Bethany Beach

Public to discuss climate change concerns, questions

Positive change can start with a frank conversation. Delaware is one of the lowest-lying states in the U.S., which means people in Delaware are more likely to see the common flooding, the saltwater inundation and the seemingly worse storms.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:33pm

Among the finalists in the Town of Bethany Beach calendar photo contest is Patty Obrien’s photo of her dog Beau, which was the grand-prize winner. Obrien was awarded a 2020 VIP parking permit.

Bethany Beach announces photo contest winners

The Town of Bethany Beach this week announced the winners of its annual calendar photo contest, acknowledging all of those who submitted photos.

The contest garnered entries from 88 amateur and professional photographers, all vying for the...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:09pm

Route 1 drainage, pedestrian improvements to begin March 2

Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials announced this week that contractor A-Del Construction Company Inc. on March 2 will begin a transportation alternative program (TAP) for water quality improvements to the Anchorage Canal...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:56pm


Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Audit Committee will meet on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. at...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:19am

This year's Fire & Ice Festival expands from Bethany Beach to Ocean View and Millville, running throughout the weekend. Ice sculptures, like this icy octupus from last year's festival, will be on display on the boardwalk, at Bear Trap Dunes and at Lord's Landscaping, where the ice feature will be an ice slide.

Fire & Ice Festival going ‘Out of This World’

The 2020 Fire & Ice Festival is not only four times the size of its predecessors, it’s “Out of This World.”

That’s the theme for the festival, now in its third year, and it sets the tone for three days that not only include amazing ice...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:05am

George Cole has decided to wind things down at Beach Plum, the Bethany Beach store he opened in 1976.

End of an era

Cole winding down business at Beach Plum

It was business as usual at Beach Plum this week, with longtime owner George Cole bantering with guests about a variety of topics, not the least of which was Donald Trump.

Cole has a life-sized cut-out of the president in his antiques shop...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:03am

Pedestrian safety improvements slated for Route 1 in Bethany

With pedestrian and bicycle safety a major topic in the area in the past year, Bethany Beach is slated to get some significant improvements along its Route 1 corridor before the start of the 2020 summer season.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:54am

No fear for 2020

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Revelers celebrated the dawn of a new year by jumping in the ocean. These brave souls participated in the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge in Bethany Beach.

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 2:25pm

Hair of the Dog runners and their best friends pose for a photo after the race a few years ago.

Hair of the Dog run, Eskimos plunge set for New Year’s Day

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce (BFACC) are partnering to host a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2020: the 9th Annual Hair of the Dog 5K/10K Run and the 24th Annual Leo...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:48am


Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach Town Hall will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 23-25, for the Christmas holiday, and on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, for New Year’s Day.

• Bethany Beach’s pay-to-park season ended on Sept....

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:06am

Coastal Point • File Photo The annual tree-lighting in Bethany Beach has become a tradition.

Bethany turning into a Weekend Wonderland on Saturdays

For the next three Saturdays, Bethany Beach is rolling out the holiday carpet for shoppers, with a schedule of activities and special promotions designed to make the season bright.

The fun begins this Saturday, Dec. 7, with Holiday...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:49am

The next leg of the Assawoman Canal Trail is to build an ‘underpass’ of Route 26 on the canal’s west side. The scaffolding will be removed after the conclusion of a bridge painting project.

Assawoman Canal Trail to get Route 26 ‘underpass’

This winter, the Assawoman Canal Trail will get a small, but critical addition. An “underpass” will help pedestrians and bicyclists safely cross Route 26. The trail will hug the shoreline to cross under the Assawoman Canal bridge, connecting the...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:33am

Town of Bethany Beach photo contest is now open for entries

The Town of Bethany Beach is now accepting submissions for its annual photo contest. Photos will be selected for the 2020/2021 Town calendar and marketing efforts. The calendar is mailed to an estimated 3,200 households and available for sale in...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:13am

Bethany delves into renovation and rehab projects

Despite coming up short on bidders on a planned renovation to the Town’s beachside comfort station, Bethany Beach officials will proceed with a limited set of improvement to the structure, which also houses the beach patrol headquarters.


Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:45pm

An ice sculpture is on display during last year’s Fire & Ice Festival in Bethany Beach.

Fire & Ice Festival to expand in its third year

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites & Holiday Inn Express and the Delaware Office of Tourism will present the next Annual Fire & Ice Festival on Jan. 24-26, 2020.

New this year, the festival...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 9:15am

Rainy Halloween forecast splits local trick-or-treat times

It’s a holiday where people freely give candy to whomever knocks on their door. As local residents prepared for Halloween 2019 this week, the Delaware State Police reminded families, drivers and those handing out treats to...

