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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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10:03 am
Mon September 16, 2013

OC Bikefest Fills Resort Town

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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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9:35 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Entrepreneurs Get Change to Pitch Ideas in Ocean City

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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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8:27 am
Thu August 29, 2013

OC Council Approves Shore Parking for Surf Fishermen

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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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9:05 am
Wed August 28, 2013

OC Reverses Decision on New Paid Parking

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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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11:37 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Surf Fishing Parking Plan Up Before OC Town Council

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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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10:46 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Ocean City Sees Drop in Accidents For Pedestrians, Scooters and Bicycles

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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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11:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Increased Police Surveillance on OC Boardwalk

Ocean City Boardwalk
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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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8:25 am
Tue July 30, 2013

New OC Parking Meters Sparks Petition Drive

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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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8:59 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Beware of Losing Parking Ticket at OC Inlet Parking Lot

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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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8:55 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Ocean City Moves Up As Hot Property

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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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10:44 am
Fri June 21, 2013

"Saggy Pants" Could Be Banned on OC Boardwalk

Ocean City Boardwalk
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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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9:36 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Ocean City Parade Honors Firemen Lost in Line of Duty

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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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11:05 am
Fri June 7, 2013

OC Lifeguard Evaluations This Saturday

Ocean City
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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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10:39 am
Wed June 5, 2013

$77 million Budget for Ocean City Approved

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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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10:48 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Storm Damaged Ocean City Fishing Pier Reopens Today

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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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12:25 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Pedestrian Safety Campaign Takes Off in Ocean City

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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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11:38 am
Wed May 15, 2013

OC City Manager David Recor Faces Allegations of Domestic Abuse

Ocean City Manager David Recor
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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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9:55 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Sexual Assault Suit Against Vance Phillips; OC Manager David Recor Faces Restraining Court Order

Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips
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Vance Phillips

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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9:35 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Hotel Reservations Up in OC; Rehoboth Named Best Beach

Ocean City Boardwalk
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Ocean City

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.

Rehoboth

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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