We are our own biggest enemy these days

Want to hear a secret?

Seriously. I have some information for you. I didn’t really think it was that big of a secret, to be honest with you, but apparently it really is. You ready? OK, here we go.

Republicans aren’t racists, and...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:36pm

Referendum defeat leaves problems unsolved

Indian River School District voters turned out by the thousands on Tuesday to voice their wishes on a proposed tax increase to fund desperately needed construction of a new high school and new classrooms at others. By a margin of around 600...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:42pm

Looking back at 15 years of community news

“Fifteen years ago, Darin, Shaun and I were standing in a printing plant in Dover, watching the first issue of the Coastal Point come off the press. We had worked the entire night before, going home only long enough for a quick shower after we...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:39pm

Night to Shine is a beacon for community

There are nights to shine, and there are “Nights to Shine.” Fortunately, for our community, the latter will soon be upon us.

The Third Annual Night to Shine event, thanks to a partnership between the Ocean View Church of Christ and the Tim...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:24am

I’m already getting an appetite for the big game

Thanksgiving does two things for me each year: It causes me to re-evaluate my eating and exercise habits as I inevitably wake up at some point on the floor with a piece of pumpkin pie stuck to my chin, and I set about making a New Year’s...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:23am

This January weekend offers plenty of fun

The common refrain in regards to living in our little slice of Heaven in the winter is that there isn’t a lot to do, but at least you don’t have to deal with traffic. While we can’t offer sure-fire predictions on traffic patterns this weekend, we...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:16am

Like him or loathe him, Brady rises to the top

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl.

Before you start, I know: Coach Bill Belichick is also heading to another Super Bowl, and for all of Tom Brady’s excellence, drive...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 11:15am

A response to Dobson


A little late to react, but that letter from George Dobson has in it the silliest, let alone most shortsighted comments I have seen in a good long time.

Tax parents with children in school and drop the tax when the child...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:34am

Reader: ‘Illegals’ are a threat to America


So Los Angeles teachers are complaining about overcrowded classrooms in a district where 85 percent of the children are considered “at risk.” Too bad, L.A.! What do you expect, when you’re in a sanctuary state?

When you keep...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:32am

Special holiday thanks


Thank you to everyone who helped fill Santa’s Book Bag with 400 new books for babies, children and teenagers this holiday season. The books were distributed through the Edward W. Pyle Social Services Center, Frankford; the Dagsboro...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:31am

A letter to Steele


A school bond referendum is scheduled for a vote on Feb. 5 seeking to raise funds for badly needed and worthy public school needs. A positive vote will increase property taxes in Sussex County, with estimates varying.


Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:30am

King left behind a legacy that will always endure

On April 4, 1968, America lost a piece of its heart. 

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., by James Earl Ray, setting off a barage of riots, mourning and anger. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:49am

Point of no return — Times are tough, but the human spirit is amazing

There’s a lot going on in the world today that just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.

We have thousands and thousands of federal employees unable to work because they are being used as pawns by both sides of our political divide, and...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:48am

There are options to fight those energy bills

We’re all kind of watching what, if anything, will happen with potential snow in the area this weekend, but, all things considered, it has been a mild winter to this point.

Of course, we all know that can change in an instant. Temperatures...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:47pm

We get to make our own choices, for good and bad

Life is often about choices.

We can have good luck or bad luck, huge opportunities or slivers of opportunity. We can be blessed to be born with the proverbial “silver spoon” in our mouths, or face an uphill climb that requires us to work...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 1:45pm

New event could be benefit for community

Next Saturday, Jan. 12, the Millville Volunteer Fire Co. will host its first Outdoorsman Marketplace — an event they hope will be succesful enough that it will become an annual fundraiser for the department.

In the interests of full...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:51pm

Another year, another list of New Year’s resolutions

It doesn’t really matter, does it?

In the grand scheme of things, does Jan. 1 really represent anything significantly different than Dec. 31? If it’s not your birthday or anniversary or any other date of individual importance, does Jan. 1...

