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The Dispatch January 10, 2020


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New Year’s Day Wedding:

Prior to take a chilly dip in the ocean to support Atlantic General Hospital, Tom and Mary Gervasi took a plunge of a different sort, getting married on the beach. See page 11 for more information on the swim. Photo by Chris Parypa

Resort Officially Approves Changes In Parking Fees For 2020 Season

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To Avoid Weekend Conflict, Ocean City Moves Sunfest To First Oct. Weekend

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Ocean City Beach Stands Auctions Bring ‘Fantastic’ Revenue Increase

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Lawmakers Outline Legislative Plan To Toughen Laws For Vehicle Event See Page 9 • Submitted Photo







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Ocean City Approves New Parking Rate Structure

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OCEAN CITY – After clearing up some loose ends, resort officials this week approved a resolution setting in stone changes in the public parking rate structure in the coming season at the Inlet lot, municipal lots and on the streets. After numerous meetings, the resort’s parking task force last month forwarded recommendations for tweaking the rate structure for public parking in areas where it already exists. In simplest terms, the recommendations included a modest rate hike of 50 cents per hour in most areas during the peak of the summer season, with a throwback to the consumer in the form of times in the shoulder seasons when

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paid parking is eliminated. The goal of the task force’s undertaking was to explore ways to increase revenue from parking to help offset growing budget demands and shift some of the responsibility for maintaining the beach and Boardwalk to the day-trippers, all while keeping a paid parking fee schedule fair and palatable to all consumers. The approved Option C appears to achieve those goals, according to city officials. Under Option C, parking at the Inlet lot would be free during the week from Monday to Thursday in April and May and again in October. The hourly rate at the Inlet lot on weekends in those shoulder months would be $3, while the hourly rate would go to $3.50 per hour in June, July, August and September.

At the municipal lots and existing on-street paid parking areas, the same formula would be applied. In those areas, parking would be free during the week in the shoulder seasons and $2 per hour on the weekends. The hourly rate would then jump to $3 per hour in June, July, August and September. Those recommendations would result in an estimated $980,000 in new net parking revenue. The Mayor and Council last month reviewed and approved the task force’s recommendations. On Monday, the elected officials codified the changes in the parking rate structure with the unanimous passage of a resolution, but not before addressing a few concerns with the payment system and the varying fees and grace periods for handicapped parking.

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Councilman Tony DeLuca made a motion on Monday to approve the resolution, a motion seconded by Council Secretary Mary Knight. Before a vote was taken, however, Knight sought clarification on the payment mechanism accommodating the rate changes. “I wanted to make sure with the 50-cent increments that our Park-Mobile system can accommodate that change,” she said. “I understand there may have been some concerns about the 50 cents versus the even dollar amounts.” City Engineer Terry McGean explained those concerns have been addressed and the existing paid parking systems can accommodate the changes. “The concerns we had with the 50cent change was at the machines that accept bills,” he said. “If you put in three dollars, for example, because the bill collectors do not give change, we want to make sure you get the time that you purchased. We did confirm that the machines will give however many minutes you pay for. We are comfortable with that.” Another issue raised before the resolution was passed on Monday related to the grace periods defined for handicapped parking. McGean explained at the Inlet lot, there will be a half-hour grace period without paying for parking for all vehicles whether they are handicapped or not. The conventional thinking is some vehicles simply drive through the Inlet lot to drop off or pick up visitors to the beach and Boardwalk and there is currently a half-hour grace period for that before paid parking kicks in. McGean explained that grace period would be the same at the Inlet lot for all vehicles. “At the Inlet lot, there is no other special exception for handicapped parking,” he said. “The same rates will apply for all vehicles.” However, handicapped parking vehicles will enjoy a longer grace period in other areas where paid parking exists including the on-street areas downtown and the municipal lots. “At the Inlet lot, there is a half-hour grace period for all vehicles,” said McGean. “For all other areas, there is a one-hour grace period for handicap parking. At the Inlet lot, it’s a half-hour for everyone.” Satisfied the loose-end concerns had been addressed, the council voted 6-0, with Councilman Matt James absent, to approve the resolution. While the resolution does include a modest rate hike during the peak summer months, the task force did not include any recommendations for expanding paid parking beyond areas where it already exists. There was considerable discussion about expanding paid parking north from 11th Street to 33rd Street, or even to the Delaware line, but those concepts got no traction during the task force work sessions.

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Sunfest Pushed Back To Avoid Vehicle Event Weekend

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OCEAN CITY – One of the most significant changes from the closed session meetings addressing an unsanctioned motorized event is moving the signature Sunfest event to the first weekend in October this fall. Following a spirited Mayor and Council meeting after another troublesome unsanctioned motorized special event last September, resort officials promised everything was on the table in terms of possible solutions to the reckless activity and embarked on a series of closed session meetings throughout much of the fall and early winter to explore remedies. In the months since the unsanctioned H2O International (H2Oi) event wreaked havoc in Ocean City again,

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law enforcement officials and the Mayor and Council have been working in earnest, albeit behind closed doors, to explore any and all alternatives to curtail some of the behavior associated with the event. For the record, the official H2Oi event, featuring tricked-out Volkswagens and Audis, for example, has been held for the last few years in Atlantic City. However, in the years since the official event moved from its venue in northern Worcester County to Atlantic City, hundreds of enthusiasts continue to show up in Ocean City

during the last weekend in September and the outcome has not changed, but rather has gotten worse. On Tuesday, resort officials announced the first of likely many attempts to rectify problems associated with the unsanctioned motorized special event. Because of a leap year calendar adjustment, and perhaps more importantly because of the understanding many of the unsanctioned motorized event’s participants are planning on coming during Sunfest weekend this year, resort officials announced the annual fall festival will be moved to the

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first weekend in October. The annual Wine Fest, which has typically conflicted with the H2Oi weekend, will now be held the last weekend of September. In the aftermath of the pop-up unsanctioned event last September, it became evident through social media many of the unsanctioned motorized special event participants were considering moving their annual pilgrimage to Ocean City to Sunfest weekend in 2020. For 46 years, Sunfest, the annual celebration of live music, arts and crafts, food and drink and everything Ocean City has to offer in the second season, has been held on the third weekend in September after Labor Day. As a result, Sunfest will be moved to the first weekend in October in 2020 with the festival set for Oct. 1-4. Resort officials couched the change in terms of traffic concerns, public safety and event staffing challenges if both events were held on the same weekend. “Sunfest has been a signature September event for nearly five decades,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. “Nevertheless, there is still a lot to love about being in Ocean City in October. I think the vendors and guests will be pleasantly surprised by an extension of the season and a fresh new date for one of Ocean City’s largest events.” Indeed, Sunfest is one of Ocean City’s largest special events with last year’s festival drawing a record number of 317,419 visitors, by far blowing away the record 268,406 that attended Sunfest in 2018. The new 317,000-plus visitors last year topped the previous record by nearly 50,000. While switching Sunfest to the first weekend of October this year might mean little in terms of the picture-perfect weather often associated with the event, there could be logistical issues to consider. Many of the annual visitors to the festival likely have already planned to come on the traditional late September weekend and some may have already booked accommodations. In addition, many of the vendors who set up shop at Sunfest each year work the special event circuit throughout the region and might find the new dates conflicting with other scheduled events already in the books. Nonetheless, it’s no secret the annual unsanctioned pop-up motorized event presents challenges for Ocean City, and Meehan acknowledged those issues contributed to the decision to change the Sunfest dates in 2020, although he asserted it was not the sole reason. “We have a responsibility to preserve our signature event,” he said this week. “However, our biggest responsibility is the safety of our residents and visitors. Based on public safety and staffing needs, we believe this change is beneficial to all residents and visitors of Ocean City.” Word of the Sunfest date changes for 2020 spread quickly this week, prompting the Ocean City Hotel-MotelRestaurant Association (OCHMRA) to SEE NEXT PAGE

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send out a blast email to members on Wednesday directing them on how best to handle the changes. “Naturally, we have been receiving oodles of calls concerning moving Sunfest to the first weekend of October,” the email from OCHMRA Executive Director Susan Jones reads. “Change is never easy, though sometimes it turns out for the best. There are many reasons the Mayor and Council thoughtfully moved the date of the town’s signature event.” The OCHMRA email blast attempts to assure members city staffers are already working out the logistics of the date changes for Sunfest. “Rest assured, Special Events Director Frank Miller is communicating with the Sunfest vendors,” the email reads. “While there may be some who cannot participate because of the new date, rest assured that was taken into account when making the decision. There has been a long vendor waiting list, so there will be quality vendors who come on the new dates. Entertainment has not yet been thoroughly booked, so no worries there.” The OCHMRA email characterizes the date change as a necessary adjustment because of leap year, but also as a proactive move to prevent a potential “collision” with the unsanctioned motorized event. “2020 is a leap year and as such there are many shifts in the calendar, one of them being the collision of two large events,” the email reads. “Take a minute to think about how your Sunfest guests would react if they came for a peaceful fall weekend at the Inlet and couldn’t even get to the Inlet because of the traffic. Envision Sunfest and Bikefest on the same weekend. Ocean City couldn’t possibly handle the traffic and crowds if they occurred simultaneously. With there being no promoter of the other motor event, which lands at the end of September, the town was proactive in shifting their event.” Finally, the OCHMRA email coaches members on how best to present the date changes for Sunfest in a light most positive, pointing out Sunfest and unofficial H2Oi event both attract “large crowds” and “can not co-exist and leap year allowed the town to proactively shift the calendar.” The email states, “While you are going to be quite busy making phone calls and shifting reservations, perhaps you could use some thoughts to share with guests. Given the long lead time, with reservation changes it is our hope that you will work with your guests and allow them to move their dates without penalty. How you and your staff handle reservation changes is truly important. Let’s help our guests understand the reasoning behind the shift. Handling situations with positivity always provides a better outcome.”

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Rezoning of the property at the north intersection of Routes 818 and 50 for commercial development earned a favorable recommendation this week from the Berlin Planning Commission. Photo by Charlene Sharpe

BERLIN – The Berlin Planning Commission gave a favorable recommendation to a zoning change that will allow for more commercial development near the intersection of routes 818 and 50. On Wednesday, the commission voted unanimously to support a request to reclassify 26 acres of industrially zoned property on the north side of Route 50 as B-2. Chris Carbaugh of Atlantic Group and Associates said the change would allow for consolidation of several parcels in that area which would lead to a more cohesive project. “They’d basically be more of a commercial center out there on Route 50, a great opportunity for people to stop near Berlin, hopefully come in downtown,” he said.

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Carbaugh told the commission the rezoning was being sought since the property owner considered the industrial zoning a mistake. Carbaugh referenced the commission’s 2014 rezoning of adjacent industrially zoned land owned by Phillip Houck. At that time that property was reclassified as B-2. Since then, Carbaugh said Houck had been working to relocate a tax ditch to allow for future development. “We were finally able to get that accomplished,” he said. “Believe it or not that was just a few months ago. That process took quite some time. At the end of that process Mr. Houck was communicating with neighboring properties owned by Mr. Matyiko about relocating some easements and there was discussion for a desire to consolidate the properties to allow for a larger commercial project. There is an interested group looking at the property to do some commercial development and this allows for a better development.” He said that if the rezoning was approved the future development would likely include six commercial parcels ranging in size from 3.5 acres to 6.5 acres. When asked if that meant big box stores would be coming to the property, he said it did not. “You’re looking at possibly retail, general commercial stores,” he said. “Look for a hotel site. Those kind of uses are I think what everybody’s envisioning.” With little discussion, the commission agreed to give the rezoning request a favorable recommendation. It will now move on to the town council for consideration.

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FENWICK – An Ocean City man perished in a vehicle-pedestrian collision early last Wednesday morning on Coastal Highway just north of neighboring Fenwick Island. Around 3:20 a.m. last Wednesday, Delaware State Police responded to a vehicle-pedestrian collision on Route 1, or Coastal Highway, about a mile north of Fenwick Island. The investigation revealed a 2016 Jeep Patriot was traveling south on Coastal Highway in the right lane. A pedestrian, later identified as Israel Jackson Kreger, 44, of Ocean City, was either walking or standing in the right lane facing south. The operator of the Jeep, a 23-year-old Georgetown, Del. man, was unable to avoid striking the victim, who was reportedly wearing all dark clothing and was not using a light. The driver remained on scene and no charges have been filed. He sustained a minor injury, but declined medical treatment. The pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Enhanced Event Bill Could Include Exhibition Driving

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OCEAN CITY – While moving the Sunfest dates this year has already been announced as one possible solution, another key component is enhancing the existing special event zone legislation including a proposed new violation defined as “exhibition driving.” Three years ago, after several unruly and disruptive unsanctioned motorized special events, resort officials began exploring ways to combat some of the illicit and reckless activity. Out of those brainstorming sessions was borne a desire to create a special event zone with enhanced penalties for speeding and other violations during certain sanctioned and unsanctioned motorized special events. State lawmakers that following winter passed legislation facilitating the creation of special event zones in Ocean City during some of the motorized events with reduced speed limits and enhanced penalties for a variety of infractions. Last year, after another troublesome motorized special event season, town officials requested their representatives in Annapolis propose revisions to already-approved special event zone

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legislation including enhanced penalties for reckless and negligent driving. However, those cross-filed bills never made it out of their respective Senate and House subcommittees and died on the floor as the session expired. Now, with the new General Assembly session opening on Wednesday, resort officials have requested Senator Mary Beth Carozza and Delegate Wayne Hartman submit new changes to the existing legislation including a provision for exhibition driving. “It’s not a surprise we’re going to attempt to strengthen the language in the existing special event zone bill already approved by the legislature,” Carozza said this week. “We need those other provisions and additions to address reckless driving, negligent driving, the spinning of wheels and those types of things.” Carozza said instead of crafting an entirely new bill, the strategy is to utilize the framework of the existing legislation and enhance it with penalties for exhibition driving, for example. “Much of this legislation has already been approved,” she said. “It needs to be strengthened based on what happened last year, specifically along the lines of exhibition driving. We want to build on what has worked

well to this point and enhance the special event zone bill to address these . other issues.” With a change in the State Senate leadership, Carozza this fall facilitated a meet-and-greet with new Senate President Bill Ferguson and constituents and stakeholders in her district. At that meeting, Meehan broached the subject of the enhanced special event zone legislation which could help lay the groundwork for approval of the proposed legislation during the current session. “Mayor Meehan had the opportunity to raise some of these issues with the new Senate President Bill Ferguson when he visited the area this fall,” she said. “It was very helpful to make the Senate president aware of these concerns.” Carozza acknowledged enhanced legislation is only one tool in the larger toolbox aimed at curbing some of the issues with the motorized special events. “Legislation is only one part of a larger solution,” she said. “We’re looking at all possible solutions. The legislation did provide some relief, but this is only part of addressing the problem.” Carozza and Hartman received the town’s requested legislation changes this week and by day one of

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the General Assembly session were already working with the Department of Legislative Services on crafting the proposed language in the bill, particularly the section regarding exhibition driving. Some jurisdictions have already begun addressing similar situations with exhibition driving legislation. In South Dakota, for example, exhibition driving is a misdemeanor with enhanced penalties for the defined activity. The South Dakota legislation defines exhibition driving as causing unnecessary engine noise, tire squealing, skidding, sliding upon acceleration, simulating at temporary race or causing a vehicle to unnecessarily turn abruptly or sway. Other jurisdictions have adopted similar approaches although the language is subtly different. In Minnesota, for example, a “careless” driving violation is different from traditional reckless driving or negligent driving and the difference is essentially intent. In Minnesota, careless driving is defined as a motorist carelessly or heedlessly operating or halting a vehicle on any street or highway with disregard to the rights of others, or who endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property, including themselves or their passengers.

