Ocean City

Don Rush

There have been more than 300 rescues by the beach patrol in Ocean City over the weekend.

City officials say there were 123 on Friday and 142 on Saturday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the beach patrol said that number then dropped to 59 by Sunday as the rip currents subsided.

Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin says that if you are caught in a rip current you should swim sideways.

If that does not work, he says, a lifeguard will come out with a hand buoy.

Don Rush

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a recent focus on crime around Ocean City's boardwalk led to 61 arrests.

Police in the Maryland resort town said in a news release Tuesday that during the plain-clothes operations last month detectives addressed crimes like disorderly conduct, ordinance violations and property crimes. Detectives also focused on robberies in the downtown area.

In addition to the arrests, police say they issued four citations and seized six handguns and other weapons.

Don Rush

The cost of protecting the Ocean City Boardwalk just got a lot higher.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the City Engineer Terry McGean says in order to secure all of the entry points it will run $4.2 million.

That’s four times the original estimate.

The paper reports that Mayor Rick Meehan’s reaction was to call it sticker shock.

But he added to carry out the project properly the plan does provide the protection for the boardwalk that city officials want.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland's biggest beach town say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding a series of arrests outside an underage nightclub.

The investigation by Ocean City police follows release of a Twitter video that appears to show an officer striking an individual during an arrest. On Twitter, the person being struck is identified as a 13-year-old.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports police arrested six people ranging in age from 13 to 20 Thursday outside the H2O under-21 nightclub.

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Trimper Amusement park is celebrating its 125th anniversary established in 1893.

Its ownership has lasted through five generations.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that National Amusement Park Historical Association said that amusement park is noted for the carousel first built in 1912 and has been in operation ever since.

Sandy Hurley, the curator of the Ocean City Lifesaving Museum, called the carousel a work of art adding that she recalls growing up with the ride.

The Association also honored the park for its Haunted House and Pirates Cove attractions.

Ocean City saw thousands descend on the resort for the annual Air Show featuring a number of aircraft including the Thunderbirds. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin was there and filed this report.

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The Air Show is about to open in Ocean City. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin has this preview.

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Congressman Andy Harris says that the proposed wind projects off the shores of Ocean City could harm marine life.

The Eastern Shore Republicans says it needs more study and is sponsoring legislation that would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to carry out a two year research project to look at the potential impact.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports he noted that once the project is up and running there is no turning back.

There are two proposed projects.

One by Deepwater Wind and the other by U.S. Wind which were approved last year.

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A gathering of homeless in Ocean City may move the resort to look at an ordinance that would prohibit sleeping in public places.

The issue began with complaints from residents and business owners about six homeless people who get together in the Caroline Street Stage area every day.

The resorts communications manager Jessica Waters told WBOC that there have been reports that they were bothering people ranging from bad language and drinking to general loitering and harassment of passersby.  

Don Rush

The tourist season has arrived and Ocean City is putting up some new boardwalk barriers for security reasons.

WBOC reports that there will be up to 10 different gated entrances onto the boardwalk.

Those steel gates will are for first responders and maintenance crews.

The estimated cost is $1.2 million.

Resort officials say these will be permanent barriers but do not expect them to affect the look of the resort.

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