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The Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City will be shutting down again for more repairs next week.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Maryland Department of Transportation says it will close the draw bridge overnight beginning Sunday April 15th.

That will run through Friday April 20th.

Work on a small crack in one of the steel beams was repaired on April 6th and state officials decided to work on the others as well since they are of the same age.

Traffic in and out of Ocean City will be rerouted to Maryland Route 90.

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Efforts by Ocean City to push two offshore wind projects farther off the coastline have failed in Annapolis.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a House panel essentially killed the legislative bid by offering up an unfavorable report.

The Maryland Climate Change Coalition issued a statement praising the decision saying that it will mean not only a clean environment but jobs and stable electricity rates.

The measure would have pushed the turbines out to 26 miles.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A new bill in Maryland's General Assembly would prohibit offshore wind turbines from being erected within 26 miles of the coast.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that House and Senate versions of the measure are scheduled to be debated in committee rooms this week. But the proposal is likely to face stiff headwinds in the Democratically controlled Legislature, which has backed several recent renewable energy initiatives.

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The automobile events like Cruisin’ and H2Oi in Ocean City could be changed by legislation from to Eastern Shore lawmakers.

Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (R) and State Senator Jim Mathias (D) have introduced bills that would allow the State Highway Administration to carve out special zones for such events.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that these would be similar to work zones.

The measures would give local authorities the power to designate certain zones and establish speed limits to protect the public safety.

Cruisin' OC is Back

Feb 23, 2018
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Cruisin’ OC is coming back to Ocean City this Spring.

The town council approved the dates for the car show which will run from May 17th through the 20th.

The vote was 6-to-0.

Still, there were some concerns.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City Council Member Dennis Dare told his colleagues that last year’s experience was unacceptable.

Cruisin’ OC also got the worst rating by the resort’s Police Commission among the six major car events.

H2Oi also got a worst rating which considers nine categories.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Andy Harris says he doesn't support offshore drilling off Maryland's coast.

Harris, the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation, was asked about his position at a recent town hall.

Harris says he supports the concept of offshore drilling, but he opposes it where local jurisdictions don't want it. Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore, said: "since Ocean City and the local jurisdictions do oppose it in Maryland, I oppose it off the coast of Maryland."

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The Ocean City Town Council voted unanimously last night to reject the construction of offshore turbines where they could be seen along its 10 mile coast line

Mayor Rick Meehan told the council, “Let’s not go build something we’re all going to regret.”

The resort officials said they would support a project that was 26 miles out that could not been seen from the shore.

But Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC is looking to build 15 turbines off the Maryland coastline.

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No going topless on the Ocean City beaches.

Mayor Rick Meehan declared that it must remain a family friendly resort.

The Mayor was responding to a lawsuit filed by Salisbury resident Chelsea Eline and four other women.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they claim that the emergency ordinance banning the practice is unconstitutional.

But Meehan said that the ordinance did not involve the First Amendment or the right to privacy and that the city would take all legal options in the case.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A Maryland town's ordinance prohibiting topless women in public is being challenged by a lawsuit.

The Daily Times reports the suit filed Tuesday by five women in federal court includes Ocean City and several officials as defendants. Officials had unanimously passed the ordinance during an emergency session in June after the beach patrol said lifeguards would no longer approach and scold women who are topless.

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With the winter weather ahead Delmarvans will be depending on forecasters more and more each day.  Delmarva Public Radio's Brian Shane has a look at forecasting and the impact of the changing weather on the peninsula.

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