With Hermine near, Rehoboth Beach closed to swimming

The City of Rehoboth Beach says that the beach is closed to foot traffic and swimming prohibited as Tropical Storm Hermine approaches.

Jim Derrick, a co-owner of family businesses in the city, says that traffic is lighter than usual.

Derrick said by phone that the main road was “a little stop and go” traffic when “this weekend would normally be a parking lot.”

Derrick’s family owns businesses including a mini golf course, sea shell store, indoor bounce house and ice cream shop.

He says that when forecasters predict rain it “majorly affects the number of people” that come to the beach. He called the wet forecast: “definitely disappointing.”

Still, his indoor bounce house was packed Saturday, and the rain stopped long enough for him to open the mini golf course.

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