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July 2024 Newsletter

Updated: Jun 28



Fireworks, Pizza, French Fries, and Ice Cream

Jim Mease

 

It's July, and the summer season with hazy, hot, and humid days is upon us. But oh, how we do love this time of year with fireworks, pizza, French fries, and ice cream, coupled with long lazy days to swim, boat, fish, or just be plain lazy.

 

Named after Julius Caesar, July marks the halfway point in our calendar year. In Rehoboth Beach and the Delmarva peninsula, the summer is the busiest time of the year as friends and family arrive by the thousands. July is the month we celebrate our birthday after achieving independence from England by signing the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1776. It meant the thirteen original British colonies, which included Delaware, in North America, ceased to be colonies and officially became a sovereign nation, the United States of America.

 

Today as we celebrate our 248th year of freedom, we will enjoy picnics, barbecues, parades, and all outdoor activities, culminating in an impressive fireworks display after dark. Here in Rehoboth Beach our fireworks display will occur on Saturday, July 6 at approximately 9:30pm and be visible from both the beach and boardwalk, as well as various locations throughout the city and beyond.

 

In addition to the festivities on the 4th, July celebrates many other observances. Some of the more unusual but fun festivities are International Kissing Day on Saturday, July 6, when a peck on the cheek to a deep passionate kiss shared by lovers is encouraged. Then on Sunday, July 7, celebrate one of life's best indulgences on World Chocolate Day when everyone should try the sweet treat. On Wednesday, July 17, you can observe National Hot Dog Day by simply consuming one of America's favorite foods anywhere you are. On July 21 we celebrate National Ice Cream Day. Americans lead the world in ice cream consumption, which 90% of us enjoy! On Wednesday, July 24, we observe National Tequila Day. To honor the uniqueness of tequila and its cultural significance, join other Americans by enjoying a tequila drink! Finally, on Monday, July 29, we observe National Lipstick Day when we are encouraged to wear our best colors.

 

We have selected a number of our businesses to showcase for July. For seafood, Tex Mex, and steak, Dos Locos at 208 Rehoboth Avenue can't be beaten, and one of our newest restaurants, 302 Social Eatery and Barroom at 70 Rehoboth Avenue serves up hand-crafted cocktails, burgers, sandwiches, and shareables that will delight all.

 

Browseabout Books at 133 Rehoboth Avenue is another Rehoboth Beach staple. As an independent bookstore, Browseabout offers new, used, and rare books in addition to puzzles and games for all ages. Another new business, Coral Cove at 110 Rehoboth Avenue, is a delightful women's designer fashion boutique for dresses, denim tops, candles, jewelry, and more, ready to help you look your best while out and about. All these businesses are within easy walking distance to the beach and boardwalk. You can read more about each of them later in this newsletter and be sure to mention that you read about them here when visiting.

 

Rehoboth In Bloom is busy with the summer planting season, and you can enjoy the various flower displays in the earth planters throughout downtown on Rehoboth, Wilmington, and Baltimore Avenues.

 

As we move into the high season, please be particularly mindful of the many bicycles, dog walkers, and children out and about during this busy time of the year. We here at Rehoboth Beach Main Street wish everyone a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

 

Current and past issues of the Newsletter are available on the RBMS Website at: Newsletter|Home|Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com)

 

 

New Businesses & Membership Renewals

 

·  RBMS welcomes new member Shore Silver, joining at the Bronze Partner level

 

·  RBMS thanks The Lilypad, Snyder’s Candy, and Rehoboth Beach Running Company for renewing at the Silver Partner level

 

·  RBMS thanks Jolly Trolley for renewing and increasing their membership to the Silver Partner level

 

·  RBMS thanks these members for renewing at the Bronze Partner level

Aroma

Go Fish


 

Showcasing Rehoboth Businesses

 

Browseabout Books

Peter Beck

 


My birthday was a total downer this year as I caught a cold and had to spend several days in bed.  Luckily, my good friend Joan came through with a nice surprise; she called from her home in Annapolis and asked me to recommend some local bookstores. 

 

I immediately suggested she check the Browseabout Books website, and then Joan ordered a book to cheer me up!  The book arrived at the shop, and I received a phone call to pick it up.  Her thoughtfulness did a lot to make the sad weekend less sad! 

 

Within a few days, the book arrived.  Since I was feeling better, I drove to town and was greeted cheerfully at the store. The employee found the book for me instantly as it was at the desk beyond the front counter, and I was overjoyed to begin reading.

 

Joan and her husband Brian visited me a few weeks later over Memorial Day weekend.  The biggest thing on their agenda was to stop in and peruse Browseabout Books!

 

Browseabout Books has been a staple along Rehoboth Avenue since 1975. Unlike the big chain bookstores, an independent bookstore offers personal service and becomes an important part of the community.  Rehoboth Beach’s local ‘Indie’ bookstore carries over 35,000 books, and as demonstrated by Joan’s experience, anything you want that’s not on the shelves can be easily ordered by the friendly staff!   Books are organized by subject, including history, science, fiction, biography, and nonfiction. There is also a well-stocked children's section and several interesting displays of “Staff Picks,” featuring recommended titles from employees.

