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Fish Tales in OC celebrates 35 yrs. with May 22 party

Excerpted from an article By Kara Hallissey, OC Today | May 17, 2018

(May 18, 2018) Shawn and Donna Harman, owners of Fish Tales in Ocean City, will celebrate 35 years with a parking lot party on Tuesday, May 22, from 12-7 p.m. on 22nd Street…

…A ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated to take place at 3 p.m. with a number of guest speakers including Mayor Rick Meehan and Del. Mary Beth Carozza will present a proclamation from the governor.

“We opened in late August of 1983, but we wanted to make sure the 35-year celebration was with the customers who have been with us since day one,” Donna Harman said. “I can’t say enough about our staff. They are the reason our customers come back and some have been here for over 20 years.”…

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Carozza gives 2018 legislative session updates

 

Below excerpted from an article by Greg Ellison/OC Today         May 17, 2018

Del. Mary Beth Carozza (R-38C) recapped the 2018 legislative session for area business owners last Wednesday at the Carousel Resort Hotel on 118th Street.

The Governor’s Economic Development Committee of Ocean City sponsored the breakfast session for Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce members.

Carozza said as a member of the House Appropriations Committee she worked closely on budget priorities.

“A lot of my work is done on the front end working with Gov. Hogan on the proposed budget,” she said.

Carozza thanked the assembled business leaders for prioritizing issues to focus the statewide battle for funding.

“You all are playing a big role in prioritizing so we can have these big wins for the shore,” she said. “We’re not going to get everything on our wish list.”

Among the session budgetary highlights Carozza mentioned were: $52.9 million for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, $15 million in the Department of Natural Resources waterway improvement fund, $1.3 million for renovations at Atlantic General Hospital and $13.1a million for the Office of Tourism Development and Maryland Tourism Board.

“We’ve been trying to make sure the highway user funds are returned to the counties and municipalities,” she said.

To that end, included in Maryland’s fiscal year 2109 budget are $57.7 million for counties and $29.9 million for municipalities, Carozza said.

“We still have a way to go to return those highway user funds … that were raided over the past eight years,” she said.

Despite the 2018 session opening with an instant override of Hogan’s earlier veto of mandated paid sick leave legislation, and the subsequent defeat of proposed countermeasures, Carozza said the House leadership has indicated the potential for future revisions exists.

“They left the door open for you as employers to provide as much information on how this bill ends up impacting you this season,” she said.

 

Navigating to the inlet discussion, Carozza said she continues to try to unite federal, state and local partners.

“We need to make sure everybody has some skin in the game,” she said.

While the Army Corp of Engineers has continued its commitment to dredge in the immediate future, Carozza expressed frustration the required feasibility study could be a multi-year process.

“I don’t just like to hear the word study.  I want to know what the long-term solutions are,” she said.

 

Shifting to wind turbine concerns, Carozza said she is still seeking a win-win scenario, and has fears outside the viewscape realm.

“There are concerns from the coastal fishing industry about the possible negative impact [and] the true cost of this project for both rate payers and taxpayers,” she said.

 

Turning to funding concerns for the convention center expansion, Carozza said she sent a formal letter to Hogan and hopes to consult with his staff to examine creative financing options.

“We can’t lose a year on that because of how important the convention center is to not only for our local economy, but how much money it brings into the state,” she said.

In terms of negotiating, Carozza said altering the focus from a shore priority to the larger state benefit has proven to be an effective legislative approach.

“That’s the case that I make in appropriations on the House floor when I get up and advocate for the priorities of Ocean City,” she said. “Tie it to not just local … but make the case for the whole state.”

 

St. Paul’s opens addition to begin new chapter

Excerpted from an article By Greg Ellison/OC Today | May 03, 2018

 

(May 4, 2018) St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church at 302 Baltimore Ave. celebrated a rebirth Saturday during the Blessing of The Fellowship Commons, a two-story addition built to replace a portion destroyed by fire in Nov. 2013.

The ceremony was lead by the Right Rev. Santosh Marray, Bishop of the Diocese of Easton, and church rector Father Matthew D’Amario, along with St. Paul’s Vestry wardens.

The recently completed 2,300-square-foot addition fills the void left after the 2013 fire that began when John Sterner, 56, burst into the Shepherd’s Crook Ministry, a food pantry operated from the rectory, smelling of gasoline and set himself on fire.

The ensuing blaze, just two days before Thanksgiving, took the life of church pastor Rev. David Dingwall and left church volunteer Dana Truitt critically injured with third-degree burns.

John Knotts, senior church warden, said despite the dark history, a new chapter is now being written.

“The best thought is we are finally able to open this building since the disastrous fire,” he said.

Also on hand was Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (R-38C) who said the event united congregation members with a larger body of residents to forge a new path.

“This is a joyful day and it’s wonderful to see the entire church community, and the community in general, come together to celebrate the opening of the church,” she said…

 

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