Beach Stands Auction Bring Revenue Increase To OC

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OCEAN CITY – The beach equipment rental business remains lucrative, judging by the results of a recent auction of the parcels in the downtown area. During Monday’s Ocean City Mayor and Council meeting, City Clerk Diana Chavis announced the results of December’s beach equipment rental parcels in the downtown area south of 27th Street. The town’s beach equipment rental franchise parcels, or informally beach stands, are auctioned in

a three-year cycle with geographic areas including the north end, the middle and the south end. In December, most of the south-end parcels from 27th Street south to the Inlet went up for auction. A total of 34 parcels were included in the section and the contracts for six of them were renewed for another three-year term at an annual fee of 10% greater than the initial term. The remaining 28 parcels were auctioned, and with spirited bidding for most, the town’s revenue for the south section will increase by nearly 67%.






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Chavis explained the totals for the 28 parcels auctioned went up from $439,689 the last time around to $733,400 in December’s auction, representing the 67% increase. With the six renewed parcels included, the southend totals increased from $619,399 the last time around to $931,081 in December, representing a 50% increase. “It was very successful to say the least,” said Chavis. “We had a great auction and there was spirited bidding for most of the parcels. One new operator alone gained 14 parcels.” By and large, the Mayor and Council was pleased with the results and praised Chavis and the Beach Remediation Board for running a spirited auction. “That’s a fantastic revenue increase,” said Councilman Tony DeLuca. “I’d like to thank you for what was a great auction.” Various market forces are at play in the bids for beach stands. Some are influenced by new real estate developments such as a new hotel or condo project. For years, the traditional beach equipment rental franchise business has been challenged by the proliferation of cheap, practically disposable umbrellas and chairs from deep-discount rental stores. All in all, however, the bids for the southend parcels indicate that area remains lucrative.

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Of the 28 parcels auctioned, just two saw their values decline for one reason or another. Again, the average increase was around 67%, but there were some that saw triple-digit increases. In one anomaly, the parcel at 11th Street increased from $745 the last time around to $25,000 in the latest auction, representing an astounding increase of 3,257% for reasons unknown, other than the competitive bidding. There are complicated market forces at play in the beach rental franchise business. In some cases, operators bid overly high on a parcel adjacent to one of his or her best performers day in and day out during the summer to insulate a strong parcel from direct competition from a neighboring operator. In that example, an operator attempts to obtain blocks of adjacent parcels from an economic and practical standpoint. Of the 28 south-end parcels that went up for auction in December, one operator obtained 16 alone, while another obtained seven. Most of the operators obtained one or two scattered parcels. The single-highest bid for one parcel was 14th Street, which went for $60,000, representing 187% increase, largely due to the influx of new hotels in the area. The second-highest single parcel was the Inlet, which was among those renewed for a second threeyear term at $50,820.

OC Penguin Swim Raised Nearly $90K For Hospital

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OCEAN CITY – More than 700 people braved the cold ocean waters off 91st Street last week to raise funds for Atlantic General Hospital (AGH). On New Year’s Day, 713 participants donning costumes and bathing suits took a plunge in the chilling waters off Ocean City for the 26th Annual Penguin Swim, a fundraiser to support the nonprofit community hospital. This year, the hospital raised a preliminary gross amount of $89,063 from the Penguin Swim, but officials expect that total to increase in the coming days. “We expect that number to increase as final donations roll in,” Event Coordinator Joy Stokes said. Since its inception, the annual Pen-

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SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Commissioners advised staff to consider cellular antennas as they prepare to repaint a water tower in Ocean Pines. As they approved plans to get bids to paint the north water tower in Ocean Pines, the commissioners told staff to reach out to Verizon regarding the possibility of installing an antenna after the work is complete. “I know they do have a serious problem with dropping calls out on (Route) 90,” Commissioner Joe Mitrecic said. “I don’t know if this would help. It’s a discussion we need to have.” John Tustin, the county’s director of public works, approached the commissioners this week for approval to move forward with seeking bids for the painting of the north water tower in Ocean Pines. “It’s been over 20 years since the north tower has been recoated,” Tustin said. He added that plans and specs had been prepared by Salm Engineering and that the county had $400,000 from the 2019 bond issue for the project. When asked about existing antennas on the tower, Tustin confirmed that there were some but that they were no longer in use and would be removed when the tank was repainted. “I know Verizon was looking for space, this wouldn’t suit their needs over there?” Mitrecic asked. Tustin, acknowledging Verizon’s failed plan to put up a cell tower at the Ocean Pines Wastewater Treatment Plant, said the county could reach out to Verizon. “We will have that discussion,” he said. Tustin wanted to move forward with bidding so work could begin in the early spring.

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guin Swim has grossed more than $1.4 million for health care services in the community, making it one of the hospital’s largest fundraisers. Legacy Sponsor Bull on the Beach, for example, has contributed nearly $630,000 to the Penguin Swim since 1995, and Ocean City Ravens Roost #44 has contributed nearly $135,000 to the Penguin Swim over the last 11 years. Stokes said participating in the Penguin Swim has become an annual tradition for hundreds of residents and visitors and many local businesses. The Bull on the Beach team kicked off this year’s Penguin Swim with its traditional parade down the beach, stopping briefly for a wedding ceremony. The newlyweds later joined the rest of the swimmers as they made SEE PAGE 12

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As they have every year, the Bull on the Beach, pictured, led all business teams raising $27,486. To see more photos from the New Year’s Day, click over to Photo by Chris Parypa

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FROM PAGE 11 their way into the water. Organizers this year recorded a water temperature of 47 degrees for the 2020 Penguin Swim, but that didn’t stop people from participating. “Even though it was a little chilly, people really got into it this year,” Stokes said. Not all participants arrived dressed as penguins, organizers said. Costumes included “Saved by the Bell” cast members, Frosty the Snowman and even a pair of flip-flops. “I think this year’s Penguin Swim was a huge success,” Stokes said. “You could just feel the excitement. Everyone was pumped up, and the morale was high.” Officials attributed the event’s success to AGH Foundation’s staff, the Penguin Swim committee, and event

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co-chairs Michael Cylc and Phillip Cheung. They also recognized the support of the residents and resort visitors that AGH serves, as well as the many AGH/HS associates and community volunteers. Winners listed in order of award sequence are as followed: Youth/Family Teams Zoo Crew (Breinigsville, Pa.): $1,975 The Roarty Family (Churchville, Md.): $850 Parker’s Home for Peculiar Children (Gaithersburg, Md.): $750 Community Teams Ocean City Ravens Roost #44 (Ocean City): $14,757 HFY Swim Team (Salisbury): $725 Ocean Pines Penguin Swim Team (Ocean Pines): $375 Business Teams Bull on the Beach (Ocean City):

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Creative costumed individuals are always a hit at the penguin swim.

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$27,486 Carrabba’s West Ocean City (Ocean City): $1,165 AGH’s Frosty Flip Flops (Berlin): $850 Adult Individuals Richard Moore (Glen Burnie, Md.): $625

Robert LeCompte (Columbia, Md.): $575 Arleen Dinneen (Ellicott City, Md.): $525 Youth Individuals Max Ewancio (Berlin): $825 Nicholas Franklin (Berlin): $450 Dennis Tice, Jr. (Lusby, Md.): $275 Costume Winners Best Overall: “Frosty” Timothy Yates (Boonsboro, Md.) Most Spirited: “Blue Shark & Hula Girls” Emily Brozena, Kelli Brozena, Matthew Brozena and Lindsey Carter from Frost Paws Team (Telford, Pa.) Most Creative: “Fun in the Sun” Peter Hesson, Lynn Ceritano, MacKenzie Callahan, Macklin Risch and Charles Bitler from Flip-N-Flop Team (Frankford, Del.) Best Little Penguin: “O’Sea Navy Sweeties” Sienna & Keera Pearce and McKenna Schlegel from It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Team (Effort, Pa.) Best Team/Group Costume: “Saved by the Bell” Chance Ebel and friends (Ocean City) Honorable Mention: “Missed Virginia Beach” Edward Geis (Eure, N.C.) Special Recognition Prizes Youngest Penguin: Sawyer Long (Berlin), 2 Months, 8 Days Bill Hunter (Ocean Pines), 91 Years, 6 Months, 20 Days Traveled the Furthest: Christina Fraschetti (Oceanside, Calif.)

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BERLIN – Short-term rentals again dominated discussion at a meeting of the Berlin Planning Commission. The commission, which met Wednesday, was presented with a letter from the Coastal Association of Realtors outlining concerns with short-term rental regulations being drafted by town staff. Planning Director Dave Engelhart, however, stressed the ordinance was still being developed. He said the idea wasn’t to work for or against short-term rentals, but rather to get something on the books. “We are not trying to prohibit or promote this,” he said. “We’re trying to have an ordinance — we don’t have any at all — and kind of catch up to the 21st century here.” In the letter sent yesterday to the commission, Coastal Association of Realtors President Joe Wilson asked officials to reconsider removing property owners’ ability to offer short-term rentals in residential zoning districts. Wilson wrote, “Most local jurisdictions have retroactively instituted short-term rental regulations after reporting negative experiences with short-term renters. Berlin is taking a proactive approach, which should be applauded. However, an outright ban on shortterm rentals in all Berlin residential neighborhoods is not the answer.” Engelhart said his department was still working on a draft of a short-term rental ordinance. He said he envisioned allowing short-term rentals in owner-occupied properties in the residential districts. “Basically the letter asked us to consider that we not prohibit Airbnb or short-term rentals in our residential districts,” Engelhart said. “It cites some opinions by the state of Maryland that it’s not a commercial enterprise, it’s a residential use to do short-term rental and that it is a property right.” According to Engelhart, short-term rentals would also be allowed in the R3 and R-4 districts and would be permitted in second and third floor units in the downtown business district. Engelhart said officials were planning to consider any rental less than four months a short-term rental. Commission member John Barrett expressed concern about restricting short-term rentals. “I think there’s a fine line on taking a property owner’s rights away,” he said. He pointed out that under the proposed limitations, a homeowner who wanted to rent a room to a Shorebirds player for the season, for example, might not be able to do that. “Why should I not be allowed to do that?” he said. Several people in attendance at Wednesday’s meeting shared their thoughts as well. Resident Cam Bunting, a Realtor, said she thought shortterm rentals were a problem.

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“I feel this is a bedroom community,” she said. “I do not feel like we need to do the Airbnbs.” She said she’d heard complaints from people who lived next to properties that were used for short-term rentals. “They’re here to have a good time, they’re here for vacation,” she said. “They don’t care that you’ve got to get up the next day. I think it’s a problem.” She added that the town already had trouble with enforcement, as there were people renting out garage apartments and the like. Local developer Spiro Buas told the commission he thought the regulations should be considered with safety in mind. He said that if a home was rented out to four separate short-term renters, in the event of a fire they’d

have no knowledge of each other. “Those properties aren’t set up life safety wise to protect the individual rooms…,” he said. “I would think that those people that want to do it should be required to bring their building up to the requirement of a rooming house, which would then stop it because that’s expensive to do.” Commission member Pete Cosby agreed that was an angle the town should consider. “That’s a good approach,” he said. Commission member Matt Stoehr said that while much of the discussion tended to focus on problems caused by short-term rentals, there were positive aspects, such as the economic boon to the town. He said he routinely used services like Airbnb when he traveled.

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“You’re in someone’s private home,” he said. “There’s a lot more respect for someone’s private home versus when you’re in a hotel room.” He said that when there were problems, renters could be subject to fines for things like noise violations. While that isn’t foolproof, he said it was a deterrent. Stoehr added that Berlin didn’t have an overabundance of hotel rooms to offer visitors. Ivy Wells, the town’s economic and community development director, agreed. She said there were 17 rooms at the Atlantic Hotel, six rooms at the Waystead Inn and four rooms at Holland House. “We have thousands coming to our events,” she said. “I feel more comfortSEE PAGE 16

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OCEAN CITY – With a public hearing looming next week in Ocean City on the size and scale of the proposed offshore wind turbines, resort officials are encouraging attendance from the public. The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) next Saturday at noon will host a public hearing on the proposed changes in size of the offshore wind turbines for two projects approved off the coast of the resort. The PSC is holding the public hearing in response to changes in the size of the wind turbines due to technological advances since the two projects were approved in 2017. The PSC has cautioned the scope of next week’s public hearing, set for the convention center at noon on Saturday, January 18, will be limited to the turbine height issue and will not be open to a discussion of the validity of the two projects in general. The public hearing as been longawaited by the town of Ocean City, which, from the beginning, has not opposed the renewable, clean energy projects in general, but rather the distance of the turbines from the resort coast and the potential impacts on Ocean City’s viewshed and tourism, property values and the local economy. To be fair, both wind farm project developers have made presentations to the Mayor and Council in public meetings at City Hall during the process and there have been public hearings in other areas around the state, but next Saturday’s hearing, couched by the resort as the “Save Our Sunrise” hearing, is the first of its kind right in the resort’s backyard. The catalyst for next week’s public hearing is the steadily-increasing changes in the height and breadth of the proposed wind turbines off the coast of the resort. With technological advances since the two projects were first approved, at least one of the developers is now committed to utilizing 12-megawatt turbines described as the “world’s largest offshore wind tur-

bine.” While the other project developer has not committed to a specific wind turbine, the size of its proposed turbines will likely increase substantially as well and possibly include the 12megawatt turbines. Again to be fair, both companies have said increasing the height will reduce the number of turbines needed to meet the energy production needs. Also to be fair, both companies have made at least some effort to adjust the distances of the turbines from the resort coast. Nonetheless, the proposed projects remain too close for comfort for resort officials, who are rallying the troops for next week’s public hearing at the convention center. Mayor Rick Meehan this week reiterated the town’s position the siting of the proposed wind farms and the height of the turbines threatens Ocean City’s future. “With the construction of 139 windmills off Ocean City’s coast, each structure more than twice the height of the tallest building in Ocean City and the blades the length of a football field, there is no question they will be visible from our shoreline, especially when they are lit up at night,” he said. “It is a threat to our environment, our property values, our economy and the future of Ocean City. It is simply irresponsible.” From the beginning, the project developers have pointed out moving the wind farms farther out in the approved Wind Energy Areas will come with an exorbitant cost. At least one developer has said moving the turbines will cost an estimated $1 million per mile. However, Meehan reiterated there is only one chance to get it right for Ocean City. “We understand the time and money that is potentially involved in moving the windfarms, but those concerns do not justify placing Ocean City’s future at risk,” he said. “These turbines are permanent installations. We only have one chance to make this right and if that means the projects get delayed or the developers make a little less profit, it will be money and time well spent to protect our town.”

