Rehoboth Beach Tent Crackdown Continues

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Police issue first $25 civil citation for violation

Officers issued the city’s first $25 civil citation for a tent ordinance violation this past Thursday to a 36-year-old Maryland woman who had been previously warned. It happened around 10:45 a.m. off Maryland Avenue.

Police officers had given 43 verbal tent warnings over Memorial Day Weekend (7 a.m. May 26 through 7 a.m. May 30), says Lt. Jaime Riddle, Rehoboth Beach police spokesman. This does not include any warnings by lifeguards.

A couple sitting off Baltimore Avenue, above, had almost received the second civil citation but got lucky. Lifeguards had been allowing beachgoers to keep their tents up for the day but told them not to bring them back tomorrow, while police had been insisting they take them down immediately. So they got another warning after a computer check revealed that neither of them was wanted. And now the lifeguards have been instructed to insist that visitors take down their tents on first warning.