Ocean City Today

Nuisance abatement costs could double, triple in Pines

By Brian Gilliland | Dec 07, 2017

(Dec. 8, 2017) Although the county government cleanup effort along Racetrack Road across from Ocean Downs is progressing, the property’s problems are so severe that the $10,000 budgeted for the job is far less than what the job will cost.

Ed Tudor, director of development review and permitting, told the county commissioners on Tuesday that he was happy to report work had started as of Nov. 27, but the scope of the project was beyond what he’d imagined.

“The more we clean up, the more we find,” he said.

Tudor said he had no doubt the effort would exhaust the $10,000 planned to be spent on the cleanup, and asked the commissioners waive the normal bidding process to allow the contractor already on site to continue work until the job is completed.

Tudor said eight dumpsters had already been filled with debris and hauled to the landfill, and more were certainly coming.

Commissioner Chip Bertino said he’d been to the site, and agreed there was no way the job could be done for $10,000.

Commissioner Ted Elder asked if there was a ballpark amount Tudor expected to spend before the cleanup is complete, and he obliged with a guess of between $20,000 and $30,000.


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