Save Dumser's at the Inlet and Nathan's Property in Ocean City, MD
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Our goals we wish to achieve:
1. That the Town of Ocean City not require Nathans or Dumser's to vacate the property on October 31
2. That the Town of Ocean City not require that the Nathans' building be removed or demolished.
3. That the Town of Ocean City concede that Nathans is the owner of the land on which its building sits by virtue of its continuous possession thereof for one hundred five (105) years, just as the Maryland Appellate Courts have already decided that Windsor Resorts, Inc. owns its property located just south of the Nathans' property.
- Mayor and City Council of Ocean City
In 1912 Nathan Rapoport opened his first business on the east side of the Boardwalk in Ocean City, MD ---“Popular Doll Place”,---and operated various other businesses at that location until 1969, the last one being a “Pitch-til-you-Win” game.
Mr. Nathan and his heirs rebuilt and improved the property five times during the last 105 years including after major fires in both 1925 and 1929. He was asked, in 1955, by the Town of Ocean City to move the building eastward to accommodate the widening of the Boardwalk. In 1966, he received a building permit to totally re-build and add living quarters above the first floor business in which he lived until his death in the mid-70’s
The building became an iconic Boardwalk Landmark.
His heirs treasure this property as part of the fabric of the Boardwalk and their family's history of 105 years in Ocean City. They have maintained and improved it. For almost 50 years, It has been rented to the family-owned Ocean City business, Dumser's Dairyland, first by Gladys Dumser and then by Don Timmons.
Until 1966, Nathan Rapoport had made voluntary contributions to Ocean City's Fire department, in excess of what taxes would have been. As a the result of the “1966” Agreement prepared by the City’s attorney, a building permit was issued in exchange for paying regular real estate taxes. The words in the agreement state that it is “on land that the City does not claim to own in fee simple, but is on land over which the Mayor and City Council have jurisdiction.”
For 50 years these taxes have been paid, on both the land and the building to the City, County and the State. The tax rolls list the location as Rapoport property east side of Boardwalk.
The City has demanded in a letter received in May, 2016 that Nathan’s Associates vacate the building. The result would be a gift to the City. Nathans Associates filed suit to establish Title on the property they had owned for 105 years. The Worcester County retired Judge hearing the case, who had been an Attorney for the Town of Ocean City, issued an Order requiring that the building be demolished by Mr. Nathan's heirs at their expense, even before an appeal can be heard in the Appellate Court of Maryland.
We believe that Nathan Rapoport’s Legacy of the past 105 years belongs to his heirs and that it and the business that Don Timmons has built are community assets and should remain as they have been.
This iconic building needs to be retained by the family that owns it and preserved.
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