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 2:04pm

Web Extra: Bethany to purchase Walcek property for $1.4M

Wetland-containing parcel to be ‘maintained in its natural state’

The Bethany Beach Town Council voted unanimously at its Oct. 18 meeting to purchase a 12.53-acre parcel of land — described as the last large parcel of open space remaining in...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:20pm

Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach has been taken over by some bony-looking maintenance folks. Don’t worry — they’re just helping to prepare the town for the Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, set for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Bethany Beach ready to welcome Wags, Witches & Warlocks

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Bethany Beach will have officially “gone to the dogs” — and the witches, and the superheroes, and the ghosts and the goblins.

The town’s annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks celebration, which combines people, pets and...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:02pm

DelDOT to install highway lights to address Route 1 safety concerns

Every pedestrian injury and cyclist fatality that occurs on Route 1 is another heartbreak for the people tasked with keeping the public safe.

Just as the Towns of Bethany Beach and South Bethany were organizing a road-safety campaign this...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:45pm

From left, Karen McGrath, Lt. Col. David C. Park and Sen. Carper look over a ‘before’ graphic of the Rehoboth/Dewey Beach replenishment.

Rehoboth/Dewey beach replenishment begins soon

New Army Corps commander visits Bethany dunes


Sand is the sacrificial defender of Delaware beach towns. By rebuilding the dunes and beach every few years, the state and federal government are aiming to protect local infrastructure...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:27pm

Dana’s boardwalk liquor store serves boutique Bethany convenience

It took a familiar face to bring a liquor store to downtown Bethany Beach. In the two-week blink of an eye, Dana Banks-Klimek transformed her boardwalk-area gourmet shop into Dana’s Pantry & Package liquor store.

Now they’re a full-...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:49am

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill

History on display in Bethany

Like a veteran actress making a comeback in a new role, the Dinker-Irvin Museum in Bethany Beach is ready for its close-up — almost.

The historic beach home has been moved down the street and has been partially renovated in preparation for...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:30pm

Worker critically injured in Bethany Beach fall

The Delaware State Police this week were investigating an industrial accident in Bethany Beach that seriously injured a Laurel man.

Police said the incident occurred on Friday, Sept. 13, around 2:12 p.m., at a residence that was under...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 8:41pm

Bethany voters re-elect incumbents in council election

Bethany Beach voters turned out on a sunny Saturday afternoon this week, casting their ballots in the annual town council election to the usual backdrop of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. Three seats were up for election this year,...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:58pm

Bethany Beach Dinker-Irvin Museum Open for Preview

The Bethany Beach Museum at Dinker-Irvin Cottage will open its doors to the public on Thursday, Sept. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m., and will remain open on Saturdays through October, as part of a special preview being offered while the museum is still...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 10:58am

Some Very Important Families are in town for Warrior Family Beach Week. So many in the community strive to make it special for the families.

Heroes are welcome here

Local residents help welcome Very Important Families to the beach

Being a host family for Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Family Beach Week is a life-changing experience, according to two local couples.

“We, as volunteers, get so much more back, having the experience of getting to know the families and...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:20am

Bethany council candidates take their cases to the voters

Bethany Beach voters will take to the polls on Saturday, Sept. 7, between noon and 6 p.m., to select three town council members from amongst four candidates — three incumbents and a lifelong resident aiming to add his voice to the mix. (Dorian,...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 11:11am

Members of the Brown, Emami and Gerard families (as well as Greg Gerard’s service dog, Infidel) gathered at Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to greet the families attending Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Beach Week for the first time this year. The three families are among those returning as ‘alumni’ to help welcome first-time families and make sure they make the most of all the week has to offer.

Operation SEAs the Day welcomes veterans for Warrior Family Beach Week

Anyone driving by the South Coastal Library late in the afternoon on Labor Day might have thought there was a tailgate party going on.

All kinds of vehicles were there, loaded with food; children played cornhole; people laughed and hugged...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:32am

Passport Palooza set for Sept. 10 in Bethany Beach

A record number of people — especially newly naturalized U.S. citizens — are applying for U.S. passports, according to Ocean View Postmaster Mike Behringer, who noted that in towns across Delaware, people are standing in long lines to apply for...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:21am

The annual Jazz Funeral is an end-of-season tradition in Bethany Beach

Resort set to bid Summer 2019 a fond farewell

Anyone who thinks Bethany Beach is a staid, set-in-her-ways, buttoned-up old girl clearly hasn’t seen her on Labor Day.

For years — 34, in fact — Labor Day has brought out the funk, as well as the jazz, as the town “celebrates” the end of...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 3:19pm

Stalls and shoppers crowd the streets at a previous Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival set for Sept. 7

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and Schell Brothers will present the 41st Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in downtown Bethany Beach.

