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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Contractors working on a controversial wastewater project off Delaware's coast have abandoned a 700-foot-long (213-meter) hole and the steel casing stuck inside.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Manson Construction Company stopped work on the hole off Deauville Beach last month and began drilling a hole for the Rehoboth Beach ocean outfall project just 10 feet (3 meters) south.

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Bethany Beach has become the third town in the state to restrict tents and canopies on its beaches.

The Salisbury Daily Times reported Friday that the town joins Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island, which already have such bans.

Bethany will allow umbrellas that are 8 feet in diameter or smaller. Baby tents can be no larger than 36 inches by 36 inches by 36 inches. All other shading devices, such as tents and canopies, would be banned.

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An effort to halt the Rehoboth Beach outfall has been defeated.

The Delaware Environmental Appeals Board voted 5-to-1 against an appeal by Suzanne Thurman executive director of the Marine Education, Research and Rehabilitation Institute in Lewes.

She said there were reasonable doubts about its effectiveness.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the $52.5 million outfall would allow treated wastewater to flow into the ocean.

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There will be a town hall meeting in Rehoboth Beach on the outfall project that will allow treated wastewater to be released into the ocean.

It’s set for September 16th at 1 p.m. at the Rehoboth Fire Company on Rehoboth Avenue.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that contractors and project engineers will be on hand with a presentation for the public.

Around $38 million has been awarded for four projects and is in response to a court order that the city stop dumping wastewater into the Lewes Rehoboth Canal near the mouth of Rehoboth Bay.

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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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Governor John Carney wants to take another look at the idea of offshore wind generation.

The Delaware Democrat signed an executive order to create a working group to study the issue.

WBOC reports that the move comes after previous efforts have failed.

Rehoboth Beach Mayor-Elect Paul Kuhns told the television station that he personally favors such projects as long as the turbines 12 to 15 miles offshore.

He adds that they might even create some new tourism.

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State officials have issued a swimming advisory for the Rehoboth Avenue beach area in Rehoboth Beach because of high bacteria levels.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the advisory will be in effect through 3 p.m. this afternoon.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that authorities say animal sources appear to be the cause of the increased levels.

Authorities say it is unlikely that the increase came from surface water.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - The longtime mayor of a popular Delaware beach town has been ousted after more than 25 years in office.

Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper, who first took office in 1990, was defeated in municipal elections Saturday by Paul Kuhns, who currently serves as one of six city commissioners.

Kuhns garnered 761 votes, while Cooper got 543 votes.

In other results, incumbent Kathy McGuiness and newcomer Lisa Schlosser were elected commissioners.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The death of a Texas woman found buried on a Maryland beach is highlighting the potential dangers of digging holes in the sand.

The Daily Times reports that the danger is significant enough that beach patrols in Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware enforce a rule barring beachgoers from digging holes deeper than knee-length.

A 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found collapsing sand holes caused 31 deaths over a 10-year period in the 12 states examined in the report.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - A woman has been hospitalized after falling from a ride at a boardwalk amusement park in Delaware.

WXDE reported that the 49-year-old woman suffered lacerations to her head and complained of pain on her left side. The incident occurred Monday evening at Funland in Rehoboth Beach.

Funland said its insurance company is reviewing the situation. It had no further comment.

More details about the incident were unavailable. The condition of the woman was also unavailable.