Return of the Slam Dunk basketball tournament is seen as a boost for businesses and sports lovers

By Larry Nagengast | Photograph by Marc Clery
From the Holiday 2014 issue

Slam DunkSome of the nation’s top high school basketball players will display their talents at Cape Henlopen High School during Christmas week, but supporters of the revived Slam Dunk to the Beach tournament say the event is about much more than three days of nonstop fast breaks in a packed gymnasium.

“It means a lot more feet on the street,” says Carol Everhart, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.

No one is quite sure how many feet that will be “but it can’t be anything but positive,” she says.

The Delaware Sports Commission, a state agency within the Delaware Economic Development Office, is sponsoring the tournament, which will bring in 11 highly rated teams from six states and Washington, D.C., to join five from Delaware for a long weekend of holiday hoops and hoopla.

A mostly true story about 24 hours on, around and under the boardwalk

By Geoff Vernon  |  Illustration by Patti Shreeve
From the October 2014 issue

confessiontownie1 Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #135As the sky above the pitch-black sea gradually paled from indigo to violet, the twinkling lights of the fishing boats crawled along the horizon and out to sea. I stirred from beneath the damp and tattered beach blanket, and gazed upon the still sleeping face of my lovely Allison, her sweet countenance framed by the long black hair that cascaded across her shoulder.

We were under the boardwalk near the Henlopen Hotel, and had selected this accommodation from long experience, knowing that it was less likely to have been used as a facility for less sanitary functions than the sections closer to Rehoboth Avenue. After ruminating on this romantic observation, I kissed her awake, and our day had begun. 

It was 1964, and Allison was to turn 18 on Sept. 1, two days after this early Sunday morning (I would follow in October). Our pretext for spending this night together was that Allison was at a sleepover with her best friend Nancy on Olive Avenue; this seemed a minor infraction in that we were only two blocks away.

We emerged from our cocoon and the dank recesses beneath the boards, rubbing the sand and the effects of the Pabst Blue Ribbon from our eyes. As we clambered from the beach to the promenade above, we observed no other living soul in view. These were quieter, simpler times, and the early morning neoprene-clad cyclists and iPod-wearing runners were still decades away.

As Rehoboth Beach awaits state approval of its wastewater disposal plan, criticism grows over the controversial proposed pipeline into the ocean

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the October 2014 issue

oceanoutfallOct2014 Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #135It has been nearly two years since the completion of an environmental impact statement on the best way for the City of Rehoboth Beach to dispose of its treated wastewater.

The city has waited all that time for an OK from the state to proceed with the statement’s recommendation — that the effluent be piped a mile offshore and released into the Atlantic Ocean.

As it has waited — and as treated wastewater has continued to flow into the impaired inland bays watershed at the rate of more than 2 million gallons per day during the summer months — opposition to the outfall recommendation has increased.

“We all know that putting that waste into the inland bays is pollution,” says John Doerfler, vice chairman of the Delaware chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, an international group dedicated to the protection of ocean beaches. “So if it’s pollution in the inland bays, why isn’t it pollution when you put it in the ocean? No matter what, you’re still polluting the waterways.”

The local Surfrider chapter is “very much against” the outfall. But it isn’t arguing that the current situation — in which treated wastewater is pumped into the Lewes-and-Rehoboth Canal, where it makes its way into the Rehoboth Bay a few hundred yards away — should continue. Rather, it says that spraying the waste on farmland, an option that was rejected by the environmental impact statement as being too expensive, should be given a closer look.