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Marc Appelbaum is no longer the Town Manager of Dewey Beach.

WBOC reports that the town council and Appelbaum came to an agreement on Saturday.

Appelbaum has been hit with controversy surround allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

A recent independent investigation recommended that Appelbaum be reprimanded but not suspended or fired.

Action on his tenure was postponed until the city council had read the full report.

There was also a delay because of a city election.

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Dewey Beach will pay the legal fees for Town Manager Marc Appelbaum if it needed to do so.

The town commissioners voted unanimously but said it will wait two business days before providing the financial compensation.

Rick Cross the lawyer for those who have filed complaints that include sexual harassment and racial discrimination told WBOC that the town agreed to withhold payment until the issue has been decided by the courts.

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Now that the municipal elections are over the Dewey Beach Town Commission will take up the case of Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

It comes a week after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and improper conduct in office.

The probe found there was not enough evidence to immediately suspend or terminate Appelbaum.

The investigating attorney said that some of the most serious complaints occurred three or four years ago.

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Saturday’s Dewey Beach elections saw incumbent Mayor Dale Cooke returned to office and was joined by newcomers on the town commission Paul Bauer and TJ Redefer.

Redefer and Bauer received the most votes with over 400 while Cooke who has been on the commission for a number of terms and is also Mayor got 399.

The two incumbents who lost were Diane Hansen and Jill Compello.

The elections come amidst allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination by the Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

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There’s not enough evidence to fire or suspend Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

That’s the conclusion from the lawyer hired by the resort to investigate complaints against the city official.

Attorney Max Walton told the town officials that some of the most serious complaints occurred three to four years ago.

The Salisbury Daily Times reported that he said that his interview found those who filed complaints had either inflated the incidents or were inspired by their resentment of Appelbaum’s perceived interference with their responsibilities.

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Dewey Beach officials may decide the fate of Town Manager Marc Appelbaum this Friday.

The town council is set to consider what to do in the face of a number of calls for his dismissal or suspension.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he has been accused of sexual harassment, racial discrimination along with misuse of his office for personal purposes as well as interfering with the police.

The meeting also comes with a municipal election that is slated for Saturday.

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There is another call for the removal of Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

Rick Cross, an attorney representing a number of plaintiffs against Appelbaum, pointed to a note that says the town manager made lewd comments in front of several women in town hall.

WBOC reports that the note said Appelbaum made remarks about women who he could see through a window with a glass mirror near the courtroom adjusting their breasts.

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Dewey Beach contractor Mary Dunmyer has quit in the wake of the investigation into a conflict of interest complaint against Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that news of her resignation came from her husband Town Commissioner Mark Dunmyer.

The paper reports that she worked as project director which was under the town manager.

The complaint filed by two Dewey Beach residents charge that there is a conflict of interest for Commissioner Dunmyer when dealing with the investigation into Appelbaum.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - A Delaware town council says it will hire a law firm to conduct an investigation of its manager.

Media outlets report Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum has been the subject of several recent complaints alleging crude behavior and improper interference in the operations of town agencies. He's also the subject of a lawsuit filed by several town employees.

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Dewey Beach says it may give up its right to 3-thousand square feet of space in the Lighthouse Cove project.

Under a proposed amendment to the agreement with the developers the city would give it up in exchange for $360-thousand.

It was supposed to have been used for office space.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Town Manager Marc Appelbaum says the town wants to keep its police and town hall in the same building.   

The money would have to be paid in full by the end of June in 2017 or by the expiration of the building permit whichever comes first.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (WBOC)  - Town officials in Dewey Beach are optimistic they will reach a settlement in a lawsuit filed against the town by a local shop owner.

The owner of Jeremiah's Beach Party, a beach merchandise store on Route 1, filed a lawsuit against the town of Dewey Beach after receiving ticket violations for covering the storefront with too much merchandise.

Town Manager Marc Appelbaum says he is hopeful a deal between the owner of Jeremiah's and the town will be reached.

Applebaum told WBOC There is a willingness and desire to settle," said Appelbaum.

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The Dewey Beach Town Council has decided to delay the decision on whether or not to buy surveillance cameras for the resort until their June 14th session.

There is a proposal to put up 8 surveillance cameras in the downtown area…to deter crime.

The plan would cost around $100-thousand.

Marc Appelbaum, the town manager told the Salisbury Daily Times, that there were some technical and cost questions the council wanted to pursue.

The cameras were suggested by the Dewey Beach Public Safety Task Force earlier this year. 

 

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - A former commissioner in Dewey Beach is now serving as the resort's acting town manager.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that Marc Appelbaum and the town council agreed to a 90-day contract, beginning Aug. 27, with an option for an additional 90 days by mutual consent.

Appelbaum says he wants to use his skills to provide stability in the town. He says it's unlikely that he'd be interested in the full-time position.