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Old Ruddertowne Project To Open In September

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - The old Ruddertowne project is finally set to open for business.

The project, now called "Lighthouse Cove" is set to open its hotel "Hyatt Place" on September 19th, nearly a year after construction. Controversy started seven years ago, when Dewey Beach Enterprises reportedly proposed to build a 68-foot-tall complex,despite a 35-foot building restriction in the town.

Then, private settlement was negotiated giving permission to build up to 45-feet, which led to four residents suing the town and the developer. Property principal Thom Harvey says he doesn't think his company hurt anyone's property values.

"I'd argue we've helped and we've created jobs and activity here in Dewey Beach in the off season when it just dies and none of the business can stay open much past November."

In June,the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the town and Dewey Beach Enterprises citing a planning and zoning statute.

According to Dewey Beach Enterprises, the hotel will employ upwards of 100 workers throughout the year.

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