ATTENTION COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN, CLAMMERS, LOBSTERMEN AND
Request for Bids
West Ocean City Commercial Boat Slip Leases
Worcester County, Maryland
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the County Commissioners of Worcester County, Maryland,
pursuant to Section 4-405 (West Ocean City Harbor) of the County Government Article of the Code of
Public Local Laws of Worcester County, will accept sealed bids for three (3) 100-foot and five (5) 75-
foot dock spaces in the commercial section of the County owned portion of the West Ocean City Harbor
for a period commencing September 23, 2020 and expiring September 22, 2025. All bidders must be a
bona fide commercial fishermen as defined in said ordinance and will be required to certify that they
will operate a bona fide commercial fishing operation from the West Ocean City Harbor and will use the
dock space at least 270 days per lease year. All bids must be in writing, upon forms provided by the
Office of the County Commissioners, Government Center - Room 1103, One West Market Street, Snow
Hill, Maryland 21863 which may be obtained online at www.co.worcester.md.us or by calling the
Commissioners’ Office at 410-632-1194 to request a package by mail. Sealed bid proposals will be
accepted until 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2020 in the Office of the County Commissioners at the
above address at which time they will be opened and results will be promptly posted under the "Bids"
drop-down menu of the County Website. All bids must be accompanied by a refundable bid deposit of
10% of the total bid, which will be applied to the fifth year rent payment. Envelopes shall be marked
“West Ocean City Boat Slip Bid - _____-Foot Slip” in the lower left-hand corner, with the slip size
designated. After opening, bids will be forwarded to the Director of Recreation, Parks, Tourism and
Economic Development for tabulation, review and recommendation to the County Commissioners for
their consideration at a future meeting. In awarding the bid, the Commissioners reserve the right to
reject any and all bids, waive formalities, informalities and technicalities therein, and to take whatever
bid they determine to be in the best interest of the County considering any factors they deem
appropriate. All inquiries should be directed to Tom Perlozzo, Director of Recreation, Parks, Tourism
and Economic Development, at (410) 632-2144.
WORCESTER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
West Ocean City Harbor Boat Slips
Instructions to Bidders
Sealed Bids will be accepted for three (3) 100-foot and five (5) 75-foot boat slips. The five-year lease
period begins September 23, 2020 and ends September 22, 2025.
All bids will be accepted until 1:00 p.m., Monday, July 13, 2020 in the Office of the County
Commissioners at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Results will be published on
the Worcester County website at www.co.worcester.md.us following the bid opening.
Tie bids will be resolved by a coin toss. The highest bidder for each slip size will be given preference as
to slip number. Each bidder may only be awarded one slip for the lease period, no other bids will be
considered from a successful bidder. The County Commissioners of Worcester County will make all
determinations as to whether or not a bidder is a bona fide commercial fisherman. The County
Commissioners will notify all successful bidders in writing following bid approval. Deposits of
unsuccessful bidders will be refunded at such time as all dock license agreements have been executed.
The deposit of the successful bidder will be credited toward the fifth year’s rent payment.
All bidders must:
1. Certify s/he is a bona fide commercial fisherman as defined by the Worcester County Code of
Public Local Laws CG 4-405;
2. Be the sole owner of a commercial fishing vessel or own at least fifty percent (50%) of the stock
or partnership which owns such vessel;
3. Operate from the West Ocean City Harbor;
4. Use the dock space for commercial fishing for at least 270 days of each lease year;
5. Provide proof of liability and pollution insurance upon bid approval;
6. Complete and return the enclosed bid form to the Office of the County Commissioners, One
West Market Street, Government Center – Room 1103, Snow Hill, MD 21863;
7. Submit the bid form in the sealed envelope and appearing on the exterior of the envelope list
the Name of the bidder, “West Ocean City Boat Slip Bid”, and size of space bid (100’ or 75’) by
1:00 p.m. on July 13, 2020;
8. Include a ten percent (10%) bid deposit with each bid. If you are awarded a slip, the deposit will
be applied to your fifth year’s rent payment;
9. 3rd Party Vessel Registration forms (for vessels tied up more than 7 days) must be forwarded to
County Commissioners office for approval and copy of fees paid to Licensee; and
10. No more than two (2) boats shall use dock space at any one time.
The Commissioners of Worcester County reserve the right to reject any and all bids and/or waive any
formalities, informalities and technicalities therein. All inquiries should be directed to Tom Perlozzo,
Director of Recreation, Parks, Tourism and Economic Development, at (410) 632-2144.
West Ocean City Harbor Boat Slip Bid
The undersigned hereby submits a bid for the FIRST YEAR, from September 23, 2020 through
September 22, 2021, of a total FIVE-YEAR lease period beginning September 23, 2020 and ending
September 22, 2025 on a 100 foot OR
75 foot dock space in the West Ocean City Harbor. I
understand that an annual 2% escalator will be applied to my FIRST YEAR bid each year for the
duration of the FIVE YEAR lease period.
TOTAL FIRST YEAR BID (9/23/20 – 9/22/21)
Deposit (10% of FIRST YEAR BID)
Bidder understands that an annual 2% escalator will be applied to their FIRST YEAR bid each year for
the duration of the FIVE YEAR lease period through September 22, 2025. Bidder further understands
that the 10% Deposit will be held by the County and applied to the Rent Payment in Year 5 covering the
period beginning September 23, 2024 and ending September 22, 2025.
Bidder warrants and represents that s/he is, a bona fide commercial fisherman as defined by the Worcester
County Code of Public Local Laws, Section CG 4-405 and, the owner of a commercial fishing vessel that
operates from the West Ocean City Harbor.
The vessel to be docked would be used for the following purposes: ________________________
The primary vessel(s) to be tied at the dock space should the bid be accepted are:
USCG Doc. Number:
This bid shall be binding upon the bidder and may not be withdrawn for a period of thirty (30) days
following the bid opening.
Bids and licenses are not assignable.
Bidder, if successful, agrees to pay annual lease payment with an annual escalator of 2% that
will be applied to the annual lease payments for a 5 year term.
Bidder understands and agrees that only one space will be awarded for each successful bidder.
Bids will be opened in the following order, 100-foot then 75 foot dock space. Once a bidder has
been determined to be successful, no other bids from that individual will be considered.
PLEASE NOTE: Certain bulkhead work may be done in the West Ocean City Harbor during the term of
any lease, and the Licensee may be required to vacate the slip temporarily. Abatement of the rent will not
be permitted in such instance.
Bidder has read and agrees to all statements contained herein as well as the Instructions to Bidders.
Print Name: _____________________________________
Telephone Number(s): (Cell)_____________________ (home)_________________________
Email address: ________________________________________________
Vehicle Make______________ Model____________ License Plate No.___________________
EMERGENCY CONTACT (Should be available 24 hrs): Contact Phone Number: ________________
Contact Name: ______________________________________________________________________
WEST OCEAN CITY HARBOR
NORTH HARBOR ROAD
PLAN OF COUNTY BOAT RAMP AT WEST OCEAN CITY