WEEKEND #11, 2020

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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Almost 900 voters have already cast their absentee ballot!

Election day in Rehoboth Beach is this coming Saturday, but more than likely, the voters have already decided the election. According to Krys Johnson, city spokeswoman, as of last Wednesday, the city had mailed out 1178 absentee ballots and about 75 percent (881) of them have been returned.

This year, 1739 persons are registered to vote. So it will be interesting how many voters will appear in person to cast their ballot on Saturday. Those who appear in person will be required to wear face coverings, practice social distancing and should bring a photo ID.

The deadline to request the city to mail absentee ballots is this Tuesday, August 4. Because of Covid-19, voters should submit their request for absentee ballots by mail or email. Absentee ballots must be returned by mail or dropped off before the polls close on election day at 6 p.m. Ballots should be mailed or placed in the drop-off box in front of City Hall only.

Voters wanting an absentee ballot must complete a request form which they can obtain by calling 302-227-6181 ext. 159 or download the form from the city's website. That form requesting an absentee ballot must be filed no later than noon on Friday, August 7.

Voters who have already submitted an absentee ballot may change their vote by contacting the City Hall Elections Office. Election info is on the city's website.

Counting the absentee ballots will begin at this public meeting scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.


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Members of the Dewey Beach Patrol resuscitated a toddler last Monday morning after she was seriously injured. This did not happen on the beach, but in a townhouse in the ocean block of Dickinson Street where the three-year-old girl had tumbled down a flight of stairs.

After her frightened parents called 9-1-1 for help, the lifeguards heard the call dispatched on the beach patrol's fire/EMS radio and responded to the townhouse. That is where they found the girl pulseless, DBP Capt. Todd Fritchman said, and they immediately began efforts to try and save her life.

Dewey Beach lifeguards, Capt. Fritchman explains, do more than guard the beach. They respond to medical emergencies throughout town and provide care to the maximum extent possible under their certifications. The guards have medical training and the patrol typically has an EMT ready to respond. The DBP UTV, shown here, is ready, packed with medical and rescue gear!

It is especially critical in Dewey, Capt. Fritchman explains because an ambulance from Rehoboth or paramedic from Plantations Road could easily get delayed in traffic. DBP members can be on the scene almost anywhere in town within a couple of minutes ready to start basic-life support. "In a case like this," he observes, "this could be a matter of life or death." While Dewey police do respond on EMS calls, DBPD Sgt. Clifford Dempsey says it is good to have the lifeguards there because of their medical training.

"Our program was successful because we saved a life," Capt. Fritchman said. "We should be proud of their response efforts," he added.

Photo courtesy DBP


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Hundreds of visitors including state and local officials celebrated what would have been Mayor John "TJ" Redefer's 59th birthday this past Tuesday during a dedication of the town's new "baywalk" in his memory. Mayor Redefer lost his life on April 7 to pancreatic cancer. He had served the town as commissioner and mayor since 2017 and was re-elected to a second two-year term in 2019.

"'TJ' was a beloved community member and he worked tirelessly as mayor to ensure this 'baywalk' got constructed," says Steve "Monty" Montgomery, owner of The Starboard. "It is a spectacular amenity for our town, and we wish he was here to see the permanent contribution he has made," he added.

Along with the "baywalk," there will also be signage, chairs, benches and tables to help dedicate the "baywalk" in Mayor Redefer's memory. Shown is his wife of 31 years, Roberta "Bobbie" Redefer along with Thom Harvey who is the President & CEO of Harvey, Hanna & Associates, the company that owns the Lighthouse Cove.

Video from the event has been posted on the Lighthouse Cove Dewey Beach Facebook page.


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After last week's Black-bellied whistling duck report, Barbara Brewer said she too had encountered this pair of Black-bellied whistling ducks the previous Saturday morning by the pond approaching the green on the #6 hole at the American Classic Golf course behind the Acme in Lewes. "I didn't get a very good photo," she says, "since I was golfing but was close enough to be certain of the identification."

Rita D'Ascenzo reported seeing a similar duck in the pond at the Grande at Canal Pointe earlier this season. Like the bird experts say, she points out, we may see the ducks again next year. "And we will be looking for them. Can you believe all the excitement and interest that these Black-bellied whistling ducks have created? Like pop stars," she adds!

Photo courtesy Barbara Brewer


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After this Isuzu box truck brushed up against the tree, a large limb snapped and crashed onto the truck this past Saturday.

It happened around 2:30 p.m. in the second block of Stockley Street.

Fortunately there were no injuries, but it took public works personnel a couple of hours to clear the debris.


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It is bad enough that Rehoboth has had to deal with Covid all summer and then comes a "recreational water advisory" following bacterial test results that were above the standard. This particular test location at Rehoboth Avenue is close to one of the stormwater outfall pipes. This swimming advisory was not a beach closing, nor did this advisory affect the entire beach. Signs were posted on nearby lifeguard stands and lifeguards extended the no-swimming area around the Rehoboth Avenue jetty along where the outfall pipe runs.