FROM PAGE 15 able when someone is able to stay in town. They can walk downtown. It alleviates parking, more people are coming to town to shop and to dine.” Stoehr added that he’d talked to a variety of people in town about the pending restrictions. “They were kind of confused by the thought process of why we’re fighting so hard to restrict this,” he said, adding that he did understand there were some problem short-term rentals that aggravated their neighbors. “I

don’t know why there isn’t some happy medium.” Engelhart said staff thought the owner-occupied provision was a compromise. “So they are allowed some places,” he said. He added that the ordinance was still being developed and would undergo plenty of scrutiny before it was approved. “We’re going to need more public feedback on it, but we’re trying to also keep moving forward on it,” he said.



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More Butt Huts ‘Proactive’ Approach Sought With New Revenue Remain A Priority

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OCEAN CITY – Use it or lose it appeared to be the message one councilman offered this week after the town realized unexpected revenue. During many council meetings, the town’s elected officials are faced with unexpected and unbudgeted expenditures, such as the need for new fire department apparatus or a cost overrun of some sort. On rare occasions, the town realizes an unanticipated or unbudgeted revenue windfall. Such was the case on Monday when the council approved changes to the town’s paid parking rate structure to the tune of around $900,000, coupled with the results of the south end beach rental franchise auction, which will result in another $300,000-plus in unexpected revenue. Councilman John Gehrig, who has long been an advocate for rebranding the town’s image as a youth sports marketing destination, or hiring a marketing specialist to better analyze the town’s market share in the region, said the time is now to reinvest the roughly $1.2 million on those initiatives. “With the $1.2 million, I continue to propose we have a salesperson or an economic development director or whatever we call that person as soon

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as possible to identify the trends in the marketplace and to address the challenges we have with tourism and how people travel and to introduce new visitors and new families to Ocean City,” he said. “This involves more than just sports marketing. This involves events and participation in events that target specific visitors that match our brand and address some of the situations that are kind of off-brand.” In addition to tourism marketing, Gehrig suggested the town’s elected officials begin exploring ways to make it more attractive for families to move into the resort and for more businesses to set up shop in the resort. “We can also encourage new young families to live here and make it easier and friendlier for new businesses,” he said. “Maybe we need to reduce impact fees. We hear from citizens all the time about the challenges they have in building and in opening businesses here and how long it takes and how expensive it is compared to competing communities.” Gehrig suggested if the council is not interested in reinvesting in market research, the revenue should simply go in the other direction and return to the taxpayers. “Otherwise, let’s give it back to the taxpayers, of which we all are,” he said. “This is like bait fish, like a ballyhoo. We can catch it and eat it, or we

can catch it and put it on a hook and catch bigger and better fish. If we’re not going to use it and we’re not going to use it soon, then let’s give it back to the community.” While not entirely disagreeing, Councilman Tony DeLuca said Monday was not the time or place to explore spending the unbudgeted revenue. He pointed out Gehrig in past meetings has been wont to willy-nilly spend unanticipated revenue. “When we brought up the $1.2 million in revenue we made up tonight, that is for budget discussions and that begins March 24,” he said. “As Councilman Gehrig has said, we don’t want to make any off-cycle requests, so we’ll begin those discussions on March 24.” Gehrig, however, continued to urge his colleagues to be proactive with the unexpected revenue. “While this is all unbudgeted income, all I’m saying is we become proactive so we can attack the market share and help our residents, our business owners and our non-resident property owners,” he said. “Let’s just make a commitment to lowering taxes. This is an opportunity, but the longer we wait, the less real income we earn. We’ve been talking about this since strategic planning almost three years ago.”

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OCEAN CITY – Efforts to make a cigarette disposal program sustainable highlighted a resort committee meeting this week. On Wednesday, members of the Ocean City Coastal Resources Legislative Committee (Green Team) discussed ways to expand and improve its cigarette butt disposal program. Last summer, resort officials implemented a two-pronged initiative to install cigarette butt receptacles – or butt huts – along with signage stating, “smoking prohibited beyond this point,” on the side streets to the west of the Boardwalk in Ocean City. In doing so, officials had hoped the containers would encourage smokers to properly dispose of cigarette butts after learning the town’s Boardwalk smoking ban had led to a larger issue of cigarette butt litter accumulating at the street ends adjacent to the promenade. At the same time the town installed its butt huts near the Boardwalk, a partnership with the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) provided similar butt huts to private businesses throughout the resort. Cigarette butts collected from both SEE PAGE 18

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FROM PAGE 17 efforts were then shipped off to be recycled. To date, more than 360,000 cigarette butts have been recycled through the two-pronged program. By and large, officials have deemed the town-led initiative a success. And late last year, the committee agreed to expand the program to include more street ends. While the initial hope was to expand the program to each street end from the end of the Boardwalk to the Delaware line, committee members this week agreed to select roughly 20 locations for the first phase of an expansion. “I’d like to see them on every street …,” Councilman Tony DeLuca, liaison for the committee, said. “But if we don’t need them on a street, they don’t need to be on the street.” Public Works Director Hal Adkins said he wasn’t concerned about creating and installing additional butt huts, but finding the manpower to empty the containers. “My concern is I don’t like failure, and I don’t want to fail at being able to collect them, he said.” Adkins also questioned the town’s ability to create an internship program for the cigarette disposal initiative using critical area mitigation funds. Sandi Smith, marketing and development coordinator of MCBP, said an intern who could manage both public and private efforts would make the program sustainable. She noted MCBP received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to hire an intern for the coming year. “We’re trying to pass it on to the city to make it sustainable …,” she said. “But we’re trying to wrap our arms around how it could be funded without going to the city and saying, ‘Can you fund it 100%.’” Despite the town’s achievements, Smith said the second prong of the twopronged approach did not share the same success. Challenges included the installation of butt huts at private businesses and the collection of litter to be recycled. DeLuca said he didn’t mind eliminating recycling efforts, so long as the cigarette butts are making their way into the butt huts and not into the town’s catch basins or into the coastal bays. “To me, the recycling is really the icing on the top,” he said. Smith, however, said the recycling aspect of the program proved to critics that the town does recycle some of its collected litter. “These are products that are being recycled in America and new products are being made in America,” she said. Committee members agreed this week to consider new butt hut locations from the end of the Boardwalk to the Delaware line. “It’s not that difficult to identify key locations that will be beneficial …,” Adkins said. “It won’t be every single street.”

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SNOW HILL – Officials approved plans for a new Worcester County Treasurer’s Office location within the Ocean Pines library. The Worcester County Commissioners this week voted 6-0 to spend slightly more than $7,000 refitting a small computer room at the Ocean Pines branch of the Worcester County Library to serve as a replacement for the Worcester County Treasurer’s Office location in the county’s Isle of Wight facility. “We still need to maintain an operation and a presence in the northern portion of the county for the treasurer’s office, simply because many people like to pay their tax bill, pick up their permits, renew their driver’s license, etc. at that facility,” Finance Officer Phil Thompson said. Thompson said staff had been seeking an alternate site for the Isle of Wight office for some time, as the building was aging and had mechanical, access and telecommunications issues. He pointed out that the departments of environmental programs and development review and permitting had already vacated the building. “The ensuing search led us to the Ocean Pines library,” he said. “They seemed to check all of the concerns off the list, if you will, in that the access is vastly improved at that location, good internet service, good phone service and I think simply strength in numbers as we will be a component of the Ocean Pines library that will considerably improve the security environment we work in.” He said library staff had identified a 200 square foot computer room within the 15,000 square foot library that had not been used much in recent years. “We’re going to be a very small portion of the library,” Thompson said. Commissioner Jim Bunting asked what would happen to the Isle of Wight space once the treasurer’s office moved to Ocean Pines. Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins said the Worcester County Health Department, which still occupies part of the Isle of Wight facility, had asked to take over the space. The building, he confirmed, was owned by the county. When Bunting asked if the county received revenue from the health department for using the space, Higgins said he wasn’t sure. He said that as far as expenditures, however, things like the electric bill were split between the departments using the building. “It’s a county owned piece of property,” Bunting said. “We own the building. We’re going to move and incur a little bit of cost, are we going to have any revenues from that building?” Higgins said he would check. “I think we should,” Bunting said. Following the commissioners’ approval of the new location, staff said the treasurer’s office was expected to be set up in the library by the end of February.

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Edgar William Turney OCEAN CITY – Edgar William (Ed) Turney, 83, departed this world on Dec. 23, 2019. The full obituary appeared in last week’s edition, but the local services information was omitted. The family will have a Celebration of Life at the EDGAR WILLIAM Ocean City Marlin Club, TURNEY 9659 Golf Course Road, Ocean City, Md. 21842 on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Israel Jackson Kreger OCEAN CITY – Israel Kreger, 44, of Ocean City, passed away Jan. 1, 2020. Born on Aug. 24, 1975 in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Thomas Kreger and John and Peggy Coghlan. He is survived by step-daughter Kori Austin; grandson Jaxin Sullivan; parents Peggy and John Coghlan of Ocean City; siblings Rene Walter, Christopher Kreger and his wife Alison of Wheeling, W.Va, Matthew Kreger and sister-in-law Mary Kreger of Willards, Amanda Coghlan of Ocean City, Katherine Pritchett and her husband Brock of Dover, Del; and many loving nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. ISRAEL JACKSON KREGER He was preceded in death by father Thomas Kreger; son Shawn Kifer; brother Michael Smith; and maternal and paternal grandparents. Celebration of life service will take place Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the VFW in Powellville at 35481 Mt. Hermon Rd. Services by

John M. Ebersberger Jr. OCEAN PINES – John M Ebersberger Jr., also known as Pop, “Big E”, Captain and Dad, passed away early Sunday morning, Dec. 29, 2019 at his home in Ocean Pines. He was 83. Born in Baltimore July 27, 1936, John moved to Annapolis in 1966 and opened the law partnership of Dietz & Ebersberger. In 1976 he became an owner of Anglers Sports Center, turning it into a family business that his son Charles, daughter-in-law Jane and grandchildren Michael and Anna continue to run. John loved to fish, hunt and play golf. He enjoyed carving duck decoys and ornamental Santas, playing music on his


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keyboard and tending his tomato garden. He is survived by his wife, Barbra Weitzel Ebersberger; his two sons, John (wife Sharon) and Charles (wife Jane) of Annapolis; grandchildren Michael Ebersberger and Anna Driscoll of Annapolis; and his great grandchildren Ella, Auroura and Ace. John was preceded in death by his wife and mother JOHN M. of John and Charles, EBERSBERGER, JR. Sally M. Ebersberger. Memorial donations may be made to the George Patterson Scholarship fund. Donation checks should be made out to Trinity United Methodist Church. Please write “George Patterson Scholarship Fund” on the memo line and send to Trinity United Methodist Church, 112 High St., Salisbury, Md. 21801.

Floyd Francis Bassett, Jr. BERLIN – Floyd Francis Bassett, Jr. passed away at home on Jan. 5, 2020. Floyd was born in Asbury Park, N.J. on July 24, 1933 to the late Floyd, Sr. and Antoinette Bassett. At the age of 4, his family moved and he was raised in Ocean City on 42nd Street above the Party Market. As the student living furthest to the north, the one and only city school bus picked him up and then turned around and headed south. He graduated from the original Ocean City High School, later converted to City Hall. After graduation, Floyd served as a corporal in the U.S. Army in the Korean War for three years. Upon leaving the Army, he enrolled at Salisbury State Teachers College where he earned a B.S. and a Masters Equivalent in Education. It was at Salisbury State Teachers College that he met the love of his life, Louise (“Buttons”) Bassett, to FLOYD FRANCIS whom he was married BASSETT, JR. for 60 years. He retired as a guidance counselor after 27 years teaching in Worcester County Schools. For many years, Floyd was the charter boat captain of The Teacher's Pet. He loved to share his knowledge with

anyone who wanted to learn. Floyd enjoyed duck hunting until he was 80 years old and continued fishing through this fall. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He was a Worcester County Commissioner from 1991-1995. He had a real estate broker's license and taught some real estate classes. He and Buttons traveled the world with a close group of friends. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronnie Bassett. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Jeff Bassett (Rehoboth, Del.), and David Bassett and wife Kathy (Snow Hill); grandchildren Colleen, Kelsey and Kevin Bassett; a brother, Michael Bassett and wife Lynda (Falls Church, Va.); and several nieces and nephews. Floyd acquired many, many friends over the years who no doubt will remember his great sense of humor as well as his “live and let live” attitude. Others will also remember his crazy driving. One of his favorite sayings was “Life is good!”. He lived his life to the fullest and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him, especially his grandchildren. If you would like to honor Floyd's memory, please consider a donation to Coastal Hospice, Stansell House at the Ocean, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21802-1733. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Frederick E. Whitman OCEAN CITY – Frederick E. Whitman, age 80, of Ocean City, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. He was born in Berlin and was the son of the late Norman Edward and Evelyn (Phipps) Whitman. Fred had worked as a manager with the Stardust Motel and several other places in Ocean City and later owning his own business. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital and FREDERICK E. had attended Friend- WHITMAN ship United Methodist Church in Berlin. He was also a Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by the mother of his