 

Furthermore, Browseabout Books is more than just a bookstore.   They carry a terrific selection of toys, jigsaw puzzles, stationery, graphic novels, and other odds and ends.  While visiting Browseabout, you can pick up a newspaper, enjoy a delicious cup of java, buy some chocolate and munchies, get an umbrella, purchase a fun souvenir from the beach, and peruse the gift shop adjacent to the bookstore. The gift shop is filled with unique gift ideas, household decor, cards, coffee mugs, artisan soaps, and interesting bric-a-brac at affordable prices!

 

Are you looking for something fun and educational to do? Browseabout frequently hosts exciting meet and greets with well-known authors from the national book scene and books penned by local writers.  They host several book clubs at the store which attract readers of all ages; Browseabout Books even sponsors the annual Lewes History Book Festival, an exciting event held annually in the early fall.

Learn about all the exciting literary opportunities available at Browseabout's website, https://www.browseaboutbooks.com/, or just stop by the store at 133 Rehoboth Avenue, leisurely peruse the shelves, and enjoy your visit!

  

Coral Cove

Colleen Evans



Here’s To Dressing For Your Fabulous Self This Summer At Coral Cove!

 

Rehoboth Beach Main Street recently caught up with one of their newest members - Coral Cove - to learn more about owner Tai Camper and her wildly popular boutique.  A coastal inspired lifestyle shop located at the beach that sells women's designer clothing, accessories, home decor, local art, gifts and more.

 

How long has Coral Cove been around? And what inspired you to open it?


Coral Cove was an existing business, started by Mary Walls-Grant originally in Lewes with the Rehoboth location opening in 2015.  She was the creative genesis and designer of the beautiful space you see today here on Rehoboth Avenue and I have been fortunate to carry on the Coral Cove torch over the last 7 years as owner. 


What were you doing before you opened the store?


My passion for fashion and retail started at the early age of fourteen when I got my first job as a sales associate at South Moon Under here on Rehoboth Avenue!  I worked all through high school there and upon graduation went to a fashion school, FIDM on the west coast!! Eager to move back east I applied for an assistant buying position with South Moon Under and worked my way up in the buying department over a 13 year career. 

 

How would you describe Coral Cove?


In one word, MAGIC!!!  There truly is phenomenal energy in our four walls...from the staff, to the customers, and even the product!!  We love what we do and we channel that in every aspect of the business from curating the mix of products that supports all areas of your lifestyle, from your wardrobe, to the birthday gift for your best friend, a hostess gift, or a piece of artwork for your own space!

   

What is your favorite thing about your job? Most rewarding? Most challenging?


 So much love, time and attention goes into selecting the product and bringing it to life in the shop so when a customer connects with it and you see their excitement it's so fulfilling and rewarding!  There's never a lack of things to do and my mind is always "on" so finding work/life balance is a work in progress!! 


What inspires you?


When we are at market it really is about finding a connection that creates an emotion!  I find color and prints can give you an instant mood boost, or a fragrance that takes you to the Amalfi Coast, or a mushroom shaped hair clip that makes you smile.  Whatever it is I like finding the things that make you feel happy and ultimately will become your most prized possessions!


What’s your personal style?


I enjoy the self-expression that fashion allows and that day by day you can show a different side of your personality!!!  I love color, prints, and dresses but I also embrace classic, sophisticated silhouettes and even more fun when you can combine the two to create an unexpected look!!!


Dos Locos

Peter Beck



On a lovely late spring Thursday, my neighbors Inez, Tony, and I decided to go out for lunch.  Knowing that the summer crowds would soon descend upon us, we decided to eat somewhere in town where they had not dined, as they are new residents to Rehoboth Beach.  I thought: what better place to take them than to Dos Locos at 208 Rehoboth Avenue!

 

Dos Locos has been a mainstay in downtown Rehoboth since 1992. Originally a taco stand, the restaurant had several locations as the business flourished.  Eventually,  brothers  Mit and Ayan Patel purchased the restaurant and found a home at its present site at 188 Rehoboth Avenue, where it has been since 2007. The restaurant is known for its authentic Mexican food and great customer service over the years, as we learned during our lunch visit!

 

We were seated at a comfy, cozy booth, and immediately received excellent, friendly service from the waitress.  As we waited for our food, we enjoyed a generous portion of homemade nachos with tasty fresh salsa also made on the site. For lunch, Inez enjoyed the Fajita bowl with chicken while Tony and I ordered the same meal from the lunch menu: we both loved the beef quesadilla with rice.  The portion of the fajita bowl was so generous that Inez brought half of it home for lunch the next day. We were so stuffed that we decided to skip dessert until the next time!

 

I chatted briefly with the bartender Jordan, who explained that Dos Locos is committed to preparing the best food possible with the freshest ingredients.  He said that the crab quesadilla is very popular and that any dish with crab seems to be a hit.  Jordan also explained that many diners enjoy meals with a combo of meats such as chicken and steak. Also, diners can enjoy the zippy homemade sangria and terrific margaritas at the fully stocked bar!

 

Dos Locos hosts dinner specials in the off-season and fun, unique celebrations throughout the summer.  Coming up at Dos Locos is a fun Fourth of July celebration, National Chicken Wing Day on July 28, National Rum Day on August 16, or even National Fajita Day on August 18!

