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Delmarva may be able to avoid the heavy damage of Hurricane Florence as the storm has shifted southward more towards the Carolinas.

Scott Schuman with the National Weather Service told the Salisbury Daily Times that the region appears to have been spared major problems.

A moderate storm surge is expect along the Maryland and Virginia coasts.

But expect high winds of up to 35 mph as the storm approaches the coastline.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A man was injured in a spear gun accident on a boat off Maryland.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Coast Guard got a distress call about a man injured by a spear gun on a boat off Ocean City. A helicopter and two boats responded.

The helicopter got there first and sent down a rescue swimmer to provide medical care until a boat got there.

He was taken to a Coast Guard station before he was sent to a Baltimore hospital.

Further information on his injuries wasn't immediately available.

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There will be a court hearing in Baltimore at the end of September on whether or not Ocean City can bar women from going topless in public places.

The lawsuit claims that the ordinance violates the plaintiffs’ legal right to be bare-chested in public in the same places as men for purposes other than breast feeding.

In addition, they claim that the ban violates equal rights under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as Declaration of Rights to the Maryland Constitution.

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Ocean City has a new and unusual visitor.

It’s The Draken -- a Viking ship that has made its way from Norway.

Hundreds of people watched its arrival as she made her way through the resort’s inlet.

Captain Bjorn Ahlander told WBOC that they were the first Europeans to build the biggest Viking ship in the world.

The replica is 115 feet long and 26 feet wide.

It also has a dragon’s head on the bow which is supposed to protect captain and crew during their journal.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A spokeswoman for a Maryland beach town says a woman has been impaled in the chest by a beach umbrella.

Ocean City spokeswoman Jessica Waters said it happened Sunday afternoon on the beach at 54th Street.

Waters says the 54-year-old woman was conscious when the accident happened, but she says her condition is not known at this time. Waters says a Maryland State Police helicopter responded to take the woman for medical care.

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There have been more than 300 rescues by the beach patrol in Ocean City over the weekend.

City officials say there were 123 on Friday and 142 on Saturday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports the beach patrol said that number then dropped to 59 by Sunday as the rip currents subsided.

Beach Patrol Captain Butch Arbin says that if you are caught in a rip current you should swim sideways.

If that does not work, he says, a lifeguard will come out with a hand buoy.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police say a recent focus on crime around Ocean City's boardwalk led to 61 arrests.

Police in the Maryland resort town said in a news release Tuesday that during the plain-clothes operations last month detectives addressed crimes like disorderly conduct, ordinance violations and property crimes. Detectives also focused on robberies in the downtown area.

In addition to the arrests, police say they issued four citations and seized six handguns and other weapons.

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The cost of protecting the Ocean City Boardwalk just got a lot higher.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the City Engineer Terry McGean says in order to secure all of the entry points it will run $4.2 million.

That’s four times the original estimate.

The paper reports that Mayor Rick Meehan’s reaction was to call it sticker shock.

But he added to carry out the project properly the plan does provide the protection for the boardwalk that city officials want.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Police in Maryland's biggest beach town say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding a series of arrests outside an underage nightclub.

The investigation by Ocean City police follows release of a Twitter video that appears to show an officer striking an individual during an arrest. On Twitter, the person being struck is identified as a 13-year-old.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports police arrested six people ranging in age from 13 to 20 Thursday outside the H2O under-21 nightclub.

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Trimper Amusement park is celebrating its 125th anniversary established in 1893.

Its ownership has lasted through five generations.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that National Amusement Park Historical Association said that amusement park is noted for the carousel first built in 1912 and has been in operation ever since.

Sandy Hurley, the curator of the Ocean City Lifesaving Museum, called the carousel a work of art adding that she recalls growing up with the ride.

The Association also honored the park for its Haunted House and Pirates Cove attractions.

Ocean City saw thousands descend on the resort for the annual Air Show featuring a number of aircraft including the Thunderbirds. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin was there and filed this report.

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The Air Show is about to open in Ocean City. Delmarva Public Radio's Steve Plotkin has this preview.

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Congressman Andy Harris says that the proposed wind projects off the shores of Ocean City could harm marine life.

The Eastern Shore Republicans says it needs more study and is sponsoring legislation that would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to carry out a two year research project to look at the potential impact.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports he noted that once the project is up and running there is no turning back.

There are two proposed projects.

One by Deepwater Wind and the other by U.S. Wind which were approved last year.

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A gathering of homeless in Ocean City may move the resort to look at an ordinance that would prohibit sleeping in public places.

The issue began with complaints from residents and business owners about six homeless people who get together in the Caroline Street Stage area every day.

The resorts communications manager Jessica Waters told WBOC that there have been reports that they were bothering people ranging from bad language and drinking to general loitering and harassment of passersby.  

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The tourist season has arrived and Ocean City is putting up some new boardwalk barriers for security reasons.

WBOC reports that there will be up to 10 different gated entrances onto the boardwalk.

Those steel gates will are for first responders and maintenance crews.

The estimated cost is $1.2 million.

Resort officials say these will be permanent barriers but do not expect them to affect the look of the resort.

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Police have identified Hailee Mitchell as the woman who fell to her death in Ocean City.

The 25-year-old Towson woman fell from a third floor balcony.

Detectives say after interviewing witness and processing the scene they do not believe there was any foul play.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that an autopsy has been completed but is still awaiting the results of a toxicology report. 

