Beach Replenishment Disrupts Vacation Plans for South Bethany Visitors
Posted: Jul 12, 2018 8:56 PM
By Nicole Edenedo
(SOUTH BETHANY, Del.) - Beach replenishment was underway and right on schedule in South Bethany Beach Thursday afternoon.
Dozens of beachgoers got a front row seat to see the dredging process in action as they baked under the sun and swam in the ocean just a few yards away from machines offshore.
For many visitors, the unsightly scene isn't a bother.
"I just kind of turn my chair. It's kind of cool to watch some of it going on," said Josselyn Hekef who was out with her family on the beach Thursday afternoon.
"The sounds sometimes get annoying because you want to hear the ocean not beeping but it's still worth it."
An equipment shortage last month caused a chain reaction of delays.
Start dates were pushed back for the three quiet resort towns and fears quickly set in about how the repairs would impact visitors.
Some visitors who rented beachfront homes were more than dismayed to learn their peaceful vacation would be interrupted.
"Called the realty company and they're like, 'oh no it shouldn't affect you at all,'" said Joanne Sapp.
Sapp not only discovered that beach replenishment would coincide with her vacation, but was also shocked to discover the equipment staging area was located right in front her back deck, disrupting her pristine ocean views.
"I was really disappointed and all the equipment was blocking us. We couldn't get to the beach. Kept us up all night because of the bright lights and the noise. So it was a little bit disappointing to have to walk a couple blocks after you paid for beachfront," Sapp said.
Beach replenishment work runs for 14 days on a 24-hour seven-day a week schedule.
Work began in South Bethany shortly after July 5 meaning visitors shouldn't have to wait too much longer to share the beach.
The Army Corps of Engineers website says the last beach replenishment project in Fenwick Island should be complete by early August.