 

While you can enjoy lunch or dinner at Dos Locos, it's important to know that they are open on the weekends for breakfast and brunch at 8:00 AM.  Don’t feel like cooking or have a yen for tasty Mexican food?  Customers can easily order a meal for delivery or pick up from their website.

 

Visit their website https://doslocos.com/, or call 302-227-3353. to learn about the menu, specials, gift card purchases, or for reservations. You can even plan a party in the large private dining room at the rear of the restaurant!  We are eager to return to Dos Locos sometime for dinner soon.

  

302 Social Eatery and Barroom

Mark May

 


Eat. Drink. Be Social: These words are more than a tagline for one of Rehoboth’s newest eateries, and instead serve as a call to action for their patrons. Located at 70 Rehoboth Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach, 302 Social aims to be more than a place for great food and craft drinks. Evident in their name, the social element of the dining experience is front and center.

 

Stepping into 302 Social, you are immediately transported out of the busy summer crowds and into a spacious dining room with a large bar for all your friends to gather. Maintaining certain classic coastal design elements, 302 Social also holds fast to its own identity as a taproom and bar with a rustic feel and classic barstools. But the barroom vibe extends beyond the décor and into the food and drink.

 

With an eye toward a great time with friends and family, 302 Social keeps it classic with favorites of American cuisine which have been updated and reimagined. Pick from an array of handheld options, from gyros to crab cake sandwiches to some West Coast flavor, such as the delicious Cali Burrito. Be sure to partake in their Social Snacks menu, a perfect way to start a party of any size. With options like Crab Bruschetta, Wings, Tuna Nachos, and much more, there is sure to be a bite for any flavor palette.

 

Finally, a trip to 302 Social wouldn’t be complete without sampling their craft beverages. With craft beers, cocktails, and a quality selection of wines and spirits, there is always something new to try or share.

 

Pairing more than just food and drink, 302 Social aims to add the missing element to a great meal with its relaxed barroom feel, sparking community and good times. Try out 302 Social for yourself or find out more information at their website https://www.302socialrehoboth.com/ or call (302) 567-2132.

 

 

News from Rehoboth in Bloom

Cindy Lovett

 

Verrazzano Garden Clean Up!

 



The City of Rehoboth, along with Rehoboth in Bloom and UNICO,* will start cleaning up the Verrazzano Garden located at Olive and the Boardwalk. The initial planning meeting was held on June 17 with guidance from Jennifer Pongratz of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). The new team will conduct clean-ups once a month throughout the summer and early fall. In the fall, they will start planting dune-friendly perennials. The goal is to improve the garden's appearance for the summer months.

 

*UNICO is the largest Italian-American service organization in the U.S., with chapters in over 35 states.

 

Pictured left to right are

Mary Ellen Gray, City of Rehoboth Director of Planning and Community Development

Pam Notarangelo, UNICO Rehoboth Vice President

Enid Lagree, UNICO

Mary Teresa Morrison, UNICO

Johanna Rupp, Rehoboth in Bloom-Project Lead

Robin Bedlington, Rehoboth in Bloom-Project Assistant

Jennifer Pongratz, DNREC Environmental Scientist

Cindy Lovett, Rehoboth in Bloom, Chair

Jay Lagree, UNICO

 

 

A Bloomers Lament

Cindy Lovett

 

May—Wow, it's cold!

June—Why won't these flowers grow faster!

July—Wow, it's hot!

August—Why won't these flowers stop growing so fast!

September—What flowers should we pick for next year!?

October—How many more weeks are left!?

 

 


 

News from RBMS

 

RBMS 2024 Margarita Crawl: A Success!

 



The results are in for the 2024 Rehoboth Beach Main Street Margarita Crawl!  Congratulations to our winners:

 

Best Margarita:

·  First Place: Somewhere Rehoboth

·  Third Place: Blue Moon

 

Most Creative Margarita:

 

Best Mocktail:

·  Sirocco

 

Thank you to all the participating restaurants and everyone who came out to sip and celebrate! We can't wait for next year's crawl!

 


 

Welcome Summer Intern Mikki Abbott!

Dan Slagle

 


Mikki Abbott graduated from Franklin & Marshall College this past May with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and Spanish. She is excited to start working as a Social Media & Marketing Assistant with Rehoboth Beach Main Street this summer! While at F&M, she served on the executive board of her sorority, Alpha Phi, as the Vice President of Health, Wellness, and Accountability, where she planned all philanthropy and social events for the chapter. Mikki was also a member of the Alumni Leaders of Tomorrow (ALOT) program, the Secretary of the Women in Business Club, a class representative for the Honorary Degree Council, a Life After College Success Program member, and recognized on the Dean’s List. For the past 3 summers, she interned in the Communications and Marketing departments for Siemens Healthineers, International Flavors & Fragrances, and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. Mikki recently started a TikTok page for RBMS @rehobothbeachmainstreet so please follow it.

Throughout the summer, Mikki will take photos and video content in Rehoboth Beach featuring Main Street members and local events. Rehoboth Beach Main Street is so excited to have Mikki on our team!


Wreaths Across America in Rehoboth Beach

Steve Curson



If you can’t make it to Arlington National Cemetery this year for their annual wreath placement on the graves of soldiers, Rehoboth Beach Main Street has a solution for you.

