Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach staff go above and beyond for beach rescue

The rough sea did not deter two Town of Bethany Beach employees from braving the waters to save an 11-year-old boy on Monday.

On Oct. 3, a little after 2 p.m. Bethany Beach Public Works employee Sean Ely was on the beach at Maplewood...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 11:13am

Fire company auxiliary hosting annual Artisans Festival

Coastal Point • File Photo: Pam Browne will be at this weekend’s Artisan Festival, displaying her ‘deco-mesh’ wreaths.Artisans from around the region are preparing their wares this week for one of the most popular events of the “shoulder season”...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 10:52am

Bethany aims to address housing bulk with tradeoff system

The size — or, more specifically, the appearance of size — of homes in Bethany Beach is an issue that has long been discussed by the Town and many of its citizens. Large new multi-story homes built next to the town’s traditional single-story...

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 9:09am

Community invited to give ‘Heroes’ Welcome’ to veterans

Operation SEAs the Day’s Warrior Week 2016 is well under way, but there is still time for community members to get involved.

Operation SEAs the Day is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to organize and facilitate a beach week event...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 11:17am

Boardwalk Arts Festival set for Saturday in Bethany

The 38th Annual Boardwalk Arts Festival will get under way this Saturday, Sept. 10, with more than 100 artists from around the country slated to feature their work along the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.

Jewelry, glass, pottery,...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 9:03am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral a swinging farewell to summer

Crocodile tears are encouraged at this funeral, as visitors and locals will “mourn” the end of summer at the 2016 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5.

Starting at 5:30 p.m., three New Orleans-style Dixieland bands will...

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 9:00am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral to benefit Habitat for Humanity

The Southern Delaware resort area’s most unusual celebration takes place in the “Quiet Resort” of Bethany Beach on Labor Day, and everybody is invited, according to Carolyn Bacon and Marie Wright, the assistant chairpersons of this year’s Bethany...

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 5:50am

Brand new canalfront home in South Bethany

Coastal Point • Submitted: A tower of windows is one of the features of this contemporary home, which will be among those featured on the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27-28.(Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of previews of the...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:17am

Heritage Trail offers glimpse into Bethany history

For years, one of Bethany Beach’s greatest attractions has been nestled amongst its best-kept secrets.

The town’s heritage walking trail — which, according to Carol Olmstead, chairwoman of the Town’s Cultural & Historic Affairs...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 6:15am

Hit-and-run claims the life of foreign student

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Anastasia Ciolpan was described as being ‘full of enthusiasm.’A student worker from Moldova passed away earlier this week after being hit by a truck in Bethany Beach on June 26.

According to police...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 11:52am

Warner ‘honored’ to be parade’s grand marshal

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Brett Warner, director of Public Works for Bethany Beach, served as grand marshal of Bethany Beach’s annual Fourth of July Parade on Monday.On Monday, Brett Warner joined a long list of public servants and local...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:13am

Local author to launch new picture book at Saturday event

Coastal Point • Submitted: Ocean View resident Michelle Meadows will be launching her new book, ‘Super Bugs,’ at Tidepool Toys & Games in Bethany Beach during a special event on Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m.Ocean View resident Michelle Meadows...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 9:43am

DoJ takes no action in Bethany surf-shop shirt situation

Bethany Beach Surf Shop owner Jim McGrath has a folder in his store that he says documents more than 300 instances of “confusion” between his store and another business in town.

McGrath says the folder contains evidence that the other...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 7:31am

Civil War author Ryan to hold book signing this Friday

This weekend, Civil War enthusiasts will get the chance to meet with Bethany Beach author and Civil War historian Tom Ryan.

Ryan will be signing copies of his 2015 book, “Spies, Scouts & Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:14am

Fly the red, white and blue with pride again this year

In 67 days, 25 military veterans and their families will travel to Bethany Beach for a week of support and relaxation, thanks to the nonprofit organization Operation SEAs the Day.

