By DONALD WITTKOWSKIThe Ocean City Planning Board granted final approval Wednesday night for a housing project proposed on a large tract of land that the city has been trying to acquire for the past year to preserve as open space.Brothers Harry and Jerry Klause of Klause Enterprises plan to develop 21 single-family homes on nearly an entire block bordered by Simpson and Haven avenues between 16th and 17th streets. The property was formerly occupied by a now-closed Chevrolet dealership.The Klauses sat quietly in the back row of the room at City Hall while their representatives discussed the project with the planning board members. They declined to comment afterward, leaving their attorney, Avery Teitler, to speak for them about their plans.Teitler said the Klauses are serious about developing the project, but did not rule out the possibility of negotiating a deal for the property’s sale to the city.“We have not heard anything from the city,” Teitler said in an interview after the meeting.Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council attempted to acquire the land from Klause Enterprises last year for $9 million, but the deal fell through when the community group Fairness In Taxes circulated a petition drive for a voter referendum to block the purchase.City officials want to preserve the land as public space to protect it from densely packed housing construction that would add to the town’s overdevelopment.The former Perry-Egan Chevrolet dealership showroom is surrounded by property that the city wants to acquire for open space, but Klause Enterprises is looking to redevelop into new housing.Renewing its efforts to acquire the site, City Council gave final approval in August to a new ordinance that authorizes the city to either buy or condemn the property. City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained then that the ordinance is the first step in starting negotiations with Klause Enterprises in hopes of reaching a deal.McCrosson noted during the Council meeting that the city is conducting new property appraisals in advance of talks with the Klauses. She also said the mayor intends to hold a town meeting to gather public feedback on what should be done with the land if it comes under the city’s ownership.In the meantime, the property remains surrounded by a chain-link fence. A rendering of the project has been attached to the fence, giving the public a sneak preview of what is to come if the Klauses build the homes.The homes would replace a now-empty building and a sprawling blacktop and concrete lot that served as the location for the former Perry-Egan Chevrolet dealership that once occupied the site.Teitler said there is currently no construction schedule. Although 21 homes were approved by the planning board, one lot is a mere half-foot short for a 22nd house. Klause Enterprises intends to return before the board to seek approval to build the 22nd home, company representatives indicated.The 21-home project is “fully conforming” with local zoning and planning laws, Teitler said.Noting that the project does not require any zoning variances, the planning board approved the development by a vote of 6-0.Brothers Jerry, left, and Harry Klause, decline comment on their project after the planning board meeting.The lot sizes for each home are larger than the city’s minimum standards by about 15 feet, allowing each house to have more space instead of cramming them closer together. In addition, the heights for each two-story home would be lower than what is allowed, Klause representatives said during their presentation.Christopher Halliday, the architect for Klause Enterprises, said each house would feature a unique design to create its “own personal style.”“(It) gives the neighborhood more visual interest and character,” Halliday said.Planning Board Chairman John Loeper said he likes that homebuyers will have the option of adding a back deck to their house to make them even more aesthetically appealing.A handful of residents attended the meeting, but only one of them addressed the board. Jesse Gorman, who lives at 1701 Haven Avenue, directly across the street from the Klause Enterprises property, said he believes it would be better to preserve the land as open space or use it as public parking for the Ocean City Free Public Library next door.Gorman questioned the planning board members about whether they would support keeping the land as open space, but Loeper told him that Klause Enterprises has the right to develop homes on their property.“It’s not within our purview,” Loeper replied when Gorman asked whether the planning board would rather see the land preserved.A banner showing what the new houses will look like is attached to a chain-link fence surrounding the property. Attorney Avery Teitler, left, and engineer Jason Sciullo, representatives of Klause Enterprises, stand in front of an architectural rendering of the proposed housing project.
