Town of Bethany extends beach closure to May 31st, cancels 4th of July events
BETHANY BEACH, Del. – Residents in Bethany Beach are going to have to wait a little bit longer before they’re allowed back onto the resort town’s beach again. That’s because on Thursday during a Zoom meeting, the town’s council unanimously voted to extend their beach and boardwalk closure through May 31st. May 15th marks the expiration of the first extension of Governor John Carney’s original executive order which includes the closure of beaches and boardwalks across the first state. And although Carney’s expected to provide an update to that order on or before May 15th, Bethany Beach officials say they don’t know what he plans to do, and would rather be safe than sorry.
“We’re making these plans based on the best information we have today. We don’t look for there to be any change and it would be very difficult for us to wait until May 15th and then implement or change something in just a week or two. So I’m asking the council to consider these things today to take us until the end of May, revisit everything, and then look at what we do going forward,” said Town Manager, Cliff Graviet.
During the meeting council members also voted to cancel all special events through July 15th, which includes the towns Fourth of July parade and fireworks.