Board of Education election is critical for future


On the heels of a succesful referendum (in the eyes of those with the District), the Indian River School District’s Board of Education has four seats up for election this May.

Included in that math is one seat for District 2 (northern...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 5:25pm

Sussex County in need of new family court building


There is an effort underway to build a new $80 million-Family Court for Sussex County in Georgetown.

The present 31,000-square-foot building was constructed in 1998, with the hope that it would serve the county for 100 years. But a 98-...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 8:28pm

Night to Shine is a night to embrace love, service


There is so much to digest when pondering Ocean View Church of Christ’s recent Night to Shine event.

We can start with the beautiful acts of kindness displayed by so many others in the community, putting out their best efforts to give...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 1:23pm

Determination and a just cause can go a long way

We are big fans of hope. And we also admire determination and focus. When you combine hope with determination and focus, well, you can pretty much accomplish anything.

Local restaurateur Al Casapulla embodies this concept, not only with...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:40pm

Fire & Ice brought fun, business to winter season


January can be somewhat difficult around here.

Though we generally have mild winters, it’s still cold out and it turns dark before many of us leave work for the day. If you’re young and single, there isn’t a whole lot of nightlife in the...

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 11:21am

‘Fire & Ice’ spreading out into new towns this weekend


Prepare for fire and ice. Actually, let’s do that again. Prepare for “Fire & Ice!”

The popular Fire & Ice Festival, now in its third year, returns this weekend to provide a little winter entertainment, and it is branching out to...

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 8:49am

Monday is a day of service — for others and ourselves

On Monday, Jan. 20, millions of people across this nation will celebrate the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We honor and remember him largely because he worked toward inclusion, not exclusion, and had a clear desire to unite, and...

Friday, January 17, 2020 - 1:54pm

Town-hall meetings provide accessibility for many


In a time when the divide between government and the citizenry appears to be as pronounced as any era in most of our lifetimes, the good old-fashioned town hall meeting appears to be making a comeback. And that’s a good thing. 

We’ve seen...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 1:52pm

What key issue will community face in 2020?


As we look forward to what 2020 might bring our local community, we thought about a few key issues that could shape the year: the ongoing opioid epidemic; population and building growth; economic opportunities for young people; schools bursting...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:04am

We have a resolution for our entire community

As we exit one year and prepare to begin another, it’s a good time for all of us to assess where we are — as individuals, businesses, organizations and as a community in general.

At the Point, we are resolving to step up our game in...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:24pm

Enjoy the holidays, but make happy memories


They say that there is no time like the holidays. 

It is a time for spiritual and religious celebration, as well as a time to embrace family and loved ones. We carefully select gifts for those we love,...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:17am

A word of advice: Shop local this holiday season


Holidays have you running like you have 20 seconds to finish a 40-minute activity? Unsure how and when you are going to get all that shopping done, and you are most certainly not looking forward to dealing with mall parking or crossing your...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:32am

We all must remember the actions of Dec. 7, 1941


Dec. 7, 1941 — “A date which will live in infamy.”

Those iconic words from then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt not only captured the gravity of the situation that took place 78 years ago, but accurately predicted its impact on the nation...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:31am

This holiday season, we are thankful for all of you


For nearly 16 years, the Coastal Point has been covering the news of this community and helping our small businesses market themselves with the public. And, for nearly 16 years, you have read our stories and frequented our small businesses. ...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:31pm

Millsboro swap is good for the Town, residents


Millsboro Town Council voted earlier this week to build a new, two-story town hall at what Town officials are calling The Gateway — downtown, beside the existing police department office. 

In what is basically a swap, the existing police...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:27am

State reps offer public meeting on wind farm

Well, this proposed wind farm off the coast of Fenwick Island has certainly generated some emotions.

