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Dagsboro approves water rate hike to address increase

Increase to take effect with Nov. 1 billing cycle

The Dagsboro Town Council this week unanimously approved its second rate increase for its water customers in just the past year, seeking to address an unexpected sharp increase in costs from the Town’s own water supplier — the neighboring Town of...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:09pm

Multiple towns consider partnership for police coverage

It’s not a regional police force, but three coastal towns are considering a partnership to improve police coverage.

The Ocean View and Fenwick Island police departments have already been helping to fill gaps in South Bethany during a...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:07pm

Apartment complex near Ocean View set for Oct. 24 hearing

Ocean View residents opposed to a 45-unit apartment complex proposed for the Muddy Neck Road area have sent hundreds of letters to the Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission, asking for denial of the zoning-change request.

The...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:05pm

Artesian aims to address water quality concerns in South Bethany

After South Bethany residents received a surprise notification from their water company, Artesian Water staff attended a town council meeting on Oct. 11 to better explain the violation.

“Although this incident is not an emergency, as our...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:00pm

Shipwrecked Mini Golf & Ice Cream gets approval

The owners of Shipwrecked Ice Cream have received final site plan approval to build a nautical-themed, 18-hole miniature golf course on the same property as the ice cream shop, at 3 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Becky and Patrick Adams...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:58pm

Selbyville residents want growth, safety

It was the first Selbyville Town Council meeting in the new municipal building at 1 W. Church Street. So it was fitting that much of the Oct. 7 discussion revolved around the future of Selbyville’s downtown and public safety.

 

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Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:55pm

Safe disposal of prescription drugs, vaping devices offered

On Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Delaware State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have scheduled their National Take-Back Initiative (NTBI). The event offers an opportunity for people with unwanted, unused and...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:53pm

County honors retiring airport manager

Retiring Delaware Coastal Airport Manager Jim Hickin was thanked by the Sussex County Council this week for 14 years of service and presented with a proclamation.

“It’s a great honor to recognize him,” County Administrator Todd Lawson told...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:51pm

Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club joins effort to benefit veterans

The Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club is working with the Oak Orchard Riverdale American Legion Post 28 and the Warrior Community Connect organization to host a Flags for Heroes fundraiser on Oct. 25 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Post 28, 31768 Legion Road...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:16pm

Cpl. Matthew Dufour uses the computer in his car. Police officers are required to learn how to use a variety of equipment in the patrol car.

An hour with the Millsboro police

Point Reporter Susan Sanfora gets a behind-the-scene glimpse of local officers on patrol

There’s something a little unnerving about having a police officer, in full uniform, hold open the door of a patrol car and ask you to get inside.

Even when the officer is the polite and pleasant Cpl. Matthew Dufour, and even when you had...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:58pm

High-water days

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Effects of last week’s nor’easter were felt here with rising water levels and flooding throughout the area. Above, Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach was once again under water. Bottom photo, the beach took...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:58pm

DelDOT announces projects big and small for future

Delawareans can anticipate future road projects and chime in on the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)’s priority schedule.

The annual Capital Transportation Program (CTP) hearings came to Georgetown on Sept. 25 for the state’s...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:54pm

Millville council approves comp plan update

The Millville Town Council recently approved, by unanimous vote, the 2019 update to the Town’s comprehensive plan — the blueprint municipalities use for development and related issues.

The final draft of the plan is essentially identical...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:51pm

DNREC events to offer answers about dredging, navigability

Sometimes environmental projects can feel like a bit of a mystery. How does Delaware maintain its waterways, and how can the public make their concerns known?

DNREC’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section will be holding three...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:49pm

DelDOT to install highway lights to address Route 1 safety concerns

Every pedestrian injury and cyclist fatality that occurs on Route 1 is another heartbreak for the people tasked with keeping the public safe.

Just as the Towns of Bethany Beach and South Bethany were organizing a road-safety campaign this...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:45pm

Blackburn named president of DSEMSA

Longtime firefighter Chris Blackburn, whose involvement with the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company began in 1999, has been named president of the Delaware State Emergency Medical Services Association. He was installed in September at a conference...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:40pm

Historical marker honors area’s Native American history

In an atmosphere of joyousness and respect for hallowed grounds where Native Americans once roamed, the Delaware State Historic Marker commemorating the Askekesky Reservation was unveiled this week.

Positioned in the triangular garden just...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:37pm

Sun Behavioral Health joins Drug Take Back Day in Georgetown

Area residents can dispose of unused medications, receive training for naloxone use and be assessed for addiction or mental-health problems, all free of charge, on Oct. 26 at Sun Behavioral Health Delaware in Georgetown.

