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Berlin Zoning appeals board approves apartment complex

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Sept. 21, 2023) The Berlin Board of Zoning Appeals last Wednesday agreed to grant the Assateague Landing Apartments project the conditional use zoning designation its owner needs to proceed with the development. The site plan, which showed single-story townhouse dwellings consisting of 20 apartments at 534 Bay Street, was approved… Read more »

Berlin Planning Commission approves multi-use building on Gay Street

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Sept. 21, 2023) The Berlin Planning Commission unanimously approved plans for a multi-use business and residential building at 19 Gay Street on Tuesday.  Occupying the property currently are a house and shed that will be demolished to make way for a three-story building, with the first story available for businesses… Read more »

Stallion Studio City runs final race 


By Remy Andersen, Staff Writer (Sept. 14, 2023) It’s the end of an era for a well-seasoned standardbred trotter. Studio City finished up his final race at Ocean Downs Casino in Ocean Pines late last month, his position known in racing terms as “up the field.” Although not winning, it was a glorious, celebrated occasion by… Read more »

Shoaling, environment and navigation focus of study 

25 national estuaries Alycia Skarzinski - Assawoman Bay (002)

By Remy Andersen, Staff Writer (Sept. 14, 2023) A study of the Ocean City inlet that was conducted 25 years ago was given a long overdue update with a letter sent recently to the US Army Corp of Engineers in Baltimore. The 1998 Ocean City, Maryland Water Resources Study, Feasibility Report and Integrated Environmental Impact Statement… Read more »

Cannabis zoning, distancing, consumption regs advance


By Remy Andersen, Staff Writer (Sept. 14, 2023) Multiple provisions related to cannabis consumption can advance, following three separate unanimous votes from the Worcester County Commissioners last week. The votes included one for zoning, one for distancing, and one for on-site consumption. Jennifer Keener, the county’s director of Developmental Review and Permitting, presented the proposed cannabis… Read more »

Hail Mary Pass on Heron Park Fails

Heron Park Palmer and Sandy Gillis

Knerr said to agree on deal but then moved to scuttle it By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Sept. 14, 2023) There was a glimmer of hope that the Heron Park development proposal by Palmer Gillis of Coastal Ventures Properties (CVP) might still be possible, but that hope died Monday night when Councilman Jay Knerr demanded Gillis… Read more »

Signs, murals and restaurant expansion approved in Berlin

Second wave coffee

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (Sept. 14, 2023) The Historic District Commission met on Wednesday and unanimously approved three applications. The first was a request from property owner William Esham to restore a mural on the side of the building at 11 Pitts Street. Ivy Wells, the town director of economic development, said the town obtained… Read more »