Article Courtesy of Phil Davis, Gannett Publishing
In a unanimous vote, Fenwick Island's town council imposed a two-year moratorium on new hotel construction in the town's commercial district. The decision came with little fanfare and no public comments, but it comes at a time when housing and business development in one of Delmarva's "quiet resort towns" is dominating the discussion.
In December 2015, the council approved an expansion of the old Sands Motel, from 38 rooms to 65 rooms. That decision came with plenty of controversy and outcry from the public.
Purchased for $1.5 million, the idea that this new hotel would bring in more tourists angered some year-round residents who regularly pointed to nearby Ocean City. In the summer,…