Our Towns

The Coastal Point covers news and events in Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville, Frankford, Selbyville and Dagsboro, Del., as well as the larger area of southeastern Sussex County, from the Delaware state line north to the Indian River Inlet and from the coast inland to Millsboro.

Our focus is truly local, with local reporters attending nearly all official meetings in each of our towns, as well as following news and events in the area’s non-incorporated communities.

We invite you to visit our town and other governmental pages below to get information about them and their citizens, and to read news and other stories from each of them.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 22 to April 25

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

Business, traffic still humming as Route 26 widens

Drivers returning to Route 26 will see the construction zones, stacked pipes, bare patches of earth and a lot of traffic cones; this is the groundwork for the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project.

Mariner's Bethel to host Easter concert April 13

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Mariner's Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will host an Easter concert on Sunday, April 13.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 14 to April 18

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View.

Due to relocation of the sewer force main, Central Avenue will be closed at Route 26 to through traffic. (Vehicles cannot turn from Central Ave. onto Route 26 and vice versa, but both roads are otherwise passable.) Motorists should follow the posted alternative routes.

OV approves budget, discusses roadwork, alcohol consumption

The Ocean View Town Council met earlier this week to approve the Town’s 2015-fiscal-year operating budget and capital improvement program.

In the final budget, salary increases were reduced from 3 percent to 2 percent. There was also a reduction in the proposed property tax increase, also from 3 percent to 2 percent.

Prayer shawl workshop offered to the community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The women of Mariner’s Bethel Prayer Shawl Ministry gather once a month to knit and crochet prayer shawls to give to those in the community who are celebrating a joyous occassion or going through a difficult time. The Ministry will be offering a workshop this weekend to those interested in starting their own ministry. Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The women of Mariner’s Bethel Prayer Shawl Ministry gather once a month to knit and crochet prayer shawls to give to those in the community who are celebrating a joyous occassion or going through a difficult time. The Ministry will be offering a workshop this weekend to those interested in starting their own ministry. Those in the community who may be looking to create a prayer shawl ministry for themselves, or for their church, are being offered some help from Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry.

On Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mariner’s Prayer Shawl Ministry will be offering a free workshop, and lunch, to the community.

Ministry member Sharon Palmer said the ministry held a similar workshop at Camp Pecometh in Centreville, Md., two years ago.

“It was very successful,” she said. “We thought, because we had reached out to all of those churches near Camp Pecometh, why not reach out to the churches here? So we decided to hold our own workshop here at Mariner’s.”

The ministry has given out a number of brochures regarding the workshop to area churches and knitting groups, and some community members have already signed up for the workshop.

TRAFFIC ALERT: DelDOT announces Route 26 roadwork for April 7 to April 11

The State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project continues with a road closure in Ocean View for 3 to 5 weeks, weather pending.

OV discusses insurance, prepares for budget adoption

Ocean View officials continued discussions of the impacts of increasing insurance costs on the town budget at a workshop this week, leading up to the looming council vote on the 2015-fiscal-year budget.

During the meeting, Town Manager Dianne Vogel and Finance Director Lee Brubaker reviewed the projected increase in health insurance premiums for Town employees.

OVHS offers April 9 talk on area’s maritime history

The Ocean View Historical Society will be offering a lecture on “The Maritime Side of the Coastal Towns” on Wednesday, April 9, led by Richard Nippes, president of the OVHS and Ocean View Mayor Gordon Wood, at Ocean View Town Hall at 7 p.m.

Public invited to Route 26 project meetings

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced mid-week that the Route 26 Project Team Construction Advisory Group would begin meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. at Bethany Beach Town Hall.

The next meeting is set for Tuesday, April 8.