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Parks: Online participation not an issue

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 8, 2022) There are still nine days left before the next regular meeting of the Ocean Pines Association’s Board of Directors, but right now there seems to be no reason to believe the OPA will accommodate remote public speakers during the monthly gatherings. In an email to OPA President… Read more »

Ocean City Comic Con returns in fifth year


(Dec. 8, 2022) Ocean City Comic Con and its own universe of out-of-this-world characters will return for its fifth year on Saturday at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City. Also returning to this celebration will be the panels and events that have led to the gathering’s exponential growth. Among these will be… Read more »

Strategic Planning discussing what’s next for OP

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 8, 2022) The Ocean Pines Strategic Planning Committee is looking to the year ahead now that the 2023 strategic plan is nearing passage. During the committee’s meeting on Friday, committee chair Bernie McGorry led an agenda that included a discussion of the plan and the lessons the committee has… Read more »

‘It’s done’: Commissioner vote kills sports complex

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 9, 2022) Ocean City officials could only shake their heads in disappointment this week as the Worcester County Commisioners swiftly and unceremoniously killed their hopes of city-county effort to develop a sports complex on the edge of town. In a 4-2 vote Tuesday with Commissioner Ted Elder abstaining, the… Read more »

ENA Committee working on buffers, signs


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 1, 2022) The Ocean Pines Environment and Natural Assets Committee is continuing to work on a project that’ll restore vegetative buffers to the South Pond to counteract continued erosion along its shoreline. “We’re waiting on (Delaware firm) Solitude Lake Management to give us a call,” committee chair Sharon Santacroce… Read more »

OPA looking into new voting signs


Board of Directors hopes to have community-made creations in for next cycle By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 1, 2022) The Ocean Pines Association is looking into plans to have a new protocol for election signs in the future. At the regular board meeting on Nov. 19, director Steve Jacobs talked about the plan coming… Read more »

OPA’s good times (mostly) still rolling, Treasurer’s report says

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 1, 2022) Ocean Pines Association’s cashflow in October increased by $900,000 over last year, Treasurer Monica Rakowski said during her report to the board of directors on Nov. 19. The cash also represented a $700,000 decrease from September, but that can be chalked up to the conclusion of the… Read more »

Bike/walk coalition wants community input

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Meeting follows successful talk in Ocean Pines; aim to educate, inform and inspire (Dec. 1, 2022) A community meeting regarding the exploration of walking and biking options will take place tonight at the Ocean City branch of the Worcester County Library at 6 p.m. The meeting is expected to last around 90 minutes and it… Read more »

OPA board meetings become members-only sessions

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Dec. 1, 2022) In a surprise announcement Monday afternoon, the Ocean Pines Association notified its members that from now on, a property owner identification card must be displayed to gain entry to the monthly regular board meetings and town halls. Though the OPA had said nothing officially to suggest such… Read more »

Directors, residents debate Knupp skate park 

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Nov. 24, 2022) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors is pointing to the “temperature” in the community as to why it will not consider renaming the local skate park in memory of 14-year-old Gavin Knupp at this time. There were no fireworks at the regular board meeting on Saturday,… Read more »