The Changing Face of Tourism
The effort to entice visitors to the beach is an all-year affair
With Easter behind us and Memorial Day on the horizon, coastal Sussex denizens are bracing for bumper-to-bumper traffic on Route 1, packed parking lots and long waits in restaurants. This winter, however, residents in many resort towns got a sample of what’s to come.
Over the chilly Presidents Day weekend, it was hard to find a seat for happy hour in Rehoboth. On St. Patrick’s Day, vendors bundled up against the cold and sold ice cream on Rehoboth Avenue to parka-clad patrons.
“We are a destination nearly 52 weekends a year — unless there is bad weather,” says Carol Everhart, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Ones for the Ages
Six long-enduring buildings offer a timeless connection to coastal Sussex’s past
People who spent idyllic summer childhoods in coastal Sussex and return decades later — perhaps to show the area to grandchildren, or to try to recapture the joys of youth — will find the ocean unchanged. Waves still crash onto the shore, just as they have for eons; sand still washes out from under the feet of anyone standing in one spot at the edge of the surf.
But beyond that, change is evident everywhere. Fields are transformed into shopping centers, two-lane roads have become six-lane highways. And many buildings that were significant parts of the landscape are gone, having been torn down and replaced with more modern structures.
There are exceptions, though. Sprinkled throughout area towns are old buildings that have managed to survive for decades, centuries even, and that are still of good use in the early 21st century. Here are descriptions of six of them, each in a different town. All are cared for by people and organizations that understand their value.
March of the Horseshoe Crabs
The ungainly creatures’ importance to human health is often overlooked — except by the helpful folks who assist in their annual migration ashore
By Jeanne Shook | Photograph by Ariane Mueller
From the May 2018 issue
The horseshoe crab was walking the ocean floor long before the first T-Rex was hatched. In fact, this ungainly arthropod has survived half a billion years. And yet, one of the oldest living species on the planet doesn’t have a week dedicated to it on the Discovery Channel, or its own Facebook page (like Mary Lee, the great white shark). Dismissed by many as ugly and useless, this Rodney Dangerfield of sea creatures often “gets no respect.”
Well, in some quarters it does. Those who take the time to get up close and personal with the horseshoe crab know differently: This is an animal whose appearance belies its significance to mankind, and is worthy of not only respect but also our thanks.