THE COURT IN ANNAPOLIS GRANTED A STAY ON JUDGE CATHELL'S ORDER PENDING OUR APPEAL
See the Dispatch article on the News page of this website. In response to the article, Mayor Meehan has posted the following. Our response to Mayor Meehan's repeated misstatements about the nature of the 1966 Agreement is on the NEWS page.
BREAKING NEWS A motion to stay the Hon. Judge Cathell's Orders, pending appeal, was filed with the Court at Annapolis on September 20, and the pending hearing in county court has been canceled pending resolution of this Motion
You may have seen some of these posters around the OC area. If you are interested in posting or sharing some, please contact us at : nathan.since.1912 @gmail.com
Who started this conflict, anyway?
It has been suggested by some representatives of the Town of Ocean City that the Rapoport Heirs started this dispute with the City. This could not be further from the truth. In May of 2016 we received the letter at the left from Town Attorney, Guy Ayres. It claimed ownership of property that has been in our family for 105 years and instructed us to leave in a matter of months. We had no choice but to file a declaratory judgment action against the Town of Ocean City to defend what is rightfully ours from unwarranted intrusion by the City. We continue to be humbled by the outpouring of public support for our family.
It was stated in the letter that it was a "License Agreement," and since then that it is a "Lease Agreement." It is not a Lease or a License, and never was a lease or a license. It was an agreement between the parties. The document begins with the words, "This Agreement" and the PURPOSE as stated in the Agreement was to establish a basis for Real Estate taxes to be paid and for "a better building for Ocean City" IN EXCHANGE FOR issuing a BUILDING PERMIT. Prior to that time, a yearly payment had been made to the Fire Company that was more than City taxes would have been.
There is a legal term.... "FOUR CORNERS" referring to a document. That means that only what is said in the document counts. Nothing can be implied and that is what has happened. Officials have expressed their own "interpretation" with no regard to what the agreement actually states.
"Mr. Nathan" on the bench by Rapoport Property - 1951
The actual "Agreement" and related materials are on the "Historic Documents" page.