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Pardew said: “The characters grow, the characters will grow as we go along. “This is a difficult club to play for, I think. It can be the greatest club in the world to play for when you are winning, but we are not winning, so it becomes even harder to play for us, and we need to make sure we can handle that. “These players are going to learn more in the next six weeks, probably, than they have for the last two years of their careers.” Even the most opinionated of Newcastle fans have largely been able to compartmentalise their support for the team and their distaste for Pardew and owner Mike Ashley over the years, but for a growing section, patience has now run out. The manager has been subjected to sustained criticism before, during and after recent games, and he admits that cannot have gone unnoticed by the players. He said: “It’s something you can’t disguise from them. Initially this season, the third or fourth game in prior to Southampton, I could shield them to a degree, and I was trying to shield them from the pressure that was coming on me. “But I think it’s too late now. The pressure is going to come through the team, it’s coming through the staff, it’s coming into the training ground, so although it is signalled on me, of course the whole squad is feeling it. “It’s really important for us on Saturday that we give a performance that gets us clapped off at the end, even if it isn’t good enough. I think that’s what we have got to look for on Saturday. “That will be my hope, that our fans clap our players off.” Pardew’s squad underwent significant change during the summer and the likes of Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere, who have been thrown in at the deep end, have struggled to adapt during the early weeks of the campaign. Their lack of Premier League experience, coupled with the club’s failure to land a proven striker, have led some to call into question the club’s well-known transfer policy, although the manager insists that is unfair. He said: “The way players are brought in, it’s obviously a process that we go through, but the model is to buy younger players, and that makes it difficult if you are not winning. “This is the first season we have brought in new players again and not won. Every time I have been here, we have got off to a good start and it helps players bed in quickly. “We have produced some fantastic signings at this football club – I don’t think anyone would deny that – so we can’t suddenly say we have got it all wrong and this is the wrong model and these are the wrong players. “We have got to give them time, and it hasn’t helped, the fact that we haven’t won. But we haven’t got time to wait for players to come through. We need that to happen now. “Remy Cabella has got to start performing now, our younger players like Sammy [Ameobi] and [Paul] Dummett have got to deliver now. We aren’t hanging about anymore. You have to deliver now. “But that might not be a bad thing. If we were in this position with six games to go, I’d be worried. We’ve got a lot of games to go and we’re getting battle-hardened.” Press Association Alan Pardew is convinced his shell-shocked Newcastle players will be stronger for the experience once they have emerged from the storm in which they are currently engulfed. The Magpies travel to Swansea on Saturday without a win in their opening six Barclays Premier League games of the campaign and with their manager facing concerted calls for his departure. However, the 53-year-old believes there is the character within the dressing room not only to cope with a difficult situation, but to use it as a building block in the development of a new-look team.
“If the happy circumstances arise that you have significant improvements, and we can feel confident that it is easy to reopen, then that decision will be taken, but until such time we are going to be very guarded on this matter, and go as fast as the data and the circumstances allow us to feel comfortable. He said that temperature testing and prior knowledge of travel history would be required, so that as much as possible persons exhibiting symptoms could be “sieved out”. Protocols were also needed for the appropriate levels of quarantine space for persons who may eventually test positive. “We all want the highest degree of safety that we can have. Nobody feels comfortable in reopening until you have been able to secure, first of all, the well-being of the people in your country and the workers, and secondly the visitors to the island,” he added. “I cannot give you a date on which the airlines will be returning. We have taken a position that the airport remains closed to commercial traffic until the 30th of next month,” Tourism and International Transport Minister, Kerrie Symmonds told a virtual news conference regarding the Grantley Adams International Airport. Symmonds said that domestic protocols also needed to be settled because while there was a common understanding at the regional level, the sovereign state would have to implement as best as possible its own standards and due diligence to minimize risk. “Going about it phase by phase and step by step gives us an opportunity to protect our people while giving us an opportunity to develop some economic activity which is absolutely critical to the same people as well,” Symmonds added. