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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.


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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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.


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.