After Half-Century, Nicola’s Is Leaving Rehoboth
After 50 years in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Nicola’s Pizza will be moving out to Route 1, close to Five Points.
Nick Caggiano Sr., founder of Nicola’s with his late wife Joan, announced the move on Facebook. Nick wrote “Before you hear it from somewhere else, we wanted to be the first to share our exciting news—Nicola Pizza will be relocating!
“We will miss our downtown Rehoboth Beach family as Nicola Pizza was ‘born’ here almost 50 years ago but we truly feel this is the best decision for the future of our brand, for our employees, and our local customers.”
Nicola’s will continue operating their First Street and Rehoboth Avenue restaurants until they build a new restaurant at the Ocean One Plaza in Lewes, on Route 1. They expect the grand opening to be in the fall of 2021.
Caggiano told his customers “Please know that this was not an easy decision—to leave the home we have loved for so long—but an amazing opportunity has presented itself and we simply could not pass it up.”##
Rehoboth Beach Bear Weekend Postponed
Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors of the Rehoboth Beach Bears has decided to postpone the Annual Rehoboth Beach Weekend this Fall. This would have been the Sixth Annual event for the group. It will be rescheduled for the fall of 2021.
While the organization is still confirming dates, the 2021 gathering is tentatively set September 23-26, 2021.
While there will be no formal activities this year, the organization understands there may still be people in town this September 17-20. Members plan to patronize (at a social distance) previous sponsors, for dining out. There will probably be bears gathering on Saturday at Gordon’s Pond Beach as well. Find details at rehobothbeachbears.com.
Delaware Botanic Gardens Now Open
Here’s good news for nature lovers. The Delaware Botanic Gardens, on Piney Neck Road in Dagsboro, a non-profit with many CAMP Rehoboth members volunteering, is now open to the public. The gardens are open Thursday through Sunday mornings, with reservations required at Delawaregardens.org/tickets. The cost is a discounted $12.
The Gardens are following all CDC and state COVID-19 regulations for social distancing, mask wear, and capacity. Ticket holders are timed every half hour to wander through the Botanic Gardens. It’s a place to walk, photograph, and enjoy the birds and butterflies plus a multitude of flowering plants and trees. There is even an ADA-approved trail. The Delaware Botanic Gardens is a work in progress, with unique exhibits and expansion planned for the future.##
Rehoboth Beach Municipal Election Results
The City of Rehoboth Beach municipal election was held Saturday, August 8, and results are in for the mayor and two commissioner seats. Stan Mills has defeated Paul Kuhns to win the mayor's race. Patrick Gossett and Jay Lagree were elected commissioners.
There were 325 in-person voters in Saturday’s election and 1,146 absentee voters, bringing a grand total of 1,471 voters in Rehoboth Beach.
Six individuals ran for office. For the office of mayor, Paul Kuhns collected 587 votes and Stan Mills collected 876 votes.
For the two open commissioner seats, Hugh Fuller collected 563 votes, Patrick Gossett collected 824 votes, Jay Lagree collected 882 votes, and Rachel Macha collected 582 votes.
The election winners will be sworn into office on Friday, September 18, at the regular commissioners meeting before they begin to serve three-year terms.##