The city is one step closer to completing a land swap with the Wenzlaff Family LLP, after the Ocean City Council approved on Monday a series of ordinances on first reading. The land swaps are necessary for the city’s desire to build a water treatment plant between 66th and 67th streets. 

(Oct. 9, 2020) The Ocean City Council made big progress in its efforts to create a water treatment plant after approving land swaps and land conveyances to the Wenzlaff Family, LLLP, owners of Advanced Marina on 66th Street, on Monday. 

Public Works Director Hal Adkins explained to the council how the city had been slowly acquiring property in order to build its water treatment plant on 66th Street. 

This property acquisition included the former Sandpiper Energy lot and World Gym both on 67th Street, as well as the former Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building on 66th Street. 

However, between the old VFW building and city-owned land on 66th Street was a bit of property the Wenzlaff Family had acquired to use for boat storage. 

Since fall of 2018, Adkins said the council and the Wenzlaff Family met multiple times in closed sessions to discuss reorganizing parcels of lands to suit each respective party’s needs. 

In addition to land swaps, the city planned to close two unpaved, unimproved “paper” alleyways, Adkins said

Additionally, he planned to widen an alley adjacent to Skye Bar from 15 to 19 feet. 

To do so, the council had to hold a public hearing and then approve two ordinances on first reading on Monday. 

“Hey, Hal, this seems about exactly how I remember it,” Councilman John Gehrig said. “Any changes since we first discussed this?”

Adkins said nothing had changed, and with that, the council finalized that aspect of the project.  

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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