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11:05 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Ocean City Heads Towards the End of the Tourist Season

Ocean City Boardwalk
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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.

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9:16 am
Mon July 28, 2014

OC Bridge Reopens

Harry W. Kelly Memorial Bridge, Ocean City
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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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11:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Another Promise to Eliminate MD Income Tax on Military Pensions

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown
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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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8:26 am
Thu July 17, 2014

OC Arcade Owners to Fight New MD State Rules

Ocean City Boardwalk
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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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12:15 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

New Restrictions on Jetpacks in Maryland

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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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9:12 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Delmarva: Good July 4th Despite Hurricane Arthur

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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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10:14 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Hurricane Arthur Could Disrupte July 4th Celebrations

Hurricane Arthur's Expected Path
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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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9:24 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Auction for Commercial Wind Development Off Maryland Coast

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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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8:39 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tropical Storm Arthur to Hit Delmarva

Tropical Storm Arthur
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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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7:33 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Man Struck by Boat Propeller in OC Accident

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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.

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9:32 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Dew Tour Gets Underway

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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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7:38 am
Mon June 9, 2014

College Takeover Event, A No Show in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City increased security for an influx of college students this weekend, but they say there hasn't been any disorderly conduct that's out of the ordinary.

The Daily Times reports Ocean City put 200 full-time and seasonal staff on the street, as well as officers from Worcester County's sheriff's office and the Maryland State Police.

The town was preparing for a loosely organized event known as College Takeover Beach Week. A similar event last year in Virginia Beach, Virginia, marred by violence, including three shootings.

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9:59 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Swimmer Caught in Riptide Dies, Body Identified

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OCEAN CITY,Md. (AP) - Officials in Ocean city say a swimmer has died after being caught in a rip current.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the man was pronounced dead Monday evening at Atlantic General Hospital in  Berlin. He had been pulled from the water earlier Monday by a team of 15 rescue swimmers

Town spokeswoman Jessica Waters identified the man as 18-year old Don Pen Soh Boma of Burtonsville.

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8:34 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Swimmer Rescued in Ocean City From Riptide

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials in Ocean City say a swimmer is hospitalized after being rescued from a rip current.

Town spokeswoman Jessica Waters say three swimmers got caught in a riptide about 4:30 p.m. Monday near the 137th Street beach. The Ocean City Beach Patrol says one of its lifeguards was able to rescue two of the swimmers, but the third could not be immediately found.

Eventually the missing was swimmer was found, a police department spokeswoman said.

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9:23 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Switchblade and Laser Pointer Sales To be Banned in OC

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There will be no more sales of switch blades or laser pointers in Ocean City effective Memorial Day weekend.

The Ocean City Town Council is set to enact those bans on an emergency basis at tonight’s session.

Mayor Rick Meehan said he’ll sign the measures.

Police Chief Ross Buzzuro asked the council earlier this month to ban the switchblades telling a work session that police officers had been seeing a lot more knives and wanted them banned from sale – especially on the boardwalk.

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11:44 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Cameras Will Have Their Eyes On You At the OC Boardwalk

If you’re in Ocean City chances are you have already been caught on camera.

But the resort is investing $200-thousand into 9 more surveillance cameras to keep an eye on the boardwalk.

Ocean City police say they are hoping that they will cut down on crime.

The new cameras are expected to be in operation by Memorial Day.

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10:19 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Sunfest Returns to Ocean City

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Sunfest is back.

And Ocean City is gearing up for the first blast for the tourist season.

Some 240 vendors from across the country are setting up for the event… located in the Inlet parking lot that will feature food and live music.

This year’s 24th annual event will run through the weekend from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

With the rain gone and good weather showing up vendors say they have already been doing well.

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8:12 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Taxi Cab Fares Could Go Up In Ocean City

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The Ocean City police commission is set today to take up taxi fares in the beach resort.

Meeting with the medallion owners the commission is expected to hear from cabbies who would like to increase the fare rate from $2.20 a mile…to $3.71 a mile.

They say the hike is needed to cover the driver’s costs.

Currently,  the drivers split their profits 50-50 with the cab company while paying for their own gas.

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9:01 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Dew Tour Returns to Ocean City

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The Dew Tour is returning to Ocean City this summer.

The event set for June 25th - 29th will be celebrating it 10 year anniversary featuring skateboard and BMX competitions during the five day event.

Eric Grill, president of Alli Sports, a division of NBC Sports, cited the continuing support of the resort over the last three years, for its decision to come back to the seaside resort.

Mayor Rick Meehan told the Salisbury Daily Times that his city was thrilled to host the event for another year.

The rest of the Dew Tour schedule has yet to be set.

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7:53 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Taxi Association Wants Fare Hike in Ocean City

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A taxi association in Ocean City wants the resort to okay a hike in the meter rate per mile from $2.20 to $3.70.

