The Locals of Rehoboth Beach
Rehoboth Beach is a cozy town found on the Delaware coast and is a popular summer destination. This Delaware Beaches community has just over 1,000 residents, but can swell to upwards of 25,000 during the peak summer season. But how do the locals feel about all those tourists? And what can happen if you take someone’s parking spot? Read on for some important advice when visiting Rehoboth Beach.
A Quiet Town that Wants to Stay that Way
During the offseason, Rehoboth Beach is a quiet little town, and the locals like it that way. Because of this, a law was passed during the offseason in 2015 that significantly changed noise ordinances in the city, making it unlawful to make noise that is too loud, excessive or annoying. Law enforcement has also been strictly holding tourists to legislation about drinking and smoking on the beach.
While locals received a notice when the laws were changed, little has been done to make this public, which resulted in some issues during the 2015 peak season. That’s why visitors should check the local laws before travelling to Rehoboth Beach in 2016 and beyond.
Don’t Steal a Spot—Locals Pay for Those
Visitors need to come prepared on where it is okay to park in Rehoboth Beach. Keep in mind that this information is different depending on the season you visit. A map is available on the City of Rehoboth website to show you where summer parking exists.
Just be certain not to park in spots that have been purchased by locals. Parking permits are required to park at locations that do not have a meter during certain times of the year. Also, the parking meters don’t take credit cards, so you will need coins. The city website has the locations of places you can get change, or you can use the Parkmobile App.
If you do get a parking fine, be sure to pay it promptly. The city increases parking fines if they are not paid within the specified amount of time on the ticket.
Just remember, the locals love the fact that visitors love and appreciate Rehoboth Beach as much as they do. They just want to make sure their small, friendly community maintains its small town charm and beauty!