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Matt Ortt Companies continues to succeed

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 25, 2019) Matt Ortt Companies, which has been managing several restaurants and organizations in Ocean City and Ocean Pines, will continue to prosper with a collaboration with the Harrison Group and a preliminary multi-year contract extension with Ocean Pines. On Friday, the Ocean Pines Association announced that it and… Read more »

Following chemical spill Berlin Falls Park closes

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Site ‘temporarily’ shut down for two to three weeks, official says By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 25, 2019) Berlin Falls Park is closed temporarily following an apparent chemical spill last month at the facility on Old Ocean City Boulevard, Town Administrator Laura Allen said at an advisory committee meeting last Thursday. Additionally, Allen reported a… Read more »

Committees need volunteers


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 25, 2019) Several Ocean Pines Association Advisory Committees could use a few more members, and are asking for volunteers. The lack of volunteers is not severe. Every committee has at least the minimum number of volunteers required and many of the advisory committees are still running despite being short… Read more »

Annexation petition falls short for referendum


Effort fails by 43 signatures needed to push special election for proposed plan By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 25, 2019) The petition opposing Berlin’s annexation of property where a gas station and convenience store would be built on Route 50 fell 43 signatures short of what its spon- sors needed to force action to… Read more »

OP board could discuss capital reserve fund


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) Responding to property owners’ concerns about the possibility of having to increase assessments because of multiple new capital projects, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors has begun to wonder if a capital reserve fund is worth considering. During the July 6 board meeting two weeks ago, Director… Read more »

i.g. Burton’s annexation endorsed

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) Berlin’s Planning Commission issued a favorable recommendation to annex part of i.g. Burton’s car dealership property following a meeting last Wednesday. The annexation would apply to the Chevrolet dealership side of the business complex. The company also plans to demolish the current shop and rebuild it. The parcel… Read more »

Roundabout meeting goes ‘round and ‘round


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) The only certainty regarding the proposed roundabout at the North Gate of Ocean Pines is the State Highway Administration’s uncertainty about how to proceed following a two-hour community meeting last Thursday that failed to produce any kind of consensus. Nearly 200 people attended the informal town hall… Read more »

Petition could meet standard for referendum

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If it has right name total, annexation will go to vote By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 18, 2019) Berlin government’s plans to annex a small parcel on the northwest corner of town near Route 50 is now on hold for an undetermined amount of time, as town officials verify the signatures on a petition calling… Read more »

OP roundabout meeting scheduled July 11

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) Maryland State Highway Administration officials will present information on the proposed Ocean Parkway roundabout in a different fashion tonight when it convenes an informal public meeting from 6-8 p.m. in the Assateague Room of the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway. Rather than employing the usual… Read more »

Berlin delays fee increase on stormwater


Even split on Town Council leads to default decision By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (July 11, 2019) There will be no wetland construction on Graham Avenue and no stormwater fee increase this year to pay for it, after an evenly divided Berlin Town Council agreed Monday to revisit the situation next year. The non-decision that… Read more »