The mission of Operation SEAs the Day (OSTD) is “to...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:11am

Three Blonde Bakers serving up Vanderwende’s, fudge

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: The Three Blonde Bakers, from left, Brittany, Ann and Cassidy Baker — gather in front of their new shop in Bethany Beach.It was late last spring when Brittany Baker returned home from Puerto Rico, expecting...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 9:39am

Habitat to benefit from Jazz Funeral

Coastal Point • Submitted Assistant Co-Chairman Marie Wright portrays ‘Sister Marie’ as one of the collection of mourners to celebrate the passing of the summer season in Bethany Beach for a past Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. This year’s event will...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 9:08am

Bethany Beach adopts restrictions on private drone use

Drone hobbyists have been given official notice by the Town of Bethany Beach: Flying those increasingly popular unmanned aircraft over any property but their own is likely to get them in trouble.

On a second reading of the new Chapter 12,...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:32am

Bethany Beach ultimately still at the mercy of tide and storm

There’s no way around it: Bethany Beach floods. Land in the town ranges from just below sea level to as much as 10 feet above it, with much of the town coming in somewhere between sea level and just 3 feet above. The result is that, whether it’s...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:21am

International students gather for welcome picnic

Coastal Point photo • Shaun M. Lambert: Students from all over the world enjoy each other’s company during the annual international students picnic at St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach on Tuesday, June 21.


Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:35am

A love affair with Bethany Beach continues in this new home

Coastal Point • Submitted : Family and guests can enjoy gathering in this new Bethany retreat, which is part of the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour for 2016.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 6:26am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set for Sept. 5

While the 2016 summer resort season is just getting started, plans are in the works to celebrate the end of the summer season. Locals and summer residents will celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer resort season with their annual Bethany...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 4:27am

BBVFC adapting, growing with new programs

When the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company saw a shortfall of volunteers coming down the pike, they created a single 24/7 paid firefighter position. Just for this summer, they have one paid employee present 24 hours a day, from May 1 to Sept....

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:59pm

Bethany drone law up for vote on Friday

At their meeting on Friday, June 17, the Bethany Beach Town Council will consider new rules restricting the operation of unmanned aircraft — drones — within town limits, which could make it among the first municipalities in the state to adopt...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:56pm

Bethany resident recalls town’s journey through history

Coastal Point • Submitted: Margaret Young has considered Bethany Beach her home since she was 1 year old and has watched the area change extensively over her time there.Bethany Beach has been a home to Margaret Young since she was just 1 year old...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:45pm

Plans well under way for Bethany's annual Fourth of July event

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning the 33rd annual event and is seeking participants. The event will take place on Monday, July 4.

The 2016 theme is “Celebrate Your Right to Vote.” The committee...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 1:05pm

Boardwalk Arts Festival adds arts and antiques tour

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is partnering with new presenting sponsor, Schell Brothers, for the 38th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, to...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:09pm

Summer events for teens and tweens at the South Coastal Library

The staff of the South Coastal Library is inviting teens to participate in their 2016 Summer Reading Program, with sign-up now under way.

Participants in the summer reading program for those ages 12 to 18, “Get in the Game,” can read...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 5:40am

Local emergency services, law enforcement train together

Last week, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and the Bethany Beach Police Department, along with the Ocean View Police Department and South Bethany Police Department, joined together for a three-day training session on tactical emergency...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:12am

Expansive views of the Indian River Bay highlight this waterfront home

Coastal Point • Submitted: Diners sitting at this Indonesian mahogany table in this Cottage Tour home enjoy unobstructed views of the bay.(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 7:04am

Bethany council approves relocation plan for cottage

Bethany Beach has settled the lawsuit regarding the relocation of the historic Dinker Cottage for use as a museum, but the issue isn’t history quite yet, as opponents of the location continued to object to the project at the May 20 meeting of the...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:26am

Bethany Beach Town Council takes aims at drones

As Bethany Beach welcomed in the new year with its inaugural beach-ball drop on Jan. 1, a not-so-welcome guest appeared: an unmanned aircraft — also known as a drone.

