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(May 22, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners made the following decisions during their meeting on Tuesday via Zoom:

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(May 22, 2020) Worcester County government finally has a tenant for its empty liquor dispensary building: Hardwire LLC, the military armor company in Pocomoke City that has been producing face shields since the end of March.

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(May 22, 2020) Worcester County has begun the gradual reopening process in hopes of restoring the tourism-based economy, as most of the county’s revenue sources have been closed or are operating at limited capacity since the end of March as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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(May 22, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners approved two zoning code amendments – one to allow special events in the resource protection district and another for special events in the resource conservation areas in the Atlantic Coastal Bays Critical Area. 

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(May 22, 2020) Behind the scenes, the Ocean City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been working to make sure all departments are up to speed and ready to handle pre-, mid- and post-coronavirus affairs. 

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(May 22, 2020) Armed with a prepared statement, Worcester County Commissioner Chip Bertino on Tuesday defended the commissioners’ decision last week to revoke the county’s $175,000 grant to Atlantic General Hospital.

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(May 22, 2020) When the Worcester County Commissioners discussed adjustments to their proposed FY21 budget on Tuesday, the most notable increase was in funding for the Ocean City and Stockton Volunteer Fire Departments.

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(May 22, 2020) As Memorial Day weekend begins, resort officials, business leaders, the Worcester County Commissioners and state representatives are urging Gov. Larry Hogan to allow outdoor dining for restaurants and bars.

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(May 22, 2020) Worcester County’s response rate for the 2020 U.S. Census ranges from five to 67 percent so far, with the lowest rate of participation occurring in an Ocean City census tract and the highest response rate belonging to a Snow Hill tract.  

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(May 22, 2020) Worcester County Public School students are continuing to learn with a high online activity rate of 85 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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(May 22, 2020) The following took place during the Ocean City Green Team meeting held last Wednesday:

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(May 22, 2020) It was a dream come true for 46-year-old Katie Callan when she heard the news that she had been hired as Ocean City’s new human resource director. 

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(May 22, 2020) Garvey Heiderman, owner of The Hobbit restaurant on 81st Street, has made huge strides in his efforts to create a composting program after he received Board of Zoning Appeals approval.

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(May 22, 2020) The construction of the new Showell Elementary School is continuing as scheduled according to the latest update report during the Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education teleconference meeting held on Tuesday, May 19.

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(May 22, 2020) A modified 2019-2020 Worcester County Public Schools’ calendar was approved by the Board of Education during its teleconference monthly meeting on Tuesday.

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(May 22, 2020) The Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education signed and approved a ratified 2020-2021 School Year Negotiated Contract agreement between the Worcester County Teachers’ Association and the Worcester County Educational Support Personnel Association on Tuesday, May 19.

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(May 22, 2020) The following took place during the Ocean City Bike Team meeting held last Wednesday, May 13:

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(May 15, 2020) With the May 6 announcement that public schools in Maryland would be closed for the remainder of the academic year, administrators at Worcester County high schools have developed new graduation schedules to honor the 2020 seniors.

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(May 15, 2020) The exceptionally low tides over the weekend couldn’t be missed in the bay and the inlet after Mother Nature dished out several days of blustery winds following the full “Flower Moon” last Thursday.

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(May 15, 2020) The Blueprint for America’s Future, commonly known as the Kirwan bill, was vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan last week, thus sparing county governments the problem of trying to find ways to pay their share of the education improvement program when revenue is looking scarce.

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(May 15, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners adjusted their plan for the federal CARES Act recovery funding to allocate 15 percent of the money to Berlin, Snow Hill, Pocomoke and the Ocean Pines Association and 40 percent to Ocean City during their budget work session on Tuesday.

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(May 15, 2020) Even though the Worcester County Commissioners used their Tuesday working session to focus on tightening spending next year, they also took a step in a different direction by deciding to fund ambulance service to West Ocean City. 

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(May 15, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners followed the Ocean City Council’s lead today by lifting the temporary restrictions on all short-term rentals at 5 p.m. during an emergency county commissioner meeting via Zoom. 

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(May 15, 2020) The Ocean City Council adopted a new social media policy Tuesday that combines the city’s guidelines for its traditional outlets, official city social media sites and employee social media pages. 

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(May 15, 2020) The following took place Tuesday, May 12, during the Ocean City Transportation Committee:

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(May 15, 2020) Ocean City’s beach and Boardwalk reopened to the public last Saturday, giving resort elected officials, law enforcement officers and the public a glimpse of what the new normal might look like this summer in terms of social distancing and facial fashion.

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(May 15, 2020) Members of the Ocean City Council agreed Tuesday to allow the conditional use permit for OC Bay Hopper Water Taxi service to remain active until its expiration date of February 2021. 

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(May 15, 2020) The finish line is near for the three-phase, multi-million dollar expansion project at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street, after the tertiary phase got underway Monday. 

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(May 15, 2020) After the resort shut its doors to guests to mitigate the spread of covid-19, Ocean City officials and department heads believe the time is now to begin slowly inching that door back open. 

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(May 15, 2020) Facing no winning options, the Ocean City Transportation Committee devoted much of its Tuesday session trying to balance public safety against the need to reduce the losses its bus and tram services will experience this summer. 

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(May 14, 2020) Prompted by Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to enter stage one of his recovery plan effective Friday, at 5 p.m., Mayor Rick Meehan lifted his short-term rental ban effective today, May 14, at 5 p.m., during a special council session. 

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(May 15, 2020) Although the proposed Heavy Metal Playground for West Ocean City hoped to receive approval from the Worcester County Board of Zoning Appeals this past Thursday, it has instead chosen to delay the project. The board granted owner Mark Stevanus a one-month delay. 

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(May 15, 2020) Worcester County Public Schools will receive a $32,750 Emergency Broadband Education Assistance grant from the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband and the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Board of Public Works approved the grant request as Maryland schools…

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**On Thursday, May 14, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan and City Council lifted the restrictions on short-term rentals.