Rehoboth voters support housing restrictions in referendum

 (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Voters in the city of Rehoboth Beach have elected in a referendum to support restrictions on housing development imposed earlier this year.


The city said that Saturday’s balloting concluded with 785 votes, or 53 percent, in favor of the restrictions, compared to 697 votes, or 47 percent, opposed.

Rehoboth’s board of commissioners passed an ordinance in July making it harder to build large homes and requiring more green space on front yards. Supporters of the ordinance said that new, oversize homes were regularly being rented out to large groups of visitors who were overwhelming and changing the character of the popular resort town.

Opponents of the restrictions forced the referendum through a petition drive.

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