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DNREC Hosting Workshop on Possible Regulation Changes

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DOVER, Del. – The Department of Natural Resources will host workshops on possible changes to beach protection regulations.

DNREC's Division of Watershed Stewardship's Shoreline & Waterway Management Section is planning two public workshops addressing the history of the Delaware's Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches. These workshops will also cover possible changes to the regulations. The first workshop will take place will be at Slaughter Beach Fire Hall on Oct. 31 from 2-4 p.m. The second public workshop is set for 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 1, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

The department says the Shoreline & Waterway Management Section is currently evaluating potential updates to regulations. According to DNREC, they believe the updates will increase the effectiveness of the Coastal Construction Program and improve its protection of the beach and dune system. Officials with the department say the purpose of the update is to incorporate recent legislative changes to the Beach Preservation Act, while also incorporating policies and construction standards that will result in less damage and greater protection measures for the dune and beach resources.

DNREC says the updates will also clarify how much and what kind of construction is permitted seaward of the Beach Preservation Building Line. The department adds that updates to the Beach Preservation Building Line will also be considered during the two workshops.

The workshops will both cover the same information. According to the department, each workshop begins with a DNREC presentation covering the history of the Beach Preservation Act and the regulations. Following the presentation, representatives will review changes to the regulations from legislative action, and cite other possible changes to the regulations. The workshop will end with DNREC staff will taking questions and comments from the public.

For more information, please contact: Jennifer Luoma, environmental scientist, Division of Watershed Stewardship, at 302-739-9921.

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