Frazier: Too many Md. regulations harm Shore residents
Driving past Wal-Mart on Route 50 between Berlin and West Ocean City a few weeks ago, I just about did a double take. I actually saw a human being walking on what I like to call the “pathway from nowhere to nowhere” in front of the shopping center.
The developer didn’t include that walkway, with its lovely benches and paving and dozens upon dozens of light poles, because it was such a good idea. This walkway, which literally goes from nowhere to nowhere, was required by government regulation. I’m told this was a requirement by the State Highway Administration.
For the life of me, I cannot think of a sound reason for this, and I’m sure the result is probably not worth the developer’s expenditure for construction or upkeep. Adding insult to injury, it’s just plain silly.
So many regulations have been passed through the Maryland legislature or by regulatory fiat that are harmful to our life here on the Lower Shore.