(April 12, 2019) Ocean Pines Director Slobodan Trendic abruptly resigned Wednesday, following the board’s refusal to act on his call for a referendum on whether to replace the golf club house and cart barn.

Elected in 2016, Trendic was in the final year of his first three-year term and would have been eligible for re-election this August.

In a letter to board members and forwarded to local media late Wednesday afternoon, Trendic said his resignation was effective immediately.

“At the April 6th meeting, I introduced a motion that would require the board to initiate a referendum to obtain homeowners’ approval for the replacement of the golf clubhouse and the cart barn facilities,” Trendic said in the statement. “Your unwillingness to second my motion for discussion and your rejection of my proposed referendum leads me to make this difficult decision.

“I would like to extend my appreciation to the members of our great community for their support and their words of encouragement,” he continued. “I am forever grateful for the trust they placed in me and my abilities to represent their interests and be their voice on the OPA Board.”

With the resignation of Ted Moroney last month, this leaves only one incumbent, Esther Diller, eligible for election this year.

Three seats are available and, according to Executive Secretary Michelle Bennett, no one had filed to run as of Wednesday. The filing deadline is May 10.

Josh Davis is an MDDC award-winning editor and reporter at the Bayside Gazette and Ocean City Today newspapers, covering Berlin and Ocean Pines, Maryland. He is the author of three novels, including 'Vanishing is the Last Art' (2012). He lives in Berlin.

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