President Biden set to visit Rehoboth Beach home June 2

Multi-day visit will be his first trip to the beach since being sworn into office
June 2, 2021

Story Location:
Farview Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
United States

According to the White House’s daily guidance and press schedule issued June 1, President Joe Biden is set to visit his Rehoboth Beach-area home Wednesday, June 2. This will be his first visit since being sworn into office in January.

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, who turns 70 tomorrow, made her first visit to the home in mid-April.

The Bidens purchased a house in North Shores, a community between Rehoboth Beach and Gordons Pond, during summer 2017. The last time Biden visited Rehoboth Beach was to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Prior to that, he was in town shortly after the election for Thanksgiving.

The White House may have officially announced Biden’s pending arrival. However, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control pretty much let everyone know he was coming when it issued a notice June 1 saying the Gordons Pond parking area, pavilion, beach area and surf-fishing vehicle crossing at the southern end of Cape Henlopen State Park will be closed Wednesday, June 2, and Friday, June 4, for a security event.

DNREC’s release also said the southernmost portion of the Gordons Pond trail within the park will be closed intermittently on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued a temporary flight restriction for pretty much all the airspace from Dover to Ocean City, Md. According to the FAA’s June 1 notice, the restriction is in place from 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, to 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 4.

Other than the closures to Gordons Pond and air space, it’s not clear what other traffic-control measures will be taken. The road leading to Biden's home, Ocean Drive, was recently repaved, and signs were installed alerting drivers that only authorized vehicles are allowed to turn into his neighborhood.

The signs don’t have stickers from the Delaware Department of Transportation on the back, but the state did install them.

CR McLeod, DelDOT spokesperson, said the signs were installed at the direction of the Secret Service.

Master Cpl. Heather Pepper, Delaware State Police spokesperson, said in the event Biden chooses to visit Delaware, the state police will work in conjunction with the Secret Service to ensure the safety of his travels. Due to operational security, no details will be provided regarding any road restrictions or closures.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a comment from the state police.

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