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Bayside sand renourishment project completed in Dewey

Expanded beach will enhance public access to Rehoboth Bay
Utilizing an estimated 1,600 cubic yards of native sand excavated on-site as part of the construction of the new Lighthouse Cove complex, the beach on Rehoboth Bay has been widened. SOURCE SUBMITTED
August 30, 2013

Culminating a two-year permitting, design and construction process, Dewey Beach Enterprises has completed the sand renourishment project at Lighthouse Cove (formerly Ruddertowne) at Van Dyke Street in Dewey Beach. The public beach expansion is part of the DBE redevelopment project underway at the new Lighthouse Cove resort.

The phase 1 redevelopment encompasses a soon-to-open, first-ever Hyatt Place Hotel in Delaware plus 16 luxury residential condominiums (known as The Residences at Lighthouse Cove) atop the Hyatt Place Hotel.

Permits issued by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorized the beach renourishment project.  Utilizing an estimated 1,600 cubic yards of native sand excavated on-site as part of the construction of the new Hyatt Place Hotel and residential condominiums, the 60-ft widened bayside beach will be ideal for family-friendly bayside recreation, developers say.

“The expanded beach will enhance public access to Rehoboth Bay and will also provide an alternative to the rougher surf of the ocean, particularly for families with young children,” stated E. Thomas Harvey III, DBE president.

Before it was purchased by DBE, Ruddertowne was slated for demolition and development as a private, gated townhouse community. Upon purchase in 2007, DBE immediately set to work on plans to provide public amenities and bayside access in a manner consistent with Dewey Beach’s Comprehensive Development Plan.

Codified by the State of Delaware in 2007, the comprehensive plan recorded amenities long-sought by the Town of Dewey Beach, many of which are being realized through the multi-phased redevelopment project at Lighthouse Cove: a “mixed use” commercial and residential structure that includes luxury condominiums, convention center and retail space; public restrooms; expanded public parking; and a future “BayWalk” along the bayside perimeter of the property.

“Lighthouse Cove is a legacy project for us and for the entire Delaware coastline, and we are excited to bring this vision to reality,” Harvey said.

One of the largest private sector projects underway in Delaware, Lighthouse Cove currently employs  200-plus construction workers and expects to employ several hundred seasonal and year-round persons upon completion.

The public can track updates to the Lighthouse Cove mixed use resort project at www.lighthousecovedewey.com

For more information, contact Ryan Kennedy at 302-323-9300 ext.17.