Rehoboth Beach plans for outdoor dining, retail

REHOBOTH BEACH – After multiple discussions, the Rehoboth Beach commissioners agreed on Tuesday to permit businesses to use the city sidewalks for outdoor dining and retail business through July 31.

Restaurants may apply immediately to use sidewalks for outdoor seating beginning next Monday. The application is available online at cityofrehoboth.com. Also beginning on Monday, merchants may use up to three feet from their storefront to display wares without an application. Business sidewalk usage must take into account ADA and social distancing requirements.  

The Rehoboth Beach commissioners also decided to allow the use of parking spaces to serve as pedestrian walkways. The new walkway will be located in the first two blocks of Rehoboth Avenue on the north and south sides with median parking still available. This area will remain open to two lanes of traffic in each direction.

The Bandstand circle will remain open to vehicular traffic with 30-minute metered parking. The new walkway will be ADA accessible and ADA parking will remain. Delivery, public transportation, and emergency vehicle access will be maintained.

Installation of the perimeter with jersey barriers will begin on the north side of Rehoboth Avenue on Friday, and the south side Saturday. The walkway is anticipated to be in place through July 31.

The city staff is also working on a future plan for a pedestrian walkway on First Street between Baltimore Avenue and Wilmington Avenue. The commissioners determined the new walkway was necessary to allow visitors and residents to enjoy the expanded use of the sidewalks downtown while social distancing. 

The commissioners relied on public input with Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s Survey Summary being key for their decision. The summary reported 81 respondents from the business community, with 64 percent requesting the use of city sidewalks. Ultimately their decision was based on sustaining the business district’s economic vitality, which is imperative to the Rehoboth Beach community.

For more information, please contact the Communications Department at 302-227-6181 ext. 522 or communications@cityofrehoboth.com.

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