While we have not heard much from the two Rehoboth Beach mayoral candidates, the three commissioner candidates continued their fast-pace campaigns this past week. This coming week marks a shift somewhat as candidates prepare for the candidate forums. The Rehoboth Beach Homeowners’ Association annual candidate forum is scheduled at CAMP Rehoboth this Friday, July 28, at 6:30 p.m.
The Chamber of Commerce will host its annual mayoral debate and commissioner candidates’ forum the following Monday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach firehouse.
New this year will be an in-studio radio debate hosted by Mike Bradley at the WGMD studios on Thursday, August 10, starting at 8 a.m. featuring the three commissioner candidates.
Despite the heavy downpour on Saturday, Susan Gay hosted a successful citywide meet & greet at G Cask & Kitchen, one of Rehoboth Beach’s latest restaurants. Issues discussed included the need for preservation of Rehoboth’s charm, trees, enthusiasm for the tent/canopy ban, city hall and ocean outfall projects, etc.
Also hosting a citywide meet & greet this past week was Comm. Kathy McGuiness at Dogfish Head’s new building. Here she is with her charming mother, Angie Watkins.
Comm. McGuiness pointed out that most constituents contact her throughout the year usually when a concern or issue important to them arises. So she has been asked, “Why do I door knock every time I am up for re-election?” She says she likes to campaign “because it puts me face to face with my city residents, property owners and businesses. I want to hear their concerns. I want to know if we are on track… where can we improve? I take nothing for granted,” she added.
Today, Monday, July 24, Comm. McGuiness is hosting a constituent “Coffee with Kathy” from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach firehouse focused specifically on the business community. The following morning, Tuesday, July 25, she is hosting another “Coffee with Kathy” event at the firehouse at 8 a.m. featuring an informational update and brief Q&A with a firefighter.
One of Lisa Schlosser’s meet & greets last week, below, was at the beautiful Schoolvue home of Arlene & Frank Pietranton. Schlosser says the most common concerns she is hearing from fellow property owners include the current and future fiscal state of the city with regard to the city hall project’s cost overruns and potentially similar problems with the ocean outfall.
Other concerns she mentioned include inconsistent and owner-unfriendly enforcement of the building code, parking and disrespectful behavior from visitors, particularly in the residential neighborhoods.