Beaches are now open in Dewey, Mayor Dale Cooke confirmed.
“As of Tuesday, Nov. 3, we are expecting to receive a sign-off/clearance from the Coast Guard and state,” Cooke said. “With that expectation in mind, and after a walking inspection of the beach, town personnel removed the dune crossover barriers and opened the beach on Sunday.”
Although he expects a sign-off, Cooke said, that does not guarantee that no oil debris or tar balls will resurface.
“It simply means the state and Coast Guard have removed all of the debris that can be found right now,” Cooke said. “With the constantly changing weather conditions, we have been informed that some debris may resurface occasionally in the future.”
Cooke said Dewey’s beaches are the lifeblood of the town, property owners and businesses.
“Everyone involved in this event thanks the Coast Guard and state cleanup crews for their heroic efforts,” he said. “Sincere thanks to businesses, owners and residents for your understanding and patience during these rough times.”
The spill was first reported on Lewes and Broadkill beaches Oct. 19; Dewey beaches were closed Oct. 23. A source of the spill has not yet been identified.
The beach in Lewes remains closed. Mayor Ted Becker said he is awaiting sign-off by the Coast Guard and DNREC before reopening.