John Donohue, CEO of Nightclub Taxi Cabs, told WBOC he does not believe it is a huge jump calling it instead equal pay.

The television station reports that the cab fares in DC per mile rate is $2.16 while in Baltimore it is $2.50 and in Philadelphia it is $2.70.

But some taxi drivers hope that the proposed rate will not scare away customers.

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9:15 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Dolphin Statue Planned for Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A 20-foot bronze statue of swimming dolphins will soon be installed in Ocean City.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports resort officials have approved preliminary plans for the statue, which would go at the mid-town entrance to the city.

Lauren Taylor, a member of the nonprofit Public Art Committee of the Ocean City Development Corp., says the statue of a trio of dolphins should be completed by June. It will go at 62nd Street and Coastal Highway near the base of the Route 90 bridge.

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9:07 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Arrests Down, Service Calls Up in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in Ocean City say calls for service increased last year, but arrests dropped.

WXDE-FM reports that the Ocean City Police Department's year-end report was released last week to the town's mayor and council.

The report shows that the department's total number of service calls was up 17.5 percent over 2012. Officials say that increase was due to significant increase in officer-initiated actions. The number of calls for service generated by citizen complaints decreased last year.

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10:30 am
Mon February 17, 2014

OC Skate Park, No Reduced Hours Expected

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Ocean City officials may not reduce the hours that a skate park can be used.

A new report by the Parks and Recreation Department found that an average of 31 skaters per day use the Ocean Bowl Skate Park.

The report says there were more than 10-thousand visits to the facility last year generating over $55-thousand in revenue.

Last year, city council members considered closing the skate park during the week to save money. It would have gone into effect the Tuesday after Labor Day.

The facility would also have been open only on weekends.

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10:09 am
Mon February 17, 2014

OC Taxis Want Fare Hike

Nite Club Taxi
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Ocean City cab drivers want a raise.

Actually, they would like to increase the per miles rate they charge to their customers from $2.50 per mile to $3.00 per miles.

Two Ocean City based taxi companies Nite Club Taxi and American Veterans Taxi made the request.

They noted that the cab driver must split his take with the company on a 50/50 basis while paying for their own gas.

The taxi companies say that hiking the rate would allow them to hire and keep quality drivers. 

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3:31 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Tremors Felt in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City and state emergency management officials have received numerous reports of tremors in the resort town, but a federal agency does not show an earthquake. There have been no reports of damage.

The reports of the tremors starting coming to Ocean City officials, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and in social media postings about noon on Thursday.

Ocean City officials posted on the town's Facebook page that residents also reported hearing a loud boom.

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8:23 am
Thu February 6, 2014

OC Route 50 Bridge closed

Ocean City Route 50 Drawbridge
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The Ocean City Route 50 bridge is closed in both directions.

WBOC is reporting that Ocean City Police say the drawbridge is stuck in the down position but not closed all the way.

Maryland State Highway Administration is heading out to the scene now.

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8:24 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Homeless Barred From Under Pier at OC Park

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Ocean City has forced those living beneath the pier at Sunset Park after receiving complaint about homeless people leaving beer cans and trash.

In addition, authorities say there were problems with people taking advantage of the electrical outlets used for Christmas lights to run space heaters and to recharge their cell phones.

Police say people will still be able to live in the park but just not under the piers.

Lindsay O’Neal with the Ocean City Police told WBOC that the situation was not safe because the tides could trap anyone under the pier.

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9:29 am
Mon November 25, 2013

OC & ACLU Settle Suit Over Noise Ordinance

Ocean City Boardwalk
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There will be no 30-foot sound restriction for Ocean City’s boardwalk.

That’s the result of a settlement between the  American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and the resort in a free speech case involving 62-year old violinist William Hassay of Owings Mills.

In addition, he will receive $21-thousand in damages for the loss of income – mainly tips from Boardwalk pedestrians…when he did not perform.

The settlement also includes reimbursement of $11-thousand in costs and $105-thousand in attorney’s fees.

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12:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Ocean City Officials Hope for Widening of Route 90 Bridge

Ocean City Council Member Dennis Dare
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Ocean City officials want Worcester County and state officials to consider widening the Route 90 Bridge.

During Hurricane Sandy the Route 50 Bridge was completely flooded leaving Route 90 the only way out of the resort.

But Council member Dennis Dare told WBOC that the bridge is not even on the table when it comes to the State Highway Administration’s list of top concerns.

Dare hopes a recent bridge failure that caught the attention of state officials will change those priorities.

He said that fortunately it occurred in the off season.

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9:36 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Avoid Peak Commuter Hours for Sunfest

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Transportation officials are warning commuters that more traffic than normal should be expected on the Bay Bridge because of Sunfest in Ocean City.

The Maryland Transportation Authority on Wednesday urged drivers to travel during off-peak hours from Thursday through Sunday, when the festival will be taking place. Off-peak hours are Friday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.; Saturday before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.; and Sunday before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

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