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Tourism Season Extending, Chamber Says

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REHOBOTH BEACH, De. - Labor Day is often considered the unofficial ending to the summer season, but the Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce is reporting that tourism is actually on the rise during the typically less popular months of September, October and November.

Chamber Chairman Keith Martin told WBOC that the coastal area of Southern Delaware is slowly moving towards a year-long vacation spot.

"We're not 52 weeks," he said. "But we're almost 52 weekends as long as the weather is good. We have visitation in January, February, March. Even December."

Martin said the most notable changes are visible during the "shoulder season," meaning the months surrounding the summer season. Monitoring hotel occupancy during these months, they've noted a steady increase over the years.

"It means businesses can hire and can project out into the shoulder season," Martin said. "And budget better. You don't need to borrow from the busy season to get through the off-season."

At Grotto Pizza on Rehoboth Avenue, General Manager Jamie Polend said the trend has helped business.

"It stays busy," he said of September and October. "We don't get July numbers. But we definitely do good. We have three stores in town. And this is the flagship store and we tend to keep them all open for as long as we can."

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