On Saturday, November 5, 2016, Ed McMahon, noted urban planner, addressed a packed house at the Rehoboth Beach Fire Hall.

He spoke about a "sense of place": those elements that make a city or town different from any other. Whether coming here to live, work or vacation, people want to spend time in a special place like Rehoboth Beach, not one that looks like every other city.

Sussex County provides a clear example of the difference uniqueness makes. Driving down Route One, you could be in any city in America. But once you cross the canal into our city, you know you are in a place unlike any other, with the special character we all love. 

Mr. McMahon, who holds the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute, has become well known across the country for his TED Talk and many writings on the important subjects related to building and preserving unique communities. 

 Two videos were made from the presentation, one focusing on community development and the other on tourism. We hope you will enjoy these videos and join us in the ongoing conversation about how to keep Rehoboth Beach special. 

The Secrets of Successful Communities: Powerful Community Planning Principles

The Secrets of Successful Communities: Keys to Sustainable Tourism