The annual event hosts more than...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 1:44pm

The Freeman Stage will celebrate the end of the summer season with a performance by the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and fireworks on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Freeman Stage to wrap up 2019 season with MSO, Arts & Jazz Festival


As September nears, the Freeman Stage is preparing to celebrate its final events of the 2019 season.

The annual Labor Day celebration with Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and fireworks will take place Saturday, Aug. 31. The...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:59pm

Beach umbrellas

So, yeah, the beach seems like the place to be right now.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:41pm

Jayden Wilkerson shows off of his costume, flanked by Bethany Beach Police Department officers Kenny Haynes, left, and Patrick Foley, right, at a previous Cops & Goblins.

Cops & Goblins to mark fifth year on Oct. 26

Guests attending the fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration can masquerade in costume and enjoy free cheeseburgers and slices of pizza, but perhaps most important is the lesson for children — that police officers are their friends...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 11:07am

Bethany Beach to hold council election Sept. 7

Bethany Beach town council elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m., with voting at town hall. There are three council seats up for election this year, each with a two-year term.

The seats up for election in 2019...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:55pm

Anchorage Lemonade Stand supports Children’s Library

Having their home on the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, which supports the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach, recently inspired some young philanthropists in South Bethany. During the two days of the Cottage Tour, Kaitlyn Troiano and Matthew...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:28am

Bethany-Fenwick Chamber to honor 2019 beach lifeguards

The Big Chill Beach Club and La Vida Hospitality, in collaboration with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, was set to host the 2019 Lifeguard Award Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The annual event honors the...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 10:44am

Beach towns partner for pedestrian safety

Two Coastal Highway fatalities are prompting Bethany Beach and South Bethany officials to push for better safety features along Route 1. The two towns agreed to form a coalition in July to push the issue with the Delaware Department of...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:13pm

Bethany Beach to hold council election Sept. 7

Bethany Beach town council elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m., with voting at town hall. There are three council seats up for election this year, each with a two-year term.

The seats up for election in 2019...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 2:02pm

Ellen Rice Gallery celebrating 20 years in Bethany Beach area

A celebration is beginning at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View this Saturday, and everyone is being invited to join in, said the artist, who founded the establishment in 1999 “on a wing and a prayer.”

Two decades ago, lifelong Delaware...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 11:06am

St. Ann’s bazaar expands with more items, hours and volunteers

It might sound like a cliché, but this year’s Parish of St. Ann Annual Bazaar actually is bigger and better than ever.

More tables, more items for sale, more hours and (fortunately) more volunteers — that’s just a taste of what’s in store...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:33am

Curran releases new novel, ‘Bombs Aweigh — On to Vietnam’

“Bombs Aweigh — On to Vietnam” is the third book of the “Young Mariner” trilogy by local author Walter F. Curran.

In the story set in 1967, the young merchant mariner William Connolly sails to his next adventure on a World War II-vintage...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:06am


Bethany Beach

• Bethany Beach town council elections will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 6 p.m., with voting at town hall. There are three council seats up for election this year, each with a two-year term. The seats up for...

Friday, July 26, 2019 - 10:44am

Sussex Tech names final quarter of honor roll students

More than 460 students at Sussex Technical High School were named to the honor roll for the fourth marking period for the 2018-2019 academic year. Local students named to the list included:

• Bethany Beach — sophomore Evan Davis.


Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:06am

Town of Bethany Beach to host annual Périers Day celebration

On Saturday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France.

Périers, located in Normandy, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army 90th Infantry Division...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:19am

Plans under way for Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral

To help make the switch from summer to fall a little more palatable, locals and summer residents celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer resort season with their annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, to be held this year on Labor Day, Monday,...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:01am

Home 1 — The Bora Bora House

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour opens local homes to public this week

The Friends of the South Coastal Library’s major annual fundraiser, the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, directly benefits the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach and is almost here. The tour will take place Wednesday, July 24, and Thursday, July...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:43am

The Delmarvalous Dolls

Town of Bethany Beach to host annual Périers Day celebration

On Saturday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach and Périers, France.

Périers, located in Normandy, France, was liberated by the U.S. Army 90th Infantry Division...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 9:29am

Logan Andrea, 6, and Elaina Andrea, 8, of Bethany Beach, show off the posters they created at a Poster Pal event Tuesday, July 9, at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

Operation SEAs the Day ramping up for Warrior Beach Week

Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Beach Week — the six-day event in which 32 wounded veterans and their families are treated to a vacation at the beach — not only offers rest and relaxation for the families, it also offers the community many...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:15pm

Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Bethany Beach held their annual Fourth of July Parade last week.

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:02pm