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Approved City Policies
City of Rehoboth Beach Adopts Holiday Display Policy
The Rehoboth commissioners adopted a policy for the 2020 holiday season at a special meeting on November 5, 2020, which makes it clear that no private holiday displays are permitted on public property. The City, however, has also authorized the expenditure of funds so that the City can create a holiday display that celebrates the cultural diversity of our great City. The display will be assembled and put up in the near future.
New Policies for Outdoor Dining in Rehoboth Beach
At their October 6, 2020, special meeting, the Rehoboth commissioners approved a policy regarding the use of public outdoor space. Restaurants must have a straight and continuous minimum of five feet of sidewalk in front of any outdoor seating that must be maintained at all times. Space allows pedestrians to move up and down the sidewalks without adjusting their path because of the outdoor seating. The approved policy also requires that outdoor tables be set eight feet apart from each other. A barrier is needed between the tables and the pedestrian path if a restaurant is serving alcohol. Commissioners also approved tents and canopies without sides to be used in outdoor dining areas.
Outdoor heaters that are fueled by propane were also approved. Electric heaters or open flame are not allowed under the policy. The heaters must also be placed at least five feet from a restaurant's entrance and exit. The heaters must be secured and can only be in place during operating hours.
The City's Building and Licensing staff will continue to work closely with all restaurants for their outdoor seating plan as we move into the fall and winter months.
These policies will stay in effect through March 31, 2021.