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 »

Voices From The Readers

OC Needs To Keep Costs To Visit DownEditor:I am upset that Ocean City has once again entertained the idea of raising costs to business owners with a proposed room tax hike that will certainly be passed on to our tourists. I wish that someone would listen to why people are not coming to this resort… 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 »

Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

Be Concerned About About Water QualityEditor:On Aug. 10-12, the Worcester County Fair was held in Byrd Park in Snow Hill and it was a great event for everyone. However, someone decided to put chains across the boat ramps and closed them for all three days of the event with no public notice. There was plenty… Read more »

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

The local version of “No Slots In Maryland” campaign was stepped up a notch this week to time with the Maryland Association of Counties convention. On Monday, the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association issued a press release reiterating its stance on the issue with businessmen Buddy Jenkins of Jolly Roger fame and Dr. Lenny Berger, known… 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 »

Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

Mark Calendars For OC Public HearingEditor:The question of “How much growth?” comes at us again. This time from a different angle. At the Ocean City Council meeting on Aug. 6, five very well-dressed individuals, the owners, their attorney and their architect, came before the council to request an end to the stop work order placed… Read more »