Don Rush

Ocean City is has put the final touches on restrictions on smokers who come to the resort.

The measure would keep smokers back along the dunes.

For those on the Boardwalk they cannot light unless they are within 15 feet of an ashtray.

The fine for breaking the law would be $500.

On Monday the town council gave its approval by a 5 to zero vote.

There would also be designated smoking areas which could be changed by the council.

Local resident David Murdock told the Salisbury Daily Times that the issue for him was the danger of second hand smoke.

Angela Byrd

Come May 1st smoking a cigarette – even an electronic one – will be banned on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

In addition, the resort will restrict smoking to designated areas on the beach.

Council member Matthew James called this a healthy decision for the town.

He said that the new law accommodates smoking and non-smoking visitors to the resort.

James noted that there is even a place on the beach for everyone…for those who want to light up while allowing non-smokers to enjoy themselves.

Don Rush

Smoking restrictions will hit the beach and Boardwalk in Ocean City come May 1st.

And they will include electronic cigarettes.

Some council members favored an outright ban but the council eventually decided to go with a proposal that would carve out smoking areas on the beach and the Boardwalk with entry platforms.

This would still allow for the estimated 17 percent of tourists who smoke to light up.

The new smoking restrictions will rely on self-policing and there is no expectation that anyone will go to jail for smoking on the Boardwalk.

Don Rush

It looks like designated smoking and non-smoking areas will be coming to Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beach.

While the ordinance is still to be drafted town spokesperson Jessica Waters told WMDT that the measure will go into effect on May 1st of next year.

A report by the Planning and Zoning committee has recommended a potential set of fines ranging from $25 to $1-thousand.

Don Rush

A smoking ban is back on the agenda of the Ocean City Town Council’s work session.

Under discussion at tomorrow’s meeting is whether to regulate, eliminate or allow smoking on the beach and boardwalk.

Under the recommendations from the planning and zoning committee fines would range from $25 to as much as $1-thousand.

Creating designated smoking zones at each street end and along the boardwalk could cost the resort as much as $20-thousand.


Don Rush

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A weekend street performance by a pole dancer on the Ocean City Boardwalk is, not surprisingly, getting some attention.

Ocean City officials say they received numerous complaints that the performance by woman in a bikini on a portable stripper pole is inappropriate for the family-friendly boardwalk.

Numerous street performers work the boardwalk for tips. A town ordinance regulating street performers was rescinded in 2012 after a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union argued the rules were an impermissible restriction on free speech.

Don Rush

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Arcade owners on the Ocean City boardwalk are fighting back against proposed state rules that would regulate and impose licensing fees on some of their games.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission - which also regulates the state's casinos  has proposed rules that would require a $50 licensing fee on any game where the potential prize has a wholesale value of more than $30.

The rules would not affect games like skee-ball where winners accumulate tickets that can be cashed in for prizes.

Don Rush

There will be no more sales of switch blades or laser pointers in Ocean City effective Memorial Day weekend.

The Ocean City Town Council is set to enact those bans on an emergency basis at tonight’s session.

Mayor Rick Meehan said he’ll sign the measures.

Police Chief Ross Buzzuro asked the council earlier this month to ban the switchblades telling a work session that police officers had been seeing a lot more knives and wanted them banned from sale – especially on the boardwalk.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - A wider smoking ban is going into effect in Rehoboth Beach.

Starting Thursday, smoking is now prohibited year round on the boardwalk and beaches. The ban applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes or any other matter or substance that contains tobacco. There are designated smoking areas where smoking will be allowed. 

Don Rush

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Visitors to Ocean City will be getting a reminder to mind their manners on the boardwalk this summer.

The resort's town council on Monday approved "No Profanity Please" signs that will be posted every block along the boardwalk. The blue and white signs will also be available to business owners who wish to post them.

The decision comes after weeks of discussing the signage for the unenforceable suggestion. Ocean City's attorney Guy Ayres says the First Amendment right to free speech prevents Ocean City from outlawing profanity in public places.

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The Bethany Beach Town Council is looking at widening its boardwalk from 12 to 20 feet.

That’s to accommodate the summer crowds that throng to the resort.

Bethany’s engineer estimates the cost would be $990-thousand.

This is not the first time that the beach town has considered widening the boardwalk.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that five years ago the Town Council and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control approved $817-thosuand for such a project.

But the town decided against it because of the cost.

Work should be finished on the revamped boardwalk in Ocean City for the summer season.

It’s been two years in the making and cost $6 milllion.

City Engineer Terence McGean told WBOC that a lot of the structure comes from the 1960’s

Currently, work is being done between 15th Street and North Division Street.

The first phase was finished in 2012.

The new boardwalk will be able to support more weight which means that for the first time emergency vehicles will be able to use the boardwalk.

Photo by Angela Byrd

There could be a $100-thousand from Ocean City for the making of an independent movie to be produced in the resort.

With a unanimous vote Town Council President Jim Hall noted that the movie including the trailer will be shot on the Boardwalk.

He pointed out the benefit to the town of Berlin when the film Runaway Bride was filmed there.

“Its $100-thousand worth of advertising that’s going to say come to Ocean City,” Hall said.  

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports this does not mean it’s a done deal.