January 10, 2020 children, Shirley T. Whitman; a daughter, Angela W. Eschenburg and husband Tyler of Severna Park; a son, Jason M. Whitman and wife Amy of Snow Hill; and six grandchildren, Haden, Emma, Rowan, River, Baylee and Jagger. He was preceded in death by a brother and three sisters. A funeral service was held Sunday, January 5 at Bishop-Hastings Funeral Home in Selbyville with Pastor Daniel Bradford officiating. Burial was in Bowen Cemetery in Newark. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Friendship United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Taylor, 12329 Vivian St., Bishopville, Md. 21813. Condolences may be sent by visiting

Barbara S. Hammen BERLIN – Barbara S. Hammen, age 80, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. Born in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Smith N. Stathem, Jr. and Patricia Johnson Stathem. She is survived by her beloved husband, Joseph Hammen, and children, Jeffrey Hammen and his wife Cheryl of Roswell, Ga., and Margie E. Calloway and her husband Vaughn of Elli- BARBARA S. cott City, Md. There are HAMMEN two grandchildren., James Alexander Hammen and Grace Carson Calloway. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. Mrs. Hammen had worked for Baltimore County General Hospital in human resources. After retiring, Barbara and her husband moved to Ocean City and then to Ocean Pines. Barbara enjoyed spending time with her friends and family especially her Ocean Pines golf and bridge groups. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church near Ocean Pines. Friends may call one hour prior to the service. A donation in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Ocean City Berlin Optimist Youth Endowment Foundation. Letters of condolence may be sent via:

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Phony Trips To ER OCEAN CITY – A Grasonville, Md. man was arrested last week after first getting arrested for refusing to leave a downtown bar and then causing multiple false alarms requesting medical transport to the hospital from his holding cell. Around 12:45 a.m. last Wednesday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were flagged down by bar security staff at a nightclub on 17th Street seeking assistance with two individuals who had been removed and refused to leave. Officers intercepted one of the suspects, told him he had been asked to leave and the suspect complied voluntarily. However, OCPD officers located the second suspect, William Daisey, 33, of Grasonville, Md., leaning against the building and refusing to leave, according to police reports. The officer advised Daisey he was being detained for trespassing and repeatedly asked him for identification. At that point, the officers reportedly told Daisey he was not under arrest, and if he merely provided his information, he would be free to leave. Daisey was ultimately arrested for hindering an investigation. According to police reports, Daisey spoke to the transport officer during the entire trip from 17th Street to 65th Street, at different times calling the officer names in an expletive-laced tirade.

The transport officer noted in the report Daisey was visibly intoxicated, he showed no signs of illness or any physical problems or acute medical issues. According to police reports, once at the booking facility, Daisey was uncooperative and provided only basic information before being put in a holding cell. Throughout the process, Daisey continued to show no signs of any ailment or illness. However, not long after he was placed in a cell, Daisey told officers he was having an allergic reaction and could not breathe, according to police reports. Ocean City EMS was called to evaluate Daisey. Prior to the arrival of Ocean City EMS, Daisey appeared calm and his breathing appeared to be normal.

However, when Ocean City EMS arrived on the scene, he began taking rapid, shallow breaths as if he was having a reaction of sorts and was having trouble breathing. When the paramedics were in his cell, Daisey appeared to be hyperventilating. However, when the paramedics left the cell to retrieve a stretcher, Daisey’s breathing was effective, clear and back to normal, according to police reports. Daisey was ultimately taken to Atlantic General Hospital via ambulance, but was not admitted and was returned to the booking facility a short time later. Daisey was placed back into his cell, but a short time later contacted the front desk via the intercom system and advised he was having another allergic

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NYE Trespassing Arrest OCEAN CITY – A Delaware man was arrested last week after first getting kicked out of midtown nightclub on New Year’s Eve then allegedly scrapping with police attempting to arrest him. Around 11:30 p.m. last Tuesday, Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officers were dispatched to 49th Street for a reported disorderly male who refused to leave the premises. Bar security staff advised the officers the suspect, later identified as Guillermo Aguayo, 23, of Magnolia, Del., had been disturbing other patrons and had been asked to leave the premises, but refused to leave. When officers arrived, bar security staff issued a trespass warning to Aguayo in the officers’ presence and he was asked again to leave. At first, Aguayo complied and walked to the end of the establishment’s property, then turned around and walked back toward the bar’s entrance. The officers intercepted Aguayo as he approached the establishment and attempted to take him into custody for trespassing. However, Aguayo cocked his arm back and attempted to strike one of the OCPD officers. The officer avoided the strike, and with the help of another officer, got Aguayo’s arms behind his back and took him to his knees, according to police reports. Aguayo continued to resist, tensing his arms and attempting to prevent the officers from taking him into custody. He was ultimately subdued and was charged with assault, resisting arrest and trespassing. SEE NEXT PAGE

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Downtown Assault Arrest

OCEAN CITY – A local man was arrested on multiple charges last week after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend on a downtown street. Last Friday, an Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) officer on patrol downtown was dispatched to the area of 6th Street and Baltimore Avenue for a reported 911 call hang-up. Dispatchers advised the officer a woman had called 911 and whispered she needed help before hanging up. The officer arrived on scene and observed a female victim flag him down. The victim was sitting on a brick wall with a suspect later identified as Burt Foskey, 41, of Ocean City. According to police reports, the victim told the officer she and Foskey had been drinking beer at a downtown bar before Foskey started drinking cinnamon whiskey shots. The victim reportedly told police Foskey “can’t drink liquor” because he becomes violent. The couple left the bar and walked north when Foskey reportedly told the victim he was going to utilize his municipal bus pass. The victim continued walking north because she did not have a bus pass. According to police reports, the victim was walking when she heard loud footsteps from behind. Foskey reportedly punched the victim on her right back side, knocking the wind out of her.

The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch The victim reportedly told police Foskey then grabbed her and pinched her arm. The victim told police she called 911 in hushed tones because she did not want Foskey to hear. The victim also told police she saw people inside a residence on Baltimore Avenue and hoped someone from the building would intercede and keep her safe from Foskey, according to police reports. When interviewed about the incident, Foskey told police he and the victim had been drinking a couple of beers and then had walked north on the Boardwalk, and that he did not know why she had called 911. At that point, OCPD officers attempted to arrest Foskey, but he tensed up and resisted their efforts, reportedly telling one officer “I don’t want to fight you, man.” When the officer attempted to search Foskey, he continued to resist and tense his body and at one point attempted to walk away from them. Foskey continued to yell loudly throughout the arrest process even after being told to stop yelling at least 18 times, according to police reports. At that point, Foskey started to yell at the victim as well. Meanwhile, a group of people from the residence on Baltimore Avenue had come out on the porch to watch the incident unfold. According to police reports, the group had been enjoying a high school reunion before the incident began to unfold out on the street. All in all, Foskey was charged with multiple counts of assault, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and failure to obey a lawful order.

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Hoping everyone’s new year is off to a good start. I began 2020 by visiting the locals NYE party at the 45th Street Taphouse; Dough Roller West for the NFL playoffs; and Tequila Mockingbird North’s winter break closing (West OC remains open until it reopens Feb. 12).

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SALISBURY – An effort to prohibit the consumption of marijuana in public areas will move forward in Wicomico County. In a work session Tuesday, Wicomico County State’s Attorney Jamie Dykes, Deputy State’s Attorney Bill McDermott and Sheriff Mike Lewis presented the Wicomico County Council with proposed legislation that would prohibit the consumption of marijuana in public areas and vehicles. “Just because marijuana now has an exception and you can possess marijuana legally by way of a medical marijuana card, it doesn’t mean you should be allowed to consume marijuana in public, as the statute says, on public street fares, sidewalks, in a shopping center or, more importantly, in your vehicle,” McDermott said. The proposed legislation mirrors a recently adopted ordinance in Fruitland. Not only does the legislation prohibit marijuana consumption in vehicles and public areas but makes it a misdemeanor charge punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. McDermott, who worked closely with town officials to draft the ordinance, said adopting similar county legislation will provide stricter enforcement measures in a changing legal landscape. An example of that change, he noted, was a recent Court of Appeals ruling in the Pacheco v. State case. Last year, the court ruled the odor of marijuana was not enough to search a person. “It is no longer probable cause, nor can they search a person incident to that arrest,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like it is that significant, but that is a gross departure from where we have always been with respect to the odor of marijuana.” Law enforcement officials said the proposed legislation would be similar to laws for consuming alcohol in public areas and in vehicles. “What we are aiming to do is first ensure that we retain the same quality of life that existed before Pacheco, that we ensure the decency laws that affect those who may consume alcohol are in parity with those who consume marijuana, and also protect those who may get behind what is a 5,000-pound weapon after having consumed marijuana and take the lives of those who have nothing to do with the consumption of marijuana,” McDermott said. Lewis said driving under the influence of marijuana occurs on a daily basis in Wicomico County. He noted the legislation would give law enforcement officials greater ability to enforce the law and protect citizens. The council agreed to introduce legislation at its next meeting. “All this says is if you are going to do it, just do it at home,” McDermott said.

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Delmarva Hand Dance Club President Eileen Smith joined Michael Edmondson and Nancy Cannady for a quick pic before hitting the dancefloor at their weekly Wednesday night dance.

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Welcoming members and guests into the Ocean City Elks Lodge for the Wednesday night dancing were Dan and Bonnie Batchellor along with Mac Smith, Vice President of the Delmarva Hand Dance Club.

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NAI Coastal principals Brad Gillis, Joey Gilkerson, Chris Gilkerson and Chris Davis finished off the year with a bang by hosting a ribbon cutting open house of their new commercial brokerage.

At their open house ribbon cutting, NAI Coastal Advisor Merry Mears showed Kathy Shubert and Jessica Eisemann around the new office.

Tech wizards Jim Leether and Yancy Wharton provided information about services available at the new M4Reactor Makerspace during the 3rd Annual OC Comic Con.

Ocean City Comic Con staffers Robert Oliver and Brie Fennell checked vendors into this year’s event.

Diakonia was the beneficiary for the OC Comic Con food drive with Thrift Store Coordinator Tom Schulz and Executive Director Bee Miller on hand to collect the donations.

Promoting BlerDCon 2020 at the 3rd Annual OC Comic Con were Ashley Thomas and Jordan Peele in the Exhibitor Hall.

AlaskaWild Seafoods’ Courtney and Kieran Clucas kept close during a chilly Saturday morning at the Ocean Pines Farmers Market.

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Every Monday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Atlantic General Hospital, Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support group promoting weight loss and maintaining a healthy life-style.410-641-0157.

Every Monday: Delmarva Chorus Meeting 7 p.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Women of all ages invited to sing with the group. 410-641-6876.

Second Monday Of Month: Ocean Pines Camera Club 7 p.m. Ocean Pines branch library. Monthly get-together to share photos, tips, programs. Group goes on a photo shoot the Saturday following meeting and hosts a hands-on workshop the last Thursday of each month. Professional and amateur photographers and new members welcome. Meets second Monday of each month.

Every Tuesday: TOPS Meeting 5:30-7 p.m. Worcester County Health Center, 9730 Healthway Dr., Berlin. Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy lifestyle. Second Tuesday of Month: Eastern Shore Stamp Club Meeting 6 p.m. Salisbury branch, Wicomico County Library. Meetings held in basement.

Every Wednesday: Delmarva Hand Dance Club Dance To Sounds of ’50s And ’60s Music 5:30-9 p.m. Ocean City Elks Lodge, 13708 Sinepuxent Ave. $5 donation per person to benefit veterans and local charities in the Delmarva region. Members and guests welcome. or 410-208-1151. Every Wednesday: Rotary Club The Ocean City-Berlin Rotary Club meets Wednesdays on a weekly basis at the Residence Inn in Ocean City at 6 p.m.

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Second Wednesday: Polish American Club Of Delmarva Meeting 2-4 p.m. Columbus Hall. Anyone of Polish or Slavic descent is welcome. No meetings June, July, August. 410-723-2639 or 410-250-2548. Every Thursday: Beach Singles 45 Plus, happy hour 4-7 p.m., Clarion Hotel, 10100 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. 302-4369577, 410-524-0649, Second Thursday: Ocean Pines Garden Club 10 a.m. Ocean Pines Community Center. Visitors and new members welcome.

Every Friday: Knights Of Columbus #9053 Bingo Doors open at 5 p.m., bingo at 6:30 p.m. 9901 Coastal Hwy., Ocean City. Possible to win the $1,000 big jackpot each week. 410-524-7994.

Every Friday: FORGE Contemporary Youth And Family Ministry 6:30-8:30 p.m. FORGE Center, 7804 Gumboro Rd., Pittsville. Designed for kids ages 5-65, the program provides a meal, music, games, activities and a life lesson that can be of use to anyone. Christian-based program but does not require the practice of faith to attend. 443-366-2813. First Saturday Of Month: Writers Group 10 a.m.-noon. Berlin branch, Worcester County Library. Anyone interested in writing is invited to join the group and share a story, poem or essay or just come and enjoy lis-

tening to others. This is a free activity. New members are always welcome. The group is comprised of amateur as well as professional, published writers willing to share their knowledge and offer tips on being creative with words. January 10: Crab Cake Dinner Stevenson United Methodist Church will host 4-6:30 p.m. Carry-outs available and bake sale table offered.

January 11: Spaghetti Dinner ABATE of Sussex County is hosting an allyou-can-eat spaghetti dinner 3-7 p.m. at East Sussex Moose Lodge in Frankford. Door prizes available every hour. Cost is $10 per person; $5 for children (ages 4-12). January 13-19: Restaurant Week Visit the restaurants in Berlin for specials on breakfast, lunch and dinner.

January 17: Spaghetti Dinner American Legion Post in Ocean City will host a fundraiser for all three Ocean City Boys Scouts of America units, featuring food, fun and friendship from 4-8. Silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets, $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12. Tickets, call Chuck Kelly 410-259-7140. January 18: Fried Chicken Dinner From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at New Hope United Methodist Church in Willards. Carryouts available. 410-543-8244.

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January 23: Luncheon, Meeting Republican Women of Worcester County will hold at 11 a.m. at the Captains Table Restaurant with guest speakers Commissioners Chip Bertino and Pat Schrawder, representing Senator Mary Beth Carozza.

January 25: AYCE Breakfast Buffet Whaleyville United Methodist Church will host from 7-10 a.m. Adults, $8 and child, $4. January 25: Spaghetti Dinner Friendship United Methodist Church will host from 3-6 p.m. Adults, $10; children 612, $5; and children 5 and under, free.

