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Parents Want Transparency

Follow the links to read Senator Carozza in the news this week:

Parents want curriculum transparency | Opinion | oceancitytoday.com

03/10/2022 | Amendments Proposed To Beach Erosion Control District | News Ocean City MD (mdcoastdispatch.com)

 

Beach Erosion Control District:

On the Senate side, Sen. Mary Beth Carozza’s (R-38) beach erosion control district bill, which would allow more construction activity on the lower east side of Ocean City, is working its way through hearings.

Carozza said there’s an “immediate need” for its passage this year to “bring the historic Ocean City Life-Saving Museum into compliance with the federal American Disabilities Act” and to use previously approved funding.

Senate Bill 537, which would allow for the implementation of a shrimp fishery in the state, is also moving. Sonny Gwin, a commercial fisherman from West Ocean City, testified on March 1 in Annapolis and said data collected from allowing participation in the new fishery would be “valuable” for the fishery and for the insight into future stock shifts in other fisheries.

“During current uncertain times with supply chain issues and food shortages, our commercial seafood harvesters consistently provide local, relatively inexpensive, unprocessed food choices,” Carozza added. “But watermen are taking a risk when beginning to engage in a new fishery. They deserve our support in making this pilot program a workable, flexible alternative.”

This story appears in the print version of Ocean City Today on March 11, 2022

Eliminate PFAs

“Strong support, it unanimously passed:” MD bill could help eliminate PFAS out of the environment

MARYLAND– Knocking PFAS Chemicals out of the environment, a health and safety Maryland bill is moving forward to help this come to light.

“Strong support, it unanimously passed the Senate it’s now I believe moving through the House side,” Senator Mary Beth Carozza said.

It’s called the George Walter Taylor Act named after a firefighter who died from cancer linked to PFAS exposure.

“It just goes to show when you learn that something like this toxic chemical can have this type of detrimental effect on our firefighters that you work through it and we ended up passing this ban,” Sen. Carozza said.

The bill would protect Marylander’s from toxic PFAS chemicals by banning the use of fire fighting foam laced with them, as well as carpets and food packaging.

“As far as the packaging, that is a huge issue certainly some companies are starting to make their changes already on their own, for instance McDonald’s is,” Cindy Dillon, the Chair of the Lower Eastern Shore Group of the MD Sierra Club, said.

Health experts warn that these chemicals are everywhere, and if they get in your body, they are there forever impacting us in many ways.

“The biggest ones that everyone thinks of are the cancers that are related to it, I mean there’s a myriad of cancers that can be tied back to it, but also like pregnant woman can have hypertension, low birth weight,” Christopher Truitt, Assistant Chief of EMS at the Salisbury Fire Department, said.

Truitt said the news on banning fire fighting foam is great, especially because their job of taking on those fires is already a dangerous one.

“We use it for any kind of liquid type fires, so gasoline fires, petroleum based fires, things of that nature, and fortunately we don’t run into that a lot,” Truitt said.

But, while we don’t know if this bill will make it to the Governor’s desk yet, some advocates we spoke with are hopeful.

“That’s a huge problem that its already in our environment, but if they we can stop it being introduced continuing to pour into our environment that would be a step in the right direction,” Dillon said.

Christopher Truitt said currently there’s no body on the market that sells PFAS free fire fighting gear. So, they’ll need to look at where they will get gear and equipment from and then they will need to evaluate costs.

 

To see WMDT video of this news update: "Strong support, it unanimously passed:" MD bill could help eliminate PFAS out of the environment - 47abc (wmdt.com)


OC Convention Expansion

 

OCEAN CITY, Md. – Ocean City welcomed Governor Larry Hogan to celebrate the largely anticipated expansion of the Roland E. Powell convention center. A project that’s slated to bring hundreds of jobs to the area. “We’re looking forward to another very strong summer and the convention center is going to be a big part of it,” says city engineer and manager, Terry McGean.

The town of Ocean City is on the road to economic recovery and Mayor Rick Meehan says the 45,000 square foot extension of the convention center provides the space for endless opportunities. “Estimated the expansion to generate $47 to $67 million in new spending and generate $2.5 to $3.5 million in new state tax revenue,” says Mayor Meehan.

Before the expansion, the mayor says the town had to turn down some events due to limited space. However, after presenting the idea of expansion to Governor Hogan, we’re told he wasted no time in helping Ocean City get what they need. “He really expedited and fast-tracked the expansion of the Ocean City convention center so we could have these big conventions come in,” says Senator Mary Beth Carozza. She adds, “So this is a big day that we were actually able to not only to cut the ribbon but to see it in action and to see that the space is already being used.”

The town is projecting that the expansion could bring over 600 jobs to Ocean City. “So it’s the culmination of a lot of hard work and it’s very satisfying to see it, and it’s going to give us not only more space but way more flexibility,” says McGean.

Governor Hogan tells 47 ABC, this expansion can boost the economy, and attract tourism. “There are people lined up to get in and I’m sure that they’re out spending money in ocean city which enables places to hire more to stay open full time all year round,” says Gov. Hogan.

However, we’re told it’s not just about jobs. With a new exhibit hall, bayside gallery, and business center, the possibilities are endless and truly emphasize Governor Hogan’s message that ‘Maryland is open for business.’ “It brings in revenue from the state of Maryland, brings in revenue to the county and the city and it’s like a win, win, win,” says Gov. Hogan.

Town officials also tell us, they’re already seeing new hires and they plan to grow that number with more events and conventions.

 

Click link below for video interviews.

Convention center expands, providing space for endless opportunity and economic recovery - 47abc (wmdt.com)

 


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