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Bay-Friendly Dining: Delaware Restaurants That Give Back

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It is no secret that there are a number of different advantages that come along with living near the Delaware Beaches. The proximity to both the Inland Bays and local beaches with everything that they have to offer should be enough to make anyone want to live here, but another huge benefit that people get from living in or visiting coastal Delaware is the delicious food.

Lucky for me I am not only a member of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays team but I am also a member of the local restaurant industry. I have served and tended bar in a number of different restaurants that are popular in both Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. This area is special, and many of the local restaurant groups and their employees know that and want to help preserve it.

With that being said, and with my restaurant experience, I am excited for my new role in our Don’t Chuck Your Shucks (DCYS) program. Part of my responsibilities will be serving as a liaison between the Center and the participating DCYS restaurant partners.  This will allow me to utilize my personal relationships with the restaurants that I frequent and the people I already know who work throughout the area to promote our goals to help enhance the Inland Bays.

This restoration program works with some of the best restaurants and raw bars in the area that I highly recommend that you try! I am just getting started in this new role here at CIB, but I have already met with some of the best and brightest restaurant owners and managers whose roles play major parts in the success of the Delaware beaches along with the success of our DCYS program.

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Many of these individuals already have had existing relationships with the CIB, which we greatly appreciate, but we are always looking to create new relationships. One of our newest members to the program is Matt’s Fish Camp in Lewes. The second Fish Camp location, directly off of Coastal Highway, is heading into its second summer and offers a variety of delicious oysters among other decadent dishes ranging from the classic Lobster Roll Sandwich to a mouth-watering Chicken Pot Pie.

So please be a good friend to the bays and our local restaurants and support our partners that participate in the Don’t Chuck Your Shucks program. I know you will leave happy and full.

View the full list of DCYS Participating Restaurants »

About the Author

Sean Flanigan

Sean Flanigan

Sean Flanigan is an Administrative Specialist with the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, he graduated from Washington College where he played basketball for 4 years.
Sean’s previous professional experience includes the United States Naval Academy where he worked with their Athletic Development Office assisting the annual and major gift funds with donor relations, solicitation, and events. Most recently he served as the Director of Stadium Operations with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in Waldorf, Maryland.
In his free time, Sean enjoys playing sports and loves to fish.


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