Worthwhile Work On Reducing Costs

Current efforts at City Hall to address the loss of year-round residents in Ocean City are worthwhile.Implementing incentives and reducing fees associated with new construction are wise options for the city’s planners and elected officials to consider. In fact, any opportunities to encourage people to live in Ocean City should be up for deliberation.The assumption… Read more »

Topless Issue A Simple Morality Challenge

Topless Issue A Simple Morality Challenge

Do most people think women should be able to go topless where men can? We think the answer is clearly no.It’s a fundamental question at the heart of the ongoing case involving a challenge to the Town of Ocean City’s 2017 ordinance clarifying the government’s position topless women in public places is illegal. Though legal… Read more »

No Major Changes To Offshore Wind Farms Likely

No Major Changes To Offshore Wind Farms Likely

Expectations for any significant changes to the proposed wind farms offshore should not be elevated based on the Maryland Public Service Commission’s order for a public hearing on the wind turbines’ changes in height. In fact, the commission made that clear in its order.“This inquiry is limited to potential impacts related to a change in… Read more »

A Reasonable Parking Rate Increase In Resort

A Reasonable Parking Rate Increase In Resort

The hourly parking rate increase approved by the Ocean City Mayor and Council is entirely appropriate and reasonable.At its simplest, the council-approved and task force-recommended increases will raise the hourly parking rates at the Inlet lot in the peak season by 17%, from $3 an hour to $3.50. The hourly rate at other downtown municipal… Read more »

Hospital Capital Campaign A Remarkable Feat

Hospital Capital Campaign A Remarkable Feat

In three years, Atlantic General Hospital was able to raise more than $12 million in its capital campaign geared toward bettering health services in northern Worcester County. It’s a remarkable feat, one that would have not been possible if it weren’t for an incredibly generous community.Throughout the campaign, the hospital and its foundation office have… Read more »

Boardwalk Funds A Key Piece To Pier Deal

Boardwalk Funds A Key Piece To Pier Deal

Dedicated funding for future Boardwalk reconstruction efforts is one of the key aspects of the Wicomico Street Pier franchise extension.In talking individually about the 25-year extension of the pier franchise agreement, which will come before the council next week, both Mayor Rick Meehan and franchise holder Charles “Buddy” Jenkins were proud the deal established a… Read more »

Rental License Program Needed

There should be regulations overseeing rentals in unincorporated areas of Worcester County. Heading into this week’s vote, the main concerns were how much to charge for the licenses and how the rules will be monitored and enforced.Prior to this week, the ordinance before the commissioners called for an annual license fee for short-term rentals (Airbnb)… Read more »

Commission Wrong To Ignore Funding Formula

Commission Wrong To Ignore Funding Formula

For Worcester County schools, the mantra “hope for the best, prepare for the worst” comes to mind in regard to the legislation from the Kirwan Commission.Last week, while acknowledging there are positives with the commission’s recommendations, Senator Mary Beth Carozza said her main concern is the commission ignored the state’s wealth formula, which uses property… Read more »