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Berlin passes short-term rental amendment

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) The Berlin Mayor Town Council unanimously passed an amendment to the short-term rental ordinance following a public hearing during its meeting Monday night. The amendment changes the language regarding zones where short-term residential rentals are permitted: districts R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and B1-3. “The old language said… Read more »

Town tossing Tyson tenant

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) With demolition plans moving along, the Berlin Mayor and Town Council voted 4-1 on Monday to terminate a lease for a portion of the former Tyson chicken processing plant with Burley Oak owner Bryan Brushmiller. Councilmember Troy Purnell voted in opposition. Back in 2020, Brushmiller requested and… Read more »

Berlin confirms candidates, Bowen drops out

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) The Berlin Board of Supervisors of Elections confirmed five candidates for Town Council during its meeting on Sept. 7. However, only four remain after Adrian Bowen dropped out of the race, leaving at-large incumbent Jay Knerr running unopposed. Bowen acknowledged the development to Bayside Gazette via text message… Read more »

Berlin Historic District Briefs

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) The Berlin Historic District Commission discussed the following during its Sept. 7 meeting: Front Porch The commission denied plans to lengthen the porch on the residence located at 10314 Longview Court, pending further details to be provided by the applicants. The project can be approved via email… Read more »

Berlin Town Briefs

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 15, 2022) The Berlin mayor and Town Council discussed the following items during their Sept. 12 meeting: Worcester Arts Council Officials from the Worcester County Arts Council gave a presentation on its programs, including Summer Arts Camp for Children, grants for arts, art scholarships and various exhibitions. The group… Read more »

Janasek, OPA working on closing arguments in ban lawsuit

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 8, 2022) An evidentiary hearing in Snow Hill last month ended with presiding Judge Beau Oglesby setting a 25-day window from Aug. 26 to rule whether the Ocean Pines Association had the legal power to enforce a 90-day amenity ban on former director Tom Janasek. If the ruling goes… Read more »

Hogan announces new Lower Shore coalition

Network to target higher instances of gang-related crime as well as trafficking (Sept. 1, 2022) Gov. Larry Hogan was joined by federal, state and local law enforcement leaders on Aug. 18 at the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack, to announce a new Lower Shore coalition of the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN), a coordinated criminal… Read more »

OP Association hears from legal reps and auditing firm

(Sept. 1, 2022) The 2022 annual meeting of the Ocean Pines Association included yearly reports from Ocean Pines’ legal representation and auditing firm. On the legal front, Jeremy Tucker of Lerch, Early & Brewer said his firm has worked with the association since 2016. In looking at the association’s recent accomplishments, Tucker said, “From my… Read more »

Mumford’s Landing Boat Ramp gets major renovation

(Sept. 1, 2022) Improvements to the Mumford’s Landing Boat Ramp are earning good reviews. Public Works Manager Nobie Violante said a new gangway, bumpers and boards were put into the structure about a month ago. “We put new walkways from the top of the fixed dock to the floating dock. They used to be wood,… Read more »