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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.

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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.

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A letter is being circulated in Rehoboth Beach demanding answers to complaints about a law that caps the amount the city can pull in from real estate taxes.

The letter charges that the resort a million dollars more than the $3 million cap allows.

But the Wilmington News Journal reports that a $4 million figure relies on a broad definition of real estate taxes.

The paper reports that the letter so far has 13 signatures but supporters say it has been sent to all the members of the state legislature.

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The tourist season is just around the corner with Delmarva resorts gearing up for the kickoff. Delmarva Public Radio's Jamir Wilson prepared this report.

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Cheryl Blackman, a well-known philanthropist in Rehoboth Beach, has died at the age of 53.

She helped raise more than $210-thousand for charities.

WBOC reports that late last month co-workers at Grotto Pizza decided to sponsor a tree in her honor for the company’s annual Parade of Trees.

Donations are made by customers as they vote on the trees and the money from Blackman’s tree will go to Delaware Hospice which took care of her daughter who had cancer.

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MILTON, Del. (AP) - State officials are hoping that thousands of dollars in grants will spur recycling efforts across Delaware.

Officials say more than $714,000 is being awarded this year in recycling assistance grants to schools, businesses and municipalities for projects that develop or expand waste reduction, reuse or recycling activities.

Gov. Jack Markell planned to join environmental secretary David Small at Brittingham Elementary School in Milton on Tuesday to announce awards to 13 schools, nine businesses and the communities of Milford and Rehoboth Beach.

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This Thursday Rehoboth Beach will mark its annual World AIDS Day with a candlelight vigil.

This will be the 23rd time since the mid-1990’s that the resort has honored those who have been lost to the deadly disease.

CAMP Rehoboth, an organization that serves the LGBT community, has been organizing the event since the beginning.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the gathering is marked by the reading of the names of those who have died from the disease.

Included in the ceremony will be parts of the AIDS Quilt.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) -- Rehoboth Beach and neighboring Dewey Beach are getting an $11 million infusion of sand as a part of a beach restoration project.

The sand infusion is a part of a long-term, federal beach restoration contract with the state. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Stephen Rochette says dredge crews are completing a beach restoration project at Long Beach Island in New Jersey.

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A new environmental report says that improvement for habitat areas in the Delaware Inland Bays has stalled.

It also reports that the water quality in the bays is still rated fair or poor.

WBOC says that the report by the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays found the largest non-point source of nutrient pollution came from fertilizers, animal waste and storm water runoff.  

But the report notes that of the original 13 point sources of discharges into the bay are only two left.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Authorities say Delaware police will be out in force this weekend in an effort to crack down on drunken driving.

State highway safety officials say more than 100 police officers will gather in Wilmington, Bear, Dover, Rehoboth Beach and Seaford to conduct checkpoints. Police will be conducting checkpoints in five different locations:  two in New Castle County, two in Sussex County and one in Kent County.

Officials say two similar checkpoint operations, in July and September, resulted in 28 DUI arrests.

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There’s been another crowd fight on Delmarva.

This time Dewey Beach Police responded to a disturbance on Sunday at 1 a.m. at the Rusty Rudder Restaurant.

It involved a fight with security staff and from a disorderly crowd.

As the police arrived the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the crowd increased to around 30.

A clash between the officers ensued as the crowd was told to disperse.

The Daily Times reports that several officers were exposed to pepper spray and one was injured after being hit on the head with an unknown object.

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BETHANY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Delaware officials have issued a water quality advisory for Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach at Dagsworthy Street.

Media outlets report that the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control issued the advisory for Wednesday and Thursday, citing bacteria levels above the recreational water quality standard. Officials say the elevated bacteria levels are likely due to increased rainfall.

The state issues advisories when samples test positive for excess bacteria, but it doesn't close beaches or swimming areas.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Four Dewey Beach police officers were injured after responding to a fight at a restaurant parking lot.

The Dewey Beach Police Department says in a news release that the incident began Sunday morning after a Dewey Beach officer witnessed 10 to 15 people fighting at the parking lot. Police say the officer tried to intervene before calling for assistance.

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The Rehoboth Beach City Commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to approve legislation that imposes occupancy limits on rentals.

WBOC reports that the Vacation Rental Ordinance comes as result of an increasing number of rental units being turned into “mini-hotels”.

