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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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There was a parade in Ocean City yesterday.

And, it honored those firefighters who have been lost in the line of duty.

The celebration was held by the Maryland State Firemen’s Association.

Many of the retired firefighters also recalled the fire trucks they once rode before Ocean City put the Tower T-1 truck into service.

Capitol Heights Volunteer fire Department volunteer Charlie Daldi told the Salisbury Daily Times that he has seen 30 parades with his department in attendance for the last 50 years.

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The Ocean City Beach Patrol will be holding its final physical skills evaluation for anyone interested in trying out to be a lifeguard for this summer.

The test is June 8th with registration beginning at 10 am at the Dorchester Street and Boardwalk location.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that candidate will have to swim 400 meters and perform simulated rescues in the ocean.

In addition, those trying out will have to run 300 meters and participate in timed sprints on the beach.

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The Ocean City Town Council gave it blessing to a $77 million budget for the 2014 fiscal year. 

And, it puts the property tax raet at 47.2 cents per $100 of assessed property value to maintain the same revenue as last year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the budget includes a controversial provision for paid parking on some street where once it had been free.

This will bring in around $152-thousand in new revenue.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials are set to reopen the landmark fishing pier that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy.

Mayor Rick Meehan will make the ceremonial "first cast" from the reconstructed Ocean City Fishing Pier on Friday morning.

The resort town sustained minimal damage during the historic storm that battered the New Jersey shore last October. But the fishing pier, first built in 1907, collapsed into the ocean.

The nearly 500-foot pier has now been rebuilt and will be open to visitors for the busy Memorial Day weekend.

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Ocean City is gearing up for the summer crowds.

And, the resort is launching a pedestrian campaign for the busy tourist season.

Last summer two pedestrians were killed and 13 injured in the town.

Officials say that is a significant rise from the year before when there were no pedestrian deaths and only 8 injuries.

So in these past few months town engineers have been re-timing signals and studying the traffic at key intersections.

They have also been installing no pedestrian cross signs to get people to use the crosswalks.

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As Ocean City town manager David Recor faces a temporary restraining order in civil court the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the legal action results from claims by his wife Maria of alleged violence during a Florida getaway.

The paper says that her written testimony included charges of punching, shoving and threats of violence.

The incident also included an alleged threat by David Recor to jump from the roof of their home.

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A lawsuit has been filed against veteran Sussex County council member Vance Phillips claiming that he sexually assaulted a young woman after encouraging her to become involved in politics.

The complaint claims that Phillips forced sex on the woman several times in 2011 just after she turned 18.

The suit alleges that Phillips threatened the young woman not to tell anyone.

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Hotels and Motels are seeing advanced reservations for the summer going up. And, Ocean City is no different. Ocean City Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Executive Director Susan Jones describes prospects for the coming months.

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Parents Magazine has named Rehoboth Beach one of America’s Best Beach Towns for 2013.

The magazine’s writer Karen Cicero selected Rehoboth Beach for its 1.5 mile replenished shoreline overseen by lifeguards, the more than 200 shopping destinations and its boardwalk.

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Replacement of free street parking with parking meters has residents and owners at a condo on 146th Street in Ocean City up in arms.

Ron Deacon, head of the condo association, told the Salisbury Daily Times that his members feel they are being singled out.

The resort has plans to convert free parking in several locations with pay-only spots as a way to bring in an additional $130-thousand in the 2014 fiscal year.

These include Philadelphia Avenue between South First and North Division streets as well as on 49th, 131st and 146th streets.

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The bombings at the Boston Marathon have turned local attention to the security at Ocean City’s “A Race for the Cure 5K” race this weekend. 

And, Komen Maryland spokeswoman Brittany Fowler said safety is among the group’s highest priorities.

Komen which sponsors the race works closely with Ocean City police and paramedics in meetings that focus on runner and participant safety.

Ocean City will block off roads and position police along the race route.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that 25-hundred people have preregistered to run on April 21.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City tourism officials are trying to get a better sense of visitors and where they're coming from.

Tourism Director Donna Abbott tells the Daily Times of Salisbury that Ocean City is looking for "firmer metrics" to improve marketing effectiveness and to better know where advertising money should be spent.

The tourism commission has agreed to create a subcommittee to study better ways to gage the tourist population.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Navy's cancellation of the rest of the popular Blue Angels' aerobatic team's season because of automatic federal budget cuts means the group won't perform at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation ceremonies.

The Blue Angels had been scheduled to perform a demonstration and flyover next month at the graduation events. But military officials said Tuesday that the rest of the flight demonstration squadron's season was cancelled.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A proposed ad campaign for Maryland's biggest beach resort says the government is stealing your fun.

And it urges children to beg their parents to allow them to sign a petition supporting a school year start after Labor Day.

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Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan wants the Worcester County Commissioners to restore grant funding to  $4.2 million – that is as it was four years ago.

Meehan argued that the resort represents 60 percent of the county tax base but receives a smaller percentage of the grants compared to the tax revenue produced by the towns of Berlin Snow Hill or Pocomoke City.

Ocean City is responsible for $75 million in property tax revenue.

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The Ocean City Council turned down a proposal to wrap its Boardwalk trams in colorful advertising that would look like the highly recognizable red, blue and yellow tins for Old Bay.

Direct Media made the pitch to the town leaders for its manufacturer McCormick & Company.

The one year deal would have provided the resort over $14-thousand in revenue.

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the resort has decided to put out a national request for proposals to find how many other companies would be interested in advertising to some 8 million visitors.

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Ocean City is facing a $1.5 million budget shortfall in the next fiscal year.

Council members are trying to come up with ways to close the gap ranging from upping parking lot fees and municipal bus fares to the creation of a stormwater utility.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the council is likely to hike the property tax rate by 1 percent with every penny generating $863-thousand in revenue.

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Work should be finished on the revamped boardwalk in Ocean City for the summer season.

It’s been two years in the making and cost $6 milllion.

City Engineer Terence McGean told WBOC that a lot of the structure comes from the 1960’s

Currently, work is being done between 15th Street and North Division Street.

The first phase was finished in 2012.

The new boardwalk will be able to support more weight which means that for the first time emergency vehicles will be able to use the boardwalk.

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