With the beginning of spring and car events fast approaching in Ocean City, bills in the Maryland General Assembly that would create special event zones are awaiting action by their committees.
On Feb. 27, Sen. Mathias's version of the bill was heard before the Judicial Proceedings Committee, and on March 2, Delegate Mary Beth Carozza's version was heard before the Environment and Transportation Committee.
"It is brought to you as an emergency bill so that we have these tools in place for upcoming motor vehicle events in the spring," Carozza said during her bill's hearing.
Road work tragedy inspires call for negligent driving penalty with more punch
Almost two years ago to the day, a pair of Worcester County employees were filling potholes on Greenbackville Road in Stockton when they were struck by a car.
Despite complaining to a doctor days earlier about cataracts so severe "it was like driving through a cloud" and quitting his job as a delivery driver because it was unsafe, then-60-year-old Marion Jones got behind the wheel on Feb. 22, 2016, Interim Worcester State's Attorney Bill McDermott said during testimony before a General Assembly committee.
Officials attempting to accelerate Convention Center renovation funding
Officials are hoping a meeting in Annapolis this week will allow the convention center to host even bigger shows in the future, which could generate millions of dollars more for the area.
As of now, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says the town has actually had to turn business opportunities away, because of the size of the current convention center. That means money lost for the town, and lost job opportunities.
"Our existing shows, just like the boat show today, needs more space. They want to come back and continue to do their shows here, right here in Ocean City, but we need more space so that they can have more exhibits," says District 38C Delegate Mary Beth Carozza