Ocean City

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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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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a Maryland man has been charged with drunken driving after hitting a Pennsylvania man with his car, killing him.

The Ocean City Police Department says 23-year-old James Ednie of Kelton, Pennsylvania was crossing Coastal Highway near an intersection early Sunday when he was hit. Police say he was not using the crosswalk. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police identified the driver as 50-year-old Stanley Faison of Waldorf. Police say he has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic-related charges.

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Whoever catches the first white marlin the season will get a $5-thousand cast prize from Ocean City.

In addition, another $5-thousand will be given by a coalition that wants to continue the annual traditional.

Mayor Rick Meehan told WBOC that the resort is the White Marlin Capital of the World.

Meanwhile, the television reports that anglers who belong to the Ocean City Marlin Club or who are aboard a member boat will get another $5-thousand.

That would make the total take $15-thousand.

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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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Wind turbines off the Maryland coast just got a boost.

The Maryland Public Service Commission has awarded renewable energy credits for two projects that will be built in the waters just off the Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the decision will allow U.S. Wind and Skipjack Offshore Energy to begin construction of the turbines.   

It is expected to produce 368 megawatts of power.

The projects are expected to generate nearly $2 billion in spending for Maryland creating nearly 97-hundred jobs over the next 20 years.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City has officially opened a new playground on its boardwalk.

News outlets report the city's first boardwalk playground opened Monday. The structure of the playground features multiple play pieces such as slides and play panels. The project was funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Ocean City Recreation and Parks Director Susan Petito says the town is pleased to offer a kid-friendly recreational amenity in Ocean City for residents and visitors.

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The Ocean City firefighters and paramedics are set to get their arbitration referendum on the ballot in the next election.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Board of Elections told the town council that the measure had received enough signatures to qualify.

With the council’s unanimous acceptance of the result Ryan Whittingon, president of Local 4269, told the paper that it will be helpful to have someone look into disputed issues.

Last March the union and the town of Ocean City hammered out an agreement that included the contentious issue of work shifts.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker has been sentenced to two days in jail for driving while impaired.

Media outlets report Del. Richard Impallaria, who represents parts of Baltimore and Harford counties, was sentenced last week in Worcester County Circuit Court to 60 days in jail with all but two days suspended. He was also sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine and court costs.

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Howard Schweitzer a firefighter and paramedic with the Ocean city Fire Department was killed in a motorcycle crash near Georgetown yesterday morning.

The accident occurred when he was riding his Harley-Davidson up East Trap Pond Road and struck another vehicle that had apparently failed to come to a full stop.

Schweitzer was wearing a helmet and was ejected from the motorcycle.

He died at the scene.

Jessica Waters with Ocean City told the Salisbury Daily Times that the news was devastating.

The driver and his two juvenile passengers were uninjured.

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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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The tourist season is just around the corner with Delmarva resorts gearing up for the kickoff. Delmarva Public Radio's Jamir Wilson prepared this report.

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US Wind has offered to locate its proposed wind turbine another 5 miles out from the coast of Ocean City.

The project features 248-megawatt wind farm up to 14 miles from the resort.

But Ocean City officials expressed concern about visual pollution from the 80-thousand acre site.

The new plan is expected to reduce the visibility of the turbines by 35 percent, according to the company.

But it would come at a higher coast with an approximate cost of $1 million for each mile of transmission line that will go to the Indian River Substation.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump say they’re going to hold a rally this Saturday in Worcester County.

It will be held along the shoulder of Route 50 just before Route 611.

The rally will be visible to those coming into Ocean City for the resort’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Participants are encouraged to wear green and a $50 gift certificate will be awarded for the best outfit.

It’s being organized by a group called the Main Street Patriots of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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A deal has been reached between Ocean City and its firefighters.

Holding up negotiations was a dispute over work schedules.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the agreement does not mean that the firefighters are happy.

Ryan Whittington, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 4269, told the paper that was not in the best interest of the firefighters or residents.

But he said the dispute needed to be resolved.  

The deal requires two 10-hour day shifts and two 14 hour night shifts.

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The Assawoman Bay Brewing Company is closing its doors in Ocean City.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Jason Weissberg, the head brewer, confirmed the October closing.

He told the paper that the problem was not one of success.

Production was up 68 percent 2015.

The owners said that the new hotel moving in on the 45th Street Village sealed the facility’s fate.

Weissberg said the company is now looking for other opportunities in the area.

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A Maryland Delegate has been found guilty of driving while impaired.

The arrest occurred last August in Ocean City when Delegate Richard Impallaria was pulled over by Ocean City police.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Republican lawmaker has been in the General Assembly for the last 14 years.

He represents the Baltimore and Harford counties and has been the minority whip since 2015.

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The Ocean City Public Works department got the okay for another $28-thousand from the resort’s Town Council to repair portions of the boardwalk.

Town officials said that some areas have splintered and cracked.

