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It was a symbolic vote.

But the Lewes Town Council approved a resolution opposing seismic testing for offshore exploration.

WBOC reports that it is the first Delaware city to oppose the offshore drilling practice of seismic testing but is one of around 90 towns along the east coast to oppose the plan to open up Atlantic waters for offshore oil drilling.

One council member said that the town had an obligation to make its opinion known to federal officials.


Ocean City is expected to be all aglow with the 23rd  Winterfest of Lights that will be lit come November 19th.

The event will feature the Winterfest Express that carries visitors through a mile-long ride with animated lights and displays.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it even includes “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

There will be heated pavilion along with a place to get some hot chocolate and time to peruse the Yukon Conelius Gift Shop.

The opening ceremony on November 19th will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Northside Park’s Winterfest Village.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Crews with the Maryland State Highway Administration are making repairs to the bottom of the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge in Ocean City, which will cause lane closures.

WBOC-TV reports that construction is currently underway. Single-lane closures will be in effect while work is being done. For the next couple of days, crews will be chipping away loose concrete to prevent it falling off the 73-year-old bridge.

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Local Chincoteague officials are expressing concerns over the new beach plans for Assateague Island.

The plans for the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge produced by federal officials would move Assateague’s recreational beach to the north.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that former Chincoteague Planning Director William Neville told local town officials that there are concerns about the resiliency.

Neville is moving on to take a job with Ocean City.

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Brenden Thomas has won a lawsuit against the Ocean City police for excessive force and was awarded $45-thousand.

The incident occurred three years ago when Thomas was leaving Seacrets while the police were arresting another man.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Thomas exchanged words with the police and was eventually arrested after being told to leave.

The resort’s City Solicitor Guy Ayres told the paper that he was disappointed with the jury verdict in U.S. District Court but that added that he was pleased that the award was so low.

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Ocean City officials say that five people were saved yesterday.

A town spokesperson told the Salisbury Daily Times that three adults went into the water after two children got into the trouble.

The paper reports that one adult was airlifted out of the region.


Get ready for Sunfest traffic.

From Thursday through Sunday on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is to be heavier than normal.

The Maryland Transportation Authority has issued an advisory and it says it will open up an extra lane on the west bound span for those going to Ocean City weather permitting.

WBOC reports that the state agency says that the best times to travel is before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

On Saturday state officials say its best to leave before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m

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The Ocean City Town Council says no to a plan to drill for oil and gas in along the coast.

In addition, the resort approved a resolution that also opposes seismic airgun surveys in the nearby waters.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the council said it had concerns about how it would affect the recreational fishing industry as well tourism.

The states of Maryland and Delaware have both called on the federal government to exclude them from the drilling areas.

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A street performer has just received the first ticket for a by the Ocean City police for failing to sign up for a designated spot.

Lt. Mark Pacini with the Ocean City Police Department told the Salisbury Daily Times that Tony Christ asked the night before the citation what he had to do to get cited.

The paper says that the incident occurred on September 5th at around 8:15 p.m. at the corner of Wicomico Street and the Boardwalk.  

He got a $200 fine.


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.

A Hot Week for Delmarva

Aug 18, 2015

Delmarva is facing yet another heat wave.

The temperatures are expected to reach the 80’s but with a high pressure area it will feel much more like the 90’s.

In addition, the National Weather Service told the Wilmington News Journal that there will be some warm humid air coming up from the south.

The temperatures in Salisbury will remain high while Ocean City and along the Delmarva coast it will seem a bit cooler with the Atlantic Ocean air.

By Friday night expect a cold front to move in bringing temperatures down to the low 80’s.

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More than 350 swimmers were rescued along the coastline from Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach to Ocean City.

Rehoboth Beach Patrol Captain Kent Buckson told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were more than 100 rescues on Sunday alone.

He said it was the most dangerous three to four day period he has seen.

Much of the problem occurred because of the rip currents and the volume of waves that hit the coast.

Buckson told the paper this was “a recipe for disaster” and he praised his crew for handling the conditions so well.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach Lifesaving Service lifeguards say they saved 22 people Sunday at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.

The Virginia-Pilot reports that the lifeguards were on high-alert after strong rip currents led officials to set knee-deep wading restrictions the entire day.

Lifeguard supervisor Jay Leach says rip currents were actually worse Saturday, but cloudy skies and scattered showers staved off would-be beachgoers that day.

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It’s been three days.

But the first white marlin has made it onto the leaderboard of the White Marlin Open in Ocean City.

The 94 pound fish caught by Cheryl McLeskey is the third biggest in the tournament’s history.

There were 238 boats out in the ocean.

That’s five more than last year.