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 2:50pm

Let your New Year’s memories be good ones

There are a few days each year which are simply meant to be celebrated. And certainly near the top of that list is New Year’s Eve.

It is a fun mental exercise to just “cast out” the events and stresses of one year, and welcome in the...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:42pm

We can find that ‘Christmas spirit’ in many ways

It’s been said that each year in a person’s life is like a chapter in that individual’s biography.

Within each chapter often comes joy, sadness, anger, hope and despair. The wide-ranging emotional kaleidoscope that colors our lives is part...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 2:21pm

Is tech making life easier, or busier?

Everybody is busy. Everyone I talk to is overwhelmed, overworked and overcommitted. I know that I feel that way most of the time. You can’t even get any sympathy from anyone, because if you bring up how busy you are, they just go into a rant...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 1:59pm

Schools audit reports: No news is good news for Districts

It’s not the most dramatic of reports, but the annual audits of local school districts at least show good recordkeeping for construction projects.

The Delaware Office of Auditor of Accounts (AOA) recently released its annual stack of...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:28pm

Thank you, one and all, for another great year

Another Christmas season is fully upon us, and we want to take a moment to thank all of you for your support, business and sense of community over the year. 

Wrapping up our 15th year, we are pleased to report that the Coastal Point...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:07pm

Point of No Return — We can find that ‘Christmas spirit’ in many ways

So, what exactly is the “Christmas spirit?”

The term has been around much longer than I have, and speaks to a state-of-mind more than anything that can be definied quantitatively. In 1964, United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 2:03pm

Guest Column — State boards critical to good governance — get involved

On Nov. 28, I attended my last meeting of the Cash Management Policy Board in my capacity as state treasurer. At the end of the two-hour meeting, Chairman John Flynn reflected on his 38 years of serving on the Board: “Compared to the previous 34...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:52pm

Bob’s still making life better for everyone

I’m going to make your life a little better today.

No, you won’t be receiving a small fortune by simply emailing me your Social Security number and a small check. Nor will I be sharing with you any dramatic weight-loss or fountain-of-youth...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:50pm

‘A date which will live in infamy’ does just that

This week’s Coastal Point has a publication date of Dec. 7, 2018. For many, that “Dec. 7” date holds special significance.

Really, it should hold significance for all of us.

It was Dec. 7, 1941, when the Imperial Japanese Navy Air...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:48pm

Classic rivalry takes a back seat to no other game

Behold, the greatest game of all.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the respective football teams from West Point and Annapolis will face off on the gridiron for the 119th time, as Army and Navy will play at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia —...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:45pm

Letter — A local thank-you


To our neighbors, friends and local business partners — just a note to thank you for your generous donation to our fundraising efforts for victim-support programs and research.

The success of our fundraisers depends on...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:40pm

Growing up in the digital age

From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have faced challenges growing up.

In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways. The...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 3:05pm


In our Nov. 16 issue’s Selbyville Middle School field hockey coverage, we incorrectly identified the Indians’ goal scorer in their 1-1 tie with Millsboro. The goal was actually scored by Kendall Cathell. We apologize for the error, and offer...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:44pm

Speed limit change necessary, now and later

It doesn’t seem like a very big thing, but it really is.

When the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) recently lowered the speed limit on Muddy Neck Road from 45 mph to 35, they were not only listening to a request from the...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:41pm

Point of No Return — Theme days and months are great — up to a point

Well, happy Small Monkey Thursday. Or, Take Out the Trash Friday. Or, Squish Mud Between Your Toes Sunday. Or, whatever day you happen to be reading this article.

After Thanksgiving Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 12:41pm

Agenda — Nov. 30, 2018

Bethany Beach

• The Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. at town hall. The agenda for the meeting includes: setting dates for March/April cultural evenings; a report regarding...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:27am


In the Nov. 9, 2018, article “South Bethany to consider town-wide parking permits,” we erroneously reported that Sue Callaway initially favored townwide parking permits. In fact, she did not initially support this, although she came to change her...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:49pm

Local stores offer plenty for holiday season

And, now, the holiday season has officially begun. 

