Ocean City

11:42 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Ocean City to Begin Search for New Police Chief

Ocean City Council President Lloyd Martin
Credit oceancitymd.gov

Ocean City is about to begin its search to replace departing Police Chief Bernadette DiPino.

The Town Council huddled behind closed doors during this week’s work session.

Council President Lloyd Martin told the Salisbury Daily Times that he believed 90 percent of being a good police chief is being a good manager of people.

He said the search could take at least 90 days including a 30 day period for advertising the job.

DiPino announced she was leaving last month and will take over as chief of police in Sarasota, Florida.

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10:49 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Police Woman Who Fell From Balcony in Ocean City

Police Tape, fotosearch.com

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City Police have identified the woman who died in a fall from the third-floor balcony of a condominium.

Officers found the body of 41-year-old Kelly Degracia of Santa Monica, Calif. Tuesday on the sidewalk outside the St. Croix condominium building.

Police are continuing their investigation into Degracia's death, and are awaiting autopsy results.

10:12 am
Thu September 20, 2012

38th Annual Sunfest Begins This Weekend in Ocean City

Ocean City Sunfest
Ocean City Sunfest, oceancitymd.gov

Sunfest is back.

Nearly 200-thousand tourists are set to descend on Ocean City for the end of summer festival this weekend.

At the Seventh Street parking lot vendors will set up tables and get ready to sell everything from funnel cakes to oyster fritters.

The 38 year old event has won industry acclaim ranked Number 1 among the nation’s 100 Best Classic & Contemporary Craft Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

For Ocean City the last great event of the summer season is a big boon from the local economy.

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10:43 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Woman Falls To Her Death In Ocean City

Police Tape, fotosearch.com

A fall from a third-floor balcony of a condominium left a 41 year old woman dead yesterday morning in Ocean City.

The death occurred at the St. Croix condo building around 3 a.m. in the morning, according to Ocean City police.

The woman’s name is not being released.

Her body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Maryland in Baltimore for an autopsy.

The incident remains under investigation. 

9:30 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Ocean City Police Chief Could Be Moving to Florida

OC Police Chief Bernadette DiPino

Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino could be moving on to head up a department in Sarasota, Fl. 

She is one of five candidates now under consideration.

Chief DiPino says she is at the point that she would have to retire in October of next year after 25 years of service in Ocean City. 

She told WBOC TV that whether she gets the position or retires in a little over a year she will be sad to leave the Department.

DiPino says she now will have to meet with Sarasota town officials and members of the community next month. 

12:14 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

New Surveillance Cameras Coming to Ocean City

Police Chief Bernadette DiPino, ocean citymd.gov

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City officials say they are planning to install 10 new surveillance cameras on the boardwalk by next summer.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that the total cost of the cameras is estimated at $76,000 and that the funding will come from bond proceeds. Police Chief Bernadette DiPino says the exact camera locations have not been determined.

The cameras will be linked by an underground fiber optic line.

7:52 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Hundreds Show Up for Movie Auditions in Ocean City

Movie Auditions, 123rf.com

The producers of “Ping Pong Summer” got plenty of takers from people who wanted to be extras for the filming in Ocean City.

They recently lined up inside the Holiday Inn at 67th Street hoping for a shot the local independent film.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there were many who came from as far as a three hour drive while others simply walked from their homes to the audition.

1:26 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Ocean City Auditions for "Ping Pong Summer"

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Auditions are planned for roles in "Ping-Pong Summer," which will be filmed in Ocean City.

WMDT reports that auditions will take place Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Oceanfront. Filmmakers are seeking kids and adults of all ages for small roles, known as day players, as well as girls ages 15 to 18 to play the lead sister in the movie.

Email pingpongsummercasting@gmail.com to reserve a time slot.

2:30 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Rains Flood Salisbury and Ocean City

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Heavy rainfall has caused streets to flood in low-lying parts of Ocean City and downtown Salisbury.

WBOC-TV  reports that floodwaters north Ocean City have started to recede, but that the resort city is expected to see more showers through the early afternoon.

Meanwhile, in Salisbury, Fitzwater Street near the Wicomico River is impassable due to flooding. Areas of Route 13 and side streets are also experiencing flooding. Motorists are advised use caution in those areas.

9:31 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Casting Call for "Ping Pong Summer" in Ocean City This Friday

Ping Pong Summer, fotosearch.com

If you’re an aspiring actor it may be time to check out Ocean City this Friday where there’s a casting call for those interested in appearing in the new film ”Ping Pong summer”.