The heart of the measure allows two people per structure with another two people for each bedroom.

The commission members called it a good balance.

And the television station reports that a number of homeowners said they were pleased with the results.

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Delaware's environmental secretary has ordered the closing of a shellfish harvest area in Rehoboth Bay near the city of Rehoboth's wastewater treatment plant.

Officials said this week's closure is based on a U.S. Food and Drug Administration assessment of theoretical wastewater discharges, and not on water quality changes in the area.

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The boardwalk at the northern end of Rehoboth Beach is now open.

It had been closed for repairs after this winter’s storm.

WBOC reports that the boards were raised 12 inches to make them flush with undamaged sections.

But the underlying supports are still broken.

For the moment officials say the boardwalk is safe to walk on although it could be damaged again with another storm.

Meanwhile, town officials say that a damage assessment form the Federal Emergency Management Agency is still in the works.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Attorneys for the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain and a Dewey Beach business have agreed to end a trademark infringement lawsuit filed by Cracker Barrel.

A federal judge this week signed a permanent injunction and dismissal order that prohibits Highway I Limited Partnership and its business partners from using any trade dress, marks or designs in building a new Jimmy's Grill restaurant in Rehoboth that copy or are confusingly similar to those of Cracker Barrel restaurants.

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Repair crews are out along the Ocean City shoreline repairing damage done by the recent snow storm.

The beach cleanup is being carried out in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

It’s estimated that as much as 880-thousand cubic yards of sand was lost.  

The initial assessment last week was $21 million.

Mayor Rick Meeham told WBOC that this is only for the beaches adding that an official estimate for homeowners and businesses has not yet been released.

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The town of Reboboth Beach is looking at draft legislation that would limit the number of people who can spend the night in a rental unit.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the measure would impose a maximum of two people per bedroom plus four additional people.

The paper reports that for a rental with seven bedrooms the total limit would be 18.

And, an efficiency with no bedrooms could have four.

The paper reports that the proposal is the result of raucous behavior during the summer season.

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It will cost anywhere from $150-thousand to $400-thousand to repair the damage to the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach by the recent winter storms.

That’s the estimate from a city consulting engineer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city commissioners are now trying to decide how to come up with the money.

Commissioner Stan Mills says told the paper that there was a hope that the federal government might provide some assistance as well as some help from Delaware lawmakers.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Natural Resources officials are wasting no time in cleaning up and reinforcing Rehoboth Beach after last month's snowstorm.

A worker was operating a dozer through the sand less than two weeks of the snowstorm hit, pushing sand the edge of the dry beach to the dunes, over a layer of water.

This process reinforces the dunes, Tony Pratt of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control tells WBOC-TV.

Pratt says nature does most of the work, but the dozers can speed things up a bit.

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Many people around this time of year find themselves homeless just as the holidays begin to come to a close and the onset of cold weather is around the corner. In Rehoboth Beach, the Immanuel Shelter takes in around 25 men and women, providing them with relief from the cold and a momentary place to stay and get back on their feet. Delmarva  Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with those whose lives are just a little bit better for having found shelter.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Voters in the city of Rehoboth Beach have elected in a referendum to support restrictions on housing development imposed earlier this year.

The city said that Saturday's balloting concluded with 785 votes, or 53 percent, in favor of the restrictions, compared to 697 votes, or 47 percent, opposed.

Rehoboth's board of commissioners passed an ordinance in July making it harder to build large homes and requiring more green space on front yards.

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A bank robbery in Rehoboth Beach has Delaware State Police looking for a female suspect.

Officials told WBOC that it occurred just after 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon at the TD Bank on Midway Outlet Drive.

The suspect is described as a white female around 5-feet 3-inches to 5-feet 6-inches tall.

She reportedly walked into the bank and demanded the clerk give her an undisclosed amount of money.

She then fled.

No one at the scene was injured.

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The battle over a zoning ordinance that limits the size of new houses is heating up in Rehoboth Beach.

There’s a new group called the Rehoboth Neighbors United which wants voters to approve the new regulations in November 7th’s referendum.

Susan Gay, one of the group’s organizers told WBOC that this is “a turning point” for the city.

She expressed particular concern about the environmental impact of these houses – especially the loss of trees.

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