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Rehoboth Beach sets holiday display rules

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Rehoboth Beach Commissioners adopted a policy on public displays for this holiday season.

The Commissioners unanimously voted that no private holiday displays are permitted on public property, but they have authorized funds for the city to create a holiday display celebrating Reboboth’s cultural diversity.

Commissioners gave City Manager Sharon Lynn the green light to purchase up to $10,000 to buy an array of holiday displays. 

"I favor a grouping of holiday displays and that the holiday displays that celebrate and depict the diversity and cultural holiday traditions in our community of Rehoboth Beach," said Rehoboth Beach Mayor Stan Mills.

Commissioner Edward Chrzanowski says it’s important to have a display this holiday season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I think it's great to have a written policy and that the city manager has the authority to celebrate the diverse culture that we have in Rehoboth and the community and a little something to uplift the spirits of people during this time I think is great," said Chrzanowski.

If someone violates the policy, the city will remove the display at the expense of the person or organization that put it up.

The policy does not extend to private properties- and the holiday season is defined as November 15 through January 15.

Rehoboth is facing a federal lawsuit over its decision to deny local groups’ request to put up a Nativity scene near the Rehoboth Bandstand the past two years.  

Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.
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