Since before sunrise, Town of Ocean City employees have been working to assess the
damage throughout town to determine the effects of Hurricane Sandy. With no known
damage to the boardwalk, the results of the initial assessment included anticipated beach
erosion and flooding, marginal debris and severe damage to the Ocean City Fishing Pier.
Employees for the Town of Ocean City have been working diligently to clear storm related
debris and return regularly scheduled city services.
Emergency personnel not only responded to calls during the storm, but continued to assist
residents and visitors upon their return to Ocean City. In addition, they worked closely
with the Maryland State Highway Association, the Maryland State Police, the US Coast
Guard and the National Guard to make sure the town was safe for citizens to return. Public
Works staff assisted in picking up debris, transporting citizens to and from shelters and
cleaning up the beach. Not to mention, countless employees and volunteers who worked
around the clock monitoring the Hurricane, staffing the Emergency Operations Center and
meeting the needs of the residents, businesses and visitors before, during and after the
Residents should be reminded that trash pick-up will resume Thursday, November 1.
Trash is scheduled to be picked up on Thursday, November 1, for those who are normally
receive pick-up on Monday and Friday, November 2, for those who normally receive
pick-up on Tuesday. In addition, the Mayor and City Council approved to allow Public
Works employees to perform storm related debris pickup. Those who wish to discard
storm related debris can place storm related debris on the curb, where citizens normally
place trash (out of the way of driveways, street ways and fire hydrants) and Public Works
employees will conduct pickup through 5 p.m. on November 6.
The Town of Ocean City wants to thank the residents, businesses and visitors for following
the advice of the officials and heeding the warning of the storm. Due to the preparedness of
the citizens and the employees, the Ocean City community experienced zero storm related injuries and minimal city-wide damage
After an anxious week listening to ominous news and weather reports detailing the increasing strength and direction of Hurricane Irene, the Mayor of Ocean City Maryland (an Oceanside island resort community), Rick Meehan wisely decided to err on the side of caution by announcing a three phase, all-out evacuation of our island beginning on Thursday, August 25th, 2011. Beginning with student workers and progressing to visitors, residents and business owners; all were to be banished with only identified, emergency workers remaining. It may be noted that 300 people, despite repeated pleas decided to stay put – having to submit the names of next of kin to the crews going door to door throughout the resort. With almost everyone out of the danger area, only property was then vulnerable to this large, threatening storm.
The Category 3 hurricane – named Irene, did indeed travel up the Atlantic Coastline, first making landfall in North Carolina on Friday– with Cape Hatteras receiving considerable wind and water damage. Fortunately, after bumping into the continental landmass, the storm decreased rapidly in strength to a Category 1 – yet still maintaining the potential for considerable destruction.
Having made reservations, I packed the car: my wife and I, along with our howling cat, Blackie, then headed inland to wait out the storm.
Beginning on Saturday morning the rain began to fall, accompanied by gusty breezes – later increasing to 30 – 35 mph winds with higher gusts by late evening and throughout Saturday night. Watching local live (on the scene), TV weather reports (some reporters must be adrenalin junkies!) from our hotel; we saw our Town’ beach covered with turbulent and rising water – waves and ‘sea foam’ rapidly nearing the famed Ocean City Maryland landmark Boardwalk. However, to our good fortune, the really damaging portion of Irene never landed on our local shores and by Sunday early morning the winds and waves had decreased giving way to mid-afternoon sunshine. At a Sunday, 9am Press Conference, Mayor Meehan spoke again, reporting no loss of life in our area and that our two access bridges would be reopened; residents and visitors would be allowed back on the island beginning at noon. It was time to return my bay-side home. To my delight, I found Irene had indeed come and gone having taken but a few boards of decking from my dock – surely a small price! Goodbye and good riddance Irene – you may keep the boards!
My sincere thanks go out to The Town of Ocean City Maryland and the Emergency Management Team. Great job!
Arriving each year on President’s Day weekend (Feb 18 -20) the Ocean City Maryland Seaside Boat Show more than provides a much needed rescue from the mid-winter doldrums here at the beach for sea goers and landlubbers alike. Over 350 boats of all sizes and shapes are displayed indoors at the Ocean City Convention Center – 42nd and Coastal Highway, with the overflow proudly lined up along the streetside edge of the parking lot. Inside more than 140 exhibitors vie for the attention of those folks who have one thought – “com’on summertime”, with their boats and boating accessories. The variety of watercraft is truly amazing…from sport cruisers to performance boats to pontoon boats, all containing an endless array of comfort and convenience features. There are even “peddle” kayaks and my favorite, the “blow” boats, large and small including the Hobie Cat. Every nook and cranny, every conference room and exhibit hall is filled with shiny new adult “toys”…including personal watercraft such as the Sea-doo. And, for us landlubbers are motor scooters and that unique motorized sidewalk traveling machine the Segway. This year the Segway display offers a model completely fit out for the surf fisherman that includes rod holders, a tackle box and the knobby tires needed to run over sand! The halls at the Center are filled with brightly colored balloon displays…each marking the way to further exhibits including fishing gear, sport clothing, nautical art and home accessories. Proudly sponsored by the Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club, 2011 marks the 28th year of presentation for this inspiring event.