A July Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) and Danish company Orsted shows that Orsted...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:26am

Selbyville library looks to move to the new age

Downtown Selbyville is charming — seemingly from another time period of Main Street, USA, with brick buildings and small businesses dotting the landscape. Nestled in the heart of the town, in a historic 5,600-square-foot house, sits the...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:28pm

Bethany officials make a big move with purchase


Let’s take a minute and tip our hats to the town council and administrators of Bethany Beach.

The council voted unanimously on Oct. 18 to purchase the last large parcel of open space remaining in town for $1.4 million, thus preventing it...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:41am

Cops & Goblins offers affordable, safe fun for all


There are tons of events on the local entertainment platter this weekend, and there would appear to be something for everyone.

One we’re keeping a close eye on is the annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration, scheduled for Saturday...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:44pm

CROP Walk an opportunity to help, have a good time


Fall in our community means slightly less traffic on the roads, leaves changing color and each weekend being loaded with a menu of festivals and fairs to enjoy with family and friends. Just read through our Calendar of events, and you can see...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:19pm

Town partnership to preserve the arts is a good one


Responding to requests from residents and the director of the Greater Millsboro Art League, the Millsboro Town Council agreed this week to pay utility costs for the Art League’s building, so staff can afford monthly rent and make repairs to the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:00pm

Wall That Heals offers unique opportunity to area

A replica of a national treasure has come to town, and it has brought with it a fresh wave of patriotism, pride and, hopefully, healing.

Mason-Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7234 in Ocean View is hosting “The Wall That Heals”...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:54pm

Technology has changed things, for good and bad

With another impeachment fiasco facing our nation, and the inevitable onslaught of social media posts and memes designed to tell us how to think and feel about things, I can’t help but long for a simpler time.

A time when people didn’t...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:54pm

Auditor: Selbyville finances in ‘clean’ condition

Running a small town can be difficult. 

Obviously, running a large city also comes with its own set of perils and challenges, but the operations of a small town often require officials to juggle many various duties, invite smart growth,...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:09pm

I have met my match in the interview game

I’m fairly convinced that I’m going to one day see my daughter speaking in a Congressional hearing — and she won’t make it easy on those who are asking the questions.

Why do I say this?

I’ve spent my entire adult life asking people...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:05pm

Selbyville moves into its new downtown digs

The Town of Selbyville has been looking to give the downtown area a little boost. By moving its town hall to the former PNC bank location at the intersection of West Church street and Main Street, the Town is putting its money where it’s mouth is...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:55pm

A happy place is invaded for the prize of gold

We all have our “happy place,” right?

You know, that place that makes you forget all the negative things in our respective lives and puts us in a mental state that make everything else at least bearable for a bit. For many in this...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 7:54pm

A decade later, memories of Mum hold fast

The evening before my mother died, I sat on a hard-backed chair next to her bed in a darkened room, holding her hand and watching her breathe. Soft light fell on her face, on the features that were so familiar.

A few hours earlier, as sick...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 10:46am

All hail the dawn of the 2019 shoulder season

It rolled in last weekend, riding on the shoulders of Operation SEAs the Day, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce’s Bethany Beach Boardalk Arts Festival and the Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s 42nd Annual Powwow. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:46pm

Remembering a day as important as the Fourth

As a nation, we revere July 4th. Or, seeing as how I’m a big believer in “dad jokes,” I could say that we “Revere” July 4th. You know, the whole “Paul Revere” thing and all...

But I digress.

We do invest a ton of respect, patriotism...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 1:44pm

Let’s all help these Warriors enjoy their week

One might think that Labor Day weekend saw the end of significant families coming to our beautiful coastal oasis. One would be wrong.

This week sees the influx of 35 Very Important Families to the area — families chosen by organizers of...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:56am

There really is a silver lining in those clouds

If you’re hankering to feel negative about life, there is plenty of ammunition out there to fuel your fire.

A diving boat off the coast of California caught fire, presumably taking 34 lives. Dorian smashed the Bahamas on its way to Florida...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 10:55am

Use common sense when playing at the beach

They don’t “roll up the sidewalks” in the beach towns on Labor Day anymore, but this weekend is still the unofficial curtain for the 2019 summer season.

