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One problem solved: Viola stays on as GM

This summer’s Ocean Pines Association election could result in a significant change in the composition of the board of directors, considering that six candidates are vying for the board’s three open seats. That’s the sort of thing that politically aware association members might find unsettling. After all, the uneven history of the board has shown… Read more »

Seared lamb with Alabama white sauce

2 cuisine.07.09.20

By Paul Suplee, MBA, CEC, PC-3 (Reprint from July 9, 2020) Is there anything better than a hunk of fresh fish or a freshly seared steak to bring a smile to your face? I mean, unless you are a vegan, something I greatly admire, there is something so satiating about a beautiful piece of meat… Read more »

Holiday events in Ocean City, surrounding communities

•Pines '21-file

Array of festivities planned for July 3, 4 and 5 By Mallory Panuska, Staff Writer Fireworks will not blast off in Ocean City limits on July 4, but an array of other activities are planned in and around the resort this weekend and beyond to celebrate America’s independence. As of earlier this week, these are… Read more »

Candidates share goals at OP forum

•OPA Board candidates

Board of directors hopefuls field questions on goals By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer The six hopefuls in the 2022 Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election spent two days last week — June 22 and June 25 — answering a total of 12 questions regarding the state of the community and their goals if they… Read more »

Short-term rentals rules go into effect

Berlin town hall

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

•golf course

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

•pines survey

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

referendum ballot count

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 »