Village Improvement Association’s (VIA) 2018 Designer Show House Search Begins! Your House Could be the House.
The Village Improvement Association of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Inc. (VIA) is looking for the right house in the Rehoboth Beach area for its 2018 Designer Show House event. This is an incredible opportunity for a local homeowner to see the best creative decorators have to offer. Whether classic, cottage, contemporary or an eclectic collection of architectural styles, lending your home to the VIA's Designer Show House fundraising event will support programs and charities throughout the area.
Your home house should be of sufficient size to accommodate 10–16 interior designers who will each choose a room to showcase their work. Landscapers will also have the opportunity to display their abilities with your garden or yard. To be chosen, the home must be available from January 2018 through the end of May 2018.
The Designer Show House will be open to the public during the first three weekends of May 2018. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the VIA’s charitable endeavors in the greater Rehoboth Beach area.
If you would like your home to be the VIA Show House for 2018 or would like more information about VIA activities, please visit rehobothbeachvia.org, or call 302-227-1631.
On March 17, the Rehoboth Beach Commissioners adopted an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 95, Beaches, relating to restrictions on fires, cooking devices, umbrellas, baby tents, and other fixtures on the beach. The new law defines an acceptable beach umbrella as having “…a circular shade no greater than eight feet in diameter.” In the law, an umbrella is also defined as “…a collapsible circular shade stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole no greater than 7 feet 6 inches in height, and without grounding lines, ropes, or sides are permitted on the beach.” Baby tents up to 36” high x 36” wide x 36” deep may be used to shade infants and small children. This means that, with the exception of umbrellas and baby tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, tents, sport-brellas or any material mounted on supports are prohibited from being placed on the beach.
The adoption of the new law was driven by public safety concerns and is meant to promote safety from fires and eliminate the number of tents on the beach. The decision has been made to keep beachgoers safe while allowing emergency personnel the ability to navigate our beaches in case of an emergency. From a public safety standpoint, the ever-growing popularity of the beach tents in certain locations in the beach area makes it difficult for an EMS unit or other emergency responders to get through this line of tents to the beach and water in a timely manner.
Couples getting married on the beach may incorporate a tent as part of their ceremony as long as they have a Beach Wedding Permit. If you’re planning a special event on the beach and would like to use a tent, your request will need to be submitted as part of a Special Event Permit. For permit information please visit cityofrehoboth.com.
The city is working with the Chamber of Commerce to spread the word to visitors and businesses, along with print and social media and beach signage. The new ordinance will take effect May 15.