SNOW HILL – Fulltime residents of White Horse Park are suing Worcester County over its plan to enforce decades-old occupancy restrictions.
Attorney Hugh Cropper, representing a group of about 55 permanent residents of White Horse Park, has launched a multi-pronged response to the county’s plan to fine residents who fail to leave the community during the winter months. Cropper filed a complaint for declaratory judgement Nov. 21 and an administrative appeal on Nov. 19 in Worcester County Circuit Court.
“I feel like I need to cover all my bases to preserve the appellate rights of my clients,” Cropper said. “It’s just a very unusual situation.”
White Horse Park, a quiet community at the end of Beauchamp Road near Ocean Pines, was created in the early 1980s as one of two campground subdivisions in Worcester County. Though it was initially a place for vacationers to park their RVs, in the decades since it’s gradually filled up with park model and modular homes. Roughly 55 of the community’s 465 units are occupied by year-round residents. Many of them are senior citizens who have lived in White Horse Park for years. While that’s technically not permitted under the campground subdivision regulations—which say that between Sept. 30 and April 1 units shall not be occupied for more than 30 consecutive days or an aggregate of 60 days—those regulations weren’t enforced.