Memorial Day 2009 Review

by Dave on June 25, 2009

First appeared in Coastal Sussex Weekly, May 28, 2009:

Lounging in a chair on the beach. Eating succulent morsels of fine cuisine. Casting a line off of the port side. Cramming into a crowded bar and tilting back cold ones.

Whatever your  ideal image of summer at the beach is, there were countless kindred spirits doing that and more over Memorial Day weekend at the Delaware beaches.

Whether it was the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel greeting travelers as they arrived and departed from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal or The Bangles reliving the 1980’s for revelers at the Bottle & Cork, there were special guests all around the area.

Local merchants ended up happy when it was all said and done.

“We were at 99% of full occupancy on Saturday and Sunday on hotel and motel referrals,” said Carol Everhart of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.

“Our calls to fun and food businesses resulted in reports of business as good as or better than 2008,” added Everhart. “Last year was a record breaking Memorial Day weekend, and we had not had one in many years. This year was a match.”

Another beneficiary of the crowds this weekend was the local cities and towns, who brought in tens of thousands of dollars in parking revenue, a definite boost in a struggling economy.

After a soaker of a spring that washed out the opening weeks for many businesses, the tide seems to be turning. With new businesses opening, forecasts that the recession is ending, and the summer finally here, there are many reasons to be optimistic for people in the Lewes-to-Fenwick corridor.

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