Letters to the Editor

July 3, 2018

 

Rehoboth Needs Successful Neighborhoods and Businesses, Together

 

A guiding principle of my campaign for Commissioner in Rehoboth is protecting our neighborhoods against the threat of commercialization by investors. All too often, homeowners are being pushed out in favor of LLC rental properties. We need to do much more to address this threat to our neighborhood communities, so that residential zoning really is for residential living.

 

Of equal importance to our city is the continued success of our business community. As a homeowner in Rehoboth for two decades, and a visitor for many years longer, I love that our diverse small businesses are why the Washington Post calls Rehoboth “the hippest resort town” and “the beach choice for foodies and shoppers.” I will bring the same energy and drive to supporting our small businesses as I do to protecting our neighborhoods.

 

My campaign is about an open and honest discussion of what Rehoboth needs to continue to thrive, including the business community. I have heard some saying the city should take on expensive new projects like a water taxi dock and a parking garage. But I agree with the many small business owners who tell me they want Rehoboth to focus on improving the basic services, like trash collection, cleanliness of our public restrooms and boardwalk, and enforcement of the parking limits in the business district.

 

All of these services cost money. The next time the Mayor and Commissioners seek new revenue for the city budget and capital improvement plan, I believe there must be an honest conversation about the fact that Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, and other resorts collect hotel room taxes and other taxes that Rehoboth does not. Everyone should participate in paying a fair share for city services. Smart use of tax credits can protect our small businesses, just like the State of Delaware does with its state gross receipts taxes.

 

Vibrant residential neighborhoods and the successful business community, together, make Rehoboth the jewel it is today. I am asking for your vote on August 11. For more information about my campaign, please visit glassforcommissioner.org.

 

Gary Glass

garyinrehoboth@gmail.com