WBOC reports that the scales will close at 9:15 p.m. Friday night.

The anglers are restricted to fishing three out of the five days of the tournament.


Frontier Town campground and theme park has a new owner Sun Communities.

The wild-west park just west of Ocean City is the one of the oldest attractions along the Maryland coastline.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the sale was sealed at the end of last month.

In addition, the Fort Whaley Campground also goes with the deal.

$76 million was set aside for the deal although the price tag is not known.

The sites cover nearly 12-hundred acres.

OC Crime Rate Down

Aug 4, 2015
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Ocean City has seen its crime fall by 8.3 percent as of late last month.

But, Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said that there was a small increase in alcohol-related incidents.

In addition, he noted that officers used their Tasers less frequently.

This is despite the fact that the number of officers with Taser has risen from 20 to 70 over the last two years.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the figures came despite being the height of the tourist season.

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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.

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Ocean City got a rare look at a manatee last Sunday.

The last time was nine years ago.

It was seen around the Coast Guard station at around 10 a.m.

Jennifer Dittmar with the National Aquarium told the Salisbury Daily Times that another showed up on Tuesday in the Chesapeake Bay.

The paper reports that manatees are on the endangered species list.

In the warm summer months they come up from Florida with at least one being spotted in the Chesapeake Bay.


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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach Police say a fifth lifeguard stand missing from the beach has been found off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the stand, one of seven that disappeared last week, was spotted on Tuesday.

A fishing boat spotted two stands floating about two miles offshore near Fenwick Island on Saturday and brought one back to shore. Officials say the U.S. Coast Guard brought in two. On Monday, a fourth was found washed up on a private beach in Bethany Beach.

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There were around 94 boats that went out over the weekend for the 28th Annual Tuna Tournament in Ocean City this weekend.

And coming out on top was Rob Wagner who pulled in over a half a million with the largest single tuna and heaviest stringer.

That was followed by Tyler Nichols and Ryan Yost  in both categories.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Don Rush has this report on what Matt Forney found at the event.

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The fireworks went off on time at Ocean City as tens of thousands packed the resort this weekend.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that business was booming with some locals saying it was one of the best July 4th they have had in years.

There were a few incidents during the holiday weekend.

A man fell from a third story balcony and was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center.

Meanwhile, there was a reported fire on a public bus on Saturday which had to be evacuated.

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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) - Authorities say a West Virginia teen is in stable condition after he fell from a fifth story window while attempting to flee the scene of an assault in downtown Ocean City.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials say a hammerhead shark that kept swimmers out of the surf in Ocean City has retreated back into Assateague Bay.

The latest sightings of the animal were confirmed by Maryland Natural Resources Police late Thursday afternoon. Officials say the hammerhead was about 300 pounds and about 8 feet long. The shark kept swimmers out of the water for nearly 24 hours.


The Ocean City landscape could get a new landmark:

A giant blue and green beach ball structure with a splash pattern that will sit atop a tall water tower near the Route 50 bridge.

Public Works Director Hal Adkins told WBOC that the tower will be located on First Street and St. Louis Avenue.

And it is expected to be completed by September of next year.

Currently, there are a total of six elevated towers in the resort two of which are scheduled to be taken down after the new tower is completed.

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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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Soon it could be easier to get around Ocean City on a bicycle.

Town officials are planning to put additional bike trails so the cyclists do not have to use some of the busy intersections such as Coastal Highway or Baltimore Avenue.

Town Council member Tom DeLuca told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were three different trails in the works.

The first would connect the Boardwalk to 62nd street.

Another would run from the Boardwalk to the downtown area.

A third would run from 62nd Street to the Delaware state line at 146th street.

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There were around a quarter of a million people in Ocean City this past Memorial Day weekend which marks to the first day of the summer season.

And all of the 600 campsites were full.

With the big crowds and good weather many businesses have finally begun to see an end to the impact of the Great Recession.

Jessica Waters with the resort told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was an exciting start to the season.

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There is a report that a 23 year old West Virginia man is in critical condition after falling from a balcony in Ocean City last night.

Police say they were called to the scene in the 25th Street area at around 6:30 p.m. when he was treated by an Ocean City medical emergency team.

WBOC reports that eventually he was sent to Peninsula Regional Medical Center and then onto Shock  Trauma in Baltimore.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Transportation officials in Maryland are warning of higher than normal volume on the Bay Bridge because of Springfest in Ocean City, a celebration that includes food, arts and craft displays and free entertainment.

Officials say motorists should expect higher than normal traffic from Thursday through Sunday. Officials say that they will monitor traffic conditions throughout the weekend and, weather permitting, open an additional lane to eastbound traffic to help ease congestion.