The Coastal Point covers news and events in Bethany Beach, South Bethany, Fenwick Island, Ocean View, Millville, Frankford, Selbyville and Dagsboro, Del., as well as the larger area of southeastern Sussex County, from the Delaware state line north to the Indian River Inlet and from the coast inland to Millsboro.
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Emergency roadwork will close one lane of Route 26 on early Saturday morning, July 12.
From midnight to 7 a.m., traffic will alternate between Railway Road and Clubhouse Road in Millville. Follow flaggers and drive carefully.
The Ocean View Town Council this week discussed the possibility of turning Woodland Avenue Extended to West Avenue into a one-way street.
“This is an old topic being revisited,” noted Mayor Walter Curran.
Councilman Bob Lawless said the topic has been “kicked down the road” for a number of years.
The new Royal Farms location on Route 26 in Ocean View will open for business next week. The 24-hour gas and convenience store will have its soft opening at midnight on Tuesday, July 14, with an official ribbon-cutting on July 17 at 10 a.m.
The store will have 24-hour gas pumps and a Redbox kiosk located outside of the store, as well as various food items inside, including the chain’s fried chicken.
Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran said the store is unique in that they minimize the cost of ribbon-cuttings and instead donate money to area charities.
“They have named eight of them, starting with Mariner’s Bethel Church. The top charity gets $1,000 and the others receive $500 each,” explained Curren. “They’re already a very good neighbor.”
The new Royal Farms is located at 58 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.
A vehicle traveling down Beaver Dam Road in Ocean View on July 8 failed to stop at a stop sign and ended up hitting an unoccupied home in Fairway Village.
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section and the Division of Parks & Recreation are seeking volunteers and boats for the 10th annual Inland Bays Cleanup. The Cleanup will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12, and end about 1 p.m.
With the summer season in full swing, it is important to take the time to be extra cautious when traveling on area roads, for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists alike.
After a number of crashes in the area last year involving cyclists and pedestrians, at least one such accident has already been added to the tally for 2014.
Night work continues on the State Route 26 Mainline Improvement Project, over 4 miles of road construction between Clarksville and Ocean View. There may be lane closures overnight from Monday night to Friday morning, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.:
• between West Avenue and Woodland Avenue (includes the Central Avenue intersection at Fulton Bank).
• between Cedar Drive (Super Giant) and Grants Avenue.
Just before Independence Day, people lined the streets to welcome home a local firefighter and internationally traveled soldier.
People and flags waved as the Millville Volunteer Fire Company escorted Specialist Charlie Mood Jr., 28, from the Indian River Inlet to the firehouse Tuesday. His company was the last of the Delaware National Guardsmen to return from Afghanistan.
Under American flags and “Welcome Home” signs, people lined the streets from the inlet to the fire hall. Lord Baltimore Elementary School even had a small contingent, including staff and a few students.
“We didn’t know who he was, but we wanted to be part of it,” said one teacher.
“A local school supporting local people,” another man said.
“That was amazing. I loved that,” Mood said at the firehouse. “It’s good to be back.”
A Frankford resident, Mood has served with the MVFC for nearly eight years.
Who would have thought MTV would ever come to Sussex County? But when Solana Alvarez told television producers about her close friendship with a young man she’d never met, the entire crew of “Catfish: The TV Show” descended on Ocean View in March.
The episode “Solana and Elijah” just premiered on Wednesday, June 18.
Based on a documentary of the same title, “catfish” means to pretend to be someone else online, by providing false information or photographs, usually to gain someone’s trust and love.
Now living in Virginia, Alvarez told the story of Elijah Prok, a boy she befriended online at 14, who helped her through tough times.
For more than a decade, Bear Trap Dunes has been hosting its own Fourth of July Parade to commemorate Independence Day. This year, the parade will be held on Saturday, July 5, beginning at 9 a.m.
The parade route will start at the Village at Bear Trap Dunes Pavilion, continue down October Glory Avenue, take a left onto Sycamore Street, followed by a left Willow Oak Avenue and then head back toward the Pavilion.
“We have residents and nonresidents participating in the parade,” said Lance Kerr, the pavilion manager. “We try to solicit as many people as we can possibly get.”
The parade may also be viewed by anyone who wishes to continue their Fourth of July celebrations and will feature the Ocean View Police Department, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and even Ocean View Mayor Walter Curran.
“The Baltimore Ravens mascot is coming down, and we’ll have a stilt-walker. All of our lifeguards are going to decorate a float and ride on it. Then we have a bunch of different businesses, and things like that are going to be participating by putting floats and cars in the parade,” he said. “It’s nothing like the Bethany parade, but for a community parade, it’s pretty big.”
Kerr said it’s always great to see kids participate in the parade and get decked out for the celebration.