Real Concerns For Foreign Workers In 2021

Real Concerns For Foreign Workers In 2021

There are two major factors at play in Ocean City’s employee shortage crisis. First, this is the first summer in decades Ocean City will not have foreign student workers, who each often hold two full-time jobs. Secondly, the unemployment money is simply too good to get people back to work.Unemployment fraud is clearly happening with… Read more »

OC Police Chief Right With New Approach

OC Police Chief Right With New Approach

It’s tough to see anything but “lip service” in this week’s response to the lawlessness and unruly antics of large crowds in Ocean City. The same old elected officials’ predictable tough talk came at Monday night’s council meeting. The comments were expected and sang the same tune as the last 20 years whenever things go… Read more »

Outdoor Dining Not Enough From Governor

Outdoor Dining Not Enough From Governor

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan should have allowed some inside dining capacity this week. Instead of granting limited interior dining capacity, Ocean City restaurants will be behind their Delaware counterparts who as of Monday will be permitted 30% interior capacity in addition to outside dining.We have been largely supportive of the governor’s handling of the COVID-19… Read more »

Tram Service Cut A Chance To Be Responsible

Tram Service Cut A Chance To Be Responsible

With physical distancing likely to remain the norm for months, Ocean City’s summer will be different. The crowds are not going to be the same and the city must prepare for that eventuality with a responsible budget. One modification Ocean City can and should make is eliminating the Boardwalk tram service for this summer.It’s an… Read more »

Phased Reopening Needs To Get Underway

Phased Reopening Needs To Get Underway

Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan was right to reopen the beach, Boardwalk and Inlet parking lot as a first step toward more liberties. It’s time the reopening process enter the early stages as livelihoods depend on it.We feel the critical aspect of the COVID-19 crisis has shifted from health to economic. Lives are being forever… Read more »

The Challenge Of Balancing Optimism, Reality

The Challenge Of Balancing Optimism, Reality

A summer season with consumer restrictions is most likely ahead for the Ocean City area. There seems to be an acceptance this summer will dramatically underachieve from previous seasons, as business operators balance optimism with realism for 2020.City Manager Doug Miller’s memo to the Mayor and Council this week set off a firestorm. Miller’s memo… Read more »

Feds Must Decrease Unemployment Stipend

Feds Must Decrease Unemployment Stipend

Though clearly well intentioned, it’s counter-productive for the federal government to supplement the states’ unemployment benefits with a $600 boost a week in “pandemic unemployment.” It’s simply too much money to accomplish the goal of unemployment – keep people afloat while jobless but low enough to incentivize seeking work.It’s clear the majority of people are… Read more »