Clear Channel sues Balto., calls billboard tax 'unconstitutional'

Arguing that billboards should be protected as free speech by the First Amendment, media firm Clear Channel Outdoor has filed a federal lawsuit against Baltimore and its new billboard tax. Baltimore began imposing a tax last month on billboard advertisements within the city limits — $15 per square foot for billboards that electronically change images, and $5 per square foot for those that don't. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Attorney Robert Ruben leaves Saul Ewing

Robert L. Ruben, a gaming attorney whose clients include the people behind the Horseshoe Baltimore, has left Saul Ewing LLP to join law firm Duane Morris LLP. Ruben joined Duane Morris from Saul Ewing, where he chaired the firm’s Gaming and Racinos Practice Groups. He will be a partner in Duane Morris’ Baltimore and Washington, D.C., offices. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

Read Full Article

Health co-ops travel 'uncharted waters' with insurance exchanges

In Maryland’s insurance market, Evergreen Health Co-op is the freshman on campus. Former Howard County health chief Dr. Peter Beilenson launched Evergreen Health with help from a $65 million federal loan the organization received last fall. Beilenson is working to get the new insurance company off the ground in time for the 180-day open enrollment period for insurance through Maryland’s new insurance exchange. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

Read Full Article

Marriott plans sale of three hotels 

Marriott International Inc., of Bethesda, the largest publicly traded U.S. hotel chain, said Friday it has entered into a non-binding agreement to sell three Edition-branded boutique hotels currently being built in London, Miami Beach and Manhattan for about $800 million. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article

Stalled Shore hospital gets federal support grant

The Commerce Department is awarding $1.6 million to Talbot County to support the construction of a new hospital in Easton — if it gets built. The grant announced Friday would help pay for construction of a wastewater system and pump station to serve the new Shore Health System medical center. (AP/Daily Record)

Read Full Article

High-speed Internet heading to south county

Thanks to the Internet, Ray Greenstreet has seen his family-owned business, Greenstreet Gardens, expand from a simple greenhouse to a growing flower emporium. “We’re able to ship plants all over the United States,” the south county resident said. “A viable online presence is integral for any emerging business.” (Capital)

Read Full Article

Waterfront Kitchen owners sign lease for The Shops at Canton Crossing

The owners of Waterfront Kitchen have signed a lease for the "signature" restaurant space at The Shops at Canton Crossing, according to Neil Tucker of Chesapeake Real Estate Group, one of the developers of the 325,000-square-foot-center retail center under construction on Boston Street. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

August 16 // As population shifts, brokerages treat Baltimore-D.C. as one market

Regional rivalries die hard, so don’t expect Marylanders to ever give up their allegiances to the Ravens and Orioles, or the Nationals and Redskins. But in business — and especially in real estate — the one-or-the-other approach that’s existed for years in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., is giving way to a more regional perspective. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

Read Full Article