Commissioners’ Bubble Needs Popping

Commissioners’ Bubble Needs Popping

The County Commissioners do not allow public comment at their meetings. Sure, in public hearings and in rare instances like this week’s discourse on slots at Ocean Downs, people can stand up and be heard. However, contrary to nearly all other governments in the area and state, there is no time allocated at each meeting… Read more »

Voices From Our Readers

Voices From Our Readers

Gas Indexing ExplainedEditor:My constituents’ mail, e-mail and phone contacts have made it unmistakably clear that they do not know or understand the consequences Governor O’Malley’s proposed indexing of the state gas tax will bring down upon them. I am adamantly opposed to indexing and I would like an opportunity to explain my concerns. I have… Read more »

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 »

Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

Logic Behind Room Tax Plan ExplainedEditor:I feel compelled to respond to recent letters regarding the high cost of vacationing in Ocean City. While it is quite easy to get caught up in the mindset that Ocean City’s prices are driving tourists away, there are a few very important things to keep in mind. Operating a… Read more »

Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

Revisit Parking LawEditor:Apparently, the Ocean City Town Code allows a mere 48 hours to pay a parking violation ticket without extended penalty. For many, this is impossible. They are on a budgeted vacation and have planned accordingly – they have not included a parking ticket. Many wait until they get home to pay – this,… Read more »

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

Conspiracy theories have been flying along Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City in recent weeks. It’s understandable, considering strangers have been walking along the road and on private properties, marking sidewalks and utilities with spray paint. Questions circulating include: Is the state expanding the roadway for a bus lane? Are the utility lines finally going to… 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 »

Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

A 35-Year ReflectionEditor:Thursday, Oct. 19, marked the 35th anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water Act. Thirty-five years later, our waterways are still polluted, and the protection we largely take for granted is virtually non-existent.In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, making a promise to the American public that the sewage stench, oil… Read more »

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

A big slots rally is planned for the Boardwalk tomorrow morning. A press release from the Stop Slots Maryland organization reports the event is a rally for the anti-slots movement in Maryland and timely because it’s about a week before the legislature is expected to convene for a special session. According to the press release,… Read more »