Short-Term Fixes For Inlet To Continue; Five-Year Study Ahead

Short-Term Fixes For Inlet To Continue; Five-Year Study Ahead

BERLIN – While planning continues, a long-term solution to Inlet depth concerns is at least five years away.In a meeting last Thursday, representatives from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Army Corps of Engineers reviewed with local representatives the process for study and design of a major project to address the shoaling… Read more »

Agencies Wrap Up Fatal Plane Crash Recovery Effort; Woman Remains Missing

BERLIN – The following is the full text of a press release dated Friday, March 16 from Maryland State Police.State and military underwater recovery teams have concluded their operations off Ocean City in response to the fatal plane crash there earlier this month.The multiple underwater recovery operations conducted resulted in the recovery of one. The… Read more »

OC Contingent Endorses Special Event Zone Bill In Annapolis

OC Contingent Endorses Special Event Zone Bill In Annapolis

OCEAN CITY — A bill introduced in the General Assembly creating special event zones with enhanced penalties aimed at deterring activities associated with the resort’s motorized special events had its first hearing in a Senate committee this week, but no action has yet been taken.On Tuesday, Senator Jim Mathias, along with Ocean City Mayor Rick… Read more »

44th OCHMRA Trade Show Set For Sunday, Monday; Annual Event Offers 400-Plus Exhibit Booths

OCEAN CITY — Ocean City is getting down to business as the 44th Annual Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association Trade Expo takes place in the Ocean City Convention Center March 4-5.Filling three halls of the Convention Center, the expo has grown to be one of the area’s premier industry events. Attendees have the opportunity to see, touch, taste… Read more »

North OC Entertainment Complex Expansion Moving Ahead; City’s Planning Commission, Council Differ On Project Details

OCEAN CITY — Approval for a proposed expansion of an uptown entertainment complex proved to be somewhat of a moving target this week and in the process created friction between governing bodies.In early February, the Ocean City Planning Commission had before it a request to expand the conditional use approval for a large parcel on… Read more »

Offshore Drilling Officially Opposed

OCEAN CITY — Reiterating a position it has held for decades, the Mayor and Council this week passed a resolution in opposition to proposed offshore oil and gas drilling and exploration off the resort coast.In January, the Trump administration announced a plan to open roughly 90 percent of the nation’s coastline to potentially dangerous offshore… Read more »

Area Addiction Concerns Remain Despite Deaths Declining

BERLIN –  Health officials say cooperative efforts among a variety of local entities are responsible for the recent drop in drug and alcohol deaths.This month, overdose figures released by the Maryland Department of Health showed a decrease in total drug and alcohol related intoxication deaths in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties. In Worcester County, officials… Read more »

Tourism Officials Seek More Enforcement Over Major Rental Industry Change

OCEAN CITY — Resort tourism officials believe stricter enforcement, rather than a new ordinance or definition, is the answer to the growing issue of short-term rentals in traditional single-family neighborhoods.Last week, the planning commission began anew discussions about the perceived growing problem of short-term vacation rentals in traditional single-family neighborhoods. About three years ago, in… Read more »