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Bethany Beach Businesses Brace for Potential Storm

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Dunes have been chipped away in Bethany Beach (Source: Amber Muehlemann) Dunes have been chipped away in Bethany Beach (Source: Amber Muehlemann)

BETHANY BEACH, Del. Bethany Beach has been virtually dune-less for months after a winter noreaster swept away much of the sand. Little has changed for the shoreline after the beach town failed to get funding in order to replenish the sand.

As Hurricane Matthew threatens the Delmarva coast, employees of local businesses like Doris Izzo say they are concerned if Matthew comes their way.

"I think we're going to lose almost all of dunes this time," Izzo said.

Businesses along the boardwalk are especially concerned, as the dunes are their best defense.

"It's a big deal,” said Diana Agnetti who works at Water Lilly. “That protects our beach and its the one thing that you really don't have any control about."

Further inland, business owners say flooding from the canal is a bigger worry than what would come from the b each. Betsy Clark owns Pitter Patter and Japanesque on Pennsylvania Avenue, she says none of her business have ever been severely flooded but it can get very worrisome.

"It's pretty bad,” said Clark, “It looks like a canal or a river and it has nowhere to go.”

Although Matthew’s track remains uncertain, businesses in Bethany Beach understand they have to ready and will take the necessary precautions as the storm gets closer. 

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