The independent movie is being shot in the resort during the next two months.

The producers are looking for 10-to-12 speaking role both children and adults of all ages.

9:31 am
Thu August 23, 2012

New Scooter Laws in Maryland

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Coming this October all scooters and mopeds in Maryland must have titles and be insured.

In addition, drivers and passengers will have to wear helmet and eye protection.

And scooter drivers must also carry proof of insurance.

They are already required to have a valid driver’s license.

Ocean City police told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are just too many scooter crashes often coming from those who are unfamiliar with how to drive.

8:26 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Ocean City Gets New Communications Manager

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City has named a former police spokeswoman as its new communications manager.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that Jessica Waters beat out nearly 100 other applicants for the position. The 28-year-old replaces longtime Ocean City spokeswoman Donna Abbott, who has been promoted to tourism director.

Waters has worked for the police department since 2007, and spent a year in a part-time advertising and marketing role with Northside Park. 

8:58 am
Tue August 21, 2012

OC Police Keep Eye on Seat Belt Violators

Buckling up is a must in Ocean City.

The resort’s bike officers are checking drivers at stop lights to make sure that motorists have their seat belts on.

Police Chief Bernadette DiPino told the Salisbury Daily Times that making sure that people are buckled up is a priority because it saves lives.

She called it a directed enforcement meaning that a supervisor tells the officers to take time out to look for seat belt violations.

9:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

"Ping Pong Summer" Filming Next Month in Ocean City


BALTIMORE (AP) - An independent movie will begin filming in Ocean City next month.

"Ping Pong Summer," a comedy, is written and will be directed by Maryland native Michael Tully.

The cast includes Susan Sarandon, Amy Sedaris and John Hannah.

The movie takes place during the 1980s and is based on Tully's annual vacations.

The Maryland Film Office says production could result in the hiring of 90 local crew, actors and extras, and the purchase or renting of goods and services from some 140 Maryland businesses.

8:54 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Eleven Boats Out On the Waters For the White Marlin Open

Ocean City Website

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Ocean City's annual White Marlin tournament is under way.

Tournament officials say 11 boats went out Monday, the first day of the tournament, which runs through Friday. Organizers say the open is the world's largest billfish tournament and anglers are competing for a projected $2 million in prize money.

In addition to white marlin, competitors are fishing for blue marlin, tuna, dolphin, wahoo and shark.

8:58 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Anglers Set for White Marlin Open

Ocean City

The 39th annual White Marlin Open kicked off today in Ocean City.

Hundreds of anglers descended on the resort competing for the $2 million in prize money.

Considered the crown jewel of summer fishing in Ocean City it’s known as world's largest billfish tournament in the world.

The event runs through Friday and fish will be weighed each day beginning at a 4 pm.

There are six types of fish to be caught including tuna, Wahoo, dolphin, shark, Blue Marlin and White Marlin.

11:16 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Ocean City Now Has A Song

Yes, for the first time ever Ocean City now has a Song of the Summer.

Town officials say Baltimore-based musician Chuck Conjar’s tune  ”Ocean City Days” won the resort’s contest for an official song.

The announcement was made on the town’s Facebook page where fans were able to vote on the three finalists.

Conjar’s song begins with happy times in Ocean City when he spent summers with his family as a child.

The tune, then, moves through to his adult years and summer on the Eastern Shore.

8:53 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Ocean City Ready to Pony Up $100,000 for Movie Production

Photo by Angela Byrd

There could be a $100-thousand from Ocean City for the making of an independent movie to be produced in the resort.

With a unanimous vote Town Council President Jim Hall noted that the movie including the trailer will be shot on the Boardwalk.

He pointed out the benefit to the town of Berlin when the film Runaway Bride was filmed there.

“Its $100-thousand worth of advertising that’s going to say come to Ocean City,” Hall said.  

But the Salisbury Daily Times reports this does not mean it’s a done deal.

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8:57 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Worcester County Offers $100,000 for Movie Production in Ocean City

Worcester County officials say they will provide $100-thousand to produce the movie ”Ping-Pong Summer” that will be filmed in Ocean City at the end of summer.

The resort has pledged a matching amount.

$300-thousand from the Maryland Film Office for the film fell through.

Lisa Challenger, the county’s tourism director told the Salisbury Daily Times, that if the funding gap is not met then the film might not happen.

8:54 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Ocean City Has Troubles Giving Away Its Sludge

There are not as many farmers looking to take on processed sludge as fertilizer from Ocean City.

That has left the resort spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year sending the sludge to the dump.

