NEW FOR MONDAY: State Relaxes Regs On Pool ADA Compliance

OCEAN CITY — Hundreds of pools and spas in the resort area and thousands more across the state facing mandatory new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards got a little relief last week when the deadline for compliance was extended amid considerable confusion.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office">The state’s Department of Health and… Read more »

NEW FOR FRIDAY: OC Franchise Holder Pleads Guilty To Not Filing Taxes, Owes Government Nearly $300K

BALTIMORE — Facing charges that he failed to pay a reported $296,701 to the government over a period of several years, Ocean City franchise holder Patrick McLaughlin pleaded guilty yesterday to failing to file individual income tax returns in 2009 and one count of failing to report employment tax withholdings in 2007.The plea agreement was… Read more »

Shark Fin Bill Clears Senate

OCEAN CITY — Commercial fishermen in Worcester County were dealt another tough blow late yesterday when the State Senate approved a bill aimed at prohibiting the possession or distribution of shark fins, a by-product of the shark-fishing industry out of the West Ocean City harbor.Earlier during the current General Assembly session, a dozen Maryland senators… Read more »

New Berlin Beer, Wine License Granted

SNOW HILL — Several businesses in Worcester County were approved for either expansions or new licenses at this month’s Board of License Commissioners (BLC) meeting. However, it wasn’t all good news, with a struggling local business deciding to close its doors.With a unanimous vote, the board agreed to grant a beer and wine license to… Read more »

Mid-Town Convenience Store Plans Worry Some

OCEAN CITY – A new Goose Creek convenience store, featuring a Subway restaurant, is working its way into the 52nd Street neighborhood, raising concerns among neighboring properties.The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday reviewed a proposed site plan and conducted a public hearing regarding conditional uses for the new convenience store and expansion… Read more »