Ocean City

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.

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The firefighters union has filed a complaint against Ocean City.

It names Mayor Rick Meehan and the city council and claims they violated the town code.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it follows a clash at the end of last month over the work schedule.

The paper reports that at issue is a proposal for a 12 hour shift.

Currently, firefighters are required to be on 24 hours and off 72.

There have been no further negotiations since last month missing a March 1st deadline.

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The Army Corps of Engineers is looking at dredging the inlet channel in Ocean City beginning in the first week of next month.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that after the last winter storm the Corps decided to carry out the dredging earlier than planned.

Around 15-thousand cubic yards of material is will be needed to be removed from the channel to reach the 10 foot depth needed for passage.

Next month’s dredging should dig out around 10-thousand cubic yards.

The rest is expected to be done in April.

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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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There was a bomb threat at Ocean City’s Public Safety building which was briefly evacuated yesterday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City police say it came in the form of a tweet that went out around 6:30 p.m. last night.

Police said the building was found to be safe and the employees returned to work after the brief evacuation.

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Two bomb threats were called into the Dover and the Smryna Police departments yesterday.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A fire that heavily damaged an oceanfront condominium building in Ocean City has been ruled accidental.
 
The Ocean City Fire Marshal's Office determined that the fire started in an open parking area on the ground floor of the Pelican Beach condominiums on 140th Street on Wednesday morning.
 
Fire officials said in a news release that the fire quickly engulfed a pickup truck that was carrying a running generator and spread to the ceiling.
 

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials say a fire heavily damaged a condominium building, sending black smoke over the ocean.

Town communications manager Jessica Waters says the fire at the Pelican Beach condominiums on 140th Street was reported about 11 a.m. Wednesday. She says there no injuries; the building was not occupied, and three maintenance workers escaped safely.

Photos show the front of the four-story building was charred. Waters say the blaze spread to vegetation in dune area on the side of the building.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City has named the city manager of Aberdeen as the resort's new city manager.

The City Council unanimously approved Douglas Miller's appointment on Wednesday, according to a news release. He will start on Feb. 8.

Miller has been city manager of Aberdeen since 2006. Earlier, he had been town manager in La Plata and Snow Hill.

Miller will succeed David Recor, who resigned in July.

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The Maryland Farm Bureau has decided to pass on taking a position on medical marijuana.

This is the second time the organization has decided not to give its support as it met in Ocean City for its 100th annual convention.

While there was some discussion the measure failed to be brought up on the floor.

One Farm Bureau spokesman told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are many farmers who are interested in growing the crop but adds there’s not enough.

The state is processing hundreds of applications to grow process and dispense medical the weed.

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The battle between Ocean City and boardwalk performers has escalated once again.

This time the performers are asking for an additional $1 million from shop owners and names the City Solicitor
Guy Ayers as a defendant in the case.

This is an addition to the complaints in a lawsuit which is calling the resort’s restrictions on the street performers to be dismissed and $1 million from the resort itself.

It also calls for the City Solicitor to be suspended.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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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