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Planning Commission opposes park plans

Tysons Chicken Heron Park

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer Seek committee of experts to develop better approach to use and development (July 20,2023) During the final meeting of the week on the future of Heron Park, the members of the Planning Commission recommended putting a pause on the development proposal by Palmer Gillis of Coastal Ventures Properties. Instead, the… Read more »

Public has say on park, seeks new committee


By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer Council must decide how to use demo grant money by August, mayor warns (July 20, 2023) As promised, Berlin officials continued to provide opportunities for residents to share their opinions about the potential development of Heron Park during last Tuesday’s Parks Commission meeting and last Wednesday’s Planning Commission session. Most… Read more »

OPA General Manager notes full pool coverage

Martin Cook Viola 2

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (July 20, 2023) General Manager John Viola updated the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors on work being done by his staff and contractors around Ocean Pines during the board’s Saturday meeting. He noted that the North Gate bridge is getting trim work done. The North Gate fountain has been… Read more »

Buzz Meadery owners want to develop 21 Jefferson St.


By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (July 20, 2023) Megan and Brett Hines, the owners of Buzz Meadery, and their architect, Erich Pfeffer, brought plans to the Planning Commission last Wednesday for the property at 21 Jefferson Street in Berlin. The property, which the couple has owned since 2021, is a triangle piece of grassy land at… Read more »

Ballots go out in OP election


By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer Voters have four candidates to choose from to fill three  board of directors openings (July 13, 2023) The ballots for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors elections have been mailed out this week, giving property owners the opportunity to elect three new members to the association’s governing authority. On… Read more »

Council makes decisions on weed, speed and movie night

Berlin Town Council

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (July 13, 2023) Berlin Town Council members once again delayed any decision on cannabis consumption in the town during their Monday night meeting. Put before the council was a draft ordinance modeled after the one passed by Ocean City that prohibits onsite consumption establishments operating within town limits. Mayor Zach… Read more »

Heron Park plans subject to questions


By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer Council wonders if concept might draw from downtown (June 13, 2023) When Mayor Zach Tyndall and the Berlin Town Council hosted a work session on Monday to discuss plans for Heron Park and to hear residents’ opinions on the project, they asked as many questions as they answered. The land… Read more »

Island Creamery voted best in nation by USA Today poll

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (July 13, 2023) Budget Travel’s “Coolest Small Town in America” in 2014 is now officially the home to the nation’s best independent ice cream shop in the United States, according to a poll conducted by USA Today. On July 7, USA Today announced the results of the contest in which… Read more »

Historic Taylor Bank facade will change with new ATM

Taylor bank frontage

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (July 13, 2023) Much of the July Historic Commission meeting was taken up with the proposal by Ray Robinson of Taylor Bank to install a new ATM machine. The Taylor Bank building is an historic building in the town of Berlin. Built in 1907, the building has maintained its original… Read more »

Adopt-a-Park program in OP helps enhance community  

Adopt a Park pic

By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (July 13, 2023) The Ocean Pines Association Rec and Parks Department is looking for individuals, community groups, and businesses interested in adopting a local park. All it takes to participate is a love of nature and an interest in helping to beautify a local park by picking up trash, planting… Read more »