Some bystanders assumed it was the Town’s own “mobile aerial camera,”...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:24am

Beach towns short on sand but ready for summer

It’s here! The unofficial start of the summer season at the Delaware shore has arrived with Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a time of transition for the area, as the relatively quiet second season of spring sprouts into the hustle and bustle that...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:04am

Bethany, Sea Colony farmers’ markets ready to start

The Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market and the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony are set to reopen June 12 and 15, respectively, sharing many of the same growers in a producers-only showcase of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.


Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:03am

Hockers acquire former Harris Teeter property

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: The Hocker family has reached an agreement to purchase Salt Pond Plaza, which includes the building that formerly housed Harris Teeter.In a mystery that rivaled “Who shot J.R.?” and “Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone?”...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 10:02am

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show set for June 4

The 12th annual Seaside Craft Show will be held in downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee, the juried fine crafts show will feature more...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 5:57am

Bethany prevails in settlement of lawsuit over cottage relocation

The Bethany Beach Town Council on May 12 unanimously approved a settlement in the lawsuit against it by neighbors of the Town-owned Maryland Avenue Extension property planned to become the new home to the historic Dinker Cottage.


Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:40am

Storms leave Bethany with limited handicapped access to beach

With DNREC’s work on the town’s storm-battered beaches complete, Bethany Beach officials said Town staff have been working to reconstruct steps at nine dune crossing locations in recent weeks, but handicapped access to the beach will still be...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:07am

Bethany Beach to host Poseidon Fest/EMS Day on May 21

The Town of Bethany Beach is teaming up with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company to offer a special day of awareness on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to Greek mythology, Poseidon was the sea god who protected...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 11:00am

Bethany seeking participants for Fourth of July parade

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 33rd annual event and is seeking participants. The event will take place on Monday, July 4.

The 2016 theme is “Celebrate Your Right to Vote.” The committee...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 9:18am

Fire company offering paychecks to combat shortage

Many coastal businesses are hiring extra help for the summer season. And, for once, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company (BBVFC) is among them.

The BBVFC wants to hire part-time firefighters for the warmer months. They’re requesting...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:55am

BREAKING NEWS: Bethany prevails in settlement of lawsuit over Dinker Cottage relocation

The Bethany Beach Town Council on May 12 unanimously approved a settlement in the lawsuit against it by neighbors of the Maryland Avenue Ext. property planned to become the new home to the historic Dinker Cottage.

In exchange for the...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:02am

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 1

Coastal Point • Submitted : Architectural features abound in this new home in Bethany Beach, which will be featured on the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.

New home offers ocean views for long-time visitors

(Editor’s note: This...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 9:14am

Operation SEAs the Day prepares for Warrior Beach Week

Although it may be hard to believe, this September, Operation SEAs the Day will be welcoming its fourth installment of warrior families to Bethany Beach.

The mission of Operation SEAs the Day is “to organize and facilitate a beach week...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 10:05am

Inspection of Indian River Inlet Bridge to require nighttime bridge closures

DelDOT contractor Pennoni Associates Inc. will be inspecting the Charles W. Cullen Bridge over the Indian River Inlet starting April 28. As part of the inspection, there will be short duration closures of the entire bridge in both the northbound...

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:59am

Bethany to host ‘Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong’

On Tuesday, April 19, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Saul Broudy, “Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong.” The event will take place in Town Hall at 214 Garfield Parkway...

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 4:36am

Cat Hill residents to get surveys on 11th ‘speed hump’

Residents of the Cat Hill section of South Bethany will soon receive surveys regarding possible traffic-calming strategies for the area, which for years has been used as a shortcut from Route 1 to Kent Avenue, leading west from South Bethany....

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:42am

FEMA rejects South Bethany’s flood map appeal

South Bethany has had trouble stemming the tide. Just as storms battered their protective sand dunes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has completely rejected their appeals to downgrade the new flood insurance rate map (FIRM).


Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:41am

Humans helping their habitat at Earth Day events

Earth Day is a 46-year tradition designed to show Mother Earth some love.

People can plan an eco-friendly project of their own (plant a tree and turn off a light bulb), but local towns and groups are also hosting Earth Day events all month...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:33am

Local towns win park/playground grants from DNREC

Local park projects are getting their day in the sun after the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) announced its 2015 grant awards. Across the state, DNREC’s Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Trails Program...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:05am