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Plans for a new Arts and Entertainment District will be heard in Princess Anne this afternoon by the Somerset County Commissioners.

Crisfield has already approved tax incentives for the new district.

City Manager Rick Pollitt told WBOC that there’s been a lot of interest with heavy attendance at meetings on the project .

Somerset County Commission President Randy Laird told the television station that he is on board with the plans.

But while there is support some have expressed skepticism that the district will be enough to revitalize the Maryland town.

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Crisfield is moving to develop an Arts and Entertainment District.

The City Council has approved tax incentives for around 100 acres that would provide business owners within the district credit for renovations.

WBOC reports that it is now up to the Somerset County Commissioners to approve the tax incentives before they get the required consideration by the state of Maryland.

The city says the district is part of an economic effort to encourage people to open up more properties.

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Crisfield says no to rezoning for the company CleanBay Renewables to buy the Carvel Hall property on Route 413.

City Manager Rick Pollitt told the Salisbury Daily Times that the 3-to-2 vote against zoning amendment was not unexpected.

The paper reports that it was an emotional vote with a larger than normal crowd showing up for the meeting that was moved to the Crisfield High School auditorium.  

The facility would have recycled chicken manure to produce fertilizer and electricity.

The public comments expressed concern about contamination and taxes.

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The City of Crisfield has been experiencing some water problems.

The town is working to upgrade its infrastructure lines.

But that has left many without water for the first part of this week.

High water levels on Monday led to a delay in the work.

And even with an additional contractor the water was not expected to be turned back on until today.

The water problems forced the closure of the Crisfield Academy & High School and Woodson Elementary school well as some businesses.

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In Crisfield local government officials may allow you to use golf carts on the city streets.

The city council held its first reading of the new golf cart ordinance last night.

WBOC reports that City Manager Rick Pollitt said the town was becoming more of a tourist destination and that the carts would be a real convenience for visitors.

Users will still have to have a city permit a valid driver’s license, and obey all of the speed limits.

The carts will only be allowed on city streets.

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There are two new members on the Wicomico County Board of Education.

Governor Larry Hogan appointed John Palmer and Joseph Ollinger to take over the seats of former members Marvin Blye and Larry Dodd.

The board’s vice president Donald Fitzgerald has been reappointed.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that both Palmer and Ollinger are strong backers of the property tax revenue cap limiting the rates residents have to pay.

In addition, Ollinger lost his bid as a Republican candidate for County Executive against Rick Pollitt by 3 percent.

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Wicomico is mourning the loss of Gary Pusey found of his Quality Cars dealership in Fruitland.

The 64 year old was well known in the community and lived in Fruitland.

Former County Executive Rick Pollitt told the Salisbury Daily Times that Pusey was a pillar of the community and leading business man in the region.

Pusey began working at the age of 14 helping out at a ford dealership.

Later on he established his own dealership which became known as Gary Pusey’s Quality Cars.

His two sons now run the business.

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Incoming Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver says there’s no truth to the rumor that he will be cleaning house when he takes office.

He added that he hopes to keep everyone right now.

Culver becomes the second County Executive after defeating Democrat Rick Pollitt.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that county attorney Edgar Baker says Culver has six months to make appointments to the county’s ten departments.

Culver said that his transition team will be speaking with various department heads to talk about the issues that they feel they currently face.

Don Rush

It was a good night for Republicans on Tuesday.

Larry Hogan beat the odds by besting Democrat Anthony Brown by a vote of 54 percent to 44 percent to become the only the second Republican since Spiro Agnew to ascend to the governor’s chair in Maryland.

Hogan beat back Brown’s attempt to be the first Maryland Lt. Gov. to succeed to the office and the first African American to hold the office Maryland.

During the campaign the Republican had battered Brown over tax hikes and the flawed rollout of the state’s health exchange.

Voters Go to the Polls

Nov 4, 2014
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Voters are going to the polls across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore Republicans are making efforts to unseat Democratic incumbents.

Delegate Norm Conway is being challenged by Republican Carl Anderton while State Senator Jim Mathias is facing off against Republican Delegate Mike McDermott.

In Wicomico County Republican Bob Culver is taking a shot at County Executive Rick Pollitt.

Meanwhile, in Maryland’s First Congressional District incumbent Republican Andy Harris faces a challenge by Bill Tilghman.

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