Study of ‘surf-zone’ injuries identifies risk factors — and getting caught by surprise tops the list

By Chris Beakey | Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the June 2018 issue


Ask Dr. Paul Cowan what prompted him to study injuries caused by waves slamming beachgoers into the sand, and he’ll cite a moment in 2002 when the emergency room at Beebe Medical Center (now Beebe Healthcare) looked and smelled like a day at the ocean.

“Everyone who’s been in a hospital knows that distinctive antiseptic smell,” he says. “But I remember walking in at about 2 p.m. on this one hot July day to the strong smell of suntan oil overpowering everything else. I looked out and saw sand on the tile floor and a room full of people in swimsuits, barefoot or in flip-flops, who’d obviously come there straight from the beach.”

The effort to entice visitors to the beach is an all-year affair

By Pam George | Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the May 2018 issue

feature-tourismWith 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.

Six long-enduring buildings offer a timeless connection to coastal Sussex’s past

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photographs by Carolyn Watson
From the May 2018 issue

feature-then-and-nowPeople 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.