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FOIA Complaint Against Dewey Beach Over Land Deal

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A Freedom of Information Act complaint has been filed with the Delaware state Attorney General’s Office against the town of Dewey Beach.

Around a dozen property owners say they are not happy with how the resort cut a deal for a contingency contract to buy two properties along Coastal Highway.

The complaint was filed on February 13th and includes former Commissioner Joy Howell.

It wants to know how the decision was made to expand the town offices on properties next to town hall.

The group says it is not taking a position on whether the land should have been purchased.

The complaint says that the contingency contract was approved behind closed doors without a public vote.

Mayor Diane Hanson told the Salisbury Daily Times that she had not had a chance to read the complaint but did confirm that the decision was made without a public vote.

She added that it was part of discussions about opting out of a space at Lighthouse cover over the next few months.

Don Rush is the News Director and Senior Producer of News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.