WEEKEND #5, 2020
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
FUNLAND PREPARES FOR A "PHASE 3" REOPENING!
Perhaps the one thing missing most so far this summer in Rehoboth Beach is Funland. But there is hope. "Things are starting to look a lot more like summer at Funland," says Christopher Darr, Funland personnel manager. "Even though our doors are closed right now, there is a flurry of activity inside," he points out.
This past week, Funland raised and assembled the Paratrooper ride, filled the boat pond with water and finalized several other of the park's signature rides.
The sounds the "fire engine" ride makes as the cars rumble around the wooden platform or the familiar whine of the Paratrooper motor as the ride starts up "seemed extra sweet," Darr observed.
"Not only are we preparing the rides, but we have been working hard to make changes for physical distancing requirements and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures," Darr said. "Our proposal to open the rides has been tentatively approved by the State of Delaware, but only after Governor John Carney moves Delaware into Phase 3," he added.
"We anxiously await this announcement so that our family can release an opening day for the park and also so we can share details about how and when you can visit the park," Darr said.
"Funland will be a different experience when we do welcome customers back," Darr points out. "Incorporating major changes such as requiring face coverings and not allowing customers to wander in and out of the park will make this summer unlike any in our 58-year history," he said.
"Funland will not be a packed venue this summer and customers will have plenty of room to spread out and enjoy their favorite rides," he noted.
"When we do open our doors for the remainder of our 2020 season, Funland will provide a safe experience where customers will be able to continue their traditions, have some fun and escape all the craziness that is outside our doors… at least for a little while," Darr adds.
Photos courtesy Christopher Darr
MOST OF REHOBOTH'S JERSEY BARRIERS COME DOWN!
They were erected to help provide more space for pedestrians while restaurants served customers seated at tables on the sidewalks. But not as many restaurants decided to use the space and merchants have been anxious to get back the badly needed parking spaces. So this past week, the city removed most of the jersey barriers along Rehoboth Avenue except where a restaurant uses the sidewalks.
One of the most creative sidewalk seating areas has been Claws next to the Post Office. The city installed a temporary ramp for pedestrians and kept the barriers in place.
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REHOBOTH MAYORAL RACE DOWN TO 2 CANDIDATES
In another interesting twist, the race for mayor in Rehoboth Beach has been reduced to just two candidates, Mayor Paul Kuhns and former Commissioner Stan Mills. This past Thursday, the Cape Gazette reported that Comm. Edward Chrzanowski dropped out of the race and endorsed Mayor Kuhns.
The paper quoted Comm. Chrzanowski stating that Mayor Kuhns assured him that "he will continue to work closely with the commissioners and our stakeholders to be more transparent and inclusive in decision-making; will focus on accountability and enhancing the customer experience and city services for our citizens and businesses; and will take proactive actions to improve communications and stakeholder outreach, so that all voices in our community are heard."
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OCEAN CITY VIOLENCE CONTINUES
Teen gets shot in the ocean block of 6th Street early Saturday.
Ocean City police made a quick arrest after a teen was shot following a confrontation in a hotel between two groups.
The victim was taken to a trauma center with non-life threatening gunshot wounds to his buttock and arm. Police quickly arrested the 21-year-old male suspect from Milton, Pennsylvania.
Photos courtesy Cesar Campos, Campos Media
For more info, see the O.C.P.D. news release.
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CONFEDERATE FLAG CONTROVERSY IN SUSSEX WEST
"It is his right... but in the current climate, it's inflammatory," says one resident in the Sussex West mobile home park near Lewes who did not want to be identified. She was referring to a confederate flag being flown by one of the park's residents.
This past week, the conversation took to Facebook where folks have been sharing their thoughts regarding the flag which was flown on a mast just below the American flag by one of the park's residents.
Several days later, he switched it for this flag. This is "Delaware's civil war flag," he said via a private Facebook message. He too asked not to be named. "I wonder how long it will be before they attack Gettysburg? I only fly the flags this time of year because of Gettysburg," he stated.
"Brave Americans died on both sides," he added. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863.
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BOUNDS RETURNS TO "BACK PORCH" WITH OPEN!
This past Thursday, Delaware artist Pam Bounds opened her latest exhibition on opening night at her favorite restaurant, the Back Porch Café. This show, appropriately named "Open," focuses on recent impressions of Rehoboth Beach locales such as Funland, the Purple Parrot, the Back Porch, Dolle's, Kohr Brothers and Gus & Gus.
Here she is with her popular Gus & Gus, a mixed-media work featuring the "ketchup wars." Bounds says she can sympathize with Gus & Gus which has been trying to keep its ketchup for its customers. She captures the iconic restaurant with the seagulls, the gyros, Greek salads and French fries of course. The border is decorated with images of French fries and she even cut actual pieces from Gus & Gus French fry containers and inserted them into the piece.
Bounds grew up as a child in Dewey but also lived in downtown Rehoboth. "Rehoboth is in my blood," she points out. She went to school in New Mexico where she started her art before returning to Delaware. She began exhibiting here in 2005. Bounds expresses herself in mixed-media with acrylic and puffy paint using decorated repurposed frames. Here is her 4th of July, for example.
Open, as Bounds explains on her Facebook page, captures the simple pleasures that we all took for granted: Ice cream cones instead of orange neon cones. Sitting together on the white wooden benches on the boardwalk. The smell of popcorn. Walking on the beach. Patronizing our own favorite restaurant with friends at the Back Porch Café!
Bounds show will remain on display at the Back Porch for about the next month.
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LIVE CONCH FOUND ON REHOBOTH'S BEACH
Hannah Raffert of Manassas, Virginia shows off a live conch she found in the surf at Philadelphia Street in Rehoboth this past Saturday. She returned it safely to the ocean after the photo was taken!
Here is a closer look:
Photo courtesy Evan Stoddard
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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Delaware Seashore State Park sunset on the last night of spring by David Koster, PortraitsInTheSand.com...
Deer on trail adjacent to Lewes-Rehoboth Canal in Canal Landing Court by Stephen Higham...
Star of the Sea Sunrise, 5:23 a.m. last Tuesday by Dr. Richard Tananis...
WHALE SIGHTINGS AND OTHER MERR NEWS--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says that she had received several reports of a whale sighting the past few days. This is an annual occurrence, she points out. Although she did not see the whale, she notes that humpbacks tend to come close to shore because they feed off fish that are there. MERR investigated a couple dolphin deaths this past week. One was found in the Deauville area in Rehoboth Beach last Tuesday morning.
GIRL SUFFERS SEIZURE IN BETHANY SURF--- A 14-year-old girl suffered a suspected seizure and inhaled some ocean water while in the surf off Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach around 1:40 p.m. this past Thursday. She initially appeared to be in critical condition but she improved as paramedics treated her while taking her to the hospital.
MOVING CARGO VAN LEAKS FUEL AND CATCHES FIRE--- Roxana firefighters responded to Crosswinds Landing just before 5 p.m. this past Friday after a moving cargo van, later reported to be a UPS truck, caught fire after a stream of leaking fuel spread along the roadway ignited and caught the truck on fire. That is just west of Fenwick Island. No injuries were reported but there was significant smoke in the development.
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