Give yourself a preview of warm weather fun here in Ocean City MD by visiting the show this weekend!
For more information visit the show website at – http://www.ocboatshow.com
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Marked with a small black and white sign roadside along Route 54, next door to ‘Catch 54’, across the bridge from Harpoon Hannah’s, in that long yellow building that formerly housed a furniture store resides a new café – West 54 Café! It is worth the search! To begin with, once discovered, we found the off street parking lot very accommodating! And, once entered, one finds the offerings herein pleasurable. After looking over the tempting variety of fresh baked goods (including lovely scones and flaky elephant ears) and studying the somewhat smallish menu my companion decided, being late morning, to try one of the breakfast items listed – French toast with fresh fruit. Out came a lovely and generous rendition of this tried and true favorite. He loved it! And too, remarkably – being a life-long coffee maven – commented that the coffee was very, very good! My selection, being almost lunchtime, was the jerk chicken salad wrap. Again generous, the herb seasoned wrap was delightful – filled with large chunks of jerk-roasted chicken and dried cranberries held together with a fresh tasting mayo!
We dined in a pleasant little room just off of the main bakery counter area and there met with other diners enjoying the day. We found that, although somewhat new, West Café 54 is already building a regular following; it’s a most congenial place. There is also a well-windowed lounge area with comfortable seating where customers, not wanting the more formal table seating, may enjoy one of the many inviting beverages offered and chat or read. The entire environment is low-pressure and seems a perfect place to quietly enjoy oneself while in the Ocean City MD – Fenwick Island DE area. A traditional café and again, worth the search!
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It does happen occasionally – that gray and cool-ish rainy day! However, a rainy day during the summertime while in Ocean City Maryland can be a welcome respite – offering that opportunity to see and do something other than lie in the sun or frolic in the surf! Our resort town and surrounds are filled with interesting and informative indoor activities to delight visitors of every age. First, there are the many local, small town museums, beginning with the famed and historic, Coast Guard Life-Saving Maritime Museum located at the inlet – south end of the Boardwalk, offering history. It’s a real ‘don’t miss’ for any visitor. And, then there’s the shopping…with the plethora of shops and stores on and surrounding the island, including the Ocean City Factory Outlets (including the White Marlin Mall), one may run out of time (or funds) very quickly. Also, combining history and shopping – there are the antiques shops, throughout southern Delaware (listed in the ‘Stormy Weather’ brochure available most anywhere) and over the bridge in Berlin – filled to overflowing with great-granny’s goodies, these shops elicit pleasant memories as well as curiosity of times past. Finally, there is dining, inclement weather seems to bring a more comfortable and leisurely pace while dining – more time to explore the fresh and diverse offerings from our local restaurants. Actually, any and all of the aforementioned activities may provide that more than welcome diversion until the sun shines again (as it ALWAYS does) here at the beach!
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Mark your calendars now to come celebrate the 2008 “Wine Fest at the Beach” in Ocean City Maryland on September 26th and 27th. The party will be held at the Inlet Park…where the Boardwalk Begins. Along with local and regional live music and quality arts and crafts vendors, this winefest will feature fine libations from wineries throughout the United States, Micro-brewed beers and real Delmarva and Chesapeake Bay Cuisine. Wine tasting sample coupons and a commemorative wine glass will be given with the General Admission ticket price of $23.00. Under the Designated Driver Program, to insure a safe time for everyone, designated drivers, though paying the regular admission price, will receive a special wristband that entitles them to free Pepsi Cola soft drinks all day and will also receive a complimentary commemorative wine glass upon arrival at the fest. To obtain a printable coupon good for $3.00 off the general admission price and more information on this fun event visit the website at www.winefest.com.
(Our thanks to Bill Swartwout for the terrific photos.)
Here’s a little secret…whenever I travel on holiday, upon arrival at my destination I try to find a local spa or salon to visit for a manicure or even a massage…after all, it’s my vacation – time to recharge! I’ve also found it’s a great way to get a local point of view on the very best places to tour and dine. Ocean City Maryland offers a full compliment of these wonderful sources of beauty, rejuvenation and information! And, ask at the desk, some of our fine resort hotels along the beach may also house a salon.