Brooks Clayville, a farmer in Snow Hill, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the problem is timing.

With all of his crops he won’t have enough room to store the sludge until winter time while much of the sludge in Ocean City comes during the tourist season.

But there are other concerns.

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9:14 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Temperatures Ease as Delmarvans Cope With Heat Wave

There’s a break in the heat wave with temperatures dropping from as high as 100 or more during the day down to the mid-80’s this week.

And there is a forecast of rain in the coming days.

That should be good news for Delmarva’s 17-hundred poultry farmers…who have been struggling to keep their birds cool during the hot spell.

Jack Lavelle in Accomac told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expects to spend more than $3-thousand this month on electricity to run his three broiler houses with a capacity of 50-thousand birds.

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10:27 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Smoke Free Beaches in Ocean City?

Ocean City Beaches could soon become smoke free zones.

During a recent Town Council session Mayor Rick Meehan wondered whether it might be a good idea to just to ban smoking all together after a discussion of cigarette butt receptacles on the resorts shores.

The Mayor said he thought that this was the way the country was going.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Terry Steimer with the OC Surfrider Foundation with the purpose of keeping local beaches clean said that there are 100 cigarette receptacles located along the town’s 10-mile stretch of shore.

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12:09 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Delmarva Claims Two of the Best Beaches in the Nation

Two beaches along the Maryland and Delaware shore have made the list of the nation's cleanest beaches.

Delaware's Dewey Beach and Maryland's Ocean City Beach 6 have earned a five-star rating.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Natural Resources Defense Council found that they were among a dozen beaches that follow best practices and violated health standards less than 5 percent of the time.

The environmental group is releasing its annual assessment of 3,000 beach sites today.

9:06 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Arrest Could Be Penalty for Open Alcohol Container In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Having an open container of alcohol in public in Ocean City is now an offense that can lead to an arrest.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Ocean City Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that changes the punishment for having an open alcohol container in public from a municipal infraction to a misdemeanor offense. The new ordinance took effect immediately.

8:45 am
Fri June 15, 2012

OC Trash Goes to Landfill

Ocean City will have to start taking the trash to the landfill in Worcester County.

ECR, the company that take the resort’s garbage to an out-of-state incinerator, has backed out of its contract.

Hal Adkins, the Ocean City Public Works director, said the company’s three-year contract runs out this Sunday and it decided not to rebid.

But there’s a new company coming on line to begin removal on Monday.

11:27 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Ocean City Gets A New Town Manager

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The resort of Ocean City has sworn in its new city manager.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports David Recor, a former city manager in Fort Pierce, Fla., officially took over the position this week.

Recor says he wants to immerse himself in the community and to meet with at least one community group or organization each week.

9:23 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Beachgoers May Be Enticed to Ocean City by High Gas Prices


OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The head of a think tank at Salisbury University says the value-conscious mind-set of beachgoers could be changing.

Memo Diriker, who heads the BEACON economic think tank, says he is hearing that many believe the upcoming summer season is going to be clearly better than the past few years.

And while gas prices are a factor, Diriker says higher gas prices could benefit Ocean City by keeping tourists from driving farther.

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9:13 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Ocean City Lowers Property Tax Rate in New Budget

Ocean City’s 2013 fiscal budget that lowers the property tax rate by a penny and dips into the resort’s reserve funds to make up the difference got a slim majority of the Town Council.

Council members Jim Hall, Joe Hall, Brent Ashley and Margaret Pillas cast their votes for the spending plan that includes A 45.85 cent tax rate on $100 of assessed property value.

Council members Lloyd Martin, Doug Cymek and Mary Knight opposed the budget saying they did not want to take the $860-thousand from the reserve fund.

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8:23 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Street Performers Return to Ocean City With Fewer Restrictions


Street performers are set to return to Ocean City this summer with fewer restrictions than last year thanks to a US District Court ruling.

During a recent community meeting the resort’s Police Chief Bernadette Dipino told local business owners that the performers will no longer have to register with the town to set up on the boardwalk and that they will be able to sell their expressive work.

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11:35 am
Fri May 11, 2012

David Recor Takes Job as Ocean City Town Manager


Ocean City has a new town manger.

David Recor will start on June 11th with the Town Council set to officially approve his contract at next Tuesday’s work session.

He is quitting his job as city manager for Fort Pierce in Florida.

Council member Jim Hall told the Salisbury Daily Times that Recor is a get-it-done guy with an eye toward watching the resort’s finances.

Recor’s salary: $147-thosuand for his first year.