City, Chamber Merge Tourism Guides

OCEAN CITY – The Town of Ocean City and the Chamber of Commerce came to an agreement this week to merge each entity’s tourism publication into one joint book that will not only create a single message, but will also save the town a substantial amount of money.By merging the “Sea for Yourself” guide and… Read more »

Berlin Hires Utility Manager

BERLIN – A new chapter in the ongoing saga of Berlin’s electric utility opened recently with the hire of a new manager.Dave Thomas, Berlin’s new electric utilities director, started this week. Thomas, an engineer with an MBA, was selected from a dozen candidates for the position.”What we were looking for was a background in engineering… Read more »

Berlin Commits To Improving Sidewalks

BERLIN – Sidewalks are a perennial Berlin discussion item, but this week town staff indicated some progress in repairing the often-crumbling town walkways.The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has recently completed repairs on sidewalks along Bay St., and moved on to working on the handicapped ramps on Main St, said Public Works Director Mike Gibbons… Read more »

Annual Road Race Returns Saturday

OCEAN CITY – Despite a sluggish economy that has made finding sponsors difficult and the obstacle the ongoing work on the Route 50 Bridge creates, the 2009 Ocean City Half-Marathon is shaping up to be a huge success with twice as many runners registered for the race compared to last year’s event.For three years, OC… Read more »

SHA Briefs City On Route 50 Bridge Work

OCEAN CITY – State Highway Administration officials told the Mayor and City Council on Tuesday that the Route 50 Bridge project is on schedule, even though repaving has just commenced, and the target date for completion is the second week of June.District Engineer Donnie Drewer of the SHA came before the council on Tuesday to… Read more »

OC Take-Home Vehicles On Chopping Block

OCEAN CITY – City Council members will determine what they consider a “perk” and what is an absolute necessity in reference to city employees’ take-home vehicles, and that decision might change the way some town employees get to and from work.A $2.5 million trimming of the Ocean City budget over the past few months has… Read more »

Mathias Disturbed By Slots Bill Demise

ANNAPOLIS – Perhaps the most disappointing outcome of this year’s General Assembly session was the death of a bill that would have added Worcester County to the list of shore counties that permit slot machines in non-profit veterans organizations, service clubs and fraternal organizations.House Bill 65, introduced by local Delegates James Mathias and Norm Conway,… Read more »

County Homestead Tax May Jump

SNOW HILL – Local homeowners could see an increased property tax bill in the 2010 calendar year after county staff suggested increasing the homestead tax credit later this year.No changes would be made to the current tax bills due this summer. Property tax revenue will plunge $6 million in fiscal year 2010, which begins in… Read more »

City Still Hammering Out Boardwalk Display Rules

OCEAN CITY – The ongoing discussion to try to establish a fair set of outdoor display guidelines for Boardwalk merchants stretched far into the second hour on Tuesday before it was revealed that the Boardwalk Development Association (BDA) and the city’s Zoning Administrator were not on the same page with the recommendation.Zoning Administrator Blaine Smith… Read more »