Fenwick Island

BREAKING NEWS: Events canceled ahead of impending storm (UPDATED)

UPDATED Sunday, Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Cancellations due to Hurricane Sandy include the following:

Both the Indian River School District and Sussex Technical School District have closed schools and offices on Monday, Oct. 29, and...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 2:16pm

BREAKING NEWS: Eakle calls on candidates to help plan assistance for hurricane-threatened residents

Delaware Senate District 20 candidate Rick Eakle (D) on Friday asked his fellow Sussex County candidates in the Nov. 6 elections to put aside their political differences ahead of the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Sandy and gather to plan...

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 6:05am

WEATHER ALERT: Emergency officials urge alert posture as potential hurricane strike looms

State and local emergency officials are urging residents of coastal Delaware to be alert and prepare as Hurricane Sandy tracks up the Atlantic in the coming days and poses a risk of potential severe weather, up to and including possibly making...

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 5:19pm

Campaign sign incident leads to elections complaint

Captain Mac’s Bait & Tackle shop contacted the Delaware Elections Commission early this week, reporting “belligerent, threatening” behavior from a political supporter last week, but others say the incident was blown out of proportion.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 2:19pm

Energy Gym adds to workout convenience with childcare

In keeping with their “No Excuses” motto, Energy Gym on Route 54 will start offering child care to their members and visitors in the coming weeks.

“We are trying to give it more of a community-base element,” owner Gina Hall explained. “...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 1:53pm

Fenwick Island Town Council amends ambulance agreement

The Fenwick Island Town Council met last week to approve changes to the town’s ambulance service agreement with the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Fenwick, along with Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Sea Colony, have an agreement of...

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 7:08am

BREAKING NEWS: Beebe checking visitor IDs in wake of threats to doctors

Beebe Medical Center representatives on Monday afternoon notified the public that visitor IDs were being checked after a former patient allegedly threatened two physicians affiliated with the hospital through a telephone message that was left...

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 8:03am

Subity resigns as Chamber director

On Monday, Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carrie Subity gave the Chamber’s board her letter of resignation.

“The hardest part of leaving is saying goodbye to all of you, the members, my wonderful staff and board of...

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 7:58am

Fenwick Island Lions Club to hold quarter auction on Monday

The Fenwick Island Lions Club will be hosting its first quarter auction and paddle party on Monday, Aug. 13, at the Roxana Fire Hall.

“This is the very first one that we’ve done. The people who are running it have been to four of them,”...

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:49am

Barefoot Gardeners set to show off Gifts by the Sea at flower show

Whether they’ve realized it or not, many local residents and visitors have already seen the Barefoot Gardeners’ work: in the median in Fenwick Island, at Justin’s Beach House in Bethany Beach or at town hall in Fenwick Island. Now, people can...

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 4:47am

Fenwick Island council discusses park and lifeguard pay

Last week the Fenwick Island Town Council discussed the improvements planned for the Cannon Street Park. Mayor Audrey Serio said that the park task force had met earlier in the month and discussed their vision for the park, what should be in the...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 3:19pm

Free tai chi and qigong offered at Chamber office

Next Thursday, visitors and residents alike will have the opportunity to take a free introduction class to tai chi and qigong at the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, given by certified instructor Jim Mace.

“Jim has been a member with...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 3:02pm

Viking Golf: Mini-Pin Hunting

From battleships to cave trolls, Viking Golf in Fenwick Island offers a mythical history lesson in Viking culture. From its location at the crossroads of Routes 1 and 54, magic and history find common ground along the greens.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 2:35pm

Abby's Crabby Mallets has 8-year-old raising charitable funds

While most 8-year-olds are spending their summer vacation playing at the beach on family vacations or preparing for the third grade, Abby Bolcik is spending her summer vacation decorating crab mallets to raise money for Saint Jude’s Children’s...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 2:43am

John Tesh set to swing on Freeman Stage

Audiences often bring their own chairs to the Freeman Stage at Bayside, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be sitting when John Tesh takes the stage this Friday, July 20. While the coastal area is commonly known as the Quiet Resorts, Sussex County...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 2:19am

Quilting and eating with faith, hope and love

The Faith, Hope, Love Quilters have been meeting since 1997 at St. Matthew’s By-the-Sea United Methodist Church at 1000 Coastal Highway in Fenwick Island. The group originally made baby quilts but soon realized that a greater mission was knocking...

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 2:15am

Gray announces candidacy for 38th District representative

“This is it. This is what I have wanted to do my whole life. I am here to officially announce that I am a candidate for state representative for the 38th District.”

