WEEKEND #6, 2006
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
July 2nd Fireworks
Rehoboth Beach was packed this weekend with some of the largest crowds so far this season. Unlike the Washington area, Rehoboth Beach had no rain Sunday. Police prepared early in the morning for Sunday's fireworks. Below is the beach crowd south of the Philadelphia Street fireworks fence perimeter early Sunday afternoon.
No fireworks barge was used this year! The Zambelli Fireworks Internationale crew set off its fireworks on the beach in front of the Star of the Sea Condos. Officials closed the beach between Delaware Avenue and Philadelphia Street with ominous signs threatening arrest, forcing beach goers to squeeze into adjacent beach areas.
The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel WeatherBug heat index indicator was in the 90's, but officers remained on post all day guarding the fireworks (below). Note the bottles of water to the left of the officer's feet.
Meanwhile, out on the water, the Coast Guard started early keeping boaters from coming too close. The Coast Guard's 21-foot zodiac suffered engine trouble Sunday morning and was replaced with Indian River's 41-footer, which is seen here relocating a beach patrol buoy off Baltimore Avenue.
The bandstand was a cool place to hang out during the weekend's heat. Some construction materials remained in the circle during the weekend. But the bandstand was used for Sunday evening's performances.
A test shot was fired at 9:14 p.m. and was followed four minutes later by a 22-minute fireworks show. The crowd was elbow to elbow along the boardwalk at Rehoboth Avenue.
WBOC LIVE NEWS FROM REHOBOTH
WBOC aired its annual live newscast from the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. A microwave truck and support vehicles got premium parking privileges while Chopper 16 hovered over Rehoboth for a couple hours during Friday evening's newscast.
ARTIST WENDY FALLON RETURNS TO LIGHTHOUSE INN!
The Lighthouse Inn Bed and Breakfast hosts its third-annual art event with watercolors and oils by Arizona artist Wendy Fallon. She will return to the beach with her 2005-06 commissioned collection of artwork including paintings of Rehoboth, pets and lovers, as well as new pieces for sale to the public.
Lighthouse innkeepers, Matt and Jerry, encourage visitors to browse and enjoy her work, conversation and light refreshments and bring photos if you're considering commissioning a unique, personal piece of artwork.
The open house is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. The Lighthouse Inn is at 20 Delaware Ave. in Rehoboth Beach. Call Matt or Jerry at 302-226-0407 for details.
PAYING REHOBOTH PARKING FINES IS NOW EASIER!
Several new "PLACE PAYMENTS HERE" fine boxes were installed along Rehoboth Avenue this past week.
THERE'S A FUNGUS AMONG US
As seen from ground level in Gerar park across from the Breakers Hotel in Rehoboth Beach.