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Beach Town Known For Partying Ways Seeks To Change Image

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - After a summer in the headlines, Dewey Beach could soon be making changes, and the mayor says she has a plan to improve the town's apparently rowdy reputation.  

It's no secret that Dewey Beach has a bit of a reputation, "it's kind of a party town," says Jason, visiting the resort town for a bachelor party.

Most recently in the news after three people were arrested after a fight at a Lewes Wawa, which some trace back to dollar drink nights at Northbeach Bar, but it's a reputation Dewey Mayor Diane Hanson wants nothing to do with.

"We've been trying to distance ourselves from that reputation for quite some time," says Mayor Diane Hanson.  This Friday, the Mayor is introducing a proposal to the Town Commissioners, she hopes will change that.

"What I'm hoping is to find an alternative audience," says Hanson.

That audience: families and people 50 and over.  Hanson wants rental owners and restaurants to offer discounts to bring in a more wholesome crowd during the months of May and June, when new high school and college grads typically swarm the beach.

"Apparently, there were some very disorderly houses on some of the streets.  It seemed like there was a least one on every block," she said

Sharon Goodman, who owns a home in Dewey Beach agrees, "I think that's what people are looking for in this town."

Younger residents, like Sebastian Huffle and his friends worry it's a push that what kill what they see as the spirit of Dewey, saying "you can go left, you can go right, and there's family towns.  Rehoboth, Lewes, Bethany, Fenwick,  all down, all family towns."

Goodman hopes Dewey can find a common ground "I'm happy to share with the young people who come here to have a good time, but I think there are family's who come here as well."

The Town Commissioners are set to discuss the proposal at the July 11th meeting at 6p.m.

If they decide to move forward, the Marketing Committee will work with the town to create promotions and ads for next year.

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