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Short-term rentals rules go into effect

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New measure instituted after vote to delay fails By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Berlin’s short-term rental ordinance will be moving forward tomorrow as scheduled. On Monday, the Berlin Town Council listened to a letter sent to Planning Director Dave Engelhart — read to the council by Engelhart — from a nonresident who said instituting the… Read more »

Marina gas, drainage ditch misuse highlighted by GM


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Marina gas pump issues, drainage ditch misuse and updates on projects including lighting on the North Gate bridge, fencing around the Yacht Club and new pickleball courts were highlighted in General Manager John Viola’s report to the Ocean Pines Board last Wednesday. After opening with maintenance on the Swim and… Read more »

OP Golf Committee talks maintenance, more

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Ocean Pines Golf Committee met on June 21 and discussed the following items: The Sand Dawgs, a group of Ocean Pines golfers who help with maintenance around the golf course, found in a review given by Dawgs member Nelson Fenwick that the group has all holes covered and substitutions… Read more »

OP Strategic Planning talks phrasing of vision and goals

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Ocean Pines Strategic Planning Advisory Committee held a lengthy talk about updating the vision statement and the use of “residential” versus “resort” with the majority saying that “resort” needs to stay in the statement during their meeting on June 23. “My personal opinion, you could just say resort-style community,”… Read more »

OP resolution overhaul going forward with reviews, debate

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer Several resolutions have been looked at and debated over the past two weeks by the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors following the years-long efforts of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee to update the association’s governing documents. During the June 23 OPA board meeting, the docket included reviews of Resolutions… Read more »

OP discusses upcoming protocol


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer After some spirited debate, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors unanimously passed a revised Resolution M-06 and tabled Resolution B-03 pending further research on Monday. The board went through two readings of each resolution, beginning at its regular meeting on June 22. Elections Committee Chair Carol Ludwig sat in… Read more »

MDOT unveils Route 90 study in virtual talk

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Several potential solutions to summertime traffic woes discussed with timetables By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer It’s still going to be a while before earth is moved, but possibilities for what a wider Route 90 might look like are becoming clearer. Officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation hosted a virtual Q&A with the public on… Read more »

Committee promotes annual meeting, voting next month

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The Ocean Pines Communications Committee is ramping up to “get out the vote” ahead of the board of directors election this summer. The committee decided at its June 16 meeting that it will use signs bearing the aforementioned slogan from 2021 but revise them to fit the current year. The decision came with the suggestion… Read more »

Pines committee wants awareness for wildlife issues


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer UPDATE: Before going to press, Sanacroce informed the Bayside Gazette that a few signs had been put up on the pond. ORIGINAL STORY The Ocean Pines Environment and Natural Assets Committee is still waiting on its “Keep Wildlife Wild” signs for South Gate Pond. After the committee’s June 15 meeting,… Read more »

Marine Activities Committee talks dredging, boat safety


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The Ocean Pines Marine Activities Committee on Tuesday continued discussions regarding bathroom repairs, dredging and boating safety. “We’ve provided a punch list to the general manager (John Viola), who has been wonderful in following up with us on those issues,” said committee secretary Donna McElroy. “Dredging has been the ongoing… Read more »