‘Coastal Cottages’ Back on City Council Agenda for a Vote Thursday

May 2, 2021

first_imgThe proposed ordinance has prompted a lawsuit by a former councilman-turned-builder who wants to develop two coastal cottage projects on property he owns. Since introducing the measure in February, Council has debated whether to give it final approval, modify it or scrap it entirely and replace it with a new version. Flood has called on Council members Keith Hartzell and Tony Wilson to recuse themselves from voting on the ordinance because of alleged conflicts of interest. At Council’s last meeting, Wilson recused himself during the vote to table the ordinance. Hartzell, Council’s president, voted but told reporters after the meeting that he has consulted with an attorney to determine if he has a conflict of interest. Hartzell said he owns two small pieces of property in the redevelopment zone, while Wilson’s plumbing and heating company is located there. John Flood, an Ocean City councilman from 1988 to 1996, has filed litigation alleging that the ordinance constitutes what he calls “illegal spot zoning.” Flood owns the property where the Ocean City Chevrolet dealership is located at Haven Avenue and 16th Street. He wants to build a coastal cottage project there when the dealership’s lease expires in four and a half years. He also owns an adjacent piece of property that he hopes to transform into a coastal cottage development. The ordinance would grandfather in cottage projects that are underway or have already received city approval. Costeria Cottages, an 18-home development on Haven Avenue between 12th and 13th streets, is currently the only project under construction. However, Costeria Cottages went on the market in late 2014 with sales prices ranging from $499,900 to $649,900. The average home assessment in Ocean City is about $500,000. Council approved the concept of coastal cottages in 2013 as a way to attract more year-round residents to town. The cottages were conceived then as smaller, more affordable housing that would appeal to young families looking to buy their first home. Councilwoman Karen Bergman hinted at a possible compromise at the last meeting by suggesting that the extra two weeks could be used to craft a revised ordinance that would “make sense.”center_img A local contractor who is building Costeria Cottages argued, though, that the project blends in with the neighborhood and accomplishes the goal of providing attractive, affordable housing. The ordinance would revoke coastal cottages from a redevelopment zone concentrated along Haven Avenue roughly between Sixth and 14th streets in the center of town. Known as the Drive-in Business Zone, it is need of revitalization. By Donald WittkowskiCity Council will take another stab at a long-delayed ordinance that would remove a controversial type of housing called “coastal cottages” from a redevelopment zone in the center of town. Council members and Mayor Jay Gillian have called for “a pause” on coastal cottages to study their potential impact on surrounding neighborhoods and whether their construction requirements should be tweaked. “I thought it was such a great idea to bring this town back with single-family homes,” builder Carmen Costanza told Council. Coastal cottages originally were envisioned as a new housing option in a town that has seen its year-round population fall as high-priced duplexes get purchased by investors and wealthy summer residents. The ordinance was up for a vote two weeks ago, but Council tabled it instead for further discussion. Barring another last-minute delay, the measure will come before Council for a public hearing and final vote at its meeting 7 p.m. Thursday. Flood appeared at Council’s last meeting to urge the governing body to kill the measure. In addition to his suit, Flood has filed a petition with the City Clerk’s Office that also opposes the ordinance. Some members of the public appeared before Council two weeks ago to complain that the Costeria Cottages are too large and expensive and are out of character with the neighborhood.last_img read more

Roseau Cathedral renovation works progressing says Bishop

September 26, 2020

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau Gabriel Malzaire, newly elected President of Antilles Episcopal ConferenceWork continues to progress on renovation works at the Roseau Cathedral Bishop Gabriel Malzaire has said. The project, to restore the Cathedral which was 159 years old, commenced in 2012 with the removal of items in the Cathedral and the preparation of St Gerard’s Hall as a place of worship.The second phase involved the removal and disposal of the asbestos material on the roof, while the third phase involved strengthening the foundations and construction of new concrete columns to support the weight of the new roof.“We are at the stage of placing the roof, the covering,” he explained to Dominica Vibes on Tuesday 9 May 2017. This part of the project, which began in January 2017, will take thirteen (13) months to complete. It will be done in two stages; the basement of the roof and the roof covering. He informed that following this will be the placement of doors, windows, flooring and choir loft along with other finishing works, as well as another major part of the project which is the ceiling. “Once that is done, we would be on the home stretch,” Bishop Malzaire said. However what is required is money as raising funds for such a big project has been the greatest challenge. “In fact, the present project we have at the moment we had to take a loan to accomplish it and so that will see us through, but we are still in the process of raising more funds so that the other parts of the project we will not have to delay on it.”He therefore called on members of the church community to contribute financially to the renovation works. “We are still in the Easter Season and of course we are celebrating the resurrection of Christ. We are encouraged to always live as people of resurrection and people full of life and people trying to live a Christian life so I want to encourage everyone to seek first the Kingdom.”At a press conference in July 2016 Bishop Malzaire said he anticipated that renovation works on the Roseau Cathedral will be completed by June 2018.center_img Share 406 Views   one comment FaithLifestyleLocalNews Roseau Cathedral renovation works progressing says Bishop by: Dominica Vibes News – May 10, 2017last_img read more

