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(Jan. 17, 2020) The Maryland General Assembly hit the ground running for its first week as it swore in a new leadership team, passed routine bills and made progress on Wade’s Law, Sen. Mary Beth Carozza (R-38) reported this week. 

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(Jan. 17, 2020) Although the Worcester County Treasurer’s Office intends to move into one of the two computer labs at the Ocean Pines Library, the county’s ground lease with the Ocean Pines Association suggests that can’t happen.

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(Jan. 17, 2020) A proposed townhouse development in West Ocean City took its first step toward receiving residential planned community status when it went through the Technical Review Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 8. 

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(Jan. 17, 2020) The following took place during Tuesday’s Ocean City Council meeting:

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(Jan. 17, 2020) A growing struggle to recruit seasonal officers and public safety aides notwithstanding, Police Commission Chairman and Councilman Lloyd Martin said he was proud of the commission and its support of the Ocean City Police Department, especially as the resort sees another year …

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(Jan. 17, 2020) As the Town of Ocean City pursues a slew of pricey, but necessary capital improvement projects, it must reckon with raising its water rates. However, according to NewGen Strategies and Solutions, it can do so marginally. 

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(Jan. 17, 2020) The Ocean City Council agreed with a city staff recommendation Tuesday to update its Chapter 10 building codes according to the 2018 International Code Council building code model and to bring the city’s codes more in line with those of the Fire Marshal’s office. 

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(Jan. 17, 2020) For more than four decades, Ocean City has hosted its Sunfest events on the third weekend after Labor Day in September. That will change in 2020, after resort officials announced last week that the signature event would be held in October, instead. 

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(Jan. 17, 2020) With 360,000 plus cigarette butts recycled, it would be safe to say the public portion of the Ocean City Green Team’s cigarette butt receptacle, or butt hut, program was tremendously successful last summer. 

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(Jan. 10, 2020) The Ocean City Council received a post-holiday present this week when they learned that a beach equipment rental auction produced a 50.32 percent increase in revenue.

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(Jan. 10, 2020) The 2020 Maryland General Assembly had its first session on Wednesday with newly elected Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) and new Speaker of the House Adrienne A. Jones (D-Baltimore County). Sen. Mary Beth Carozza (R-38) and Delegate Wayne Hartman (R-38 C) en…

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City, county go after complex separately with different visions

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(Jan. 10, 2020) Demolition of the second World Gym building on 67th Street marks the completion of a three-piece land puzzle, as Ocean City government prepares the area for a new water treatment facility. 

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(Jan. 10, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners agreed to continue providing an $80,000 grant to the Town of Ocean City for the Park N’ Ride shuttle service on Tuesday, and accepted changes to the service proposed by resort government.

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(Jan. 10, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners took the following actions during their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10: 

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(Jan. 10, 2020) A fatal fire that occurred on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 in Berlin is still under investigation by the Worcester County Fire Marshal. Volunteer Fire Companies from Berlin, Bishopville, Newark, Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Showell responded to 10347 Trappe Road at 6:11 p.m. 

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(Jan. 10, 2020) The Ocean City Council gave its final approval Monday for a general obligation municipal purpose and refunding bonds of 2020 not to exceed $17.3 million, as well as the refinancing of two outstanding debts.

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(Jan. 10, 2020) Residents and visitors should expect to shell out an extra 50 cents per hour for parking this summer after the Ocean City Council on Monday adopted a rate increase that is projected to produce $900,000 in revenue.

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(Jan. 10, 2020) The Ocean City Green Team’s hard work paid off in 2019, after it received not one, but two awards in honor of the group’s various projects to keep Ocean City green and clean.

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(Jan. 3, 2020) As the new year begins, the Worcester County Commissioners are looking ahead to establishing a balanced budget, dealing with the Kirwan Commission’s effects, and hoping to pursue a sports complex, funding for emergency services and rural broadband. 

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(Jan. 3, 2020) The next step of the phosphorus management tool implementation continues to move forward at the state level, despite mixed reactions from Worcester County. The management tool Transition Advisory Committee voted on Dec. 13 to recommend to the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture …

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(Jan. 3, 2020) Rental owners in unincorporated areas of Worcester County can expect a soft start for the countywide rental license program. Ed Tudor, director of review and permitting, said although the bill establishing the program is effective Jan. 1, 2020, there is no deadline for rental …

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(Jan. 3, 2020) Members of the public and local officials had the opportunity to express their opinions and advocate for their priorities on Friday, Dec. 20 at a meeting with Sen. Bill Ferguson (D-46), the presumptive incoming Maryland Senate president, at the Ocean City Marlin Club in West O…

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(Jan. 3, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners made the following decisions during their Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting. 

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(Jan. 3, 2020) The Refuge at Windmill Creek, formerly Evergreen Village, passed the preliminary plat review’s third step during the Technical Review meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The proposed 90 single-family lot development is located on the northwest side of Beauchamp Road and north of Ra…

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(Jan. 3, 2020) Ocean City resident Joseph Brian Cryer, 53, has been sentenced to 5 months and 29 days in jail after he pled guilty to the top count of aggravated animal cruelty on Dec. 23. 

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(Jan. 3, 2020) Fifty-seven-year-old Ocean City local Walter Leslie Everett faces a first-degree assault charge after he was accused of kicking a homeless man in the face during a theft, potentially blinding the man in the left eye on Dec. 26. 

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(Jan. 3, 2020) The following took place on Monday, Dec. 16, at a City Council meeting:

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(Jan. 3, 2020) Sawndale Wilfred Auguste, 25, of Bridgeville, Delaware, will face a felony hearing after the District Court for Worcester County in Ocean City found probable cause on Thursday, Dec. 19. 

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(Jan. 3, 2020) The following took place on Wednesday, Dec. 11, during the Ocean City Bike Committee meeting: