Ocean City

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It's the end of the tourist season and merchants are counting their money to see how they did this year. Delmarva Public Radio's Tyler Simpson took a swing along the Ocean City Board to check out the mood as the season wraps up.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in a Maryland beach town have issued an arrest warrant against a driver they say left the scene of a crash that fatally injured a cyclist.

Ocean City Police said in a news release Thursday that 38-year-old Brooks T. Bratten of Snow Hill is sought in the Aug. 30 crash. Bratten is charged with negligent driving and failure to remain at the scene.

Authorities say 21-year-old Veronika Badurova was hit by an SUV that failed to stop at the scene. Badurova, a student from Slovakia, was taken to a hospital, where she died two days later.

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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 change.org petition.

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

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Ocean City could be hit if the Trump administration decides to eliminate the J-1 Exchange Visitor program that provides around 4-thousand students to work in the resort during the summer.

Susan Jones, Director of Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association, told WBOC that there simply are not enough people to fill out of the seasonal workforce.

The Wall Street Journal reports that elimination of the program would be part of the president’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A student from Slovakia was seriously injured when the bicycle she was riding was hit by a car in a beach resort in Maryland. Police say the driver of the car did not stop after the crash.

Ocean City Police said in a news release that the crash occurred early Wednesday. Officers say the 21-year-old student was hit by an SUV that failed to stop at the scene.

The woman is in critical condition at a hospital.

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Governor John Carney wants to take another look at the idea of offshore wind generation.

The Delaware Democrat signed an executive order to create a working group to study the issue.

WBOC reports that the move comes after previous efforts have failed.

Rehoboth Beach Mayor-Elect Paul Kuhns told the television station that he personally favors such projects as long as the turbines 12 to 15 miles offshore.

He adds that they might even create some new tourism.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A median fence will be built along a stretch of Coastal Highway in Ocean City to increase safety for motorists and pedestrians.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says construction will begin in early October.

The $7 million project that will be 2.7 miles long is expected to be completed by May 2018.

Ocean City police say there have been three pedestrian fatalities from 2011 through 2016, including two in 2012 and one last year.

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The Ocean City Police Department says the death of Ashley O’Connor was an accident.

The 30-year-old Texas woman was found on the beach in a hole near Second Street late last month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Medical Examiner found she died of asphyxiation after the sand closed in on her.

Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said that the 3-and-a-half foot hole could have collapsed around her that the tractors sifting the sand could have contributed to the collapse.

They are used to level the beach and keep it clean for the next day.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland man appears to be the winner of the 44th annual White Marlin Open tournament in Ocean City.

Glen Frost, of Stevensville landed a white marlin weighing 95.5 pounds on Friday, a catch worth more than $1.6 million.

Mike Donohue of Wilmington, Delaware, landed an 86-pound marlin to claim more than $1.5 million.

Joe Andrews of Ocean City was third on the leaderboard with a 79.5-pound white marlin.

The awards ceremony was held Saturday afternoon.

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An Irish student has died after suffering cardiac arrest while swimming off Ocean City on August 2nd.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Irish Times says 22-year-old Philip Leahy died on August 6th.

Atlantic General Hospital confirmed his death but did not provide any more details.

The paper reports that Ocean City officials say that Leahy was one of four swimmers who needed to be rescued by lifeguards.

The Beach Patrol applied CPR on Leahy who was then taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he died four day later.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The death of a Texas woman found buried on a Maryland beach is highlighting the potential dangers of digging holes in the sand.

The Daily Times reports that the danger is significant enough that beach patrols in Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware enforce a rule barring beachgoers from digging holes deeper than knee-length.

A 2007 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found collapsing sand holes caused 31 deaths over a 10-year period in the 12 states examined in the report.

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The case of the 2016 White Marlin Open fishing tournament may not be over yet.

Philip Heasley who was initially awarded nearly $3 million says he’s going to a federal district court decision upholding the tournament’s decision to rescind the prize money.

Tournament officials disqualified him after determining that he had violated the rules of the fishing contest following being given a lie detector test.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that White Marlin Open officials said they would distribute the money among the other winners.

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The body of 30-year-old Ashley O’Connor of Texas was discovered in a hole on an Ocean City beach.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resort’s police department was notified that a body near Second Street had been found around 6:30 a.m. yesterday.

The paper reports that that O’Connor apparently got separated from her family earlier in the morning.

Authorities say her death appears to be accidental but they have not ruled anything out.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a man was critically injured after he fell from a hotel balcony in Ocean City.

The Daily Times reports the 37-year-old man was sitting on a railing when he fell backwards early Saturday from a third-floor balcony at the Commander Hotel.

