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Rehoboth Beach Holds Public Hearing Over Pool Construction Moratorium

 REHOBOTH BEACH, De. - As with many coastal communities in Sussex County, Rehoboth Beach has seen a lot of growth and development in the last couple years. And with all this development has come a lot of pools as well. Now some neighbors are saying "enough is enough," and are calling for a moratorium on new pool construction. 

Community members joined the Commission for a public hearing at 7:00 Friday evening at the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company. After the hearing, the commissioners were expected to vote on a potential moratorium, that would last until they could pass ordinances to address specific pool concerns they've heard from neighbors. 

The concerns primarily focus on the proliferation of large rental homes with pools that can house up to 30 people at one time. Neighbors tell WBOC that these homes, can create very noisy conditions that bother them during the summer. 

On Oak Avenue WBOC caught up with Bob Vandenberg and his neighbor Jan O'Donnell, both who said these rental homes were problematic in their neighborhood. 

"Noise is the primary concern," said Vandenberg. "Lot of noise. During the night it's way into the wee hours of the morning with the parties." 

O'Donnell emphasized that the problem wasn't single-family homes with pools, but rather homes that have dozens of visitors at once. 

"There seems to be no control over the number of people who are allowed to stay in the home," she said. 

Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper said this is what they hope to work out through this ordinance process. He said the moratorium could last six months or longer. 

Kim Ezell, who works at Beach Graphics on Rehoboth Avenue, is a renter at a home that has a pool. She said that the moratorium would threaten property rights. 

"I'm not for the moratorium," she said. "Because I think people buy their property and they should be allowed to do with it what they want."

Donna Hennessy, who was visiting from out of town said that she agreed with Ezell, saying that a moratorium could take away a full season of renting profits for a developer. 

"They're putting the moratorium on during the off-season when people want to do the construction to have their place ready for the rental season," she said. "And that prohibits them from doing it. And now they've lost a year of rental with a pool." 
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