Lewes considers kayak/paddle storage rental

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The City of Lewes is considering offering rental storage for small watercraft such as paddle boards and kayaks at the beach and near the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal.

Deputy Mayor Andrew Williams presented the idea at the Jan. 10 meeting of the mayor and city council.

“It comes from discussions I had with several neighbors in Lewes,” he said. “They often put their kayak in the trunk and take it down to the canal [or beach] …I saw a gentleman walking down Savannah Road in a trailer.

Williams showed pictures of different racks that could be used. He said they could be placed at Savannah Beach (Beach 1), Johnnie Walker Beach (Beach 2), Canalfront Park or other locations.

Williams said the racks could be seen as conveniences for people with these hobbies, but they could also be a new source of income.

“Just in conversations with my neighbors they said they would be willing to pay a few hundred dollars [per season] to store their kayak or paddle board in,” he said.

Councilor Khalil Saliba agreed it was a good idea, but not just because it’s a possible new source of revenue for the city.

“It’s just another way to get cars off the road,” he said. “[It] allows people to neatly store their paddle boards or kayaks. This way they don’t have to use vehicles to get to the beach [or canal].”

The proposal was unanimously referred to the Parks and Recreation Committee. Williams tasked the commission with providing recommendations on potential locations, number of racks and a fee structure. Parks and Rec are due to discuss the matter at their meeting on Monday, January 24. A link to the meeting can be found in the agenda at lewes.civicweb.net.

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