WEEKEND #8, 2020

(Mid-Season Report)

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Several visitors receive citations for refusing to comply

Rehoboth Beach police have been enforcing the face-covering requirements this past week with periodic boardwalk checkpoints.

On Sunday, Police Chief Keith Banks said the officers have so far issued 29 $100 civil citations. Police have made it clear that they are not out to get anybody, but are simply trying to encourage compliance with local and state Covid orders. Police and lifeguards have distributed more than 16,500 free face masks as of Friday, Chief Banks said.

But some visitors become argumentative or refuse to cooperate, like the 47-year-old man here in the white shirt. He became, as one officer said, "a little bit disorderly" and was issued a citation this past Saturday after police established a checkpoint off Brooklyn Avenue.

Last Monday, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce had sent this letter to the mayor and commissioners concerning the city's requirement that visitors wear masks on the beach. The following day, the city modified the requirement and issued this news release. More info is in the Cape Gazette.


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More lifeguards among those testing positive

About 1,200 people were tested last Tuesday in the Rehoboth Beach city hall parking lot according to Jennifer Brestel from the Division of Public Health. Those results were not available as of Friday. But she did say that of the 4,166 tests completed in Dewey and Rehoboth the previous week, 264 came back positive (6.34 percent).

"The goal was to increase access to testing in the beach area and provide a gauge of the infection rates in that area," Brestel said.

As of this past Friday, Police Chief Keith Banks says 15 Rehoboth Beach Patrol lifeguards have tested positive for Covid. Four of the guards who have been out were scheduled to return this past Saturday or today. After quarantining the required time period, Chief Banks says, each employee must have two negative test results prior to returning to work. The city hired 55 guards this year.

He said as of Friday, no Rehoboth Beach police officers have tested positive for Covid.

Reached by phone on Friday, Bethany Beach Patrol Capt. Joe Donnelly confirmed about 18 of his lifeguards tested positive for Covid. But he noted that the Covid cases were diagnosed earlier in Bethany than at other beach patrols, so he anticipates most of his staff returning to work as soon as today.

Ocean City Beach Patrol Capt. Butch Arbin says his patrol has had three Covid cases, all from off-duty exposure. "Each staff member is required to complete a daily wellness check prior to beginning work and I do an audit each day to make sure we have 100 percent compliance," he said.

One advantage in Ocean City, Capt. Arbin points out, is that his guards only sit one per stand, and when they switch, the policy has been that they do not linger, they switch and keep moving. Also interesting is that he said OCBP has more staff this year than the patrol has had for many years, with more than 200 members.


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The big surprise early last week was that Funland announced that it had created a plan for reopening its rides which opened to visitors this past Friday. "It is so nice to have the rides open again and to see our customers having fun," says Christopher Darr, Funland personnel manager!

"Our new online ride reservation system has been great and our customers have adapted well to such a major change," he pointed out. "As we walk the floor during a FUN PASS group it is really amazing how few customers are in each group. There are no lines and plenty of room to spread out because we are under 15 percent capacity," he added.

As people think about booking a FUN PASS to enjoy the rides, there are several key points to remember, Darr says:

The Jungle of Fun and the SIM Rider will remain closed for the 2020 season because of physical distancing challenges. For details on how to book and more general information please visit the Funland website.

"Over the last two days," Darr says, "we have enjoyed talking with those who visited the park. We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback and continue to be humbled by the support and encouragement."

Funland's boardwalk games are currently open 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day! See this WHYY-TV story for more.

Photos courtesy Christopher Darr


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Ocean City police are investigating after a 22-year-old man was critically injured and later died after a fall from the third floor of the Econo Lodge on 29th Street in Ocean City. It happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday. A state police helicopter flew him to a trauma center in Baltimore where he later died.

Photo courtesy Cesar Campos, Campos Media



Tropical Storm Fay blew past the Delmarva beaches Friday morning dumping 5.5 inches of rain on Rehoboth, most of which came between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. According to the boardwalk DEOS weather station, peak wind gusts close to 40 m.p.h. were recorded at 7:40 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

Flooding was reported at the usual locations before becoming more widespread. Public works and highway crews kept the storm drains flowing. This is Coastal Highway at Read Street in Dewey Beach.

Photo courtesy Comm. David Moskowitz

Rehoboth Beach crews even conducted routine trash collection in the heavy downpour!

More storm photos are in the Cape Gazette.



Last Monday afternoon, Kris Reilly captured this incredible video of clouds as they flew over Dewey Beach.

