Warning Issued in Bethany Beach, DE to Bicyclist That Slowed for a Stop Sign

Crime Scene Evidence

A police officer issued my husband, Doug, a warning in Bethany Beach two days ago when he slowed for a stop sign at Atlantic and Garfield Parkway  while  he rode his bike.  Yes, it is the type that you pedal. It was 9:30 a.m., and Doug said that there was minimal pedestrian and car traffic.  The officer who stopped him said that Delaware received a federal grant for bicycle safety.  He said that Delaware treats bicycles like cars. ( I guess that a 10 minute ride through Bethany just turned into an hour. On the bright side,  you can impress your friends that you rode your bike for an hour and they will think that you rode  for several miles, when you actually just stopped at every stop sign!)

Since Doug does not carry his license when he rides his bike, (imagine that) the police officer gave him a warning. The officer asked him for his address and of course Doug gave him the correct address. How would the officer know if the address  was accurate if the accused does not have identification?  Does this make any sense? 

This is information on the federal grant for Delaware.  It seems irrelevant to this situation. Is this another way for Bethany Beach to raise revenue?

On a positive note, it is an entertaining story for a dinner party!

Labor Day, a Melancholy End to Summer

I have mixed feelings about Labor Day. As I jog in a Delaware beach resort, I feel a little sad. I had the opportunity to live with my college-age daughter for the summer. There were a few mother and daughter glitches, but I loved having her home. She packed and left for school this morning. It left me feeling empty.

 Tourists are gone, vacancy signs appear and it is quiet. This used to be my favorite time at the beach before my children became school age. I fondly remember,  when I stayed at the beach through most of the fall with my daughter (my husband came for long weekends). 

A special memory involves my mother-in- law. We lived at the beach (at separate residences) for several weeks. My daughter needed a crib. We shopped for a crib and spent an evening assembling it. We talked, laughed and worked. It was a special time. 

In a few years, my husband and I will be able to live at the beach for the fall, when my son goes  to college.  As much as I love fall at the shore, I am already sad that he will be gone. I never imagined the speed of time.

 I look forward to the fall school and sports routine. It gets me back on track after a wonderful summer.

What Would You Remove From Hurricane Irene’s Path?

Storm path

Image via Wikipedia

What is the most valuable item in your home? As I batten down the hatches to prepare for Irene, I think about the material items that I would not want to lose in a worst-case scenario.  Obviously, I want my family, friends, neighbors and pets safe, but what about material things?

My most important items are not clothes, jewelry or electronics. They can be replaced and are meaningless. When I prepare for an impending hurricane, by evacuating,  I take my family pictures.  I would be sad, if I lost pictures of the children when they were young. These are pictures that were not backed up on my computer. Now that those pictures are out of Irene’s path, I think that I will scan them!

On the other hand, there is a terrible picture of my husband and me taken on vacation many years ago.  I wore high-waisted shorts (which were stylish in the 1980’s I might add), and I looked  like Steve Urkel with long blond hair. My husband sported large horn-rimmed glasses and resembled Poindexter.  We looked like supreme nerds in the picture. I don’t know why I did not trash it many years ago. Can you guess which picture I forgot?

Fenwick Island Beach Replenishment in August???

Dredging Equipment

Unbeknown to the residents, tourists and business owners in Fenwick Island, beach replenishment began August 1 disrupting everyone. The top realtor in Fenwick Island, John Kleinstuber said that they were not forewarned. The last that he heard, was that they were planning to start after August 15th. He would have preferred to let his customers know the situation upfront. In addition to beach closures,  the noise from the constuction equipment is ruining vacations. According to information from the Bethany/Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, the work is done on a 24/7 schedule. An August vacation in Fenwick Island could mean sleepless nights.

Slurry on Fenwick Island Beach

Many people cancelled vacations at the last minute. Can you imagine planning your beach vacation in Fenwick Island, and the beach is closed?

Initially the dredging was to begin in the second part of August. According to Senator Carper’s office, the arrival of the dredge was a surprise. They said that they would try to minimize the inconvenience to vacationers. Two to three dune crossings would be closed at a time.  The equipment noise at night would be minimized.  

