Dewey Beach Aims to Reduce Cigarette Butt Litter

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In the hope of reducing the number of cigarette butts around town, Cigarette Butt Receptacles (CBRs) have been distributed to several businesses in Dewey Beach, according to the town’s monthly newsletter. For businesses that do not have a receptacle but would like one, call Town Hall at 302-227-6363.

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Crivella to Retire from Beach Sweeping

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Beach-sweeping legend Tony Crivella says this will be his final season cleaning the sands with his tractor and sweeper. Crivella got his start working for Catts in 1981 running one of the beach shacks in Dewey. In 1997, he became Dewey’s first beach cleaning service. Prior to that, Dewey contracted once with Rehoboth Beach, but it was…

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Lifeguard Injured in Dewey Beach Competition; Flown to Trauma Center

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A North Shores lifeguard was seriously injured Monday night during the lifeguard competition in Dewey Beach. The accident occurred as he was making an entry for the surf-dash event around 6:35 p.m. The 21-year-old struck his head and suffered a suspected spinal injury. He was taken by ambulance from Dagsworthy Street to the Rehoboth Elementary…

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Beach Replenishment Continues in Bethany Beach & South Bethany

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The 2023 beach replenishment work continues in Delaware with work still going on in Bethany Beach and South Bethany. In Bethany Beach the dune crossovers at Garfield Parkway, Hollywood Street and Parkwood Street are closed. The US Army Corps of Engineers says replenishment work is ongoing with sand placement operations expected to be completed late…

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Additional Police Officers in Dewey Beach on Weekends

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Dewey Beach Police Chief Constance Speake is bringing in extra police officers on the weekends, a move which is necessary given the increase in the town population (sometimes over 20,000) on the weekends and the active nightlife in Dewey, according to a statement by Town Mayor Bill Zolper in the Town’s monthly newsletter. Mayor Zolper…

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New No-Loitering Signs – A Success So Far in Dewey

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In past seasons, Dewey Beach police have had chronic problems with people hanging out in this lot engaged in suspicious activity during the early morning hours. It’s on the corner of Coastal Highway and Dagsworthy Street. This summer, Lt. Clifford Dempsey, police spokesman, says the town has been working closely with the management of the…

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Girl Struck on Coastal Highway in Dewey

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A 17-year-old girl was struck on Coastal Highway at Van Dyke Avenue around 6:40 p.m. this past Saturday. Lt. Clifford Dempsey, DBPD spokesman, says the driver of the blue Hyundai had stopped for the girl who was in the crosswalk. But that car was rear-ended by the SUV that pushed the Hyundai into the teen.…

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Beach Replenishment Update

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Dredging has moved from Rehoboth Beach to Dewey Beach. Some beach crossovers are closed during the replenishment work, however heavy seas and strong winds are slowing the progress and the south end may not be completed by Thursday when the crews halt for the holiday weekend. If not completed – work will resume Monday evening.…

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UPDATE On Delaware Beach Replenishment Project

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The beach replenishment project in Rehoboth Beach will be completed today and crews will move on to Dewey Beach tonight. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had a progress meeting this morning and Public Affairs Officer, Steve Rochette, tells the Talk of Delmarva that Weeks Marine is looking at a late May or early June…

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Pay to Park Now in Effect at the Beaches

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If you’re heading to the beaches on Delmarva – get ready to pay to park. Meters or other pay to park options have been in effect in Lewes and Ocean City for several weeks. However on Monday, May 15th – Fenwick Island, South Bethany, Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach all went into summer-mode…

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First Dewey Beach Mayor, J. Bruce Vavala, Dies

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He was elected the first mayor of Dewey Beach – on Wednesday, May 3, J. Bruce Vavala passed away at his home. He was 70. Vavala was a teacher and a realtor and the owner of “Vavala’s Beach Things” in Dewey Beach. In 1981, he was elected the first mayor of Dewey Beach. Funeral services…

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Dewey Beach Replenishment to Begin Next Month

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With spring underway and many looking forward to getting back to the beach, visitors will need to avoid certain work areas. Beach replenishment should begin on or about April 20th in Dewey Beach depending on the weather and how quickly work is completed in Rehoboth. Work will take approximately 12 days. According to the Town’s…

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State Fire Marshal Investigating House Fire in Dewey Beach

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The Delaware Office of the State Fire Marshal is investigating a fire that happened yesterday (Wednesday) in Dewey Beach. The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on Carolina Street. The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company arrived on the scene and found smoke and flames coming from the structure. The Lewes Fire Department, Bethany Beach Fire…

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Dewey Beach Actively Working to Improve Parking System

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Dewey Beach is attempting to simplify parking in the town. Currently, they have a variety of numbered parking “zones” with different hourly requirements and different payment methods: ParkMobile, kiosk, coin meters, hang tags– all with different costs. They are actively working on improving this system. As mentioned in Town Manager Bill Zolper’s message in this…

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Details Released Pertaining to Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation

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The Delaware Department of Justice has posted information on a police use of force investigation in connection with incidents that occurred on March 19,2022 in the area of the Starboard Restaurant in Dewey Beach. The report pertains to the fatal use of force by Dewey Peach Police Department against Rodney K. Robinson. The DOJ’s report concludes…

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WANTED: Dewey Beach Bench Thieves!

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THE STOLEN DEWEY BEACH BENCHES? The Town of Dewey Beach is asking for tips to locate two public benches that were stolen from the town last month. The bench thieves were captured on the town’s video cameras walking off with these unpainted wooden benches. Photo courtesy Town of Dewey Beach The first…

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More Restaurant Surprises Coming to Downtown Rehoboth

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It was a bittersweet last weekend for Nicola Pizza. The sign from the Rehoboth Avenue restaurant was taken down last week, and the last day the restaurant was open to the public was on Labor Day. Kelly Munyan, the manager, says they will now start the move to the new restaurant with a target opening…

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Ad-Boat Rescues Paddleboarder During Saturday’s Sudden Storm

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The “Hero of the Week” award this week goes to Karisma Alenovitz and Jack Roache, crew of the Ad-Boat, who rescued a paddleboarder as a violent thunderstorm struck with little warning around 1:15 p.m. Saturday in Rehoboth. This is what it looked like in Dewey at that time. Photo courtesy Capt./Photographer Dave Koster on the tiki bar boat Here’s…

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Rehoboth, Dewey and Bethany Issued Simultaneous Rec Water Advisories

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Last week, Rehoboth received its first recreational/swimming advisory of the summer. Today, DNREC issued simultaneous recreational water advisories for Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. The advisories warned swimmers to “use caution and/or avoid prolonged periods in the water” because of “bacterial results which were above the recreational water quality standard.” The samples were…

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UPDATED & Breaking: Pedestrian Struck, Killed by Auto on Coastal Highway in Dewey

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UPDATED 7/25/22 – 9:30am – Delaware State Police have identified the victim who died during a fatal pedestrian crash that occurred on Sunday, July 24 in the Dewey Beach area as 43 year old Sidney Wolf, of Clarksburg, Maryland. ============================================================= UPDATED 7/24/22 – 9:45am – A crash on Route 1 in Dewey Beach is under investigation…

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