Delaware Beach Residents Fight to Protect Areas’ Small-Town Charm
Looking out onto Rehoboth Bay from Monigle Park in Dewey Beach, Delaware. Lee Canon / Flickr
The lack of big brand resorts is a selling point for Delaware beach communities whose residents don’t want to see family-owned hotels and restaurants disappear.
Delaware’s beach resorts have long resisted the high-rise development that defines Ocean City, Md., but some residents worry that’s beginning to change.
The News Journal reports residents are worried new developments in Bethany and Dewey Beach could open the door to more large-scale developments and harm their small-town atmosphere.
In Dewey, town officials have been in and out of court trying to block the redevelopment of Ruddertowne into a Hyatt Place resort hotel and condos. The hotel is now expected to open later this month.
In Bethany, a proposed project would combine three smaller sites into one big beachfront resort.
The differences between Ocean City and Delaware’s beaches trace back to their founding. Ocean City was started as a business, while Rehoboth Beach and Bethany began as religious retreats.
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