Emergency Ban On Fishing Tactics Needed


While some may argue it’s another example of individual liberties being stripped, we think the Ocean City Mayor and Council were right to act swiftly to a growing surf fishing movement that poses public safety dangers. Individuals have been kayaking 50 to 100 yards offshore and dropping fish heads and parts to lure sharks close… Read more »

Vocal Minority Won In Banner Ad Issue


Ocean Aerials Inc. owner Bob Bunting should never have been in the position of having to stop accepting paid political ads. The man has a company to run and his business happens to be flying advertising messages over the beach. The two ads flown over Ocean City last weekend featured pro-Republican messages — “Stop Mad… Read more »

Is It Safe To Go Into The Waters Around Here?

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Kathy Phillips Special To The Dispatch In our coastal watershed and along our ocean beaches, the answer almost always is a resounding yes. But after heavy rainfall, like we’ve been experiencing in the past few weeks, the answer isn’t so simple. Runoff from rainstorms carries pollutants and contaminants off lawns, parking lots, roadways and farm… Read more »

Recovering Addicts Deserve Credit For Openness


It’s not a normal occurrence for convicted criminals to speak to the media openly about past indiscretions in an effort to spread awareness and education about their individual circumstances. That happened twice this week. Typically, jailhouse interviews are requested by prisoners because they want to explain their innocence and how the system has worked against… Read more »