(July 31, 2020) As a follow up to Gov. Larry Hogan's mask order, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan issued an emergency declaration early Friday afternoon that will require masks on the Boardwalk from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
(July 31, 2020) Although the CARES Act extra $600 for unemployment claims and the federal moratorium on evictions both expired last weekend, record-high unemployment persists.
(July 31, 2020) Although eight Maryland counties received state funding to help prevent people from being evicted from their homes during the economic stress caused by covid-19’s rampage, Worcester County was not only wasn’t on the list, it wasn’t considered.
(July 31, 2020) Six months after Worcester County implemented a rental license program for unincorporated areas, it had received 344 license applications and issued 317 as of Thursday, July 23.
Public system will follow ‘Responsible Return’ plan with four-stage protocol
(July 31, 2020) There will be no heavy metal thunder in Ocean City this September, as OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week have been canceled because of covid-19 concerns.
(July 31, 2020) Numerous restaurants that closed because of covid-19 cases, extra precautions or employee relief have re-opened.
(July 31, 2020) Lifelong Ocean City resident and attorney Peter Buas has filed to run for a City Council seat.
(July 31, 2020) A Worcester County District Court judge found probable cause in the case of Colin K. Heckman, 21, of Milton, Pennsylvania, who was arrested last month after shooting a vehicle in downtown Ocean City and injuring one of its occupants.
(July 31, 2020) In preparation for future unsanctioned car events, the Ocean City Police Department and resort officials are planning to use all available tools to extinguish the pop up rallies that have bruised the city’s family friendly image for years.
(July 31, 2020) Snow Hill Mayor Gary Weber is stepping down from that position to take another post in Town Hall, at least until next spring. In a conference call meeting Tuesday, the Town Council announced that he will resign as mayor affective Aug. 1 to become the interim town manager.
(July 31, 2020) Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Wednesday an expansion to his facemask order and effective Friday at 5 p.m., everyone above the age of 5 will be required to wear a mask in all public spaces of all businesses, as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
(July 31, 2020) Nine days ago, Worcester County had the highest positivity rate in Maryland at 7.26 percent, Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Wednesday. It has now declined to 5.5 percent, a drop of more than 37 percent.
(July 31, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners approved an zoning code amendment that will make the home occupation provision consistent between A-1, A-2 and E-1 districts during a public hearing last Tuesday. Specifically, it will allow a home occupation up to 3,000 square feet in an ac…
(July 31, 2020) As hurricane season converges with the covid-19 pandemic, Worcester County has modified its evacuation and sheltering plans to reflect the twin threats. Meanwhile Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald said a finalized resort plan should be ready sometime next week.
(July 31, 2020) The Ocean City Police Department is promoting its “Trespassing Enforcement Authorization Program,” T.E.A.P. for short, which allows local law enforcement to act on behalf of property owners in addressing trespassing violations.
(July 31, 2020) The covid-19 crisis may be hammering retail and restaurants, but resort area Realtors are experiencing an even higher demand for housing in a market with a quickly dwindling number of listings.
(July 31, 2020) Assateague Island National Seashore has seen a significant increase in visitors this summer.
(July 31, 2020) A survey conducted by Worcester County tourism and the Small Businesses Development Center in Salisbury University is discovering what visitors prefer while traveling to Worcester County and Ocean City during the covid-19 pandemic.
Women seek legal grounds to sunbathe bare chested, OC officials firmly opposed
(July 24, 2020) The following took place during Monday’s Ocean City Council meeting.
(July 24, 2020) Coast Guard Station Ocean City had to conduct a water rescue last Sunday, after a mechanical problem caused a boat to take on water.
(July 24, 2020) Worcester County has the fastest growing rate of new coronavirus cases in Maryland, according to health department agencies and hospitals.
(July 24, 2020) In response to the letter Gov. Larry Hogan sent to county officials on July 14 to warn them of bars and restaurants violating covid-19 guidelines, the Worcester County Commissioners talked about enforcement with their departments on Tuesday.