Image courtesy Kris Reilly


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Now in its second year, the Rehoboth in Bloom project, with its 45 volunteers, has been doing its part to add to the city's beauty. Every Tuesday morning, the volunteers divide into five teams and take to the streets to maintain the 52 self-watering EarthPlanters.

Cindy Lovett, founder of the project that operates under the Rehoboth Main Street Design Committee, says these self-watering planters are what made the project doable. They only have to fill the 23-gallon reservoir once a week.

The planters can be found on Baltimore, Rehoboth and Wilmington Avenues. Because of Rehoboth in Bloom's popularity, more folks have volunteered this summer. A new team is maintaining a "Farm Market" garden at Grove Park and a seventh team is maintaining three gardens at the end of streets that meet the boardwalk.

Rehoboth in Bloom is entirely self-funded and is looking for sponsors for its planters. Sponsors who contribute $350/$450/$550 receive a plaque on the planter, dedicated to them, a loved one or business.

Please contact Lovett for details: info@pdlovett.com


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While last Wednesday's Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce online candidate forum was helpful highlighting the issues impacting Rehoboth, it was more difficult to determine how the candidates differ in their positions.

As of Sunday evening, the forum, which has been posted on YouTube only, had around 150 views.

Topics covered included the Covid crisis, the comprehensive development plan, proposed Wilmington and Baltimore Avenues streetscape, economic development and quality of life, beach replenishment, increasing revenue, boardwalk safety at night, and of course, parking.

The CAMP/RBHA annual candidate forum will be online next Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m. The link to the forum will be posted on the CAMP Rehoboth website. Questions for the candidates may also be submitted through the CAMP website. The candidates will participate from their homes and will not be at the CAMP Community Center as originally planned.

The Washington Blade ran this article last Tuesday on the two mayoral candidates. Detailed info on the candidates is in Friday's Cape Gazette.



Sunset from Cruisin' Tikis Rehoboth Bay by David Koster, PortraitsInTheSand.com...

Fishing at Gordon's Pond by Rick Tananis...

A rare albino squirrel in Rehoboth by Lynne Bowman...



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MERR NEWS--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says MERR investigated a deceased loggerhead sea turtle at Gordon's Pond and a deceased dolphin also in the Cape Henlopen State Park. No cause of death was determined in either case. The annual dolphin count is scheduled for next Saturday, July 18.


BOOM LIFT BURSTS INTO FLAMES, KNOCKS OUT POWER TO 690 CUSTOMERS--- Around 10:15 a.m. this past Wednesday, a 31-year-old Rehoboth man operating a rented boom lift (High Lift) to cut a tree contacted the overhead power lines on Robinson Drive outside Rehoboth. The lift struck the primary power lines and started a fire, says MCpl. Melissa Jaffe, police spokeswoman. He was able to get down safely from the lift. The damage resulted in an outage impacting 690 customers until repairs could be completed, says Timothy Stokes, Delmarva Power spokesman, and an investigation into the incident is ongoing. Photos are on the RBVFC website.


HOUSE CATCHES ON FIRE OUTSIDE REHOBOTH--- Several fire companies responded to Fleming Circle in the Keys of Marsh Harbor around 6:20 p.m. this past Saturday for a house fire. Firefighters found fire throughout most of the home. Photos are on the RBVFC website.


MAN FIRES GUN FROM DEWEY HOTEL DURING DISPUTE--- Dewey Beach police responded to the Bay Resort on Sunday around 1:35 a.m. after a man reportedly fired a shot from a handgun during an argument. When police arrived, they saw a group of four men on the balcony who appeared to be passing around a handgun. That is when Dewey officers called for Rehoboth and state police to assist. Officers safely made entry into the hotel and to the third floor where they eventually took the man into custody. Sgt. Clifford Dempsey, police spokesman, says the gunshot was apparently the result of an argument. There were no injuries.


MAN SUFFERS SERIOUS SURF INJURY ON ASSATEAGUE--- A 41-year-old man suffered serious injuries while surfing off Assateague Island before noon this past Saturday. He complained of tingling in his arms and legs and was flown to a trauma center on a state police helicopter.



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Grotto Pizza celebrates 60 years

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Clear Space's Rehoboth Avenue theater takes step forward

City of Rehoboth Beach modifies face covering requirement

Running of the Bull 2020 announcement

Bethany adopts mask requirement, parking changes to slow Covid spread

Ørsted no longer interested in Fenwick Island State Park

OC Air Show rescheduled to Aug. 15-16

2 Ocean City bars close doors after staffers test positive for Covid

3 more Ocean City restaurants close temporarily after employees test positive for Covid

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Dolphins swimming in Ocean City caught on camera by Natural Resources Police



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