January 27: Chorus Singing Anyone interested in signing barbershop style for the Delmarva Chorus, a chapter of the Sweet Adelines International, is welcome at 7 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center. 410-208-4009

January 28: Play It Safe Fundraiser The Ocean City Elks Lodge on 138th Street will host the Play It Safe Italian Feast and Silent Auction, 5-8 p.m., featuring pastas, beverage, dessert and a bountiful silent auction. Adults, $15; children 4-9, $6; under 4, free. Pay at the door. February 4: Taco Night The 11th Annual $1 Taco Night will be held at Stephen Decatur High School from 2:307 p.m. in the cafeteria. In addition to chicken and beef tacos, there will also be sides, drinks, and desserts. Reservations are not necessary. Patrons can dine in or carry out. All proceeds benefit Stephen Decatur High School. February 4-6: Basic Boating Safety Course US Coast Guard Auxiliary offering at the Ocean Pines Library, 6-9 p.m. $15 for all three sessions. Register by calling Barry Cohen, 410-935-4807

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BERLIN – Permanent life insurance not only helps to protect your beneficiaries, it also allows you to build cash value that can potentially be used in a tax-advantaged manner. What if you could potentially access that cash value using income tax-free KRISTIN COANE policy loans and withdrawals for retirement income or other needs? Would you be interested? This tax-free strategy is similar to the tax-deferred strategy of savings: you set aside a portion of your aftertax income and earnings grow tax-deferred. However, unlike tax deferral, in this case, retirement income is received income tax-free. A Roth IRA is an example of this type of strategy, and another type of financial vehicle that offers the same benefit is permanent life insurance. It is not just about how much you can accumulate for re-

tirement, but the tax ramification of that distribution. Roth IRA’s are a good choice for tax-free savings – but what if you don’t qualify? Or you want to contribute more than the IRS limit? The primary purpose for purchasing permanent life insurance is for the death benefit protection it provides. However, permanent life insurance offers the ability to build up tax-deferred cash value that can be accessed during your lifetime to generate a stream of retirement income – potentially income tax-free. Permanent insurance cash value can serve as an accumulation vehicle, with some great tax advantages. Premiums are determined based on the amount of the coverage you need. There are minimum payments that must be contributed that are determined by the insurance company who calculates the cost to keep the insurance in effect. There are also maximum contributions allowed which are dictated by, none other than, the federal government. If the government puts a limit on something, usually it’s




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And Real Estate News New Coordinator Named BERLIN – Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services (WYFCS) has welcomed Deborah Dean-Colley as the new communications coordinator. This position encompasses social media specialist, preparing press releases, photographing events, attending marketing forums, administrative duties and an extension of outreach into the Worcester County community. An artist at heart, Dean-Colley was born in Pittsburgh and attended the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Additionally, she studied environmental education at Duquesne University and traveled internationally to London, England and Rimini, Italy teaching platform work to her colleagues in the salon industry. Prior to joining WYFCS, she served as the outreach and volunteer coordinator for the Art League of Ocean City for five years, managing over 400 volunteers annually. She has SEE NEXT PAGE

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The Dispatch/Maryland Coast Dispatch to enhance inpatient, outpatient and emergency care, and wellness services across the entire Delmarva Peninsula. “Healthcare systems are more frequently coming together to meet the challenges of an ever- evolving environment. We are proud to now have officially merged, and together as a new system we will be working throughout the region to better the health and wellness of Delmarva,” said Peninsula Regional Health System President/CEO Steve Leonard. “We continue to look for partners on this journey and are excited about McCready joining soon and the opportunities to grow that will follow.” Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and

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Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the hospitals themselves, will keep their names. A branding study is currently underway to develop a new name for the health system that will reflect the combined culture and service delivery promise of Peninsula Regional, Nanticoke and McCready. The new name will be revealed in late spring. The new health system immediately expands access to care for residents across the region. It is expected that services in Seaford will not only remain in place but also be enhanced, including additional technology and procedures, and possibly new locations for care. While the two healthcare providers

are legally one organization, it is still very early in the collaborative process. A full strategic plan, with a goal to expand access to care and provide more services closer to where people live and work, is being drafted. “We are excited for the next phase of the Nanticoke journey,” said Penny Short, president of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. “By partnering with Peninsula Regional Health System, Nanticoke will be able to continue providing the high quality, compassionate care we are known for while expanding services for our community. Together with Peninsula, we are ensuring our community has access to the quality healthcare it deserves for years to come.”

Health Care Move Approved SALISBURY – Nanticoke Health Ser-vices (NHS) of Seaford, Del. and Peninsula Regional Health System (PRHS), based in Salisbury announced the affiliation of the two health services has passed final state and federal regulatory approval. McCready Health of Crisfield is expected to merge later this year. The result is the creation of a revolutionary new health system designed



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Pushing OC’s Sunfest Back Right Decision HOW WE SEE IT

Though it’s a controversial move, the Town of Ocean City’s decision to delay Sunfest by one weekend to avoid a conflict with a troublesome lot of visitors is the right call. Sunfest is traditionally held in either the last or second to last weekend in September. The long weekend has become a major event for Ocean City and it’s growing, as attendance records have been set in recent years. The looming prospect of Sunfest coinciding with the unofficial and troubling H2Oi crowd was the main reason the town pushed the event back. We understand the reasoning and the public

and business owners should as well. When the announcement was made this week, many in the tourism circuit were shocked. It was clear town officials worked privately, as the majority of business owners were unaware of the planned change. As soon as word spread about the planned change, many reported hearing from upset vacationers who had to cancel their plans outright or, in greater numbers, expressed dismay about the inconvenience. Though those concerns are understandable, Sunfest could not be held the same weekend as this unsanc-

tioned gathering. The event would suffer. During the H2Oi event last year, there was gridlock on Coastal Highway and mass transit was hampered by the volume of traffic. Thousands of people use the city’s bus system to get to Sunfest each year. Conflicting with the H2Oi event will seriously jeopardize the city’s ability to move these visitors. While there are some short-term issues hotels and rental companies will now be dealing with, the town was right to protect a signature fall event. Over the long term, it will play out as the appropriate decision.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR State’s Attorney’s Recap Editor: Dear citizens of Worcester County, Happy New Year! One year ago, I was sworn in as your State’s Attorney and since that time, I have relished the opportunity to advance the cause of justice in our county. As our dedicated team at the Office of the State’s Attorney begins tackling the challenges of this new year with determination and spirit, I am pleased to provide you with this brief review of our progress, and to outline for you our continued priorities moving forward. During 2019, our community prosecutors partnered more closely than ever before with state and local agencies to ensure that vulnerable victims, whether children or adults, receive necessary care and services to aid in recovery and prevent further victimization. We announced the creation of the Vulnerable Adult Task Force to assist our senior citizens and have raised awareness about home contractor fraud and telemarketing scams at various senior living expos and financial exploitation forums. On behalf of children, we have worked collaboratively with law enforcement and the Board of Education to establish school threat assessment protocols that will help keep our kids safer at school and make sure police are immediately notified about all criminal behavior. We have also assigned an experienced prosecutor to handle all cases involving juvenile offenders, to ensure the unique challenges facing our youth are acknowledged and addressed consistently, for the betterment of our communities. While our specialized units work in areas of child and vulnerable adult advocacy, our drug prosecutors and drug treatment court team have been busy making sure that those suffering from addiction receive treatment, while those dealing drugs receive prison

time. We were vocal in our support of Worcester County’s application for designation as a drug trafficking area, which now allows our police access to much-needed funding for opioid initiatives and enforcement actions. We have also coordinated with law enforcement in surrounding jurisdictions to ensure a strategic approach to stopping the flow of opioids into Worcester County, and have disrupted and dismantled drug trafficking organizations as a result. Finally, we continue to engage as community prosecutors and to participate in multi-disciplinary approaches to the crime problems facing our community. Many times, crime is a symptom of a larger issue - frequently addiction or mental illness. Working with other disciplines has allowed us to better identify the underlying causes of certain crime and to develop systems to eliminate those causes, which in turn reduces crime. With this in mind, we have successfully partnered with the Health Department on creative initiatives such as the Homeless Outreach Team and Safe Stations and have seen positive results. Together with you and our community partners, we will continue to keep Worcester County winning in the fight against crime and make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in our important mission. While there is always more work to be done, I am beyond grateful for the endless commitment, dedication and grit of our entire team at the Office of the State’s Attorney, and I am proud to work alongside them in serving you. Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy and safe new year. Kris Heiser Berlin

Board Disputes Article Editor:

We, as the Board of Directors of the Ocean Place Condominium Association, wish to comment on the Jan. 1, 2020, article in your newspaper entitled “North Ocean City Condo Owners Continue Dispute; Mounting Legal Fees Worry Board”. Apparently, no one at your newspaper thought to check the “facts” or get a comment from any of our board members before printing this. This is journalism at its worst. This is the one-sided point of view of one disgruntled owner who has been harassing us and other owners for months with false and misleading accusations. We would like to set the record straight. In October 2018, we had our annual owners’ meeting, wherein we further discussed the deterioration of our building and the need for a restoration project. In November 2018, we asked owners to approve or not to approve going forward with the project. Our by-laws allow us to proceed without a vote, but we took the votes nevertheless because the board did not want the sole responsibility of deciding this without the input of all owners. The majority of the owners approved the go ahead for the project. Sixty percent wanted to go forward, 10 percent did not vote at all, and the remaining 30 percent voiced differing opinions including postponing it for a few years, or not doing anything at all. The votes were verified by the Maryland Attorney General. Yet Ms. Gundling persists in saying that the board approved the project without the owners’ knowledge. They voted for it so doesn’t that mean they knew about it. After the restoration projects’ approval in November 2018, three owners (she refers to them as a “group”) who had voted “no” filed a mediation complaint with the Maryland Attorney General’s Office in an effort to stop the project from proceeding. They were unsuccessful and the project is currently SEE NEXT PAGE

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR moving along. Somewhere along the way, Ms. Gundling inserted herself into the complaint, as she was not one of the original complainants. The project does not include anything that it did not include from the very beginning, so costs have not gone up because of extras, as Ms. Gundling contends. To do the EIFS involves removing windows in the twoand three-bedroom oceanfront units to wrap the EIFS and flashing around the frame of the window, making the opening smaller and thus necessitating a new replacement window. It also requires removing railings on balconies. Once the railings are removed, new ones are necessary as the old ones do not meet current code, plus they are going on 37 years old. The balcony dividers are attached to the railings and come as a unit. Everything is intertwined with everything else, so in order to do it right, it must all be done at the same time. No landscaping or other addons exist that she claims are driving up the price. The price was and is the same as it was from the very beginning and what the owners voted on. This is a massive undertaking which we understand many other oceanfront buildings the age of ours have had to undergo as well. Most of our owners are very excited about the project and can hardly wait to see it completed. Ms. Gundling has complained about everything we do or don’t do. She has contacted many entities in Ocean City with her many complaints in her attempts to get anyone on her side and to undermine the board. In each attempt, she has hit a brick wall. She also failed to mention that her husband was a past board member for 10-plus years and she never complained then about what she now finds so objectionable. Ms. Gundling frequently complains to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office. When she does, her complaints are forwarded from the Attorney General’s Office to our attorney’s office for him to respond. None of us are attorneys, nor do we know all the laws, so we cannot work with the Attorney General’s Office without his advice. In responding to her complaints, in 2019 alone it has cost the association (thereby all owners) thousands of dollars in legal fees. We have asked her to stop wasting all our money, but she has ignored us. Through all these complaints, the board has not been found to have done anything wrong, yet her complaints continue. We have not threatened her, we have certainly not urged owners to “take action” against her – it is ridiculous for her to even suggest such a thing. We have only asked owners to let us hear from them and let their voices be heard on this matter, as we wanted to know how owners felt about this continued waste of everyone’s money. By your publication of this article, you are only enabling her in her continuing libeling of the board and in

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what she describes as her “crusade.” We have yet to learn from her what she is “crusading” for, but maybe someday she will let us know. If you were a big city newspaper with a large readership, I dare say the reporter on this story would most likely be fired. We ask instead that you either print a retraction with an apology or that you print the truth as we have explained it to you. In this age of “fake news” and “alternative facts” what you have done is totally irresponsible. You have basically defamed our board and trashed the good name of Ocean Place by aiding a woman who seems to have a personal vendetta against us. This without so much as checking a single fact. This is how journalists get a bad name and people distrust what they hear or read. You have made her sound like some kind of hero for taking us on when the truth is to the contrary. She has harassed us and the majority of owners with a barrage of unsolicited e-mails to the point where owners have practically begged us to do something to get her to stop. She will not listen to, nor is she interested in the facts, and defies our attorney’s continued attempts to stop her from harassing us. If anything, we are the ones being threatened and bullied. You should be ashamed. We did not wish to make this controversy public, but you and Ms. Gundling have taken that decision out of our hands. We have no other choice now but to respond. When we sent our response to you on Jan. 3, we were under the impression that you got this information directly from Lisa Gundling. We have since learned that it came from court documents from her numerous complaints. We do not know whether she initiated contact with you and she directed you to these documents or you did this on your own, but regardless, it is still her statements and you still printed it without bothering to get any comments from our board. In this week’s edition of OC Today, you will find the following, written with input from our attorney. The Board in the past has sat silently hoping that Ms. Gundling's activities and aggressive speech would cease once the Attorney General's office found no fault with the Association's actions. However, even though the Association has done nothing wrong and all allegations by Ms. Gundling have been deemed meritless, Ms. Gundling continues to send factually incorrect communication to owners, the media or anyone else that will listen. As a result, the Association is no longer willing to remain silent and act as a punching bag. It is now speaking out to its owners and the media to set the record straight and explain that Ms. Gundling does not speak for the majority of owners. Instead, the majority of owners are in support of the actions undertaken by the Board. The Ocean Place Condominium Association Board of Directors