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados– Barbados says while its international airport remains closed to commercial traffic until June 30, this is not a guaranteed date for when airlines will resume flying to the island. “Bottom line is, the perfect scenario would be to have a vaccine … but that is several months away …. In the meantime, life has to go on and we will have to exist with this threat we call COVID-19, until this time comes. So, therefore our [approach] has to be about managing the risk, minimizing the risk and making sure that we can still do business, while we protect people as best as humanly possible,” Symmonds said. “I want to make it clear that we have not settled yet on any definitive course of action, not just in Barbados, but across the Caribbean and also with the airlines,” he said, adding that Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and her St. Lucian counterpart, Allen Chastanet, both chaired a “useful meeting” with all the airlines that service the region last week. Symmonds said that safety is a priority for Barbados, and any decision taken to reopen the sector will “not be date driven, but rather data driven. CMC Photo via LinkedIn “This is a discussion that is being had around the region. In the absence of that, we are going to have to rely on the airlines being very robust partners, in the context of that which they do, to make sure there is a contaminant free corridor between, for example, when you leave JFK and when you arrive in Barbados,” Symmonds added. These include possibly implementing a COVID-19 rapid test, which could be conducted on departure from the source market, on arrival to Barbados, or at both points if cost allows. Noting that regional protocols were also being examined, he said officials were looking at criteria with regard to the data, managing risk and safety protocols. Barbados, like other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries closed its borders in March in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has killed nearly 400,000 people and infected more than 4.5 million others worldwide. “The airlines understand what we are trying to achieve …. Their interest as well is safely. The take away from that meeting is that there is no competitive advantage that anybody has over the other in terms of being safe.
The players: Suffolk’s Fiona Edmond will return to international action after an absence of 25 years when she represents England in the European senior women’s team championship. Fiona returns to international action Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) won the 2015 British senior championship and was runner-up last year. She won the English senior title in 2014 and has represented England every year since then. Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex) won the English senior stroke play title in 2015 and went on to join Brown in the team which won European gold. She was a semi-finalist in this year’s senior amateur and tied 11th in the strokeplay. The team is composed of the top four players from the senior order of merit and two selectors’ picks. The automatic places were taken by Brown, Greenfield, Foster and Housman. 2 Aug 2017 Fiona returns to international action Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire) is a past English senior champion and reached the semi-finals of this year’s event, having been top qualifier. She was 16th in the stroke play championship. Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) is playing only her second full season of senior golf and has been runner-up three times, most recently in the senior amateur championship in May. The championship will be played from 5-9 September in Slovakia. England’s recent record in this event is excellent, winning the gold medal in 2014, silver in 2015 and bronze last year. Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk) was an England and GB&I international before illness, children and work put a stop to her golf. She dusted off her clubs about three years ago and won the English senior title at her first attempt in May. (Image copyright Leaderboard Photography). Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) has won back-to-back English senior stroke play titles. She was a quarter finalist in the senior amateur championship. Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire) is a past English senior champion and reached the semi-finals of this year’s event, having been top qualifier. She was 16th in the stroke play championship. Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe, Sussex) is playing only her second full season of senior golf and has been runner-up three times, most recently in the senior amateur championship in May. The English senior women’s champion will be joined in the team by English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster, Caroline Berry, Julie Brown, Aileen Greenfield and Lulu Housman. The championship will be played from 5-9 September in Slovakia. England’s recent record in this event is excellent, winning the gold medal in 2014, silver in 2015 and bronze last year. Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire) won the 2015 British senior championship and was runner-up last year. She won the English senior title in 2014 and has represented England every year since then. The players: Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk) was an England and GB&I international before illness, children and work put a stop to her golf. She dusted off her clubs about three years ago and won the English senior title at her first attempt in May. She will be joined in the team by English senior stroke play champion Jackie Foster, Caroline Berry, Julie Brown, Aileen Greenfield, and Lulu Housman. Jackie Foster (Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire) has won back-to-back English senior stroke play titles. She was a quarter finalist in the senior amateur championship. Senior women’s champion Fiona Edmond will return to international action after an absence of 25 years when she represents England in the European women’s team championship. The team is composed of the top four players from the senior order of merit and two selectors’ picks. The automatic places were taken by Brown, Greenfield, Foster and Housman. Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex) won the English senior stroke play title in 2015 and went on to join Brown in the team which won European gold. She was a semi-finalist in this year’s senior amateur and tied 11th in the strokeplay.