We host our local Wreaths Across America (WAA) ceremony annually in Rehoboth Beach at the Epworth Church Cemetery. This year it is on Saturday, December 14th. In case you weren’t aware, the wreaths we use aren’t donated by the WAA organization. Either we purchase them or rely on donations from our local sponsors and families.


This year, we are kicking off the summer of “Giving in July.” The purpose is to highlight the groups and individuals giving back to their local communities and sharing WAA’s yearlong mission to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those who serve, and TEACH the next generation the value of freedom.


Nationally WAA has partnered with hundreds of like-minded charities, community programs, and civic groups throughout the country who are contributing to their local communities. Through our Rehoboth Beach Main Street Sponsorship Program, we have a wonderful opportunity to build awareness for our efforts and gain support for our program to ensure we have enough wreaths to ensure that every veteran in Epworth has one at their gravesite.

This program is easy to use, and it takes just a minute to sponsor a wreath for our very own Wreaths Across America Ceremony. For more information, and to sponsor, click here.

Don't miss out on this opportunity! Share our Giving in July program resources with your community!


History of the Wreaths Across America program


Morrill Worcester, the owner of Worcester Wreath Company of Harrington, Maine, was a 12-year-old paper boy when he won a trip to Washington DC. It was his first trip to our nation’s capital and one that would change the trajectory of his life and the lives of millions of others across the country. Seeing the hundreds of thousands of graves and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery made an especially indelible impression on him. It was to be an experience that would follow him throughout his life and successful career, reminding him that his good fortune was mostly due to our national values and the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

In 1992, Worcester Wreath discovered that they had had a surplus of wreaths towards the end of the holiday season! Remembering his boyhood experience at Arlington, Worcester realized he had an opportunity to honor our country’s veterans. He arranged for the surplus wreaths to be placed at Arlington in one of the older cemetery sections which had received fewer visitors as time passed.


 

News from RBMS Members

 

Beaches—The Green Truck Stop

 



It's our first anniversary in Rehoboth Beach and we are extending our celebration throughout July by offering YOU a free gift! With a purchase of $99 or more, you will receive a free home decor selection!  In-store purchases only and while supplies last.

 

We are also excited about our Christmas in July event planned for the week of July 21-28!  Customers will receive a FREE Christmas ornament with any purchase of $20 or more!

Ornaments may vary while supplies last!  Although we may not see snow, we'll HEAR Christmas music!

Come celebrate with the folks at Beaches—The Green Truck Shop, at 33 Baltimore Avenue!


 

Ribbon-cutting at Bomshell Boutique

 



Bomshell Boutique has been an established boutique on the Avenue since 2019 and recently relocated to 146 Rehoboth Avenue.  Jaime Carter-Houck owns Bomshell, which features on-trend women's clothing, accessories, jewelry, gifts, a baby line, and a Versa Spray Tan booth. Bomshell Boutique has unique, “insta-worthy” vibes and has become a popular tourist destination. The staff at Bomshell aims to make every woman at any age feel sexy and confident in her style because when you look good, you feel good!

 

Pictured, left to right: Jerry Filbin and Cindy Lovett, RBMS Board Members; Dick Byrne, RBMS President; Carolyn Diefenderfer, RBMS Assistant Treasurer; Sawyer Carter, Fletcher Houck, Diane Lane, Jaime Carter-Houck (Owner), Ed Houck, Brexton Carter, and Eddie Houck; Sandra Skidmore, Jen Carroll, and Steve Scheffer, RBMS Board Members; and James Mease, RBMS Communications Committee Vice-Chair.

 


Tired of traffic and parking hassles?  The Jolly Trolley is there for you!

 



The World's Original Jolly Trolley originated in 1970 as the first tour transportation service in Rehoboth & Dewey Beach. In 1992, the Hastings family purchased, developed, and privately operated Transit U Inc. & the Jolly Trolley, building it into the iconic, safe, and reliable service it is today in the Nation's Summer Capital! Jolly Trolley operates the direct coastal Fixed Route service between Rehoboth Beach & Dewey Beach as well as their year-round Professional Charter Service. Leave your car parked, jump on a Jolly Trolley vehicle, and enjoy your travel!

 

 

Pride  Flag-Raising Ceremony and Ribbon Cuttings for Pride Crosswalks



Story adapted from Cape Gazette article, June 4, 2024, written by Chris Flood. Pictures are also provided by the Cape Gazette.

 

In recognition of Pride Month, Rehoboth Beach officials held a Pride flag-raising ceremony at city hall and cut two ribbons for newly painted Pride crosswalks on Baltimore Avenue. Rehoboth Beach Main Street and CAMP Rehoboth Board members and staff were prominent participants in the flag-raising and the creation and ribbon-cuttings of the rainbow crosswalks.

 

Taking place on June 1, Mayor Stan Mills led the way at the flag-raising ceremony. He said it was the sixth year for the flag to fly at city hall, but the first time it will be up the whole month.

 

During a commissioner meeting on May 17, CAMP Rehoboth officials received a proclamation celebrating Pride Month. Mills read portions of it during the flag-raising ceremony, saying the flag and crosswalks are the visual manifestations of the proclamation’s intent. The flag will be up for at least a month, while there is no timeline for the crosswalks, Mills said, which drew loud applause and the waving of Pride flags.

