REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. — The fiery reflection of a sunset on the bay. The misty sea breeze that rushes past while boating through the inlet. The regal flight of a heron across the verdant marsh.
For many, experiencing Delaware’s inland bays can be priceless.
But that doesn’t mean these natural wonders are without real economic value either. From tourism-based industries like recreation and accommodations to construction and real estate, the bays contribute billions of dollars to the state − and that is not an exaggeration.
According to a recent report from the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and Delaware Sea Grant College Program, the inland bays – which include the Indian River, Rehoboth and Little Assawoman bays – contribute more than $4.5 billion to Delaware’s economy.
It’s one of the statistics that the report’s co-author Chris Bason of the Center for the Inland Bays said helps their steadfast argument:…