From The Desk of the Mayor

Dear Citizens,

Summer is officially here and I am sure you’ve noticed the seasonal changes that take shape in our community as we all enjoy the quintessential Delaware lifestyle on our beaches and in our parks and business districts. For me, summer is time to spend with my family and even head off the grid to reset and recharge. It’s a time for which I’m always grateful.

We are currently assessing the viability of our stormwater management systems. Our new Director of Public Works, Kevin Williams, is analyzing the city’s stormwater system to determine the best course of action. The city has invested $4,000 to ensure the pump is working properly at Rehoboth Avenue. We are underway with short-term solutions starting with educational outreach in the business district where most of the problems occur. Public education is an essential part of any plan to reduce stormwater pollution. The daily activities of people everywhere cause stormwater pollution. Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, and construction sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. Stormwater runoff is our most common cause of water pollution. Because stormwater pollution is caused by so many different activities, traditional regulatory controls will only go so far. Education and outreach are key components to any successful stormwater program. Please visit cityofrehobobth.com for simple actions you can do to help keep our local waterways clean and healthy.

The City of Rehoboth Beach is pleased to announce the launch of Envision Rehoboth Beach, a new community engagement website where citizens can collaborate with city officials and other residents on the future of Rehoboth Beach. The goal of the website, which was developed by MindMixer, is to get the community involved in the planning process. The site is used as an online tool to generate innovative ideas and provide feedback from citizens using this interactive and accessible platform. Feedback from the engagement website will be used by City Manager Sharon Lynn and staff to lay out plans on a variety of projects. Envision Rehoboth Beach gives contributors a chance to share ideas, second other’s ideas, expand upon existing ideas and give feedback on initiatives, working with the city on a variety of topics online anytime, anywhere. The site also measures and tracks participation, identifying the most interested citizens and most compelling topics. MindMixer’s tools make it easy for administrators to communicate with citizens, and they deliver measurable results and invaluable insights for the planning process. Please share your ideas, your feedback, and your comments at Envision Rehoboth Beach. Together, we can create a better community.

The City of Rehoboth Beach frequently engages with the community during city meetings, where significant topics facing Rehoboth Beach are discussed. I encourage you to attend upcoming meetings to provide feedback and ideas on important citywide issues. To stay informed on upcoming city meetings and topics being discussed, subscribe and receive agenda information via email at cityofrehoboth.civicweb.net. I would enjoy the opportunity to hear from you. What are the things you’d like to know more about or see the city focus on? Are there things you have questions about? I wish you a summer filled with beach days and quality time with friends and family. It’s a pleasure and honor to serve as your mayor.

Sincerely,

Mayor Paul Kuhns

[email protected]

229 Rehoboth Avenue

P.O. Box 1163

Rehoboth Beach DE 19971

302-227-6181