Summer Inlet Parking Rates Should Go Up

Summer Inlet Parking Rates Should Go Up

After what was observed over the last few months, Ocean City should have no issue with increasing the hourly rates at the Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Parking Lot during the summer season.This is a controversial decision, as is any move to dig further into visitors’ wallets, but demand continues to far outstrip supply at the… Read more »

Compromise Best Hopes In Land Dispute?

Compromise Best Hopes In Land Dispute?

Despite the Ocean City Mayor and Council formalizing plans to condemn and seize his property, local businessman Rick Laws is proceeding with his intention to develop the land into a bayfront hotel.Laws came before the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission last week to seek approval of his site plans for a five-story, 104-unit hotel,… Read more »

Enforcing Ordinances Not Always Simple

It’s easy to say Ocean City should not pass any ordinance it cannot enforce. In a perfect world, that would be the case. However, in reality, where practicality reigns, it does not always happen that way.For example, it was known for years on the Boardwalk the town did not have enough staff to enforce regulations… Read more »

Slap Hefty Fines On CO Law Violators

Slap Hefty Fines On CO Law Violators

The deadline for Ocean City dwelling units to have carbon monoxide detectors in place was February, two years after the new law was enacted. It has become obvious this summer that deadline has come and gone without everyone complying.Consequently, we think it’s time for Ocean City to hold random pop inspections to ensure the town’s… Read more »

Police Undermining City Council’s Intent

Police Undermining City Council’s Intent

The emergency ordinance, which bans salvia, approved by the Ocean City Mayor and Council is not being enforced as clearly written, and that’s something the town has to figure out immediately because it looks silly today.Members of the Ocean City Police Department walked around the downtown area on Tuesday checking for compliance with the new… Read more »

Numbers Cloud Air Show’s Importance

Numbers Cloud Air Show’s Importance

Although they cannot be dismissed entirely, the financial numbers unveiled this week behind last month’s OC Air Show do not tell the entire story.At this week’s Mayor and Council meeting, all the available financial information on the second annual event was presented, and it was not exactly a pretty picture. The fact is the air… Read more »

Slots Details Lead To Some Questions

Slots Details Lead To Some Questions

A lot was revealed at last week’s slots meeting at Ocean Downs and one thing was made certain – nobody knows what to do about Route 589 and it will be sometime before anything is decided.What we did learn from track owner William Rickman last week was his short- and long-range plans to overhaul the… Read more »

Random Noise Compliance Checks Needed

Random Noise Compliance Checks Needed

Noise, a variety of it, is part of the Boardwalk experience, but too much of the wrong kind does make for an unpleasant experience.Certain Boardwalk merchants have been violating the town’s noise ordinance for years, playing music louder than permissible and of questionable taste. The city has not done much about it in recent years,… Read more »

A Serious Concern That Needs Attention

A Serious Concern That Needs Attention

Ocean City wants to take care of a problem that the state legislature could not earlier this year, but it looks like officials’ hands are tied.For at least the last two summers, salvia, a hallucinogenic plant sold in a variety of forms, has been present on Ocean City’s Boardwalk. The liquid form seems to be… Read more »

Some Thoughts For Locals This Weekend

Some Thoughts For Locals This Weekend

If Ocean City is as it should be, everything will be a little hectic around town this holiday weekend.To locals, it may be a bit of an annoyance and leave many with mixed emotions. However, a little perspective shows the Fourth of July around these parts is an exciting and unique experience that epitomizes living… Read more »