011

Fashion show fundraiser a success

On behalf of the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club, I would like to thank everyone who helped make our Wrapped Up In Fashion luncheon an overwhelming success.

The event, held at Baywood,...

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:19am

Better beaches and bridge on the horizon

There’s no question that summer is right around the corner now, as thoughts turn to Memorial Day weekend and beyond, into the full swing of the summer season at the beach. And with that comes concern about the impacts of two projects designed to...

Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 5:11am

Local groups getting a little bit of love

We’re all about good news this week in this space.

Actually, we’re all about good stuff happening to local groups this week. Either way, it’s a positive editorial, and that’s about all you can ask for these days, right?

Let’s start...

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:24am

Time for Ocean View to pull together now

It’s over.

Voters in Ocean View turned out last Saturday to select a mayor and councilman, and ended up selecting incumbent mayor Gordon Wood to maintain his position and challenger Tom Sheeran to fill the council seat of Perry Mitchell....

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 6:20am