Officials: Delaware beach traffic off

July 6, 2008 12:32:07 PM PDT
Business owners and state officials say traffic was off a bit at Delaware's beaches over the Fourth of July weekend, and high gas prices are being blamed.At Dolle's Candyland, the landmark candy shop on the Rehoboth boardwalk, longtime manager Marie Kilpatrick says parking spots are easier to find in town and her customers are being more careful about how much they spend.

At Delaware Seashore State Park, superintendent Doug Long says business was off about 10 to 15 percent.

And in Bridgeville, a key transit point for beach traffic, Michael Layton, the owner of Layton's Hardware on Market Street, says traffic was heavy, but nowhere near as heavy as in the past.