Cape Gazette

Hyatt Hotel raises the bar in Dewey Beach

Nov 07, 2013
Photo by: Deny Howeth Lined up for the ribbon cutting are: in back (l-r)  Linda Parkowski, Candice Meyer,Sen. David McBride, Ted Jabara, Justin Jabara, Bernice Whaley and Vince DiFonzo. In the middle are Thomas Hanna, Richard Jabara and Jim Baeurle. In front are Julienne Smith, Christine Strouss, Bill Meyer, Sen. Ernie Lopez, Gov. Jack Markell, Thom Harvey, David Sills, John Cordey and Kostas Kalogeropoulos.

Gallery tours, musical entertainment, food and beverage stations and peeks at selected rooms the Hyatt Place in Dewey were as grand as grand openings are meant to be. The standing room only crowd Oct. 24 squeezed into the new Dickinson Avenue hotel which features 108 rooms topped by 16 condominium units.

The hotel is the first of a two-phase redevelopment project called Lighthouse Cove, with Dewey Beach Enterprises planning to remake the Baycenter, Que Pasa and The Lighthouse complex - only the iconic lighthouse itself will remain.


William Meyer, chairman of Meyer Jabara Hotels, speaks during the opening ceremony of the Hyatt Place, Dewey Beach. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Gov. Jack Markell receives a painting of the Hyatt Place Dewey Beach from Dewey Beach Enterprises President Thomas Harvey II as Kostas Kalogeropoulos speaks."We want to fit in, get along with our neighbors and be a positive an influence in Dewey Beach as we can possibly be," Harvey told those gathered. "Dewey Beach is a way of life, and as that way of life continues to evolve we hope to contribute and maybe even be a leader in that evolution." (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Julienne Smith, vice president of real estate and development Hyatt Hotels, speaks to the crowd gathered for the Oct. 24 grand opening extravaganza. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
A special silver chalice toast was presented to celebrate the completion of the hotel. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Gov. Jack Markell thanks the crowd for celebrating a new enterprise. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
The entry to the hotel boasts 40-by-90-inch photographs by Lewes's Kevin Fleming. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
Approximately 400 people attended the grand opening of Hyatt Place Dewey Beach. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
An exercise room and an indoor pool are among the amenities at Hyatt Place. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
From romantic getaways to corporate and family-friendly rooms can be customized for the visitor. (Photo by: Deny Howeth)
The chamber of commerce ribbon cutting includes back row (l-r) Vince DiFonzo, vice president of operations, Meyer Jabara Hotels; Kostas Kalogerpoulos, executive vice president of Meyer Jabara Hotels; Dan Leh of Hyatt; Bill Meyer, chairman of Meyer Jabara Hotels; Jim Baeurle, partner, Dewey Beach Enterprises Inc.; Thomas Harvey IV; Thomas J. Hanna, COO, Harvey, Hanna & Associates Inc.; Rich McCoy, Daystar Sills; Steve Patterson of Hyatt Hotels, and Justin Jabara, Meyer Jabara Hotels. In front are Carol Everhart, CEO, Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce; Sen. Ernie Lopez, R-Lewes; Lori Fusco; Sam Hanna; Patricia Meyer; Thom Harvey, president of Dewey Beach Enterprises Inc.; Tommy Hanna; Lexie Hanna; Bo Hanna; David Sills IV, partner, of Dewey Beach Enterprises Inc.; Richard Jabara, president and COO of Meyer Jabara Hotels; Christine Strouss, general manager, Hyatt Place Dewey Beach; Candice Meyer, opening manager, Hyatt Place Dewey Beach and Meyer Jabara Hotels. (Photo by: Submitted)
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