Ocean City

Don Rush

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Feb 17, 2014
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The roar of the engines filled the streets of Ocean City for OC Bikefest this past weekend.

Hundreds of motorcycles packed the roadways and cruised along Coastal Highway and Route 50.

They crowded into the Ocean City Inlet parking lot as live bands performed and vendors sold their wares.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that attendees were able to buy everything from cigars and LED motorcycle lights to fine art.

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The “Pitch Across Maryland 2.0” tour made it first stop in  Ocean City yesterday where budding entrepreneurs were able to make videotaped business proposals in the back of the charter bus.

Each recorded pitch is 2 to 4 minutes long and will be shown to potential investors.

This is only the start of a three week trip that is being made available by Startup Maryland which tries to connection aspiring business leaders and the needed resources.

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Surf fisherman will get to drive up on the beach in Ocean City starting this fall.

This week the resort’s town council and mayor approved the measure that would open up the shore line from 27th Street to 94th Street from November 1st to March 31st.

Town officials hope to attract fishermen who might otherwise go to Assateague Island and produce some extra revenue in the process.

There are some concerns.

Ocean City Police say they worry about oil spills dune damage and pedestrian safety.

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Ocean City has decided to reverse itself and is getting rid of additional paid parking on the north side of the town.

Condo owner and board member Mac Belcom lobbied against the new paid parking.

WBOC reports that officials eventually heard from up 16-hundred people as Belcom visited neighbors and attended just about every council meeting to voice his opposition.

With the decision resort leaders are now trying to figure out how to fill the budget gap left by the loss of the parking revenue.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Town leaders in Ocean City will consider a proposal that would allow surf fishermen to drive up to the shore break.

Councilman Joe Mitrecic tells The Daily Times that it could bolster the offseason economy. A committee will make recommendations to the Town Council at a work session on Tuesday.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police say they are seeing a dramatic reduction in the number of bicycle, pedestrian and scooter accidents this year.

Police announced Thursday that the number of crashes has been cut in half compared to this time last year and no deaths have been reported in motor vehicle crashes this year.

Bicycle crashes are down 50 percent so far this year and pedestrian crashes have dropped 56 percent. They say scooter collisions have seen the biggest dip: 68 percent.

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Police surveillance will be stepped up in Ocean City to combat a perceived increased in criminal behavior this summer.

Mayor Rick Meehan declared that public safety remains the resort’s top priority during a recent meeting of the town Council.

Officials emphasized that the city’s crime figures dropped by 6.3 percent over this time last year while citizen complaints declined by 11 percent.

But the Mayor said that a perception of increased crime can take a toll on the community and its businesses.

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There is a petition drive underway by residents and property owners in Ocean City to rollback a new set of parking meters that have been installed on the resort’s streets.

Local resident Mac Balkcom told the Salisbury Daily Times that he had easily collected 41 signatures this weekend noting that no one said no.

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Summer is in full swing and the Ocean City Inlet Parking Lot is often full of cars.

But resort officials warn motorists not to lose their parking tickets because it could cost them.

Workers at the lot said that’s because they have no way of knowing how long someone has been at the lot.  So, they said they’re forced to charge for a 24 hour period.

That’s $60 during the week and $72 on the weekends.

Supervisor Gary Masters told WBOC that the policy is discourage people from parking overnight and then claiming in the morning that they have lost their ticket.

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If you’re looking for a vacation home Ocean City has become one of the more popular locations.

That’s according to the listing site Trulia.com.

It reports that the resort town is rated as the 4th most searched-for-location by prospective buyers.

The top town is its namesake Ocean City, New Jersey.

Sheila Dodson, executive director of Coastal Association of Realtors, told the Salisbury Daily Times that it has still not come back to the 2006 level but there has been general improvement and increasing interest over the last few years.

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A dress code could be coming to Ocean City.

The town leaders will take up such a code for the boardwalk…which is aimed at doing away with the “saggy pants” look.

Ocean City resident Robert Phillips told WBOC that it might be a good idea because there are a lot of children who don’t need to see someone’s underwear.

The Town Council palns to discuss its options at the next council session on July 9th.

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