Chamber celebrates growth, civic improvementsMatt Turlinski passes baton to Keith Martin
Rehoboth Beach — It's been two eventful years for Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Matt Turlinski, events he hopes to not bequeath to his successor, Keith Martin.
In his state of the chamber address, Turlinski joked about the string of unusual weather events during his term as chair: two tropical storms, a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, flooding in downtown Rehoboth and the cancellation of part of the Seawitch Festival for the first time.
“I can honestly tell you I had nothing to do with this. Not my fault. But good luck, Keith,” he said.
Turlinski said it was once again another successful year in Rehoboth, despite a summer heat wave and the near-miss of Hurricane Sandy. The chamber is now up to 1,000 members, he said, and continuing to grow. Turlinski singled out the Parkmobile pay-by-phone system, on which the chamber collaborated with the city, and was implemented this summer as another big success.
“You can come to Rehoboth Beach during the summer and enjoy the thrill of being 10 pounds lighter. You no longer have to carry around all those heavy quarters for the parking meters,” he said.
“As incoming chairman, my goal is to continue supporting the needs of our member businesses, while promoting our community,” Martin said.
He said the chamber will focus more of its efforts on social media and mobile apps, and will continue developing the Destination Station Center project on Route 1.
“The chamber is here to help your business,” Martin said. “I look forward to a great year.”
Besides Martin, other changes on the chamber’s executive board include Paul Kuhns moving up to first chair, Jay Becker as second chair and Steve Montgomery as third chair and treasurer.