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Ruddertowne Project Could Bring an Economic Boost

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Computer rendering of the Ruddertowne hotel project. Computer rendering of the Ruddertowne hotel project.

DEWEY BEACH, Del.- Construction for the controversial Ruddertowne hotel project in Dewey Beach is moving forward, and local business owners can't wait for the grand opening.

A group of Dewey Beach residents sued the town and the developer behind the project because the proposed complex's height violated town zoning laws. The lawsuit was defeated and sent to the Delaware State Supreme Court, where open arguments will be heard Wednesday.

As the lawsuit progresses, business owners in Dewey Beach are watching the complex get closer to completion by the day.

"As far as I'm concerned, it's the greatest thing since fried cheese," said Eric Shindledecker, owner of Sharky's Grill. "I don't think people have given it enough of a chance yet. Let's get it built and see what's it's going to do for the town."

"I've been a supporter of the Ruddertowne project since the beginning," said Starboard's owner Steve Montgomery. "We have a very short 10 week season in Dewey, and anything and everything that can help extend our season into the shoulders is great."

Pending legal setbacks, phase 1 of the Ruddertowne hotel complex is set to open around July.

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