It’s beginning to feel a lot like summer in Rehoboth Beach, as the city’s seasonal ordinances are set to take effect next month.
The most notable new regulation is for motor scooters, which riders will not be allowed to park on sidewalks or the Boardwalk or at bike racks or bike parking stations on Baltimore Avenue. Violations could draw a $50 fine.
All scooters must have a permit to park on city streets from Friday, May 24, to Monday, Sept. 2, except if paying at a meter. Permits are $40 for the season and are available at the Parking Department office, 30 ½ Lake Ave. behind City Hall.
City Manager Greg Ferrese said the scooter permits are now on sale.
Scooter permits must be affixed to the front of the scooter and when possible, the rear wheel of the scooter should be placed against the curb when parking. Scooters can be parked at designated scooter-parking corrals on beach blocks, on Baltimore Avenue next to JAM, behind the Rehoboth fire hall, in the Martin’s Lawn parking lot next to the Cape Henlopen Senior Center on Christian Street and on the second block of Wilmington Avenue.
Left turns at the Rehoboth Avenue traffic lights will be prohibited starting Wednesday, May 1, until Monday, Sept. 30. Violations are a traffic offense that comes with a $25 fine, plus court costs.
Also beginning May 1, dogs are not allowed on the beach and Boardwalk. Dogs must be leashed at all times or confined within an enclosure and cannot run at large. Violators of these two rules can be fined $25.
Rollerskaters, skateboards and scooters are all prohibited on the Boardwalk from Wednesday, May 15, until Sunday, Sept. 15. Bicycles are not allowed on the Boardwalk after 10 a.m. daily. Skateboards, Razor-style scooters and rollerbladers are not permitted on Rehoboth Avenue within the city limits.
Chief Keith Banks said police officers try to educate visitors who may unknowingly violate the city’s seasonal ordinances. He said police are not intentionally trying to hand out tickets.
“We are a tourist town,” Banks said. “We want to work with people.”