Mother Nature Prevents Huge Summer for Delaware Beaches
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Summer business at the Delaware beaches could have been the most profitable ever, had it not been for mother nature, according to boardwalk business owners.
Many business owners in Rehoboth Beach say they saw an increase in tourists from states like Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore in October. However, with record-breaking rainfall in the opening months of the summer season, many businesses didn't enjoy huge increases to their bottomline, as some experts had predicted.
"You can't control mother nature," said Jay Levy, a manager at "Tidal Rave's 5 & 10," a shop right on the Rehoboth Boardwalk. "The weather just really hurt business and by the time the rain stopped, it got way too hot."
Ivan Frankis, who owns the boardwalk arcade "Playland," says the rain didn't help, but an increase in tourists who normally would go to New Jersey for vacation helped even out the losses.
"I saw a lot more tags from Pennsylvania and New Jersey," said Frankis. "It definitely affected our numbers in a positive way."
Statistics from the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce show mixed results on this summer's visitation. Hotel and motel occupancy figures saw a decrease this year, with a room count of 69,955 from January to August 11 in 2013, compared to 84,905 in 2012.
However, private and realtor rental figures, calculated based on the realtor bags handed out by the chamber, went up from 9,135 bags between May 16 and August 22 of 2013, compared to just 7,765 bags in the same period of 2012.