A Question of Character
Some Rehoboth Beach residents say the trend toward building massive homes — what they call ‘mini-hotels’ in residential areas — degrades the neighborhood feel of the town. But other property owners contend that the new houses — with swimming pools, modern high-end amenities and room for 20 or more people — fit the resort’s identity as a tourist destination.
From the August 2016 issue
Summers at the Myers vacation home in The Pines section of Rehoboth Beach aren’t as nice as they used to be. The house is no longer in a quiet neighborhood, says Lynne Myers, who owns the property with her husband, Donald.
Last summer, her grandchildren had trouble sleeping, and Myers says she couldn’t sit in her backyard and read.
The difference: Two new homes that have been built nearby, each of which has a pool. “Mega-homes,” Myers calls them — houses that she asserts were constructed strictly with renting in mind.
“They are beautiful to look at, but they are built to accommodate the maximum number of people.”
And with the pools right there, the renters often stay at home instead of walking the block and a half to the ocean. “They congregate and they party and even when they are trying to be considerate, they have to talk over the water fountains,” she adds. “It’s so loud.”
The Myerses were among the Rehoboth Beach residents who pushed last year for new zoning laws to curtail the construction of such homes. They wrote a letter to the editor of the Cape Gazette, which appeared in the Oct. 30 edition. “[Our] tranquility was shattered when two large rental homes were built behind our house,” the couple wrote. “Each has a swimming pool that generates constant noise — children shouting, parents and family trying to talk over the noise, and music blaring from loudspeakers and boomboxes. The noise and commotion are nonstop.”
The Top Speed
From high-school pickup band to bar-scene institution, Love Seed Mama Jump is still keeping it loose and lively 25 years on
With its energized stage presence, twisted cover tunes, devoted following, and, of course, its enigmatic name, Love Seed Mama Jump is one of the most successful bands ever born and raised in coastal Delaware.
This summer, Love Seed (as the band is commonly known) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in typical fashion: with head-swiveling, stage-stomping, party-’til-last call performances, notably at the Rusty Rudder deck in Dewey Beach, its home base.
But avid music fans know all that, and are familiar with the group’s long, strange trip from lifeguard party band to the Washington Redskins’ “official” rock band, from musical upstarts to venerable veterans of the local scene.
So, since that’s common knowledge, this story will be a collection of little-known behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the early days — before Love Seed earned its well-deserved fame, when it was more about the usual motivations in starting a band: girls, fun, free beer and, oh yeah, musical expression.
A love affair has blossomed between local microbreweries and craft beer aficionados
In 2013, when Eric Williams and his partners opened Mispillion River Brewing in Milford, Williams pictured himself “owning a great brewery, making all this beer and having a lot of fun.” All of that came true, but so did a sober reality: “It’s a really hard business to be in,” he admits. “We’re putting out a good product, but now there’s a lot of competition with some really good Delaware beers.”
In the past year, Big Oyster Brewing (inside Fins Ale House & Raw Bar) near Midway, Crooked Hammock Brewery outside Lewes and Dewey Beer Co. in Dewey Beach all opened. Revelation Craft Brewing Company unveiled a tasting room in West Rehoboth in July. Next year, the company hopes to put a brewpub on the site of a historic Belltown church on Route 9.
These newbies joined 16 Mile Brewery Company in Georgetown and regional competitors such as 3rd Wave Brewing Co. in Delmar, Burley Oak Brewing Company in Berlin, Md., and Evolution Craft Brewing Co. in Salisbury, Md. And then, of course, there is Milton-based Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, which started it all in 1995.
The good news is that a cluster of breweries makes the beach resort area a destination for aficionados. The bad news is that opening a brewery or brewpub here still requires determination, perseverance, sacrifice and the ability to stand out from local, regional and national competition.