Rehoboth Beach

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More than three thousand people  took the plunge into the cold Atlantic Ocean water on Sunday in Rehoboth Beach.

And they raised $780-thousand for the Special Olympics Delaware as part of the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge.  

3,325 people jumped into 37 degree water, according to organizers.

The money will help 37-hundred children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

The Special Olympics Delaware will provide sports training, athletic competition and especially an opportunity to socialize.

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Most of the overtime for resort towns along the Delmarva coastline goes to public works, wastewater and the police.

Wilmington News Journal reports that the expenditures can get as high as $13-thousand or the equivalent of an extra day of work.

But city officials say providing overtime is easier and more efficient than hiring an extra person part-time.

Sharon Lynn, city manager of Rehoboth Beach, told the Delmarva Media Group that it means a quicker response and a quicker process than hiring someone.

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The Delaware towns of Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Newark have been found to be above average for their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  

That’s according to a report released by the Washington-based Human Right Campaign, a major national gay rights group.

Meanwhile, in their 2014 Municipal Equality Index Wilmington and Middletown fell below the national average.

Overall, Delaware which made same-sex marriage legal last year scored 57 overall on a one hundred point scale.

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The owners of the Avenue Inn and Spa in downtown Rehoboth Beach are seeking to iron out objections to its plans to add 8-thousand square feet that will include 28 new rooms as well as a restaurant and retail space.

At issue is a second stairwell tower.

The current zoning code only allows one stairwell tower over 42 feet per building.

In addition, the code also requires commercial buildings of a certain height to be pushed back from the sidewalk at a 30 degree angle.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach is preparing to add two public charging stations for electric vehicles under a one-year trial.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the Rehoboth Board of Commissioners voted in August to accept a state grant that would fund two charging stations downtown. The grant is part of the "Charging Up Delaware" initiative aimed at placing charging stations throughout the state.

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Lewes is looking at joining a number of coastal resorts in dramatically expanding its restrictions on smoking.

At a September session Council member Bonnie Osler proposed that a smoking ban should be expanded from the city parks to include restrooms and guard beaches.

She noted that Rehoboth had recently limited smoking to certain designated locations along the beach.

Action on the proposal is not expected until the council’s October 6th meeting.

In August the Ocean City Town Council voted to limit smoking to designated areas.


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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Free parking has returned to Delaware's beach towns as summer comes to a close, but city officials say parking revenue was generally up this year.

Parking revenue was up in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes and Bethany Beach but was down in Dewey Beach.

In Rehoboth, more people were using the Parkmobile smartphone app to pay for parking. City manager Sharon Lynn says the number of transactions increased 26 percent this year. The city also saw a 2 percent increase in revenue from parking meters.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach residents, workers and business owners can now sign up to get alerts about fires, severe weather and other emergencies.

City Manager Sharon Lynn found and launched the system, called CodeRED. She tells The Salisbury Daily Times that it will cost $2,750 a year.

Residents can sign up for alerts at

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Two woman say they were attacked after telling a group of men to stop videotaping them.

Police say the women ages 33 and 35 were on the beach near Wilmington Avenue early Sunday about 12:30 a.m. That's when they noticed a group of six or seven men in their early 20s. One of the men appeared to be recording the women on his phone.

When the women asked him to stop, police say one of the men assaulted the women. They were beaten in the head and face.

Rehoboth Beach came in fourth for the best stop to take your family on the East Coast by the ABC Travel Guide.

Mathew Rosenberger, founder of ABC Travel Guide, hailed the town’s beaches, boardwalk and restaurants.

In addition, noted that Dogfish Head Brewpub had created concoctions for those under the age of 21.

He said he also noticed that it was a town easy to get around in on a bicycle.

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Rehoboth Beach Commissioners are mulling over whether to install a pair of charging stations for electric cars in the downtown area.

It’s part of a statewide plan by the Delaware Department of natural Resources and Environmental Control and the University of Delaware.

University researchers have proposed the stations that could charge a car in less than two hours.

$80-thousand has been provided in state funds for the program to place these sustainable energy sources in cities.

Rehoboth Beach is gearing up to enforce its no smoking ban with 170 signs to be place along the Boardwalk and in city parks.

In addition, there will be certain locations along the beach where smoking will be allowed.

Commissioner Stan Mills told the Wilmington News Journal that he expected the effort will cost $31-thousand with nearly half paid for by the state of Delaware.

There will also be a web page where visitors can find out where the smoking and non-smoking areas are with a brief explanation of the decision to limit smoking in the resort.

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If you’re shopping in the Rehoboth Beach area this summer you might run into some congestion around the Tanger Outlet Midway Center where renovations are now in their third month and are expected to continue on through the summer.

The project is expected to be completed within a seven month period.

Amy Norgate, the center’s general manager told WBOC, that there will be a raised pedestrian walkway across the parking lot and believes when finished it will bring in more customers.

There will be no more smoking on the boardwalk or bandstand, or city parks in Rehoboth Beach beginning May 15th.

In addition, smoking with be limited to designated areas on the beach.

The Rehoboth Beach Commissioners and mayor voted for the ban during a special Monday meeting.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Commissioner Stan Mills said the ban was aimed at reducing litter, pollution and health risks.

The ban will not include e-cigarettes.

There’s a petition drive underway in Rehoboth Beach to ban smoking on the beach.

Currently, the resort allows smoking both on the beach and the boardwalk but not in its parks or playgrounds.

Steven Curson is collecting the signatures and he told the Salisbury Daily Times that 90 percent of what’s found on the beach when it is cleaned up are cigarette butts.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Beach restoration work to reverse damage from Superstorm Sandy is moving to Rehoboth Beach this week.

