The Ocean City Council on Monday voted to approve on second reading amendments to its waterways code. The amendments will help clarify conflicts between the city’s standard and the Maryland Department of Environment’s standard. 

(July 24, 2020) The Ocean City Council gave its final approval Monday evening to an amendment that will clarify the city’s waterway code. 

Under the resort’s code, shoreline construction may extend up to 20 percent of the width of the waterway, not to exceed 50 feet, as long as a 40-foot-wide navigable channel is maintained. 

As previously reported, this conflicted with the Maryland Department of Environment’s (MDE) standard, which allows for multiple bulkhead replacements to creep up to 18 inches or more, which causes confusion among property owners.  

The amendment would simply streamline the two standards, and reassert that the 40-foot channel had to be maintained. 

Other minor amendments would incorporate previously adopted construction and submission standards. 

Councilman Tony DeLuca previously said that the Ocean City Board of Port Warden’s chairman, Black McGrath, had read and approved the code amendment, as did the rest of the board members.

Josh covers everything Ocean City government and crime. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a B.A. in French and Journalism.

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