Delaware fishing charter cited by DNREC for operating amidst pandemic, hires attorney

BOWERS BEACH, Del. – The owners of Captain’s Lady Charters in Bowers Beach are fighting to keep their business afloat. After having a run in with law enforcement, they’re now defending their decision to reopen.

According to one owner of Captain’s Lady Charters, they resumed their services before Governor John Carney allowed for them to operate. Robert Trowbridge’s attorney at Lacy Holly Law Firm says his client was cited by Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for: “failing to comply with Governor John Carney’s order forbidding the operation of his business as it has been deemed, by the order’s definition, ‘non-essential.'”

The situation has caught the attention of Kent County commissioner Eric Buckson, “There’s a pretty good argument to be made that some of these actions are unconstitutional.”

Holly says Trowbridge faces fines of up to $500 and up to six months in prison. Meanwhile, Buckson says they made the decision any logical business owner would make, “The charter boat effectively had a decision to make: either close up shop or do everything that other businesses are allowed to open are doing and go anyway. And that’s what they did. They made a decision to go anyway.”

As of now, the owners of the charter say they plan to continue operating their fishing charter with limited capacity and health precautions.

In a statement to 47 ABC,  DNREC says,”At this time there has yet to be any court hearings in this matter making this an ongoing investigation/open case in which we will not be providing any information on.”

47 ABC also reached out to Governor John Carney’s office but we have not heard back.

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