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Interest for Ocean City beach stands appears to be rebounding. Time will tell whether it’s resort-wide, but revenue for the south-end beach equipment rental parcels along the Boardwalk increased by about 50% overall. There were 34 parcels up for renewal or auction this year. Per city policy, each current parcel holder can renew for another three-year term at a 10% increase over the existing fee. For example, the Inlet beach stand site went for $46,200 three years ago and was renewed for a new term of $50,820 to the existing contract holder. Of the 34 south-end parcels up for renewal, there were only six who opted to secure existing parcels with the 10% increase. After the 28 parcel auctions and the renewals, the town’s beach stand revenue will climb this cycle from $619,399 to $931,081. A closer look at the individual beach stands revealed some interesting figures. Some of the reasons would seem logically to stem from recent hotel redevelopments. For example, the parcels for 15th and 16th streets each increased significantly. The 15th Street beach stand (in front of the Courtyard by Marriott) was auctioned for $44,000, a 114% increase from the last contract. The 16th Street beach stand in front of the Hyatt went for $41,500, a 209% jump from the previous contract. The largest single increase was for the 11th Street beach stand in front of the Monte Carlo, resulting in a remarkable 3,257% increase from $745 last contract to $25,000 this contract. What will be interesting to see is whether mid-town beach stands continue this trend next year. History tells us the mid-town sites will not rival the downtown parcels, which are dominated by daytrippers and hotels. Last year when the north end parcels from 85th Street to the Delaware line were up for renewal the bids for the 18 sites were down on average of about 11%. Short-term rental talks continued this week in Berlin. The issue is a divisive one in the community. A look at Airbnb yesterday showed 16 properties available for rent in Berlin west of Route 113 and south of Route 50. A quick check last summer showed about 30 properties available for rent through Airbnb in the same area. The town has identified short-term rentals as a concern, and efforts are underway to create the town’s first short-term rental regulations. The topic brings mixed emotions when discussed throughout the community. While many support the concept of protecting the residential neighborhoods, others say allowing Airbnbs does not immediately lead to the degradation of the community. The town seems to be looking to find a happy medium with allowing Airbnbs at properties that are owner occupied. The idea is to ensure there are some checks and balances in place rather than having an owner who lives three hours away unaware of what’s happening at his or her property in Berlin. In his letter to the town, Coastal Association of Realtors President Joseph Wilson encouraged the town to look at what Ocean City did while also taking a jab at town officials. “In recent years, the Town of Ocean City recognized a need to enact regulations specific to the growing number of short-term rentals in its residential neighborhoods. They did consider an outright ban on short-term rentals in those neighborhoods. However, they instead chose to create a registry of rentals in their residential neighborhoods, require a local contact, address rental issues via the Property Review and Enforcement Strategies for Safehousing (PRESS) Committee, require a separate license application for rentals in residential neighborhoods that carries a higher fee, and require a placard on the exterior of a residence that identifies the property as being a rental. Since then, according to the Ocean City Police Department, shortterm rental-related complaints have decreased significantly, and Ocean City property owners maintain their right to rent their properties,” he wrote. “It is indisputable that many residents were troubled by last year's increase in property taxes and fees. Perhaps it is not prudent at this time to remove a potential revenue stream for Berlin's property owners.” Major changes are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, and it should have a significant impact on the summer travel season. After Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the change last fall, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced an optimistic construction timeline this week to implement all electronic tolling at the bridge by the summer. Beginning next week, demolition of the existing toll collection booths will take place. The plan calls for the installation of the common overhead “tolling gantries” on the Eastern Shore side of the bridge around Kent Island. The traditional toll operations on the west side of the bridge will be no more. Beachbound motorists will be tolled after they get off the bridge by simply driving under the automated toll collectors. Statistics from the state prove it shouldn’t be a huge deal for motorists. It was interesting to learn this week 74% of bridge drivers are already E-Z Pass users. To help get the remaining cash users on board, marketing and outreach efforts are planned.

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SNOW HILL – The county’s new synthetic ice rink will be making appearances at a variety of locations in the coming months. While a schedule has not yet been released, county staff indicated the rink would be set up at the Berlin Fire Company as well as at Pocomoke Middle School and potentially the outlets in West Ocean City in the near future. “We’ll be moving that around pretty regularly through the spring,” said Tom

Perlozzo, the county’s director of recreation and parks, tourism and economic development. Perlozzo told the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday that the launch of the synthetic ice rink just before Christmas had proven successful. The county hosted a special “Elves on the Loose” event Dec. 20 at the Worcester County Recreation Center so local residents would have the opportunity to check out the rink for free. In the ensuing weeks, the rink was open to the public for a small fee. “The skating rink was great,” Perlozzo said Tuesday. “Probably a thou-

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sand kids got the opportunity to skate. It was a small revenue win, $1,200, so we’re in the process of scheduling it all over the county.” Perlozzo said the rink would be going to the second floor of the Berlin Fire Company. “Currently we have plans to take it to the Berlin fire hall, upstairs,” Perlozzo said. “The auxiliary group will run the skating rink for us.” He said there were also plans to bring it to the south end of the county. “We’ve struggled a little bit in Pocomoke but as of yesterday I think (Principal) Matt Record from the mid-

dle school is making room for us to put it there,” he said. Perlozzo said he was also talking to representatives of the West Ocean City outlets regarding bringing the rink there. A release from Worcester County stated that 500 people attended the “Elves on the Loose” event and that 750 others participated in the open skate sessions held in recent weeks. For more information about the county’s recreation programs and special events call the Worcester County Recreation Center at 410-632-2144 or visit





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BERLIN – Stephen Decatur’s girls’ varsity basketball team got its second half of the season off to a good start this week with a win over Bayside South rival Wicomico on the road on Tuesday. The Seahawks cruised through the first portion of the season, riding a five-game win streak to jump out to an early 5-0 start. Over the break, the Decatur girls split two games in the North Caroline Holiday Tournament, beating Delmarva Christian, 64-60, in the opener before suffering their first loss of the season against Easton in the second game of the tourney, 56-36.

Back in action on the road on Tuesday to start the second half and resume regular season action, the Decatur girls got by host Wicomico, 3528, in an uncharacteristically low-scoring game. Sarah Engle led the Seahawks with 13 points, while Mayah Garner added 10 and Nadia Bullock pitched in eight. The Decatur girls play the first of four straight home games on Friday against Mardela. Next week, the Seahawks face a pair of tough Bayside South opponents at home starting with Bennett on Tuesday and Parkside next Thursday. Overall, including the split in the holiday tournament, the Seahawks’ record now stands at an impressive 7-1.

Mallards Drop Pair In Governor’s Challenge



BERLIN – Worcester Prep’s girls’ varsity basketball team dropped two games in the annual Governor’s Challenge Holiday Tournament last week to drop to 6-3 on the season. The Mallards started the season red-hot, winning their first five games in impressive fashion including a sweep in the annual Tip-Off Classic tournament. On December 16, the Mallards suffered their first loss, falling to Delmarva Christian, 66-47. However, the Worcester girls rebounded with a 36-25 win over Sussex Academy just before the holiday break.

Over the holiday break, the Mallards competed in the prestigious Governor’s Challenge Holiday Tournament and drew a tough assignment with a pair of back-to-back games. Last Monday, the Worcester girls fell to Boonsboro, 5323, in their opener in the Governor’s Challenge. Back in action the next day on New Year’s Eve, the Mallards fell to Gerstell Academy, 48-35. With the pair of losses, Worcester’s record stands at 6-3 after the 5-0 start. The Mallards will play back-to-back games again this weekend, starting with Salisbury School at home on Friday on Alumni Night, followed by a rare Saturday game at noon against Gunston. The Mallards beat Gunston, 5013, on the road back on December 13.

Decatur Boys Fall To Wicomico, 70-63



BERLIN – Despite a valiant effort, Stephen Decatur’s boys’ varsity basketball team lost a close one to Wicomico, 70-63, in the first game after the holiday break on Tuesday. The Seahawks opened the season with three straight wins before scuffling through a recent stretch. Decatur dropped two Bayside South contests just before the holiday break, falling to Crisfield and Pocomoke in back-toback games. Decatur competed in the Gover-

nor’s Challenge over the holiday break and dropped two more to tough teams including a 68-49 loss to Georgetown Day in its opener, followed by a loss to Huntingtown, 6250, on day two of the tournament. In their first game back after the holidays, the Seahawks faced unbeaten Wicomico at home on Tuesday and despite a valiant effort fell to the Indians in a close one, 70-63. The Decatur boys hope to get back in the win column with a home game against Mardela on Friday, followed by a pair of tough road games next week at Bennett and Parkside.

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Stephen Decatur’s unbeaten varsity wrestling team last week swept seven matches to win the prestigious Iron Horse Duals tournament for the first time ever. Pictured above, the Seahawks show off the championship trophy. Submitted photo



BERLIN – After knocking on the door in recent years, Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team kicked the door in last weekend with a firstplace finish in the prestigious Iron Horse Duals tournament. Last year, the Seahawks finished third overall as a team in the Iron Horse Duals at C. Milton Wright High School as five wrestlers went unbeaten in the tournament. This year, Decatur took it a step further, taking first place in the Iron Horse Duals, sweeping every match and ending up with five wrestlers finishing unbeaten and nearly every other one in the lineup finishing with a winning record. In the finals, Decatur beat South Carroll, 57-23, to claim the championship. Noah Reho beat Rylan Moore at 145, while Alex Koulikov beat Brandon Athey at 152. James Parana beat Austin Gidge at 160, D.J. Taylor beat Justin Brister at 182 and Micah Bourne beat Shane Allison at 195. In the 220 bout, John Hofman beat Richie Summerlin, while T.D. Ortega won at 285. After the Seahawks dropped two in the lower weight classes, Jagger Clapsadle got Decatur back on track with a win over Gage Owen at 120. Nico D’Amico beat Jake Rippeon at 132 and Kyle Elliott closed it out with a win over Anthony Bond at 138. In the semifinals, Decatur beat John Carroll, 64-10. Shamar Baines beat Ian Moccia at 113, Clapsadle beat Trevyn Suskowicz at 120 and Dustin Morrow won by forfeit at 126. D’Amico kept the run going with a win over Cole Jones at 132, while Jayden Criner beat William Kaiser at 138. Reho beat Matthew Mitrega at 145, Koulikov beat Dominic Comello at 152 and Parana beat Dylan Cox at 160. Bourne beat Trent Katen at 182, Hofman won by forfeit at 195, Henry Brous beat George Fritz at 220 and Jonathan Church won by forfeit at 285. In the first round, the Seahawks beat Bishop Ireton, 75-6. Austin Miller won by forfeit at 106, Baines beat Kyle Miller

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19): That lower-than-acceptable performance you're getting from others in your group might be the result of miscommunication. If so, correct it before serious problems arise later on. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20): An unexpected situation could call for a change of plans. If so, you might feel that this is unfair. But it's best to make the needed adjustments now. There'll be time later for rescheduling. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20): The new year brings opportunities you might want to look into. Some might be more interesting than others. But take time to look at all of them before you make any decisions. CANCER (June 21 to July 22): It's a good idea to be careful about expenses until you've worked out that pesky financial problem. You might find it advisable to get some solid advice on how to proceed. LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22): Romance looms large over the Leonine aspect. Single Lions looking for love should find Cupid very cooperative. Paired Cats can expect a renewed closeness in their relationships. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22): Making contact with a former colleague might not be high on your list of priorities. But it could pay off personally as well as professionally. Avoid bringing up any negatives about the past. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22): A personal relationship could face added stress because of a situation involving someone close to both of you. Be supportive and, above all, try to avoid playing the blame game. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21): You might well find some lingering uncertainties about a decision. If so, take that as a warning that you might not be ready to make that move yet. More study would be in order. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21): Music is a dominant theme for Sagittarians right now, and it should remind you to make a greater effort to restore some much-needed harmony in that very special relationship. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19): Although family matters might demand much of the Sea Goat's attention this week, you'll want to try to make time to handle those all-important workplace situations as well. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18): A recurring unresolved issue might need to be revisited before you can move forward. Consider asking someone familiar with the situation to act as an impartial counselor. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20): Ignore pressure to make a decision. Keeping your options open is still the wisest course, at least until you're sure you've learned all you need to know about the matter at hand. BORN THIS WEEK: You're capable of great loyalty to those around you, which is one reason you can count on devotion from friends and family. Š 2020 King Features Synd., Inc.

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he Christmas and New Year’s weeks were a blur. Over the course of the two weeks, Pam and I tried to take off as much time as schools were closed. Most of us in my house woke up each day wondering what day it was. It felt like 12 straight Saturdays. It was great. Aside from a weekend trip to New York to visit family, we spent it at home together. Though Berlin’s New Year’s Eve kids ball drop was a lot of fun, Christmas was certainly a highlight of the time off. Long gone is the unforgettable toddler excitement for Christmas mornings, but the boys, now 11 and 10, continue to get a lot of joy out of all the season entails. I don’t think Beckett believes in Santa Claus any longer, but he seems to want to in some ways. Throughout the year, he makes references to knowing there are no elves, reindeer and Santa Claus. He asks a lot of questions about how Santa can be real and quotes conversations with friends whose parents have come clean with them. He wants to know why we are lying to him about it. For many years, our response to this sort of questioning was, “how do you think all the gifts arrive and all the stockings are stuffed? Mom and Dad would never be able to do all that in one night.” He would typically nod in acknowledgement. Nowadays, the topic rarely comes up. He knows the truth, but he seems to go along with it. I think he likes the idea of Santa, although he has enough practical sense now to realize the realities behind Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. On Christmas Eve, Pam and I told Beckett we were going to treat it like a school night with an earlier bedtime. He scoffed at the idea initially, believ-

ing we were kidding, but we forced it. As I walked out of his room that night, he said he wasn’t going to be able to fall asleep because he was too excited. I assured him we would be going to bed soon as well. I will call that a white lie for the cause. With the idea to wait him out downstairs before completing our Christmas morning makeover with gifts, we watched some of the Christmas Eve classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.” Beckett came downstairs that night at 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30. Each time he came downstairs he had a different reason. First it was he heard a door open and close; then it was he heard packaging being opened; then he was heard a lot of footsteps; and finally, he wanted to know why we were still awake when we usually go to bed early. He made it clear what was up when he stated, “I want to catch you guys in the act.” We then came to the realization this year was going to have to be different. We went to bed and set our alarm to wake up at 2 a.m. I didn’t even sleep under the covers that night. This was just a nap for a few hours to ensure he was asleep so we could set the stage for Christmas morning. It was during this process when we both realized it was time for the talk with Beckett. It was one thing to stay up late putting things together on Christmas Eve while they were asleep. It was another thing altogether to have to go to sleep so the 11-year-old in the house would and then wake up at an insane time to pull off the charade. The reality, of course, is he knows the truth. At one point, while we were shooting hoops on his new basketball hoop on a balmy Christmas afternoon, he was talking about how complicated it looked to put together. While smiling, he said, “Dad, I don’t get it, how did Santa bring this on his sleigh?” I re-

