About The Author: Bethany Hooper

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Bethany Hooper has been with The Dispatch since 2016. She currently covers various general stories. Hooper graduated from Stephen Decatur High School in 2012 and the University of Maryland in 2016, where she completed double majors in journalism and economics.

More Funds Needed For Shoreline Restoration Projects

SALISBURY – A request for increased funding is expected to benefit two shoreline restoration projects in Wicomico.On Tuesday, Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism Director Steve Miller came before the Wicomico County Council seeking support to accept an increased loan amount for shoreline restoration projects at Cove Road and Roaring Point.“Our concern is that these… Read more »

Tax Incentive Program Advances

SALISBURY – Legislation for a tax incentive program will move forward to a public hearing.On Tuesday, the Wicomico County Council voted 4-3 to introduce legislation that would create a tax credit for new hotel and multi-family development.Earlier this year, the Maryland General Assembly passed enabling legislation to give all municipalities in Wicomico County – and… Read more »

Bottle Filling Stations Possible

OCEAN CITY – Members of a resort committee say they will consider a federal grant for public bottle filling stations.Members of the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee (Green Team) met last week with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Donna Morrow to discuss securing bottle filling stations through a federal grant.Morrow told officials a… Read more »

Fenwick Hotel Owner Appealing Variance Rejection; Buas Calls Denial ‘Unreasonable’

FENWICK ISLAND – A local developer will appeal a state board’s decision to deny his hotel a variance for an outdoor pool bar with live entertainment.In May, nearly seven months after a contentious public hearing, the Delaware Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner (OABCC) denied the connections of the Fenwick Shores hotel a variance… Read more »

Ocean City’s Anti-Litter Campaign Sees Mixed Early Results

Ocean City’s Anti-Litter Campaign Sees Mixed Early Results

OCEAN CITY – Officials last week shared the successes and shortcomings of an ongoing anti-litter campaign.Last week, members of the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee, or Green Team, provided an update on the town’s Litter Free OC campaign.“We did the best we could,” said Gail Blazer, the town’s environmental engineer. “We put it out… Read more »

Zoning Amendment Tweaks Eyed For Ag Storage Tanks

SALISBURY – Discussions on proposed zoning changes related to certain agricultural storage tanks continued at the county level this month.Following a work session with planning and zoning staff on July 6, the Wicomico County Council agreed to rework proposed zoning amendments pertaining to certain agricultural storage tanks.Officials say the changes would restrict the use of… Read more »