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Short-term rental rules win approval from Town Council

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By Greg Ellison (March 31, 2022) Following hours of commentary from supporters and opponents of rental regulations, the Berlin Town Council voted on Monday to create and impose new rules for short-term rentals as of July 1. Mayor Zach Tyndall said the hot-button topic has been bandied about for several years. “The intent is to… Read more »

OP Board mulls social media policy, potential ethics rules

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By Greg Ellison (March 31, 2022) The consideration of a possible social media policy for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors ballooned into a discussion about ethics codes during the board meeting last Wednesday. Director Doug Parks said in light of the multiple Pines-based social media platforms available, an official policy should be developed to… Read more »

Lakernick denied committee post

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Directors cut off discussion of why former candidate was rejected for 2nd time By Greg Ellison (March 31, 2022) Lingering political tension from the Ocean Pines Board of Directors 2021 election was on display at last week’s meeting, as the directors denied former candidate Stuart Lakernick a seat on a committee for the second time…. Read more »

Farr dissents on vote about ‘owner’ bylaw

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Electronic voting must be unanimous to be official By Greg Ellison (March 24, 2022) Despite initial assertions that the Ocean Pines Board of Directors voted unanimously by email last week to amend the definition of owner of record in its proposed bylaws revisions, it has since come to light that Director Rick Farr opposed the… Read more »

Rose steps down as chair of HDC

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But she’ll continue to serve while turning leadership role over to Norman Bunting By Greg Ellison (March 24, 2022) Leadership roles on Berlin’s Historic District Commission changed earlier this month with former chairperson Carol Rose handing the reins over to Norman Bunting. After 14 years as commission chair, Rose opted to vacate the role. “I… Read more »

Environmental Committee talks geese deterrence

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By Greg Ellison (March 24, 2022) Continued efforts to reduce the wild goose population around ponds in Ocean Pines were focused on last week by the Environmental and Natural Assets Committee. In addition to the plan to post signs that discourage feeding wildlife, other proposals for geese control options were examined during the groups’ meeting… Read more »

Church retiring as commissioner at end of fifth term

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By Jack Chavez (March 24, 2022) West Ocean City’s county commissioner is ready to “smell the roses.” That was the phrase Worcester County Commissioner James “Bud” Church used often in discussing his decision to retire from his position of the last 20 years when his term expires later this year. Church, 80, whose District 3… Read more »

Berlin council sticking with ’22 tax rate

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Would net $144K more over current year’s revenue By Greg Ellison (March 17, 2022) Berlin officials appear ready to maintain the current real property tax rate for FY23, with a first hearing held during the mayor and Town Council meeting on Monday. Financial Director Natalie Saleh said the proposed tax rate is 81.5 cents per… Read more »

Berlin ping pong park plans greenlighted by Town Council

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By Greg Ellison (March 17, 2022) The long-desired addition of ping pong at Burbage Park was approved by the Berlin Town Council on Monday. In November, the council authorized the nonprofit We Heart Berlin to purchase ping pong tables and equipment ahead of receiving formal approval. We Heart Berlin Vice-President Jeff Smith presented final project… Read more »

Election bylaws revisions spark strong protest

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Speakers challenge rules on candidate eligibility By Greg Ellison (March 17, 2022) Granting more time for consideration or voting no for a host of proposed bylaw changes were the main messages residents sent to the Ocean Pines Board of Directors during a town hall on Saturday. Communications Advisory Committee Chair Cheryl Jacobs moderated the hybrid… Read more »