a month agoMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defence

October 28, 2019

first_imgMan boss Solskjaer delighted with new-look defenceby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he’s happy with their defending.Solskjaer has come under growing pressure following United’s 2-0 defeat at West Ham and their Carabao Cup shootout win against Rochdale, but dismissed the criticism.“We’re focused on what we have to do and that’s to keep improving,” said Solskjaer.“I never said it was gonna be easy this season, there are gonna be ups and downs, highs and lows, and when we lose a game we have to trust ourselves and what we’re doing, keep the eyes on the prize and keep to the principles we believe in.“You can see how much we’ve improved defensively, that’s where we put the big money in with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.“We don’t concede many chances, concede too many goals, but the other way going forward is where we’ve struggled with injuries, to Paul, Anthony, Marcus.“We’ve had some bad luck in that respect and it doesn’t help when you lose players.“It’s a team improving, evolving, a young team, the culture is there see every single day in training.“There are no issues with attitudes, work rate and desire, now [it’s a case of] can we trust ourselves?“You can see against Astana and Rochdale they want to impress, do well, but maybe they rush their finish at times.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoNeville raps giggling Everton goalkeeper Pickford

October 28, 2019

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville raps giggling Everton goalkeeper Pickfordby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville rapped Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for a reaction during defeat to Manchester City.Pickford appeared to giggle when almost gifting City a goal in defeat at Goodison Park.Neville, 44, expressed his feelings on Pickford’s puzzling reaction. “Why is Jordan Pickford laughing? I don’t know what’s funny. It’s not funny,” he said. “He should have saved the second goal and nearly cost his team a fourth.”Saturday’s defeat made it three losses on the bounce for Marco Silva’s men following their disappointing results against Bournemouth and Sheffield United. last_img read more

15 days agoKarembeu: Ribery Fiorentina success no surprise to me

October 28, 2019

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Karembeu: Ribery Fiorentina success no surprise to meby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Sampdoria star Christian Karembeu is happy seeing Franck Ribery at Fiorentina.Ribery has starred since his summer arrival from Bayern Munich.Karembeu told TMW: “What he’s doing at Fiorentina doesn’t surprise me. “We wanted him at Olympiacos (Karembeu is their sports director) but chose Fiorentina. “Franck is a champion and will still make the difference in Italy.”He added: “In the meantime, Serie A has become attractive again, almost like when I was playing.” last_img read more

Jamaica Lauded for Economic Reform Strategies

October 24, 2019

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaica is being lauded for its continued commitment to achieving sustained growth through the institution of economic reform strategies and programmes across Administrations. This praise comes from Dean, Stern Business School, New York University, Professor Peter Henry, who was speaking at the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16). Jamaica is being lauded for its continued commitment to achieving sustained growth through the institution of economic reform strategies and programmes across Administrations.This praise comes from Dean, Stern Business School, New York University, Professor Peter Henry, who was speaking at the Sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) High Level Caribbean Forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday (November 16).“It is highly encouraging to see continuity of the reforms here in Jamaica, not only over time, following the announcement of the National Debt Exchange in 2013, but also across political parties with a change of Government… in 2016,” he said.Another “significant achievement,” he said, is the engagement of civil society in holding both political parties accountable with the formation of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee in 2013 and the establishment of the Economic Growth Council in 2016.“This commitment to reforms across parties stands in stark contrast to Jamaica’s past and is an important, welcome and disciplined step forward,” he said.Professor Henry argued that while “much work remains to be done,” the multi-stakeholder cooperation in sustaining a pragmatic growth agenda should be applauded.In the meantime, he encouraged Caribbean countries to be disciplined in developing policies that will help them deal with the challenges of “fiscal adjustments, high debt and low productivity that stand in the way of sustained and inclusive growth”.“Discipline is a sustained commitment to a pragmatic growth strategy executed with a combination of temperance, vigilance and flexibility that value the long-term prosperity of all over the short term,” he said.He suggested that improving productivity will be a key strategy in realising sustained growth in the Caribbean. This, he said, can come from the “principal sectors of opportunity” (call centres, tourism, retirement centres, entertainment and wellness), as these services will play a critical role in the region’s future.“Therefore, it is essential to have a well-educated workforce that can respond quickly to new opportunities that arise from the accelerated changes that are taking place in the global economy,” he said.The one-day conference was jointly hosted by the Government of Jamaica under the theme ‘Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience in the Caribbean’. In the meantime, he encouraged Caribbean countries to be disciplined in developing policies that will help them deal with the challenges of “fiscal adjustments, high debt and low productivity that stand in the way of sustained and inclusive growth”.last_img read more