 

The dozens of people in attendance made their way from city hall to the Baltimore Avenue crosswalks after the raising of the flag. To get to the crosswalks from city hall, everyone had to travel up Steve Elkins Way, which was dedicated in May 2019. Elkins and his husband Murray Archibald co-founded CAMP Rehoboth in 1990.

 

Richard Byrne, Rehoboth Beach Main Street president and former city commissioner, was the elected official who brought the Steve Elkins Way walkway to fruition at the request of longtime resident Fay Jacobs. “When the walkway was dedicated, the powers that be at the time said that (Elkins Way) was enough,” said Byrne, standing on the crosswalk at Baltimore Avenue. He said, “Governments work incrementally, and now the town has the crosswalks.”

 

CAMP Rehoboth Executive Director Kim Leisey, standing on the crosswalk across Second Street that connects Steven Elkins Way to Baltimore Avenue, said the crosswalks were another example of CAMP Rehoboth and the city working together, always striving to see the dignity, joy, and love in all. In recognition of that love, this is also a reminder to look both ways when using the crosswalks, she stated.

 


 

Free Food Pantry for US J-1 Visa Students

 


The Free Food Pantry is open Mondays during the Summer, from June 3 through August 26, 10:00am to 12:00pm. The Pantry is located in the St. Edmond Parish Hall, 407 King Charles Avenue. Volunteers are ready to load the students’ bags with fresh vegetables, food, and personal hygiene/household items.

 

If you want to volunteer with the Pantry distribution, contact Terri Crovato at tcrovato@gmail.com or call The Parish Office at 302-227-4550.

  

 

News from the Delaware Division of Small Business

 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Applications for Top 100 Small Businesses Are Open Now!

 


Attention Small Business Owners! The Delaware Division of Small Business announces a new opportunity to apply to be one of the 100 small businesses selected for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce CO—100: America’s Top 100 Small Businesses. They are looking for America’s top digital innovators, customer champions, growth accelerators, disruptors, and global stars. Small business owners can apply through July 8 to be considered for this elite list.

 

The small businesses that make the CO—100 list will gain national brand visibility, unmatched access to top experts and thought leaders, exclusive VIP perks and benefits, and networking opportunities. On October 8, the CO—100 will be invited to Washington, D.C. for a premier event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's historic headquarters. 

 

Wouldn’t it be exciting if one of Rehoboth Beach’s exciting entrepreneurs is selected for this honor?

 

For more information and FAQs, visit www.co100.com. There is a $99 fee for each entry.

                                                                  

 

Delaware EARNS Launches Pilot Program Ahead of Official Launch

 

Delaware EARNS is a retirement savings program for private-sector workers who don’t have access to a workplace plan through their jobs. Beginning on July 1, 2024, employers with 5 or more Delaware employees (full or part-time) are required to facilitate EARNS if they do not offer a qualified retirement plan, such as a 401(k).

 

“The start of the employer pilot is a true milestone,” Treasurer Colleen C. Davis said. “It’s thrilling to see a goal we have been working toward for years become a reality. We have nearly 150,000 private-sector workers in our state with no access to retirement savings through their employers. We now have a real opportunity to change that with the EARNS program.”

 

Delaware employers that want to get a head start on offering access to a competitive retirement benefit can register as early as July 1 at earnsdelaware.com. For employers, there is no cost for facilitating the EARNS program and no plan-sponsor liability.

 

For more information about Delaware EARNS, visit earnsdelaware.com.

 

 

Social Media & Website Stats

 

Facebook's total reach was 51,700 in May, with more than 1,000 comments/reactions/shares.

●     Most views were for the Margarita Crawl (3,600), Cilantro (more than 16,000), Rehoboth Breeze (3,300), Above the Dunes (2,700), the Parking post (2,500), and Rigby’s (2,000). 

 

Instagram reach was 10,500 in May.

●     Most views: Margarita Crawl, Above the Dunes, Cilantro, Clear Space Theatre, Rehoboth Breeze, and the Parking post.

 

The RBMS Website: Webcams had more than 6,000 views, the Homepage 600 views, Shop Directory 530 views, About Us 300 views, Newsletter 225 views.

 

 

Looking for something to do on a July afternoon...

 


Rehoboth Beach Then and Now—Take a self-guided walking tour on the Built Story mobile app! Tour takers can explore downtown Rehoboth Beach and learn about the 19th-century religious summer camp, how the fires and storms shaped the community, the transformative impact of the railroad, and the illustrious citizens who made Rehoboth Beach what it is today. The app is available for free from either Android or iPhone app stores. The 15-stop tour of downtown focuses on how the city evolved from its 19th-century roots as a rural community, the arrival of the summer religious camp in the 1870s, the arrival of the railroad, and the “battles” between the “saints and sinners” that influenced the later development of the community.

 

The Built Story mobile app is free and tickets for each tour are $10.00. Tickets for individual tours are good for 30 days and may be viewed more than once. The Built Story app is also your gateway to other tours worldwide. Half of the proceeds from this tour benefit Rehoboth Beach Main Street. For more information, call the RBMS office at 302-227-2772.