Police said alcohol played a role in the incident. They did not release the man's identity.

The man was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for treatment.

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The U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue of three people including two from the Beach Patrol yesterday afternoon in the waters just off Ocean City.

After someone was swept out by the inlet current two Beach Patrol members jumped in but they were also taken out by the current.

WBOC reports that the Coast Guard was alerted and sent a boat crew which eventually rescued all three.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An Ocean City amusement park ride made by the same manufacturer as one that malfunctioned in Ohio, killing one person, has been inspected as a precaution and will continue operating.

Theresa Blaner is a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. She tells the Baltimore Sun the Freakout at Trimper Rides is the only one in the state similar to the Fireball in Ohio. One person was killed and seven others were injured when the Fireball broke apart Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A 6-foot (2-meter) long dead shark has washed ashore a Maryland beach.

Ocean City town officials tell media outlets that the shark appeared Monday on the 120th Street beach. Lifeguards pulled it from the water in front of a crowd of beach-goers.

It's unclear what type of shark it was.

No other information was immediately available.

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Despite the expectation of a large number of college students during College Beach Week Ocean City remained quiet for the most part this week past weekend.

There were more Ocean City Police and some Maryland State Troopers on hand along the boardwalk just in case.

Ocean City police told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were very few criminal incidents.

They added the arrests that did take place were for minor infractions.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland environmental coalition is criticizing an amendment added to legislation by U.S. Rep. Andy Harris that they say could stop two offshore wind proposals near Ocean City.

The Maryland Climate Coalition said Wednesday the amendment approved by the House Appropriations Committee this week would prohibit the Interior Department from approving project construction plans, despite six years of debate and approval by state lawmakers and regulators.

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A measure by Congressman Andy Harris to require offshore wind turbines to be at least 24 miles off the coast could jeopardize their development in the region.

The amendment by the Eastern Shore Republican was approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

And it comes after Ocean City officials said the sight of the turbines could jeopardize the resort’s tourist industry.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports Harris points out that a similar project of the Virginia coast was 27 miles away from the shore.

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Two credit card skimmers were found at the Sunoco gas pumps in Ocean City on 129th Street and at the Ocean Market at 142 Street.

Police tell the Salisbury Daily Times that it is not clear how many people were hit but they say that people should contact their local police department if they think they might have been affected.

The Ocean City police say they do not believe there are any more skimmers operating in the resort but businesses are encouraged to check to see if any are present.

Holiday in Ocean City

Jul 6, 2017
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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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It was a Fourth of July surprise for a family out fishing in the waters off Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a whale shark was spotted by a Hebron man who donned a snorkel mask and reached it with great effort.

Whale sharks are docile filter-feeders that can grow to as large as 20 tons with a potential length of 32 feet.

Capt. Rob Skillman, with Moorebills Sport Fishing says he has seen a number of the creatures off the Mexican coast lines but never as largest as this one.

This is the second such sighting.

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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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It’s that time of the year again.

Thousands will flock this weekend to the Ocean City for its annual air show that will feature the Stealth Bomber.

Delmarva Public Radio’s Steve Plotkin has this preview.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials want to be clear: women can't go topless on the Maryland beach.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that Ocean City's Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance in an emergency session Saturday to make that point.

The newly refined ordinance says "there is no constitutional right for an individual to appear in public nude or in a state of nudity."

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Women who sunbathe topless at a Maryland resort town used to get a scolding from beach patrol officers, but that has changed.
 
WBOC-TV reports Capt. Butch Arbin, thead of Ocean City Beach Patrol, said in a memo Tuesday that workers should document complaints of toplessness, but they shouldn't approach topless women - even if beachgoers request it.
 

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Ocean City Council member Dennis Dare has been hospitalized and was admitted to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore on Sunday.

WBOC reports that details of his condition have not been made public.

But resort officials say he is showing signs of improvement.

Dare won a seat on the council in 2012 after serving as city manager from 1990 to 2011.

He has also been past president of the Maryland City/County Managers Association.

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Tourists flocked to Delmarva for the Memorial Day weekend.

In Ocean City an estimated 200-thousand to 300-thousand showed up despite the overcast skies.

Jessica Waters with the resort told the Salisbury Daily Times that there were still great crowds.

The paper also reports that there were few traffic jams or accidents.

In Delaware the resort towns also experienced a brisk business.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials of a Maryland town have urged residents not to swim at its beaches until lifeguards return to duty.

Local news outlets report that Ocean City officials say despite the long Memorial Day weekend, people should not swim at the town's beaches until Saturday morning when the beach patrol is back on guard.

Ocean City communications manager Jessica Waters says people are urged to keep their feet in the sand until the lifeguards return to the stands at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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