Monday, January 16, 2012
hahaha. Adam Roop has no business wasting time with this crap as he knows he has zero chance of being elected or garnering votes. He has never spent time in meetings or work sessions until now, and usually he is holding court at Market Street. There was also an incident allegedly involving Adam at that location regarding comments he made regarding Brooke Mulford that many of even his friends went off on him for.
He has been charged multiple times for underage possession of Alcohol and according to case search has a suspended license, yea real Mayoral quality there. Then look at who he associates with, liars and reject Debbie lovers. Adam stop wasting peoples time
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 1/16/2012 07:32:00 PM
A Brief History of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland
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The eastern shore of Maryland is a flat, sandy headland that lies between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Only a small fraction of Maryland’s residents – just 1/8 – live in this area, even though its land makes up 1/3 of the state’s total area. Much of the eastern shore of Maryland is a relatively calm, unobtrusive place, with a couple of small towns and farms here and there, stretches of fields, and beautiful expanses of wetlands.
This place has a bit of history and mystery surrounding it too. Europeans first migrated and settled here in the 17th century after Captain John Smith’s exploration of the bay and the rivers. By 1740, the inhabitants of the eastern shore of Maryland were mainly European immigrants, with most indigenous people either killed by disease or driven away from the area.
Stories and reports of haunted places abound in this historical area of Maryland – the eerie cries of eagles; the dark, ancient flight of the blue heron and the scream of the fox; or is it the accordion wail of swans flying overhead – it’s easy to understand why a great deal of mystery is part of life in the eastern shore of Maryland.
The landscape of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland is speckled with small towns, many of them still exuding the charm of past centuries, and it’s not hard to trace a couple of family names several generations back. The geography of this place led to it becoming a commercial center because the waterways aided the merchant’s commuting – the Shore’s west side is flanked by the Chesapeake Bay, the east side is flanked by the Atlantic ocean, and various winding creeks and rivers dabble the central area.
Changes in the modern era
As technology improved and transportation became easier, so did agricultural markets in other parts of the US. As such, there was no longer much boom in towns in the Lower Shore and a big majority of native families moved to more populous places where opportunity was aplenty.
The distortion of the eco-system in the local rivers, the Coastal Bays and the Chesapeake Bay has seen the shrinking of the seafood industry – particularly crabs, fish and oysters. Seafood, however, remains a top export for the area. The focus of agriculture has now shifted to the broiler industry. Chickens have become one and the same with the Lower Eastern Shore, with chicken houses, corn fields and soy bean – for feeding the chickens – visible all over the place.
Thanks to the unique tradition still clearly visible in the allure of the small towns, the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland has become some sort of Mecca for tourists and travelers. There’s something exclusively unique to this area that is drawing vacationers, day-trippers and weekenders in droves. There are lots of other attractions too – the appeal of the local people, the communities at the waterfront, the sparkle of the Atlantic beaches, the local museums, among others.
What has not changed
While there have been a lot of changes in economic activities and people, the small towns still innately retain their charm. Both the natives and new immigrants in this area have great appreciation for heritage and its preservation. They exhibit a strong sense of community.
The Chesapeake Bay’s natural beauty, as well as that of the rivers, forests, marshes and wildlife is vivid. As you drive down the highway, you can easily catch sight of bald eagles and blue herons. Wildlife refuges are maintained in great condition and usually open to the public.
Also, one thing you cannot miss is the slow pace of life in the small towns of the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Here, people live their lives ‘on the lower shore’, there’s no rush.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 1/16/2012 06:00:00 PM
I was disturbed to see the Ocean City Council thinking about moving their meeting to the daytime when less people would be able to attend. People in this Country already feel disenfranchised and to move meeting where people will not be able to clearly see what is going on is a bad idea. Your thoughts?
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 1/16/2012 04:00:00 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2012
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Contact: Gary Mackes Gary McGuigan
Director of Wicomico Recreation, Parks & Tourism Project Executive
Wicomico Youth & Civic Center Maryland Stadium Authority
Youth & Civic Center Study Released in Salisbury
Salisbury, MD - Wicomico County’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, who oversee operation of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, today, released the market and economic analysis study prepared by the Maryland Stadium Authority to determine whether the facility should be renovated, expanded, or rebuilt to best serve county residents and visitors.
The study was completed by Crossroads Consulting Services. It evaluated the existing facility, its uses and potential. In addition to the findings, the report contains a number of recommendations for facility modifications.
The study determined the management of the Youth and Civic Center, as well as its multi‑purpose focus have served Wicomico County well. The facility remains competitive in the event market and its versatility has allowed it to attract room‑night generating events in recent years.
However, the aging of the building and its amenities are beginning to erode its market, which will worsen if steps are not taken to update it. The study contends “remaining status quo will result in a continual decline in both event activity and competitive position over the long‑term.”
Of the options studied, the most economically feasible with least financial risk was determined to be an upgrade of the existing facility. Expanding the existing space would maintain the existing market share while allowing it to grow, increase revenues, and enhance the overall impact to the local economy.
Some of the recommendations include:
- Replace seats and redesign the seating bowl to offer closer experience and better sight lines
- Add a mechanical curtain system that allows arena to be partitioned for smaller events
- Build a divisible ballroom, meeting rooms and exhibit space outside Normandy arena
- Reconfigure the overall layout to accommodate simultaneous events
- Improve traffic and parking to support activities at a larger facility
This approach is preferable to building a new facility, which would necessitate a far greater financial commitment. It also achieves the goals expressed by stakeholders to book more events and offer greater variety of attractions to the regional audience.
The study concludes it is in the County’s best interest to improve its ability to operate as the best multi‑purpose civic center possible and capitalize upon its existing market, excellent customer service reputation, affordability and growing sports visitor industry.
“The Maryland Stadium Authority is pleased to assist Wicomico County in evaluating the Youth and Civic Center and recommending options to improve the facility,” said Chairman John Morton III.
“The preliminary study provides decision makers with information which allows them to make an informed decision about the most productive and cost effective means to achieve their goals.”
With the completion of the study, the governing Civic Center Commission will process the study’s findings and present the County Executive with a recommendation to move forward with Phase II of the study. If accepted by the Executive, Phase II entails working with the Stadium Authority in developing architectural engineering drawings and estimates so costs can be estimated to carry out the steps outlined by Crossroads Consulting.
“We are extremely grateful for the Maryland Stadium Authority’s support in conducting this study,” said Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt. “The Wicomico Youth and Civic Center is one of this County’s many treasures. Not only does it improve our quality of life, but the events held there such as the Annual Poodle Club of America’s National Specialty Show and multiple sports marketing tournaments such as wrestling result in a positive economic impact for our community.”
“The report prepared by Crossroads Consulting, LLC. confirms that modernizing and expanding the venue is a viable investment if we are to continue to grow,” the County Executive added.
Ed Urban, Chairman of the Civic Center Commission, gave his thoughts.
“The commission had a long‑term vision and plan for the future of the Civic Center,” he noted. “This report substantiates that vision, and we’re excited to now embark on the next chapter. It is imperative that we as citizens of Wicomico County continue the work begun here if we are to retain and grow business in a competitive marketplace.”
The complete study may be viewed online at:
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 1/16/2012 03:14:00 PM
Honoring Doctor Martin Luther King
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 1/16/2012 11:30:00 AM