Letters to the Editor

Reader asks Carper to speak to residents


Letters were sent many, many times to all our government representatives.

As follows, Sen. Carper, when will some of the main channel of Indian River be dredged? Please don’t tell us boaters about Massey’s Landing getting...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:46am

Reader endorses Sheplee for Bethany Beach Town Council


I support Patrick Sheplee in the Sept. 7 election for Bethany Beach Town Council and urge all Bethany Beach citizens to do the same.

Patrick is a dedicated council member who cares deeply about Bethany Beach and its citizens...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:07pm

Walsh supports town council incumbents


As a former town councilman and mayor of Bethany Beach, I am pleased to offer my endorsement to Jerry Morris, Joseph T. Healy and Patrick E. Sheplee for re-election to the town council.

I very am impressed with the interest...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:06pm

Reader: residency isn’t a qualification


I’m writing another letter about the upcoming election of Bethany Beach Town Council members because I heard some troublesome reports of how some folks decide to vote.

Reportedly, without apparent regard for comparative...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:05pm

Former South Bethany officer critiques treatment of police


Can anyone rationalize anything that has happened within the South Bethany local government in the last couple of years? I think that I can…

One word: Transplants.

The resort area has been taken over by transplants...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:05pm

Dorfman puts support behind incumbents


As a former Bethany Beach councilman for 12 years and treasurer of the Town, I am very pleased with the current council.

Each member has put in the time and effort to help make Bethany Beach the best town on the Delaware...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:03pm

Bethany-Fenwick Chamber gives thanks


The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce was honored to host the 2019 Lifeguard Awards on Aug. 15 and recognize the many men and women who guarded our beaches this summer season.

The compassion, professionalism and work...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:02pm

Reader endorses incumbent Sheplee


I am writing this letter of endorsement for Bethany Beach Town Council incumbent Patrick Sheplee. I have known Patrick for over 55 years, and I believe I have a unique perspective on his credentials.

In addition to his many...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:02pm

Reader responds to previous letter on bike parking


In the Aug. 9, 2019, issue of your newspaper, there was a letter to the editor relating to the bike parking issues in South Bethany (SB). The issues are somewhat complicated and have a long history; for that reason, the mayor and...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:12am

Chair of S. Bethany Planning Commission on bicycle issues


I am the current chair of the South Bethany Planning Commission and am the point-person to receive public comments and suggestions on our bike parking initiative.

First, I want to thank the residents who have forwarded...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:12am

Thanks for support of summer fundraisers


The Friends of the Millsboro Library wants to thank the community for making two fundraisers so successful.

In mid-July, the Friends held its annual Book Sale. Volunteers sold thousands of books the community had generously...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:11am

Cabry: Gun legislation is up to Delaware’s Democratic leaders


On May 8, 2019, Sens. David McBride and Nicole Poore blocked the release of two bills from committee — bills that would ban the sale of assault weapons (Senate Bill 68) and magazine clips of more than 15 rounds (Senate Bill 70)....

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:10am

Biking to the beach in South Bethany


For much of its 50-year history, South Bethany residents and guests have biked to the beach. It has become part of the charm of living and vacationing in a small town where automobile use is minimal. It also provides a safe and...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:32am

Family grateful for support, kindness


On July 27, our neighbor’s grandsons were competing in a cornhole tournament in Fenwick.

They were wearing hats with the leukemia cancer symbol and the wording, “Maddie’s Fight.” One of the other participants asked about the...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:31am

PIT count does not tell the whole story


In the next few days (Wednesday and Thursday), the Delaware Housing Alliance will be conducting a PIT count when they attempt to count the homeless in Sussex County. This is the first time they are doing a summertime count. But...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:31am

Reader cites hate as cause of shootings


So far in 2019 there have been 259 mass shootings; that’s more days than have passed in the year.

Contrary to what Trump says, these mass shootings are not the result of violent video games (as disgusting as they apparently...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:30am

FOSCL thankful for volunteers, support


Two perfect July days helped our loyal tour attendees enjoy the 28th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour! As chair of the tour, it is my pleasure to offer my most sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone responsible for...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 10:39am

Resident offers election endorsements


The Fenwick Island town elections are upon us and this year there are some important considerations regarding choosing the next town council.

Like all beach communities, Fenwick is faced with maintaining the quiet, friendly...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:09am

Juneteenth thanks


Thank you for your support! We couldn’t have done it without you. Estimated participants in this year’s Juneteenth Celebration exceeded 350.

On behalf of the Richard Allen Coalition, we would like to take this opportunity to...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:08am

Reader feels let down by S. Bethany Town Council


It was disheartening to read that the South Bethany Town Council has agreed to move forward with removing existing beach bike parking at Sandpiper Village without first securing alternative spots at that location. The mayor and...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:07am

Fredericks endorse two for council


Julie Lee and Roy Williams have fervently protected the interests of the citizens of Fenwick Island for the past four years for Julie, and five years for Roy. They ask the necessary questions and make a strong effort to find...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:07am

SDEF gives thanks


This thank-you has been delayed for two months, but I want to thank the people who helped make our fundraiser for the Southern Delaware Education Foundation such a success!

Our fundraiser was held on May 18-19, 2019. First,...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:05am

Resident endorses Williams, Lee


I am voting for Roy Williams and Julie Lee for Fenwick Island Town Council, and I ask voters of Fenwick Island to do the same.

Roy listens to the concerns of his neighbors and is responsive. He asks tough questions about how...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 10:04am

Reader covers beach overcrowding


Your article about South Bethany being unable to accommodate the growing number of people biking to the beach raises a key point, which is there are just too many people seeking a limited amount of beachfront space.