Once the Thanksgiving feast has been cleared off tables across these fruited plains, the focus of our nation largely turns to Christmas and Hanukkah, which means a giant portion of our...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:42pm

Point of no return — Another year, another opportunity to be thankful

I’ve long thought that the two game-changers most responsible for propelling mankind to the top of the food chain are opposable thumbs and our ability to moan and complain about things that aren’t nearly important enough to moan and complain...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:41pm

Freeman Stage is a cultural force for area

The Freeman Stage just keeps chugging.

In a relatively-short 11 years, the Stage has grown to not only be an integral part of our community, but even more so, emerge as a leader of all things cultural and artistic. According to Patti...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:20pm

Attention-seeker hits a note with ludicrous effort

The BBC and Sky News reported last week that a Dutch “positivity trainer” launched a legal battle to lower his age a couple decades to boost his dating and job prospects. 

Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to legally change his birth year from...

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:17pm

Agenda — Nov. 9, 2018

Bethany Beach

• The Town of Bethany Beach was set to flush its water system between Nov. 5 and 9, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Town flushes its water system twice a year — spring and fall — to rid the system of any accumulated sediment so that the...

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 10:15am

Let’s let the process play out in South Bethany

One year ago, there were six officers in the South Bethany Police Department. It’s been widely suggested that the Department requires five active officers to provide 24-hour coverage to its citizens, and that number does not seem to be in dispute...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:03pm

Point of No Return — Little one turning 4 is a game-changer for this dad

So, Riley is 4.

The apple of my eye, the cherry on my sundae, the little freeloader who lives in my home and eats my food without paying any rent, is now 4 years old.

I mean, it’s not like it’s a surprise, right? She turned 3 last...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 1:01pm

Guest Column CIB: Sewers spell success for Sussex County

In Sussex County, more than 29,000 septic systems have been switched to central sewerage over the last 30 years — a change that will improve the long-term health of the county’s waterways.

It’s no secret that the population in Sussex...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:53pm

Good local elections bring energy, optimism

Anybody up for an election?

You want local state representative elections? We got you covered. County council? Two of those, thank you very much. State auditor? Sure, and we’ll even throw in attorney general and treasurer races while we’re...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:29pm

Point of No Return — To really care about the election, you should vote

I don’t know what’s going to happen.

That’s a phrase I can use with confidence in regards to the upcoming midterm elections, the political and sociological aftermath of said election, and every time I bend over to tie my shoe. Despite our...

Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 8:27pm

Dreams of lottery winnings hard to get away from

Tuesday afternoon was difficult. 

Smack-dab in the middle of our weekly deadline, Tuesday afternoons are always a bit of challenge. There is the scramble to figure out what copy is going to go on what page, proofing and editing stories...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:24am

Bethany Beach looking at old answer for floods

Bethany Beach floods some times. 

As a coastal town that is only a few feet above sea level at its highest point, Bethany Beach certainly has a problem with flooding, particularly after intense storms that dump inches of rain in a short...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:22am

Keep a sharp focus on roads this time of year

If you haven’t already noticed, there has been an uptick in the number of ghosts, goblins and various other creatures of horror parading our community lately — not to mention an increase in Minions, Disney Princesses and Ghostbusters.


Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:11pm

New facility should fill needs, now and later

The Millville Town Council approved a final site plan for Beebe Medical Center’s proposed South Coastal Campus Emergency Department and Cancer Center earlier this week, setting into motion the construction of a facility that should not only fill...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:11pm

Point of No Return — Looking for some positives? Just look around you

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Our nation is a little bit divided.

Well, let me rephrase that, if you’ll indulge me for a minute. Tom and Jerry were a little divided. The Red Sox and Yankees are a little divided. Our nation, on the...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:10pm

SMS earns a National Blue Ribbon award

The “blue ribbon” has become a standard of excellence.

Swim and track meets, pie competitions, even brands of mayonnaise — taking home a blue ribbon means you did something to the highest standard. Locally, Selbyville Middle School earned...

Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:05am