REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- While business may be slow during the summer months at the Sussex County beaches, a larger than normal summer boost is expected this year.
During these past winter months in Rehoboth Beach, business has been particularly slow when compared to last year.
"We actually saw a decline over the winter months, especially January and the first three weeks of February in overnight, weekend visitation," said Carol Everhart, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.
However, this lull in activity is scheduled to be short-lived. Everhart said for the upcoming summer season, there has already been a drastically increased number of rentals. She said many people are calling who normally vacation at the Jersey Shore and after Sandy, are looking for a new summer spot with New Jersey rebuilds.
"What they're asking is, 'Are you there? Our beach is damaged. Were you damaged?' They're wanting to know is our beach up and running, is our boardwalk still there. Are we ready to welcome them? So, our message to the has been yes, we are definitely ready and want you to come and see us," said Everhart.
With hotels and rentals filling up fast with new faces to Delaware beaches, local business owners are gearing up to welcome them with open arms.
"It is very exciting. We always welcome new people and it is one of the things we pride ourselves on here at our store is being welcome to new people and telling them about the things that are available in Rehoboth besides just shopping," said Carolann Dryer, a local business owner in Rehoboth Beach.
The hope in Rehoboth Beach is that once these new visitors make their way to the area, the Delaware beaches will become their new summer destination.
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