Save Our Nation’s Summer Capital, Inc., is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving Rehoboth Beach, Delaware as a unique resort destination and community with thriving businesses, residences and rental properties all living in harmony.
We are committed to transparency in our local government and informing, engaging and empowering all citizens of Rehoboth Beach.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
New Zoning Changes Are Coming; Kiss Your Property Rights Goodbye & Watch Your Property Values Plummet.
1) Two parking spaces required for 3 toilets (including 2.5 baths);
2) Three parking spaces required for 4 toilets (including for a 3.5 bath house); and
3) Four parking spaces for 5 toilets, etc.
With this proposed ordinance, it will be impossible to build the same 5 bedroom, 5 bath house in the City of Rehoboth Beach on a standard 50x100 lot that you could build today. If you want a hot tub, you will have to decrease your house size by 500 sf.
They are increasing rear yard setbacks to 15 feet. You will be able to renovate up to 75% of your existing property, including adding multiple baths without adding parking, if you do not change the footprint. However, as we understand it, you will require permitting for anything done inside and a variance for anything done outside.
This proposal will render nearly every property in the City of Rehoboth non-conforming from inception. This means:
1) Your existing home may not be enlarged; especially if your home was built with old 6' setbacks;
2) Future renovations and additions to your existing home will be affected or impossible;
3) You will likely exceed FAR, green space and lot coverage making adding a pool or hot tub impossible to an existing home; and
4) In the event of a casualty, you may be unable to rebuild your current home.
This will all have a drastic effect on property values making it difficult to refinance your home or get a home equity loan.
We also hear that they are going to REINTRODUCE THE POOL AMENDMENT that they just unanimously voted down. They will merely grandfather in existing pools and will still require all future pools to be locked down during rental.
Please plan to attend the meeting at 9 am on July 6 at City Hall and pencil in the public hearing for these changes: July 17 @ 7 pm.
And please write to the Mayor and Commissioners by Friday and tell them to stop this madness!!
Mayor Sam Cooper: SCooper@CityofRehoboth.com
Bill Sargent: BSargent@CityofRehoboth.com
Patrick Gossett: PGossett@CityofRehoboth.com
Stan Mills: SMills@CityofRehoboth.com
Lorraine Zellers: LZellers@CityofRehoboth.com
Kathy McGuiness: KMcGuiness@CityofRehoboth.com
Toni Sharp: TSharp@CityofRehoboth.com
Or call City Hall: 302-227-6181 and speak to them.
Sunday, June 28, 2015
If you have your City property in an LLC and received two votes, please contact us at SaveRehoboth@gmail.com. Likewise, if you were told you couldn't vote, had any difficulty voting or had an extraordinarily long wait time, please let us know.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
For some reason, we cannot post the link so you can just cut and paste. And having attended many of these meetings, Kyle admitted they are using a 2009 number per residence for the bill of $700 and change which he said in today's dollars would be more like $1200+ so consider that in your decision. Save Our Nation's Summer Capital is not making a recommendation one way or the other. We are merely providing balanced information in making your decision to spend approximately $75MM. And we wanted to provide your proxy data to send in.
Monday, June 15, 2015
The Mayor & City Commissioners are voting at 7:00 pm Friday, June 19th. They are trying to take away the rights of property owners. The city wants to close all pools & hot tubs at rental properties. Instead of dealing with noise issues both related to pools and unrelated to pools, the town’s elected officials want to punish everyone with a pool that has a rental license.
If this ordinance goes through, what is next? Could non-rental property owners be asked to close their pools, too? Could porches be the next thing required to be locked from renters? The long-term ramifications of our town’s actions are endless with potential to turn away tourism which would be detrimental to our city’s economy.
Regulate unreasonable noise issues – Not pools!
Don’t take away property owners’ rights.
Please show your support. Bring a sign showing support to save our pools. Meet at the Parking lot of our Convention Center & City Hall at 4 P.M.
Property Owners – Protect your rights
Board of Commissioners – Vote NO on Pool Ordinance & Amendment
Pools Today??? What is next, Front porches?
Don’t give a reason to turn away tourists from our resort!!!
Call the Mayor Tell him to vote NO (302) 227-6181
Friday, June 19th 4PM to 7PM
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Mayor introduced an Amendment to that Ordinance to Amend Chapter 206 of the Municipal Code which states in Article III, Subsection 206-16 that ..."no unenclosed pool shall be used at any time in conjunction with a vacation rental after January 1, 2018. Thereafter the pool shall at all times the property is used for a vacation rental be covered by a locked cover."
This was discussed at a well-attended Workshop meeting of the Mayor and Commissioners on Friday, May 29, 2015. Most in the audience were against the proposals but the Mayor was unmoved despite Commissioners Kathy McGuiness and Stan Mills urging him to wait until August to see if the new Noise Ordinance with its "plainly audible" standard has the effect they believe it will.
Additionally, there has been an idea proposed at recent meetings BANNING RESIDENTIAL RENTALS altogether. Another proposal is changing the zoning to only allow rentals in certain neighborhoods or having a lottery with only a limited number of rental licenses available per season. There was discussion of having so many rules such as they do in Palm Springs that it would be almost impossible to jump through all the hoops, thereby discouraging people from renting at all.
Please contact the Mayor and Commissioners and remind them that Rehoboth Beach is a resort town whose businesses rely on visitors and tenants to survive; the town has a rental history almost as long as its existence; and that "normal" summer noise is the sound of our town thriving. They may all be reached by calling City Hall at 302-227-6181.
Mayor Sam Cooper: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Mills - email@example.com
Kathy McGuiness - firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Gossett - email@example.com
Lorraine Zellers - firstname.lastname@example.org
Toni Sharp - email@example.com
Bill Sargent - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also make an effort to attend the June 8 Mayor's Workshop on the pool issue at City Hall in the Commissioners' Room at 9 am and the Mayor's and Commissioners' Regular Meeting on June 19 at 7 pm where the Mayor plans to ask for a vote on this issue.