$55K Air Transport Bill Raises Industry Concerns; Local Family Hopes ‘Price Gouging At Its Worst’ Will Raise Awareness

BERLIN — When a Berlin child with a critical illness was flown to a Baltimore hospital last October, her parents did not know that 45-minute flight was the beginning of a nearly year-long journey including a battle with the private sector air ambulance service over exorbitant fees and a multi-pronged effort at reform. Last Oct…. Read more »

Council Reluctantly Approves OC BikeFest Funding; Event Sought $25K, Received $10K

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City officials this week somewhat reluctantly approved a $10,000 supplementary allocation to OC BikeFest 2016 organizers, although the grant fell short of the $25,000 requested by the Tourism Advisory Board (TAB). Each year, the Mayor and Council include in the budget an allocation to TAB allowing the advisory board to seek… Read more »

White Marlin Open Seeks Judge’s Ruling On First-Place Marlin, $2.8M In Prize Money

OCEAN CITY — White Marlin Open officials last week formally asked the Worcester County Circuit Court to rule on an alleged rule violation that could strip the first-place winner of its record $2.8 million payout and make the first-place tuna winner’s final payout in excess of $3 million. Last week, White Marlin Open officials announced… Read more »

Councilman’s Role With International Student Rentals Questioned; Long-Time Builder Believes Hartman Overstepped Ethical Boundary

Despite maintaining he was out of the international student housing market earlier this year, an active listing on a Robin Drive property, owned by Councilman Wayne Hartman, continues to be advertised as just that. Photo by Bryan Russo

OCEAN CITY — Allegations made this week by a prominent retired builder have raised questions about whether an Ocean City councilman has unethically used his elected office to settle personal vendettas or fill his own pockets in the seasonal rental market. George Harkins, the retired owner of Harkins Contracting and Harkins Concrete Construction, made a… Read more »