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minded him of the magic of the season. Though he wasn’t buying it, he responded, “One thing I do know is there’s no way you put this together because you’re not handy at all. Mom probably did it.” Consequently, I ramped up my defense on him. As for our special needs kiddo, Carson will probably always believe in Santa. I personally am just fine by it. Carson doesn’t question anything. He’s excited by it all and loves everything about Christmas morning, especially the gluten- and dairy-free breakfast casseroles his mom makes for him every year. We all really enjoy those, of course. The big gift for Carson this year was a three-wheel bike. We have not had much success with him being able to balance himself on a standard bike. As luck would have it first thing Christmas morning, after we surprised him with it, there was a malfunction with the chain that needed replacement. He got to ride it for a few minutes. Once it was outside my realm of expertise (it didn’t take much), I mentioned to Pam I would “take it back tomorrow to get fixed.” Beckett jumped right on that slip, but we were able to get him to talk about it later with us. When I brought it back home to Carson good to go, he believed I fixed it, flexing both his muscles. I assured him he was correct. It was the right thing to do. With all this fun over the long break, Monday was a reality check. Carson had some challenges adjusting to his school routine, but he was not the only one experiencing difficulties on that particular day. (The writer is the publisher and editor of The Dispatch. He and his wife, Pamela, are proud parents of two boys. This weekly column examines their transition into parenthood and all that goes along with it. E-mail any thoughts to

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LACROSSE COACHES Worcester Preparatory School, a coeducational college preparatory day school serving over 500 students in grades PK-12, is currently seeking an Assistant Coach for Boys Varsity and Head Coach for Boys Middle School. Minimum of 2 yrs. experience and CJIS Background Screening required. EOE

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Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or

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published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication DECEMBER 27, 2019 DEBORAH STANLEY-

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To all persons interested in the estate of KATHERINE MARIE LITTLETON, ESTATE NO. 18104. Notice is given that KENNETH NELSON LITTLETON, JR, 8270 LIBERTYTOWN ROAD, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on DECEMBER 17, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of KATHERINE MARIE LITTLETON, who died on DECEMBER 1, 2019, with a will. Further information can be

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obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 17TH day of JUNE, 2020. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication DECEMBER 27, 2019 KENNETH NELSON LITTLETON, JR. Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 3x 12-27, 1-03, 1-10



COATES PO BOX 293 SNOW HILL, MD 21863 NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18107 To all persons interested in the estate of NETTIE YVONNE BAILEY, ESTATE NO. 18107. Notice is given that JAMES MICHAEL BAILEY, 1702 CRESTWOOD CIRCLE, SALISBURY, MD 21804, was on DECEMBER 18, 2019, appointed Personal Representatives of the estate of NETTIE YVONNE BAILEY, who died on SEPTEMBER 18, 2019, without a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 18TH day of JUNE, 2020. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unen-

forceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication DECEMBER 27, 2019 JAMES MICHAEL BAILEY Personal Representative

to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or


(2) Two months after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claim will be barred unless the creditor presents the claims within two months from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. A claim not presented or filed on or before tha date, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Claim forms may be obtained from the Register of Wills.


Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 03, 2020

ESTATE NO. 18110

VICKI LYNN DAVIS Personal Representative

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To all persons interested in the estate of DOROTHY D. NUTTLE, ESTATE NO. 18110. Notice is given that VICKI LYNN DAVIS, 219 WINDJAMMER ROAD, BERLIN, MD 21811, was on DECEMBER 27, 2019, appointed Personal Representative of the estate of DOROTHY D. NUTTLE, who died on NOVEMBER 5, 2019, with a will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment (or to the probate of the decedent’s will) shall file their objections with the Register of Wills on or before the 27TH day of JUNE, 2020. Any person having a claim against the decedent must present the claim to the undersigned personal representative or file it with the Register of Wills with a copy

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Name in which he seeks to change his name from JESSICA RYAN DUCKWORTH to JESSICA GARDENIA RYAN DUCKWORTH. The petitioner is seeking this name change for the following reasons: DISTINGUISHABLE, CULTURAL MIDDLE NAME. Any person may file an objection to the Petition on or before the 13th day of FEBRUARY 2020. The objection must be supported by an affidavit and served upon the Petitioner in accordance with Maryland Rule 1-321. Failure to file an objection or affidavit within the time allowed may result in a judgment by default or the granting of the relief sought. A copy of this notice shall be published one time in a newspaper of general circulation in the county at least fifteen (15) days before the deadline to fine an objection. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 10, 2020 SUSAN R. BRANIECKI Clerk of the Circuit Court for Worcester County Room 104 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 1-10

FIRST INSERTION BARBARA R. TRADER, ESQ. 122 EAST MAIN STREET SALISBURY, MD 21801 SMALL ESTATE NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT NOTICE TO CREDITORS NOTICE TO UNKNOWN HEIRS ESTATE NO. 18122 To all persons interested in the estate of ORMAN O. BLOXOM. Notice is given that KIMBERLY B. SAVAGE, PO BOX 69, 19465 PUNGO CREEK LANE PAINTER, VA 23420, was on JANUARY 07, 2020, appointed Personal Representative of the SMALL ESTATE of: ORMAN O. BLOXOM, who died on DECEMBER 17, 2019, with a

will. Further information can be obtained by reviewing the estate file in the office of the Register of Wills or by contacting the personal representative or the attorney. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having any objection to the appointment shall file their objections with the Register of Wills within 30 days after the date of publication of this Notice. All persons having claims against the decedent must serve their claims on the undersigned personal representative or file them with the Register of Wills with a copy to the undersigned on or before the earlier of the following dates: (1) Six months from the date of the decedent's death, except if the decedent died before October 1, 1992, nine months from the date of the decedent's death; or (2) Thirty days after the personal representative mails or otherwise delivers to the creditor a copy of this published notice or other written notice, notifying the creditor that the claims will be barred unless the creditor presents the claim within thirty days from the mailing or other delivery of the notice. Any claim not served or filed within that time, or any extension provided by law, is unenforceable thereafter. Name of Newspaper: Maryland Coast Dispatch Date of Publication JANUARY 10, 2020 KIMBERLY B. SAVAGE Personal Representative True Test Copy TERRI WESTCOTT Register of Wills for Worcester County Room 102 - Court House One W. Market Street Snow Hill, MD 21863-1074 1x 1-10

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WeSt OCeaN City-BerliN-OCeaN PiNeS aSSateague DiNer rte. 611 & Sunset ave., West Ocean City 443-664-8158 Inspired by a classic diner culture, this new hotspot offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu here features classic comfort foods prepared and executed with a modern coastal trust. Be sure to check out the exceptional coffee program and the Westside Bar within features delicious craft cocktails throughout the day. BlaCKSmitH reStauraNt & Bar 104 Pitts St., Berlin • 410-973-2102 Located in the heart of America’s Coolest Small Town, Berlin, Md., Blacksmith has established itself as one the area’s most loved dining and drinking destinations for foodies and wine, spirt and craft beer enthusiasts. Chef owned and locally sourced, Blacksmith keeps the main focus on Eastern Shore tradition. Everything here is homemade and handmade. Cakes and baked goods are delivered daily from down the street. Cozy and modern, traditional and on trend; Blacksmith has risen to the ranks of the area’s finest casual eating and drinking establishments. Visit and see why folks from Baltimore, D.C., Chincoteague and locals alike think Blacksmith is worth the trip. Open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch, dinner and bar snacks. Closed Sunday.

BreaKfaSt Cafe Of OCeaN City 12736 Ocean gateway, West Ocean City 410-213-1804 Open 7 days a week between Sunsations & Starbucks, across from Outback, come join us at the “Breakfast Cafe” (formerly Rambler Coffee Shop) we are a family-friendly restaurant that’s been family owned for 30 years passed from mother to son in 2001. We believe that fair pricing, putting out quality food as fresh as we can make it and a nice atmosphere makes a meal. I like to think we have many “House Specialties” which include our Crab Omelet, real crab meat, cheddar cheese and mushrooms, our Sunfest Omelet, Swiss cheese, ham and mushrooms; Cafe or French Sampler, pancakes or French toast, with eggs, bacon and sausage. Homemade creamed chipped beef on toast and sausage gravy on biscuits with browned potato home fries, with onion, excellent cheesesteak subs and fries and more! We use Rapa Scrapple fried on the grill the way you like it for all our breakfasts, sandwiches and sides. Summer hours, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Come enjoy! CariBBeaN jOe’S Bar & grille 12614 Ocean gateway Next to alamo Hotel 443-664-8509 Completely renovated and under new ownership, we are proudly located at the first ever motel in Ocean City, “The Alamo.” You truly will not believe what we’ve done! Thursday we have fresh 1/2-lb. burgers served on a delicious Hawaiian Roll for only $5. Wash it down with a natural light for only $1. We also have tender pulled-pork sandwiches and unique chicken salad to die for. We’re open 7 days a week when the season kicks in. Come see our Caribbean atmosphere, 7 flat-screen TVs and the coolest pool bar in Ocean City.

CraB alley golf Course rd., West Ocean City Head Of Commercial fishing Harbor 410-213-7800 • Just close enough to be out of the way-located at the head of the commercial fishing harbor in West Ocean City, Crab Alley has it all! Spectacular view, casual and fun atmosphere, super service and mouth-watering food combine to make “The Alley” a true locals’ favorite. Enjoy our light fare and full menu of unbelievably fresh seafood, chicken and steaks indoors or on our upper deck. We offer appetizers, sandwiches and a children’s menu too. Our name says it all -”crack’em and attack ‘em”. Big Fat Crabs both by the dozen and all you can enjoy specials. Check out our website for our fantastic happy hour food and drink specials or find us on Facebook. Having a special affair? We can handle your group, large party or special occasion. Make Crab Alley your first stop! tHe DOugH rOller West Ocean City, 410-213-7655 S. Division St. & Boardwalk, 410-289-3501

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3rd St. & Boardwalk 410-289-2599 41st St. & Coastal Hwy • 410-524-9254 70th St. & Coastal Hwy • 410-524-7981 Ocean City’s favorite family restaurant for 40 years! Open 8 a.m. breakfast, lunch and dinner, great kid’s menu. Breakfast and lunch specials offered during the week at WOC, 41st Street and 70th Street locations. At same locations, Tuesdays are half-price pizza nights; Wednesdays are Dollar Days with special offers for breakfast and dinner. Thursdays are half-price Italian dinner nights. Order online

DumSer’S DairylaND West Ocean City, Boardwalk locations, 501 S. Philadelphia ave., 49th St. & 123rd St. This classic ice cream shop is a tradition for many families. Voted O.C.'s “Best Ice Cream” for the past 20 years, Dumser's is celebrating 80 years of serving the shore, and the ‘40sstyle décor takes you back in time. With locations throughout Ocean City, treating your tastebuds to this signature homemade ice cream is easy. The 49th and 124th streets locations offer vast lunch and dinner menus (breakfast too at 124th) in addition to a wide variety of ice cream treats. You’ll find an impressive array of kid-favorites, along with fried chicken and seafood options, wraps, subs, sandwiches, salads and sides like sweet potato fries and mac-and-cheese wedges. fOx’S Pizza DeN 11328 Samuel Bowen Blvd., West Ocean City 410-600-1020 • Enjoy a brand new, spacious dining room. Happy hour every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with $5 food specials and awesome drink specials. Enjoy incredible weekly chef specials along with our extensive regular menu. Check out for a list of our regular menu items

full mOON SalOON 12702 Old Bridge rd., West Ocean City 443-664-5317 Locally owned and operated, this moderately priced casual restaurant/bar has freshly caught seafood, BBQ, and pork entrees, giant sandwiches as well as a variety of homemade soups. Locally we are known for our jumbo lump crab cakes, pork and beef BBQ, cream of crab soup, and 100% angus burgers as well as a variety of other sandwiches and entrees that are cooked with a local flair. Open daily at 11 a.m. for lunch and open until midnight. Sundays breakfast offered 8 a.m.-noon. Fifteen televisions and a big screen available for all sports events.

greeNe turtle-WeSt rte. 611, West Ocean City • 410-213-1500 Visit Maryland’s No. 1 Sports Pub and Rest-aurant, the World-Famous Greene Turtle. Proudly serving West Ocean City since January 1999, The Greene Turtle features a beautiful 80-seat dining room, large bar area with 54 TVs with stereo sound and game room with pool tables. With an exciting menu, The Greene Turtle is sure to please with delicious sizzling steaks, jumbo lump crab cakes, raw bar, homemade salads and more. Live entertainment, Keno, Turtle apparel, kids menu, carry-out. Something for everyone! Voted best sports bar, wings and burgers in West OC. Great happy hour and plenty of parking. HarBOrSiDe Bar & grill South Harbor rd. • 410-213-1846 They take their mantra, “Where You Always Get Your Money’s Worth,” seriously here with daily food and drink specials during happy hour as you watch the boats come in from a day offshore. Delicious daily chef specials are always worth a try or stay with any of the house favorites, such as the calamari and ahi bruschetta for appetizers or any of the homemade tacos and fresh off the dock seafood selections as

sandwiches or entrees. It’s the home of the original fresh-squeezed orange crush, of course.