Officials speculated that these bacteria most likely originated from wildlife sources and increased rainfall, waves or wildlife feeding near the surf, such as shorebirds, marine mammals or other warm-blooded animals. As an interesting coincidence, lifeguards had reported an increase in "marine life" sightings close to shore the past few days. The guards often clear the water of swimmers in the affected area until the "marine life" leaves. These sightings are typically sand sharks, rays or sometimes dolphins.

As for rainfall, according to the Rehoboth DEOS weather station, the city had only 0.12 inch of rain in the days prior to the test (0.04 inches on Sunday, 0.05 inches on Tuesday and 0.03 inches on Wednesday). The sample in question was taken on Wednesday. The advisory was issued at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and lifted at 3:45 p.m. on Friday after a second test was within the limits.

The current advisory status and history of test results for monitored recreational waters in Delaware, including ocean and bay beaches as well as some inland ponds, is posted at https://recwaters.dnrec.delaware.gov/. Anyone can sign up at the site to be notified of water advisories when they are issued.


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Tony Crivella from Dewey Beach Preservation and Raking reports that this past weekend was probably the peak vacation week/weekend with lots of mischief on the beach. He picked up numerous empty alcohol containers (pictured next to the shack) and as many as 50 discarded face coverings on the beach. This was the fourth lifeguard stand placed upon a rental shack in Dewey so far this summer.

He asks beach visitors to please be more considerate and clean up after yourself!



While this past Tuesday evening's thunderstorm did not bring a whole lot of rain to Rehoboth Beach, it brought a wonderful lightning show over the ocean.

Funland's Christopher Darr used his iPhone with the iLightningCam 2 app which enables iPhone or iPad users to take spectacular pictures of lightning strikes.

Farther north on the boardwalk, Amy Tonti took this photo with her iPhone but without a special app. "We were sitting on the condo porch," she says, "and I just kept snapping away. We couldn't believe how great this one turned out."

Here is another from Darr that could almost be a Rorschach inkblot!

Photos courtesy Christopher Darr and Amy Tonti



Headed home on Coastal Highway Sunday evening by Karen Zajick...

Dolle's from inside the Rehoboth Bandstand by Kelley Gillespie using an iPhone 11 Pro...

Early Sunday by Rick Tananis...

Pre-sunrise Saturday by Lynne Bowman with a Samsung Galaxy S9...




MERR NEWS--- Suzanne Thurman from the MERR Institute says that once again her organization had no mammal or sea turtle strandings or death investigations last week. However, she said she expects an uptick after the coming storm.


CHAMBER ESTIMATES BUSINESS COVID LOSSES--- The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce has estimated the revenue loss to local businesses this season to be more than $200 million because of Covid. The Chamber sent this letter of concern to the governor. The Cape Gazette and the Delaware State News have reported on the news as well. Also see this WHYY-TV report: Rehoboth Beach area reeling from 'jaw-dropping' decline in visitors and this report in the Delaware Business Times.


SCOOTER RIDER SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER CRASHING INTO TRUCK--- A 31-year-old woman was injured late Saturday when she struck the rear of a truck at 135th Street and Sinepuxent Avenue in Ocean City just before midnight. She was taken to North Side Park and flown by helicopter to a trauma center. Video is on the Campos Media Facebook page.



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Delaware beach towns fear collapse as summer of pandemic causes havoc

Beach towns fear they won't survive the summer (mentions Bethany)

Delaware on DC's list of states considered "high risk" for Covid

DC 'made a mistake' by putting Delaware on its 'high-risk' list

Travelers from Delaware put on D.C. quarantine list

Praise bestowed on retiring Sussex EMS director Robert Stuart

Prime Hook, Bombay Hook could benefit from federal legislation

Safety concerns persist about Sussex trail crossings

Slaughter Beach house fires on Bay Avenue

Milton council sets Sept. 21 date for annexation hearing

Cape May-Lewes Ferry gets first ever female captain

Bizarre arrest at Starbucks near Rehoboth

Man arrested for trying to attack Holiday Inn Express employee near Rehoboth

Property owners seek compliance for food truck at Revelation in West Rehoboth

RAL 47th Annual Outdoor Fine Art & Fine Craft Show goes virtual

Rehoboth's canal access dock taking shape

Rehoboth Beach still fun in Covid times

Annual drag volleyball event canceled (good historical info)

Opening brief filed in Ocean Bay Mart case against Rehoboth

Dedes named Dewey Beach interim town manager

Bethesda father honored son killed in bike accident by biking to Dewey

Sussex officials purchase 17-acre parcel near Angola to help protect inland bays

Man critically injured near Massey's Landing (from previous weekend)

Free parking in Bethany on August Tuesdays, entire month of September

Expansion of Dagsboro police department debated

Ocean City mayor passes declaration requiring face coverings on boardwalk

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