Delaware State Parks Proposed Rules and Regulations Revisions

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Tower in Delaware Seashore State Park

Delaware State Parks is proposing to change and update several rules in all the parks statewide.   I spoke with Chief Wayne Kline this morning and went over the proposal.  The public comment period for the rules and regulations change started on December 1st and there will be a public hearing on December 22, 2015 beginning at 6:00 PM at the DNREC Auditorium, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE, 19901.  People can send  comments regarding the proposed changes via e-mail to or via the USPS to Lisa Vest, Hearing Officer, DNREC, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901 (302) 739-9042.  Here is the link for the proposed Rules and Regulations changes, it is a long read.  Please read the entire proposal before sending in your comments, some of the crossed out verbiage is being replaced and is in other sections.  So something may seem like it is being done away with but is being removed for redundancy.  For example …  10.1.5 Failure to possess adequate saltwater fishing tackle, bait and/or lures commonly used for surf fishing shall be deemed prima facie evidence of a violation of this regulation. This is being removed because it is redundant from the beginning of the section.  The fact it is crossed out does not mean they are doing away with the actively fishing rule, it is just redundant.  The underlined sections are what is being added or rewritten.


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Older Delaware Surf Fishing tag, used as tag will not be allowed in 2016 as the official permit tag

A few things to note for surf fishing.  The no stacking rule is being added officially; the 7 inch clearance is being done away with to accommodate newer vehicles; and no bait launchers is also being added.  That would be the air pressured “potato cannons” being used to launch bait, they are considered projectile weapons, and illegal in Delaware State Parks.  Otherwise the rules are just being defined better and clarified …  4 wheels only and 2 axle vehicles only, no motorbikes, or 3 axle dual tired vehicles.  Dual wheel vehicles will be fine so long as they are only 2 axles.  Old numbered surf tags will not be allowed as your surf tag with a current permit sticker.  You must use the generic tag or a new numbered tag.  However you may still display the old tag but it can not be used as your legal surf tag.  These are about the only changes I have found that would concern anyone.

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