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The Dewey Beach Civic League was formed in 1991 and was chartered by the State of Delaware. The goal of the League was, and still is, to improve the quality of life for all in Dewey Beach. Toward that end the League has undertaken many projects and commitments. Knowing that the actions of town commissioners are critical to the well being of the town, each August just prior to the September election, the League hosts a Candidates Forum. This gives Dewey Beach voters the opportunity to hear the views of the candidates running for commissioner and to query them about important issues.  Based on specific criteria, including their presentations at the Forum, the Civic League Board determines whether or not to endorse specific candidates. Many absentee property owners who look to the Board for guidance consider this endorsement process helpful.
In its twenty year history the Civic League has presented an increasing number of special events each year, dedicated funds for ongoing
maintenance of town plantings, enabled property owners to provide memorial benches placed throughout the town, and provided funds for special projects of the lifeguards and other town related functions. The Civic League Board keeps in touch with property owners through email newsletters and special mailings.
When the League began in 1991 there were about twenty individual members. Currently, there are one hundred and fifty three member households, which means that between three and four hundred individuals are reached by that membership. The Civic League intends to keep working for the betterment of Dewey Beach.


The Dewey Beach Civic League is a not for profit community organization dedicated to improving the "way of life" in Dewey Beach, Delaware by representing the town's property owners, in a spirit of cooperation with the businesses upon which our community depends.



Town Our town lies on a small strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Rehoboth Bay, is about one mile long and only two blocks wide. Despite its small size and low year-round population of about 300, it is not uncommon for 30,000 to descend upon the town during summer weekends. 

While the town has a reputation as a magnet for partygoers, it is also a popular family resort spot, particularly because of its wide, sandy beaches, many hotels, cottages, and condominiums.

As is the case with most beach areas, Dewey Beach quiets down in the fall and winter, but there’s still lots to do.  In fact, the fall months can potentially be some of the best for weather and warm water.

We have a BeachCam, showing snapshots of various portions of the beach during the day.

We host the Dewey Beach Music Conference during the last weekend of September. This event began in 2002 and has been a huge draw for unsigned bands from all over the country.

Another popular Dewey Beach event, which occurs every October, is Greyhounds Reach The Beach, where thousands of rescued greyhounds and their owners congregate here.

Also, our town is the location of the annual East Coast Skimboarding Championships, in mid-August.

A more detailed listing of town activities may be seen on the web site of the Chamber of Commerce.

Dewey Beach, together with the towns of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island, comprise Delaware's beach-resort area and is Sussex County's most densely-populated and fastest-growing area.

The census of 2000 reported there were 161 households and 83 families residing here. The population density was 876.6 people per square mile, and there were 1,369 housing units.

Dewey Beach was incorporated as a town in 1981. The town's first mayor, Bruce Vavala, reportedly spent his first day in office surfing. We hold elections each year to fill the positions of commissioners who have come to the end of their two-year terms.  Town meetings are held each month at the lifesaving station.

You may be interested in our town history, and if so you may also want to read our town charter (boring reading, but if you're really interested....).

We allow dogs on our beach (with limitations).

We are particularly proud of our police department and our beach patrol, they both do an outstanding job.

If you are planning to visit us, you should probably take a look at what visitors should know, among other things it contains an interactive map of the town pointing out some places of interest.

To get an idea of our town's activities, besides looking at the "what's new" section in the center of our home page, you might wish to review some recent town newsletters.

An independent view of the town andit's amenities can be seen on the Wikipedia site.



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