Delaware State to Take Over Deauville Beach Management in 2024

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REHOBOTH BEACH, DE — The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will assume management responsibilities for Deauville Beach from the city of Rehoboth Beach for the 2024 season. The move comes after negotiations between DNREC and the city reached an impasse following the expiration of the city’s lease on the beach property on June 30, 2023.

DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation will oversee the state-owned beach, ensuring continuity of services that beachgoers have come to expect. These include tennis court rentals, beach concession operations, and ocean lifeguarding. To ensure a smooth transition, the division is working closely with the city on a comprehensive plan.

Lifeguard services will be provided by the award-winning Delaware State Beach Patrol, with coverage starting from Saturday, May 25, and running through Monday, Sept. 2. This move aligns Deauville Beach with other state-managed beaches and ensures the safety of all beachgoers during peak season.

Visitors should note that a daily entrance fee will be in effect between March 1 and Nov. 30 each year. The Division of Parks and Recreation is currently reviewing the fee structure, with further announcements expected soon.

Deauville Beach has a history dating back to 1975 when it was first leased to the City of Rehoboth Beach by the state of Delaware. With the new changes, the beach will now fall under the management of the Cape Henlopen State Park unit.

Altogether, the change in management of Deauville Beach marks a new chapter in its storied history. While the transition may bring some changes, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control is committed to maintaining the high standards of service beachgoers have come to expect. As we move into the 2024 season, visitors can look forward to enjoying the same beautiful beach under its new management.

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