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Creating budgets now requires extra caution

Budgeting is nothing like it used to be for business or government, both of which these days have little choice but to proceed prudently while fervently hoping the year ahead doesn’t go sideways. The last two years certainly did, rendering useless many of the logical conclusions on which budgets are based. Time was, budget masters… Read more »

No easy solutions for short-term rental rule

Berlin, like many other municipalities, cities and counties, is trying to balance a scale that has property owners’ desire to earn income from short-term rentals on one side and traditionalists’ wish to preserve their long-held sense of community on the other. The fulcrum on which this debate teeters is what property law experts call the… Read more »

Letter to the Editor

OPA should adopt minimum wage This letter was sent to the Ocean Pines Association Board and forwarded to Bayside Gazette Members of the Board: On March 20, 2019, the Maryland General Assembly passed a new state minimum wage law. The law raises the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 by 2025. For example, in… Read more »

Viola set course, OPA needs to stay with it

Whether one agreed with the way he did things or questioned his decisions, John Viola’s performance as the top administrator of the Ocean Pines Association since March 2019 shows he has been the best general manager the association has had in years. If  his primary task as a quick replacement for his predecessor was to… Read more »