WXDE-FM reports that about one block will be built up each day from Virginia Avenue south.

After the replenishment project reaches Stockley Street, it will proceed north from Virginia Avenue to about Oak Avenue.

This portion of the ongoing project is expected to last about two-and-a-half weeks, with 1,000-foot sections of beach typically blocked off.

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Funland amusement parks in Rehoboth Beach will go dark tomorrow in memory Jean Fasnacht who died last week at the age of 84.

She spent 51 summers helping with the business and was part of the founding team of family members who bought the Rehoboth Sports Center on the boardwalk on March 15th 1962.

Just ten days before the boardwalk had been destroyed by a storm.

They came to the resort from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where they owned another park “Willow Mill”.

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In Rehoboth Beach a protest is under way against an ordinance that requires scooter users to buy a $40 permit to allow them to park in designated zones and non-metered areas around the resort.

City Manager Gregory Ferrese told the Salisbury Daily Times that 363 permits had been sold as of Tuesday and that there have not been any problems with enforcement.

But protest organizer Ken Hensey told the paper that he believes the law does not promote scooter usage in the resort adding many have been turned away from Rehoboth Beach because of the rules.

This limited offer is on sale now! Call 410-543-6895. The proceeds benefit Delmarva Public Radio.

The summer is always fun at the Delaware shore and now Delmarva Public Radio is making it even better, with a V.I.P. Tote Bag filled with gift cards, goodies,  and merchandise from Rehoboth Beach merchants.  Also in the bag is an autographed copy of Hoda Kotb's new best-selling book, Ten Years Later.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware environment officials are barring shellfish harvesting in the northwest portion of Love Creek, a tributary of Rehoboth Bay.

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Hotels and Motels are seeing advanced reservations for the summer going up. And, Ocean City is no different. Ocean City Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Executive Director Susan Jones describes prospects for the coming months.


Parents Magazine has named Rehoboth Beach one of America’s Best Beach Towns for 2013.

The magazine’s writer Karen Cicero selected Rehoboth Beach for its 1.5 mile replenished shoreline overseen by lifeguards, the more than 200 shopping destinations and its boardwalk.

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This Sunday warm bodies will jump into the cold waters off Rehoboth Beach to mark the 22 annual Special Olympics Delaware Polar Bear Plunge.

It’s expected to be a cold weekend with temperatures dropping after a short warm spell.

WDEL’s Sean Greene will be taking his 10th dive into the waters.

And he told his station in his second year there was actually ice on the jetties.

In addition, there will also be a pooch plunge on Saturday.

Pet dogs will be able to plunge into a wading pool for a $25 donation to the Special Olympics Delaware.



REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Scooter riders may no longer have a free ride in Rehoboth Beach next summer.

The city's Streets and Transportation Committee is proposing a new parking permit for scooter drivers to park their vehicles. The Daily Times reports permits would be required for both residents and nonresidents.

The committee determined the city should charge $40 to $50 for the summer or $15 to $20 per week. City commissioners will make the final decision on permit fees.

For cars, a weekly pass costs $45, and a seasonal pass can be purchased for $175.

Rough weather has brought some black sand to the shores of Rehoboth Beach.

It’s made up of various minerals which may provide some insight into the region.

It first appeared about two weeks ago and covers the length of the city’s beach.

Rehoboth Beach Patrol Captain Kent Buckson told the Wilmington News Journal that it has only been seen a handful of times over the last five years.

And the black sand usually shows up after high-energy storms.

There’s nothing harmful about it.

The Army Corps of Engineers will be on the sand in Rehoboth Beach until at least mid-September to ensure storm water outfall pipes are unclogged despite completion of their shore replenishment project.

There have been few storms this season since completion of shore replenishment.

Ensuring the outfall pipes will help protect local businesses and homes near the boardwalk by transporting storm water from the street to the ocean.

The Natural Resources Defense Council has restored its five-star rating for water quality for Rehoboth Beach.

In its report last month the environmental group had given the resort four stars for cleanliness and monitoring.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that water samples never showed any harmful levels of bacteria but the NRDC said not enough samples were taken to qualify for the top ranking.

But DNREC officials who monitor the water said there had been a mistake finding that some of Delaware’s records did not make it from the EPA to the NRDC.


Rehoboth Beach has extended its new construction moratorium within 15 feet of the ordinary high water mark of the city’s lakes.

The city’s Planning Commission has been given 3 months to find ways to protect the resort’s lakes including regulating residential development.

The Commission will assess the effectiveness of existing structures, established buffer zones and other protective measures.


Summer time is just around the corner and the parking will no longer be free in some beach towns. 

On May 15 those visiting Bethany Beach will have to pony up some cash to park in beach lots and designated areas on Atlantic and Pennsylvania Avenues from First Street to Hollywood Street.

In addition, there will be paid parking on Garfield Parkway and the lots by PNC Bank and the fire department.


             Dumping treated-wastewater from Rehoboth Beach into the ocean is the safest way to dispose of it.

            That’s the conclusion of a draft environmental study by GHD Inc that will be used by Delaware’s Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund to build the proposed outfall.

            A public hearing has been set for April 10th at Rehoboth’s Convention Hall.

            Chris Bason, executive director of the Center for the Inland Bays, told the Wilmington News Journal…that he has not had a chance to read the report.


        REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - New commissioners in Delaware's beach towns say their biggest challenge is balancing the interests of full-time residents and those who visit or live there part-time.

     Mark Hunker, the newest commissioner in Rehoboth Beach, tells The Daily Times that his vote goes to what he believes the community needs, and he favors the masses over the few. Hunker, who is gay and owns two restaurants, says he doesn't want to represent only gay community interests or business interests.