Meehan will push for, but not require masks
(July 24, 2020) Request denied — that was the essence of what the City Council told former Councilman Vince Gisriel Monday when he asked for copies of the minutes taken during the council’s private meetings with Charles “Buddy” Jenkins over the last two years regarding an extension of his pi…
(July 24, 2020) The Ocean City Council gave its final approval Monday evening to an amendment that will clarify the city’s waterway code.
(July 24, 2020) After being chided by members of the public during Monday night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Rick Meehan, with the approval of the council, said all future council, board and committee meetings held in the chamber of City Hall on Third Street would require facemask usage by all.
(July 24, 2020) The string of restaurants temporarily closing because of employees with covid-19 and other issues, such as extreme heat, continues.
(July 24, 2020) To help businesses on the Boardwalk, the Ocean City Downtown Association has given out more than 500 free facemasks and 200 sanitizer packets since July 4, and will continue to do so at the information booth located on North Division and Caroline streets.
(July 24, 2020) Visitors and residents will be able to have an additional drive-in movie experience this Friday, after the Ocean City Council on Monday approved a temporary use permit request from Fox Sun & Surf Cinema on 143rd Street to allow it to screen films outdoors.
City Council hopes to boost primary resident population with fee waivers, tax rebate
(July 24, 2020) There will be no express shuttle services this year for either the White Marlin Open (WMO) or the OC Air Show, because of what the Ocean City Council views as dwindling need as well as social gathering/crowding concerns.
(July 24, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners made the following decisions during their meeting on Tuesday:
(July 24, 2020) With the extra $600 for unemployment assistance from the federal government expiring tomorrow, local businesses are uncertain how that will affect employment in Ocean City and Worcester County. The extra assistance was added as a result of massive unemployment rates across th…
Local school systems can decide how to open in fall; WCPS offers draft of model
(July 24, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners accepted a $64,265 community block development grant for covid-19 relief during their meeting on Tuesday.
Lower shore representatives asked questions regarding prosecutor duties, changes
(July 24, 2020) The Ocean City Police Department raised $8,247 last weekend with its “Cover the Cruiser, Law Enforcement Torch Run," with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Maryland.
(July 17, 2020) After reports last week that bacteria counts in the St. Martin River next to the Ocean Pines Swim and Racquet Club exceeded EPA safety standards, water sample data from July 8 compiled by Assateague Coastkeeper Kathy Phillips showed that water quality had dropped back to acce…
Testing done after staffers show positive for covid-19
(July 17, 2020) More than 47,500 fraudulent unemployment claims totaling more than $501 million have been discovered by the Maryland Department of Labor, Gov. Larry Hogan said during a Wednesday press conference.
(July 17, 2020) As many states and counties experience a spike in coronavirus cases, Worcester County is following that trend with 44 cases diagnosed since last Thursday, according to the Worcester County Health Department.
(July 17, 2020) After five months of closure and economic hardships brought on by covid-19, the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street will reopen for its first event of the season this Sunday, when the Starpower National Championship takes place.
(July 17, 2020) The Ocean City Council voted on Tuesday to not operate the resort’s tram services this summer, but to extend its tram and bus advertising contract with Vector Media.
(July 17, 2020) With the federal ban on work visas set to expire on Dec. 31, the J-1 cultural exchange program for Ocean City should not be affected next year, unless the ban is extended, according to agencies involved in the program.
(July 17, 2020) An almost century-old beach hotel is on its way to a total replacement, following the Ocean City Board of Zoning Appeals’ approval last Thursday of setback variance requests made by the Lankford Hotel on the Boardwalk.
More information needed for resort officials to make decision, tabled until Mon.
(July 17, 2020) Although covid-19 has wrecked Ocean City’s food tax revenue, a large savings pool will allow the resort to comfortably pay for the third phase of expansion projects at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street for several years to come.
Plan for Sept. 8 opening will be decided in next board of ed session
(July 17, 2020) Shady Side Village residential planned community underwent a step two site plan review by the Technical Review Committee meeting on Wednesday.The 37-unit townhouse development will be located in West Ocean City south of Old Bridge Road and west of Greenridge Lane.