HOOterS reStauraNt rt. 50 & Keyser Point rd., West Ocean City 410-213-1841 • New mouthwatering smoked wings with half the calories. Traditional wings and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with raw bar and Alaskan crab legs. Children's menu and game room. Apparel and souvenir shop. Sports packages on a ton of TVs and live entertainment. Wing-fest every Tuesday from 6 to 8 with 50 cent wings. And of course, the world famous Hooters Girls. Large parties welcome. Call for private party planning.

ligHtHOuSe SOuND St. martin’s Neck rd. • 410-352-5250 Enjoy the best views of Ocean City at the newly renovated, Lighthouse Sound. Come relax and dine overlooking the bay and the beautiful Ocean City skyline. Savor entrees such as local rockfish, tempura-battered soft shell crabs, char-grilled filet mignon and jumbo lump crabcakes. Open to the public, we serve Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. One mile west of Ocean City, Md., just off Route 90 on St. Martin’s Neck Road. Reservations recommended. rutH’S CHriS Within the glenriddle Community 410-213-9444 • Ruth’s Chris specializes in the finest customaged Midwestern beef. We broil it exactly the way you like it at 1,800 degrees to lock in the corn-fed flavor. Then we serve your steak sizzling on a heated plate so that it stays hot throughout your meal. Many of our recipes were developed by Ruth, favorites such as shrimp Remoulade, Crabtini and Ruth’s chop salad. Located five miles west of Ocean City in the GlenRiddle Golf clubhouse. Extensive wine list. Reservations recommended.

tHe SHarK ON tHe HarBOr 12924 Sunset ave., West Ocean City 410-213-0924 • We make real food from scratch. We believe that great food and healthful ingredients are not mutually exclusive of each other. Featuring local organic produce and seafood. All natural products – clear of preservatives and antibiotics. Whole grains and whole foods are used in the preparation of our menu – which our chefs write twice daily, based on what's fresh, available and delicious. Fresh. Local. Organic. Taste the difference. Open Daily Year Round, Monday through Saturday for Lunch & Dinner and Sundays for Brunch, Lunch & Dinner. Reservations suggested. iNlet tO 94tH Street

28tH St. Pit & PuB 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. 410-289-2020 • Ocean City’s home of Pulled Pork and the finest barbecue, the legendary 28th Street Pit & Pub is known for serving up delicious smokehouse specialties. Grab a brew and enjoy the live sports action on one of the big screen TVs. Happy Hour daily, 3-6 p.m. Family friendly atmosphere. Weekend entertainment. 32 Palm 32nd St. Oceanside in the Hilton 410-289-2525 • Executive Chef Rick Goodwin has introduced an exciting new menu. A favorite among many is the Bermuda Triangle, featuring cinnamon seared scallops finished with an ancho mango coulis along with house broiled crabcake with a sweet chili remoulade and finally, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around jumbo shrimp, grilled to perfection with jalapeno barbecue

January 10, 2020 sauce. Other wonderfully delicious dishes cover the land and sea as well and each have a special touch that makes this restaurant unique among its peers. Children’s menu available. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

45tH Street taPHOuSe 45th St. & the Bay • 443-664-2201 At the newly remodeled 45th Street Taphouse, the best views of bayside Ocean City, MD are the backdrop where craft beer meets Maryland cuisine. This is vacation done right, all year long. Wash down a Crabby Pretzel or homemade crabcakes with one of our 35+ craft beers on tap, all made right here in the USA. Not feeling crabby? Pair your craft brew with our award-winning wings or even our brand new breakfast menu. Anyway it’s served, come get tapped with us.

BONfire 71st St. & Coastal Hwy. • 410-524-7171 150 ft. Seafood & Prime Rib Buffet. A famous Ocean City Restaurant for 37 years. It’s all here. The service, the atmosphere and the finest, freshest food available. Fresh seafood, snow crab legs, prime rib, BBQ ribs, raw oysters, raw clams, steamed shrimp, fish, homemade soups & salads. Decadent dessert selection – homemade donuts & bread pudding, soft serve ice cream with hot fudge topping and lots more! Large selection of children’s favorites – chicken tenders, hot dogs, burgers, macaroni & cheese and pizza. A la carte menu available featuring fresh cut steaks and seafood. Currently closed. Open Friday,through Sunday, January 17 - 19. Plenty of free parking.

Buxy’S Salty DOg 28th St. • 410-289-0973 • Destiny has a new home in Ocean City. From the ‘burgh to the beach, Buxy’s is your home away from Pittsburgh. Come see what all the locals already know and have known – Buxy’s is the place to come to meet friends, relax and be social with no attitudes. House specialties include “The” Cheesesteak Sub, Primanti-styled sandwiches, piero-gis,egg-rolls and homemade crab dip. Don’t miss our daily specials.

COiNS PuB & reStauraNt 28th St. Plaza • 410-289-3100 Great mid-town location offering a complete dinner menu, lunch and lite fare. Coins features the freshest seafood, shrimp, scallops, clams, fresh catch and lobster plus the best crab cake in Maryland, hand cut steaks cook-ed to your liking, succulent veal and chicken dishes. Also authentic pasta selections. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing in the lounge nightly. Happy hour daily 3-6 p.m. Casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Special kids menu. Lots of free parking.

Dry 85 OC 12 48th St. • 443-664-8989 • Steps from the beach. Gourmet "stick to your ribs" Lowcountry cuisine. A made-from-scratch kitchen with every sauce and every dressing hand crafted. It's that attention to detail that takes the concept of burgers, fries, ribs and wings and turns them completely on their head. Charcuterie boards. Late night bar. 120+ Whiskies. Craft beer. Artisanal craft cocktails. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named one of the Top 40 Whiskey Bars in America by Whiskey Advocate. Dry DOCK 28 28th St. & Coastal Hwy. • 410-289-0973 The new kid on the dining scene in Ocean City features eclectic pizzas, delicious sandwiches, soups, salads and hot steamers in a modern, nautical themed atmosphere. A beautiful boat bar is featured inside and features craft cocktails and brews. Outdoor seating is available. Carry out available and beer and wine to go. Live music is also offered in this kid-friendly establishment. fager’S iSlaND reStauraNt & Bar 201 60th St. On the Bay 410-524-5500 • Fager’s Island is an award-winning popular bay-front restaurant where lunch is a forgivable habit, dinner an event and sunsets unforgettable. Lite fare lunch served from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., dinner from 5 p.m., famous raw bar, festive Sunday Jazz Brunch, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and children’s menu. Complete house wine list and award-winning proprietor’s list available upon request. Outdoor decks and bar. Nightly enterSee Next Page

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HOOTERS RESTAURANT 5th St. & The Boardwalk Ocean City 410-289-2690 • Mouthwatering traditional and boneless wings with 12 sauce selections. Burgers, quesadillas, tacos, and healthy salads. Extensive seafood selections with Alaskan snow crab legs and Maryland steam pots. Kids’ menu. Pet-friendly oceanfront patio. Official Hooters merchandise and of course, the world-famous Hooters Girls.

JOHNNY'S PIZZA & SPORTS PUB 56th St. & Coastal Hwy. 410-723-5600 • The Official Pizza of OC, Johnny's Pizza & Sports Pub serves families throughout Ocean City and its surrounding communities 365 days a year. Eat in, carry out or have it delivered right to your doorstep. Our comfortable dining room features ample seating for small groups or large parties and our speedy delivery service will deliver your hot, delicious pizza right to your home, hotel or condo for your added convenience. From steaming homemade pizzas to lightly tossed salads and fiery hot wings, we have something for everyone. Live entertainment every weekend all winter and live entertainment four nights in the summer.

MARLIN MOON RESTAURANT 33rd St. in the DoubleTree Oceanfront 410-289-1201 • Eat where the locals eat. Marlin Moon is back in town with the talented Executive Chef, Gary Beach, creating his legendary food magic. Marlin Moon combines an eclectic atmosphere of ocean views and a fresh vibe with creative seafood and steak dishes you won’t forget. Winner of the Maryland People’s Choice Award, Marlin Moon delivers the culinary combinations you’re craving and uses only locally sourced seafood, meats and vegetables. Some of the original classics, such as Mom’s Shrimp and Freddy’s Seafood Pasta, are back as well as a raw bar, small plate appetizers, fresh salads and entrees sure to satisfy any food mood. Open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

RED RED WINE BAR OC 12 48th St. • 443-664-6801 • Steps from the beach. Fresh coastal cuisine with a focus on locally sourced seafood and hand tossed pizzas. Artisanal cheeseboards. 35+ Wines By the Glass. Full bar. Craft beer. Late night bar. Luxurious colors and custom built couches. Casual atmosphere. Seasonal outdoor seating. Named Best Wine and Beverage Program in Maryland by the Restaurant Association.

PICKLES PUB 8th St., Ocean City • 410-289-4891 It’s pub food with a twist and a special emphasis put on quality and large portions. The big juicy burgers and oven baked wedge sandwiches are locals’ favorites as are the pub wings (in a variety of styles) and tacos (choose from thai pulled pork, grilled chicken and blacked ahi avocado). There are numerous unique craft pizza options to choose from as well with the house favorite here being the blackened shrimp and arugula. SEACRETS • On The Bay At 49th St.

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410-524-4900 • We are Jamaica USA! Serving our world famous jerk chicken, along with a full menu of appetizers, soups, sandwiches, salads, entrees, desserts and a children's menu. Enjoy happy hour drink prices until 7 p.m.and live entertainment in a tropical atmosphere. Please check our website for a complete list of live bands and daily food and drink specials or call 410-524-4900. Find us and get lost! 94TH ST. NORTH-FENWICK-BETHANY

ABBEY BURGER BISTRO 410-250-2333 • 12601 Coastal Hiwy. An enticing selection of flavors are offered for any burger palate, from rotating exotic meats like antelope to locally raised Dry Aged Black Angus to Delicious Handmade Vegetarians and even Vegan options. All are hand-pattied and made to order. If you’re feeling creative, you can build your own using our signature ‘Build A Burger’ checklist, or simply choose one of the tested and proven classics and leave it to the chef. A wide selection of local, domestic, and imported beers and micro-brews as well as an expansive bar are featured. Also offered are adult and children’s arcade games as well as a children’s play area. CAROUSEL OCEANFRONT HOTEL & CONDOS 118th St. & the Beach • 410-524-1000 Reef 118 Oceanfront Restaurant located in the Carousel Hotel offers beautiful oceanfront dining in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy a hearty breakfast buffet or try one of our specialty omelets including lump crab and asparagus. Our menu offers a wide variety of Succulent Seafood along with steaks, pastas & ribs. $5.95 kids’ menu available. Stop by the Bamboo Lounge serving happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with super drink prices and $4.95 food specials. Visit the Carousel and get served by the friendliest staff in OC! THE CRABCAKE FACTORY USA 120th St./Beachside (Serene Hotel) 410-250-4900 Voted “Best Crabcakes in Maryland, DC and Virginia” by The Washington Post. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out and sports bar. Outside seating available. Menu selections include prime rib, chicken Chesapeake, steamed shrimp, beer battered fish, real Philly cheesesteaks, burgers, and a kids menu. Casual attire, full liquor bar, no reservations. Open Year Round. The Crabcake Factory started out as a breakfast house in 1996 and still serves one of the best and most creative breakfast menus in Ocean City. Try Eastern Shore favorites prepared daily by Chef-Owner John Brooks including a chipped beef, skillets, omelettes and their famous lump crab creations. World-Famous

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CRABCAKE FACTORY BAYSIDE Rt. 54, Selbyville, DE • 302-988-5000 Under new ownership but SAME award-winning crab cakes and bloody marys! Enjoy WATERFRONT dining. Full-service family restaurant, carry-out & sports bar. Outside seating available. Open daily at 9 a.m. YEAR ROUND. Menu selections include crab cakes, prime rib, Philly-style cheese steaks, various seafood, kids menu plus full breakfast menu. visit us online at or on our Facebook page. Casual dress, full liquor bar, no reservations. FENWICK CRAB HOUSE 100 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island, DE 302-539-2500 Along with all-you-can-eat crabs every day, the full menu is available daily for eating in or eating out. Daily dinner specials are offered along with favorites such as fried chicken and baby back ribs. Check out the new lunch menu, which is available until 3 p.m. daily. A fun and popular happy hour is also offered daily until 6 p.m. with food and drink specials.

GREENE TURTLE-NORTH 116th St. & Coastal Hwy • 410-723-2120 This is the Original Greene Turtle, an Ocean City Tradition, since 1976! A fun and friendly Sports Bar & Grille, where every seat is a great spot to watch sports with 50+ High Def. TVs up & downstairs! Menu favorites include homemade crab cakes, kids’ menu, salads, burgers, wings and more! Join them for weekday lunch specials 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and happy hour 3-7 p.m. Popular features are game room, gift shop, carry-out, party trays, nightly drink specials, MD Lottery-Keno, Powerball and DJs with dance floor. Something for everyone! Open 11 a.m-2 a.m., year-round. HARPOON HANNA’S RESTAURANT & BAR Rte. 54 & The Bay, Fenwick Island, DE 302-539-3095 No reservations required. Harpoon Hanna’s features a children’s menu & full bar. We are a casual waterfront restaurant serving lunch & dinner including fesh fish, seafood, steaks, sandwiches and all-you-can-eat Alaskan crab legs. Open year-round. HORIZONS OCEANFRONT RESTAURANT Located Inside The Clarion Resort 101st St., Ocean City • 410-524-3535

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Horizons Oceanfront Restaurant is proud to have Chef Rob Sosnovich creating beach-inspired dishes in both our oceanfront restaurants, Horizons and Breaker’s Pub. Our new all day menu, available 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., features many of your favorites and some exciting new creations with a local flare – from Lite Bites to Big Bites and everything in between. Our deluxe Sunday breakfast buffet is open year-round and our “famous” all-you-can-eat prime rib, crab legs and seafood buffet is available most weekends throughout the year and daily in season. The Ocean Club Nightclub features top-40 dance music every weekend and nightly this summer. We’ve added some popular local bands to our lineup, so come join us “where the big kids play!” Lenny’s Beach Bar & Grill: enjoy surf, sun and live entertainment 7 days a week on the deck, from Memorial day through Labor Day during our afternoon beach parties. Enjoy something to eat or drink from our extensive menu. Try our “Bucket of Fun”, or a fresh “Orange Crush”–two of our favorites! LIGHTHOUSE SOUND RESTAURANT 12723 St. Martin’s Neck Road, Bishopville, MD • 410-641-1199 Join us for dinner tonight and enjoy the best views of Ocean City, overlooking the Assawoman Bay and the Ocean City skyline. We feature our signature crab cakes, sizzling steaks and fresh fish entrees. Join us for lunch, dinner or Sunday brunch. Specializing in weddings and banquets. For more info visit or call 410-641-1199.

NANTUCKETS Rte. 1, Fenwick Island • 302-539-2607 Serving the beach great food and spirits for over 20 years. David and Janet Twining will wow you with the finest foods and drinks in the area. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by what one of the coast’s finest dining establishments has in store for guests. Everything here is a house specialty. There’s the memorable steaks, fresh seafood, famous quahog chowder and the chef’s daily specials, just to name a few.

SMITTY MCGEE’S Rte. 54-West Fenwick Ireland 302-436-4716 • Smitty McGee’s is the place to be for fun. Best wings on the beach for 28 years and counting. Enjoy great food and drink specials in a casual atmosphere. Happy hour daily. Come enjoy the live entertainment Thursday and Friday. Full menu served unil 1 a.m. Banquet facilities available. Open seven days a week. We never close! SURF’S EDGE DELI & PIZZERIA 100 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island 302-537-5565 Best Salads award by Coastal Style 4 years in a row. Healthy, casual dining featuring homemade salads, fresh salads, subs, paninis, sandwiches and pizza. Open for lunch and dinner. Children’s menu, take-out and delivery available. TWINING’S LOBSTER SHANTY Rte. 54, Fenwick Island • 302-436-2305 “A funky little place at the edge of town.” Classic New England Fare, Lobsters, Steaks & Burgers, Children’s menu. Bird watching, magical sunsets await. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested.

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