DEWEY BEACH- Del.- The town of Dewey Beach is shining light on a new accessible baywalk. The public is invited to utilize the newly restored bay front beach and recreational pier.

The Lighthouse Cove Development Company opened the baywalk on Sept. 28 after major redevelopments. The baywalk is open for the public to use year-round.

Theresa Tessitore, who has lived in Dewey Beach for 20 years, says the baywalk is one thing that has changed the face of the town.

"When we first moved to Dewey, people would say Dewey Beach is a drunk town. However, that's not true anymore because everyone grew up, got married and had children. I think you see a lot more families now," explains Tessitore.

For over a decade, the Lighthouse Cove has been transformed in the heart of Dewey Beach. Thomas J. Hanna, the president of Harvey Hanna & Associates, the company overseeing the redevelopment, says he has always imagined it not only as a destination for visitors to the Delaware coast, but a true asset for every resident.

 "As we near completion on additional luxury residences, we begin welcoming guests to the newly opened Lighthouse Cove Event Center and embark on our reinvention of the Lighthouse Restaurant," Hanna said. "We could not be more excited to continue to fulfill the vision we have always held for this area."

Dewey Beach Town Manager Scott Koenig says this new venue provides a place for activities such as crabbing, fishing, bird watching, and plant and habitat study. Koenig says the newly-replenished beach is a place for people who prefer calmer waters for swimming and recreation.

"There are a lot of people that visit the ocean. However there's a surprising amount that actually launch kayaks and other activities right off the bay beach," says Koenig.

The baywalk was once scheduled to become a gated townhouse community. Koenig says this would have eliminated public access to the Rehoboth Bay between Van Dyke and Dickinson streets. The Lighthouse Cove is a destination that includes the Hyatt hotel, a soon-to-be remodeled Lighthouse Restaurant, a refurbished lighthouse and a collection of 83 current and future luxury condominiums. 

Joe Murphy and his wife have been waiting for the day to bring his father in-law on walks with accessible routes. 

"It's a very smooth ramp it doesn't really have a high angle so anybody can push up it," says Murphy. 

Koenig says the start of the construction for the Lighthouse Cove restaurant is set to begin this winter. The construction is on the final phases of the Residences. This includes a rooftop pool, parking garage and balconies overlooking Rehoboth Bay.

Hanna says the condominiums are expected to be completed by the end of the year.