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OPA assessment increase indefinite

OCEAN PINES — Should the Ocean Pines Association fail in their latest attempt to reverse the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision, the membership may find what was meant to be a temporary increase in dues extended indefinitely. This week the Board of Directors voted to use the funds that have been set aside to… Read more »

Pines Parks and Rec to consider reflooring

OCEAN PINES — Roy Foreman of the Ocean Pines Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee presented an update on that body’s goings on to the Ocean Pines Board of Directors this week. Foreman told the directors that the committee was considering changing the flooring in the Assateague Room of the community center from carpet to a… Read more »

Town has big plans for Henry Park walking trail

BERLIN — On the heels of proclaiming April 21-28 Take Pride in Berlin Week, the Mayor and Council took the first steps toward having a walking path installed in Henry Park similar to the one that is now so popular in Stephen Decatur Park. The Atlantic Group, a local design firm, will design a walking… Read more »

Good things flow from wastewater

BERLIN — Although it was a long fought and often heated debate, the controversial decision to give the go-ahead to build a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant it looked, at the time, as if the Town might not be able to afford is paying off more quickly than had been anticipated. At this week’s meeting the… Read more »

Neighborhood character may soon be measured

BERLIN — The Mayor and Council this week finalized a resolution aimed at giving both developers and the Planning and Zoning commissions a little more leeway when it comes to deciding on whether or if to suspend height restrictions on new properties and additions. Last month members of the planning and zoning board appealed to… Read more »

OPA may fight on in IRS suit

OCEAN PINES —  By unanimous decision this week the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors elected to continue their fight against the IRS over the OPA’s tax liability for Beach Club parking revenue, as long as the proposition is fiscally reasonable.  The decision comes on the heals of the US Court of Appeals most recent… Read more »

Take Pride in Berlin expands scope

 BERLIN — Take Pride in Berlin started as an annual event aimed, essentially at preparing two of the town’s parks for spring but is being repackaged and relaunched this year as a week of raising awareness and encouraging a community-wide cleanup and “greenup” movement. For the last three years, Grow Berlin Green (GBG) — a… Read more »

Things are looking up for Main Street

BERLIN — The summer of 2012 may be one of the best in recent memory as economic development in Berlin continues to buck the national economy with businesses opening and expanding throughout the Town. As the Town continues to fill empty shops and make room for existing ones to expand, the addition hope is that… Read more »

A Possible Break for the Waystead Inn

BERLIN — Planning Supervisor Chuck Ward approached the Mayor and Council on behalf of the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to ask that body to provide a little extra leeway when it came to deciding upon variances for bed and breakfast operations. Under the current rules, beds and breakfasts all fall under the same restrictions,… Read more »

Berlin continues to work out open container rules

BERLIN — As the Mayor and Council, the merchants and the residents begin to get a feel for the implications of the new process for suspension of the open container rules, all parties have begun to make adjustments to their operations in response to what is working and to what is not going according to… Read more »