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 »

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

Thomas E. Perez, Maryland’s secretary of labor, licensing and regulation, has issued a report that buttresses the stated goal of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s administration to grant slot-machine gambling licenses to selected racetracks as a means of saving the state’s racing industry and preserving the jobs and farmland that depend on it. The report, which is… Read more »

No Choice But To Look At Room Tax

No Choice But To Look At Room Tax

After weeks of not getting anywhere with presentations before Ocean City and Worcester County governments and even Governor Martin O’Malley, the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association took a creative approach to an obvious solution.Officials came before the Ocean City Mayor and Council this week to proposed increasing the 4-percent room tax rate to 4.5 percent and… Read more »

Blame The People, Not The Breed

The American Pit Bull Terrier has been in the news of late, and, as is typically the case with this breed of dog, it’s been largely negative and riddled with misconceptions and generalizations.We all know the story by now. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and others have been charged with organizing fights between pit bulls… Read more »

The Little Lady With A Lot Of Clout

A local environmental legend passed away this week. There are many words to describe the contributions of Ilia Fehrer, but the one we like the most is leader. There are many different ways to lead. Some do it vocally, some are quiet and some don’t even realize they are subconsciously doing it with just their… Read more »