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Quiet Resorts Soon To Transform Into Booming Beach Town

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. - The Quiet Resorts in Bethany Beach, more recently, has been anything but quiet. DelDOT's $2.4 million construction project has been grueling for some, but come May, officials say the downtown will convert back to a booming beach town.

Folks say it's been a long three months of limited parking and walkability.

"It's been for some businesses a little painful. It's been a little hurtful on the area of parking," said David Martin, Executive Director of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber Of Commerce.

DelDOT says phase one of the Streetscape Project should be complete by mid-May. That's when the Chamber Of Commerce hopes to host a grand reopening party for the downtown.

"Whether it's sales, specials or they do something right outside of their business or nearby, I think it can be a lot of fun. It will truly be like an open house in the town," said Martin.

Bethany Beach Books sits right on the corner of the chaos, and with phase two expected to start in September, owner Jackie Inman says area businesses are brainstorming new ways to reel in customers. For example, she says there has been some talk about hosting a restaurant week.

"I might be able to coordinate with them and give a gift certificate if they come into my store then they get a coupon for the restaurant, or vice versa," said Inman.

Once the disruption departs from the Quiet Resorts, officials say they've got a few other tricks up their sleeves. The chamber's kickoff party, expected for late May, is still in the works.

Looking ahead, Bethany Beach town officials say they're expecting a great summer for tourism. The bandstand on the boardwalk will transform into a concert stage, for various performers like Blues singer Eric Lindell.

Officials also plan to have weekly events, and one making a comeback this year is "Monday Movies on the beach." Bonfires on Thursdays are new this year, not to mention Kid's Night on Wednesday.

"The Kid's Night at Town Hall, that's every Wednesday night, and we hope for a good response there. We have a 65 foot inflatable whale coming to Town Hall that the kids can walk through and learn about the ocean, so it's going to be a good summer," said Laren Hughes, Events Director for the town of Bethany Beach.

Memorial Day Weekend will be the kickoff for live entertainment at the bandstand.

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