Paula Retzler, with the Army Corps of Engineers, is in charge of the project. She said they were scheduled to begin the project in June, then  because of bad weather, it was pushed back to the Fourth of July.  Tourism was considered, and it was changed to August. The earliest day that they could begin was August 1st. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock, the contractor, was working in New Jersey and was finished early, because they did not have weather delays.  They came to Fenwick Island next. The maximum number of contracted days with Great Lakes is 21.

The slurry  is the grey sediment or sludge that is in pools on the beach. Great Lakes was supposed to control it.  Instead, the sediment ran down the beach and people stepped in it, and children played in it. Now there are crossovers above the slurry. Paula Retzler stated that it is safe. I hope that she is right!

Please contact Ms. Paula Retzler who is in charge of the project. She works for the Army Corps of Engineers. Her phone number is 215-656-6787. The Army Corps of Engineers email is: hq-publicaffairs@usace.army.mil. Mr. Tony Pratt is with DNREC . His number is 302-739-9149. Senator Tom Carper‘s office number is 202-224-2441 or 302-573-6291. They would love your input!

Leonberger Dog

Update on my Dog’s Illness at the Maryland/Delaware Beaches

Does your pet become ill when you visit the Maryland/Delaware beaches? My dog has had stomach issues, and had been on intravenous therapy twice during these vacations. I think that we finally discovered the cause.

I believe that the chemicals in the drinking water on the Maryland/Delaware Eastern Shore are strong and affect his health. In desperation, I gave him  filtered water and his problem cleared up. I would love to know if anyone else has had a dog become sick drinking heavily-chlorinated water. I am wondering if  his breed is more sensitive. Thoughts?

Latest News on Route 54 Construction

This is an update on Route 54 construction.  I spoke to Mark Harbeson, who is in charge. He said: “The goal is to get out by Memorial Day next  year. Better to have one rough summer than continue into next summer.” He also said that the contractor has worked to move things up like building the retaining wall early.

The purpose of the construction is to build a center lane for traffic turning left. They are also building side walks and bike lanes. They don’t want to stop in the summer because they will lose 3 months. They can’t pave in the winter because the road will fall part easier. Also, weather is a factor,

The construction will continue from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday. They will not shut down a lane on Fridays. There will be no work on weekends or holidays. 

I asked him about working at night. He said that they would have to send a survey to the homeowners who would be affected by the noise. I thought that the homeowners might grant  permission since they are also affected by the construction traffic.  He said that they might consider sending one out.
He assured me that they were watching the traffic patterns closely and would make changes if  needed.


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Let’s Stop Route 54 Construction During The Summer Months!

Do you want to sit in a hot car on Route 54 during your vacation to Fenwick Island, Del. or Ocean City, Md.? If you use Route 54, you may spend part of your vacation in your car. Construction is planned on Route 54 during the summer months. 

Let’s take action!  Mark Harbeson is in charge of the project. You can send an email to mark.harbeson@state.de.us. His phone number is 302-760-2346. You can also send an email to the public relations department dotpr@state.de.us at the Delaware Department of Transportation. Lets try to make a difference!

I sent mine!

Summer Resort Highway Construction–Necessity, Poor Planning or Stupidity

Businesses Effected By Construction

How would you like to plan a vacation at your favorite resort and wait in traffic because of construction? I left home yesterday (the day after Memorial Day) and drove to the beach.

Bumper to bumper cars headed west before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge because they eliminated a  lane. Why would they do this around Memorial Day weekend? People left a day late to avoid traffic and still had a backup.

On Route 113 near Georgetown, Delaware, there was construction for a few miles. Why not do this work off-season?

On Route 54 in Fenwick Island, there was more construction. The construction will last all summer. Please click on this link to read the article.

I took these pictures today on Route 54 in Fenwick Island. Can you imagine what it will be like in July and August?  I suspect you will see bumper to bumper traffic.

If visitors are stuck in traffic, do you think that they will return next year? How will business owners fare?