Downtown Building Preservation Plan Is Good News

Downtown Building Preservation Plan Is Good News

The concept of “out with the old, in with the new” plays out routinely in Ocean City in the construction world.In most cases, it’s a positive necessity as dilapidated eyesores or long dormant lots get replaced with state-of-the-art hotels or mixed-use condominium projects. That’s progress and it’s important for Ocean City to evolve with the… Read more »

Rental Situation Needs Monitoring

Rental Situation Needs Monitoring

The topic of short-term rentals being restricted in certain Ocean City neighborhoods resurfaced this week during a discussion of an update to the town’s comprehensive plan.In the proposed update, which had a hearing before the Ocean City Planning Commission this week and will soon be reviewed by the Mayor and Council, there is a section… Read more »

OC Way Beyond Tough Talk Time

OC Way Beyond Tough Talk Time

It’s nothing short of a miracle more people were not seriously injured or killed last weekend in Ocean City. It was a nightmare.The town was overrun with young car enthusiasts intent on raising hell on the streets of Ocean City, damaging anything they wanted, drinking wherever they wanted, littering to ridiculous proportions and wreaking havoc… Read more »

Berlin Wise To Be Cautious On Tattoo Regs

Berlin Wise To Be Cautious On Tattoo Regs

The Town of Berlin is right to take a cautious approach to regulating tattoo shops.After it was learned an entrepreneur was interested in conducting cosmetic tattooing in Berlin, the town drafted an emergency ordinance because there were no regulations in place governing the tattoo industry.Critics of the ordinance, which requires a doctor or an osteopath… Read more »

Employee Housing Project Deserves Support

Employee Housing Project Deserves Support

The prospect of a large seasonal housing facility being built in downtown Ocean City is exciting and a prime example of private enterprise stepping in to fill a significant need.Applicant Shannon Tippett, whose family owns the parcel at the corner of Wicomico Street and Baltimore Avenue, hopes to build a 3,200-square-foot restaurant and bar on… Read more »

Polygraph Déjà Vu For OC’s White Marlin Open

Polygraph Déjà Vu For OC’s White Marlin Open

For the second straight year, there are credibility issues delaying the disbursement of prize money in the world’s largest billfishing tournament, the White Marlin Open.It was learned last week that at least one of the nine individuals who won more than $50,000 in this year’s tournament failed a polygraph shortly after the tourney. The individual… Read more »

A Public Relations Loser For Ocean City

A Public Relations Loser For Ocean City

No matter what happens with the appeal effort planned, Ocean City will lose in the court of public opinion regarding the white building on the east side of the Boardwalk near South Division Street.That’s largely because Ocean City has not made it clear why it wants to take over ownership and operation of the property…. Read more »

Sports Tourism Is A Growth Area

Sports Tourism Is A Growth Area

During last week’s discussion of a possible county-operated sports fields complex, the concept of sports tourism was discussed briefly, but it needs to be talked about more often.The importance of sports tourism is nothing new. Worcester County, Ocean City and Wicomico County formed an alliance — the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Sports Alliance…. — some years ago… Read more »