News Release, Town of Chesapeake Beach

NOTICE: The Town of Chesapeake Beach issues notice that an automated speed enforcement program will be in place effective September 12, 2019, along Old Bayside Rd. within the Beach Elementary School Zone traveling both East and Westbound, in addition to the automated speed enforcement program currently in place along RT 261 and Old Bayside Rd. As the 2019-2020 school year approaches, please take note of your speed within the Beach Elementary School zone.

The Town of Chesapeake Beach recently conducted a study for a one week period in August of 2019, along Old Bayside Rd., that showed 444 vehicles were traveling up to 12 MPH over a 20 MPH speed limit and 71 vehicles were traveling over 12 MPH over a 20 MPH speed limit. According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Study, the chances of a pedestrian surviving being struck by a vehicle decreases by 70%; between the speed of 20 MPH and 40 MPH. Please join our efforts to keep children, their families, teachers, and administrators safe. For more information, click here.

Do you rent a residence in the Town of Chesapeake Beach or are you the owner of a residence that is a rental in the Town of Chesapeake Beach? If so, the Town needs to hear from you. The Town Council recently adopted a Housing Code Ordinance O-9-11 to establish maintenance standards for properties in Town and to establish a rental licensing program. To ensure your residence is on the Town’s rental registry list, please click here.

State Highway will be making repairs to sidewalks making ADA upgrades on MD ROUTE 260 starting the week of September 3rd.

The Chesapeake Bay Crossing Update: The Town of Chesapeake Beach and Calvert County have been removed from the preliminary site locations for the Chesapeake Bay Crossing. For more information on public meetings please click here.

Public Input Sought on Draft Calvert County Transportation Plan. The Calvert County Department of Planning & Zoning today released a draft update to the Calvert County Transportation Plan. Citizens are encouraged to review the plan and provide comments on the draft. To view the draft plan online, click here. Citizens may submit comments online or through the U.S. mail to the Department of Planning & Zoning at 175 Main St., Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Comments must be received by Friday, Sept. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

Tree Trimming: For safety reasons and bus access, the Town will be trimming trees near Town sidewalks, streets and rights of way over the next few weeks.

Fishing Creek Channel: The Town of Chesapeake Beach received a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Waterway Improvement Fund to conduct an emergency dredging of Fishing Creek Channel. For the most current (July 2019) Fishing Creek Channel Survey, please click here.

Planning & Zoning Survey Results: To view the Planning & Zoning community survey results please click here.

September is National Preparedness Month. For more information on how you can prepare for an emergency, please click here.

The Town of Chesapeake Beach has vacancies on the Board of Appeals and the Planning & Zoning Commission that need to be filled. If anyone is interested please send your resume to the Town Clerk, Sharon Humm, via email or mail to Town of Chesapeake Beach, PO Box 400, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732

September 7 at 10 AM to Noon – CANCELLED due to the unavailability of spat from the hatchery caused by extremely low salinity. OYSTER RELOCATION. CBOCS is moving oysters from the hatchery to Fishing Creek. The location is Marina West. Need 25+ volunteers to load cages, count spat and take the oysters to the creek. Wear water shoes and be prepared to get wet to the waist or sit at the table and count spat. Pizza will be served as usual.

September 9 at 6:00 PM – The Town Council will hold an Informational Work Session in Town Hall Chambers. To view a live stream and video coverage of the meeting when available, click here.

September 11 at 7:00 pm – Planning and Zoning meeting in Town Hall Chambers to work on the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Resident attendance and participation are encouraged. To view a live stream and video coverage of the meeting when available, click here.

September 14 from 12 pm – 5 pm. Mark your calendars for the third annual Taste the Beaches @ Kellam’s Field. Admission is FREE. Over 65 vendors have been signed up for the event, to date. Let us know if you plan to join us by clicking here. To view or print an event flyer, click here.

Calling all Volunteers! We are looking for volunteers for the Taste the Beaches event on Saturday, September 14th between 11 am and 6 pm at Kellam’s Field (however much time you can spare will be appreciated). Please email if you are interested in volunteering.

September 19 at 7:00 pm – Town Hall meeting in Town Hall Chambers. To view a live stream and video coverage of the meeting when available, click here.

October 2-9 — the EDNA E. LOCKWOOD heritage tour. See the last sailing bugeye oyster boat at the Rod ‘N’ Reel marina. Up to 1-hour tours to learn about ship restoration and early oyster harvesting. Great photo opportunity for the whole family. For more information, click here.

North Beach Volunteer Fire Department is seeking new volunteers of all ages. Now is the time to become an important part of our community… YOUR COMMUNITY! As a volunteer, you will learn skills that prepare you to help members of your community when they need it the most. Think about how rewarding it will be to offer aid to those who call upon you. Training and gear provided. Inquire at the firehouse located at 8536 Bayside Road Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732.

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