What Others Are Saying

Address Downtown IssuesEditor:There are two issues I find to be of extreme importance that I would like to bring to the attention of others like me, who love and care about Ocean City.A great deal of money has been spent in recent years to improve the downtown area. An improved downtown should mean more people… Read more »

Figures Help Shed Light On OC Business

Figures Help Shed Light On OC Business

A lot has been said in recent weeks about the true indicators of business success or failure in Ocean City.Some have taken exception to the public relations spin being put recently on demoflush crowd estimates, which reported more people visited Ocean City in the month of May than ever before. It has been argued while… Read more »

Decision Questionable But Process Disturbing

Decision Questionable But Process Disturbing

The County Commissioners have fired 11 employees in the Comprehensive Planning, Development Review and Permitting and Environmental Programs departments. The idea is to cut “dead weight” in these slow economic and development times and merge the three departments, returning essentially to the way the county operated prior to the most recent real estate boom earlier… Read more »

Taking The Good With The Bad

Taking The Good With The Bad

Regarding the Memorial Day weekend, there was some good news and some bad news.Starting with the good stuff, more than 270,000 people decided to mark the holiday weekend in the Ocean City area. Certainly, an ideal beach weather forecast was the main motivation. Additionally, there were some bargains to be had at the beach that… Read more »

Mortality Lessons Taught Early, Often

Mortality Lessons Taught Early, Often

It was disturbing to hear early reports on Saturday about a pedestrian being killed near the Route 50 Bridge leading into Ocean City. It became horrifying when it was revealed it was a teenager and to make matters worse it was a local, a sophomore at Stephen Decatur High School from a respected local family.Local… Read more »

Council’s Tax Rate Comes With Uncertainty

Council’s Tax Rate Comes With Uncertainty

Risky is an appropriate way to describe the Ocean City Mayor and Council’s unanimous decision to set the town’s property tax rate at 39.5 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.Last month, after a number of significant rounds of cuts, City Manager Dennis Dare presented a roughly $80 million budget, suggesting the council increase the town’s… Read more »

OC Wise To Limit Boardwalk Performers

OC Wise To Limit Boardwalk Performers

The so-called street performers now know their place in Ocean City.The Ocean City Mayor and Council seemed unified this week as it passed a new ordinance refining the rules governing these performers. The main change restricts where these performers, also known as peddlers, can do their thing. The ordinance reads, “It shall be unlawful for… Read more »

Waiver Decision Raises Fairness Question

Waiver Decision Raises Fairness Question

The County Commissioners decided last week to rescind a request to the state’s Department of Education for a Maintenance of Effort waiver that would have allowed the county to fund the local school system below a level mandated by state law. We think this was a questionable decision, the timing of which seems to be… Read more »

A Difficult Balancing Act With Budget

A Difficult Balancing Act With Budget

With little fanfare this week, City Manager Dennis Dare presented his proposed $80 million budget to his boss, the Ocean City Mayor and Council. Although little was said at this week’s meeting, the budget will now go under the microscope as the town’s elected officials hear the details of each department’s spending plan over the… Read more »

A Chance For Change

A Chance For Change

Ocean City has begun a search to replace current Tourism Department and Roland E. Convention Center Director Mike Noah, who is “moving on” after 13 years with the town. We see this opening as a chance for the town to take these key departments in a new direction and at least consider and debate some… Read more »