More GIS Teacher Training Workshops

October 24, 2019

first_img The National Spatial Data Management Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be increasing the number of geographic information systems (GIS) teacher training workshops, under its GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP).This was disclosed by Acting Principal Director of the Division, Simone Lloyd, in an interview with JIS News, following the conclusion of a teacher training workshop at the Church Teachers’ College in Manchester, on March 27.“We usually do the GISSEP trainings in the fourth quarter of the financial year, but we plan to have others this year. There are at least three planned,” Ms. Lloyd noted.The GISSEP trainings are conducted in regional workshops incorporating the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information’s regions and also at teachers’ colleges.Acting Principal Director of the National Spatial Data Management Division, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Simone Lloyd (right), and Acting Senior GIS Manager/Trainer at the Division, Nadisha Poyser (left), with Geography lecturers and student teachers of the Church Teachers’ College, in Manchester, at the GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP) training workshop, held at the college on March 27. The lecturers and students were presented with certificates. “We want to target teachers’ colleges so that student teachers are taught spatial skills and they are taught how to use the technologies. With these institutions we provide their computer labs with  GIS software at no cost,” Ms. Lloyd said. Lecturers and student teachers from  Church Teachers’ College received  certificates of participation and Environmental Systems Research Institute certificates after completing an online GIS programme. The teacher training session was dubbed: ‘Teaching with GIS: Thinking Spatially’. The National Spatial Data Management Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation will be increasing the number of geographic information systems (GIS) teacher training workshops, under its GIS in Schools Education Programme (GISSEP).center_img Story Highlights The Division has a Memorandum of Understanding with four tertiary institutions under GISSEP – Church Teachers’ College, Shortwood Teachers’ College, College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) and Mico University College.“We want to target teachers’ colleges so that student teachers are taught spatial skills and they are taught how to use the technologies. With these institutions we provide their computer labs with  GIS software at no cost,” Ms. Lloyd said.“Then we facilitate the training of the lecturers and also the student teachers in the technology and how the technology can aid them in better delivering geography, social studies and any other curriculum. However, we tend to focus on geography and social studies, since they are the subject matters that usually speak to location,” she added.Lecturers and student teachers are engaged in using ArcGIS Online and a desktop software that gives access to interactive maps and geographic data from across the world and are tested at the end of the training sessions.Lecturers and student teachers from  Church Teachers’ College received  certificates of participation and Environmental Systems Research Institute certificates after completing an online GIS programme. The teacher training session was dubbed: ‘Teaching with GIS: Thinking Spatially’.last_img read more

Autoworkers to protest during GM investors meeting in Windsor Ont today

October 13, 2019

first_imgThe Canadian Press WINDSOR, Ont. — Autoworkers from across Ontario are set to rally in Windsor today across from the General Motors headquarters in Detroit.The 11 a.m. protest against the company’s decision to close a plant in Oshawa, Ont., coincides with a General Motors investors meeting.Unifor, the union that represents GM autoworkers, is bussing protesters in from cities that include Kitchener, Brampton and London, Ont.The rally is the latest in a string of actions opposing the plant’s closure. Earlier in the week, unionized workers at the Oshawa assembly plant staged two work stoppages to protest their employer’s decision to close the facility.The protest came after Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.Approximately 2,600 workers will lose their jobs when the plant closes at the end of the year.last_img read more

