WEEKEND #6, 2005
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
July 3rd Fireworks
Rehoboth had a good turnout for its July 3rd fireworks show. Lots of people edged their way along Rehoboth Avenue. This is the Candy Kitchen on the boardwalk (below left). The line at the boardwalk Thrasher's French Fries (not shown) was probably the longest pedestrian queue in town. Just before the fireworks, the shop had one line of about 60 people, and a smaller second line of about 40.
After the show, traffic often crawled out of town when it moved. Officials mentioned the word "gridlock" at least three times over the radio. At one point at 11:35 p.m., an officer said the vehicles on First Street were backed up to the Henlopen Hotel. He said drivers were actually shutting off their engines and sitting. Traffic flow improved around midnight and the additional officers were released from their traffic assignments.
Rehoboth celebrity Cheryl Blackman put on her red, white and blue for the big event. She is selling raffle tickets for KINfolk, an organization which helps chronically ill children. If you would like to help, look for her around town, or at the north boardwalk Grotto's Pizza.
WATCHING THEM WATCHING YOU!
Rehoboth Beach Patrol captain (red shorts, tan hat) observes man through beach umbrellas who was reportedly photographing and viewing people with binoculars near Olive Avenue.
BABY TURTLE FOUND ON REHOBOTH BEACH
These folks found this baby turtle on the beach along the north edge of Rehoboth's city limits. They have him under the umbrella protected beneath a white napkin in the picture above. Hopefully he will be okay, but the lifeguards said he may be sick, they even reported that the turtle died at one point, but it started moving again.
MAGAZINE GIVEAWAYS IN REHOBOTH
These women distribute free copies of Washington, D.C. Style magazine on the north boardwalk on July 4th. Copies of Genre magazine were also found distributed in the second block of Baltimore Avenue this past weekend.
UH, OH, BETTER GET THE DOZER
Lifeguards had a difficult time keeping kids away from the outfall pipe for the new storm water drainage system (left). When replenishment crews recently buried it, the storm water had no where to go during this past week's downpour. The water pressure was so intense, it popped the sewer caps, dislocated their concrete bases and washed away the surrounding dirt/sand, from Baltimore to Virginia avenues. Picture above (right) is what it looked like in front of the beach patrol headquarters before public works crews filled it in.
TWO MORE TOWED FROM STOCKLEY STREET LIFEGUARD SPOT!
Perhaps this space is jinxed, or just unclearly marked, but for whatever reason, lifeguards asked police to tow two more vehicles from this reserved parking space for the second weekend in a row! Here a police officer waits for a tow truck while watching the tan Ford Escape. The tow truck driver said he was stuck in traffic.
TICKET WRITER TOLD TO CITE "UNMARKED"
One of Rehoboth's ticket writers radioed his supervisor around 6:15 p.m. Saturday. He said he had an "unmarked" at an expired meter on Rehoboth Avenue with a placard that indicated it was with the attorney's office for Baltimore.
His supervisor said, he puts on his pants one leg at a time, just like we do, issue a ticket!
Taking a closer look at this white Ford Crown Victoria, it raises some suspicions. Note the FOP tags, it appears to have been a former (not current) police car (the antenna mount on the trunk is capped). The dark window tinting makes the placard hanging over the rear-view mirror difficult to read; it said "State of Maryland" with an official-looking insignia and some other text. On the lower right of the windshield is a DoD sticker for Fort George Meade.