Ocean City police responded to a call around 6 a.m. on Sunday about a woman found unconscious.

The resort’s Emergency Medical Service pronounced her dead at the scene.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Some restrictions on boardwalk performers in a Maryland beach town have been deemed unconstitutional.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports U.S. District Court Judge Richard D. Bennett ruled performers on the Ocean City Boardwalk will no longer have to sign up for spaces a week in advance. Performers are also no longer restricted to certain dedicated areas and performances before 10 a.m. and advertising are now permitted.

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A person has fallen to their death in Ocean City.

The incident occurred Sunday morning when police found the victim unconscious at a location on 53rd Street around 6 a.m. on Sunday.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City Emergency Medical Service personnel pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The paper reports there were no further details except that police were looking at a third floor balcony of a complex at 53rd and Coastal Highway.

Authorities will not be releasing the name of the victim until family members can be notified.

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There could be a new event for Ocean City.

It’s called the Jellyfish Festival and it could replace the Dew Tour which decided not to continue on in the resort.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the new event would include action sports events such as skating and surfing along with music.

There would be different themes each night such as classic rock and, perhaps, on Sunday Christian music.

The organizers told the Ocean City officials that they would like to hold the event near the Boardwalk from June 21st to the 23rd of next year.

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Jay Shoup the founder of H2O International has posted a letter critical of the way Ocean City official have dealt with the 20 year old car event.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he believes there are misconceptions about it.

Among other things he says that his car show should not be blamed for the actions of a few who have no connection to H2Oi.

Shoup says his event has gotten unfair reputation and noted that other gatherings like Cruisin’ and OC BikeFest have seen unwanted activity.

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There were over 2-thousand at the seventh annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Ocean City.

They walked, they ran and many cheered on the participants.

When it was all over Michael Jessup, executive director of the organization, told the Salisbury Daily Times that $175-thousand had been raised for breast cancer research.

It was a 5k walk and run that stretched along the Ocean City Boardwalk beginning at the inlet and returning from 18th Street.

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There’s a petition going around by opponents of wind turbines off the shoreline of Ocean City.

WBOC reports that the petition is asking that they be placed 26 miles from the coast.

The project is now looking at 19 miles.

Wind developers say moving the turbines further out would violate the federally designated area for their placement.

There has already been push back from the resort’s officials who fear it may interview with the view enjoyed by tourists.

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The Route 50 Bridge into Ocean City will be shutting down again for more repairs next week.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Maryland Department of Transportation says it will close the draw bridge overnight beginning Sunday April 15th.

That will run through Friday April 20th.

Work on a small crack in one of the steel beams was repaired on April 6th and state officials decided to work on the others as well since they are of the same age.

Traffic in and out of Ocean City will be rerouted to Maryland Route 90.

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Efforts by Ocean City to push two offshore wind projects farther off the coastline have failed in Annapolis.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that a House panel essentially killed the legislative bid by offering up an unfavorable report.

The Maryland Climate Change Coalition issued a statement praising the decision saying that it will mean not only a clean environment but jobs and stable electricity rates.

The measure would have pushed the turbines out to 26 miles.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - A new bill in Maryland's General Assembly would prohibit offshore wind turbines from being erected within 26 miles of the coast.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that House and Senate versions of the measure are scheduled to be debated in committee rooms this week. But the proposal is likely to face stiff headwinds in the Democratically controlled Legislature, which has backed several recent renewable energy initiatives.

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The automobile events like Cruisin’ and H2Oi in Ocean City could be changed by legislation from to Eastern Shore lawmakers.

Delegate Mary Beth Carozza (R) and State Senator Jim Mathias (D) have introduced bills that would allow the State Highway Administration to carve out special zones for such events.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that these would be similar to work zones.

The measures would give local authorities the power to designate certain zones and establish speed limits to protect the public safety.

Cruisin' OC is Back

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Cruisin’ OC is coming back to Ocean City this Spring.

The town council approved the dates for the car show which will run from May 17th through the 20th.

The vote was 6-to-0.

Still, there were some concerns.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Ocean City Council Member Dennis Dare told his colleagues that last year’s experience was unacceptable.

Cruisin’ OC also got the worst rating by the resort’s Police Commission among the six major car events.

H2Oi also got a worst rating which considers nine categories.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Andy Harris says he doesn't support offshore drilling off Maryland's coast.

Harris, the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation, was asked about his position at a recent town hall.

Harris says he supports the concept of offshore drilling, but he opposes it where local jurisdictions don't want it. Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore, said: "since Ocean City and the local jurisdictions do oppose it in Maryland, I oppose it off the coast of Maryland."

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The Ocean City Town Council voted unanimously last night to reject the construction of offshore turbines where they could be seen along its 10 mile coast line

Mayor Rick Meehan told the council, “Let’s not go build something we’re all going to regret.”

The resort officials said they would support a project that was 26 miles out that could not been seen from the shore.

But Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC is looking to build 15 turbines off the Maryland coastline.

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No going topless on the Ocean City beaches.

Mayor Rick Meehan declared that it must remain a family friendly resort.

The Mayor was responding to a lawsuit filed by Salisbury resident Chelsea Eline and four other women.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they claim that the emergency ordinance banning the practice is unconstitutional.

But Meehan said that the ordinance did not involve the First Amendment or the right to privacy and that the city would take all legal options in the case.

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