WEEKEND #2, 2021

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Bidens are expected to return throughout summer, but will feds reimburse local police?

President Joe Biden came to North Shores last week for two nights to celebrate his wife's 70th birthday. With the Bidens came an array of specialized vehicles and an estimated 300 Secret Service agents and support personnel.

His Wednesday evening arrival was picturesque. Marine One and its two decoys had been escorted by the state police helicopter to the Gordons Pond lot where two of them landed surrounded by the beautiful backdrop of the Cape Henlopen State Park.

Excited fans lined the streets and waited for the President whenever he was expected.

The President had only two public appearances during his three-day visit. On Thursday, reporters yelled easy questions as he bicycled on the Gordons Pond Trail.

Photo courtesy Rehoboth Beach Vol. Fire Co.

On Friday, he took this 22-vehicle motorcade to the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center where he delivered remarks on the May jobs report. From there, it was back to Marine One at Gordons Pond and back to the White House.

With the President expected to return throughout the summer, the question of who is paying for state and municipal expenses has not been resolved. "While our agency has been told that there is a historical possibility of federal funding, we have not to date been provided a means by which to seek reimbursement," says Lt. Jaime Riddle, Rehoboth Beach police spokesman. He said RBPD had 14 sworn members involved in Friday's initiative.

State troopers have been even more involved in his protection, especially in Wilmington. As far as federal reimbursements for the state police, Cpl. Jason Hatchell, state police spokesman, said on Sunday that his agency will provide an answer to that question in the near future.

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Lynne Coan, city spokeswoman, said Friday morning that so far only current Comm. Richard Byrne and Planning Comm. Rachel Macha have submitted petitions to run for the two soon-to-be-open commissioner seats. Comm. Pat Coluzzi has said she is not seeking another term.

The deadline to file is today at 4:30 p.m. More info is on the city's website. Updates will be posted on WGMD.com later today.


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The ribbon cutting was held on May 7, but the dock has yet to open for public use. Lynne Coan, city spokeswoman, said on Friday that the city is tentatively working toward opening the dock on Saturday, June 12.

Cameras have been installed and fencing is expected to be completed sometime this week, weather permitting, she said. Both were required to meet insurance requirements.

She said that the city's commissioners will consider issuing contracts at the June 18 meeting for water taxi and kayak businesses.

As for a kayak launch, Coan says the city arborist, Liz Lingo, said she believed that fundraising and grant work is ongoing for the kayak chute. There is a launch on the floating dock. A gate is included as part of the additional fencing in the future chute location.


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Police have charged a man after he backed over this multi-space parking kiosk around 5:25 a.m. this past Wednesday here on Grenoble Place.

Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, says the man was not intoxicated. But he was charged for having no valid license and improper backing.

Photo courtesy Hoyte Decker


Investigation of source still underway

Rehoboth Beach police and DNREC investigated a spill here in the ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue around 9:30 a.m. this past Wednesday. Presumably the source was a truck picking up used frier oil. Passing vehicles and pedestrians further spread the slippery substance along Rehoboth Avenue and to nearby sidewalks.

This past Saturday, Lt. Jaime Riddle, police spokesman, said this incident remains under investigation. "As a result," he added, "the release of additional information could affect the investigation."


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This water main broke just before 5 p.m. this past Friday in the ocean block of Olive Avenue. Kevin Williams, Rehoboth Beach public works director, said it fed the fire protection line at the Patrician Towers.

The city's water crews responded within a few minutes with several trucks and had it quickly repaired.


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Vaccinated receive coupons for free orange crushes!

This past Saturday, The Starboard became the first business in Dewey and perhaps in the entire area to sponsor a Covid vaccination site. "The Starboard in Dewey Beach due to its highly known popularity was asked to be a site for the State of Delaware's Division of Public Health and DEMA [Delaware Emergency Management Agency] this [past] weekend with so many folks descending on Dewey Beach for the summer," said Steve "Monty" Montgomery, owner of the popular landmark.

"With restaurants finally open to full occupancy and masks now recommended only for those who are not vaccinated, The Starboard is one of many restaurants giving back to its community by offering free orange crushes as an incentive to anyone who would like to get themselves vaccinated but has yet to do so," Montgomery said.

"After losing 16 months of our business to the Covid pandemic," says Montgomery, "we are happy to be involved with whatever necessary to ensure we can have an incredible season this summer!"



A pair of topiaries, the sphere-shaped decorations on the shafts shown below, was stolen from Stitch-Stash, on the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. Patti Hoffmann, owner of the popular Rehoboth Beach needlepoint store, said she was disappointed when she came to her shop and found them missing.

But interestingly, the $700 topiaries were mysteriously returned this past Friday. Hoffmann says she thinks perhaps the thief felt guilty or one of their family or friends encouraged them to return them to her shop. She said she reported it to police but had no suspects.

Photo courtesy Patti Hoffmann


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CAMP Rehoboth Pres. Chris Beagle, Mayor Stan Mills, City Manager Sharon Lynn, Comm. Patrick Gossett, CAMP Rehoboth Exec. Dir. David Mariner and CAMP Rehoboth Program Dir. Salvatore Seeley raised the Pride flag at city hall this past Tuesday morning in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month.

"As a city commissioner, I am proud that the city is honoring our LGBTQ citizens and visitors by raising the rainbow flag and officially designating June as LGBTQ Pride Month," Comm. Gossett said. "I join the mayor and our other commissioners in thanking CAMP Rehoboth for joining in the flag-raising ceremony and for all the meaningful work they have done in over a quarter of a century of 'Creating A More Positive Rehoboth,'" he added.

The flag will fly at city hall through the month of June.


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Bald Eagle by Rick Tananis...

"I had the camera next to me while eating dinner, waiting to see Marine One when the eagle flew really close by," he says! What a coincidence!

Oystercatchers at Gordons Pond beach by Diane Scobey...

The beach was mostly deserted as it was closed for most of the day for the President's helicopters. Oystercatchers are often solitary and not seen around here on a regular basis.




MERR REPORT--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute reports that last week her organization investigated the deaths of three bottlenose dolphin calves and a sea turtle. The remains were found between Conquest Road and Beach Plum Island. Two of the dolphins had signs of dolphin infanticide (killed by adult male dolphins).


WOMAN DIES IN DEWEY BALCONY COLLAPSE--- Tragically, one of the two women who were injured when the balcony floor gave way on Memorial Day in Dewey has died. More info is on WGMD.com.


DBP LIFEGUARD STAND REPORTED STOLEN--- The Dewey Beach Patrol lifeguard stand on Chesapeake Street was reported stolen last Friday morning. Police have taken a report.



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