Rick Meehan

Meehan, oceancitymd.gov

Ocean City officials have begun discussing an alternative to banning leases of rental properties that are less than 12 months long along with creating special zoning.  

That was the recommendation by the Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission in June.

Yesterday officials began to hammer out an alternative at the City Council work session that would impose better controls on what can be done on rental property.

The Salisbury Daily times reports that the proposal would also create a special Rental License application for short-term rentals.

Don Rush

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A weekend street performance by a pole dancer on the Ocean City Boardwalk is, not surprisingly, getting some attention.

Ocean City officials say they received numerous complaints that the performance by woman in a bikini on a portable stripper pole is inappropriate for the family-friendly boardwalk.

Numerous street performers work the boardwalk for tips. A town ordinance regulating street performers was rescinded in 2012 after a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union argued the rules were an impermissible restriction on free speech.

smart walk website

Ocean City kicked off it Walk Smart program yesterday with local officials and resort police during an event to encourage bicycle safety as well as pedestrian safety.

Officials credited the program with reducing by 50% the number of pedestrian incidents on the highways.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports there were no pedestrian fatalities on Coastal Highway last year.

Mayor Rick Meehan attributed the success of the program to the effort by everyone from local police to town employees who wore Walk Smart T-shirt to work on Fridays during the summer.

Dew Tour website

The Dew Tour is returning to Ocean City this summer.

The event set for June 25th - 29th will be celebrating it 10 year anniversary featuring skateboard and BMX competitions during the five day event.

Eric Grill, president of Alli Sports, a division of NBC Sports, cited the continuing support of the resort over the last three years, for its decision to come back to the seaside resort.

Mayor Rick Meehan told the Salisbury Daily Times that his city was thrilled to host the event for another year.

The rest of the Dew Tour schedule has yet to be set.

Don Rush

The Ocean City Taxpayers for Social Justice says it has collected 16-hundred signatures to repeal an ordinance the authorized paid parking meters in areas that were once free.

And that could freeze the implementation of the ordinance with the Town law calling for a minimum of around 12-hundred signature or 40 percent of the ballots cast in the last city election.

If successful the petition drive would then force a vote on the measure either in a special election or in the November mid-term elections of 2014.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A small plane has crashed into the ocean in Ocean City, and the resort town's mayor says the pilot is presumed dead

Mayor Rick Meehan tells The Associated Press that the plane went down around 4 p.m., about 500 yards offshore at 130th Street, which is about a mile from the Delaware state line. He says witnesses told police that the aircraft began spinning out of control and crashed into the ocean. He says the plane became submerged, and there is no remaining debris.

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Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan wants the Worcester County Commissioners to restore grant funding to  $4.2 million – that is as it was four years ago.

Meehan argued that the resort represents 60 percent of the county tax base but receives a smaller percentage of the grants compared to the tax revenue produced by the towns of Berlin Snow Hill or Pocomoke City.

Ocean City is responsible for $75 million in property tax revenue.

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The Ocean City Council turned down a proposal to wrap its Boardwalk trams in colorful advertising that would look like the highly recognizable red, blue and yellow tins for Old Bay.

Direct Media made the pitch to the town leaders for its manufacturer McCormick & Company.

The one year deal would have provided the resort over $14-thousand in revenue.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resort has decided to put out a national request for proposals to find how many other companies would be interested in advertising to some 8 million visitors.

Eagle's Landing Golf Course, eagleslandinggolf.com

Ocean City Council Member Brent Ashley says he is not happy that the city is issuing hundreds of free passes to the resort’s Eagle’s Landing Golf Course instead of making them available to charity fundraising efforts.

Ashley charged that there was no accountability and said no limits were put on the passes nor to whom they went.

He said this represented thousands of dollars in lost revenue.

Mayor Rick Meehan said the gold card program was discontinued in March of this year but they were still being honored at Eagle’s Landing.

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The resort of Ocean City has sworn in its new city manager.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports David Recor, a former city manager in Fort Pierce, Fla., officially took over the position this week.

Recor says he wants to immerse himself in the community and to meet with at least one community group or organization each week.

 

            Ocean City residents could see their property tax rate inch up slightly to balance the resort’s $76.1 million budget despite a spending cut of $670-thousand.

            Mayor Rick Meehan’s budget would increase the property tax rate from 39 cents to 46 cents per $100 of assessed property value.

            The Mayor is trying to keep revenue from property taxes steady after estimates say that property assessments have fallen from $12 billion in 2009 to $8.6 billion.