$10-thousand was allotted for repairs in the fiscal year budget for 2017.

WBOC reports that Kade Construction got the job but it is not clear when the repairs will begin.

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Ocean City is booming.

That was word from the Worcester Economic Summit.       

Andy Malis with MGH Advertising Agency told the gathering that interest in Ocean City has risen dramatically over the last few years with just under 900-thousand visitors to resort’s website.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he said he believed the greater interest was the result of billboards, TV ads and advertising at Oriole Park.

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - A Maryland judge is holding a trial for a county prosecutor charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct.

Thursday's trial in Worcester County follows the arrest of Cecil County State's Attorney Edward Rollins III in June after police responded to a report of a nude man on an Ocean City hotel balcony.

Rollins was charged with two counts of indecent exposure and two counts of disorderly conduct.

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The dispute over the White Marlin Open prize money will go to court on May 22 of next year.

Phil Heasley brought back a 76.5 pound white marlin that would have made him eligible to win $2.8 million.

But the tournament officials said that Heasley and his crew did not pass a lie detector test about abiding by the rules.

This included they said changing their start time from 8:15 a.m. to 9:05 a.m.

No one can begin fishing before 8:30 a.m.

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SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) - A Sparrows Point man has been convicted in the death of another man after a fight in Ocean City.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that 21-year-old Darren M. Beattie was convicted of manslaughter and assault. A Worcester County Circuit Court jury found Beattie guilty on Tuesday.

Prosecutors say Beattie got into a fight on May 29 with 31-year-old Ryan Shupert of Lutherville. Shupert died two days later at a local hospital.

Beattie now faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for manslaughter.

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The new flood maps for Ocean City could result in some property owners paying higher insurance premiums.

WBOC reports that Congressman Andy Harris’s office says that the hazard map will cost some of them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the new flood maps do not include private, landscape areas that are deemed secondary dunes.

It said that only the primary frontal dunes which include Army Corps of Engineers Storm Protection Project.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - An Eastern Shore woman says women should have the right to go topless in public.

Chelsea Covington, a national advocate for the "topfreedom" movement, earlier this year requested that the Worcester County State's Attorney look at laws surrounding toplessness at Ocean City's beach.

Since then, Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan says Worcester County State's Attorney Beau Oglesby determined the law was unclear, and so he has asked for an opinion from the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police say the death of a Delaware man while he was in custody remains under investigation.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that 37-year-old Jerome Weston of Greenwood, Delaware, was arrested Aug. 7 after a traffic stop. Police say a search of Weston's car turned up 150 grams of heroin in 1,500 bags.

Officers say Weston was taken to department headquarters. Investigators say Weston complained of difficulty breathing and said he had swallowed cocaine.

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It’s time again for dining out in Ocean City.

The resort’s Restaurant Week has begun and will run through October 23rd.

The event has been going on for 10 years now and is an effort to extend the tourist season for just a few more weeks.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there are more than 20 restaurants participating in promotion that will also include $10 to $40 specials to visitors.

The paper says that The Crabby Pig which opened this year on Coastal Highway is the newest entrant.

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Ocean City is getting ready for the H2Oi car show this coming weekend.

These are generally heavily modified Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that are water cooled.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that during last year’s event there were 773 service calls.

That was down from over a thousand in 2014.

In addition, there were 34 arrests last year compared to the 2014 figure of 53.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot will be in Ocean City to make an announcement about the starting date of Maryland schools in future years.

A news conference is scheduled for Wednesday. The governor declined to discuss details about the announcement when asked Tuesday, and a spokesman for the comptroller also wouldn't elaborate. However, both officials have supported starting school after Labor Day.

Franchot released a YouTube video on Monday with Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan talking about the positive aspects of a later school start.

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White Marlin Open officials have determined that the winner of this year’s tournament was deceptive  about breaking the rules.

Captain Philip Heasley and his crew took polygraph tests which concluded that they made deceitful responses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that officials determined that they had not been truthful about whether they broke any rules.

Specifically, the paper reports that Heasley was found to have been deceitful when he answered whether he had any help catching their fish and if had passed the sea buoy before 4 a.m.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Maryland are identifying a 9-year-old New Jersey boy killed when he was hit by a boat's propeller.

Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson, speaking by telephone Thursday, identified the boy killed as Kaden Frederick of Howell, New Jersey.

Thomson says 17 people were on the rented pontoon boat in Sinepuxent Bay near Ocean City on Wednesday afternoon. She says Frederick was one of four people sitting with their legs dangling from the front of the boat as it moved, which is illegal in Maryland.

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There’s an emergency ordinance in Ocean City that bans chumming and blood bait fishing by surf fishers.

The measure was approved earlier this week.

WBOC reports that Jessica Waters with the resort said that officials were concerned about attracting sharks that could endanger local swimmers.

The ordinance prohibits chumming or blood baiting 600 feet from the beach year round.

Those who violate the law could face a fine of up to $1-thousand.

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