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Beach Regulatory Advisory Committee (RAC):
Updates to Delaware Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches 


The Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section is evaluating potential updates to the Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches that will increase the effectiveness of the Coastal Construction Program and improve its protection of the beach and dune system. The purpose of updating the regulations is to incorporate recent legislative changes into the Beach Preservation Act (Del. Code Title 7, Chapter 68) and to incorporate Division policies and construction standards that will result in less damage to structures and stronger protection of dune and beach resources. The updates will also harmonize various provisions of the regulations and clarify the amount and type of construction permitted seaward of the Beach Preservation Building Line. Updates to the Beach Preservation Building Line will also be considered.

The Division of Watershed Stewardship has created the Regulatory Advisory Committee (RAC) as required by law to fully develop these regulatory revisions. The group of individuals asked to serve on this committee represent those with regulatory interest as well as technical expertise. This committee, which meets monthly, is charged with shaping updates to the current Regulations Governing Beach Protection and the Use of Beaches. Below are agendas, presentations and meeting minutes from those meetings.

Committee Members:

Jim Bailey, Alliance of Bay Communities
Brian Boution, The Nature Conservancy
Patrick Cooper, Delaware State Parks
Chuck Coltman, Resident
Ralph "Dirk" Durstein III, Delaware Department of Justice
Bryan Elliot, Builder
Greg Hastings, Designer
Joe Healy, Town of Bethany Beach
Connie Holland (Dorothy Morris), Office of State Planning Coordinator
Tricia Arndt, Delaware Coastal Programs
Susan Love, Division of Energy and Climate
William Lucks, Delaware Association of Realtors
Jennifer Luoma, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship
Sharon Lynn, City of Rehoboth
Evelyn Maurmeyer, Environmental Consultant
Patty McDaniel, Builder
Michael Powell, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship
Tony Pratt, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship
John Schulties, Kent County Levy Court 

May 14, 2014

June 11, 2014

July 9, 2014

Aug. 13, 2014

Sept. 10, 2014

Oct. 9, 2014

Dec. 10, 2014

Public Workshops - Oct. 31, 2014 and Nov. 1, 2014

Jan. 14, 2015

March 11, 2015

Public Workshops - May 1, 2015 and May 2, 2015

June 10, 2015

Public Workshops - September 25, 2015 and September 26, 2015

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer Luoma



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