Ocean City Today

Land owner seeks purchase of city property for Jet-ski lift

By Katie Tabeling | Nov 16, 2017
Courtesy of: Terry McGean The land the city is considering selling is marked by two black lines, adjacent to lot 164.

(Nov. 17, 2017) The Ocean City Council agreed to get an appraisal of a slice of city property on Old Landing Road this week, as a neighbor wants to buy it to install a private Jetski lift.

City Engineer Terry McGean said that the 3,000-square-foot lot would be subdivided at the storm drain line, so that the city could retain one of the few open, green spaces left in the resort. The resort would sell a 2,000-square-foot parcel.

“I spoke to the department heads and they said they had no current or future need for the land,” he said during Tuesday’s work session. “The only concern came out of the comprehensive plan draft … to maintain open space and water access.”

That apparently fits with potential buyer Gregg Custis’s needs, because he wants the property and bulkhead for a lift. Custis owns the property adjacent to the city land.

Years ago, Ocean City had declared the land surplus and was preparing to sell to the then-owner of the property, but he died before the deal could be finalized.

Ocean City inherited the land from the county when part of what was then the county sanitary commission was absorbed by the resort’s public works department. Councilman Dennis Dare asked if the wastewater department was reasonably sure the land would not be needed for future operations, since there is a sewage pumping station nearby.

Wastewater Superintendent Randy Bradford replied that the pump station has been rehabilitated and that the city still owns a small piece there that should be sufficient.

The council voted 6-0 to proceed with an appraisal at Custis's expense. Councilman John Gehrig was absent.

Following the public hearing, the council will go into closed session with Custis to determine whether it will sell the land. As of Wednesday, the public hearing had not been scheduled.

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