 

 

Recognizing Our Volunteers: Scott Collins

Peter Pizzolongo


Scott Collins hails from the Southwest corner of Virginia and has been a part-timer in Rehoboth Beach since 2015 and a full-timer during the last several years. We’ve seen Scott’s excellent volunteer talents as a member of the RBMS Runway ’24 Fashion Show and a busy Jack-of-Many-Tasks during this year’s RBMS Crawls: Gumbo & Margarita.

 

Scott is a Product Management guru with a degree from Longwood University in Farmville VA. He at one time worked for Capital One and is now a leader in technology platforms at GSK (the company known for PrEP [Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis] and HIV/AIDS treatment meds). Scott had moved to Philadelphia PA for his position at GSK in 2018, putting him in a not-too-long-a-drive from Philly to Rehoboth. When The Pandemic struck, Scott and his spouse Chad Jones moved to Rehoboth Beach as full-timers, working out of their home—with their two office-assistant furbabies, Odin and Berlin.

 

Scott is an avid volunteer. In addition to his work with RBMS, in 2023 Scott was appointed to the Zoning Commission of Sussex County. Scott and Chad have served as hosts to Clear Space Theatre Company actors who are here as part of the CSTC’s Summer Repertory.

 

Scott and Chad have been together for 10 years and were legally married in 2021.

 

Scott says, “Sussex County and Rehoboth Beach have given much to us, and it’s important that we give back.”  RBMS and other recipients of Scott’s volunteer work are very thankful that he does give back! Thank you, Scott!

  

City Update




Rehoboth Beach Fireworks to Launch July 6!


The City of Rehoboth will hold the annual Independence Day fireworks display on Saturday, July 6. The launch is scheduled for 9:30PM, although it might be necessary to change the time due to weather conditions. The display will be visible from the beach and boardwalk.

The Funsters will get the party going with a free bandstand performance that begins at 8 pm and continues after the fireworks display.

Please be aware of the following road closures that evening:

●     The bandstand area will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 pm-midnight.

●     ​Beginning at 7 pm, only bus traffic and residents will be permitted on Henlopen and Surf avenues.

●     Residents on Henlopen Avenue and in Henlopen Acres and North Shores must access their residences via 2nd Street beginning at 7 pm.

●     Vehicles cannot cross Rehoboth Avenue at the circle beginning at 7:30 pm.

●     Rehoboth Avenue eastbound and Church Street from State Route 1 will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 8 pm. At that point, all vehicles entering Rehoboth Beach will have to do so via State Road to Bayard Avenue.

●     To exit Rehoboth after the fireworks, vehicles north of Rehoboth Avenue will be directed to Rehoboth and Columbia Avenues. Vehicles on the south side of Rehoboth Avenue will use Bayard Avenue to State Route 1 southbound only or Hickman or Munson streets to State Road to Route 1 north- and southbound.

 

For your convenience, both DART and Jolly Trolley will provide special shuttle services to the downtown area on July 6. Check their websites for drop-off and pick-up location information.

 

On Thursday, July 4, the US Navy Band Commodores will offer a special, free performance at 8 pm at the bandstand

 


Beach Ambassadors Enforce Fun and Safety for All!



Everyone who visits Rehoboth Beach during the summer season is familiar with the red-suited lifeguards of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol; this year, a new position has been added: Beach ambassadors will be present at the beach to ensure visitors’ and horseshoe crabs' safety when on the sand!


Volunteer Beach Ambassadors are trained to educate and inform visitors about Town ordinances related to beach areas, and how their actions can provide a safe environment for all beachgoers. “Our goal is to make everyone feel welcome,” says Rodger “Skip”  Furse, who became the City of Rehoboth Beach’s first beach ambassador last summer. This summer Jonathon Bach and Soleil Henrickson have joined the city’s ambassador team so that the beach is covered more thoroughly every day of the week. The ambassador team monitors the beach, enforcing the city’s rules. Among the violations that ambassadors encounter include digging deep holes in the sand, drinking from glass bottles, flying kites while lifeguards are on duty, smoking outside of designated areas, and setting radios and speakers at too-loud levels. Furse reports that 90% of the ambassadors’ enforcement efforts relate to canopies or tents on the beach.  Most people comply quickly when asked to take their canopy down so everyone can enjoy unhindered access and the ocean view.


“Twenty percent,” Furse says, “get really nasty about it and try to debate it with you. We’ll ask someone twice to take the tent down and if they don’t comply, I’ll say, ‘I’m going to have someone who can come down and maybe explain this better to you.’ Then, I’ll call a seasonal officer, who can issue a citation.”Furse enjoys being part of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol. “RBP is such a family, everyone has everyone’s back. I also enjoy the exercise, the walking up and down – it keeps you in shape. You get to know the locals and regular visitors and strike up relationships with them.” “Our beach ambassadors are really the face of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol,” says Capt. Jeff Giles. “Their work to advise the public on beach policies and procedures allows our lifeguards to focus on water safety. It’s a great partnership and a way to ensure a safe and enjoyable beach experience for all.”


 

Rehoboth Beach City Elections – August 2024.  Conversations with the City Commission Candidates.

Jerry Filbin

 

As Rehoboth Beach gets ready to elect two new members of the City Commission, we thought it would be a good idea to ask the declared candidates about their priorities for the city and what actions they would take on those priorities if elected.

