Letter to the Editor

printed 04/22/2022


In the April 15 edition of your paper page 62, an article about the possible future of the Sun and Surf cinema on Coastal Highway at 143rd Street. The article referenced P.W. Director Hal Adkins saying he “heard for Bill Neville” the P & D director that a “local hotel owner” is eyeing the site for an “eight story hotel and condo.”

As a longtime resident of Caines Woods and Ocean City I and many of my neighbors would believe that Ocean City’s building codes prevents anything more than five stories on the bayside of coastal highway.

Are we incorrect in our interpretation of the building codes, or are Mr. Adkins and Mr. Neville unfamiliar with that regulation, does it still exist?

Even a five-story structure would be detrimental to our neighborhood, much less a towering eight stories.

I would hope that when the zoning hearing is heard on a proposal such as this all of Caine Woods homeowners would turn out to voice our opinions and opposition.

Perhaps the City Council should revisit the Rivendell history and the other errors made granting more than a five-story structure on bayside of coastal highway.

Ray Hall

Caines Woods

Ocean City

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