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Pines native Roscoe Leslie begins as county attorney

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (Jan. 16, 2020) The Worcester County Commissioners announced the name of their new attorney, Roscoe Leslie, on Jan. 2, bring onboard an Ocean Pines native. Leslie graduated from Worcester Prep and then the University of Delaware, where he received a bachelor of arts in economic and political science. He earned… Read more »

January 16 Briefs

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 16, 2020) During the Berlin Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, several motions were passed or considered for approval. EDUs The council approved a request for two additional Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDUs) for 305 Washington Street. Resident, and owner of the property, Duane Maddy first made the request two… Read more »

Berlin discusses potential postal delivery loading zone


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 16, 2020) Establishing a convenient loading zone for parcel and mail delivery trucks in downtown Berlin proved to be trickier than anyone realized Monday night, as the mayor and council found themselves traveling in different directions. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells suggested that the council place a… Read more »

Coastal Realtors ask Berlin to not ban Airbnb rentals

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 16, 2020) The Coastal Association of Realtors sent a letter to the Planning Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 8, asking the town to reconsider its ban of short-term rentals or Airbnbs in Berlin’s residential neighborhoods. The letter from association President Joe Wilson argued that a property owner “has the core… Read more »

Site plan, rezone request approved by Berlin Planning

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 16, 2020) The Berlin Planning Commission approved a site plan and zoning change Wednesday, with the latter involving a switch from an industrial to business classification. The commission supported a request to reclassify 26.6 acres of industrially zoned property (M-1A) on the north side of Route 50 as shopping… Read more »

Berlin discusses goals to clean Heron Park by spring


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Jan. 16, 2020) The effort to open at least some portions of Heron Park in time for warmer weather was on the Berlin Town Council agenda Monday, and though some possibilities were discussed, no consensus was reached on what can be done to speed up the process. “It has been… Read more »

Viola repeats: things still look good


Budget-beating numbers posted for November, but winter will bring decline (Jan. 9, 2020) With financials complete for more than half of the current fiscal year, Ocean Pines Association balance ledgers remain favorable to budget by roughly $587,000, General Manager John Viola reported Saturday. In addition to giving highlights from fiscal 2019/2020, Viola also recapped ongoing… Read more »

OPA Bylaws advises both action plus caution


(Jan. 9, 2020) While urging fast action to reform a neglected search committee to solicit OPA Board candidates for the 2020 election, the Ocean Pines Bylaws and Resolutions Committee also spoke out against the board immediately approving proposed revisions to the association’s architectural guidelines during its meeting on Friday. Committee chairman Jim Trummel said while board… Read more »

Budget committee reviews November figures


Pines advisory group takes look at revenues compared to expenses for fiscal year (Jan. 9, 2020) With a multi-day fiscal year 2020/2021 meeting pending the following week, the OPA Budget and Finance Committee examined preview materials and reviewed final numbers through November 2019 during its meeting on Friday. Acknowledging the importance of preparation, committee Chairman… Read more »

ARC guideline revisions reviewed


(Jan. 9, 2020) After concerns arose over accepting proposed revisions to the OPA Architectural Review Committee guidelines, the board of directors on Saturday voted 5-2, with members Tom Janasek and Larry Perrone opposed, to spend two weeks reviewing the amended language before seeking legal review. ARC committee board liaison Steve Tuttle initially made a motion… Read more »