A Perfect Face Day Spa – 12638 Ocean Gateway, 410-213-9883, www.aperfectface.com
Avery Gallery – 9802 Golf Course Rd, 410-213-7222
Bongo’s – 12445 Ocean Gateway, 410-213-7607
Hair Repair – 1822 Philadelphia Ave, 410-289-7077 (includes men’s cuts)
Hair Shack – 104 28th St., 410-289-5007 (includes men’s cuts)
Hairworks, Inc. – 206 16th St., 410-289-6770
Headlines – 11009 Manklin Meadows Ln., 410-208-0300, www.headlinessalonandspa.com
Marion’s Beauty Salon – 4 N. St. Louis Ave, 410-289-6351
Ocean Nails – 9936 Stephen Decartur Hwy, 410-213-1173
Visions Day Spa – 12207 Coastal Hwy #H, 410-250-5188
West End Pool & Spa – 9748 Stephen Decatur Hwy, 410-213-1417
And, for the guys…
Carmen’s Beach Hair Cuts – 605 S. Baltimore Ave, 410-289-6712
Ocean City Haircutters – 14203 Coastal Hwy, 410-250-8400
Perrone’s Barbershop, 13901 Coastal Hwy, 410-250-2222
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Some have called Sunsations a beach department store – it’s a fair call. With 13 locations in and around Ocean City Maryland including several on the boardwalk and two in West Ocean City you are never far from quickly obtaining any beach need. Perhaps you’ve forgotten to bring along the kids’ sand toys, didn’t pack your beach cover-up or left the tanning lotion on the kitchen counter – don’t despair, Sunsations will have it! In many of the Sunsations facilities most of the ceiling and walls are covered with samples of graphics that may be selected and then applied to a T-shirt – from scary to funny to nearly shameless you can select your personality du jour! There are bathing suits and sweatshirts in sizes for every member of the family. There are body boards and water toys and beach balls for the youngsters and exotic shell jewelry for mom, gifts and gimmicks for the friends back home, sunglasses and sandals and much, much more. And these shops all have a fine selection of postcards…something we’ve found to be strangely hard to find around town. Visiting an Ocean City MD Sunsations can be lots of fun – really an amusement in itself. You’ll be sure to find just what you need at reasonable prices with the nearly continuous sales throughout the season!
Enter the Gold Coast Mall (the only remaining mall in Ocean City) at 114th St. & Coastal Highway, take a few steps forward to the left and find yourself in front of Southern Exposure. This is a women’s clothing shop with an excellent selection of stylish, yet casual clothing for life here at the beach in Ocean City MD. Colorful, easy care cotton and cotton blend clothing abound. Really fun, everyday, beach and eveningwear in both late summer and fall styles in such well-recognized fashion names as “Fresh Produce”, “by Taylor” and “Sea Breeze”, available in all sizes, were being featured. This day, to our delight, there was a sale – some items up to 30% off. Sadly, it was only by word of mouth that we came upon this shop…the sign is small, however, once you find it you won’t forget it. We will make this our headquarters for quality, casual fashions for our beach life. There are three locations…Gold Coast Mall and two on Fenwick Island, DE. Telephone 410-524-3375 for additional information.
“We must be getting close…there’s the huge animated shark sticking through the building overhead”…can’t miss it! Located along the south end of the Ocean City Maryland Boardwalk at 401 S. Atlantic Ave, over the years the Ripley’s Museum has continued to fascinate generations of area beach visitors. The artifacts and displays contained within are the life’s work of Robert Leroy Ripley who was born in 1890. Mr. Ripley was an artist and newspaperman who, during his lifetime visited over 200 countries amassing a collection of the strange, the bizarre and most unbelievable artifacts and facts. For many years he reported on these findings in hundreds of newspapers through a cartoon format, in books and later in a television show. Now there are twenty-nine (29) Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museums throughout the world – from Orlando, FL to Hong Kong including the one right here in Ocean City. Upon entering the museum you will see steps which have “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” written in several different languages which help you understand the worldwide appeal of Mr. Ripley’s curious collection. Currently there is even an iTunes Oddcast available for your iPod – which again proves the lasting appeal of Mr. Ripley’s work. Please try and allow a couple of hours for this intriguing attraction…and don’t miss the room filled with sharks! Ask for the wonderful guidebook for sale at the museum for only $1.00…a great value and memento of your visit. For more information phone 410-289-5600 or visit the website at www.ripleys.com. Hours 10 – 5 daily. Open Fall weekends. Season close November.