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There is an effort in Ocean City to keep the famed Dumser’s Dairyland ice cream parlor.

It came in a brief town council meeting yesterday when members of the group called Save Dumser’s spoke during the public comment portion of the session.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Vicki Magin who spoke at the meeting has collected more than 10-thousand names on her petition.

She told the council members that there is growing public support to preserve the landmark business on the boardwalk.

Holiday in Ocean City

Jul 6, 2017
Don Rush

It was a busy weekend in Ocean City as thousands turned out for the Fourth of July holiday. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush paints this sound picture of the people along the boardwalk and on the shore.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Maryland's senior senator says planned replenishment of Ocean City's beach has been moved up a year by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Sen. Ben Cardin says the $3 million project will begin after this summer is over, instead of the end of the 2018 season. The project is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2018 summer.

Cardin and other politicians and officials announced the advance Monday on Ocean City's boardwalk.

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Those who sponsored benches along the Ocean City boardwalk may be facing an additional cost.

The Public Works Department says that seven to ten years into the program some of the benches are in need of repair.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports on one bench that was purchased by Brian King eight years ago at a cost of $25-hundred.

But now he is faced with repairing or removing it…and could face fee of as much as a $1-thousand to restore or replace the bench depending on cost.

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The Ocean City Town Council wants to take another look at plans for a cell tower along the Boardwalk.

They say they are concerned about “visual pollution”.

Houston-based Crown Castle wants to put up 12 such towers along the eastern side of the Boardwalk.

The plans would erect a total of 19 such poles that will reach 20 feet high.

The council wants the polls to be placed on the side streets west of the Boardwalk.

The cell towers would provide service for AT&T and Verizon customers among others. 

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There will be no more smoking on the beaches or boardwalk of South Bethany Beach.

The town council approved the measure on Friday and it applies to products ranging from cigarettes and cigars to e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

That is anything that can be heated and inhaled.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the move is part of a major trend along the Delmarva coastline.

One council member pointed to a survey that found 72 percent of the 14-hundred property owners approved of the ban.

Don Rush

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City police officers now have the power to arrest people who repeatedly violate municipal infractions, such as smoking in a prohibited area.

WMDT-TV  reports that the City Council voted unanimously Monday to pass the proposal as an emergency ordinance in order to make it go into effect immediately.

Police spokeswoman Lindsay Richards says the ordinance will ensure that boardwalk performers are following the new laws that require them to sign up through city hall and perform in a designated area.

Don Rush

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Ocean City Council has approved revisions to regulations that limited people from performing on the city's boardwalk.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the changes were approved Monday night after the town created a task force to look at the regulations and revise them if they saw fit.

The regulations came into effect last summer and required anyone wanting to perform on the boardwalk to sign up for a designated spot. The regulations were met with backlash and performers eventually filed a lawsuit.

The boardwalk at the northern end of Rehoboth Beach is now open.

It had been closed for repairs after this winter’s storm.

WBOC reports that the boards were raised 12 inches to make them flush with undamaged sections.

But the underlying supports are still broken.

For the moment officials say the boardwalk is safe to walk on although it could be damaged again with another storm.

Meanwhile, town officials say that a damage assessment form the Federal Emergency Management Agency is still in the works.

Don Rush

Repair crews are out along the Ocean City shoreline repairing damage done by the recent snow storm.

The beach cleanup is being carried out in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

It’s estimated that as much as 880-thousand cubic yards of sand was lost.  

The initial assessment last week was $21 million.

Mayor Rick Meeham told WBOC that this is only for the beaches adding that an official estimate for homeowners and businesses has not yet been released.

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It will cost anywhere from $150-thousand to $400-thousand to repair the damage to the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach by the recent winter storms.

That’s the estimate from a city consulting engineer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city commissioners are now trying to decide how to come up with the money.

Commissioner Stan Mills says told the paper that there was a hope that the federal government might provide some assistance as well as some help from Delaware lawmakers.

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Ocean City say the town is extending Boardwalk tram service for an extra week.
The trams usually end their season on Labor Day, but officials announced this week that the service will continue until Sept. 13.
During the extra week of service, trams will run the entire length of the boardwalk, but they will only operate from 2 p.m. until 10 p.m.
The south tram ticket office will remain open but the north end station will close.

Don Rush

The Ocean City Town Council gave unanimous approval to a measure that allows smoking and vaping in certain areas of Northside Park.

It’s part of an ordinance that prohibits smoking and vaping in all city parks.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that in May the council approved a measure that restricted smoking on boardwalks to within 15 feet of a barrel designated for cigarette butts.

The council approved the exception during its Monday meeting.

Don Rush

This July 4th tens of thousands of tourists are expected to pack the boardwalk of Ocean City. And, as Delmarva Public Radio's Rachel Taylor reports the resort feels like it is bouncing back from the Great Recession.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Street performers on Ocean City's boardwalk will now have to adhere to new rules due approved by the city council.
WMDT-TV reports the council voted unanimously Monday for three new ordinances with hopes they will ease foot traffic along the boardwalk and make the experience more enjoyable.

The new ordinances will forbid street performers from performing past 1 a.m., using props over 5 feet tall and requiring performers to sign up each week and weekend at city hall to reserve their spots.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Efforts are underway to keep Virginia Beach's beaches free of cigarette butts and other litter.

The "Keep it Beachy Clean" campaign encourages residents and visitors to recycle, pick up after their pets, properly dispose of all litter, use reusable shopping bags and drink bottles and take other measures to keep the beaches clean.

Restaurant owner Laura Habr tells The Virginian-Pilot that the campaign was inspired by beach closures in 2014 due to bacteria levels that exceeded state standards.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.