Bethany Beach Bans Canopies - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Bethany Beach Bans Canopies

Posted: Feb 16, 2018 10:40 PM Updated:

BETHANY BEACH, Del.- Bethany Beach is the latest Delaware beach town to ban canopies.

After the required second reading of the ordinance, the town council voted 6-1 on Friday to prohibit canopies, tents, tarps and similar shading devices on their beaches year round. Councilwoman Rosemary Hardiman says the measure came after a majority of residents voiced their canopy concerns in an online survey.

"[We had] 1253 people who responded to the survey," she says. "Over 70 percent of them said they didn't want canopies or tents."

Hardiman says many residents expressed displeasure at canopies blocking their view or being set up early in the day and left empty. Vice Mayor Lew Killmer--the sole no vote--said he understands those concerns and wish a compromise had been found.

"I think there is a need--especially for larger families and older people--to be under a canopy versus an umbrella," he tells WBOC.

The town says they will warn violators this summer instead of citing them, but in the future they may hire extra employees to help enforce the ban. 

Hardiman says the next step is informing realtors and local homeowners associations about the ban so they can pass the word on to locals and visitors.

 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Parksley Husband & Wife Killed in Car Accident

    Parksley Husband & Wife Killed in Car Accident

    Jul 16, 2018 10:53 PM2018-07-17 02:53:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 10:53 PM EDT2018-07-17 02:53:07 GMT
    Virginia State Police say two people are dead after a crash on Route 13 in Accomack County.More
    Virginia State Police say two people are dead after a crash on Route 13 in Accomack County.More
  • Millsboro Man Arrested for 5th DUI Offense

    Millsboro Man Arrested for 5th DUI Offense

    Jul 16, 2018 9:21 PM2018-07-17 01:21:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:21:19 GMT
    Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a single motor vehicle crash.More
    Delaware State Police arrested a Millsboro man with his 5th offense DUI after he was involved in a single motor vehicle crash.More
  • Sleep Cheap Owner Has Answers To Furniture Fiasco

    Sleep Cheap Owner Has Answers To Furniture Fiasco

    Jul 16, 2018 7:08 PM2018-07-16 23:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 9:08 PM EDT2018-07-17 01:08:00 GMT
    After customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answersAfter customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answers
    After customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answersAfter customers began complaining about not receiving furniture, Sleep Cheap store Owner Dana Santana has opened the doors again to provide customers answers
    After weeks of unanswered phone calls and emails, Sleep Cheap Mattresses and More owner Dana Santana opened the doors to the store in an attempt to provide some customers with answers.More
    After weeks of unanswered phone calls and emails, Sleep Cheap Mattresses and More owner Dana Santana opened the doors to the store in an attempt to provide some customers with answers. More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Teen Charged in Milford Crash That Injured 6

    Milford Crash Shuts Down Route One, Causes Critical Injuries

    Jul 15, 2018 9:08 PM2018-07-16 01:08:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 2:11 PM EDT2018-07-16 18:11:15 GMT
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours.More
    A 16-year-old girl is facing traffic charges in connection with a Sunday evening crash in Milford, Delaware, that injured six people and shut down both directions of Route 1 for several hours. More
  • Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Maryland Man Killed in Millsboro Crash

    Jul 15, 2018 8:33 PM2018-07-16 00:33:00 GMT
    Sunday, July 15 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-07-16 00:33:01 GMT
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
    MILLSBORO, Del.- A Maryland man is dead after a crash in Millsboro Saturday afternoon. According to the Delaware State Police, around 1:15 p.m., a 48-year-old Laurel woman was driving south on Route 24 near Nine Foot Road with the intention of turning lefMore
  • Elderly Woman and Young Grandson Left Homeless and Searching For Help

    Elderly Woman and Young Grandson Left Homeless and Searching For Help

    Jul 16, 2018 6:02 PM2018-07-16 22:02:00 GMT
    Monday, July 16 2018 6:02 PM EDT2018-07-16 22:02:15 GMT
    74-year-old Jane Badal-Williams has been searching for help since last Wednesday after she was evicted from her townhouse with her 10-year-old grandson, Kaleb.More
    74-year-old Jane Badal-Williams has been searching for help since last Wednesday after she was evicted from her townhouse with her 10-year-old grandson, Kaleb. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices