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Bethany Beach to re-open beach and boardwalk next weekend, parking changes approved

Posted by Leslie Kopp & Christi Arndt on Sun, May 17th, 2020 at 2:45 pm.

On Friday, May 15 the Bethany Beach Town Council unanimously approved a plan for re-opening the Town’s beaches and boardwalk as well as modification to parking regulations for the C-1 commercial district downtown. Bethany Beach will fully re-open its beaches and boardwalk to the public at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. Lifeguards will be on duty beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 23 and will continue throughout the 2020 summer season. Pay to park and parking enforcement will begin on June 1st. Some of the other changes to parking regulations are outlined below:

1. There will be a two-hour parking limit in downtown Bethany Beach (C-1 downtown commercial district) with 60 free 15-minute parking spaces to be used for customers picking up carry-out food orders. These limits will be enforced by Town parking enforcement staff.

2. The pay-to-park spaces on Atlantic Avenue, as well as on the beachfront street ends and beach parking lots, will be converted temporarily to resident-only spaces.

3. Business permit parking locations will remain as they have been in the past, but business parking permit fees will be waived by the Town.

4. The town shuttle will not be running, nor out-of-town shuttles permitted, during this initial re-opening period.

5. Town staff will monitor the capacities of the beach and boardwalk so that parking regulation changes can be made on an as-needed basis.

For further explanation on parking changes and more of the May 15 Town Council meeting recap, click here.

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