'Storm the beach' rally to be held in Rehoboth
A group called Reopen Delaware is planning to “Storm the Beach!” on Saturday, May 16.
The “mass act of peaceful civil disobedience,” as it’s described on the Reopen Delaware website, is set for noon at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand.
Such an event is a violation of the governor’s emergency order.
Reopen Delaware’s website states all are invited to “take back our beaches” and to bring beach chairs and coolers. Attendees are encouraged to record the event and share it.
The website also calls upon business owners statewide to reopen using whatever “distancing measures and hygiene procedures” they see fit to be used on their property.
The group is non-partisan and “not interested in leading anything.”
“Our mission is to create a network of citizens dedicated to bringing our state together. There are multiple local grass roots groups involved and if your event supports our cause, we will assist with advertising, planning, photography, etc. as a team,” the website states.
Reopen Delaware previously held a rally May 1 at the Carvel State Building in Wilmington.
Richard Bishop identifies himself as a Reopen Delaware administrator in one of the group’s Youtube videos. Requests for comment sent to him via Facebook and to the group via their website, as well as to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department, have not yet been returned.