Governor Ruth Ann Minner said on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, that Rehoboth Beach will receive $2.4 million in federal money to upgrade its 800-megahertz emergency radio system.
The funding will come in a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security under a program that asked states to recommend municipalities for funding to improve interoperable communications.
Rehoboth Beach was assisted in its grant application by the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, which will serve as project manager and technical adviser on the upgrade.
"The efforts to improve our state's emergency radios are ongoing and we are pleased that Rehoboth Beach has been successful in obtaining this grant," Gov. Minner said. "Rehoboth’s geography and buildings have posed some challenge for radio coverage and this should improve the situation there."
The grant will allow the purchase and installation of a "simulcast" site for Rehoboth Beach that will receive signals from the new 800-megahertz antenna on Route 1 and broadcast them through the city.
It also will provide new radio equipment for the city's dispatch center and new radios for emergency workers.