“They can’t...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:22pm

Experts explain funding, property taxes for education

By spending about $1.4 billion, or a third of the state budget, on public education, Delaware lawmakers have signaled their priorities.

But politics and very specific funding rules can complicate Delaware’s role in educating 139,000 public...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:05pm

Selbyville council members, staff, police and special guests celebrated the grand opening of Selbyville Town Hall’s new location.

Bright lights and tall ceilings

Happy times at Selbyville Town Hall

Finally celebrating their new Selbyville Town Hall, town officials and residents gathered Oct. 4 for a ribbon-cutting and open house.

Town officials and staff were grinning at the new, freshly painted and renovated two-story building at 1...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 6:01pm

Restoration of World War II Fire Control Tower #3 south of Dewey Beach is set to continue this fall, beginning with removal of the lights and removing 2 feet of sand deposited in front of the door by the Storm of '62.

Fire Control Tower #3 begins next phase of restoration

The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, the Fort Miles Historical Association and DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation was set to enter the next phase of World War II Artillery Fire Control Tower #3 restoration this week. Tower #3 is...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:57pm

VFW color guard members, accompanied by members of the Delaware State Police Fife & Drum Corps, march by The Wall That Heals during a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Mason-Dixon Post 7234 in Ocean View. For more, see the photo page in this week's issue.

Area welcomes Wall That Heals

“Welcome Home.”

Two simple words.

A recurring theme of The Wall That Heals.

Words that Vietnam veterans longed to hear; words that some 58,000 men and women never made it home to hear.

Words that echoed across the...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:32pm

Millsboro council makes progress on town hall design

It’s likely the new Millsboro Town Hall will have two stories when it’s built downtown, and the police station, currently located on Main Street, will move into the existing town hall building.

That was the consensus when the Millsboro...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:28pm

Ocean View revs up for Cops & Goblins event

The fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration is planned for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park. In the event of rain, it will be held the next day.

Guests can masquerade in costume and enjoy free...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:21pm

Millsboro to pay some of art league’s costs

Following testimony from area residents who praised the Greater Millsboro Art League, the Millsboro Town Council this week agreed to pay utility costs for the building, which is owned by the Town, so art league staff can afford monthly rent and...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:18pm

Millsboro council whips through myriad issues

The Millsboro Town Council, on Monday, Oct. 7, approved the 2019 Whiskers for Wishes Campaign.

Police Chief Brian Calloway, during his monthly report to the town council, announced that officers, as well as town government employees, may...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:17pm

Race to Find Ace continues as owners turn to psychics, 'dog whisperer'

Reward for lost dog now up to $6,000

It’s been nearly three weeks since Ace, the 5-year-old Labrador retriever with the gentle disposition, darted out of his owner’s house and took off on what his owners, George Elliott and Nicole Peterdozzi, thought was a run.

He had done it...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:09pm

Cozy Critters on probation after child’s fall into septic tank

Cozy Critters Child Care near Ocean View has been placed on probation for one year by the State of Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing, following an incident there on Aug. 16 in which a toddler fell into an open septic tank.

The child...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:06pm

Homeowner group objects to wind-farm proposal

A homeowners’ group has raised a series of objections to a proposal by a wind-farm developer for an estimated $15 million to $18 million project in Fenwick Island State Park.

The Fenwick Island Society of Homeowners (FISH), which...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:54pm

Frankford seeks intersection safety help from State

A recent fatal accident at a Frankford intersection has spurred the Town to seek help from state officials to make the spot safer.

Bruce Eckerd Jr. died Sept. 26 when he was driving westbound on Daisey Street at the intersection with Route...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:52pm

Bridge repairs will require a detour for all southbound traffic on U.S. Route 113 in Millsboro.

Bridge repairs will require a detour for southbound Route 113 traffic

Motorists should expect a significant impact to their U.S. Route 113 driving experience in the coming weeks: the southbound lanes of Route 113 will be fully closed in Millsboro, from Radish Road to Handy Road, from Nov. 3 to 17, with an...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 9:48pm

Healing hits home

Vietnam War memorial replica arrives in Ocean View for visit

Around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, shouts of “Here it comes!” rang out on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View as flag-waving crowds craned their necks to see down the road.

First, an escort of law-enforcement officers on motorcycles, sirens...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:23pm

Delaware ACA insurance rates expected to tumble

Commissioner addresses consumer issues in Coastal Point exclusive

Participants in Delaware’s health insurance exchange will see their rates decrease an average of 19 percent in 2020, state Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro announced this week.