 

While there were five candidates who met the registration requirements, one, Dr. Joseph

Cardinale has advised us as we go to publication that he has withdrawn from the race. Two

incumbent city Commissioners, Commissioner Toni Sharp and Commissioner Tim Bennett have

decided not to run for re-election so we will have two new members of the Board resulting

from the August 10 election.

 

 

Suzanne Goode - Biographical Statement:

 


I vacationed in Rehoboth Beach for several decades prior to purchasing property in 2006.  I spent many long weekends with my family at our Rehoboth property while living in the DC area, before deciding to move to Rehoboth full-time in 2017 with my husband and our youngest child, a 2020 graduate of Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes.

 

I graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College where I majored in economics.

I was a high school economics instructor in Geneva, Switzerland, but mostly have worked as an economic researcher.  My most recent work is for a New England publishing company.  I have conducted interviews and produced economic analysis on a broad range of topics.

 

I served on the RB Stormwater Task Force in 2022.  I participated in the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' Association effort to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in 2021.

 

I love our small town on the ocean for its walkability, its temperate climate, its eclectic businesses, its nearby dedicated bike trails, and its diverse, vibrant homeowners.  I love spotting pods of dolphins from our beaches and our boardwalk.

 

Thoughts on Priorities for the City:

 

I want to make Rehoboth work for its residents and all its stakeholders more effectively and more efficiently. I think that I can be a strong voice of common sense and fiscal responsibility with our money.  I want to ensure we raise our revenues smartly and keep income-generating projects moving forward to enhance and preserve our Rehoboth as the gem that it is, and must always be.

I will also insist on operational accountability to reduce budget costs, especially including our legal fees, while also eliminating all unnecessary and costly consultancies. I would focus on markedly improving City processes, including permitting and licensing, to reduce waste and costs from frustrating and pointless delays.  Above all, I will listen to you, understand your concerns, and be constructive and responsive, to the benefit of all in our beautiful community. When you tell me about an issue or come to me for assistance, I will get you the answer and be part of the sensible, timely solution.

 

 

Mark Saunders-- Biographical Statement:

 

I am a six-year Board member of the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners’ Association, including two as president. This experience provides keen insight on the challenge of maintaining the charming small-city feel that also has a vibrant, in-scale business community, he said.

I am a former member of the city’s board of adjustment and served on the city’s parking and garage investigation committees. My husband Bob Thoman and I have been property owners since 2005 and full-time residents since 2013. My husband Bob and I have two rescue dogs, Henry and Rosie.

 

Thoughts on Priorities for the City:

 

I see three current priorities that the City Commission will need to address in the next year or so. First, the city has made a significant investment in our new City Manager, and it is extremely important that we guide and support him as he demonstrates his skills in finding and addressing inefficiencies in our city government. I believe certain departments, especially licensing and permitting can be streamlined and improved. We also have large legal and advisory expenses that must be addressed. Second, our annual budget must be looked at holistically, with an emphasis on stabilizing income and reducing debt, thus assuring the stakeholders that the good quality of service will and can continue into the long-term future. Third, it is the everyday issues that when ignored, get the ire of the citizens. Trash must be picked up, streets and the boardwalk must be cleaned, code complaints must be investigated, Fire and EMS must be supported, and nothing less than excellence should be acceptable.

 

Craig Their – Biographical Statement:

 


I am a full-time, 12-month resident of Rehoboth Beach with my disabled adult daughter, Cali, daughter Paige, and wife Lorrie. Prior to retiring in 2022, I spent 15 years as the founding partner of Blue Line Planning, a consulting company guiding organizations of various sizes to improve their budgeting and forecasting processes by implementing software solutions and adopting best practices. Additionally, I served on the Chesterfield, NJ Board of Education for 12 years, 5 as Board President, through this experience I have an excellent understanding of how local governments operate as well as the role, responsibilities, and time commitment of a City Commissioner.

 

Thoughts on Priorities for the City:

 

I look forward to helping the City of Rehoboth continue to improve and enhance their full-cycle budgeting, forecasting and CDP processes to ensure financial predictability and stability. By developing an annual budget, as well as at least 2 out year projections (i.e. when the FY 2025 Budget was developed, FY 2026 & 2027 projections should have also been developed)) that incorporate the CIP and CDP initiatives we will have visibility into any budget shortfall or surplus allowing sufficient time to develop a plan to address - providing the critical financial predictability.

 

 

Rachel Macha – Biographical Statement:


Rich and I have been Rehoboth Beach property owners for 25 years.  We love Rehoboth Beach!  Our 5 children grew up, coming to Rehoboth since they were babies, and starting at age 14, our kids worked in Rehoboth during the Summer through High School and College.

 

As our kids got older and we spent more time in Rehoboth, we learned more about Rehoboth politics and the various committees.  I served on the Plant, Shade and Tree Committee and then was appointed to the Planning Commission.  During my term on the Planning Commission, I worked on the update to the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP). I currently serve on the Rehoboth Beach Main Street Board of Directors,

 

Thoughts on Priorities for the City:


•        Control spending and improve budgeting and forecasting.  There are $10M in upcoming capital expenditures not funded.