Wolves shock Man Utd to reach FA Cup semifinals

October 12, 2019

first_imgWolverhampton: Wolves inflicted a second straight defeat on Manchester United on Saturday, outplaying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to secure a 2-1 win and reach the FA Cup semi-finals. United lacked spark throughout and were overcome by an eager Wolves side with two goals in the space of six minutes in the second half from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. Marcus Rashford’s injury-time effort was a mere consolation. Solskjaer had presided over a run of just two defeats in 18 games since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the last eight of the FA Cup. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBut now they have suffered two losses in a row after their Champions League exertions at Paris Saint-Germain. United were favourites but the Midlanders’ form against the top six that has carried them to seventh position in the Premier League gave home fans hope. The early signs were that United, not Wolves, were going to live up to the hype of the warm-up, dominating early possession. The visitors created the first opening when Paul Pogba gained a yard of space in the box and curled wide. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryGoalkeeper John Ruddy was happy to let the ball drift away but was forced to make a falling save to his left soon afterwards when Rashford let fly from 30 yards. Wolves’ first threat came in the 28th minute when Ruben Neves’s low drive was well held by the United goalkeeper Sergio Romero and it was swiftly followed by a better one, Jota failing to connect properly with a volley from Matt Doherty’s centre. United players surrounded referee Martin Atkinson screaming for a penalty in the 37th minute after Diogo Dalot’s hooked shot hit the elbow of Jonny as he turned his back on the ball. But Atkinson was unmoved. The best chance of the half fell to Wolves, two minutes before the break. Neves sent Jota galloping clear for a one-on-one with Romero, but the United goalkeeper beat his curling shot away. United had the first opening of the second half when Rashford got away from Conor Coady on the right side of the box but could only whistle a fierce angled drive a few feet wide. Wolves replied with a rising, diagonal effort from Jimenez that looped comfortably over the bar. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were gaining in confidence however and created two chances that required some superb goalkeeping from Romero. First he reacted sharply to tip over a bullet header from Jimenez from Joao Moutinho’s corner. The Argentine keeper then palmed over a rising chip from Moutinho from 25 yards as Wolves got on top. Wolves scored the goal they had been threatening in the 70th minute. The chance seemed to be lost when Jimenez was forced backwards with his back to goal after being crowded out following a superb run by Moutinho, who breezed through three challenges cutting in from the left. But the Mexican swivelled 180 degrees, after getting a lucky bounce off Pogba and drilled a low shot past Romero. Six minutes later Wolves doubled their lead. Neves sent Jota racing clear on the counter as Wolves broke and the Portuguese left Luke Shaw in a heap before firing an unstoppable left-foot drive inside Romero’s near post. High drama followed when Atkinson showed Victor Lindelof a red card for lunging in on Jota in front of the Wolves dugout. VAR was called and deemed it a booking, allowing the Swedish defender a reprieve. Rashford pulled one back with a shot on the turn in the fifth minute of the five added on, but it was too little, too late. agencieslast_img read more

Victim faints at Morocco trial of British pedophile suspect

October 12, 2019

first_imgRABAT- An alleged victim of a suspected British pedophile on trial in Morocco fainted in court Tuesday as the case was adjourned for a fifth time, a rights activist who attended the hearing told AFP.The 6-year-old girl passed out at the courthouse in the northern town of Tetouan when she saw Robert Bill, who is accused of kidnapping and attempting to rape her, said Mohammed Benaissa, who heads the Northern Observatory for Human Rights.“We are calling for a swift ruling in this trial, because of the suffering it is causing the victims,” he told AFP, expressing “surprise” that it had been repeatedly delayed. The judge fixed the next hearing for April 11. The reason for the latest delay was not clear. The trial had previously been adjourned when the defendant’s Moroccan lawyers withdrew from the case.Bill, originally from North Wales, was arrested at a petrol station in Tetouan last June when locals overheard the screams of the six-year-old girl he allegedly abducted, surrounded his Spanish-registered car and alerted the police.“She was the only victim present at the trial,” Benaissa said, adding that the other alleged victims were represented in court by their parents.The suspect is accused of kidnapping and raping another two Moroccan girls prior to his arrest, one in Tetouan and one in the nearby town of Chefchaouen, according to the human rights group.The former teacher has already served jail time in Britain following his conviction by a Welsh court in 2009 of attempting to abduct a five-year-old girl.After leaving prison he travelled to southern Spain, arriving in Morocco in November 2012 from the town of Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on Morocco’s north coast. The Spanish police had issued a warrant for his arrest on separate pedophilia and kidnapping charges.last_img read more