REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- The ceremonial start to Sussex County beaches' summer season is just seven days away.
In Rehoboth Beach, seasonal ordinances such as no turns on red and restricted hours for bikes on the boardwalk are already in effect. Mayor Paul Kuhns says many people, like seasonal homeowners, have been coming to town in the recent weeks and so the summer changes will have set in already.
"I think it is somewhat similar to a soft opening in that people are getting used to things prior to the big weekend," he explains.
Many organizations are tweaking their hours for the summer as well. In addition to selling after-hours parking, the Rehoboth Beach Public Library
is opening earlier to help customers avoid the traffic and the cost of coming to town.
"On Wednesdays and Thursdays we are going to be opening the library around nine to do the beat the meter rush so people can come in, drop off a book, pick something up," director Alison Miller tells WRDE.
Rehoboth Beach's newest restaurant, Rise Up Coffee
, says this week will be a great jumping off point for them.
"I am so thrilled that we got open just ahead of the craziness," explains owner Tim Cureton. "We always like to connect with our core community first so that's exactly what we are doing here in these first few days and this first week."