 

•        Common sense decision-making.  The recent City Manager comp/relocation-loan package is irresponsible and did not make sense.  This decision has set a dangerous precedent for future hiring of city personnel.

 

•        Collaboration - we need better decision-making and fresh voices with different points of view that bring the best outcome on a topic.  Currently, we have too many Commissioners that just comply with their peers’ point-of-view. 

 

As a Commissioner, I would leverage my experience working on the City Planning Commission and updating the CDP. I would also apply the knowledge gained on the Main Street Board.  My business experience leading teams accountable for revenue, planning, expense, and customer satisfaction will also be a strength, bringing more rigor, better forecasting, and financial oversight to the Board of Commissioners.

  

Save the Date!

 

The Bandstand

 

Join the City of Rehoboth Beach each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the summer for free concerts at the bandstand.

 

Rehoboth Beach Library

226 Rehoboth Avenue

 

For a full calendar of events during July at the library, please visit Rehoboth Beach Public Library - LibCal - Delaware Libraries

 

Browseabout Books

Ethan Joella | The Same Bright Stars

Tuesday 7/2, 5:00–7:00pm

Rehoboth Beach Museum 511 Rehoboth Avenue

 

Clear Space Theatre Summer Musicals

 

6/25–8/29

20 Baltimore Avenue

 

6/28–8/31

20 Baltimore Avenue

 

7/3–8/27

20 Baltimore Avenue

 

20 Baltimore Avenue

 

·  Friday 7/12 Divas Live

·  Friday 7/26 Broadway Backwards

·  Friday 8/9 Let’s Hear It for the Boy

·  Friday 8/16 Summer Lovin’

·  Saturday 8/17 Luker Fellows Showcase

·  Saturday 8/31 Final Bow

 

Thursday 7/4, 8:00–9:15pm

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

 

Friday 7/5, 8:00–9:15pm

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

 

FURst Friday

Friday 7/5, 5:00­–7:00pm

Aqua Grill

57 Baltimore Avenue

 

Kim David Smith at Top of the Pines

Friday 7/5

56 Baltimore Avenue

 

Saturday 7/6, 8:00–10:00pm

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand & Boardwalk

 

7/8–12 and 7/29–8/2, 9:00am–2:00pm

Deauville Beach

Henlopen Avenue

 

Lady Bunny at Blue Moon

Monday, 7/8 & Monday 8/19

35 Baltimore Avenue

 

Tuesday 7/9 & Wednesday 7/10, 10:00am–3:00pm

 

Making the Cut Exhibition

Friday, 7/12, 5:00–7:00pm Reception

Exhibition: 6/29–7/31, 9:00am–4:00pm

37 Baltimore Avenue

 

Clear Space Theatre

Saturday 7/13 at 10:30pm & Sunday 7/14 at 2:00pm

20 Baltimore Avenue

 

The Village Improvement Association Presents Shattering Myths

With Nashville Country Duo: The Young Fables

Sunday 7/14, 5:30–7:30pm

Indoor Concert at Village Improvement Association

(green building on the boardwalk)

415 N Boardwalk & Grenoble

 

Browseabout Books

Mary Kubica | She's Not Sorry

Wednesday 7/17, 5:00–6:00pm

Lewes Library 111 Adams Avenue Lewes, DE 19958

 

July 18–21

Check back here for more information as it becomes available or follow Rehoboth Beach Pride on Instagram at instagram.com/rehobothbeachpride.

Rehoboth Beach Pride Festival

Saturday, 7/20, 10:00 am to 2:00pm

Rehoboth Beach Convention Center

229 Rehoboth Avenue

 

Saturday, 7/20, 8:15pm to 11:15pm

Rehoboth Beach Convention Center

229 Rehoboth Avenue

 

Browseabout Books

Monica Dorazewski | East Coasting & Painting Class

Saturday 7/20, 4:00–5:00pm

Browseabout Books 133 Rehoboth Avenue

 

Bear Beer Bust

Sunday 7/21, 2:00­–8:00pm

Aqua Grill

57 Baltimore Avenue

 

Clear Space Theatre

Sunday 7/21 at 7:30pm

20 Baltimore Avenue

 

Browseabout Books

Lisa Scottoline | The Truth About The Devlins

Tuesday 7/23, 5:00–6:00pm

Lewes Elementary School 820 Savannah Road Lewes, DE 19958

 

Christmas in July

Thursday 7/25, 5:00­–10:00pm

Aqua Grill

57 Baltimore Avenue

 

Browseabout Books

Laura Bower | The Imposter

Saturday 7/27, 9:00–10:30am

Browseabout Books 133 Rehoboth Avenue

 

Browseabout Books

John Vercher | Devil Is Fine

Sunday, 7/28, 1:00–3:00pm

Browseabout Books 133 Rehoboth Avenue

 

Clear Space Theatre

Fresh from the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at Sea Dog Theater with Tony Award winner Len Cariou.

Sunday 7/28 at 2:00pm & at 5:30pm

Browseabout Books

20 Baltimore Avenue

 

Wednesday 7/31, 10:00am–1:00pm

The Boardwalk


Browseabout Books

Amy Neff | The Days I Loved You Most

Wednesday 7/31, 4:00–6:00pm

Browseabout Books 133 Rehoboth Avenue

 


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