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TAXI: Ocean City Council UNION REFERENDUM: Resort recognizes possibility of having to shore up value of resort cab medallions PAGE 4 voters rejected a proposed amendment to the city charter that would allow collective bargaining rights for town employees PAGE 14 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: BUSINESS . . . . . . . . . 45 CLASSIFIED . . . . . . . . 61 ENTERTAINMENT . . . . 53 LEGALS . . . . . . . . . . . 63 LIFESTYLE . . . . . . . . . 49 OPINION . . . . . . . . . . 20 OUT&ABOUT . . . . . . . . 57 SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . 39 SANTA’S COMING! VISIT HIM THURSDAY AT NORTHSIDE PARK…PAGE 49 Ocean City Today WWW.OCEANCITYTODAY.NET NOVEMBER 9, 2012 FREE NEW MAJORITY City reverses council power structure in landslide vote; turnout likely double that of municipal election in 2010 2012 MUNICIPAL ELECTION ZACK HOOPES ■ Staff Writer Many, such as the campaigner above, endorsed all five of Tuesday’s winners as an opposition bloc to the former council majority. Of that majority, councilmen Joe Hall and Jim Hall, seen below right, were both up for re-election and were defeated. Above right, former City Manager and new Councilman Dennis Dare speaks on his cell phone minutes after his victory. (Nov. 9, 2012) In a massive reversal of the last two years of Ocean City politics, the four candidates of the city’s de-facto opposition bloc have claimed all of the available council seats, securing the positions of two incumbents as well as ousting two of their bitter rivals. Council members Mary Knight and Doug Cymek succeeded in their reelection bids on Tuesday, while fellow incumbents Joe Hall and Council President Jim Hall were unseated by Dennis Dare and Joe Mitrecic. In Ocean City’s first municipal election held in tandem with the national elections, final numbers saw at least twice as many votes cast than in previous elections. Dare was most favored with 1,952 votes, followed by Knight with 1,853; Mitrecic with 1,778; Cymek with 1,680; OC Mayor Jim Hall with 929; Rick Meehan Bob Baker with 842; Joe Hall with 806; Sean Rox with 533; John Adkins with 314; and Philip Sayan with 304. For the first time in several years, the city also had a contested mayor’s race, although incumbent Rick Meehan easily defeated newcomer Nick Campagnoli with 2,238 votes to 629. To put the size of Tuesday’s turnout in perspective, Meehan also was the top vote getter in 2010 with 954 votes, when just 22 percent of the electorate, 1,458 voters, went to the polls. The combined vote in this year’s mayor’s race alone was 2,867, or nearly double the total number of ballots cast in the See KNIGHT on Page 18 OCEAN CITY TODAY/ZACK HOOPES OCEAN CITY TODAY/NANCY POWELL Labeled donations in Ocean Pines are ready to be taken to an as yet undetermined destination. Donations from one coastal area benefit others hit by hurricane NANCY POWELL ■ Staff Writer (Nov. 9, 2012) Ocean City area residents continued efforts this week to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Truckloads and carloads of supplies and clothes were taken to Cr- isfield, the most heavily damaged municipality in the state. Volunteers with “Sandy Clean Up Help” sought donations and people responded by donating clothes and other items that nearly overwhelmed drop-off sites. At South Moon Under in Ocean City, bags of donations, primarily clothing, lined the perimeter of the store. At The Globe in Berlin, donations filled the upstairs area. Donations at both sites were picked up Tuesday. The volunteer group, organized by Ocean City Beach Patrol veteran Colby Nelson, is also providing help of a different sort. The Facebook page, www.facebook. com/SandyDelmarvaCleanUp, tells volunteers where their help is needed. They have cleaned up an Ocean City business, an Ocean City trailer park and fixed a deck in Pittsville. One of the goals Tuesday and See ‘CLEAN UP’ on Page 24


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