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Ocean City, Md. season summer workers get help in housing shortage

by DrewLUD

A new housing facility is scheduled to be able to host seasonal workers in Ocean City in time for the spring tourist season. The housing project will be on Dorchester Street in downtown Ocean City.

The project, which Ocean City Development Corp. helped manage, will include 54 beds for seasonal workers, and it is slated to be certified (for housing) within a week. With rising costs of real estate and development, the housing relied on two state grants for completion.

Beachhurst LLC, a family-owned firm, developed the project.

“The lack of workforce housing has a dramatic impact on the business community,” said Glenn Irwin, executive director of Ocean City Development Corp. “Our organization is continuing to invest in workforce housing, but more is needed to make sure we have the workers we need every year.”

Seacrets Bar and Grill in Ocean City was one of many businesses in town that was short-staffed for the second summer in a row due to an ongoing labor shortage in Ocean City.

The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development; Community Development Network of Maryland; Ocean City Development Corp; a representative from the office of state Sen. Mary Beth Carozza, R-38; the Ocean City mayor and the president of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce met online to preview the seasonal housing Wednesday.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service