The owners of the iconic Lighthouse Restaurant in Dewey Beach have raised the stakes on information leading to the arsonist that caused devastating damage on April 23.
Lighthouse Cove Development Company said it has increased its reward from $10,000 to $20,000 for anyone who can provide information leading to an arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire.
The fire that caused $750,000 in damage the evening of April 23 at 124 Dickinson Street – long known as the host of the summer ritual “Taco Toss” – came during a major, multi-year redevelopment that includes the upscale Residences at Lighthouse Cove, a Hyatt Place hotel and the new Lighthouse restaurant that was slated to open for this summer.
The Delaware Fire Marshal’s office quickly determined that the destructive fire was the result of arson.
E. Thomas Harvey, III, President of Lighthouse Cove Development Company, said the arson was a crime against the entire Dewey Beach community.
“The arson at the Lighthouse Restaurant wasn’t just an attack on Lighthouse Cove, but an attack on the greater Dewey community, and we are determined to identify and bring justice to the responsible parties. We appreciate the community-wide support we have received and hope we can continue working together to keep Dewey Beach safe.”
Due to the extensive damage caused by the fire, the Lighthouse and restaurant have been deemed structurally unsafe and are being demolished.
“We have increased the reward to $20,000 to encourage anyone who witnessed the act to come forward, whether or not they have any association with those responsible,” stated Thomas J. Hanna, President of Harvey Hanna & Associates, the company that is overseeing the redevelopment.
Anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact the Delaware Fire Marshal at (302) 856-5600; Delaware Crime Stoppers’ anonymous tip line at (800) TIP-3333; or Harvey, Hanna & Associates at (302) 323-9300 Ext. 112.