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OP Bylaws considers Search Committee changes


By Greg Ellison (Dec. 23, 2021) Following a request from the Ocean Pines Board of Directors, the Bylaws and Resolution Committee began discussions last week about reconfiguring the candidate Search Committee. Director Colette Horn initiated the discussion of possible changes to the Search Committee, which is tasked with soliciting election candidates, during the board meeting… Read more »

OP Bylaws talks candidate criteria details


By Greg Ellison (Dec. 23, 2021) Potential tweaks to qualification criteria for Ocean Pines Board of Directors candidates were examined by the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee last Friday. Committee Chair Jim Trummel said member Keith Kaiser recently conducted research on comparable HOAs’ rules. “A couple of committee meetings ago … the issue of determining owner… Read more »

Lawrence directs assistance to Kentucky tornado victims


By Greg Ellison (Dec. 23, 2021) In addition to sending utility crews south next month to help  parts of west Kentucky recover after a series of tornadoes leveled parts of the state on Dec. 10, Berlin Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence is organizing donations for displaced residents there. “I’m looking as far as both the… Read more »

OP mulls audio purchases for live streaming abilities

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 23, 2021) In hopes of live-streaming future meetings, the Ocean Pines Board of Directors debated investing in audio upgrades for either the Golf Clubhouse or the Community Center’s Assateague Room during its meeting on Dec. 11. Director Amy Peck introduced the discussion point during the recent board meeting held in the… Read more »

Ball drop rebounds in Berlin

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After covid-canceled NYE, kids, adult parties return By Greg Ellison (Dec. 23, 2021) In a return to form after canceling festivities last year because of coronavirus, the Town of Berlin will host a pair of New Year’s Eve celebrations next Friday. The end-of-year activities will begin at 5:20 p.m. with a laser- light show followed… Read more »

OP Recreation Parks Committee looks to 2022

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 23, 2021) After bringing two new members aboard, the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Committee reviewed top priorities for 2022 during its meeting last Monday. Committee Chair Patti Stevens said new members William Barnard and Roy Foreman were welcomed on Dec. 13. “Roy was introduced and Bill Barnard was on the… Read more »

Ocean Pines survey highlights challenges

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Strategic Planning Co-Chair Bernie McGorry presented summary of data on Saturday By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16, 2021) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors received a preliminary summary of data compiled from the recently completed property owners’ survey during its meeting on Saturday. Strategic Planning Committee Co-Chair Bernie McGorry said 1,838 survey responses were received by…. Read more »

Rental rules talk gets into property rights

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Main obstacle to ordinance regulating short-term units By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16, 2021) Concerns about limiting property rights were a key point during a discussion of regulating short-term rentals during the mayor and council meeting on Monday. Mayor Zach Tyndall said the intent was reviving earlier talks to ascertain what points council members feel should… Read more »

Berlin adds third parcel to Heron Park RFP


Interested parties inquire about additional property, so town makes it available By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16. 2021) After issuing a request for proposals for parcels 57 and 410 in Heron Park last month, the Berlin Town Council on Monday agreed to add a third section, parcel 191, to the package. Mayor Zach Tyndall said an… Read more »

Pines GM updates budget, capital projects, bulkheads

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 16, 2021) In addition to discussing the 2022/23 fiscal year budget process, Ocean Pines General Manager John Viola also provided updates on bulkhead repairs, drainage work and audio system enhancements during the board meeting on Saturday. Viola said next fiscal year’s proposed budget figures have been reviewed and signed off on… Read more »