Letter to the Editor

printed 05/21/2021

Editor,

Discourse and diplomacy have a way of easing concerns, ensuring the flow of accurate information, and deriving benefits for all parties involved.

That’s why US Wind, the company building Maryland’s first offshore wind project, stepped up its efforts this year to engage partners in Ocean City and the surrounding region.

I was hired earlier this month to hasten this principled approach by listening, learning, and by ensuring an open and fact-based dialogue between US Wind, the Ocean City Mayor and City Council, and others.

As we work to provide clean energy, good-paying jobs, and environmental benefits to Maryland, we’ll continue to redouble our efforts with local elected officials, the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, and residents through more frequent meetings, open channels of communication, and a genuine platform for open discussion.

While my tenure as the former executive director of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program makes this effort an excellent fit for me, the moral obligation I have to the kids building sandcastles on my favorite beach is what drives me. Add to that my love of saltwater fishing and wildlife conservation, and my desire to see this project through, comes full circle.

I look forward to continuing this dialogue with some old friends and new ideas for the future of Ocean City.

Dave Wilson

Maryland Project Manager

US Wind

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