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Dewey Beach is now looking at increasing its 3 percent rental tax to four or even five percent.

Mayor T. J. Redefer told WBOC that the money would provide a way to deal with flooding and rising water levels in the area.

He added that the rental tax would not reach 6 percent.

If the town decides to increase the rental tax it would be subject to a referendum in September.

But there is some opposition.

Realtor Sharon Palmer-Stauffer fears that the tax hike could push tourist away.

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By a vote of 3-to-2 the Dewey Beach Town Commission decided to accept the long-awaited audit on the police department’s involvement in a military surplus equipment program.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the report will not be available to the public for another two days.

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Scott Koenig has been chosen to become the new town manager of Dewey Beach.

The vote by the town commission was unanimous – 5-to-0.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Mayor T.J. Redefer called Koenig’s credentials remarkable.

There were 25 applicants for the job.

Koenig’s appointment follows the departure of Marc Appelbaum who had faced allegations of sexual harassment, racism and misuse of his authority.

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The final stage is set for redevelopment of the Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach.

The property formally known as Ruddertowne is now being demolished with completion expected within the next month.

The Lighthouse Cove held an end of an era event for the 40 year old facility earlier in November.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the next phase will include a baywalk, a new commercial space, a restaurant and events venue as well as a new parking lot and residential condos.

A final completion date has not yet been announced.

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Marc Appelbaum is no longer the Town Manager of Dewey Beach.

WBOC reports that the town council and Appelbaum came to an agreement on Saturday.

Appelbaum has been hit with controversy surround allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

A recent independent investigation recommended that Appelbaum be reprimanded but not suspended or fired.

Action on his tenure was postponed until the city council had read the full report.

There was also a delay because of a city election.

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Dewey Beach will pay the legal fees for Town Manager Marc Appelbaum if it needed to do so.

The town commissioners voted unanimously but said it will wait two business days before providing the financial compensation.

Rick Cross the lawyer for those who have filed complaints that include sexual harassment and racial discrimination told WBOC that the town agreed to withhold payment until the issue has been decided by the courts.

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Now that the municipal elections are over the Dewey Beach Town Commission will take up the case of Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

It comes a week after an independent investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination and improper conduct in office.

The probe found there was not enough evidence to immediately suspend or terminate Appelbaum.

The investigating attorney said that some of the most serious complaints occurred three or four years ago.

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Dewey Beach officials may decide the fate of Town Manager Marc Appelbaum this Friday.

The town council is set to consider what to do in the face of a number of calls for his dismissal or suspension.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that he has been accused of sexual harassment, racial discrimination along with misuse of his office for personal purposes as well as interfering with the police.

The meeting also comes with a municipal election that is slated for Saturday.

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There is another call for the removal of Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum.

Rick Cross, an attorney representing a number of plaintiffs against Appelbaum, pointed to a note that says the town manager made lewd comments in front of several women in town hall.

WBOC reports that the note said Appelbaum made remarks about women who he could see through a window with a glass mirror near the courtroom adjusting their breasts.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - A Delaware town council says it will hire a law firm to conduct an investigation of its manager.

Media outlets report Dewey Beach Town Manager Marc Appelbaum has been the subject of several recent complaints alleging crude behavior and improper interference in the operations of town agencies. He's also the subject of a lawsuit filed by several town employees.