The Ocean City Council voted on Tuesday to move to public hearing a land swap between the city and the Wenzlaff LLLP, owners of Advanced Marina on 66th Street. The swap will also require the passage of three ordinances. 

(Sept. 4, 2020) A property swap between Ocean City officials and the Wenzlaff Family LLLP, owners of Advanced Marina on 66th Street, will move to a public hearing and ordinance readings after the council approved it Tuesday afternoon. 

Public Works Director Hal Adkins said the city began acquiring parcels of land around the 65th Street public works facility in 2017 in preparation for the construction of a water treatment plant. 

The land acquisition began with the purchase of the old Veteran of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) building, then the 67th Street Gym and then finally the Sandpiper Energy Tank site. 

In March 2019, city officials met in closed session and voted unanimously to swap property with the Wenzlaff family, Adkins said. 

“At a later date, with the assistance of the planning department, we had rezoning done on behalf of the Wenzlaffs to put a zoning known over [the property] called BMUD, Bayside Mixed-Use District, that was passed by the council in ordinance 2019-5,” Adkins said. 

Adkins and staff then checked off a side yard setback approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals, followed by re-subdivision/boundary line adjustment approval by the Planning and Zoning Commission. 

The last steps, Adkins said, would be the public hearing and three ordinance readings. 

The public hearing is necessary because part of the land swap involved the closure and conveyance of two alleys, as well as the sale of land to the Wenzlaff Family company.

“One of the ordinances is acknowledging the alley closure, one of the ordinances is acknowledging the transfer of property from the mayor and council to the Wenzlaff Family LLLP and the third ordinance is the transfer of property from the Wenzlaff Family to the mayor and city council,” Adkins said. 

The council approved to schedule the public hearing and ordinance readings, which will take place on Sept. 21. 

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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