Ocean City

Don Rush

Smoking restrictions will hit the beach and Boardwalk in Ocean City come May 1st.

And they will include electronic cigarettes.

Some council members favored an outright ban but the council eventually decided to go with a proposal that would carve out smoking areas on the beach and the Boardwalk with entry platforms.

This would still allow for the estimated 17 percent of tourists who smoke to light up.

The new smoking restrictions will rely on self-policing and there is no expectation that anyone will go to jail for smoking on the Boardwalk.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Prosecutors have dropped manslaughter charges against two men who were in a fight in Ocean City that led to a man's death.

Thirty-seven-year-old Justin Daniel Cancelliere of North Whitehall, Pennsylvania, unconscious in the parking lot of a hotel on Aug. 24. He died later that day at a hospital.

Twenty-seven-year-old Caleb Ochse and 22-year-old Christopher Kendall, both of Ocean City, were charged with manslaughter and other offenses. The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that prosecutors said they were the aggressors in a fistfight with Cancelliere.

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In Ocean City the Winterfest of Lights begin tonight.

Organizers say there will be more than 400 displays and more than 800-thousand LED bulbs.

You can take the Winterfest Express for a one mile trip surrounded by music through 58 acres of lights that feature a 50-foot Christmas tree.

Admission is $5 for guests who are 12 year or older while those younger than that get in for free. 

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Ocean City officials have disqualified Philip Ufholz from running for town council.

He says he has been a property owner of a condo on 88th street since 1975 and owns a home in Bethesda where his wife lives.

The city charter requires a candidate to be a permanent resident and live in the resort four months before the election.

Ufholz told WBOC that he was shocked when he got word that he did not qualify to run for office.

He said he had voted in every election since 2008 and had presented last year’s tax returns which listed him as a resident.

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Lewes is looking at joining a number of coastal resorts in dramatically expanding its restrictions on smoking.

At a September session Council member Bonnie Osler proposed that a smoking ban should be expanded from the city parks to include restrooms and guard beaches.

She noted that Rehoboth had recently limited smoking to certain designated locations along the beach.

Action on the proposal is not expected until the council’s October 6th meeting.

In August the Ocean City Town Council voted to limit smoking to designated areas.

   

Delmarva Power Upgrades in Worcester County

Sep 24, 2014
Don Rush

Delmarva Power is embarking on a project this fall that would rebuild a 9 mile, 69-thousand volt transmission line in Worcester County.

The $43 million project also involves 6 new miles of electric distribution lines and is aimed at improving the reliability of service in the county.

Between October and May of next year the overhead portion will run from its substation in Berlin to the Culver substation west of Ocean City near Route 50.  

Strong Rip Currents Kill Two Men in Ocean City

Sep 18, 2014
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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Strong rip currents have killed two men in Ocean City, Maryland.

The first man to die was a 52-year-old from Huntington, Pennsylvania. He was among five people rescuers pulled from the water over a 15-minute period around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. The man was pronounced dead an hour later after extensive efforts to revive him.

The second man who drowned was a 49-year-old Baltimore County man. He was pulled from Ocean City waters just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Ocean City Beach Patrol says both men drowned because of strong rip currents.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A woman who says a defect in a wheelchair sidewalk ramp in Ocean City caused her to fall out of her wheelchair and break her arms is suing resort.

Eighty-nine year old Oda Wendt of Philadelphia alleges that a piece of rubber on the warning mat caused her wheelchair, which was being pushed by her daughter, to sop suddenly.

Her lawsuit, filed Aug. 20 in federal court in Baltimore, seeks $750,000 in damages. The suit says the incident occurred in June of 2012.

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An 18-year old swimmer has drowned in Ocean City yesterday after he got caught in a rip current and was pulled under by a wave.

Witnesses say the victim appeared to be having difficulty getting back to shore and at one point was overtaken by a wave and failed to resurface.

First responders immediate arrived at the area near the Inlet after 6 p.m. and found the victim 13 minutes after the initial call.

WBOC reports that victim was treated on the scene by EMS personnel and then taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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It looks like designated smoking and non-smoking areas will be coming to Ocean City’s Boardwalk and beach.

While the ordinance is still to be drafted town spokesperson Jessica Waters told WMDT that the measure will go into effect on May 1st of next year.

A report by the Planning and Zoning committee has recommended a potential set of fines ranging from $25 to $1-thousand.

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A Pennsylvania man who was assaulted in Ocean City has died.

Police say 37-year old Justin Cancelliere died from his injuries yesterday at Atlantic General Hospital.

The resort’s police arrived at the Plim Plaza Hotel on Baltimore Avenue early Sunday morning to help with an EMS call.

The officers say they found the man unconscious and unresponsive in the parking lot.  

Ocean City detectives are investigating to determine the cause and circumstances of the man’s death.

An autopsy is set to take place today by the Medical Examiner’s office in Baltimore.

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The Ocean City Planning and Zoning Commission held a standing room only hearing this week as they heard horror stories about  single-family rental homes.

The home at the center of the controversy was advertised as a property that sleeps 17 people even though the resort has a limit of no more than four unrelated people.

Phil Hurlock told the commission he lived across the street from one rental that he counted had 22 people in it.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City police say the death of a man who was found unresponsive in a hotel room is no longer considered suspicious after an autopsy.

Police said in a news release Sunday that the results of the autopsy are still pending, but investigators have determined that no found play was involved in in the death of 39-year-old Jorge Troca.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Republican Larry Hogan is scheduled to talk about restoring the state's economy.

Hogan, who is running for governor, will be speaking on the boardwalk in Ocean City on Friday.

He'll be focusing on Worcester County, where the summer unemployment rate is higher than the state average.

He's also scheduled to talk about regulations on businesses on the boardwalk.

