Pivoting Needed To Address Labor Challenges

Pivoting Needed To Address Labor Challenges

There are three issues seemingly front of mind for all governments and businesses these days – labor force shortages, supply chain delays and the rising cost of everything.In this seasonal resort destination, staffing issues have traditionally been limited to the end of the peak season when college students and teachers leave critical service industry positions… Read more »

Mail-in Ballots Change Election Coverage

Mail-in Ballots Change Election Coverage

On a much lesser scale, it was our “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment.This famous headline from the Chicago Tribune in 1948 wrongly declared Dewey the winner too early, as Truman ultimately ended up winning by 114 electoral votes. The headline turned out to be more of an assumption because Dewey was the favorite over Truman, who… Read more »

Election Will Impact Sports Complex Process

Election Will Impact Sports Complex Process

The sports complex financing referendum’s result is important, but the new makeup of the Worcester County Commissioners will ultimately have more of an impact on the project’s fate moving forward.Prior to the opening of mail-in ballots and provisional ballots, 52% of the county voters, or 9,424, voted against issuing a bond for the design and… Read more »

Endorsements For Next Week’s General Election

Endorsements For Next Week’s General Election

After extensive evaluations and observations for months, the following recommendations are put forward in the local contested races of importance and referendum questions posed for citizens.Worcester County CommissionersMost of the activity with the commissioners took place in the primary election over the summer with Commissioners Chip Bertino, Jim Bunting, Diana Purnell and Ted Elder being… Read more »

Offshore Proposal A Clear Overplay

Offshore Proposal A Clear Overplay

An extreme overreach would be a suitable way to describe a regulatory proposal to ease the impact of fishing vessel strikes on the dwindling right whale population.NOAA proposed earlier this year 10-knot speed limit rules from Maine to Florida along the coast east to 100 miles into the ocean. Informational webinars were held over the… Read more »

Precedent Could Be Future Problem

Precedent Could Be Future Problem

It’s only a matter of time before a future set of Worcester County Commissioners rues this week’s 4-3 vote to allow an out-of-state business to connect to a municipal treatment system.The issue appeared to be settled last November then again in January, but it returned for another discussion this week. This week’s meeting had a… Read more »

Right Decision On Boardwalk E-Bikes

Right Decision On Boardwalk E-Bikes

Ocean City Mayor and Council members were wise to tweak their position on electric bikes (e-bikes), but it’s going to take a summer season to decide whether the right provisions were put in place.As of now, Class 1 e-bikes will be permitted on the Boardwalk during appropriate riding times. The approved class of bike requires… Read more »

Officials’ Salaries For Voters To Decide

Officials’ Salaries For Voters To Decide

It was a good public policy call by the Mayor and Council to allow the registered voters of Ocean City to decide whether their elected officials should get considerable pay increases.The issue will be in the form of a referendum on the municipal ballot for Ocean City citizens next month. The specific recommendation to increase… Read more »

Wait-And-See On Special Event Zone

Wait-And-See On Special Event Zone

What should Ocean City do next year with the traditional pop-up rally weekend?This is the question after a no show from the troublemakers this year on the heels of last year’s quiet weekend. Though it merits attention and consideration, a decision is not necessary today.Ocean City deserves praise for its approach to the pop-up rally…. Read more »