The Rehoboth Beach Homeowners' Association is a Delaware non-profit organization operated to promote the common good and general welfare of the homeowners and residents of the City of Rehoboth Beach for their mutual enjoyment and benefit, to preserve the quality of life, to foster the spirit of community and to provide a forum for the full and free discussion of all matters of interest.The RBHA celebrates its 50th year of service in 2021! Throughout the year, we will be highlighting the history and the members that made a difference over the last half century. Check back often.
It is that time of year when the pick up schedules for trash and recycling change. One of the easiest ways to keep up with the schedules all year long is to go to the City's webpage on trash and recycling and download the 2021 Residential Refuse & Yard Waste Pickup Calendar and the 2021 Residential Recycling Pickup Calendar (Hint: they are easier to read if printed "landscape"). To make the calendars easier to access by smartphone, we have included them under the Calendar tab >> Trash & Recycling
Following are some of the issues the RBHA Board is following. Click here If you would like to comment on any issue.
International Dark-Sky Association
IDA has made a proposal to the City to adopt standards for improved lighting in the City. Their presentation is available here... The RBHA Board discussed voted on the matter. The letter supporting new standards for improved lighting sent to the Mayor and commissioners is here...
Freebee Ride Share Service Proposal
The Mayor and Commissioners are in the first stages of considering the implementation of a free-to-user ride share service pilot program to operate May through September 2021 in the City. The pilot program is estimated to cost the City approximately $250,000.00 and would allow the City and Frisbee, the operator, to gather data and conduct a cost-benefit analysis. Freebee claims the service benefits communities by reducing the need for personal vehicles, reducing the number of single-occupant vehicles, reducing traffic congestion and helping to free up parking. The survey results are:
Are you in favor of the City funding a one-year pilot program from May to October to provide this free transit option at the cost of approximately $250,000? No 146 Yes 104
Do you think this transit option will benefit local businesses? Yes 128 No 122
Do you think this transit option will help alleviate traffic and parking issues in town? No 152 Yes 98
Will you and your family use this free transit option? No 155 Yes 95
If the City decided to charge a nominal fee per ride to and from neighboring communities, would you utilize this service?
No 143 Yes 107
How will you utilize this transit, or why won't you? Open Ended Question - 250 Responses
Please let us know if you:
Live/own property in the City of Rehoboth Beach city limits 187
Live near the City of Rehoboth Beach and visit frequently 41
Work in the City of Rehoboth Beach city limits 15
Vacation in the City of Rehoboth Beach city limits 7
Grove Park Canal Access Dock
The Grove Park Canal Access Dock project is nearly complete. Commissioners voted to allocate up to $280K to the project in February before the pandemic began, with the expectation that fundraising would continue by the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal Improvement Association to reduce the City's contribution. So far, no additional funds have been raised and the City's most recent budget update still includes the allocation for $280K.
RBHA Board position: Neutral - watching
Clear Space Theater - 413, 415 and 417 Rehoboth Ave. - updated 1/2/21
The Clear Space Theatre Company has been pursuing the development of the referenced lots into two buildings for performances and rehearsals. The project has its share of support and criticism. The Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on the site plan review of the Clear Space Theatre and Rehoboth Spotlight application No. 0620-03 on the 29th day of January 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon. A member of the public wishing to speak or provide a written comment may email Ann Womack, City Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals must preregister for a 3-minute slot if they wish to speak during the hearing.
RBHA Board position: Neutral - watching
Beach Walk Development
Plans to develop a 7.75 acre parcel off of Route 1 in Rehoboth into 63 housing units has been repeatedly rejected primarily for not meeting the City’s building code. After years of wrangling, the issue is headed to court with the developer suing the City.
RBHA Board position: Supporting the City’s position
Comprehensive Development Plan
The Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) is the principal document outlining the City of Rehoboth Beach's goals and policies regarding the use of land. The Plan is the basis for decision-making at all levels of government and will guide the public and private sectors toward beneficial activities affecting its people and land.
RBHA Board position: Providing input to the CDP as appropriate
Committee Rules Changes - Resolved & supported by RBHA
The Commissioners voted unanimously on November 13 on new rules governing City committees, excluding Boards and Commissions created by code (e.g. the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment) as those bodies have their own rules. Under the new rules, a City Commissioner will serve as chair, and voting members must be residents, property owners or business owners/representative in the City of Rehoboth Beach. Non-voting members with special expertise may participate in discussions. Committees should have an odd number of members, with a minimum of five members, and all committee members must go through annual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training.
RBHA Board position: Support
The Mayor & Commissioners are working to new policy for restaurants to continue outdoor dining into the winter months and through March 31, 2021. Currently, sidewalk cafe dining can continue if tables are against the building façade and spaced 8 feet apart while maintaining a pedestrian path of at least 5 feet. If pandemic continues beyond April 1, 2021, the City will offer restaurants the option for sidewalk dining with barriers for pedestrians placed in adjacent parking spaces. The City will cover the cost of installing and removing the barriers and absorb the lost parking revenue, while the restaurants will cover the rental cost of the barriers.
RBHA Board position: Support
Proposed Silver Lake Dock
The owner of 6 Silver Lane has submitted an application for a shoreline stabilization project that includes a 4-foot-wide-by-35-foot-long pier, a 5-foot-wide-by-20-foot-long L-shaped-dock and a 5-foot-wide-by-14-foot-long floating kayak dock. Numerous residents, groups and the City oppose the application.
RBHA Board position: The RBHA Board has joined others in opposing the application
Mayor & Commissioners Regular Meetings
Mayor & Commissioners Special Meetings
Mayor & Commissioners Workshops
Board of Adjustment
Share your photos...
We want to share your favorite photos of Rehoboth Beach with everyone. Beaches, wildlife, cityscapes, the boardwalk, waves, sunrise...images that show people the sights of Rehoboth Beach. We can't show photos of identifiable people (we don't have their permission) so don't send us pics of Aunt Martha with face full of fries. If we use your photo, we will give you credit unless you prefer to remain anonymous. Photos more than 2Mb are best, but we can use smaller ones too!