Yes, our...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:52pm

Reader considers bikes ordinance

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the town councils of Bethany Beach and South Bethany, and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.


Recommend you both consider an ordnance granting bicycles the right-of-...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 12:52pm

Letter: A thank-you from the Bravo family

Editor’s note: The following letter was forwarded for publication in the Coastal Point by Late Breaking Delaware News.



We would like to send a heartfelt thank-you to all who shared the story of Linda being missing,...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:52pm

Lewes Public Library gives thanks


The Lewes Public Library’s 3rd Annual Loopin’ for the Library cycling event on Saturday, June 22, was a huge, and fun, success. With 243 registered riders of all ages, the ride netted over $15,000 to help fund the library’s many...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:09am

A reader’s thoughts on a new marina


In 2017, under pressure from residents in the communities surrounding Whites Creek over a proposed new marina at Solitude, Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) held a hearing to examine the...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:08am

Thanks from Frankford Public Library


There is nothing more encouraging, in this age of technology, than to see adults, teenagers, children and families unplugging from their electronic devices and attending an event held to celebrate reading.

On June 14, from 6...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:08am

Reader broken-hearted about IRSD students


When I read Laura Walter’s article describing the stark economic forecast for the Indian River School District and its students, I wept.

It was the image of local children in portable classrooms with less security and safety...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 11:07am

Thanks from Delaware Womenade


This year’s Delaware Womenade Games Day was a huge success thanks to the generosity of our guests, sponsors, donors and, last, but not least, VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View. Due to the commitment of everyone, we were able to present a...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:48am

The Griffin/McCray Family gives thanks


On behalf of the Griffin/McCray family, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the following for the tremendous help and support in the untimely death of our son, Jalen S. Griffin:

Boy Scout Troop 382; Station 73/...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:47am

Reader wants to really can spam

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Federal Trade Commission and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

I have examined every email in my spam Gmail folder for the last month and attempted to “unsubscribe”...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:47am

An open letter to Sussex rising seniors

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to Sussex County high school rising seniors ahead of their graduations and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.

Sussex County high school rising seniors: Channel your goodness,...

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:45am

A thank you to Justin’s Beach House

Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to the Justin W. Jennings Foundation regarding the Justin’s Beach House respite house in Bethany Beach. It was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.


Good afternoon. I am going...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:49am

Helping some cool cats


Cats Around Town Society is a 501c charity organization that helps reduce the over-population of homeless cats. They loan traps and can help with trapping/transporting cats to the SPCA for rabies vaccinations and sterilization....

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:49am

Success again for the Seaside Craft Show


The 15th Annual Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show was held on Saturday, June 1. Once again, this juried show presented over a hundred crafters with a wide variety of offerings on our boardwalk and bandstand, as well as on Garfield...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 11:47am

A letter of thanks


I would like to send a personal thank-you to all the voters who engaged in South Bethany’s election on May 25 and congratulate all the elected council members. It was a record turnout for the town and showed that its citizens are...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:28am

Reader: Bickering, grandstanding doesn’t help


In a letter to the Coastal Point on May 23, Mr. Ken Niehaus musters material reflecting his view of the Russian collusion and obstruction matter and concludes the Congressional “case should not be closed.”

Well, by golly, it...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:27am

Reader weighs in on a national discussion


On March 24, 2019, Attorney General (AG) William Barr wrote a letter to Congressional leaders and to the public stating that this was his summary of the Special Counsel’s (SC) findings.

The AG’s letter summarized to Congress...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:58am

Builder says it’s time to change permits


Well, it’s parking permit/meter season, and anti-business Bethany Beach is at it again. The house I am building on the corner of Wellington and Parkway averages 10 vehicles per day. Bethany claims when we park on the jobsite, we...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:58am

Lions Club gives thanks


Through the generosity of our guests and the donations from our supporters at the May 15 “Sassy is Back!” Fashion Show Luncheon, the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club will be awarding scholarships to a IRHS graduating senior, plus a...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 11:57am

Reader: We failed the children

Disclaimer: The content discussed in this [letter] are solely the views and opinions expressed as a resident and taxpayer in the IRSD. It is not indicative of the thoughts or opinions of residents within my community.

The recent failure to...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:22pm

Team Refuge offers thanks for support`


Team Refuge of Northern Worcester County Relay for Life wish to thank the following vendors and merchants for their donations. Their support and encouragement have helped us to raise funds in the ongoing battle to find a cure for...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:21pm

Reader offers Council endorsements


I take this opportunity to express my views regarding the candidates for the South Bethany Town Council. At the Candidate’s Forum on May 10, I was impressed by the stark distinction between two sets of Town Council candidates....

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:19pm

Reader does not pick ‘New Voices’ in election


On May 25, South Bethany will hold an election to fill four council seats. There are a group of individuals running for these seats under the banner of “New Voices.”

It has been my observation over the past year that these “...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:18pm

Reader says politicians failed District


There has been a plea from IRSD for reasons why the recent school board referendum has been rejected again.

We know for a fact many “no” votes were cast because of the failure of Congress to revise the current immigration...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:18pm

Outgoing council member weighs in


I am currently on the South Bethany Town Council and have chosen not to run for re-election. I feel that I can provide more transparency to the issues that have overwhelmed this town over the last two years as a citizen.


Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:17pm

Focus group on Sussex County housing needs


The new “workforce housing and affordable housing” focus group has been forming. I will attend the May 21 public forum from 6 to 8 p.m., and all are welcome. I am promoting the May 21 public forum so we can learn from a variety of...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:16pm

Reader wants a focus on health care


I’m writing in regards to the lack of focus on senior health care needs by Delaware legislators in Washington!

After a lifetime of hard work, affordable health care should be a guarantee in retirement. Instead, Congress is...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 1:15pm