Many candidates for office in the state are on the Eastern Shore this week for the Maryland Association of Counties summer conference in Ocean City.ec

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The right lane on eastbound Route 50 just before the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge into Ocean City will be closed today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Maryland State Highway Administration says work crews will be carrying out repairs and maintenance on the drawbridge.

Covington Machine and Welding of Annapolis is performing the work estimated at $5-thousand.

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A great white shark was spotted near Ocean City late last month.  

Aaron Caplan said he was fishing near the resort on July 30th when a shark began circling his boat and bit his motor.

He provided a video of the incident to CNN.

Caplan told WBOC that it was not unusual for the sharks to be seen on shore but not great whites.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A weekend street performance by a pole dancer on the Ocean City Boardwalk is, not surprisingly, getting some attention.

Ocean City officials say they received numerous complaints that the performance by woman in a bikini on a portable stripper pole is inappropriate for the family-friendly boardwalk.

Numerous street performers work the boardwalk for tips. A town ordinance regulating street performers was rescinded in 2012 after a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union argued the rules were an impermissible restriction on free speech.

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As the boats went out this morning at the White Marlin Open in

Ocean City John Bayliss’ 78-pound white marlin stood at the top of the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, Sam Lancelotta on the Gratitude brought in a 738.5 pound blue marlin exceeding the 500 pound requirement.

It’s been two years since anyone has qualified a blue marlin at the tournament.

The scales on the final day of the tournament open at 4 p.m. this afternoon.

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With the 41st Annual White Marlin Open underway in earnest Ocean City officials are urging those coming down to see the weigh in at 4 p.m. to use the express shuttle.

It leaves every 20 minutes from the south parking lot of the Convention Center and from Jacqueline Avenue at 14th Street.

The Ride-All-Day fares cost $3 and are also good for same day service on Coastal Highway and Park N Ride Buses.

The shuttles run from 3 p.m. through 11 p.m.

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Now is the time that businesses along the Delmarva coastline are heading toward the end of the summer season. And, Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sent Tom Hunt out to see how the tourist season has been doing.

OC Bridge Reopens

Jul 28, 2014
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The Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City is now in working order.

Repairs were completed on the drawbridge and the span was tested by the State Highway Administration.

The cause of the problem was the main motor that operates the gears.

The Harry W. Kelly Memorial Bridge was built in the 1940’s and undergoes regular repairs once a month.

The State Highway Administration told the Salisbury Daily Times that the bridge was lowered after around 5 hours and with the crews working through the night and into Sunday to repair the bridge.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown says he would exempt military retirement income from state income taxes for the majority of veterans.

Brown, Maryland's Democratic nominee for governor and a 30-year Army veteran, spoke at an American Legion Convention in Ocean City on Thursday.

Brown has proposed what he calls a Compact with Maryland Veterans.

It includes creating a program to help veterans find jobs and creating a treatment court for veterans with mental health and addiction-related problems.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Arcade owners on the Ocean City boardwalk are fighting back against proposed state rules that would regulate and impose licensing fees on some of their games.

The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission - which also regulates the state's casinos  has proposed rules that would require a $50 licensing fee on any game where the potential prize has a wholesale value of more than $30.

The rules would not affect games like skee-ball where winners accumulate tickets that can be cashed in for prizes.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has enacted regulations on water jetpacks, which are becoming popular in Ocean City.

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The July 4th weekend turned out pretty well for Delmarva despite the close call with Hurricane Arthur.

In Ocean City officials delayed the festivities and fireworks until July 5th.

But Jessica Water with the resort told the Salisbury Daily Times that it was still a good weekend.

Susan Jones, executive director of the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association, told the paper that most of the hotels were booked solid for the weekend with only a few rooms left by July 3rd.

And there were few reported disruptions.

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Tropical Storm Arthur has become a hurricane and is threatening to take a glancing blow at the Carolina coast on Independence Day.

And here on Delmarva officials are bracing for wet weather but are optimistic.

In Ocean City officials are delaying the July 4th fireworks and festivities for Saturday.

Mayor Rick Meehan says the wet weather into Friday morning will not allow enough time to set up the fireworks display for tomorrow night.
Officials still expect near capacity crowds over the weekend with $50 being charged for all day Saturday at the Inlet Parking.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Nearly 80,000 acres off Maryland's coast will be offered for commercial wind energy development.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced the auction Wednesday.

Officials say 16 companies have qualified to participate in the August 19 auction of the Maryland Wind Energy Area, or WEA.

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You might want to make some alternative plans for July 4th.

Tropical storm Arthur will be bringing 1 to 2 inches of rain to Delmarva by Thursday just in time for Independence Day. 

The effect of the storm will be more limited because its center is expected to stay offshore.

And when the fireworks are set to go off meteorologist Scott Minnick told the Salisbury Daily Times that Friday night should be drier.

In Ocean City town spokeswoman Jessica Water told the paper that the storm should have very little impact on the coastal resort.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Natural Resources Police say a man was severely injured when he was struck by a boat's propeller in Ocean City.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that it happened about 5 p.m. Monday in Isle of Wight Bay. Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candus Thomson says several friends were on a rented 22-foot pontoon boat.

Thomson says 26-year-old John Scott Hauf of Sykesville jumped off the bow of the boat and was hit by the propeller, suffering severe cuts to his shoulders, neck and head.

Dew Tour Gets Underway

Jun 26, 2014
Don Rush

The Dew tour got underway yesterday in a carnival-like atmosphere.

It’s the fourth consecutive year at Ocean City which features skateboard and BMX competitions.

As the crowds gathered for some of the early competition the usual T-shirts were sold and the huge platforms were still being put up.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that among the vendors is Grind For Life which assists people have to travel long distances for cancer treatment.  

Tonight will feature the Skateboard Vert Semi-Final.

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