Ron E. Gray said those words to a packed house (or tent) at an outside...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 8:02am

Fenwick Island boat parade to make a statement

What’s the recipe for a good parade? Just add water!

And the Fenwick Island Yacht Club sends the usual landlocked spectacle out to sea each year with its annual boat parade, set to be held this year on Saturday, July 28.

“It’s just...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 7:57am

New Fenwick Island home for C&E Furniture caters to coastal area

C&E Furniture has dedicated more than 30 years to serving the coastal area with custom designs, one-of-a-kind decor and a wide variety of furniture styles and motifs, and with a new location in Fenwick Island, owner Katie Winnington is...

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 7:23am

Local beaches among top in nation for water quality

Delaware’s beaches ranked first in the U.S. in water quality for the year 2011 in a report issued last week by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Out of 30 states ranked, the state had the fewest water quality samples that exceeded...

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 10:52am

Fallen CIA officer recognized for service

“Every day, CIA employees risk their lives to keep the nation safe. Some make the ultimate sacrifice and give their lives for the mission. On the smooth white marble walls of the CIA Original Headquarters Building lobby, a field of stars serves...

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 4:51am

Fox Haven community to hold preview event on Saturday

A new development is on the horizon in the Fenwick Island area, as Fox Haven, a community of “beach country homes,” will soon be offering 76 lot-and-home packages.

Fox Haven will be located on Route 20, a mile north the intersection of...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 7:45am

Fenwick bonfire set for Friday, July 6

For about a decade now, the Town of Fenwick Island has held a bonfire on the beach during the week of the Fourth of July holiday, and this year will be no different. The bonfire will be held on Friday, July 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Dagsboro...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 4:02am

Black Pearl hits the high seas in Fenwick Island and surrounding towns

Captain Jack Sparrow may have been the one who first introduced us to the Black Pearl on the high seas, but Bill Fox has brought his own Black Pearl to the streets of Fenwick Island. The customized mini-school bus has been decked out to resemble...

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 3:57am

Workshop offers help for homeowners with failing septic systems

Homeowners in Sussex County are being invited to a free public workshop on June 27 on financial assistance available to replace failing septic systems. The workshop will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the First State Community...

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 8:19am

Coastal farmers’ markets appear all set to grow in 2012

Summer has officially arrived, and with that area’s coastal farmers’ markets are starting up. The Fenwick Island Farmer’s Market will start Monday, June 25, at 8 a.m. The mid-week market at the Marketplace at Sea Colony will open Wednesday, June...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:10pm

Junior lifeguard programs merge fun with beach safety on Delaware shores

Sunny afternoons on the beach mean rest and relaxation to hundreds of thousands making their way to the Maryland and Delaware shores each summer, but for a select few, the summertime means hard work. Each and every summer, lifeguards monitor the...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 2:51pm

BREAKING NEWS: Bradley appeal heard by state Supreme Court

The Delaware Supreme Court stood in recess on June 13 after hearing arguments in the appeal of Earl Bradley.

Last August, the former Lewes pediatrician was sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus an additional 164 years in prison, on five...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 8:18am

When the curtain rises, the crowds roll in for local shows

As the warm summer season approaches, the temperate month of June brings with it the promise of surf, sun and lounging poolside. But what do many find themselves doing on summer nights? Looking for entertainment, of course! And they can find just...

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:32am

Chamber and Fenwick Island partner to hold movie nights this summer

In May, the Fenwick Town Council unanimously approved “Fenwick Flicks,” partnering with the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce to offer a free monthly movie on the beach in the coastal town.

“We wanted to create an event in Fenwick Island...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 3:10pm

Quiet Resorts offers orientation to foreign workers

Anyone who has lived in or visited the Delaware shore for any length of time likely knows that international students make up a large portion of summertime employees in the area. With the workers coming from all over the world, it can be...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 7:31am

A bridge for this century: Charles W. Cullen Bridge opens at Indian River Inlet

After months of limited traffic, the Indian River Inlet Bridge appears on track to fully open all four lanes by Memorial Day weekend.

Coastal Point • File Photo
Pedestrians and bicyclists enjoy the trip over the new Charles W. Cullen...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 6:35am

Bayside restaurant opens door again following last summer’s fire

In August of 2011, a devastating fire shut down and all but destroyed Catch 54, one of the Fenwick Island area’s most recognized restaurants – one of seven local creations of restaurateur Matt Haley. But, as the saying goes, you can’t keep a good...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:56am

Lions to hold all-you-can-eat breakfast

The Fenwick Island Lions Club will host its 26th annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, June 2, from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Harpoon Hanna’s on Route 54 near Fenwick Island.