Oh, not all is lost in the beach communities. The shoulder season is now an exciting...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:44pm

For Luck, the long-term plan is long-term health

The sports world shared a collective shock last weekend when word came out that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was planning to retire at the age of 29.

Luck, one of the most-revered and highly-touted prospects to ever enter the...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:42pm

There’s a reason for those ‘Slow/No Wake’ signs

How many of you have seen a “Slow/NoWake” sign around our community? Now, how many of you have seen a boat leaving a giant wake as it passes one of these signs?

It’s probably close to unanimous on both questions.

“Most folks come...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:25pm

Fact: I keep getting out-witted by a 4-year-old

Apparently, I’m not so bright.

Granted, that isn’t exactly breaking news to those of you who regularly read this column. From one insipid digression to the next, my ongoing struggle with remedial intelligence is pretty much on display for...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 1:24pm

Move to home-care has some real advantages

Sussex County Council recently voted to enter Delaware’s first Mobile Integrated Healthcare program to assist patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

In a nutshell, the program will provide weekly home visits from...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:34pm

Traffic is here to stay, but we can plan better

There’s traffic.

Honestly, there’s no need to ask around. You won’t gain anything new by looking out the window, and whatever traffic app you’re using is basically obsolete this time of year. There’s traffic.

There are many people...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:31pm

Thoroughgood oversaw growth, leaves a legacy

After serving as mayor of the Town of Millsboro for the past four years, John Thoroughgood was honored at the council meeting on Monday, Aug. 5.

“I’ve always kept the town No. 1 and the taxpayers No. 2, and it all worked out for the...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 10:49am

Softball World Series is a true local treasure

For the 16th consecutive year, Roxana is hosting the Senior League Softball World Series. And, for the 16th consecutive year, the play has been nothing short of remarkable, while the vibe around the Lower Sussex Little League complex has been...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:39pm

Savings, tentative schedule set for Millville park

That Millville park appears to be getting closer to becoming a reality.

Council members on Tuesday, July 23, heard from the Whayland Company and consulting engineering firm George, Miles & Buhr regarding the park — and an estimated $68...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:08am

Opioid crisis was created out of sheer greed

The Drug Enforcement Administration recently released a database they have maintained to track every pain pill sold in the United States. 

From manufacturers through distributors to the pharmacy where it gets into the waiting hands of...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 11:07am

Bypass could be the key to downtown Millsboro

Millsboro is an exciting, growing town that has concentrated much of its corporate growth along the highway, and its new residential communities a comfortable distance away from the downtown, small-business-dominated area.

The plan has...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 11:41am

Anthony Sessa, a.k.a. ‘Mister Softee,’ hands out a cone-full of happiness, and nostalgia.

I’ve got a soft spot for Mister Softee

I turned the corner onto my street and heard the music from more than 40 years ago, yet it was so familiar.


“Mister Softee?” I said to myself, in a kind of incredulous whisper.

Indeed, it was, and...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:45pm

It is up to all of us to maximize our road safety

We sound like a broken record on this topic, but we’re just going to keep hammering on it, like it or not.

Bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists of this area need to do a better job of practicing safety. To be clear, this is not only a...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:43pm

Some people still earn their way to stardom

A video recently went viral that showed a teenage girl picking a gallon of ice cream out of a grocery store refrigerator, removing the lid, licking the ice cream and then putting it back in the refrigerator.

I really can’t stress this...

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:42pm

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

Sad ending hits home for this entire community

Our community shed a collective tear this past weekend.

Though the odds seemingly got longer every day that Bethany Beach resident Linda Bravo would be recovered safely, there was still that little pang of optimism that she would be found...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 3:00pm

We’ve always been divided. It’s our thing


That’s what we’re all celebrating together this week. Independence from tyranny. Independence in our ability to practice our respective faiths. Independence in thought and speech. 

 It doesn’t matter if you agree with...

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 2:58pm