Newsy notes from around the beaches


Ocean Pines seeks wastewater funds

The community of Ocean Pines has asked Worcester County to pay for any increase in its wastewater treatment plant beyond what will be used by present homeowners and property owners. Currently, Ocean Pines has a 1.5 million gallon wastewater capacity and it's necessary to increase the capacity due to growth in the community.

xTC There are many lots still unsold and undeveloped in the Pines, which is eight miles from Ocean City near Berlin, and current property owners say they don't want to pay for what they won't use.

Sand pumping resumes in O.C.

The project to widen Ocean City's recreational beaches by pumping sand from the ocean floor has resumed. A few months ago, the project was discontinued after problems developed with the equipment.

Sand pumping still has to be done from about 101st Street north to the Delaware border and about three-tenths of a mile into Delaware. The contractor, Great Lakes Dredge and Drydock Co., has until June 1992 to complete the work, but pumping is expected to be finished in a few months.

Sand dunes will be built to protect oceanfront property, and vegetation will be planted on the dunes in the winter.

Pamphlets to explain importance of dunes

About 20,000 pamphlets explaining the importance of sand dunes on the beach will be distributed in Ocean City in about two weeks.

"Seeing the dunes on the beach is a big change for people," Nancy Howard, beach renourishment officer, said. "Our beaches are certainly different now, and a lot of people aren't from this area and they don't know about the dunes."

The pamphlets will explain why the dunes were built as part of the project to renourish Ocean City's beaches by pumping sand from the ocean floor. They are also intended to encourage people not to throw litter on the dunes or to disturb the beach grass, which stabilizes the dunes. Some of the beach grass plants are still small and haven't yet formed a strong root network, Ms. Howard said.

Brochures will be available in condominium rental offices and probably in many hotels, motels and restaurants, she said.

Ceremony opens Eagle's Landing

Eagle's Landing, Ocean City's new golf course off Route 611 in West Ocean City, opened Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Roland "Fish" Powell and members of the Ocean City Council. Golf pro Craig Stadler was also on hand.

Mr. Powell called the golf course "a great step forward for Ocean City and something we badly needed." Construction on Eagle's Landing began a year ago.

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