High-rise buildings considered on bay
Steps have been taken to resolve the controversial issue of allowing high-rise buildings on three large parcels of property on the bay in Ocean City -- Jolly Roger Amusement Park, 30th Street and Coastal Highway; property off 67th Street owned by Charles Holland, and the George Bert Cropper Co. on First Street.
The Ocean City Council has tentatively agreed to create a district to allow high-rises above five stories on any parcel of land on the bay that is 10 acres or larger. Currently, no structure may be higher than five stories on the ocean side without a special exception. On the bay side, building heights are limited to five stories in residential neighborhoods, but with permission, may be higher than five stories in commercial areas.
Council seeks renovation grant
The Ocean City Council is taking steps to revitalize Baltimore Avenue at Dorchester and Caroline streets. The town will apply for a state grant to help renovate six buildings on Baltimore Avenue (three at Dorchester Street and three at Caroline Street).
There are plans for a Victorian motif, with brightly painted building facades, painted railings and trim, new awnings and flower boxes. The estimated cost is $18,600.
Change of venue OK'd for Thanos
The trial of John Frederick Thanos, scheduled to begin in Snow Hill in Worcester County last week, will be held in another Maryland county. Mr. Thanos is charged with killing a man in Berlin last summer, killing two teen-agers in Baltimore County, stealing a car and shooting at police in Smyrna, Del.
His lawyers requested a change of venue to another county, where residents are not familiar with the case. One of the counties being considered is Garrett.
Historic church hit by lightning
The historic St. Martin Methodist Church near Berlin burned last Sunday after it was struck by lightning. There are plans to rebuild the church, which was built in 1912.
Tended properties receive awards
Beauty Spot awards are being given to property owners who have done landscaping in an effort to beautify Ocean City. Awards were given in June to Thunder Island Condominium, 39th Street and the bay, and Morning Glory Apartments, Second Street and Philadelphia Avenue.
More awards will be presented in July and August. The program is sponsored by the Ocean City Beautification Committee. To have a property judged, call 641-4534.