Public hearing on proposed mall
An outlet mall is proposed for Route 589, on the outskirts of the residential section of Ocean Pines, and some Pines residents say they will oppose any rezoning that would allow large stores there.
Opponents, concerned that the mall will bring traffic jams to the quiet residential community, plan to express their concerns at a public hearing Tuesday in Snow Hill.
The Worcester County Commissioners is holding the hearing for the public to comment on a recommendation by the county Planning Commission to change zoning from B-1 to B-2 at the mall site. Zoning the area B-2, as the developer has requested, would allow more intense business development and larger stores in the mall.
The developer, Gene Parker of Ocean City, said that whatever the zoning, a mall will be built in the area. If zoning is kept at B-1, the stores will have to be smaller.
Judge rules for power company
Worcester County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Groton has ruled that Delmarva Power, not the town of Berlin, has the right to supply electricity to Atlantic General Hospital. The hospital is under construction in Berlin.
The town, which operates its own power plant, wants to service the hospital because it's on property that has been annexed into the town limits. However, Judge Groton said Delmarva Power has the right because the hospital is within service boundaries drawn years ago by the state's Public Service Commission.
Berlin Mayor Ron Bireley said the town will appeal the matter to the Maryland Special Court of Appeals.
Klan plans drive for members
Members of the Ku Klux Klan are planning to have a recruitment drive in Ocean City the Fourth of July weekend. About three dozen members of the Invisible Empire of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Cecil County are expected to be in XTC Ocean City, distributing literature.
Ocean City Mayor Roland "Fish" Powell has said that, while the Klan has the right to come to Ocean City, he would rather its members stay away.