“This is our annual fundraiser. This particular...

Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 4:00am

Guest Column -- Indian River Inlet Bridge a treasure of the Delaware coast

On Sunday, May 6, more than 2,000 people joined me to celebrate the history and the future of the Charles W. Cullen Bridge at the Indian River Inlet. The history of this location is one of several different bridges, an ever-changing environment...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:21pm

Fenwick Island to hold beach clean-up

Fenwick Island residents will come together this weekend to help clean the town’s beaches before the 2012 summer season kicks off.

“We have two beach clean-ups,” explained councilman Todd Smallwood. “We have one in the fall and it’s...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 4:19pm

Fenwick Island named Tree City USA community by ADF

The Arbor Day Foundation this week announced that Fenwick Island had been named a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the seventh year Fenwick Island has earned the national honor from the Arbor Day Foundation, the...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 8:13am

Freeman Stage requests support from County as milestone nears

Freeman Foundations Executive Director Patti Grimes spoke with Sussex County Council this week about the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation’s progress over the last five years, and the council put a request for $5,000 for transportation funds for the...

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:46am

Residents, business owners petition to complete Route 54 work

Last weekend Karen Fritz, general manager at Smitty McGee’s, decided to petition the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) to have the road construction on Route 54 completed by the start of Memorial Day.

“I started the petition...

Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 8:36am

County planners approve Water's Run subdivision

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission voted this week to approve a final subdivision plan application by Mandarin Homes for Water’s Run subdivision, north of Route 54 and south of Dirickson Creek.

There was some question about...

Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 11:28am

Inland Bays Foundation seeks members to help in mission

The Inland Bays Foundation is up and running and ready to recruit members. They had their first official meeting as an established 501(c)3 organization in October 2011 and have a mission “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:19am

Bunting looks back at 28-year career

Whether one is driving over the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, attending Delaware Tech, visiting the Veterans Home in Milford or kayaking the Assawoman Canal, it is hard not to feel the impact of state Sen. George H. Bunting and his 28 years in...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:16am

Fenwick council discusses stormwater and dune fencing

Last week, the Fenwick Island Town Council held the first reading of a proposed ordinance relating to stormwater management.

Councilman William Weistling said the council had attempted to pass a similar ordinance a few months ago but held...

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 6:07am

BREAKING NEWS: Body of missing Maryland man found in Assawoman Bay

The body of missing Maryland man Nicholas R. Townsend, 23, of Ocean City,  was found about 12:30 p.m. on March 17 in the Assawoman Bay off Ocean City.

Townsend was last seen about 4 a.m. March 2 as he and Matthew Bullen were canoeing in...

Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 7:28am

Burke takes over in Fenwick Island

Fenwick Island has a new face in town. Last week, Merritt Burke stepped in as the new town manager.

Burke, who has a master’s degree, in public administration from the University of Delaware and a bachelor’s degree in political science...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:22pm

Fenwick location adds convenience for Ruddo’s Golf

As the weather warms and a mild winter transitions into spring, more and more golfers will be hitting the links, and with the opening of Ruddo’s Golf in Fenwick Island, PGA professionals John Ruddo and Bret Marshall are looking forward to another...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 3:09pm

Ocean City man missing after stolen canoe capsizes near Fenwick Island

An Ocean City, Md., man went missing in the early hours of March 2 after the canoe he was in reportedly capsized in the bay near Fenwick Island.

Nicholas Townsend, 23, was last seen on the Assawoman Bay, 100 yards offshore, behind the...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:21am

Shoppers seeing green at Fenwick’s Shamrock Shanty

The Irish are a proud people, as Pat Griffith, owner of Shamrock Shanty, will attest. Her Irish-themed shop, now in its third year at the Ocean Bay Plaza in Fenwick Island, remains open year-round, but it’s the time from late February through...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 8:09am

Fenwick woman ready to go roll for roll

Fenwick Island’s Sue Studz already knows that oven #19 at the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest is hers. Surrounding her in the Peabody Orlando Hotel ballroom at the end of March will be 99 other ovens and simulated kitchens — but no running water...

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 7:41am

Valor awards highlight selfless acts of heroism

Each and every day, members of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and EMS services put their own lives on the line to ensure welfare of members of the community. Oftentimes their deeds go unnoticed except by those who experience...

Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 2:11am