The recent virtual meeting of the Rehoboth Beach Planning Commission reviewing the Clear Space Theatre Site Plan and the Rehoboth Spotlight Site Plan at 415 and 417 Rehoboth Ave. raises a number of issues regarding the implementation of Gov. John Carney’s COVID-19 proclamation on electronic meetings, public comment during meetings of public bodies, and access to meeting information.
Because the coronavirus has forced government agencies to change their modes of operation, Carney issued a proclamation — No. 17-3292 — on March 13, 2020, to authorize Delaware public bodies, which are governed by the state’s Freedom of Information Act, to use video conferencing technology and/or telephone service to hold contemporaneous “virtual” public meetings and conduct hearings electronically.
Visitors came to Rehoboth Beach on Labor Day Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, with crowds