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almost totally obliterated. The landscape gradually changed as new structures replaced some of the old hotels and cottages. Massive real estate programs between 1925 and 1929 further altered the appearance of the resort areas as new hotels, stores and private homes were erected on or near the boardwalks. The 1920s and 1930s witnessed the arrival of the automobile, causing traffic jams and parking problems. With the completion of the Bay Bridge in 1952, further real estate expansion resulted in the establishment of more hotels, motels, condominiums and retail shops. Multi-storied structures put up in the 1960s and 1970s conferred

the fashionable gowns and hats of highborn ladies, and haute cuisine offered at the leading hotels. The vacationers at Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach were largely merchants, shopkeepers and white collar employees seeking a brief respite from the noise, smells and suffocating heat of the city. They got what they paid for ~ good American cooking, relaxation and fresh air. Disastrous fires and terrible storms wrought havoc and destruction on the Delmarva coast several times between 1913 and 1933, leaving large areas of both Rehoboth Beach and Ocean City

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September 2013 ttimes web magazine  
September 2013 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times September 2013