Navarro visited the Coastal Point on Thursday, Sept. 26...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:14pm

Delmarva Power amends Whites Creek powerline plans

Having already heard some public concerns, Delmarva Power & Light has made some last-minute changes to their plans to install electric lines under Whites Creek. The public comments period for their application has been extended to Friday, Oct...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:12pm

State park improvements proposed as part of project

The public was offered a chance on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to get a look at a proposal for improvements at Fenwick Island State Park — a proposal that is tied to plans for a wind farm off the Delaware-Maryland coast.

An open house on the...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:09pm

Family hopes marshmallows, outreach bring dog home

When Ace darted out of his owner’s house on Sunday, Sept. 22, his owner was concerned. But the 5-year-old 100-pound yellow Labrador retriever had run off before, then returned in an hour or so.

But when days went by, and Ace — who owner...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:05pm

Virginia Pepper and Debbie McCabe are two of the first faces to greet people at the new Selbyville Town Hall.

Public invited to Selbyville Town Hall open house

Selbyville’s new town hall is open for business. The public is being invited to celebrate the new town hall and police department at its new location at 1 W. Church Street.

On Friday, Oct. 4, the Town will host a ribbon-cutting to...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 1:03pm

  Having completed police academy, Officer Terik Fullerton was congratulated by South Bethany Police Department, pictured here with Chief Jason Lovins.

South Bethany hires final recruit for academy, introduces new officer

Graduation accomplished! As the South Bethany Police Department continues to rebuild, they celebrated Officer Terik Fullerton’s graduation from the Delaware police academy. He completed the six-month program in August, with high honors.

“...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:58pm

Art League to appeal to Millsboro council over building repairs

The president of the Greater Millsboro Art League will go before the Millsboro Town Council again on Monday, Oct. 7, asking that monthly rent paid to the Town for housing the league be waived indefinitely, in exchange for repairs made to the...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:56pm

From left, Karen McGrath, Lt. Col. David C. Park and Sen. Carper look over a ‘before’ graphic of the Rehoboth/Dewey Beach replenishment.

Rehoboth/Dewey beach replenishment begins soon

New Army Corps commander visits Bethany dunes

 

Sand is the sacrificial defender of Delaware beach towns. By rebuilding the dunes and beach every few years, the state and federal government are aiming to protect local infrastructure...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:27pm

By the Ocean opens new warehouse, showroom

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, By the Ocean Flooring, Kitchens, Bathrooms & Renovations celebrated the grand opening of its new warehouse and showroom by hosting a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Ocean...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:07pm

Unclaimed cremains interred with special service in Millsboro

About a dozen people attended a committal ceremony for cremation remains unclaimed by families for years, with one of the cremains being kept at the funeral home since 1976.

A dozen sets of remains were committed during an ecumenical...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:51am

Dana’s boardwalk liquor store serves boutique Bethany convenience

It took a familiar face to bring a liquor store to downtown Bethany Beach. In the two-week blink of an eye, Dana Banks-Klimek transformed her boardwalk-area gourmet shop into Dana’s Pantry & Package liquor store.

Now they’re a full-...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:49am

Ocean View council to discuss parking requirement at Oct. 8 meeting

The Ocean View Town Council, at a work session this week, further discussed the section of an ordinance that would set an occupancy parking limit.

“There are two parts to this ordinance. One limited the number of people to a house. The...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:47am

Work beginning on New Millville Town Park project

The Whayland Co. is preparing to begin work on the new town park project in Millville.

The long-awaited project, which will include playgrounds, a fitness trail, a recreation center, pickleball courts and more, is set to open in the spring...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:46am

Millsboro museum preserves growing town’s past

Among the many gems in charming Millsboro is the little museum, nestled inside Town Hall.

It’s a single room artfully arranged and filled with photographs, books, clothing — even a cannonball made where the iron foundry once stood — that...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:42am

Children learn about crabs during Coast Day in 2014.

Coast Day 2019 will celebrate science, stories and seafood

Coast Day presents a fascinating look at the ocean, from the boat to the laboratory, and everything in between.

The annual festival returns on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:39am

Aviation festival, car show set for this weekend in Georgetown

The 12th annual Wings & Wheels fall festival, featuring the slogan, “Where the sky meets the road,” is planned for Saturday, Oct. 5, at Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the event, sponsored by the Greater...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:37am

Local author to speak to Millsboro book club

Local author B.B. Shamp, who wrote the new suspense novel “The Grist Mill Bone,” as well as other books, will speak to members of the book club sponsored by Friends of the Library, at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, at the Millsboro Public Library...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:36am

Local church to host international peacemaker from Costa Rica

Ocean View Presbyterian Church will host “A Weekend with Erlinda Quesada, International Peacemaker” on Oct. 5-6. Erlinda Marie Quesada Angulo, a Presbyterian International Peacemaker, and her translator, Dr. Karla Koll, a PC (USA) mission co-...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:34am