Slots, Of Course, Is All About Money

Slots, Of Course, Is All About Money

The Ocean City Mayor and Council affirmed its position on slots this week – it’s opposed to the expansion of gambling through the one-arm bandits anywhere in the state. Immediately after that confirmation on Tuesday, the inevitable criticism started flowing. While there was a wide range of comments heard this week through interviews, blogs, forums… Read more »

Give Wind Farm Proposal Due Diligenc

Give Wind Farm Proposal Due Diligenc

Here’s to hoping the latest wind farm proposal for off Ocean City’s coast goes over better than the one presented years ago.Years ago, when a major wind farm was last pitched for miles off Ocean City, the man making the proposal was practically chased out of City Hall. It was difficult to find fault with… Read more »

Leave Slots Out Of Special Session Talks

Leave Slots Out Of Special Session Talks

Governor Martin O’Malley has officially summonsed legislators to Annapolis for a special session starting Oct. 29 to discuss and ultimately approve a reform package aimed at addressing an estimated $1.7 billion structural deficit.The governor believes time is of the essence and his proposed budget plan needs the state’s attention immediately rather than next January. “Now… Read more »

Rough Times Ahead On Local Roadways

Rough Times Ahead On Local Roadways

The State Highway Administration (SHA) has confirmed it once again – it will do what it wants, and local authorities, residents, businesses and visitors will just have to put up with it.That much is clear. That’s why it’s important for people to understand their angst over road closures and associated impediments should not necessarily be… Read more »

Pink Ribbon Events Deserve Support

It’s October and that means the ladies behind the Pink Ribbon Classic are at it again, raising thousands of dollars for breast cancer awareness and research.The Pink Ribbon Classic series of fundraisers started in 1996 with a local golf tournament organized by residents Judy Johnson-Schoelkopf and Nancy Dofflemyer and is now led by a team… Read more »

Special Events Critical To Tourism

It’s almost a cliché these days to say September is the best month to live and visit around these parts. There will be no argument to the contrary here, and the fact is people are becoming increasingly aware of it because there are more reasons to visit.There were 200,000-plus people in Ocean City last weekend,… Read more »

Another View On Room Tax Increase

A lot of opinions have been heard in recent weeks over a proposed increase in the Worcester County room tax. In the end, the County Commissioners in Snow Hill have the ultimate say on whether Ocean City can spend some of the revenue raised through the increase on advertising the resort as a destination.We have… Read more »

Downtown Carts Need Another Look

Faced with constant complaints from at least one merchant, it was said throughout the summer the carts on Somerset Street will be discussed extensively over the offseason. When those talks take place, there is only one conclusion to make – they should not be permitted unless the operators follow the rules.The only way Ocean City… Read more »

Decriminalize Open Containers In OC

The debate over Ocean City’s approach to open containers has been going on for years, but what makes the most recent discussion so unique is government officials are weighing in and appear to be looking to make a change.If you are walking on public property in Ocean City with an open beer or mixed drink,… Read more »

Lots Of Options And Tough Decisions

“Structural deficit” has become a household term these days across Maryland. After all, unless you pay no attention to anything in this state, it’s common knowledge Maryland has an estimated $1.5 billion difference between expenses and receipts that must be reconciled to balance the fiscal year 2009 budget.There are many options on the table currently… Read more »