Your guide to the weekend of June 17, Juneteenth

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That summer weather is definitely here with afternoon thunderstorms and warm sunny days luring people to the beach. But no matter the weather, any day at the beach is a good day, right?

If you’re heading to the beaches of Delaware for a weekend, or maybe longer, you might be wondering what you need to know.

We have what you need.

For all those who wish to visit the beaches during the weekend of June 17this guide will help you answer questions ranging from dining to parking to the latest weather reports.

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Are beach entrances still closed?

After a northeast in May, many Delaware beaches saw steep cliffs in the dunes and damage to dune crossings.

While beach towns, alongside the state Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, have worked hard to repair the damage, bathers may still notice some effects from the storm.

Many beaches can still be narrower in some places, especially at high tide. However, the beaches continue to widen as the ocean naturally brings some of the sand to shore.

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Good news, however! Almost all beach entrances have reopened.

In Rehoboth Beach, the Surf Avenue entrance has been closed the longest, but reopened this week, according to city spokeswoman Lynne Coan.

In South Bethany, all walkways to the beach have reopened except for the one on South Third Street, according to City Manager Maureen Hartman. This entrance included an accessible ramp that complied with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and this ramp was wiped out in the storm.

DNREC is responsible for repairing or replacing the ramp, Hartman said. In the meantime, anyone needing assistance accessing the beach can contact the South Bethany Beach Patrol to schedule a day and hour in advance to use a beach wheelchair.

All entrances have also reopened at Delaware state parks, including the Key Box Road entrance, which just reopened on Thursday.

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Weather for this weekend, June 16

First, a disclaimer: the weather is known to change quickly, even within the hour, on Delaware beaches. It is therefore wise to always check your weather channels or apps before hitting the sand.

It’s expected to be warm Friday with a slight chance of thunderstorms or persistent rain throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service forecast for the Rehoboth Beach area.

The weather service predicts a high near 86 on Friday and a low near 67.

However, these threatening clouds are expected to disappear for the remainder of the weekend.

On Saturday, be sure to anchor your umbrellas on the beach as the weather service predicts a windy day with winds of up to 20 mph. The high should be around 75 and temperatures can drop to 59 with clear skies in the evening.

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If you celebrate June 19 outdoors this Sunday, the weather should also hold. The forecast is mostly sunny with highs near 76 and lows around 62 overnight.

Do you have a day off on Monday and plan to spend it at the beach? The good weather continues with an anticyclone close to 78 and sunny skies.

What to expect at restaurants, beach businesses

Delaware’s beach towns are gearing up for a summer that’s as busy, if not busier, than last year.

That means it’s time for that reminder again: be patient, friends.

Many restaurants, bars and others in the service sector are still facing staff shortages. While some companies are receiving more help from international students than in the past two years when COVID-19 restrictions limited this workforce, several other factors are impacting the labor shortage. seasonal labor this year, especially the lack of affordable housing.

Remember last year when some companies were limiting hours or services? Visitors could see it again this summer, according to Carol Everhart, president of the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce.

Hiring signs were hung in several stores in Bethany Beach this week, for example, including some announcing early closings or limited hours.

Still, some improvements are evident. In Rehoboth Beach, Thrasher’s recently announced that it will at least partially reopen locations on Rehoboth Avenue and the boardwalk that were previously closed due to staffing shortages.

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It may be a good idea to make reservations in advance, follow your favorite spots on social media, or call ahead to stay informed of any changes.

When it comes to outdoor dining, many beach towns have found ways to continue this into the 2022 season. However, Rehoboth Beach no longer allows blocked off parking spots for dining on public sidewalks.

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Public health instructions, COVID cases

A sad reality: COVID-19 is still present for summer vacation on Delaware beaches.

The Delaware Division of Public Health reported that an average of 14% of tests came back positive as of June 15. Cases were on the rise throughout May, compared to March and April, but reported cases appear to be on the decline. trend again.

(Just before Memorial Day weekend, DPH was reporting an average of 20% positive tests).

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Although hospitalizations are not as high as they were during the first omicron surge, the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 has also increased since the spring. The state reported 102 people hospitalized and 13 in critical condition this week.

So what should you do? Here’s DPH’s latest tip:

  • Stay home if you are sick and get tested if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • There is no mask requirement, but DPH advises masking in indoor locations or if you are at higher risk of illness.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted when you are eligible.
  • Stay informed and turn to trusted sources for data, information, and treatment options like de.gov/coronavirus.

Want to know where to get reminders? Visit coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine/where-can-i-get-my-vaccine/#publichealth.

Parking and transportation

All resorts from Lewes to Fenwick Island have their seasonal parking rules in place.

One change to note in Rehoboth: Due to the pandemic, Rehoboth has offered free parking after 4 p.m. on Mondays for the past two years. This Monday program without a meter will not continue this summer.

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Rehoboth and Lewes have increased some parking rates this year. It’s now a universal rate of $3 an hour in Rehoboth, and Lewes charges $1.50 downtown and $2.50 on the beaches.

Lewes has several free unmetered car parks listed on its website, as well as metered car parks and spaces on the side streets.

When visiting Delaware state parks like Cape Henlopen, parking is included in the price of admission.

At Dewey Beach, parking is free in all permit-only and metered spaces Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. only. All other days and times you must pay to park on public roads.

Fenwick Island and South Bethany generally require a permit to park, but Fenwick offers free parking on its side streets after 4 p.m.

At Bethany Beach, all spaces are metered or require a permit until September 15.

Many of these cities offer payment via the ParkMobile app.

For more information on parking (or state park fees), visit each beach town’s website:

If you plan to visit any of the state parks, it’s wise to check the parks’ Facebook pages where staff will post if the park is closed due to full parking.

Several lots were closed intermittently beginning at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day weekend.

Consider taking the Beach Bus

Want to forget about parking or paying for gas? Take a bus to the beach. Parking is free at the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach park and rides.

The Beach Bus has already started its routes and will run seven days a week until September 11. Stops include Rehoboth Beach and the Boardwalk, Lewes, Long Neck, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Ocean City in Maryland, Millsboro, and Georgetown.

The cost to ride the bus is $2 each way, $4 for a day pass, $16 for a seven-day pass, or $60 for a 30-day pass.

Are you from northern Delaware or Kent County? The 305 Beach Connection from Wilmington to Rehoboth Beach started last weekend. It operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays until September 5.

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Passengers taking this bus will pay $6 one-way from Wilmington, Christiana Mall and Odessa and $4 from Dover and South Frederica. A daily pass is $10 from New Castle County and $8 from Kent County.

If you’re traveling around Bethany Beach, the town also offers a trolley with a single route that runs from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and costs 25 cents each way.

In Lewes, the new Lewes Line seasonal transit option costs $1 each way. Stops include both municipal beaches, downtown locations, the library, and more. To learn more, visit: https://www.ci.lewes.de.us/363/Lewes-Line.

Emily Lytle covers Sussex County from inland towns to beaches. Got a story she should tell? Contact her at [email protected] or 302-332-0370. Follow her on Twitter at @emily3lytle.

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